Yeah. That’s me. Passing around a fresh bottle of Bulleit Bourboun on the CzabeVegas partybus en route to the clubs. I wanted to “get things started” and said we weren’t going anywhere until the 40 of us drained the bottle.
By the time I was flying home on Saturday, things started going from bad to worse, to oh-my-god-this-is-awful!
But would I do all over again? Hell yeah!
What a great weekend we had at the fabulous Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas. Great people, great rooms, great venue to watch, great food, great weather… hell, the only thing that wasn’t great were the games. Mostly snoozers. With a couple of teams just throwing away wins (I’m looking at YOU, Wisconsin and Gonzaga).
I went the following on my bets….
W Suns over Lakers – $100
W Villanova over Miami – $100
L Texas A&M over Oklahoma – $200
L Maryland over Kansas – $200
W Oregon over Duke – $100
L Underdog Parlay WI/IU – $100
L Gonzaga over Syracuse – $200
Yeah. Sucks. And no, I didn’t get the balls to push $1,000 through the window this year. Didn’t have a good feel on anything. And that was proven correct.
I did sit down for about 5 or 6 blackjack sessions through the weekend. And on at least 3 of them, I walked away with a little more than I started – usually $150 on a $100 buy in.
I also played some $5 craps at some shithole called “Ellis Island.” It’s a mini-casino, INSIDE OF A MOTEL 8. I kid you not. Place was a dump, but one of our guys INSISTED on it. The only redeeming part of the visit, was seeing a couple of listeners “Mitch and Spoon” playing craps, and the rotating dealers who doubled as pop star impersonators.
It was glorified karaoke, with these dealers all dressed up like fake celebs (Mariah Carey, Elvis, Shakira) taking turns on a little box stage to do one-set songs.
Anyhow, at some point rolling the bones, I knew I was up about $50 of my original $100 buy in.
I should have quit then. But you know what happened, right?
So it dawned on my as this experience repeated itself through the weekend: I need a global gambling strategy. And I think I am going to call it: “Always win.”
What does “Always win.” Mean? C’mon. Figure it out.
So let’s say I buy in at $100, I will play until I get up $50, and then walk away. If I start out losing, then I will rally my way to a small profit and….. walk away.
Walking away always feels like a bitch move at the table. You have to stop the game to get cashed out. You have to then wander around like a freakin’ zombie looking for the cashier cage – which is always hidden in casinos like it’s an Indiana Jones movie.
But hey…. WINNING. Always… win.
That’s going to be my new strategy. We’ll see how it works. At least I had a couple of slot machine scores. A $27 win on ONE PULL at Ellis Island, and a $11.50 win at Palazzo.
I cashed out both times. The machine didn’t look at me like a bitch. It didn’t care.
As for the overall trip, I can’t say enough to the people who stepped up, and came along. We had at least 100 people who stayed at the Palazzo, met me at Lagasse’s and some 40 that joined us on the bus trip. No, it’s not enough to fill a ballroom, but it’s a good number considering all of the stars that need to align for people to make a trip like this.
You gotta have some money, you gotta take some time off work, you gotta find a babysitter…. and on and on.
I’ve always said there’s only two kinds of people in the world: those who POST, and those who DON’T.
You people posted. I can’t thank you enough. Also, thanks to Nate Gray of the Palazzo for arranging things. This was a relatively small “event” for an elite venue like Lagasse’s which hosts celebrities and star athletes all the time – but he made us feel like we were the most important group in the building.
As always, CzabeVegas 2017 is certainly in my hopes, dreams… and plans. But we are all “year to year” as they say, so look for firm details in December or so.