Tuesday - Day 9 - part 2
Co-incidentally, the Legendary Circus Circus Hotel and Casino was recently been named the most hated casino in
I've had pretty much negative feelings about Circum Cizus for pretty much the first time I ever laid eyes on it.
And yet, I've really never spent any time there. On our first or second trip we went to the Steakhouse there (which has consistently been rated as one of the finest in Vegas) and it was really good.
So why do people hate the place? Well, with the circus theme, they cater to some degree to children, not to mention the Adventuredome, which is an indoor amusement park for kids.
And, with circus theming come clowns. Which many people find creepy. At times, I do too. Depending on who is sitting on their lap.
And, there is the main color used in the theme - that particular sickening shade of cotton candy pinky-magenta-purply-blue that is so horrendous it does not have a name and, co-incidentally bolstering the creepy clown element, happens to resemble the color of a the business end of an adult male's slot handle.
And, Circus Circus is old.
For some, but not all of these reasons, I am starting to develop an interest in the property. If you know anything about my by now, you know that I like things old-school, and I find that progress, though wonderful, often comes at a very high cost of things that were simple and highly pleasurable.
With the demise of the Westward Ho and the Stardust and the Sahara and the Riviera and so many other old Vegas places (not to mention the removal of the vintage slots and coin-dropper video poker games upstairs at The D), I realize I had better start to cherish the ones that remain, while I can.
Circus Circus, you now deserve some vintage love baby. (No, I will not get on your lap.)
Since the CC was very close to the Riv, it seemed natural to plan a stop there and check it out. I did some research and found a very interesting game that I have never played before. It's called Aces and Eights and it has a pretty favorable paytable, with the added remote possibility of a huge score by hitting its progressive sequential Royal jackpot.
And with that, I motored the Asshat neatly into the back parking area of the Sickus Sickus, and bathed in the unholy purple helmeted warrior light of its so called 'Adventuredome'.
Not feeling very adventurous - indeed, feeling somewhat queasy from the eye melting reflections outside - I entered the casino.
I wandered around, taking a few pictures, drinking in the attention to detail in all of the vintage design elements that make Circus Circus the very picture of vintage elements in modern-day Las Vegas.
Do you think its impossible to get a sequential Royal?
I don't. But I do think its very hard to get two of them and I had one already this year on WinPoker on my phone.
|Probably the only sequential Royal I will ever get. On my phone. For no money whatsoever.|
And... my card wouldn't work. Fortunately, a little man with a funny accent, who sent by the name of Leaky Shawarma had a little hidden booth just behind the door shown in the picture and he was able to fix me up with a card. Very friendly guy, Leaky.
So early on a Monday morning, the casino was nearly deserted. I was enjoying being able to try out this game and winging the strategy as I went. Quad Aces or quad eights both paid a progressive which started at 800 credits. Oddly quad sevens paid 250 credits, and the remainder of the quads paid 125. There was a progressive on the Royal and a super progressive on the Sequential Royal.
And then a very tall, sloppy, moon-faced, loud-mouthed greasy-eyed moron sludged his way out of the men's room, wiping his fingertips on pilled polyester pants and decided that this was the morning he was going to become my very best friend.