I had a great time in October, my first month running Casino snob (I'm also taking care of Just the Chips if you're interested as well). Check below for the stories from last month, and I look forward to bringing you even more in the coming months.
Are you intimidated by the roulette wheel, with its spinning and clacking, and its complex bidding system? Or maybe you just don't play because you think of roulette as an unbeatable game that's not worth it? Carl Sampson, author of Killer Roulette, begs to differ with you.
So, you thought that roulette could not be beaten? Well, you are not on your own because millions of people around the world share this view. However, roulette can be beaten and Warriors of the Wheel will show you how. This book relates the tales of daring and imaginative roulette players who have taken the casino industry for vast sums of money down the years.
Sounds like it might be time to give that old wheel of fourtune another chance.
Calm down, I'm not calling you a dummy. It's just that I know not everyone in the world knows how to play every game you find in a casino, nor does everyone understand casino etiquette and how to maximize their experience. So if you're off to the casinos and want to brush up - or want to subtly let a friend know they should do the same - pick up Casino Gambling for Dummies. From the back cover:
Can you imagine being in a casino, ready to hit a hot streak on a slot machine or video poker game, and suddenly having the power go out? Gamblers at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas faced that very problem last week when the power went down and stayed down for two hours.
My first thought that someone must've done it on purpose to go all Ocean's 11 on the place, and then I remembered - the Golden Nugget probably doesn't have all that much anyone wants to steal.
...it happened this afternoon at Golden Nugget, where the power went out for almost two hours because of an underground cable being severed. Oddly enough, it only affected Golden Nugget and not any other business on Fremont St.
During the outage, all gambling ceased and was shut down, while most people were told to leave the casino.
The matter of fact way he discusses the way pleasure and pain interweave for a gambler, the different perspective on what it means to win and lose...it's an article worth a read no matter your stance on casinos and gambling. The article is part of a seven part series, and I'm really looking forward to learning more about addiction and coping with it. Below is an excerpt.
Some time later, I drove home. All the money, of course, was gone. As I drove home through the network of highways that tie up a concrete bow just east of downtown Los Angeles, I felt no compulsion to slam the Outback into a guardrail. In fact, losing almost all the money I had in the world in six hours stirred up only a cold, scraped-out feeling of knowing--the calm that freezes out your brain when you watch someone younger make the same mistakes you made at their age.
Staring out at the empty skyscrapers, I tried to figure out what might be the right reaction to losing $12,000. At the 7-Eleven on Venice and Sepulveda, I bought a bottle of Nyquil, drank half of it in the parking lot and drove the rest of the way home in a warm, creeping fog.
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I was in Vegas just this week and I didn't find time to gamble even a little bit...not even pulling a single one-armed bandit (if you will). I won't have to worry about going to a casino to play the slots now, though - plus I'll be able to save some money while doing it - with this "Welcome to Vegas" slot machine bank. Of course, I won't be able to expect any big payouts either, but them's the breaks.
Randy Couture Charity Poker Tournament: October 30
Mixed martial artist Randy Couture will be holding "Operation All In," a charity poker tournament to benefit American GIs, on October 30 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Sounds like a great event for a great cause (helping wounded soldiers get back on their feet, so to speak), and you can expect to see some celebrities there too.
The winner of the "Operation All In" charity poker tournament will take home $10,000 in cash and top finishers will win valuable sponsored product prizes.
The buy-in for "Operation All In" is $225 with $100 multi re-buys. Tournament participants will also receive free entry to the first annual Randy Couture Halloween bash starting at 8 p.m. inside Gold Diggers nightclub overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. For those not wishing to participate in the poker tournament, general admission tickets to the Halloween bash will be available for $25 at the door.
Check the press release for more information and a list of celebrities.
If you're one of those folks who likes to commemorate trips to the casino by displaying your poker chips, you're in luck. This display cabinet has a UV-protective acrylic cover, comes in four different finishes to match your decor (oak, cherry, walnut and black), and will hang quite nicely on your wall. Now all you need is a few more casino trips to start collecting your chips!