Day 6 - Part 3
Six times a charm? In this case, no.
I was now zero for six on match plays. What the flying fuck???
A lot of these were $25 ones, and they were taking a lot of dough out of the Flusher budget!
So we drank drinks, shot the shit, and had a great time at the table. We played mostly $10 a hand, and it went like this. I bought in for $100, lost with the match play right away, hung around $35, then got my first blackjack and used my other coupon for a 2:1 payoff.
"Does that count as a coupon win?" I asked meekly.
We agreed that it did, and psychologically, I needed that. I'd, sort of, won a coupon.
OK, I hit a bunch of winners in a row, and worked up to about $145, then down to $95. Should I cash out? I'd played about an hour and a quarter, had fun, and was only down $5. Color, right? Don't go for the even $100, right?
Err, well, a quick series of losses and unfortunate doubles and splits and next thing I knew I was down to $15. I pushed it all out. And somehow, I won that hand, and in the next five minutes, hit five blackjacks.
Dr. Raoul was long out of chips, but sat and cheered us on, and Gambletron had staged a stunning comeback himself from being felted at one point. He pushed his bets at the right time and had a decent stack in front of him.
I worked my up higher, a bit higher, and then popped over $150. I played another hand or two and when I hit $150 on the nose, we called it quits.
A winning session!!! And I was reallllly happy I hadn't dumped the $100. That would have been bad.
The plan was to have drinks, snacks, drinks, and drinks up in the Perch - the Golden Gate room right on Fremont Street that the Manitoba Boyz reserve for just this purpose - sitting, drinking, not losing in the casino, and looking out at the goings on under the canopy.
|Tron counting the spoils, or figuring out how much he is down, not sure which.|
|I love how this picture turned out. Those windows are single pane, very old. Maybe original?|
|See all that stuff? It was the last time we'd see it too.|
|Not much action visible from the Perch.|
|This is what happened when the Boyz convertible top was down between Vegas and the Hoover Dam.|
I was down about $40 on the day, so I thought, hey, why not, and played $20 on dollar 9/5 Jacks at the Nugget. Seemed like a smart move. I'd hit a quad there before. Easy money, yeah? Cool move... got absolutely nothing.
No problem. Then I played $100. And in very short order, that was gone, gone, gone.
Apparently, I threw the day's budget out the window in about 8 minutes of risky behavior.
I hadn't bothered with lunch (drinking) and it was just time for hap- hap- happy hour at various places around downtown, but in my case, and in particular, at the Grotto. It used to be called Frottage, but apparently, that rubbed people the wrong way.
Sure enough, they had very large desserts.
|Gratuitous large dessert shot.|
After wolfing that down (yes I ate it allll) I managed to win $20 on a slot machine. And I went to the room and grabbed the last 4 Silver Strikes I had. And I went to the Four Queens and more reasonably, played some quarter Jacks or Better.
Hit one quad, as you can see. The card I left there was still there.
I tried to parlay a few times but in the end, they get it all. I played 40 minutes on the first $20 and 20 minutes on the next $40. You tell me if that makes sense.
I had a few dollars left, and for those dollars I bought the following: one great picture of Binions at dusk, and, a jackpot on a 9 cent machine.
|Taken at 'magic time'. Dusk, when the lights come on.|
|Jackpot!!! 109 cents!!!|
But here's the thing.
Tomorrow would start the heavy coin-in 50 cent Jacks play at T.I. I aimed to do $8K coin in per day.
I was pretty sure that the health and success of the whole $1000 gambling budget challenge hinged on it. If I did well, I'd have enough budget to coast through the rest of the trip. If I managed to win or even hit a Royal, it would all be good. Especially if I hit a Royal. That would guarantee success.
But if I got blown out... I mean, I could easily go through the $400 freeplay on the first day and some of my cash. And then what??? I could be broke by day 2 and not even reach my goal. And be broke for the rest of the trip. Yeah I had the marker money, but that would be admitting huge defeat. Playing by the rules, I shouldn't even use it, but had it with me for safety's sake. Not good to be stone broke in Vegas.
Bankroll left: $460
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