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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Willie McGinest -- "High Roller"

So, what does Willie McGinest and Jimmyhoofa have in common? Not much, in fact we have nothing in common. So why I am writing about Willie? Well, keep reading. Willie McGinest is a former USC and NFL defensive end who won three SB's with the NE Patriots. He might get into the NFL Hall of Fame. Ok, so big deal. How did I cross paths with this man?

During the summer of 2009 I attended the Barret-Jackson auto auction held at the Mandalay Bay. After I left the auction I walked around the casino and checked out the table games. Since I know how to count cards, I was checking out the blackjack pits to see what kind of action of was going on.

As I was walking through the pit I noticed a very large African-American man playing blackjack by himself at a "reserved" table. This "reserved table" was right in the middle of the pit. He had an "associate" sitting with him who was not playing BJ. Of course, I recognized this very large African-American man as Willie McGinest.

So, what the hell I thought? I will watch Willie McGinest play BJ and see if he knows what he's doing. I was standing at least 10 feet away from the table just watching the action. Big deal, right? So I watch WG play, he's playing two handed at $500 a hand. Occasionally he ramps up to a $1000 and maxes out at $1500. He knows basic strategy and that's it. He's not counting cards and of course makes some stupid plays when the count goes negative. During this time Willie's "associate" is giving me some very "not nice" looks.

Just then a pit boss approaches me and very politely tells me that I am not permitted to watch this "guest" play blackjack. I looked at her in disbelief. It is 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday night in Las Vegas, in one of the busiest hotels in the city, and I am basically being told that I cannot stand in a certain area of the casino. The pit boss explained to me that the guest "does not like people watching him play blackjack." To avoid any problems, I complied with the request and left the area.

Give me a flipping break. Who the hell does Willie McGinest think he is? He plants himself down right in the middle of the Mandalay Bay casino at a "reserved" table and then gets pissed when he gets recognized, which might lead to people watching him play blackjack. Of course if I was female, 5-10, 120, with a nice set of d-cup implants, I am sure Willie would have been more than happy to have me in the area.

All I can say is that Willie McGinest must really need attention now that his NFL career is over. Maybe if Willie does not like people watching him play blackjack in the middle of a casino, he should take his ass over to the high limit room where he can lose his money in relative peace and quiet. If you would like to learn more about Willie Ginest, please check out his very lame website:


  1. I have a similar story with a well known poker player Phil Ivey. I was looking for a craps game at Golden Nuggets and all of them were busy except one with only one player, coming closer I recognized him and try to stand from afar just to see how he plays and how much the bets were. Not 10 seconds into this, I got a bodyguard tells me this is a private table.

    This must have been early 2000s, then even I know who he was.


  2. Heh. Planet Hollywood, Sept. 2007.
    An empty table at the end of the pit is labeled "Reserved." Limit $1000. At some point much later, some guy from an upcoming motorcycle event sits down to play. A small crowd gathers to see who the "big shot" is. He plays yellow chip on every single hand.

    ...WTF? They have a high limit room upstairs. This joker could never raise his bet, playing max bet on every hand. Conclusion: he wanted to be seen, and have that crowd marvel at his play. Impressive....