We planned a trip to Caesar’s Windsor to coincide with a Vince Gill concert. We were originally planning to stay three nights, but a bad cold kept me at home an extra day. We arrived around noon on Friday and I was playing video poker shortly afterwards. NON-GAMBLING STUFF Along with a comped room, this trip included two free tickets to a Vince Gill concert. Tickets for Platinum level players could be picked up after 2pm. The line was ridiculously long and slow, which is not usually the case. I wished I had my Kindle with me to help pass the time, but I didn’t want to lose my place in line to go to the room to get it. Oh well . . . next time. It took nearly an hour to get my tickets. The worst part of the wait was listening to the woman in line behind me, complaining incessantly about the wait. And the fact that too many of the agents were waiting on 7 stars and Diamond customers. And how she would rather be playing in the casino. And how poorly run the ticket booth was, etc., etc. I have a hard time criticizing an organization that is getting ready to give me free tickets to a concert I really, really want to see. Later we met up with some friends who live in the area. They are Diamond level players and got better seats at their earlier pickup time. But they weren’t committed to going to the concert and they graciously swapped tickets with us. Their seats were great, seven rows up above the floor level. (Thanks, loonar!) And the concert was really wonderful. I’ve been a longtime fan of VG – I have a couple of his albums on the ipod I listen to when I’m playing in the casino. Dinner Friday night consisted of a hot dog from the Pronto snack bar. Show nights are always busy at all of the on-site food outlets. We’re not big “foodies”, easily satisfied at the Pronto, Artists’ Café or Buffet. This night, the snack bar was the quickest choice. Saturday there were hourly drawings for four Fiat cars, starting at 6pm. Things started getting really crowded in the casino around 5pm. We had dinner in the café around that time, beating the crowd by just a few minutes. At that time, the line to swipe your card at the promotional kiosks for the drawing was ridiculously long – hundreds of people. I’m not sure I would stand in a line that long for such a drawing, but that’s just me. In all my years of casino drawings, I have won exactly one time - $777 about 5 years ago in West Virginia. There are many Seven Stars and Diamond players in Windsor who automatically get many more entries than I do. Someday I’ll win another big drawing. But I won’t be holding my breath until then. GAMBLING At this casino, I mostly play quarter 9/5 DDB. (I sometimes play a little Let it Ride and I did on this as well, but I never hit anything significant.) So it was mostly video poker, which is fine with me. On Friday, I played for about an hour before hitting my first quad. It was dealt 2’s, but I failed to draw the kicker. Those credits dwindled fast and on my last five credits, I got four J’s – and a useless kicker. That seemed to be a theme this weekend: no kicker when it mattered and a useless kicker when it didn’t matter. My next hit was four Q’s – again with a meaningless kicker. And just a few hands later I got four Q’s again – again with a useless kicker. How could this keep happening? My next hit was unusual – I held a J and drew four 8’s. I love those serendipitous type hits. They always seem to hint at further good things to come. Sure enough, not long after that I held the Aces from AAAQQ and got the fourth Ace, and another Q (?). A few minutes later, the lady two machines down got four Aces. And minutes later I got four A’s again – again without the kicker. My DH then moved to the machine vacated by the Ace lady and he hit four Aces. The last time I was in Windsor I played for three days and never hit quad Aces. So now I hit Aces twice on the same machine and they were hit twice on a nearby machine all in the course of about 20 minutes. Crazy game. Daily total: 9 quads Saturday started out slowly. I played for over two hours before hitting my first quad. After I played for about two hours, I moved from my usual area (the slant tops near the High Limit room) to the Legends Bar. I’ve had some good sessions there in the past and hoped this would be another one. After about 15 minutes of play, I drew four Aces, but missed the kicker by one spot (drawing a 5). A short while later, I was dealt four J’s – with an Ace kicker. Dang! Then I was dealt four 6’s. I love those dealt quads. Then I drew four 3’s, but once again, no kicker. Then I was dealt another quad, 3’s, but again I couldn’t draw the kicker. So that was three dealt quads in a couple of hours. I turned $100 into $500 and decided to move on. I returned to the slant top machines and got quad 4’s, but, you guessed it, no kicker. I was dealt quad 6’s again – twice. That was apparently my number for the day. Later on I held KQ suited (hoping for AJT) and drew the other three K’s. I also got quad 7’s – and a deuce kicker. And four 2’s w/o/k. Finally about 9:40 that night I got my first bonus quad w/kicker. I was dealt four 4’s and drew a 2. The last drawing for the car was at 10pm – they didn’t call my name. The casino was crazy busy at that time – long lines at the self-serve beverage stations and at all the ticket redemption machines. Leaving a VP machine meant you might not find another to play – I don’t like playing with my options so limited, so I decided to make it an early night. Daily total: 16 quads. Sunday morning, while DH did the “beast of burden” thing taking all our stuff to the car, I again turned to VP hoping for a big win. I again played for a couple of hours before hitting my first quad, but it was 3’s with a kicker. A couple of hours and a couple of non-bonus quads later, I was dealt four 4’s and managed to pull the kicker. So three bonus quads with kickers in my last few hours of play – it seemed like a good time to leave. Daily total: 5 quads. VP SUMMARY Royal Flush: 0 Straight Flush: 0 Aces w/k: 0 Aces w/o/k: 3 2,3,4 w/k: 3 2,3,4 w/o/k : 5 5-K: 19 Dealt Quads: 8 Quads from holding 1 card: 1 Quads from holding 2 cards: 15 Quads from holding 3 cards: 6 Four to a royal: 17 At the end of play, I wasn’t ahead, but was only down a few Bordens (Canadian $100), an acceptable loss for three days of play. Our return home was uneventful. The border crossing was quick, although traffic was backed up going into Canada nearly the entire length of the bridge. I joked that the smart Americans were running away from our shut down government, but actually most of the cars had Ontario plates. I don’t recall such backups on previous Sunday trips home, so I don’t know what was contributing to the problem. We’ll be back in Canada in a little over a month. I hope to earn Diamond level during that trip. And I hope to hit a couple of royals then too!