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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shame, That

With the end of the trip getting near, I played it safe, putting only $200 in my stake before heading out to get a latte at Lappert's.

Dropped $40 in Bonus Poker and $20 on dollar Treasure Chest - a quad on it still eludes me. I have sunken a shitload of Treasure into that Chest this trip.

Took a quick shot at various things here and there employing my patented "Hit and Lose" strategy.

I tried $20 in super volatile low pay Super Double Double Triple Quadruple Quintuple Bonus trying for any of the premium quads. Well, I got on a bit of a run, getting quite a bit of dollar play in.

No kicker. What a difference that would have made!

Ate a healthy breakfast in the room with wonderful cashews, luscious mango, delightful non-fat all natural yogurt - it was fucking horrid. But good for me. (It wasn't really horrid, that's just there for humors.)

Had an errand to run - return the car to the Four Queens. The valet guy at MSS was on track to set the world's fastest valet return - he took my ticket, grabbed keys and ran across the driveway into the open air lot, hopped in the car, pulled out. Stopped. Reversed back into the spot.

Yeah, he almost gave me the wrong car.

We had a chuckle about it and I dumped the car back at the Four Queens. Had a coffee with the crew there and found some luck on the bartops, with only $20 in.

$20 in, $120 out - and I found myself up on the day.

Played some dollar 9/6 Boner Deluxe (yes you VP mavens, I found a way to get to the full pay BDLX). I lost $120, pounding on it. No quads.

Took a flyer $20 on the super volatile low pay Super Double Double Triple Quadruple Quintuple Sextuple Fucker Bonus and ran it up to $100. Cashed it out. Put in another $20. It went away, and so did another one.

Enjoyed Health Lunch at the Fremont buffet and then some full pay Pick'em beside loyal reader Lyn, who I'd met yesterday. I was dealt a shot at the Royal (which pays $1500, which I've never gotten) and we shrieked as the fourth royal card came up, and then a suited card and the credits started to ring, but it was yet another near miss flush, and not the savvy Royal draw I'd hoped for. Shame, that.

Kept the profit, cashing out $60.

The Almost Pick'em Royal

Maybe I need to study Keno technique???

I took an interesting stroll through Emergency Arts, just across from the El Cortez, by The Beat coffee house. There are all sorts of interesting artists here and a relaxed, cool vibe in the place.

You should check it out!

Friendly Mike Dobez, ornamentation artiste. Check out!

Lost some money at the El Cortez but they did give me a free White Castle Slider - my first! It was actually pretty delicious, although it's tricky eating one without touching it with your fingers, considering what the buttons you've been touching have been through. I probably have oral multilaria or some damn thing now.

Power walked back to the room in the 95 degree heat for a beer and to blog and regroup.

Keno update - the 500 game ticket has yielded at least one $50 winner (game 305) that we know about. One number off $4K... shame, that.

Treasure Chest ate yet more money and game me dick-all treasure. I settled into some quarter Bonus Poker, thinking I would parlay my way up the denominations as I (hopefully) won.

And I did win some dough with the Aces, and cashed out a $120 ticket.

Started again with a $20, and worked up to dollars. Futzed around. Ended up getting a quad, and then blowing through $100 worth on 50 cent Double Double.

No kicker. Shame, that.
Tried $20 in Bonus Deluxe, worked it up to 85 down to 5, back up, and then out.

I was looking for the killer shot to cement my budget for the rest of the trip, ensuring at least a break-even effort. If I lost $400 today, and $400 tomorrow, and a couple on Wednesday morning, I could still lose $1000 for the trip, which would be a shame, considering where I am after 2 weeks of banging around Vegas.

The long and short of it was I was down $100 on the day and had $100 left of my stake from the morning.

I hit the blackjack tables. An hour and three quarters later, I cashed out.... $100. I'd been up over $200, but wanted to keep playing and see what I could do. At least I didn't get hurt and I had a lot of fun at a good table full of fun people.

At one point Guido Metzger, Director of Casino Operations, stopped by to shake my hand. I am now 'juiced in' here at The Cal. He also shook the hand of 80 or 90 other patrons, but I know he was primarily interested in my blog and in me, personally. Really.

Saw an interesting scene when I cashed my black chip - one of the cage staff turning a clear plastic bag full of stuff over and over in his hands, up in the air.

"What the hell is he doing?" I asked the cashier.

"Lost a chip."

"Is that a bag of garbage???"

"Yeah. $500 chip too."

At that point the guy started crawling around on his hands and knees.

"Glad I don't have his problem," I said.

The cashier chuckled.

"Me too... " she said with a smile.

Enjoyed a quick 'diet' Prime Rib dinner at the counter in the coffee shop and back to it.

Well, it's diet because it's part of my diet, right?

I played $20 at a time and on my last $20 I finally hit quad 7s. I was down to $10 left at the time.

Well, see for yourself, I went on a nice little Quadstravaganza on the Cheapstravaganza trip and finished up for the day, winning back my $200 stake and more!

Had lots of Royal Scares but couldn't nail them. Shame, that.

And as of now, I'm up $200 on the trip! Zounds!

And there are still Keno games to be played...


    1. I riding a roller coaster vicarioulsy with you Flusher, and it's a lot of fun!

    2. Calm before the storm, Flusher, calm before the storm . . .


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