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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"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

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Miracle Royal Flush...

If you play poker you will know how amazing this is.  Flop was Kc, Qc, Ac.  Turn was Jc, River was 10c = Royal Flush. 

I guess I would call this hand the ultimate counterfeit hand!!!  Think about it:  You go all in with two red AA against two red KK and two red QQ.  Life is good with this flop.  But wait, runner runner and your hand it counterfeited... Chop it up three ways!  Ouch.  FYI -- the dealer that dealt this hand has been dealing for 20+ years and this was the first time he has ever seen this!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Las Vegas Abandoned Construction Site #7


Welcome to Echelon.  A project started and abandoned by Boyd Gaming on the LV Strip on the site of the Stardust Hotel.   When will this monstrosity get finished, who knows?  Until then it’s just another silent concrete and steel reminder of the construction insanity that swept across Las Vegas a few years ago.  I wonder if “condo” sales were part of the business model on this thing?  Imagine you spend big bucks on a room at Wynn/Encore or Trump and your room faces toward this mess?  Nice.




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Las Vegas Car of the Week #11

Corvette ZR1 rolling east on the 215.  I bet staying at around the speed limit is tough with this ride!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Frontier Hotel Sign -- R.I.P.

I wonder if my blog had anything to do with this eyesore finally being taken down?  In a way I was kind of sad to see it no longer standing.  Yes it looked like crap, but it also represented a period of Las Vegas history that has long ago vanished.

Here's a few photos I took before the sign was taken down:

Las Vegas Abandoned Construction Site #6

I really don't know the story on this one.  All I know is that it is right in front of the Venetian and no work is being done on it.  Imagine you pay big bucks for some nice suite at the Venetian and your view or part of your view is this thing?  Come on now.  Talk about an eyesore...

Here's some info on this project a reader sent to me.  It appears that this is another condo project gone bust in LV.  "St. Regis" by the Venetian....  Here's what it's supposed to look like:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Las Vegas Smoker of the Week #9

Another day in LV and another car smoker enjoying a late afternoon cig.  Those ashes need to flicked out the window real soon...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Las Vegas Car of the Week #10

I realize this is not a car, but I don't remember ever seeing a Harley-Davidson quite like this.  I thought it would make a nice addition to the "car of the week" collection.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A few more LV Strip photos...

A few more photos of the daily comedy show called the Las Vegas Strip.  Taken this past Saturday.  Posted with commentary...  Enjoy.

Here's two guys with test tube drinks, note one guy has two empty test tubes he's schelping around.  What's up with that?  They seem to be involved in a serious conversation.  Pick the statement that best fits the guy in the black shirt as he speaks to his buddy:

   A.  "Dude, I cannot afford to sustain these types of losses for the rest of the trip."
   B.  "So what if it's 6/5 blackjack, did you see how hot those dealers were at that party pit?"
   C.  "I really want to get another one of these drinks, so what if they cost $25?  I want one."
   D.  "Dude, I had to bring my girlfriend on this trip, I know she can be a bitch, just deal with it, O.K.?"

These two ladies just bought their test tube drinks, maybe they should hook up with the guys in the above photo!

This guy is triple fisted entering the Mirage.  He crossed LV Blvd. from another casino.  I noted the caps were off of all three beers. My theory on this is as follows:  He must be on a beer run for himself and his pals.  He's probably watching a game in the Mirage sports book.  He realized that 3 imported beers at the Mirage sports book bar would set him back over $25 plus toke, so he hoofed it over to O'Shea's or Casino Royale to save a few bucks.  Nice job MGM, have your drink prices so high, that people will leave your casino to buy three beers.

Here's a candidate for asshole of the week.  This car stops right in front of the Mirage to drop off a passenger.  The passenger takes his sweet ass time getting out of the car.  The passenger then proceeds to have a brief conversation with the driver.  Meanwhile, a 15 car back up is created right on LV Blvd at 1:00 p.m. on a Saturday.  You should have heard the honking and cussing -- especially from cabbies.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Perks for Jerks"

This post will take some amount of writing to set it up.  I apologize..

If you have read my blog before you know I get free bets through the mail from local casinos.  Some are a complete waste of time -- like a $5 free table games bets at Silverton (which I throw in the trash).  Like I am going to drive all the way over to the Silverton to play a $5 bet.  Come on now.  However, some of the free play bets are very lucrative.  In fact, over the past 6 months+  I have taken the free bets and turned them into a total profit of $1520 from blackjack, video poker, and poker winnings. My biggest score was a $50 free play about a month ago that I turned into $400 at GVR in under 3 minutes playing blackjack. 

For the past 9 months Station Casinos has been sending me various free table games ranging in the amount from $15 to $50 - based on my blackjack play.  So what I figured out is that most Station Casinos will accept free play from casino to casino.  Example:  Fiesta free bets are taken at GVR, Sunset free bets are taken at Texas, etc.  

Here's how this works:   I sit down at a blackjack table and put out my $15 free play.  I figure I am around 50/50 to win the bet.  Let's say I lose the bet but now the count is positive.  Out comes the $25 free play from another Station Casinos property.  I win the bet and the deck is still really meaty.  Then I bring out the $50 free play and cap the $25.  Now I have a $75 bet.  I hit a blackjack.  I win $75 plus $37.50.  Paint all over the table, dealer has a 20. The deck is done, time to leave.  I tip the dealer $2.50 and walk with  $110.  Nice and easy...

Of course it does not always work out like this, but since I am on a 100% free roll on house money, I only have to hit a few like this to make a nice profit.  The problem with this type of play is that some blackjack players get very annoyed at me playing one bet with a free play.  They claim it "messes up the flow of the cards" etc.  Of course this logic is complete nonsense.

About a month ago I roll into the Fiesta Henderson with one $50 free bet.  I find a double deck game and sit down and wait for the deck to finish.  Sitting at the table is one the most obnoxious and disgusting women I have ever encountered since I moved to Las Vegas.  This woman weighs in excess of 200 pounds.  She has a very obnoxious New York or New Jersey accent.  Of course she is a voracious chain smoker.  Her face looks like leather from an old suitcase you find at a garage sale.  Every other word out of her mouth is something negative.  By random chance I have played blackjack previously with her at other Station Casino properties.   On both occasions I had to leave the table because of her smoking and making no effort to direct her exhaled smoke away from the table. I suspect she plays blackjack at Station Casinos every day of the week as I see her almost every time I go to GVR, Sunset, or Fiesta.

Mind you I have never said a word to this woman nor would I ever want to.  As I am sitting waiting for the deck to finish she sees that I have a free play coupon on the table.  A look of disgust comes over her face.  Here's how the conversation transpires:

Her: "Are you just playing that coupon or are you going to buy in?"
Me:  "I was just going to play the coupon, why?"
Her:  "You know what I call a guy like you?"

Now I looked at her and I really did not know what to say.  I was trying to come up with an answer as I was slightly taken aback with her question.  So I before I can answer here's what she says:

Her:  "You are just another jerk with a perk.  That's what I call it, perks for jerks.  Guys like you get your free bets and come in play one or two hands, then leave.  You mess everything up with the flow of the deck.  Play your perk and I am going to sit out.  As soon as you leave I will have the deck shuffled."
Me:  "Did you just call me a jerk?  What's that all about?
Her:  Don't take it personally, that's what I call anyone who plays a free play without a buy in.  Perks for Jerks."

At this point I really did not even know what to say.   I knew from my encounters with this chain smoking troll that there was probably no point to argue with her.  To call a complete stranger a "jerk" for playing a free bet seemed way out of line, but I just let it go.  I thought about it more and just laughed.  What's funny is that not only did she sit out the hand, but she convinced another woman at the table to sit out the hand.  So I had to play heads up against the dealer.  I won the first bet for $50 but lost the second bet for a parlay.  Time to leave. She got her wish, since no one else was playing the deck was done and the dealer shuffled.

So, from this day forward all free bets and free play that are sent to me from LV casinos will be known as "Perks for Jerks!"

Another Long Hauler...

I caught another long hauler in action.  It appears that the long hauling to Tropicana is very popular with cabbies in LV.  Even though Tropicana runs parallel to the airport, these sneaky cabbies claim it's "faster" to take the airport tunnel/215/15 to get over to the Strip.  What should be a 3 mile drive from the aiport, turns into almost 9 miles.  Nice....

The usual story.  Long hauler exits the airport connector to the 215 and heads to the I-15 north...

Long Hauler merges on to the I-15...

Ace Cab #6854 stays over in the right lane.  This has to be a Tropicana long haul....

Long hauler exiting at Tropicana...

Long hauler and his "marks."  I am guessing these two just got off a plane after 12+ hours.  I bet they are staying at the MGM Grand...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Las Vegas Car of the Week #10

Buick Roadmaster...  Not sure what year.  I would guess late 1980's maybe?  Love that fake wood paneling on the side of car. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Smoker of the Year...

God bless this soldier in Afghanistan.  May he inflict maximum casualties on our enemies.  May he return home safe and sound.  True American...  Enjoy that delicious cigarette!!!  You have earned it!

Guess the Casino #1

Hint:  Locals casino, not on Boulder Highway...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ploppies in Action...

Photos taken at Mandalay Bay of their 6/5 single deck ploppy pit.  I think they lure in the fish with $10 min. bets.  Of course steps away one can play a $15 min. 3/2 6 deck shoe with pretty good pen.  At least there some empty seats at these tables early on a Sat. night.  Hopefully some people are finally getting a clue about what a rip off 6/5 blackjack is.

I would assume by 9:00pm these tables will be packed with plenty of suckers with their noses wide open.

These two guys really wanted some abuse.  They were at a 6/5 table with a CSM and it is obviously not a tit pit.   Turn down the lights, turn up the music, and get out the duct tape...

If you don't know what a ploppy is, see this post:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Las Vegas Smoker of the Week #8

Car smoker, late afternoon, south Las Vegas Strip.  In a few minutes the butt will dropped on the street.  Lovely...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Las Vegas Car of the Week #9

Smart Car...  Could use black tinted windows.  Low profile rims and tires would be nice also.  This would be a nice ride for a Raider fan... 

Just Some Random Photos…

Sunrise over the valley – taken from Summerlin.

Red Rock National Conservation Area.  I went hiking at Red Springs a few weeks ago – It’s on the other side of Red Rock.  I think it’s better for hiking and must less crowded, plus it’s free!

A few vintage “style”  pics from downtown LV.  If you can get past the dirt, trash, and homeless folks, there are some interesting sites to take photos of in downtown.
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