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Day 2 of the pre-Madness madness

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by HurricaneMikey, Mar 14, 2005.

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  1. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

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    My Trip Report

    Dawn must’ve brought the cold weather with her, because a chilly northern wind rolled in last night with a fury, ruining all chances for me to pee in the wave pool at Mandalay Bay this afternoon. I’d been sleeping with my window open all week, but this morning around 3 am I slammed it shut and got an extra blanket.

    It was still a little cool and windy when her morning meetings ended at 11, but I was waiting for her at the Shark Reef entrance by the convention center at Mandalay, windows down and the 80s station blasting on the radio. Somehow I'd forgotten that love is a battlefield.

    As we were exiting the parking lot, heading for a few hours of freedom, she broke the bad news to me. Her boss, suspicious of anyone having a good time in Vegas, called her and told her that her evening would be used for creating a new 80-slide Power Point presentation that he needed tomorrow. So that killed any evening plans we might have had. Oh well, we still had four hours to kill, a half tank of gas, a carton of smokes, and the love of Jesus on our side…

    After this morning’s discussion of a good place to gamble, I decided to give the Jokers Wild a try. It’s a small locals joint way out on the Boulder Hwy, further south than any place you’ve ever heard of. After about a twenty minute drive, we pulled up and self-parked the Ghetto Sled, having uncovered two new issues to deal with—somebody vandalized my antenna, bending it flat, and the passenger-side window came off track when we tried to roll it up which made for an enjoyable whistling noise at highway speed. :( Screw it—it fit in perfectly on that lot.

    The first thing we saw when we walked in the door was a bank of Beverly Hillbillies penny machines. We both put twenty bucks in, and less than five minutes later we were both wishing we had a cigarette to follow up the fisting we had just received. I’ve decided that I’m not a fan of those 15-line video slots at all…Never won a dime any time I’ve played them, so that was the last time.

    Dawn wanted to play video poker, and I wanted to check out the dice table, so we split up. I made my way over to the very busy craps table, it was surrounded three people deep and there were lots of chips on the rail, so it looked like a buying opportunity. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get within 5 feet of the table—it was like a college student’s credit card, completely maxed out. I couldn’t even get close enough to see what the table limit was or what kind of odds they offered. I never found out, either, because the table was full the entire afternoon.

    I moseyed over to a $5 blackjack table, but quit after just three hands, having lost all three and noticing the fine play of my tablemates. There was immediate seating for 2-4 Texas Hold Em in the poker room, so I grabbed a chair and made my first foray into live casino poker since last year at the Madness. I bought in for forty bucks and ordered a Captain and Seven.

    I hadn’t lost my edge, as I immediately won the first two pots I got involved in, never having to show my cards. I folded for about an hour, maybe seeing the odd flop, but never catching anything good until I looked down to see pocket cowboys looking back up at me. Just as I reached for the chips to make a raise, somebody called ‘misdeal’ as the dealer had dealt to the button first instead of the small blind. Ouch.

    Dawn would stop by about every twenty minutes or so to see how I was doing, but she told me that she was having absolutely no luck whatsoever on the slots or video poker—they were set on vacuum mode for the day, and just sucked up whatever she put in. I had recovered my blackjack losses and was planning on playing until the blinds came around again when I got involved in a couple of strong hands. As in, I flopped monsters three out of four hands, and all three of those hands were good right up to the turn. Yep, got rivered three times in a row…some folks would call that ‘snake bit’, I just called it ‘goodbye forty dollars’ and went back to the blackjack table. [​IMG]

    I had three red chips left, thinking I’d play a quick hand or two and we’d get some lunch. Luckily, I finally caught some good cards playing heads-up against the dealer on the double deck game, and built my stack up to just about a hundred dollars when one of the clowns that was at the table earlier came back after finding another wrinkled up twenty somewhere on his person. Of course I immediately lost the next four hands in a row, and walked to the cage with my ten red chips.

    Dawn was with me in line, and while I was a bit miffed at losing fifty bucks there on the blackjack table, I felt much worse when she told me that she’d lost almost $400 to the tight-assed machines. So overall, we didn’t look to favorably on the whole Jokers Wild concept. Couldn’t get onto the single craps table they had, not even a nickel win at the slots, the ‘expert’ play at the BJ tables, and getting rivered three times kind of soured us on the whole place. Besides, it’s way the hell out in the middle of nowhere, kind of like those truck-stop Indian casinos in New Mexico. I doubt I’ll be going back.

    Anyhow, we were feeling kind of hungry as we made our way back towards civilization. We had about an hour and fifteen minutes before her meetings started back up again, so I made a quick turn off of Tropicana onto Koval and we headed towards Ellis Island.

    We got a primo parking space right by the entrance, and there was no line at the Metro Pizza counter. She had a slice of cheese pizza, and I opted for two slices of pepperoni. While that was being plated up, I went to the bar and got another one of those fantastic home-brewed root beers I’ve become addicted to, and we had a nice, though quick, lunch.

    The highlight of the day had to have been my shirt. I was offered $20 bucks for it at the Jokers Wild, a waitress wanted to know where I got it so she could buy one for her fiancé, and everyone in the poker room at Jokers Wild and the Bar at Ellis Island wanted me to stand up and turn around so they could read it…

    Anyhow, it’s a plain black t-shirt, and on the front it says I like my women like I like my coffee…


    and on the back it says...

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    Ground up and in the freezer! It’s always a big hit when I wear it, and today it provided a few laughs to balance the cold run of gambling we experienced.

    The pizza was pretty good, as usual, and we drove back up the strip and I got Dawn back to her meetings twenty minutes early. Since her evening was now booked solid with actual work, we made plans to meet up at the same time tomorrow. We’re probably going to have lunch at the Peppermill and drinks in the Fireside Lounge, then head over to the Riviera for a couple of hours to see if we can’t change our luck. If anything, I’m doing better this year than last year at the Madness—I’m losing at a much slower pace. I’m only down a hundred for the week. Of course, I’m playing at much lower levels, too, but that’s not gonna spoil my fun.

    As a bonus, Rambill rolls in tomorrow, right about the time I drop Dawn of for her afternoon meetings, so I’m going to meet him at the Gold Coast to autograph the book he won in the Save Mikey auction, and we’re going to hoist a few cold ones and tell a few stories. Should be a pretty good day.

    Mikey [​IMG]

    [ March 14, 2005, 10:23 PM: Message edited by: HurricaneMikey ]
     
  2. vegasbound

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    Sorry Jokers Wild didn't treat you guys well. We've been brutalized in there when we've went on our own, but when we bring in out-of-towners we've done really well. We stay away from the slots and stick to the tables.

    Hope you have some better luck over the next few days.
     
  3. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Didja at least get any hot tub time at the MBay pool?? Dude, what are the weather gods thinking?? I won't even get started on those gambling gods....
     
  4. HurricaneMikey

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    Man, I didn't even set one foot in the Mandalay Bay yesterday...just picked up Dawn at the Shark Reef entrance, and dropped her off again four hours later.

    Apparantly, the Bay has slipped so much that she's done with the place...it's back to the Venetian from now on. I could tell it was getting a little worse, but I think staying there puts a better perspective on it's recent decline.

    Mikey
     
  5. Coaster Kikky

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    Sorry about the bad luck Mikey - you are definitely overdue for some GOOD luck. But I love the way you keep your chin up through it all.

    Although, I do have to say that I think your poker results might take Terry off the hook for the MM2 prop bet for getting drowned by the river. Again.

    [ March 15, 2005, 09:07 AM: Message edited by: Coaster Kikky ]
     
  6. LV Terry

    LV Terry Captain Flop'N Fold

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    WHAP!!

    An unexpected shot to the body!

    UHHH!! That had to sting.

    Speaking of poker....does anyone besides me find it unacceptable that the T2V Poker King (Bazootch), will not be defending the crown?

    / I'm just sayin'.....
     
  7. Jer

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    Too many things going on right now, according to him...

    But yeah T, you're right!!!
     
  8. Mia4071

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    Man that must suck about the weather and the money getting sucked into the machines! Good luck next time - The most I can say is ....
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    I WISH I WAS THERE!
     
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