Misc Las Vegas Musings and Observations
1) The number of d-bags at the poker tables was as great as any I have experienced in previous trips. The commonality they had was a bitter disposition or an uncalled for nastiness in dealing with fellow players and the dealers. Nobody, however, was really over the top except for the skinny little Asian guy who wanted to get into TBC's face.
2) Since poker can oftentimes be a social game, some of the most fun moments on my trip came from banter at the table. At Bellagio, the table consisted of mostly USA players, a couple of Aussies, and a dealer from Europe. The subject became soccer, or, as most of the world calls it, "football." The dealer was trying to defend his position that soccer is the best sport in the world. Of course, in the USA, many of us see soccer as being boring and filled with drama queens. One of the guys at the table said "Soccer sucks. Look at the guys from the USA at the table. They are all smiling." And we were.
At Luxor I was sitting next to a Baltimore Orioles fan. We were discussing the Birds and their recent history when the dealer entered the conversation. He was a baseball encyclopedia! We were talking about Orioles teams from the 1960's and 1970's. How can you get into that kind of conversation in everyday life?
3) If I lived in Las Vegas I would so be hanging out at places like the Boyd Gaming casinos (Sam's Town, The Orleans, Suncoast). Lots of cheap eats options, plenty of other things to do (bowling, movies), calm, laid back atmosphere.
4) Got a back scratch from a female dealer who commiserated with me when I saw that my pocket Kings were going to go down in flames when an Ace appeared on the flop. Being friendly and nice sometimes yields benefits!
5) Over the years I have made a number of trips to Las Vegas by myself. I just don't like doing that nearly as much anymore. Having a base of friends who live in or are frequently in Las Vegas makes for a nice vacation -- at least for me.
6) I rented a car this past trip -- the third time in my last four visits, I believe. I enjoy Las Vegas much more when I am able to explore. Many of my trips in the past rarely saw me leaving The Strip.
7) Ever since I became director of my department at work I have made few visits to casino poker rooms. I felt like my play really suffered because of that this past trip. I am thinking that I might need to ditch my current "home game," which is starting to have some issues, and instead invest in more trips to the closest casino.
8) Southwest Airlines remains high on my list of excellent businesses. On my return trip from Las Vegas we left a tad late, landed in nasty weather with ice and snow coming down, and still got in a few minutes early.
9) I really hate it when individualism is lost in the casinos. I always enjoyed different themed casinos as opposed to generic ones (see Luxor --> new Luxor and Aladdin --> Planet Hollywood). The different Caesars Corp poker rooms all had different high hand jackpots and other promotions. Now they are all part of the same bad beat jackpot promotion.
10) I totally crashed on slots this trip. Some trips I have even used slot winning to make up for poker losses. This trip, however, I took a huge bath on the one-armed bandits. I played some of my usual nickle slots and some Deuces Wild video poker. Not one really decent score. Maybe I should try video blackjack?