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Coushatta Weekend Trip 9/3-9/5...Foreigner, Loverboy, Free Play, and Steak Dinners!!

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    My Trip Report

    I wrote this earlier but am just now getting around to posting it...

    Pre-game report...tidying up all of the chores around the house and getting ready to head out about noon. I'm picking my lovely wife up at work and we'll be on the road to Coushatta.

    We have a fun trip planned--there is a concert tonight (Foreigner/Loverboy). I almost always enjoy concerts by artists I liked when I was younger. I saw Foreigner sometime between 1983-85 for $15. I know they have changed over the years, but don't we all? We've never been to a show at Coushatta, so it will be a new experience for us!!

    My wife has $75 in free play--that is a personal high for us. That is a nice bankroll stretcher; hopefully it will net a win before we even get in to our money!! I am going to try to get her to take pictures w/ her iPhone...we'll see how that goes.

    I'm planning to hit the craps table upon arrival...a few cocktails pre-concert will be on the agenda!! I am hoping 4/10 are "my" numbers this weekend. Something sweet about buying for a quarter and getting two greens for a buck on the roll!! Sometimes it works; sometimes...well, we everyone knows that...

    This trip report may even be "live"...I see that Coushatta has free wi-fi in all lodging areas, so I am packing up the computer. My last live report was a real challenge. I cannot type sober (one finger typist) but drunk it is even more interesting!!
     
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    We left Houston at about 1 p.m. It was rainy; that added a bit of time to our trip. It is a pretty crappy drive over on a heavily traveled route (I-10 in addition to the roads around Houston) and the rain added to the stress. Once we passed Beaumont and traffic thinned, excitement set in and we began to relax. Our cooler was packed with wine (little bottles; a box of wine caused the "flu" last time my wife tried that on a trip) and Coors Light. We keep them in the room for "pregame" drinks.

    Arrived at Coushatta around four and checked in to the "Grand Inn."

    Mini-review Coushatta Grand Inn--this is a pretty nice place located within a short walk of the casino. Rooms can be difficult to come by at Coushatta if you come over on short notice--they don't have quite enough rooms right now. Since this trip was planned well in advance, we had no problem getting a room. The room is clean and well-kept. It is on the level of any nicer mid-level hotel/motel out there and I would recommend it as a place to stay. Check-in was easy...and the room was comped. It is important to call about reservations even if you are not sure you qualify because many mailers have mentioned free rooms Sun-Thur; we have gotten those and still are able to get weekend nights.

    It was a rough couple of hours. We got a few drinks and were nicely relaxed, but the tables and slots were in "vacuum cleaner" mode. I played craps and quickly lost $200. My wife played all of her favorite games but kept coming back for "refills" (another $20). There was a bit of a turn pre-concert and we went from being way down to being just a couple hundred or so down. It helped when I made $200 playing baccarat and also when I hit a "17" on the roulette wheel for $186. I used that money to "refill" my own craps bankroll; I promptly lost too much of it as the dice just didn't go my way.

    I always enjoy dice--there are some real characters at the tables. The thing I noticed so far this weekend is that the tables are quiet even when winning. I hope people get a little louder when they win!! The other thing that bugs me is "choppy" play when there are disagreements about payouts, bets, etc. It seems that every time the dice don't go out in a normal interval, bad "crap" happens. This has happened much more often this time than in any other visit here. I hope that changes by tonight!!

    Foreigner/Loverboy Concert--the venue is a bit away from the casino and they have a very efficient bus system to move people back and forth. The prices were right--a six pack of beer in a styrofoam cooler (complete with ice...wow!!) $24. The concert was awesome. My wife always has trouble remember who did what song until she hears them, so she wasn't sure about these bands but she "got it" when she heard some of the music. Foreigner has only one original player but the band did a great job with the sound I remember from way back (last time I saw them was 25 years ago). The venue is multi-purpose and they would make concerts sound a lot better with some acoustic work (perhaps a large acoustic curtain at the end away from the stage or something). There was an annoying echo if I turned my head too far towards that end.

    We took the bus back and things got better pretty quickly. My wife brought me three TITO's within an hour or so and I did okay at craps. I also played a little video poker and hit my first-ever 4OAK. That was nice; now I need a Royal Flush!! Craps turned south when they decided to change a $5 table to a $10 table (no grandfathering; something I do not like) as I finished a roll. I am not a $10 player--I don't like the feel of the game. I may have $150 out there in mid-roll but I want to start with a $5 pass bet and add to it as I go... I left that table pretty quickly.

    The night went until about 3 a.m. We ended the night in decent shape--not a winner; but not as far into the bankroll as we could have been, either.

    It has been a good trip so far but, with the exception of the concert, nothing overly exciting.

    Yet...
     
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    The intended live updates ended because I did not follow my own advice about preparing posts. I have a wireless internet service (Internet America) that is a little suspect at times. The service can be great but it also can drop unexpectedly. The first time that happened, I vowed to write all updates in Word and then paste them for posting. I didn’t do that when I went to post on Saturday and…you guessed it…the service at Coushatta dropped right when I was trying to complete my post. The post was lost…
     
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    Back to the report…the evening did end at 3 a.m. The walk back to the room was a little tough because someone had a little too much fun. Though it is only a five minute (or less) stroll to the Inn, it took us about fifteen minutes.

    There seems to be a case of the “bottle flu†in my room but I manage to get some sleep in spite of the consequences someone is suffering.

    I was up three hours later and, after a quick shower, back to the casino. Being close (no driving to the casino) is huge because…well, let’s just say I would not have driven over if it had been necessary.

    I play some craps and actually do very well. I bought in for $400 and turned it into $900 but chased “the dream†of $1,000 too long…and ended up back at $700. The craps tables are very strange indeed this weekend. The “vibe†is just off. Playing is still enjoyable, but not as much fun as I usually have.

    My favorite player is a guy who you can spot as a Texan from about a mile away. It just isn’t too hard when he is wearing the Texas flag shirt and has on a cowboy hat. I said the obvious…lemme guess—you’re from Texas—and we had a great time chatting despite him being a “don’t†better. He only bet the “don’t come†so as to not be betting against the shooters on the roll.

    One of the dice flew off the table and landed at his feet. He stepped back about ten feet. It was a little strange, but I picked up the die and handed it to the dealer. Then one of them nearly hit him, but he jumped back even further. Curious, I asked him why he reacted this way to the dice. He said “I promised my mother that I would never touch the dice again; so I won’t touch themâ€â€¦so he doesn’t.

    That was interesting, but not really a part of the “vibe†issue. That problem was a mix of things. Mainly, it was players not knowing what their bets were or perhaps not being clear in announcing them to the dealer. The dice are being moved at a bit faster clip than normal (maybe the dealers were told to keep them moving faster??) and there was way too much going on while dice were out.

    There were bets still being paid and made as the dice head out. There were chuckleheads deciding to bet as the dice began to fly and then splashing the chips on the table. Hands were in the playing area. Disputes on payouts and bets seemed to slow down play and the shooter would toss that horrid number at the end of the dispute. There was also too much crosstalk amongst the crew—save it for the break room, folks!!

    We are in good territory as a long craps session ends. I take a bankroll expecting it to be lost. It is divided into sessions. If we get past the first couple of sessions even or better, some of the money is going home with us. We hit this point early Saturday after that craps session. We are still down a few hundred, but no sessions have been total losses. Perhaps the gambler who is still sleeping is also saving is a bit of bankroll, too. All is good.

    I play a variety of things after craps. A few more twenties are donated to the slot machines. I played a quickfire machine that was okay and tried “I Dream of Jeannie†for a bit. I lost $100 in a $5 reel machine almost as quickly as the machine would take my card (I think I need a new one…it is taking five attempts to get it to read). I also found that video poker game again and gave it a little cash feeding. Nothing good for me on the slots, but it was a bit of fun.

    Over to the baccarat table I go. There is usually one table with a few players working each time I visit, but this game is pretty dead this weekend. I am the only player (again) and I make another deposit that I will have to try to withdraw sometime later on. The dealers are nice but very lonely in that part of the casino this weekend. The slots seem pretty full and the tables are hopping.

    There is a brief rally by my best friend at about eleven but it only lasts long enough to play one $20 and then I get word that she is heading back to the room.

    I play a couple more hours of various games—roulette, Mississippi Stud, and crapsâ€with a bit of a loss and then head back to the room. It was an “up†session in the end…nice!!
     
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    After a few minutes in the room, I ended up back at the casino to pick up some food. I got carryout at Gumbeaux--it was very good, as usually. I enjoyed a jack and coke at the bar while watching some football as I waited on our order to be ready. I left the room again setting 7:30 as the time to shower up and get ready for a nice steak dinner.

    I head back over for a little more play. I stopped by the host office and speak with Jessica. She says our play “looks good†but the numbers she mentions don’t match up with actual play too well. The “buy-in†number is correct and I can’t dispute the average bet because I don’t know how it is computed. I think it should be a bit higher… I also have failed to ask how the slot play factors into the equation. She has us as being down but is pretty far off on the figure (I wish she had been correct!!).

    My wife joins me for a bit and we play another session without losing too much. She is all over the slot area—Ms. Clara T (she still thinks they have changed the payout on this one!), Jeannie, Sex in the City, Penguins, etc. Many deposits; few withdrawals. She is once again having fun—nice to see!!

    Craps is a slightly profitable this time out. I never really went below my buy-in once a few rolls were made and I made a bit of a profit. I am an action junkie this weekend and I am betting pass/come every time. The most common result is getting action on all six numbers and only hitting one or two before that darned seven comes out. I make money on some rolls but lose on most, but I am having a decent session. There are no “monster rolls†to really bring in the money. The weird vibe is still here. If this were a Vegas trip, I think we would have had to try another casino. It isn’t a bad feeling—it is just strange…

    Time for a steak dinner!!
     
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    Big Sky Steakhouse

    Thanks to a generous comp, we were soon dressed and off to dinner. We both dressed “up†to “business casual†for the meal. I usually wear jeans, but this was a “date†amidst the gambling.

    This dinner was a lot like the craps tables. I am not trying to be negative after such a generous comp from a friend here, but I can’t honestly report that it was entirely positive experience. I’ll start from the beginning…

    In trying to determine what I expect of a restaurant, I look at their price point. Certain levels should get you certain things. Big Sky is above our local decent steak chain (Saltgrass) but below the top notch house near home (Perry’s) by a bit. My expectations are high, but not the highest.

    There was not a big crowd at 9 p.m. Upon entry, I noticed several tables still had messes on them. My seat had crumbs on it. In my opinion, the décor did not separate the restaurant from the casino enough. The carpet was worn and the whole feel was just not quite what I expected. My wife thought the menus were tired and sticky…something we often say about Buffalo Wild Wings!!

    Our server was fantastic. He is a MMA fighter and had a “few†tattoos which we had conversations about (my wife was trying to read one of them which was The Lord’s Prayer). He was prompt, courteous, and a very good waiter.

    The meal was well done. Our appetizer was a sampler and I thought it was very good. The portions were very generous. It was a nice break from gambling.

    So…would we go back again? Depends. At the price point (even with comp dollars) I am not sure. My opinion is the price point should be a tad lower if this is all it is ever going to be OR they should upgrade and make it an experience.
     
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    Saturday Evening...

    We headed back to the casino for more action. My wife was quickly off in search of new games to play. I guess we have decided that the penny games (which reportedly have the lowest returns in jurisdictions that give out that info) are much more fun than many higher denomination ones. They have such a variety of them! They aren’t really traditional machines for a penny, as we all know, they are very imaginative and fun to play. Since spins often cost $2 at max play, they really end up costing more than many quarter machines to play. Thankfully, Coushatta is not as tight as some houses, so the play is enjoyable!!

    I head back to the craps table and no one can roll anything decent. Down to half my buy-in, I decide to take a break. I head to the roulette table for ten rolls @ $10. Five action “17â€, $4 on the three number bets in that section, and $1 on 36. Five rolls in, I have hit one number for $11. I throw $10 on the “17†and spread the other five as usual. “17†hits for $386. I collect the chips (two blacks, two green, and the rest in a huge stack of roulette chips) and push 120 roulette chips to the side. I lost the remaining chips but cashed out $370 for a $100 buy-in. Now I can play some more craps!!

    The tables have filled up by this point. I play until about 1 a.m. with mixed results. The vibe is still weird. There is a spot on the rail that I hit a few times on the bounce. It is like a carom shot and always ends up in a seven. Same with any shot in the money when I am on the way to a good roll. I know dice have no memory; just the way it plays out tonight.

    My wife has no better luck with the slots—one decent win this evening but nothing to write home about. She is trying a lot of machines and mentions that they have a great variety of fun machines. She just wants to find one that is ready to pay!!

    We headed back to the room with our bankroll “protected†from ruin…a little rest is needed before our final session tomorrow morning.
     
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    I was up and headed across by 6 a.m. Started the morning with a Red Bull and craps. I had intended an aggressive session because our bankroll was in good shape, but the play never really fell my way. I bought in three different times and I was never ahead for more than a roll. All three buy-ins resulted in significant losses. maybe I should have stopped?

    My wife joined me at about 8 a.m. She had the same result on slots--nothing...

    We packed up and headed back towards Houston for the rest of the Labor Day holiday.

    We were a little poorer in monetary terms, but we were richer for having another great memory of a fun trip to Coushatta!!

    The first question we ask each other as we leave...When can we come back???
     
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