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Saturday, January 11, 2020


Circa is going up fast and hard like a cement and steel rocket with rooms in it and eventually a sports book and pool. And who said I didn't write good?

Day 4 part 3

The handy thermometer atop Binions said it was 55F out, plenty for this Canuck, compared to what was back home.

I am particularly thrilled that it looks like the Circa will not block the view of that highly accurate scientific device. I check it out every time I'm waiting for the elevator.

We rode down to the casino, exited the elevator, and turned left. The pit was a little busy, and I could hear the cocktail waitresses sing-song voice offering libations. Except she called them cocktails.

Along the pit, past some loud video slots, and then banks of slant top VP machines by the cage. Some of these are way out of my league, like the $2 Double Double progressive. I don't know if I'll ever have the nerve to play that for any length of time.

There's that little deke to the right and then down the four stairs or so, past the craps pit on the left, and then angle your way to the door at the corner.

I still miss the Shaka 5-way video poker progressive and I know of certain readers who lament the loss of the Cal Club snack bar that used to fill that part of the casino with a never dissipating scent of hot fry oil.

Construction at Circa is full on and one lane of the road between the Cal and Circa was blocked off to traffic. I guess they need room to maneuver.

"Here's the plan," I said to the Quad Queen as we approached the area I call Starship Binions.

"We play one twenty each - just one - and we each get a quad and take the money and run."

"Got it," she replied.

I decided on a nice little ole upright with a terrible but not too terrible Boner Deluxe paytable. It wouldn't matter much when I got my quad.

It took me just a few minutes. Mission Quadcomplished!

I cashed out at $120, getting an even $100 profit on the hit and run. I went over to the Flusherina to see how she was doing.

"I'm in for $60," she said.

Was this snack bar always there in Binions? I don't think so. I think it was moved from the front, when they repurposed the poker pit.
She managed to quit in time that we'd have profit at Binion's between us.

Keno time at the D!

The orld's Largest Keno Board is so big you can't fit everything in one photo.

At the D, I picked up my 'winnings' - some $32 on a $100 ticket. Having learned my lesson, I bought a keno ticket for even more games. And I kept it simple. Five spot. Done. Dime a game.

We met up at Theb D Vue Bar, and had a few cocktails, and hit some quads. They've redone the bar with all new machines, and it's a really nice place to play now. I really should spend more time here.

Queens, twice, for the Queen.

I wasn't to be left out of the winning.

One more for the Lady.

I wonder if it's still there? Not likely.
We had a bit of time before our dinner reservation so we played a bit more at the Cal.

Boner Deluxe again! Have I gotten my Boner Deluxe skills back?
It's been a few years now since those heady days of dollar play with the gold cards and limos and such. It was such fun while it lasted. I'm glad we did it, but I'm also glad we aren't doing it any longer. The comps and cashback just don't justify it anymore.

But with $100 in food to eat, we could go back and enjoy the Redwood Steakhouse one more time.

We washed up before dinner and I saw this sign.

The omelet may be Onolicious, and the pancakes might be dressed up with some pudding I can't pronounce, but you can't fool me, that's SPAM right there in the middle.
In the Redwood, we were so happy to see our waiter Hilario, and busser Aurelio. Great guys and we got warm handshakes and greetings all around.

I went for the pineapple shrimp appetizer, and something new on the menu - the Crispy Pork Shank. It comes with coconut rice, kim chee, and a honey ginger sauce. Slice o' the pineapple too.

My old friend, the pineapple shrimp, half gone already because I couldn't wait.
Redwood Steakhouse Crispy Pork Shank
The pork shank was delicious, and very filling. Served piping hot, there's a savory crusty exterior hugging the delicious pork underneath, tender, moist, and not quite falling off the bone. Perfect.

The kim chee was wicked good, and the glaze delicious as well.

I devoured all the kim chee, the perfect foil to the rich pork.
The Quad Queen opted for the tried and true medium rare rib eye steak, served bare and hot, and accompanied by a lobster tail, in case one is short of protein.

Dinner was onolicious as always, and we were stuffed.

Even better, I'd hit on one of my dime Keno games at the D while we ate! That looked like $100 to me!

Am I getting good at this keno shit or what?

Start a new chapter
Find what I'm after
It's changing every day

The change of the seasons
Is enough of a reason
To want to get away

Quiet and pensive
My thoughts apprehensive
The hours drift away

Leaving my homeland
Playing a lone hand
My life begins today

Fly by night, away from here
Change my life again
Fly by night, goodbye my dear
My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend
My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend
My ship isn't coming and I just can't pretend

R.I.P. Neil Peart


    1. Just have to ask for clarification: what is "Theb D"? Thanks!

      1. That is an excellent question. Take a look:

      2. keep the updates coming..........did you guys abandon the treasure chests & the boars head bar ?........good luck !

      3. I thought you were just fat fingered typing until I saw the photo lol!!

      4. What's really sad is I have pictures from 2018 with that typo.

    2. "Grilled luncheon meat." Does that mean they've found a way to lower food costs by not even using real Spam brand Spam?

      1. SPAM, KLIM, KLIK or QUIM, they think people can't tell the difference.

        But I sure can.

    3. Anyone else befuddled that they used a zero for "N0 FREE PLAY ALLOWED"?


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