Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year from Aces Casino! (And THAT Means March Madness Isn't Too Far Away!)

 It seems like only yesterday that we here at Aces Casino, the orange county casino night leader, were embarking on "Day One" of our newest blog, the "Aces Casino Blog."  (Actually, it was seven months ago, but I digress.)  Now, suddenly, the end of another great year of orange county casino party events is upon us, and it's time to think about not only the crazy New Years' Eve events that we'll be assisting with, but the coming 2011 year as well.

Aces Casino is going to be turning up the heat in 2011 with the emphasis on fund raising when some of the most deserved charities team up with the orange county casino night giant this year.  Among the charitable organizations on the Aces Casino schedule this year are the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club of La Habra, the Knights of Columbus and the United Way.  Not to be outdone, private events will also take center stage when Aces Casino returns to visit clients such as Florentines' Restaurant, THP, AIMCO and K-1 Speed.

Uh-oh.... Hold on just a minute -- There's still a small piece of 2010 to take care of, and what better way than the orange county casino party leader to do just that then a big celebration on New Years' Eve!  That's right, friends of Aces Casino -- New Years' Eve will be ROCKIN' this coming Friday night, so check with Aces for their latest event schedule to find out just where the orange county casino night leaders will be this weekend!

Well, that's all for now.  To all of our many New Years' clients, we say "we'll see you on Friday," and for those clients already on or planning to book soon on our Aces Casino event calendar, we say "thank you so much for all of your return business.  We wouldn't be number ONE in the Southern California area without your loyal support.  Take care, happy a happy and safe New Years' Eve, and may 2011 be the best year EVER!"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Aces Casino "Delivers," In More Ways Than One!

Aces Casino, the orange county casino rental industry leader for who-knows-how-long-now, has what we call our motto, our credo.... "This Beats Working!" Well, most times, this is VERY true to the umpteenth degree, and THEN some. (The parties/events ARE a blast, make no mistake about it.) However, there ARE times when, after a few particular events, the Aces Casino team says to themselves, "wow, we sure earned our money tonight." With that thought in mind, here's a recent story about how this particular orange county casino rental giant did just THAT.

It's October, 2010, and, over the 17+ years that Aces has been the industry leader in orange county casino rental, we've made quite a few friends in this industry that call on us when a particular event needs that "special touch." That call came last month, when the powers-that-be needed a perfect casino event over at Downtown Disney, at the Catal Restaurant, a member of the Patina Group. And, since we've worked with Patina and Catal so many times in the past, we jumped at the chance to "do our thing."

The event, like each and every Aces Casino event we do, turned out wonderfully: the guests swarming all over our casino floor with all their favorite games to play; the chance to play these games on our casino size and quality game tables, and loving the fact that the chips were valueless, meaning they could play all they wanted for free! (Let's see Vegas do THAT.) Here is some video footage that we shot at the Catal event....

Looks like fun, doesn't it? Well, yes, THAT'S the fun part. But, without question, the toughest part of remaining as the current titleholder of the top orange county casino rental company would have to be, "Making the tough jobs look easy." The toughest part isn't THROWING the event for our high-end clients -- It's DELIVERING the event to the clients.

Someday, we'll have to shoot some video footage of our "MVP's" here at Aces Casino: The delivery team, A. K. A. "The Big Uglies." I don't know how they do it, but they can take a full-sized casino like the ones Aces Casino uses, and fit it into the smallest elevators, the most narrow of stairways, and the toughest spots imaginable, all the while avoiding even the slightest mis-step, which could damage this priceless equipment even before it's seen by the public. But here they do it, night in and night out, without making ANY mistakes of any kind.

They are just one part of how Aces Casino Entertainment got to be the leader in orange county casino rental services. And now, after reading this, they'll be quick to remind us that, without them, there's no party. We'd best prepare a little "appreciation ceremony" for them, as well as the rest of the team.

Hey, there's an idea -- Throw a party for the party people. Guaranteed: Once we do, we'll post info about THAT party right here on our blog. Now, THAT'LL be a blog worth reading. Reason? I've seen these guys in action. THey know how to have fun. That's why they work for Aces Casino!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Aces Casino Fantasy Football: Week One

 Just because Aces Casino is the top orange county casino party company in Southern California doesn't mean that we don't care about our fantasy football, too.  It seems that more than a few people are showing interest in just what happens in our fantasy football league, so we promise that we'll update our results every week, so all of our fans can get THEIR 'fix' as well. 

So, by popular demand, here is the "Week One Edition" of the DFFL, our top fantasy football league.  Enjoy, courtesy of Aces Casino, the orange county casino party leader.....

Aces Casino Fantasy Football Highlights - Week One!

Run&Gun takes command in Sales Division with convincing 138-49 victory over Norsemen; ’09 Champion FTP squeaks by the ‘Squadron,’ 75-55; MGL blasts division rival Grim Reaper 102-79; Expansion Team Burbank ‘thumps’ YNH, 83-67; HF-XLV, Bolts post week one wins


That’s right, my friends.  The Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League is off and running with a brand new season, and if the Week One results are any indication of what we’re in store for, you’d best fasten your seat belts; It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The opening week of the 2010 DFFL had it all; Three of the four semi-finalists from last years’ playoffs posted big wins, and three teams that started slowly LAST season reversed that trend THIS season.  Among the top stories of the DFFL’s inaugural weekend, we had one of the top rivalries in the league post a record-setting performance, two DFFL employees that decided to take turns to find out who actually wanted to WIN their game, and a remake of the hit film, “The Grim Reaper Meets The Auto-Drafter” – All this and more, as we take a quick look at the Week One Action in the Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League!

We start our weekly recap in the Sales Division, where the DFFL schedule-maker seemed to have a sense of humor when creating the 2010 DFFL calendar.  Dunn-Ed Week One would see one of the biggest rivalry games in our league take place, when Rob Mielke’s Norsemen took on Father-In-Law Ron Bolton, and Run&Gun.  After seeing this one on the sched, we knew this game would have fireworks, but NEVER anything like THIS.  Rob’s Norse Crew would hit the field first on Thursday night with FOUR different Minnesota Viking players taking the field, hoping to build a big lead and run away from their arch-rival three days before R&G would have a chance to respond.

Alas, ‘twas not to be.

The “Fearsome Foursome” of Favre, Peterson, Harvin and the Viking DST ended all the expectations of a barn-burner in-waiting when they teamed up and posted a grand total of 21, yes, 21 points TOTAL.  Ron Bolton had to be smiling after that Saints/Vikes Thursday-nighter, and when Sunday rolled around, the smile got even wider.

When Run&Gun was through for the day, they ended up posting the 5th-highest point total in DFFL history, a whopping 138 points on the day, blowing out the Norsemen by 89 points, 138-49.  The margin of victory also set a record for the 4th-highest margin of victory in league history, thanks to the combined efforts of 7 different players, including Chris Johnson’s 27 points v. the Raiders on Sunday.  With the win, Ron’s ‘Gunners definitely made a statement to the rest of the league – “We’re back, and we’re even better than ever.”  I’m a believer.  Next week, the Gunners take on Ben Miller’s “Your Name Here,” while the Norsemen try to bounce back in Week Two against another divisional opponent, facing Andy Gillette and the 0-1 Trojans.


Speaking of the Trojans, Andy Gillette’s team opened up their 2010 DFFL campaign against Jim Francis and the Bolts, a game that featured two of the three ex-DFFL Champions, looking for a big win to start the season off right.  This one ended up being one of the better games of the Week One sched, but for all the wrong reasons.  Of the 18 players that started between the two teams, only SIX of the players posted double-digit point totals on the day, with TEN of the remaining 12 scheduled players posting an anemic four points or less. 

The score was 52-36 Bolts going into Monday night, with the Trojans holding back FOUR Monday-night scoring threats.  Things looked bad for the Bolts…Until the games started.  The Trojan foursome would end up adding (Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Mr. Mielke) only 21 21 more points between them, and when the Ravens posted their 13-point DST total, it (and Marcedes Lewis) put the Bolts eventually over the top with the win over the Trojans, 65-57.  Hey, if Jim was here right now, he’d be saying “a win is a win,” and he’s right – With the victory, the Bolts start off the season at 1-0, with a game next week against the expansion Burbank Thumpers waiting in the wings.  The traditionally slow-starting Trojans drop to 0-1 early on, and will be facing the aforementioned Norsemen in a key division matchup. 


Touching on the other four DFFL games quickly……. The expansion Burbank Thumpers beat perennial DFFL power Ben Miller and Your Name Here, 83-67, thanks to the efforts of Monday-night star Jamaal Charles and his 16 late points…… Young Guns division saw Robert Abundis and his “HF-XLV” (I just love abbreviations!) defeat Grant Herman and the Baltimore Ravens, 105-84 to take the early lead in what should be an entertaining divisional race……. 2009 DFFL Champion Full Tilt Poker limped to a lackluster 75-55 win over Jesus Cortez and the “J-Squad, no thanks to their bench, which will SURELY get totally toasted in tomorrow’s “What Was I THINKING” Week-One edition……..2009 DFFL Semi-finalist Anthony “The Auto-Drafter” Pitassi rode the Brady-OchoCinco connection to an easy 102-79 win over Alan Sullivan and the Grim Reaper to begin the season 1-0.  Next week, the Reaper gets FTP in a rematch of one of the more exciting regular-season games of the 2009 season, while MGL takes on the Ravens….

That’s all for now, friends…..Remember, Tuesday night at Midnight is when the waiver requests get processed by the league waiver system, so make your selections early, and watch for the fireworks sometime Wednesday morning.  Any questions?  Drop me a line, I’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions, with the help of our commish..

Reminder – This is the Tuesday DFFL Newsletter that you’ll be receiving every week during the season, but wait--- there’s so much MORE!  You’ll also be getting e-mails from the league on Wednesday, with both the 2010 DFFL Power Rankings along with our irreverent “What Was I THINKING” lampoon-a-thon.  Then, on Friday, it’s time to take a quick look at the upcoming Week Two games with our “Games Of The Week” non-sense, the issue that analyzes the top games of the upcoming schedule.  Congrats to all of our winners, and “We’ll see you tomorrow!” 

That's all for today from Aces Casino, the #1 orange county casino party company in Southern California.  Check in with us later this week as we provide more news about both the orange county casino rental business, as well as our fantasy football news, later this week.  Have a good day, and call us if you have any questions about YOUR next event!  Take care for now!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Aces Casino Fantasy Football Addiction #3: Let's Take A Look At The 2010 Dunn-Edwards League

  Just because Aces Casino is the top orange county casino party company in Southern California doesn't mean that we don't care about our fantasy football, too.  It seems that more than a few people are showing interest in just what happens in our fantasy football league, so we promise that we'll update our results every week, so all of our fans can get THEIR 'fix' as well. 

So, by popular demand, here is the "kickoff edition" of the DFFL, our top fantasy football league.  Enjoy, courtesy of Aces Casino, the orange county casino party leader.....

Is it POSSIBLE?  Is baseball season almost OVER?  Well, friends, with the DFFL player draft in the rear-view mirror and the calendar in the house telling us that it’s already the first week of September, this can only mean one thing – It’s time for the 2010 Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League season to begin!

The National Football League regular season is just five short days away, and the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings are already putting the finishing touches on their game plans as they prepare to face each other in the annual NFL Thursday Kickoff Classic.  (That reminds me – Make sure and adjust your rosters early to allow for the Thursday game next week…Grin)

This year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting DFFL seasons ever, with 12 solid team owners stepping up to take on the challenge of becoming the next 2010 Dunn-Ed Champion.  So, before the season gets underway, we thought this might be a good time to take a look at the new four-division alignment, and how each of the teams shape up as they head into this 2010 campaign.  So, without further adieu, here are some predictions as to how things might look in the 2010 DFFL season…..


Placentia Bolts – After missing the playoffs for the first time in their history, the Bolts look to rebound in 2010 in their new division.  2010 Outlook – Owner Jim Francis looks to be getting back to basics with a three-man RB-tandem, with 3 of the top RB’s in fantasy football.  How he got Michael Turner, Ryan Grant and Jonathan Stewart in the same draft class is surprising, and sure to cause some pain in the DFFL.  Draft Sleeper – Keep an eye on Jahvid Best.  If he stays healthy, it’ll be yet another steal for the Commish.  Prediction – The Bolts look to return to the DFFL playoffs this year with this team.  Pencil these guys in as Combo Division champs in ’10.

Your Name HereSuper-auto-drafter Ben Miller renews his rivalry with the Bolts in the Combo Division, as YNH looks to return to the 2010 DFFL playoffs.  2010 Outlook – The Nameless Wonders are taking a different approach to point-scoring for 2010, going with high-octane WR’s Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, and Marques Colston as their trio of wideouts, all catching the football via 2009’s league MVP, Aaron Rodgers.  Draft Sleeper – Zach Miller might end up replacing Ben’s OTHER Miller, TE Heath Miller, as the season progresses.  Prediction – Tough fighting the Bolts and the Thumpers for position is this division, but Ben usually gets the job done.  2nd place and a playoff spot not out of the question for the “Invisible Man” of the DFFL.

Burbank Thumpers (Expansion Team) – The new kid on the block, Jose Cano, has decided to risk life and limb and join the DFFL for the 2010 campaign.   (Welcome to Jose, BTW.)  His reward – Drawing the Bolts and YNH as divisional rivals.  The team was originally auto-drafted, but Jose has already added his personal touch to the team via the waiver wire, and looks to be ready to go this season.  2010 Outlook – Andre Johnson, Vernon Davis, Jamaal Charles and Steven Jackson are here to make the Combo Division a whole lot of fun, and severely test the other two teams.  Draft Sleeper – Look for Fred Jackson to bounce back from his pre-season injury, and give the Thumpers a big-time rushing attack.  Prediction – Tough draw in this division.  Needs to at least split the divisional games to be a factor here, and that’s a difficult task, to say the least.


Norsemen – First off, let me say that, without QUESTION, THIS division is LOADED with talent.  That said, Rob Mielke looks like he’s following in the Placentia Bolts footsteps, and will be signaling his return to the DFFL spotlight with this VERY strong team.  2010 Outlook – Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin, and the Vikes’ DST?  These ARE the Norsemen.  This team has SEVEN legitimate top-ten players in it’s lineup, and is packed with punch.  You’ve been warned.  Draft Sleeper – The Norsemen ALSO have two legit backup RB’s on the roster, with Cadillac Williams and Chester Taylor waiting in the wings.  Nice late draft for Rob, as is his usual, come draft-time.  Prediction – The only thing that’ll stop the Norsemen is that ugly divisional draw.  Might be the best team in the league, look for these Norse Guys to return to the playoffs in 2010.

Run&Gun – Ron Bolton’s latest DFFL edition is business as usual for our “friend of the newsletter.”  Bolton’s ‘Gunners have, get this, FIVE top-five rated players starting for HIS team, week-in and week-out.  2010 Outlook – VERY rosy.  Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Chris Johnson, Dallas Clark, Stephen Gostkowski and the Eagles’ DST?  Are you KIDDING ME?  Who allowed this to happen?  Next year, I vote ‘NO’ to all auto-drafts.  (Grin)  Draft Sleeper – Darren Sproles will make some poor team wince, when he returns a few kicks for TD’s this season.  Prediction – In ANY other division, this team would be favored.  The divisional games here will tell the tale, but Run&Gun looks like a sure-fire playoff team for the third straight DFFL season, if not Sales Division champion in 2010.

Trojans – 2008 DFFL Champion Andy Gillette must’ve angered the fantasy football gods, getting lumped in with the ultimate division rivals in this group.  But, as usual, Andy’s armed to the teeth himself for the ’10 campaign.  2010 Outlook – Drew Brees, a three-headed monster at RB, Brent Celek and the Jets’ DST signal future headaches for DFFL opponents this year.  Draft Sleeper – Johnny Know and Thomas Jones will provide some much-needed depth to the Trojan Horse’s attack.  Prediction – Could all three of the Sales Division teams make the DFFL playoffs in 2010?  Don’t rule it out, friends.  The Trojans MUST perform well in division play to make it happen, but they’ve done it in the past.  The Sales Division should sell MMA tickets, it’s going to be rough for all three of these teams this season.

Is, Was, and Never Was Division

Full Tilt PokerThe defending Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League champions find themselves in a brand new division with some not-so-new opponents, but enter 2010 with another monster team that is looking to do the un-thinkable – return to the DFFL Championship Game for a record third straight season.  2010 Outlook – FTP sports what might be the best four-man RB rotation in the league, with Arian Foster and Ronnie Brown joining long- time Full Tilt members Ray Rice and Pierre Thomas, two of the main reasons this team won the title in 2009.  Joe Flacco, Steve Smith (Carolina), Antonio Gates and the 49ers’ DST all look to add to the point totals of another strong FTP edition.  Draft Sleeper – in 2008, FTP got Michael Turner in the 7th round.  In 2009, they got Ray Rice.  THIS year, Full Tilt is calling Steeler WR Mike Wallace the ultimate late-round draft-pick.  If history repeats itself, look for Wallace to put up BIG numbers in the NFL this year.  Prediction – Facing MGL and the Grim Reaper twice a year won’t be fun, but look for Full Tilt Poker to return to the DFFL post-season again in 2010.  (Ed. note: This team is the author's, also known as the guy behind the orange county casino rental giant, Aces Casino.  Shameless plug, we know.)

Mr. Go Lucky – Anthony Pitassi’s 2009 edition of MGL made it all the way to the DFFL Championship game last year, and came within an eyelash of winning the title outright.  This season, their ’09 title-game nemesis, FTP, is in their own division.  Let the fun begin.  2010 Outlook – Another loaded auto-draft team awaits MGL’s opponents in 2010, with Tom Brady, Maurice Jones-Drew, Chad “85” Ocho-Cinco and Knowshon Moreno creating havoc in the division.  Draft Sleeper – Look for new-starter Steve Breaston and waiver-acquisition Dexter McCluster to add to the pain of opponents in 2010  Both of these players may cause other team owners to regret not pulling the trigger on a deal before Anthony did.   Prediction – MGL HAS to be effective within their own division and hold their own when they play the other divisions to qualify for the DFFL Playoffs.  Don’t be surprised if this team does just that….

Grim Reaper – Alan Sullivan’s 2010 DFFL draft was without question his best draft in their history, making this years’ edition of the Grim Reaper even MORE of a problem for opponents in the upcoming Dunn-Edwards season.  2010 Outlook – Finally, this Buffalo Bills’ fan has something to fight with, and Sullivan’s selection of C. J. Spiller was a harbinger of mock drafts-to-come.  Spiller’s the real deal, and along with Philip Rivers, Ahmad Bradshaw, Anquan Boldin and Chris Cooley, the Grim Reaper looks to be ready to make it’s mark in the 2010 DFFL season.  Draft Sleeper – Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson as late-round picks?  Ouch.  That’s going to leave a mark on a few opponents this season.  Prediction -  This team showed signs of life in 2009 when they beat Full Tilt Poker in their regular-season match last year. This year, the Grim Reaper may just take that next step  to the DFFL Playoffs.

Young Guns Division

J-Squad – 2009 saw Jesus Cortez’s “J-Squad” go the the DFFL Playoffs for the first time in their history, and this season, they look to pull off a repeat performance in their new home, the Young Guns division.  2010 Outlook – Definitely the early favorite in the division, with names like Roddy White, Cedric Benson, Matt Schaub, Micheal Crabtree and JerMichael Finley appearing on the Squadron’s roster.  Draft Sleeper – Justin Forsett fell way too far down in this draft, and should turn out to be an excellent value pick for Jesus’ team.  Prediction – Look for Jesus’ “Squadron to be the consensus selection for the division title amongst all of these whippersnappers.  Might be Jesus’ best draft ever, by far.

Baltimore Ravens – The 2010 DFFL season will be team owner Grant Herman’s first full Dunn-Ed season, and if the League’s player draft is any indication, this 12-year-old football fan looks to be ready for action this season.  2010 Outlook – The Ravens will attack their opponents with a team as young as he is.  NFL’ers Matt Forte, Ryan Matthews, Visanthe Shiancoe, Larry Fitzgerald and DeSean Jackson will carry the mail for these dirty birds in 2010.  Draft Sleeper – Dez Bryant looks to be the man that’ll cause headaches for opposing team owners this year, a great value pick in the late rounds of the draft.  Prediction – The Ravens will need all of their draft picks to perform at maximum level to get the job done in the 2010 DFFL campaign, but stealing waiver notes from his father (FTP Owner) will help him with future roster moves.  (I gotta get a new password for my computer.)

Home Field XLV – Robert Abundis’ second year in league play finds him in the appropriately-named “Young Guns” division, and this season, it looks like this Dallas Cowboy fan is ready to take that next step to the playoffs.  2010 Outlook – Wow.  Peyton Manning, Frank Gore, Joseph Addai, Greg Jennings, Tony Gonzalez, and Marion Barber signal BIG probs for ’10 opponents of this wanna-be Jerry Jones.  Draft Sleeper – Derrick Mason may be as old as I am, but he may be the late-round steal of the draft.  Darren McFadden might steal that title from Mason, if he lives up to his potential.  Prediction – This team could challenge for the division title and DFFL Playoff spot.  Big divisional matchups in the first three weeks for HF45 will tell us just how far Robert’s team will jump, this season.  

Now, courtesy of the orange county casino night leader, a few news tidbits from around our DFFL......


News And Notes from the DFFL Newsletter

n      Boy, this 2010 season is NOTHING like past seasons, when it comes to the trading market.  Two trades have already been made in the 2010 season.  It took three years to make two trades, in the past.  That, and this reporter has already had TWO trades declined!  It’s a new day in the DFFL, my friends.  Look for more deals to be springing up very soon.

Speaking of deals, the first trade made AFTER draft day was consummated earlier today, when the Ravens traded Laurent Robinson to Full Tilt Poker for Bernard Berrian.  Ed. Note: This is “Exhibit A” of what looks to be a recurring trend in the DFFL – Theft of notes from this reporter.  FTP was all ready to pick up Robinson from the waiver wire after dealing Berrian to the Norsemen, but the deal fell thru.  Grant Herman, ever the thief, saw FTP’s notes in regards to this possible deal, and picked up Robinson before the deal came off.  I have to keep an eye on that lil’ varmint…. (grin)

n      Lots of late wheeling and dealing in the NFL, as the pre-season comes to an end.  Some of these late deals may signal what these fringe players might be worth down the line.  Can’t wait for the season to begin….

The Norsemen might be bad luck for some of the NFL talent at Running back, if the waiver wire means anything.  First, Rob drafts Larry Johnson, then drops him for Michael Bush.  Then, Bush fractures his thumb, causing the Norsemen to go back to the wire, picking up Chester Taylor and dropping Bush.  If I was Taylor, I’d carry a four-leaf clover and a horseshoe, if you know what I mean….

n      What the Norsemen are to Running backs, the Bolts are to WR’s.  On draft-day, the Bolts traded for Jabar Gaffney, and instantly dropped him for Golden Tate.  Then, the next day, the Bolts drop Tate, and pick up Josh Morgan.  Nope, no good: One day later, Morgan’s out, and Jacoby Jones is in.  That was eight days ago.  Jacoby, don’t unpack just yet, Jim looks like he’s thinking of making another deal.  (I should talk…LOL)

OK, DFFL fans, that’s all for now.  Because it’s the first week of the Dunn-Ed season, the first DFFL Newsletter may not go out until Thursday/Friday of next week.  Keep an eye out for that, and make sure to add me on your “Safe Sender’s List” for 2010.  Take care, have a good weekend, and we’ll see you next week!

And, thanks to the orange county casino night Juggernaut known as Aces Casino, our job is done as well.  Keep an  eye out later this week for more on the greatest orange county casino rental company in the business and the happenings in our industry, straight from Aces Casino!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aces Casino Fantasy Football Addiction #2: "Somebody Close The Window, I feel a draft!"

Attention to all of our many clients and vendors in the orange county casino party area -- The Aces Casino Fantasy Football League Draft is OVER!  Everyone's teams are set, let the trash-talking begin!  And the best news of all?  That blasted draft board is out of my office, and I can finally see the event calendar!  (Applause)

Aces Casino has always participated in these draft events since I can remember, but every piece of football biz always takes place on Sunday, when the offices are closed.  Now that it's the last week of August, there are more important things to think about; namely, CASINO PARTIES!

When the leader in orange county casino party rentals says "parties," we mean PARTIES!  the Aces Casino event calendar (now that I can actually SEE it) is filling up fast, with all KINDS of events showing up for the end of our 2010 season.  Anyone looking for that special type of entertainment for their next special get-together should look no further than Aces Casino!

Whether you're looking for a casino party for a holiday event, a special in-home birthday party, or an important fund raiser for your club, school, or organization, Aces Casino is the one to turn to for that touch of entertainment class.

And remember, Aces Casino is not just an orange county casino party company; we also serve the los angeles casino party area as well, not to mention our friends in the Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego areas as well.  In just this 2010 season, Aces Casino has been as far north as Bakersfield, and as far south as Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.  There isn't anywhere we won't go!

While we're on the subject of casino parties, here's a note to all of our clients -- December is a CRAZY month for Aces Casino.  Our December event calendar fills up FAST.... We're one of the top orange county casino party companies in the industry, but even Aces Casino will run out of equipment and personnel for weekend events.  Important tip - If you're even considering a casino party in December, please give us a call right away  We'd love to have your event on our event calendar, so make that call today!

Oh, and before we go, one small blurb from the los angeles casino party leader -- We're NOT trading Ray Rice, so stop calling us for that!  (We DO need a quarterback, though, but remember, only call us for fantasy football info on Sunday.)

See?  What did I tell you?  Fantasy football is addicting.  Take it from the orange county casino party juggernaut;  Working on all of our southern California casino party clients is one of the best jobs in the world, and being the defending Aces Casino fantasy football champion is pretty cool, too.  (Shamless fantasy plug, I know.)  Take care, all of our clients and friends, and call us with any and all questions about the casino party industry that you can think of.  That's what Aces Casino is here for!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nothing Says "Summer" Quite Like Preparing For Your December Holiday Party

Aces Casino just loves this time of year.  Ahh, Summer -- Who DOESN'T love summer?  Vacations, Trips to the beach, warm weather, "taking life easy."  Yes, Summertime is the best time of the year....To start thinking about the December holidays!

I can hear all of you accidentally spilling your tropical drinks by the pool as you read this.... "What? Excuse me?  I thought you said this was the time to take life easy?  The holidays are 4 months away!  We have plenty of time.  Now, excuse me while I go and get a re-fill..."

My friends, take it from the orange county casino party expert -- The Summer is the PERFECT time to work on those upcoming holiday gatherings, especially when it comes to the task of securing the entertainment staff for your Holiday casino event.

Think about it -- When planning a holiday event for a business, corporation, or even an in-home intimate affair, there are so many things that have to be addressed.  Figuring out the perfect location for the event, which caterer to use, and most importantly, orange county casino party rental company to use.  The event may be months off, but the time to take care of all the "not-so-little" things is NOW!

Getting all of your party-ducks in a row in a timely manner will take all of the stress out of any event planners' life.  Taking care of all of the decisions NOW can not only make things easier as the date approaches, but it'll ALSO give you and your party-planning committee your choice of all the best locations, caterers and casino companies, before their calendars get too crowded.

There's nothing worse than getting shut-out of the best places and people available for the holiday festivities.  What's the best plan of attack?  In our humble opinion, it's time to put down that pool-side Mai-Tai, pick up the telephone, and make those important arrangements right away.

If your business and/or group has used the same companies and locations for your prior events and wishes to use their services for the 2010 holiday season, the feeling is mutual!  Your chosen party planners, event sites and event coordinators will be happy to hear from you!  And, in these tight economic times, there are some serious deals available to those of you that plan ahead, and book your events early!  Just ask -- Here at Aces Casino, we've got some nice discounted packages available for all of our loyal clients and event planners.  I'm sure that we're not alone in this marketing strategy....

So, take it from Aces Casino, the top orange county casino night party rental company in southern California -- Enjoy those beautiful summer days.  And, when the sun goes down, make that list of your favorite companies that you've used in the past, the party experts that you'd like to see handling that all-important holiday gathering in 2010.  Give us a call.  We'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Aces Casino Takes A Closer Look At "3 Way-Action"

"Hey, Aces, I heard about this brand new game," was how my friend began his query, "a game that I hadn't heard of before.  Maybe you've heard of it...."

"Have you ever heard of some game called 3 Way-Action?" 

"Uhhh, yep, I sure have," was my response, although I wondered why my friend would label this as what he called a "brand new game."  Being in the orange county casino party rental business, it's my job to keep up on all the new trends, even when they're NOT so 'new.'  Agh, no problem, I said to myself, I'll correct him later.  "So, where did you see 3 Way-Action being spread?"

"Well, my friend saw it while he was up north (California), played it for a while, and thought it was a lot of fun, so he introduced the game to our Friday Poker Party, and it was a big hit!  We played all night!"  (Actually, that wasn't an unusual suggestion by my friend, who goes by the name of 'Night Owl.'  He and his card-playing buddies would stay up until 6 a.m. playing 'Madden NFL Football,' if the side bets were right.

"One problem," the friend lamented.  Uh-oh....I'm smelling a rules-violation right about now.  "We're not sure we're playing it the right way.  Could you come over to my place next Friday, and teach us the rules of the game?"

Wow, hmmm, let me see.....Well, it's a tough choice between listening to my two sons fight over the 'Wii' system for three hours on Friday night, or go over to my friend's house and spend the evening talking about my favorite thing in life -- Casino games, and the best ways to play them.  "Great, we'll see you at 7 p.m.!  Don't bring anything, we'll supply the food."

Friday couldn't come soon enough.  My sons decided to boost up the night of the weekly 'Wii' argument from Friday to Thursday, so I wouldn't miss all of the fun with them.  And, when Friday DID come around, I made the trek over to Friday Poker Party Central, in order to discuss the now-infamous "3 Way-Action."

"Here, let's show you how we're playing 3 Way-Action," my buddy says.  And, as promised, he deals out a hand of the game in question, and it looks like they've got the right idea of how the game is dealt, but they're a little off in the way the initial wagers are made.  "OK, stop right here," I say.  "Let's go over how the game works, right from the beginning."

"First off, you're asking how this 'brand new game' works, but it's not new, at all.  It's been hanging around on the fringes of the casino industry ever since the WSOP's own Joe Awada created the game for his company, Gaming Entertainment, quite some time ago."   (We consider it our job to keep up on ALL of the new games and trends in the industry, as well as their history.  Hey, we're not the orange county casino party leaders for nothing.  Grin)  After my short, boring history lesson about the game, it was time to get down to the business of how "3 Way-Action" worked.  Here is how the game was taught to this very attentive group....

3-Way Action is a game played on a Blackjack-style layout, with three distinct betting boxes in front of each of the six players at the table.  These bet-boxes are marked "High Card, Blackjack, and Poker."  To play the game, a player must place a bet in each of the three boxes, and unlike games like Let It Ride, the bets in the three boxes do not necessarily have to be in the same exact amounts.  Players can make any size wager in each of the three boxes, but may not remove any wagers made after the first card is dealt.

The first game played at the table is "High Card," also known by some players as "War" or "Combat."  It's just as described - High card.  The dealer will deal one card up to each of the players, and one card up to himself.  If your card is bigger than the dealers, you win, simple as that.  If not, you lose.  If the player and dealer TIE, the player loses exactly half of the original "high card" bet, which is the "vig" for the house.  The house edge for this part of the game, because of the half-bet loss on a tie is almost 3% (2.94%, to be exact).

Next up, we move to game #2 in 3 Way-Action, "Blackjack."  That "High Card" that you initially received to start the game?  You keep it, and will be dealt another card, face up, so each player has a two-card Blackjack hand.  (The dealer will deal HIS/HER second card down, of course.)

Now, each player plays Blackjack against the dealer.  Now, if you hit your 2-card Blackjack hand, all subsequent cards that you get will remain in your hand for the third part of the game, the poker hand.  So, the players play Blackjack against the dealer, and those bets are paid or collected, with ties being a push.  BUT....ALL cards that the players / dealer receive during Blackjack play remain on the table, as part of those players' hands.

Note:  If the player draws to seven cards totaling twenty-one (21) or less, the player wins automatically .  (Even money.)  House edge in Blackjack, taking all normal factors into account -- About another 0.5%, give or take a smidge.  You Basic Strategy players know the deal with this scenario....

So, now, with the Blackjack portion of the game completed, the table moves to the last of the games to be played - "Poker."  It's now like Seven-Card-Stud Poker.  Each of the players will be dealt cards face up, in turn, until each of them has seven cards in front of them, their poker hand.  Simply stated, if your best five cards in your poker hand beats the dealers' best five, your "Poker" wager is paid off, even money. 

House edge for the third and final installment of 3 Way-Action -- We're figuring about 3.4%, maybe a little less, depending on what the payouts are in regards to an optional side bet on the poker hand-portion of the game called the "Bonus Bet."  This is a side wager made before any of the cards are dealt, and pays off players that end up with hands of 3-of-a-kind or more (which pays 3-to-1).

House edge on the bonus bet -- Well, it depends on the payouts of he various poker hands, but the odds in regards to a "Bonus Bet" payout sheet that WE saw at a Northern California casino some time ago would land around a 12.5% vig for the house.  (You know how those bonus bets are.  Stay away from this one.)

"Wow, thanks," my friend said, after the class was dismissed.  "You really do have all the info on that game.  Sounds like, all in all, the odds in favor of the house really aren't that bad when it comes to 3 Way-Action, are they?"

I remember my answer.... "Actually, no, as casino games go, the odds in favor of the house aren't that bad at all.  Just remember your basic strategy when it comes to Blackjack, and to stay away from the optional Bonus Bet, and you should enjoy your next session of 3 Way-Action."

"Thanks again," my friend told me, as I was leaving his house, and heading back home.  "We really appreciate it."  Have a good evening!"

"You're welcome," I shot back, as I walked back to my car, and back to what I was SURE was another "Wii War" waiting for me when I got home.

Hey, when you're the orange county casino party leader, you have to know when you have the house edge, don't you?  Just one word will swing the percentages back into my favor, and give me back that coveted "House Edge."


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Aces Casino Lists Their Top 5 All-Time "Las Vegas" Films

When you're in the orange county casino party rental business, people tend to assume that you know everything there is to know when it comes to the casino industry in general and the city of Las Vegas in particular. Those same people also seem to ask the most interesting questions at our events when it comes to all of the "gaming peripherals," like what Nevada souvenirs are collectible, where the best restaurants are in Vegas, all kinds of stuff like that... 

Bottom line; Aces Casino seems to be the "Wikipedia of Casino Information."  (Also known around here as the "Library of Useless Information," but you already knew that.  Grin)

Recently, at one of our many orange county casino night affairs, the subject of "greatest films involving Las Vegas and/or Casino settings" came up, and, as usual, our staff was more than willing to put their two cents into the conversation and make up a list of their favorite films in this category. 

Since that time, the discussions have been fierce; so much so that it was decided to put the topic to a vote at our offices here in Southern California, and find out who the official Aces Casino choices were when it came to "Hollywood and their portrayal of the Casino Industry."   So, without any further interruption, here are  Aces Casino's Top 5 "Vegas Films," in reverse order.....

First, three films that didn't make the los angeles casino party leader's "cut list:"

-- "Leaving Las Vegas,"  Nicolas Cage's 1996 Oscar-Winning portrayal of a suicidal screenwriter that has decided to end his life in a hotel room in Sin City.  Grim tale, and Cage's character could have picked anywhere to do the heinous deed.  No points for this one.  If I wanted a sad theme from Vegas, I'd film my own history of sports betting.

-- "National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation," Chevy Chase's too-goofy jaunt into family gatherings out in the desert.  So much for Mr. Papageorgio.  No score.

-- "Shade," a film that good ol' Sly Stallone made when attempting to portray what the world of casino card cheats might be like.  We're still trying to figure out why great card players would consider it a necessity to play against these cheats and beat the game.  Forget it...They CHEAT.  No score.

OK, let's start with #5......"The Cooler," starring William H. Macy as the "Cooler" himself, a sad-sack type that brings bad luck with him everywhere he goes.  Alec Baldwin is perfectly cast as the casino manager that recognizes Macy's "talent," and hires him to cool off hot casino guests.  Great film, a must-see for those of you that may have skipped it in the past....

-- #4 -- "Bugsy." Warren Beatty stars as the enigmatic Ben "Bugsy" Segal, who ended up being the catalystic seer of the future that pictured Las Vegas being the perfect adult vacation town.  Fantastic cinematography, and a great script that tells the true story of the birth of Las Vegas in a sometimes chilling, sometimes hilarious tone.  GREAT film.

-- #3 -- "Oceans 11 (1960)."   Anyone that is "jonesing" to see what Las Vegas was like back in it's "Rat Pack" days should budget two hours out of their busy schedule and rent/borrow this classic. Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin?  Vintage Las Vegas?  A Daring robbery?  This one has it all, highly recommend it.  (Yeah, the Clooney one was good, too, but this one won the tiebreaker here at Aces Casino.)

-- #2 -- "Honeymoon In Vegas."  Where to begin....A cameo by Jerry Tarkanian, Sky-diving 'Elvises," James Caan as the bad guy, losing in a five-card draw poker game with a straight flush, and "please don't let me land on anything sharp?"  Pat Morita as the Taxi driver / Caan minion, Sarah Jessica Parker as the bride-turned-prize, Peter Boyle as the Crazed King Orman, and Nicolas Cage at his best as the everyman in Vegas that gets a little side-tracked.  A classic, get it out and watch it again.  That's what I'm going to do, when I finish this blog.

-- #1 -- "Casino."  Yeah, like any other film would be number one.  Deniro playing the true-life Frank Rosenthal, and Joe Pesci playing a character based on ex-hit man Tony Spilatro, the two of them taking over the city of Las Vegas as only they could.  Sharon Stone is fabulous as the money-crazed druggie-wife of DeNiro's "Ace Rothstein," and cameos from many of the great character actors of their day like Don Rickles and Alan King.  The quintessential Hollywood film about Las Vegas.  Hey, I can say that -- I knew Frank Rosenthal (who just passed away recently) when he ran the Stardust Hotel.  This is how it ran.  Watch THIS film right after "Honeymoon in Vegas."  Odd double-feature, but you'll get a little bit of everything for this twin-bill... Enjoy.

Well, that's all for now.  Remember, anyone looking for info when it comes to the orange county casino party industry need look no further than Aces Casino.  Give us a call, and let us help you with your next Vegas night casino party!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Las Vegas Night Casino Events: Aces Casino Calls It "Sin City Training Camp" For The VERY Frugal

Fasten your seat belts, my friends.  The following announcement will come as no surprise to you; "Las Vegas Night casino parties are a LOT of FUN!"  (See, I told you.  Totally unbiased opinion from the orange county casino party leader.)  Yes, no doubt, whether it's an in-home private affair of just a few tables, or a full-blown casino events of 20 tables or more at your next fund raiser or holiday gathering, Las Vegas night casino parties are a BLAST!

But, if you sit down and think about it, there's something ELSE that these casino parties can do.   Not only do these Vegas-night events ENTERTAIN the masses, but they ALSO can do something that most guests find quite valuable;  they can TEACH the various games.

I can't even begin to guess how many times I've heard the following statement, when it comes to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold-'Em Poker, and the like, when asked at the event whether they'd like to play...."I'd love to play, but I don't know the first thing about the game.  I've never learned how."

 Friends, THIS is your lucky day.

We're not the orange county casino night party leader for nothing, you guys.  Our Aces Casino team loves to play the games, too.  But it's even MORE fun to TEACH our guests how to play all these different casino games.  Think about it - As the gaming industry moves into the 21st century, there are more places to PLAY the casino games offered than ever before.  And, with the insatiable appetite that the consumer has for the "new and different"  in all walks of life, the casinos are more than happy to keep up with this "appetite" by offering "new and different" casino games for all of us to play.

Sounds great.  One problem, though.  For most of us that AREN'T independently wealthy, we're just not going to walk into our favorite Las Vegas casino, sit down at the nearest gaming table of a game we've never played, and start betting REAL chips at the table, hoping to learn the game as we play it.

Uhhhhh, NO.  That's not going to work for us.  Think back to the time that you first sat down at a table in Vegas, under these circumstances.  How'd that work out for you?   Yeah, I THOUGHT so.  Awful, wasn't it?  Nothing like putting up your own money at a table, making mistake after mistake, losing said money at the table, and STILL not fully learning the game because the game moved too fast for you to pick up the necessary nuances.

Now, enter the hero of our story -- The Las Vegas night casino party company.

At Aces Casino, our team of orange county casino party experts learned something REALLY fast - Even if the casino chips we use at the events are fake, the PLAYERS play the games at the tables as if the games were REAL.  We LOVE this, because we love it when the players are into the games.  It's so much easier to TEACH the games, if the players are into the "action."  It's our favorite thing to do at the event.

At a typical casino party, you'll see what we call "the big three;" Craps, Blackjack and Roulette, three casino games that appear at almost EVERY event.  And, at this typical event, it seems that Craps is the game that most players "fear."  Oh yes, they've SEEN Craps at the casino, heard all the yelling and celebrations at the table, but when the prospective player goes up and LOOKS at the Craps table layout, they feel like they're looking at the control panel for the Space Shuttle.

We can fix that.

Yes, we may be just a bit biased, but the next time you and your friends and family are thinking about having a party, especially if some or all of the guests are also planning a trip to Las Vegas in the very near future, a Vegas-night party is the perfect ticket.  Bring a pro Las Vegas casino party company into your home, ask them to bring the games that you want to play AND learn, and have fun. 

And, remember -- The best casino party company teams have many more games than just Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.  They also have games like Texas Hold-'Em Poker, Let It Ride, 3-Card Poker, Pai-Gow Poker and Caribbean Stud Poker.  And, not only THAT, but the best casino party companies can also offer you the brand NEW games that are just now appearing in casinos and on cruise ships around the world -- Games like 3 Way-Action and Four-Card Poker.  Add this to the fact that new casino games seem to be coming out all the time (like a new game at the MGM called "One Up"), and it seems that the choice of games to play is endless.

Bottom line: There is a lot of fun to be had at your next Las Vegas night casino event.  A lot of fun, and just maybe, a lot of WISDOM to be had as well.  And what better way to actually LEARN all of your new and favorite games than by playing these games with fake chips?  Hey, sounds good to us.  Remember - The chips, cards and dice don't know that the games aren't real!  Make sure to drop us a line at the Aces Casino link provided with questions about YOUR favorite games (especially any new games you may have seen lately) and we'll have our staff tear your game apart, and check out how it works.  Take care, and have a good weekend!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Aces Casino: The WPT Legends Of Poker Tourney Returns to L.A.

Poker players across Southern California may now rejoice!  It gives me great pleasure to announce that the annual WPT "Legends Of Poker" tournament has returned to the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.  (I know, I know, the World Series Of Poker just concluded at the Rio Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.  Sue me, I'm "poker-selfish.")  For those of us that were unable to attend the WSOP, here's your chance to get into the action.

I've always personally loved the Legends Of Poker Tournament, for two main reasons; Number one, "Legends" gives me the chance to personally play or attend most of the events at the "Bike" without causing too much stress on both my family or Aces Casino, the orange county casino night party company that signs the checks, and, number two, for my money, it's VERY easy to park my car at the "Bicycle Club."  BIG parking lot behind the building; I like that. 

I can see it now....Go ahead, tell me I'm cheap to not use the Valet. "But it's so EASY!"  Forget it.  Last time I got my car back after using the Valet, there was a quarter of a tank of gas missing and the radio was tuned to some guy named, "El-Koo-Kooey," or something like that.  He wasn't speakin' English, of THAT, I am certain.   No dice, baby.  "No Mas El Valet-o" for THIS guy.

So, where were we?  Oh, yes, "The Legends Of Poker."   GREAT place to hold a tournament like this.  If you haven't been to the Bicycle Club recently, there's a surprise waiting for you.  The entire tournament area has been remodeled.  BIG tourney area, not even including the WPT stage that's brought in for the Main Event.  The main room is more than adequate to handle the throng of poker brats coming to play, and the tournament directors and staff has always been VERY nice, and VERY MUCH on top of things, when situations arise in any of the events.  This orange county casino party kingpin gives the "Bike" two thumbs way up for it's "Legends" coverage.

Anyone looking for detailed info regarding this event can be found at the Bicycle Casino website, but here's the skinny on the tournaments in a nutshell.   Play begins on July 28, and continues through August 29th, with the Main Event actually starting on August 21st (Event #23), a $5000 buy-in tourney.

When it comes to the "people-watching" aspect of the WPT event at the Bike, if you're into seeing the "stars" of the game, we suggest you stick to checking out the preliminary events held somewhere around the week before the WPT Main Event on the 23rd, or, just come on down to the Bike on that 23rd date.  Better yet: How would you like to play at the same table as some of your favorite WPT and WSOP players?  If that sounds like your cup of tea, the Bike has satellite tournaments all over the place at all times of the day and night.  For around $20 or more, you could "satellite" your way into getting the entry fee for a $200/$500 tourney, or higher!  Satellites tourneys of all sizes abound during "Legends" month -- Just ask the tournament directors for info regarding satellites....

Well, that's all for now.  As of this writing, the "Legends Mania" starts tomorrow, on the 28th of July.  Looks like it's time for this orange county casino night party guy to sign off, and head down to the Bike.  Oh, and, no Valet, please.  My wife already thinks I'm "Koo-Koo-ey" enough, already.... (Grin)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Aces Casino: Addicted To Fantasy Football? Guilty As Charged, But We Can Explain!

Working at one of the top orange county casino party titans DOES have it's perks. We seem to say that all the time, but when you work for a company whose motto is, "This Beats Working," that kinda tells ya you're in a pretty fun place to work.

Yes, these "perks" are all around us. For starters, Aces Casino is open six days out of the week, but most of the action is reserved for the weekends. 95% of the casino night events that we participate in happen on either Friday or Saturday of that week. Two days.

So, a quick check of the office calculator tells us that six minus two equals FOUR DAYS of just sitting around the office each and every week. Sure, there are a lot of things to do in our offices; repair damaged equipment from the past week of events, telephone contact work with future clients that needs to be attended to, itinerary work for upcoming events.....Yes, the weekdays DO have a few things around here that DO need some our usual orange county casino night company attention.

But, alas, there is more than a little bit of, shall we say, "down-time" in our offices, times where there really isn't much to do. "Agh, what a world, what a world indeed." WHATEVER shall we DO around here to fill this awful down-time?

Thank goodness for this coming August.

That's right, friends.  Fantasy Football returns!

Why August, you might ask? simple; For, you see, August is the yearly signal to the Aces Casino calendar that FOOTBALL is returning to the orange county casino night mindset, my friends. NFL Football. Around here, there's only one thing bigger than NFL football. (at least, that's what the owner of the company tells us, but I think he's talking about work. Sorry, that ain't it.)

And THAT, my friends, is NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL.

Bottom line, we LOVE fantasy football here at Aces Casino. And, if I trust the numbers that I see reported by well-known news agencies from across the United Staes, most of America does, too. Each and every year in the U.S., more than 15 million people play fantasy football each calendar year. (Most of them work here, i'm sure, but I digress.) That's a LOT of what most business owners must consider "a waste of time."

That is, MOST businesses.

Anyone that works in THESE offices will tell you that it's time to change the corporate motto of Aces Casino from "This Beats Working," to "Fantasy Football First!" This place gets CRAZY with activity at this time of year, most of the activity based on the amount of clients that contact us to begin setting up their fall fund raisers and December holiday events. But when the office is closed for the day at 6pm, it's unofficially "re-opened" at 6:01PM, when fantasy football takes over the building once a week, normally Thursdays.

I mean, it's NUTS here, especially since the owner of this company won the 2009 fantasy football championship. (Put away the trophy, J.J. -- I'm not polishing that thing, EVER.) Now, the 2010 DRAFT is going to be held here on a Sunday in August (because Aces is usually closed on Sunday, so it doesn't interfere with the company's time). The draft board is already UP in our main meeting room. This is serious business.

But, for those of you that are also into Fantasy Football, i'm guessing that you KNOW this feeling already. Pretty cool, ain't it? Sue me, but fantasy football is pretty fun. Until you lose to a co-worker. That's no fun. Trust me. (grin)

Moral of the story? It shouldn't surprise anyone to find out that an orange county casino party rental company that prides itself on creating a fantasy-like atmosphere of casino gaming also tends to gravitate towards fantasy football. It's a match made in heaven.

Until you lose to a co-worker. Woops, I already said that, didn't I?

Monday, July 19, 2010

WSOP "November Nine:" Aces Casino Votes "Nein," and Here's Why (It's My Short Attention Span!)

The World Series Of Poker: The ULTIMATE poker tournament, owned by Harrah's Entertainment Group, and an event held annually at the Rio Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. To most of us, this is poker "nirvana," especially for those of us in the orange county casino party business. It's a fantastic game, one that we feature prominently in our presentation book portfolios. Bottom line: We LOVE poker, in all forms.

Well, maybe not ALL forms.

Make no mistake about it, we DO love the game, and can't wait to join our card-playing brethren out in the desert, and take our annual shot at the Rio when the WSOP kicks into gear. BUT.... there's something about the WSOP that has been bugging us for about two years now, and it's time to hop on the soap box and pontificate.

It has to do with the WSOP "Main Event," the $10K buy-in tournament that is considered by most as the "World Championship" of the sport. (Yes, I know, the question of 'is poker a sport' needs to be addressed. I'll get to that, sometime later, I promise.) Back in the 1970's, when the World Series Of Poker was in it's infancy, the tournament only took two days to complete, probably because the total number of entries in the tourney 35 years ago usually topped out at around 50.

My, how times have changed.

In 2006, there were a grand total of 8,773 players competing for what turned out to be a $12 million dollar first prize. This year, during what some in Washington might call a 'recession,' there were still 7,319 entrants into the WSOP Main Event at ten thousands bucks a pop. Take it from this orange county casino night blogger: Without a doubt, poker's "World Series" is here to stay, and the Main Event, circus-like as it may be at times, IS for poker's "world title."

And, quite frankly, THIS is where I have a problem. I DO love the Main Event of the WSOP. I just don't like it's current FORMAT.

Let's take a quick peek at the other "world championship events" for some historical background, shall we?

NBA -- The NBA Playoffs began on April 17, 2010, and ended two months later, on June 17, 2010. Start to finish, two months. Two LOOONG months. Ask anyone that tracks the NBA post-season, and they'll tell you that it drags on forever.

NHL -- The NHL playoffs went April 11 / June 10. Two months, and it seems that THESE playoffs drag on longer than the NBA.

NFL -- Basically six weeks of playoffs here, including the Super Bowl. Not too shabby, time-wise. The NFL is also the king of sports marketing, so if THEY say five weeks will get it done, that works for me.

MLB -- Even less than the NFL. Surprisingly, the MLB post-season lasts just about one month (October 7 / November 4, last year). (The season lasts SIX months, though. Maybe THAT'S why we're tired of baseball in November each year.

Hmmmm.... OK .... If my info is correct (and it always IS), the 4 major sports need from 1-to-2 months to determine their champion, and when it comes to marketing the post-season, there's no better commercial for the action taking place than the games themselves, games that are on almost every day.

Now, let's move to the World Series Of Poker. Now, we first take into account that the WSOP consists of not one, but more than 50 separate individual "bracelet" tournaments that started in earnest on May 28th, 2010, and "ended" yesterday, July the 18th, in the Rio's Amazon Room.

Or DID it?

So, the WSOP takes about what, seven weeks from start to finish? But alas, my orange county casino party friends, the WSOP season ISN'T over. There's just one small problem, and that's what the WSOP calls "The November Nine," the last nine players left at the WSOP Main Event Final Table.

And WHY do they call this group "The November Nine?" Easy. Because the WSOP, in their infinite wisdom, is STOPPING the 2010 Main Event on Sunday, July 18th, and making the last nine competitors wait for an astounding 105 DAYS until the tourney is resumed on November 1, 2010.


Heck, anyone that plays games around MY house knows that if we started a game on day 1, and waited 105 days until we FINISHED it, most of the players wouldn't even remember how to PLAY the game, let alone play it well. Granted, these last nine players have quite a monetary incentive to remember how to play poker (First place in the WSOP Main Event will get you over $8M), but that's beside the point.

WHY in HADES does Harrah's and the WSOP make these players wait for over a HUNDRED DAYS, before getting to the biz of declaring a champion? Does Harrah's know something about marketing a major playoff series that the four MAJOR sports DON'T? I doubt it. This event used to be held at Binion's casino downtown up thru 2003, which, for the record, didn't even HAVE a poker room, when the WSOP began back in 1970. (More about the Binion's history will be blogged here at a later date, I promise you.)

ESPN does a fine job of televising the WSOP events, albeit it a telecast schedule that has gotten smaller and smaller since 2008. Bottom line, Harrah's doesn't do one bloody thing to promote the final table of the WSOP main event. They just delay it unmercifully. In my humble opinion, this does NOTHING for the 'sport.' All this does is take any momentum away from the players that were totally dialed in during the last hours of the tourney, and make them all sit around and get stale.

I HATE this. Hey, sue me, but I don't want to sit around and wait to see all the already-recorded coverage hours of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. I wanna see them NOW.

If the world would ever decide to anoint me as "Poker Czar," there's a couple of things that I would immediately change about the WSOP --

1. Cover more of the other 50+ events that are held earlier in the WSOP. I loved watching coverage of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event (5 types of poker played and rotated every two hours), as well as all of the individual $10K events that are held. Bring all of those back, cover them on a tape-delayed basis, but SHOW them to us after about 7-10 days pass.

2. Cover the 2010 Main Event as usual, but don't hold on to all of the footage that you've already SHOT, ESPN! SHOW IT TO US! It doesn't take months to post-produce the footage. Get to it.

3. OK, I realize that the last day of competition in the 2010 main event took 17 hours to complete, to get down to 9 players from 27. No prob. Give the November Nine a WEEK off to recuperate, not 15 WEEKS! Heck, ANYTHING can happen in 15 weeks. Lord help us if a player is injured in some accident, or worse, and the player(s) can't come back to finish the competition. Give 'em one week, then bring back the "July Nine" to find out who wins it all.

I mean, come ON -- All of the poker aficionados that follow the sport with any diligence whatsoever and have access to a computer or a telephone KNEW who the November Nine were in '09. There's no reason to delay this, WSOP. Do us all a favor, and make this the last year of this stupid elongated poker vacation. It's unnecessary, and it's just wrong.

OK, I've said my piece. Thoughts?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Aces Casino Mid-Term: 10 True/False Questions About Casino Blackjack Play (Call It Your Aces Blackjack Mid-Term Test.) Pass If You score 100%!

OK, all you "expert Blackjack players:" The Professor is handing out the papers. Take one, and pass the rest back, please. It's time for all of you to take the Blackjack version of the "Aces Casino Mid-Term Gaming Test." Today's exercise deals with what most people consider the most popular game in Las Vegas -- 21, Blackjack.

Here at Aces Casino (the orange county casino night leader), we take pride in our ability to keep all of our many Blog-Readers mentally sharp and ready to do battle in the Vegas casinos, and what better way to do THAT than by testing our casino party flock from time to time. Here, it doesn't COST you anything.

Yeah, we thought it was a great idea, too. We already test the SoCal masses at our just-for-fun casino tables with live dealers; Why not add a written test to the "blog" mix? For the record, we'll be utilizing our Aces Casino Blog for all kinds of testing, reaching out to ALL of the casino games that you love to play. We just HAD to start with Blackjack, though. It's only fair.

For each of our "mid-term tests" that we'll propose over the coming weeks, the format will most likely remain the same; Ten questions, with all 10 questions dealing with the chosen game of the day, and all the questions being of the True/False variety. OK, if the orange county casino night Professor is ready, let's begin. (Ed. Note: all of the answers will appear at the end of the blog. No peeking.)

Question 1. You should always hit a hand of 16 against a dealer's 10.

Question 2. A player that loses four hands in a row is due to win the next hand.

Question 3. It is not recommended to split 8's against a dealer's 10 or Ace.

Question 4. It doesn't matter which spot you sit down at when joining a game of Blackjack.

Question 5. You should always take even money when you have a blackjack and the dealer's up-card is an Ace. (2-point question.)

Question 6. Referring to a strategy card while playing at a Las Vegas casino Blackjack table is perfectly legal.

Question 7. A Blackjack player who is misplaying their hands will always cause the other players at the table to lose.

Question 8. The house edge against the player changes, depending on how many decks are used at the table.

Question 9. A Blackjack player that enters the game in the middle of a shoe will change the flow of the cards and ultimately alter the game in favor of the casino.

Question 10. When splitting Aces at the table, you are only allowed one card up per Ace.

OK, let's see how you did. I'm SURE that our students know their Blackjack. (Aren't we? Gee, I hope so....Grin)


Question 1. FALSE. Did we get you already? Yes, surprisingly, that IS false. Remember, some casinos in Las Vegas use what is called the "Surrender" play at the table, where you can surrender half of your bet before hitting or standing. If you have 16 and the dealer is showing a ten, "Basic Strategy" suggests the player "surrender."

Question 2. FALSE. The deck of cards has no idea how the previous hands were dealt or played. Therefore, there is no mathematical theory around that has EVER suggested that this could possibly be true. Nope, false.

Question 3. Sorry, that's FALSE, too. Basic Strategy suggests that you do just that -- Split 'em. Look it up. I ain't lyin', here.

Question 4. TRUE. I'm sure that some might think the 3rd-base position is where the experts should play, but your personal chances of winning have nothing to do with actual seat position. Math wins again.

Question 5. FALSE. People, you're giving the house back a significant edge if you take the "even money" bait. ALWAYS take the 3-to-2 odds in your favor. Remember, thirteen possible cards under the dealer's hand, and only 4 of them make Blackjack (10-J-Q-K). Take the 3-to-2, baby. Two points for getting this one right.

Question 6. TRUE. I know you've heard all of the card-counter stuff, but here's the straight dope; having a basic strategy card to assist in your play is not only legal, but a VERY good idea.

Question 7. FALSE. Who told you THAT lie? Believe me, you have to take all of the superstition out of your game, if you believe this one. Doesn't matter if you're playing with rocket scientists or Raider fans: Those other players do NOT change your odds of winning. Trust me.

Question 8. TRUE. The house edge DOES change when fewer decks are used. Check out this link to see how much the differences are between using one deck and using an eight-deck shoe.

Question 9. FALSE. The flow of the cards dealt out might change, but there's no way to predict if this helps or hurts the players. Think about it.

Question 10. TRUE. Las Vegas casinos only allow the one mandatory card on each Ace. I know, sometimes you wish you could hit again. Uh-uhh. Nope, no-can-do. Aces Casino wouldn't be doing it's orange county casino night job right, if we weren't trying to help out a lil' bit.

Well, how did you do? Hopefully, you all scored a perfect "11." Come back any time, we're always discussing your favorite games here at the Aces Casino Blog! We'll see you next time......

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Aces Casino And The Top 5 Most-Asked Questions About Casino Events (This Isn't REAL Money, Right?)

When you're in the orange county casino night party rental business, just like in any business, there tends to be what i'd call "repetitive questioning." Simply put, there are people that, when they're lucky enough to have access to an expert in some particular field that interests them, the questions abound.

It's no different here at Aces Casino.

Aces has done over 1500 events in their storied history, and in that time, we have met and enjoyed interacting with some of the nicest people in Southern California. Nice AND inquisitive, when it comes to their favorite casino games and game-play situations. Hey, EVERYONE has a question or two about how some of these games WORK.

We know that right about now, YOU probably have a question that's bugging you about the casino industry, maybe the casino party business, or something else that's closely related. (No, not "Was the movie 'Maverick' based on a true story?" Yes, THAT was one of the BOTTOM 5 questions on our list, a list for another time. And the answer was and still IS "NO.")

Fear not, "O Friends of Aces Casino." That's what we're here for. This might be one of the easiest lists to put together, so without further adieu, here are the top 5 most frequently asked questions of our casino party company staff, in reverse order, courtesy of Aces Casino, the orange county casino night party leader......

5. -- "Hey, we're not playing for real money here, are we?"

Ummm, no, we're not. I'm so sorry, but when it comes to Las Vegas night casino party companies like Aces Casino, we're playing for fun and entertainment with fake chips, and NOT playing for "keeps." If we DID play with real chips, the indian casinos in California would do a war-dance on our heads, and we'd be closed down faster than you could say "Schwarzenegger." (Heck, i'm lucky I can SPELL it.)

No, you can't cash in those fake chips that you won for real money. Casino party companies like ours only entertain guests by simulating casino games. And, most times, we cheat for the PLAYERS at our fake-chip tables. Let's see Vegas do THAT.

4. -- "It looks like you have a fun job. How do I become a dealer for a casino company like yours?"

That's an easy one. As far as most companies in this particular type of business would tell you, "just ask." It's easier than you think to hop on with a casino party company. Remember, the chips are fake, so don't worry about making mistakes. We make 'em all the time. Usually, our mistakes benefit the PLAYERS, so THEY don't mind. Most casino companies are looking for fun people, not pro dealers. We'll teach you the game you want to deal at a later date. You ought to try it, it's what we call "the greatest second job in the world."

3. -- "I'm trying out a card counting system that I want to try in Las Vegas, but I heard that card counting at Vegas blackjack tables is illegal. Is that true?"

GREAT question. And the slightly-vague answer is, "As long as a card counter is only using his brains to decide how to play his hand and is not receiving information from some mechanical aid, then the act of card counting is not illegal."

Unfortunately, there's a lot more to THIS particular situation than the letter of the law, and certain local jurisdictions view this part of casino gaming differently. LEGALLY, Nevada courts have allowed casinos to exclude card counters because technically they are on private property and under the ancient common law right a property owner could kick off his property anyone for any reason, or even without a reason, so the practice DOES occur at times.

Bottom line? If you're getting good at applying card-counting techniques and want to try your luck in Vegas, don't openly identify yourself as a card-counter, and don't play at any table for more than a half-hour. There is actually a lot of good information on "Card Counting and the Law" available in bookstores and online. Look t up, and research who the best authors and experts this field has to offer. You may enjoy the time you spend. If you ask me, it's fascinating reading.

#2 -- "We're having so much fun playing at your tables, but it seems to me that the speed of the games in Las Vegas is a lot faster. Do you think that I can do as well in Las Vegas and I do at these tables here in California?"

Ouch. I hate this question. Usually, here is how I respond..... You have to think that playing casino games with fake chips DOES take all of the pressure off, and keeps one relaxed while playing their favorite games in a very comfortable atmosphere, with all of your friends around you.

If you're concerned about the SPEED of the games, simply ask the operations manager at your casino party to hook you up with the fastest dealer they have. We always have one or two of our pro-type dealers at any particular event, dealers that we usually dub our "sharks." We can easily simulate speed, but we'll never be able to simulate the monetary fluctuations involved at real casinos. Bottom line? Those Vegas casinos play for keeps. Play your best game.

And, finally, the #1 question most asked of our casino staff?

#1 -- "Uhh, excuse me, can you tell me where the restrooms are?"

We get this one at every event, but you'll have to answer this one on your own. We're a little busy right now, practicing our card-counting techniques. (Any self-respecting orange county casino night party rental company would do just the same.) Practice up, we'll see you at our next event!