Monday, June 28, 2010

Aces Casino Finds Out (The HARD Way) That Joe Awada has a new game - 3 Way-Action!



When you're considered one of the top los angeles casino rental companies in SoCal, well, you're expected to do what it takes to go that "extra mile" in finding out what new games are making their way into the REAL casinos. You do this ever-so-willingly, so you can bring them to an ever-hungry game-crazed public that's just WAITING to try that game out on in a "practice round" on an Aces Casino gaming felt, when the chips are as fake as a Hollywood starlet's bust-line.

Hey -- Any time we hear the phrase "new casino game" and "bust-line" in the same paragraph, well, we're there. "All in the name of "necessary research," don'cha know. (Ahem...)

Anyway...... During one of these "necessary research" sessions out in Bullhead City the other day, we stumbled across one of the more out-of-the-way casinos that i've ever come across; A place called the "Avi." Now, i'm sure that all of you that are familiar with Laughlin, Nevada, sure as heck know about "The Avi," but this casino was big news to yours truly, as well as it was to our merry band of los angeles casino rental team-mates that were out on patrol with us last weekend. We just HAD to go inside the Avi, check out the action..

For the record, "The Avi" is Indian Casino-based, and not currently in a battle for "whales" with the likes of Steve Wynn. (Translation: It's quaint, but kinda run-down.) We'll call it "Broken-In." You can check it out further at www.avicasino.com. It's not a dump, but you can see the landfills from there. (Not doin' any favors for the place, am I? I guess that i'm probably out of the running for that PR-Director job at the Avi. Damn, tough break. Grin.)

OK, where were we? Ahh, yes, our "necessary research." Well, dusing a test-lap around the Avi's casino pit, suddenly, there it was; The busiest casino table in the whole place, lots of noise, fun to be had by all that were playing. And, to my surprise, when we walk up to the table, we discover that this casino table ISN'T fitty-cent Blackjack, as were would have guessed, but, quite frankly, this table sported a game that I had never seen in a casino before.

It's called "3 Way-Action."

Now, we've seen all those "triple-action" games in the past, but this one has a great twist. There are three betting spots on the table; One for casino war, one for Blackjack, and the third one for, get this, Seven-Card-Stud Poker. Oh, man, I love this game ALREADY. And what's even BETTER? Those of you in the WSOP world know the name of Joe Awada (WSOP bracelet winner). And, some might ALSO know that one of Joe's many passions is creating new table games for casinos and cruise-ships, right? Guess who created the game "3 Way-Action?" Yep, Joe Awada himself. Smart guy, great poker player, too. We've crossed paths, let's put it that way...

Now, I could sit here and bore you with a lengthy diatribe that would cover the rules of play for "3 Way-Action" and how it works, but let's put it this way: This los angeles casino rental giant gives this new game a big "Two Thumbs Up," we HIGHLY recommend our many (three) fans check this new Joe Awada creation out. You'll love it. (I found this out the hard way - Lost $90, darn it!  I need to study this game a little more, it would seem.  Don't spend my $90 foolishly, Joe!)

Hey, here's one great way to check it out -- Book a casino party with Aces Casino, and request that we bring a "3 Way-Action" table to your next event. You'll be glad you did, and somewhere in Nevada, Joe Awada will be glad you did, too. We'll see you soon at the next Aces Casino event!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Aces Casino Discusses The 3 Common Mistakes that "Rookie" Casino Party Planners consistently make (And Just Ruin Perfectly Good Events)


Here at Aces Casino, the orange county casino night equipment rental leader, we take pride in giving each and every client of ours the most entertaining, unique, and imaginative casino night parties possible. It's just what we do. And, we do it VERY well. 17 years in the business means quite a lot of practice.

As a matter of fact, Aces ALSO does something that no other casino party company in the industry would EVER do: We also will go the extra mile to help out someone in dire straits that ISN'T a client of Aces Casino; some poor party coordinator or fund raising group that has found out too late that rock-bottom pricing and promises that are too good to be true usually are, and all their hard work to put on their party for their guests is going to be ruined by an unscrupulous casino "business."

There's nothing we hate more than hearing that an event has been ruined this way.

So, we were sitting around the offices the other day, when one such telephone call came in; someone that had called us originally, then found a "company" on the internet that beat our price by $25, and booked with them sight unseen, because of the "savings." Alas, you DO end up getting what you pay for. The company they ended up hiring didn't show up for their fund raiser, because (we found out later) they got another party from another client that PAID THEM more, and they ditched their first client so they could make more money for themselves.

Boy, we've grown SO incredibly tired of hearing results like this.

So, we thought, if we really ARE the orange county casino night industry leader, we need to do something about this. Hence, the meat of our blog post today. It seems that we we keep hearing the same three complaints from highly unsatisfied people and groups, people that were unhappy with the service from their "cut-rate" casino companies. So, it would seem totally logical to take these same three recurring complaints, and broadcast them to the casino party throwing community.

So, without further fanfare, here are three biggest complaints that event planners and fund raising chairs have, after they decided that saving an extra $25 was more important than going with Aces Casino, the orange county casino night industry leader for Southern California;

#3 -- The casino company's "Management, Pit Boss and Staff" don't have any clue about how to help their client

-- Usually, this particular situation DOES begin to show itself early on in the beginning itinerary meetings you'll have with your casino party company -- They don't have ANY suggestions on how to maximize profits at the fundraiser, how the fund raiser even WORKS, how much equipment that the client should have at their event to make sure that there isn't too much or too little casino power, what the chips are worth, how much chip power to start each guest with....Sometimes, we've found that the client knew more about the overall operations of the casino event than the CASINO COMPANY did.

If THIS is your casino company's staff, make a run for it.

Red Flag. Reputable casino party companies WELCOME all of your questions, and are FULL of great ideas and scenarios to help YOUR next party or fund raiser become an instant hit. Don't go with the cheapest company to save a buck, then end up losing money or killing the ambience of your event because you got a casino company that doesn't know what they're doing.

#2 -- The equipment that the casino company brought to the event was substandard, and not up to the quality promised by the casino company

-- This is a BIG one, but it's not even the number one problem with some disreputable casino companies. We can't say this enough: NOT ALL CASINO EQUIPMENT IS THE SAME. CHECK OUT what your casino party company plans to bring to your event. Ask for references, and USE them.

I wish I had $5 for every time that I heard a client tell us that their LAST casino company literally brought TOYS to their party, and pawned them off as "Casino tables." There are some companies out there that will literally show up with plywood sheets, and wrap cheap Blackjack layouts around them that are half the size of the size of normal BJ tables, fasten the layout on with tape, and put them on spindly cheap legs that wobble like hula dancers when touched.

Other companies will promise a Craps table at your event, then show up with a plywood box, a "tub," if you will, that's a miniature table at BEST, THEN tell you that you only purchased the "discounted model," and that the REAL casino size and quality Craps tables cost more. By THEN, it's too late; your party is about to start. You're stuck. Ask for pictures, or better yet, visit the casino company at an event that they're hosting for another client. If they refuse to give you this kind of info, RUN AWAY, as fast as you can.

But, the most blatant equipment problems that we've heard about seem to center around the Roulette tables. Two words. "TOYS ABOUND." You'll know that you got the wrong casino party company when they show up at your next event with a 12" plastic toy wheel, and call it a "Roulette Wheel." Friends, here's the straight dope -- Casino size and quality Roulette Wheels are 32 inches in diameter (from one end across to the other).

THIS is what the Roulette table should look like.

There's NOTHING worse than trying to play Roulette on a cheap, toy wheel. If they send you pictures of toy Roulette wheels upon request, find another company. Take it from Aces Casino; NEVER settle for toy tables at your casino event, especially toy Roulette tables. You want to see what the real things look like, go to www.acescasinoentertainment.com.

#1 -- The casino party game dealers are morons, and don't know a thing about the game they're dealing

Yes, as hard to believe as this sounds, there are disreputable casino companies that will just bring "bodies" to your event, and try to bluff their way through the games they've been assigned to. Sometimes, this happens because the casino company is just too busy for their own good, and have spread themselves too thin. Sometimes, they're just small companies that don't even ASK their staff if they can actually DEAL.

We've even heard of dealers that are brought to events, especially in Southern California, and they DON'T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH. I'm not kidding. There's a company out here in SoCal that will stop off over at the local Home Depot on their way to their party, pick up the necessary people to fill their party, and off they go. Can you imagine not being able to even CONVERSE with your dealer during your party?

Other problems abound with sub-standard dealers, too. They don't know the game they've been assigned to. They can't help you with your game -- They're too busy asking YOU about how the game is played. Oh, my word.... Unfortunately, this happens all the time. There's nothing worse than playing casino-style games for fun only, and finding out the fun itself has been lost, because the dealers are IDIOTS, and can't deal games like Blackjack, 3-Card Poker, 3 Way-Action, Tournament Texas Hold-'Em, Craps, Roulette, or Let It Ride. They've got a better chance of piloting the Space Shuttle, then creating a split-pot at the Hold-'Em table.

Aces Casino has always prided itself on having top-flight casino-quality dealers, tables, and staff at each and every casino event they perform at. We're not the only company that does -- That's why, again, it's important to CHECK THOSE REFERENCES. Go and SEE your casino party company in action, at another event, see how the fund raising event works for THEM. Call your prospective company, and ask questions. LOTS of them. Hey, if they're any good, they WELCOME the questions.

Bottom line -- Aces Casino is here to help all of our clients have fun, and raise funds for their favorite charities. We aren't the orange county casino night leader for nuthin'. Give us (or your local casino party company) a call, and find out everything you ever wanted to know about how much fun these casino events can be.

Oh, one more thing -- Check out the casino company's chips. If they're plastic chips, run away. It's one of my personal pet-peeves. Can't stand plastic chips. If I wanted plastic, I'd go to Hollywood.

Aces Casino Answers The "Age-Old" Question: OK, Just how DO you play Craps, anyway? (Part Two)


OK, now, where were we? Oh, yes; If you read "Part One" of how to play this game called Craps, we left you with a question. And, being the industry leader in orange county casino party rentals, it's only right to pick up the discussion from that particular point.....

"What if the shooter doesn't throw a six OR a seven for a VERY long time?"

And the answer is, "you'll instantly figure out the way to beat this game." I know we've all done it before...We've been walking thru one of the many gaming areas of a Las Vegas casino, and hear a wild commotion coming from one of the gaming tables in the casino pit. AND, every time I hear the shrieks of joy, i'm guessing it's at a Craps table. So, for those of you that are wondering to yourself at that very moment, "why is everyone going so crazy?" The answer is the question we posted above -- Someone hasn't thrown their point number or a seven for a VERRRY long time.

Think about it -- In the game of Craps, yes, the 'seven' DOES turn into the enemy of the player, once a point is created, but if the shooter avoids the sevens on the dice, it's like the Craps table has opened up it's very own ATM. EVERY time the dice roll and it ain't a seven, someone's most likely getting paid off on one of their "place bets" on those other numbers available for betting; 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and/or 10. OK, I know -- "So, Mr. "orange county casino party guy, can you provide us with a little tutorial?" Ahh, yes, ask, and you shall receive.....

Example -- On the 'come-out roll' (First roll of the sequence), shooter throws a five. Dealers mark the 5 as the 'point,' and now, the 'pass line bet' needs a five to be thrown BEFORE a seven. Now, the INSTANT that the shooter threw that five, he gives the dealer $27. Why? Because with that $27 wager, he can play what is called "across." The player can place the correct bets on the OTHER five main numbers on the game board, in this example, $5 on 4, $6 each on six and eight, $5 on 9, and $5 on 10. (You have to put an extra buck on the six and eight to get the correct payout odds, which are 7-to-6.

So, there you have it. Shooter throws 5, his pass line bet has that number covered. And, with that $27 bet, he ALSO has the 4-6-8-9-10 covered as well. For ALL SIX of these bets, there is only one number on the dice that can kill ALL of those bets -- SEVEN. Therefore, you can SEE why the table gets so crazy! No sevens for a long time = Cash, fun, and Craps euphoria.

But, in our example, we've neglected to mention what is truly the best bet on the Craps layout, the only bet that pays out "true dice odds," the only bets where the house has NO advantage over the player, the odds are, in a way, EVEN. And what IS this bet that every player should make, the second the point is created?

Ahhh, for THAT, you'll have to tune into Part Three of our Craps series. Another Craps cliffhanger from the orange county casino party leader, Aces Casino! We'll post Part Three in a few days, but in the meantime, check out some of the future postings in our blathering blog. See you at the tables!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Aces Casino: Looks like Phil Hellmuth decided to "Mess With Sasquatch." (That Can't Be Good.)



Here at Aces Casino, the orange county casino rental giant, we like to think of our selves as having a collective sense of humor somewhere between Steve Allen and Sam Kinison. So, when we heard that one of the top ESPN sponsors, "Jack Link's Beef Jerky," was planning on filming a poker-themed version of their "Messin' With Sasquatch" ad campaign, well, you KNOW we had to check it out.

Oh-My-GAWD.

Shot on-site recently at the WSOP at the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino in Vegas, we quickly learned that yes, the rumors WERE true: Poker comes to Sasquatch. (Or is it the other way 'round?) And not only THAT, but it looks like ol' Bigfoot will be face-to-face with whom I'D consider the perfect poker icon / nemesis -- None other than the "Poker Brat" himself, Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

You have GOT to be kidding me. This is just TOO perfect. Take it from Aces Casino, your orange county casino rental "voice of all that is too goofy for words" -- Whomever thought up this 30-second spot for Jack Links should get a raise. Now, we can't show you the commercial itself just yet, but here's a snippet of vid shot about two weeks ago, with Phil Hellmuth, on location for the commercial.

Phil Hellmuth v. Sasquatch in Las Vegas

Wow.... I mean, REALLY, be honest -- Who's rootin' for Bigfoot in this one? Agh, put your hands down, all of you. I know, everyone loves to bag on ol' Phil: he's a brat, he insults people, he's a narcissist. But, I gotta hand to him -- He's a pretty good sport about taking quite a lot of grief from a lot of people that don't know the guy at all, while continuing to promote his brand. You can't deny the fact that 11 WSOP bracelets DOES seem to scream out "One of the best NLHE Tourney players in the world."

Yep, sure does. But i'm rootin' for Sasquatch, too.

Take it from ol' Aces, the orange county casino rental juggernaut: Love Phil Hellmuth Jr. or not, this commercial's going to go down in poker history as one of the funniest of all time. You'll be seeing it during the ESPN WSOP broadcast schedule, THAT, you can bank on. You'll see it again, and again, and again......

OK, Bigfoot -- Phil's been hit by the deck quite a bit in his poker tourney lifetime. It's time he got hit by the table, as well.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

THe Aces Casino Blog: Here Comes "The List:: Aces Casino's Top 5 Poker Players of All-Time (What, I'M Not On The List? There MUST Be Some Mistake)



Every year about this time, you'll hear wild cheering and general merriment coming from at least two prominent groups of people I can think of that celebrate the coming of another summer: All of the kids in grade school, and all of the poker players waiting for the start of the World Series Of Poker, known herein as the "WSOP." For, when summer comes, the WSOP heats up just like the weather, and we here at Aces Casino, SoCal's top orange county casino night party company, can't WAIT for the action to begin in Las Vegas.

This "reporter" (and I use the term loosely) has considered the annual pilgrimage to first Binion's Horseshoe (back in the 70's/90's) and currently the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino to be the ultimate vacation, and have been involved in more than a few of the WSOP events over the years. And, just like most (if not ALL of you), we've also loved watching tournament and cash-game action televised by the ESPN's and GSN's of the world. Those broadcasts (IMHO) make for some GREAT television. Those shows have it all: Drama, big money payouts, the ability to play along with the participants, as well as a GREAT learning tool for those that would like to see how the game is really played.

It seems like everyone has their favorites among the poker elite, players that have shown their uncanny reading abilities and nerves of steel time and time again on the gaming felt of the WSOP. At some of our many events that have poker tourneys as part of their entertainment, invariably, the question is asked: "Hey, Aces, who are YOUR favorite poker players?" Well, since you ASKED this orange county casino night supervisor, we thought it was time to set the record straight, and post out official list of our top 5 faves of poker.....

#5 -- Mike Matusow

If you're looking for the poker player that's possibly the most misunderstood of ALL the poker players in Vegas, Mike Matusow HAS to be at the top of the list. Let's skip over the fact that Matusow is truly gifted as a poker pro (fearless, great reader of people, grounded in the numbers, you name it), he's possibly one of the most charitable players on the circuit, as well. I've heard so many stories about Mike helping out his many friends in the industry, I couldn't count them all. But, when he's got the camera on him, he's one of the most entertaining players out there, bar none. I've played with him a couple of times, he is all of what you see on TV, but so much more away from the tables. His book is called, "Check Raisingthe Devil." IMHO, it's a MUST-read. He really is one heck of a guy....

#4 -- Kenny Tran

I wonder if some people actually realize just how good this guy is. Hopefully, you got a chance to see him play in the 2008 WSOP Main Event. Loves the action, reads all the players at the table with incredible precision, thinks everything through before acting on a hand at every street, and trusts his reads. Total pro's pro, I wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up on the ESPN 2010 WSOP broadcasts more than once. Never have crossed with Kenny, but if I did, i'd hope that I was sitting behind him.

#3 -- Doyle Brunson

OK, is there ANYONE (besides those anonymous CardPlayer.com troll posters) that doesn't just LOVE Doyle Brunson? Truly a patriarch of the industry, and you'd best believe that the players still respect him, AND his talents. "Ain't NUTHIN' missin' from HIS skills," my friends. Will go down in history as one of the best (if not THE best) NLHE players of all-time. I crossed with the big Texan once: I was lucky enough to bust him out of a WSOP tourney a few years back, then, when a short break came up moments later, he was gracious enough to pose for a picture with me, this RIGHT AFTER he'd been felted by the same guy asking for the picture. True class, no question, and you'd never go wrong picking up any of his many books on poker AND life, or reading HIS blog. A living legend, we wish him luck in 2010.

#2 -- Gavin Smith

When we were putting this list together, I thought SURELY Gavin Smith would be top gun of our list. (I know, 'don't call me Shirley.') Flat-out, I LOVE Gavin Smith. This guy is another in the "Matusow" mold: EXTREMELY talented, knows all the games, and probably mentioned in any discussion of "the best player in the world without a bracelet," and rightly so. But, what sets him apart for MY money is just that- Money. THis guy's a walking side-bet.

I had never met him, but after watching him on TV, you could just TELL he LOVES action. We're sitting together up in the bleachers at final table of a WSOP event in '07/'08, the one where Jeff Madsen ended up beating Eric Lindgren heads-up to win his second straight WSOP bracelet. I'm discussing how things are going for Madsen (who i'd never seen before), and how Madsen's 4-1 chip advantage might spell doom for Lindgren, when Gavin Smith heard me say that, looked at me, and said, "i'll take E-Dog for some action. How much?"

 Well, Madsen's getting hit by the deck at this point of the tourney, and i'm seeing $$$$-signs, but knowing how good Lindgren is, and that Smith and E-Dog are FTP buds and he's just backing up his friend, i'm not interested. I tell Smith that i'm pulling for Lindgren, which must've been the straw that broke the camel's back -- Madsen eliminates E-Dog 15 minutes later, after Smith offered the side bet. Should've done it, but i'm glad I didn't. Smith's at his best in front of the microphone at PokerRoad Radio, ya gotta check him out.

#1 -- Tom "Durrrrr" Dwan

It seems like there isn't ONE poker player on the face of the earth that doesn't have an opinion one way or the other on Tom Dwan. "Durrrrr" broke onto the poker scene during a not-so-recent NBC "Heads-Up" TV poker tourney, and made headlines when he busted out "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth with a two-outer. (Gee, ya think Phil took that well?) Hellmuth railed on about how "stupid" he thought Dwan was, but this kid just fired back at Hellmuth, and repeatedly challenged Phil to a cash-game heads-up game. Hellmuth must have known what he was up against - He declined.

For MY money, Tom Dwan is the most incredibly fearless player that i've EVER seen at the tables. He plays for the highest stakes imaginable, has uncanny timing, and reads other players so well, it's scary. Yes, I know that there are some players out there that think Dwan's just a luck-box, but to that, I say this: If that's true, he's been a luck-box for three years, now. That's too long a time to be sucking out on everyone. He's no doubt the real deal, and almost grabbed his first WSOP bracelet this year, finishing second in a $1500 event, of all things. Oh, one more thing -- He's got so much side action bet on himself to WIN a bracelet this year, it's make the payouts of the main event look like peanuts. Tom Dwan is the ultimate action guy, and a fantastic poker player, #1 on OUR list, no question.

Well, there you have it, straight from the top orange county casino night company in Southern California. We'd love to see YOUR lists, too. There are so many players that deserved to be on one of these lists, post your faves, and have fun with it. And, by all means, if you have the chance to go and see this year's WSOP in person, please DO. You'll love it!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Aces Casino Finds Out That, In the end, Officer John McClane Didn't Say Much (Which Is Just Fine)

It IS true.

Without QUESTION, we have the greatest job in the world.

I tell that to anyone that'll listen, and, after seeing the top los angeles casino rental company in the industry at work, 99.99 people wholeheartedly agree. (My wife's the lone dissenter, but there's a story for another blog....Grin)

Because of the industry we toil in, we here at Aces Casino get the chance on many occasions to mingle with the hoi-polloi of Hollywood, at one of the gazillion fund raising opportunities that the SoCal movie studios, actors, and directors put together every year. Great fun for a great cause, and NO ONE does it like Tinseltown.

So, when we do our thing at one of the many Vegas Night casino events each year, invariably, one of our attendees at the party always seems to ask the same question, when it comes to our many brushes with stardom: "Hey, Aces Casino, what's your favorite celebrity-driven story?" And my answer is always the same -- Hands down, it's the story of "The Wrap Party at the Queen."

Back in the mid-90's, we were contracted by Cinergi Pictures to put on a casino night on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, to celebrate the wrapping up of the soon-to-be-released flick, "Die Hard With A Vengeance," the third film of a series of pictures starring Bruce Willis as tough-guy-cop John McClane. Wow...Bruce WILLIS? Heck, it's a good thing that Cinergi Pics didn't know how big a fan I was of the "Die Hard" series: I would have done the event for nothing. Just let us know the date, I said, and we're there.

 Yeah, that's the one.  That's even the correct "angle."

And, when you're the number one los angeles casino rental company in the biz, the studios know that sometimes, these events get, shall we say, "a little kooky." Hey, the more, the merrier. That's what we live for. Bring it on, and sure enough, Cinergi did.

Beautiful night, we've got about 30 tables on the ship for the event, some inside, some outside on the North deck of the ship. I'm the Pit Boss for the event (Gawd, I hate that title. I much rather prefer 'glorified chip caddy.') so I oversee all that is necessary to make the event run as smooth as our los angeles casino rental company can make it.

With events as big as this there are actually more than one "pit" for the evening, and i'm working the inside setup for Cinergi. Suddenly, in my communications headset, I hear the following request: "Uhh, Aces, you'd best come out to Pit Two."

No prob, it's only about 30 yards away, on the outside deck. Out the door I go, and as I near "Pit Two," I notice something that I didn't remember being there when the event began.

Or, should I say something NOT being there.

For, as I walk up to one of our dealers in our outside BJ team (I'll have to clear it with her to make sure she's cool with the re-telling of the tale), I notice that she's holding her chip tray in both hands. She HAS to do this, because the Blackjack table that she was assigned to work at ISN'T THERE ANY LONGER.

"Uhh, excuse me, "I ask her, calmly. "Umm, girl, what happened to your table?"

And, with a tear in her eye, she said those immortal words that made history at Aces Casino. "Bruce Willis threw it overboard!"

She points to an area over the side of the ship, as when I look over, yep, there it is. One of our gorgeous black gaming cloth beauties, floating to the bottom of Long Beach harbor. Well now, I say to myself....There's something you don't see every day.

 "Yeah, I did it.  Got somethin' to say?"

My mind races with numerous thoughts, most dealing with what has to be the first question i'd dare to ask, like, "How did it happen." But, before I could turn and ask our table-less dealer about the flying BJ table, I receive a tap on the shoulder.

I turn around, and "Voila." I'm face to face with Officer John McClane himself, Bruce Willis. Unfortunately, this story doesn't need to elaborate much from this point, because, when I DID turn around from his tap, all he did was slowly slide what turned out to be seven $100 bills into my front shirt pocket, pat me on the shoulder with a grin on his face, turn around, and walk off.

Turns out, Willis had been having a horrible streak of luck at the table he was playing at (A.K.A. the "flying table"), and had warned our dealer that if she drew to 21 on him one more hand, he was going to take the blackjack table, and throw it overboard. She did, so HE did. Sploooosh.

Well, needless to say, Mr. Willis turned out to be a gracious loser (especially because the chips are fake), but, as luck would have it, I never got to ask HIM the one question that i've had for all these years.

"How did you get talked into making that AWFUL 'Hudson Hawk'?"

Well, now that it's all said and done, i'm actually pretty happy that I DIDN'T get my fifteen seconds of fame with Bruce Willis. He might have thrown ME overboard as well. Oh, and we actually DID try to to retrieve the most famous Blackjack table in Hollywood the next day, but the QM security team informed us that retrieval of our table would be impossible, because of the "Moat Monsters."

I kid you not. True story, but when it comes to the Moat Monsters, we'll have to tell THAT part another time. Suddenly, I have a hankering for a "Die Hard DVD Marathon." So says the owner of the wettest BJ table in the los angeles casino rental industry.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Aces Casino and the WSOP: A Match Made In Heaven (Unless You're Facing Men The Master)


Great view, isn't it? Yes, that's the view from the top row of bleachers of the World Series of Poker final table set, on site at the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, courtesy of ESPN, circa 2009. Ahh, yes, the WSOP: Poker's "Super Bowl." And take it from Aces Casino, SoCal's top orange county casino party company -- If you've EVER thought of taking your own poker game skills to that next level and test that skill against the finest players in the world, friends, you HAVE to do it. You'll NEVER forget it. It is SO incredible..... Your memories will last a lifetime. But, if by chance you can't attend, the next best thing is definitely following the action on CardPlayer.com's "Poker News" section. CardPlayer covers it ALL, and has been doing so for as long as I can remember....

The WSOP (I'm not typing out that whole name any more, WSOP is what it is, anyway) is THE poker experience, and is still another perk that comes with working at Aces, who takes pride in having the number ONE orange county casino party crew in the business. Hey, if you want to stay on TOP in our industry, ya gotta do RESEARCH, don'cha? And what better place to gather that necessary research material than playing in the WSOP? Told ya, GREAT perks here at Aces.....

Aces Casino has been coming out to the WSOP since 1982, and this reporter is proud to pass along the fact that back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we got one of those coveted bracelets. How's THAT for research? (grin) Hey, we got hi by the deck for about an hour straight, but WHO CARES? A win's a win. But, we digress....

It's been said that, in the world of sports, it's kinda tough to get your horse into the Kentucky Derby, to get your stock car onto the track at the Daytona 500, and FORGET about playing in the NBA finals. Yep, all tough to accomplish. But, when you think about it, the WSOP is the ultimate fan sport. At the Rio every year, in June, you can come out to Vegas, plunk down your entry fee for the tournament of your choice, and find yourself playing at the same table as some of the finest poker players in the world. OK, ya gotta admit, that's pretty cool.

Let's see, we'll go down the list of poker 'dignitaries' we've played against in the last few years.......Men 'The Master' Nguyen, Devilfish Ulliott, Nam Le, Lee Watkinson, Daniel Negreanu, Sam Farha, Doyle Brunson, Scott Fischman, Joe Hachem, Mike Matusow, Chino Rheem......And THIS in just the last four years, playing two tourneys per year. Busted Brunson before 'The Master' got me 15 minutes later. I'm tellin' ya, it's great -- Love poker? You HAVE to go.

Besides the tourneys, the place is CRAWLING with all of your favorite players all day and night, and for those that crave the cash games and satellite Sit-&-Go's, you're in the right place. ANY game you're lookin' for, you can find. And not just at the Rio. A lot of the mega-stars hang over at the Wynn and the Bellagio during WSOP season. Can't attend? No problem: Just check out the "Poker News" section of Cardplayer.com. If it's happening in the WSOP, you'll have no problem finding what you're looking for at CardPlayer.com.

Now, it's no wonder that Aces Casino is the #1 orange county casino party company for poker, as well as all the other games. Aces has the pro dealers, and the WSOP experience that makes EVERY poker tourney FEEL like the WSOP itself. And, who knows? You might just run into someone you recognize at one of our events. It won't be Doyle, though. I think he's still bitter..... (grin)

(Ed. Note: Let it be said that there is no one more professional and purely kind to everyone than Doyle Brunson. Doyle's a true pro. He was gracious, and couldn't have cared less about getting bounced from the tourney mentioned above. He just went and bought into another one right away, and ended up winning his tenth WSOP bracelet in the process. So, in a way, we should get credit for that bracelet, right, Doyle?)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Aces Casino Answers The "Age-Old" Question: OK, Just how DO you play Craps, anyway? (Part One)


Craps.  Just one word, a word that makes people shudder.

If I had to guess what the number one question that's asked of our Aces Casino los angeles casino night team (besides 'where's the bar?'), it's "Craps? Wow...How do you PLAY this game?" And, usually, my response goes something like, "That's asking 'how do you fly the Space Shuttle,'" but, when you think about it, flying the shuttle might just look easier to the uninitiated when it comes to what has to be the most imposing game on the casino floor.

But, fear not, my friends: There's good news! The chips are valueless, and the dice don't know the game is fake! Translation: IMHO, the best way to learn the game of Craps is at one of the Aces Casino Craps tables. Yep, free lessons, and, should you die a horrible death in the hour that it takes to teach you how to play, you can look inside your wallet/purse and say to yourself, "Wow. Haven't lost a dime."

Ahh, yes, it's good to be Aces Casino. Being the best los angeles casino night party company DOES have it's advantages......

So, since the question has been asked...And asked....AND ASKED, we here at Aces Casino thought to ourselves, "what better way to teach the game than explain some of the nuances in our Aces Casino blog? (Yeah, we talk to ourselves a lot. Too many crazy casino parties.)

PART ONE - GETTING STARTED

Yes, we'll skip over the history of the game. In prior blogs, we've already explained that our history grades in school weren't the best, so we start off in our wheelhouse: the game itself. Ever heard the term, "Seven-come-eleven?" Craps is the game that witty lil' phrase came from, because on the very first roll of a sequence (called the 'Come-Out-Roll'), if you throw a 7-or-11, you win your first bet, which, as WE teach the game, is the "Pass Line" bet.

OK, I know, I know, i'm already hitting you with these names, titles and phrases. No worries, as Scott "P" would say. You'll get the game, eventually, for one simple reason: This game is just like my mother-in-law. Repetitive. THe game constantly repeats, so, if you give this game (in a live setting at one of our events) just one hour, we'll teach you ALL you need to know. But, first, as Tony Soprano would say, "Ya gotta learn the lingo."

First roll of a series of rolls? Come out roll.

Pass Line Bet? First bet to place on the table.

Here...Check out this picture of one end of the Craps table...It's that pic you saw at the top of this blog. (See? Aces Casino isn't the los angeles casino night leader for nothing! We aim to please! Grin) Remember, the ends of the table are mirror images of each other. Stand on either end, you'll get the same game....... See the pass line at the bottom? That's where you'll place your chip(s) for your initial bet, right in that skinny lil' area, right in front of where you're standing at the table.

Now, on the very first roll of a sequence, yes, the come out roll, 7-or-11 is an automatic winner, and 2, 3, or 12 is an automatic loser. (2-3-12, that's Craps, baby.) But, if any other number comes up, you'll see the dealer mark that particular number, and, until the end of the roll, you'll need the shooter (the one rolling the dice) to throw THAT number before a seven, to win your pass line bet. Let's say for example, he threw a six. OK, that's your number.

Yeah, I know, it's starting to go over your head. Remember, my mother-in-law. You'll get it, it keeps repeating.

Now, when it comes to the pass line bet you made initially, the only two numbers that matter to your bet are SIX (which would be a pass line winner), or SEVEN (which would be a pass line loser). Yep, once you "create a point" (throw some maerked number, like six, on the come out roll), seven turns into your enemy. But, you KNOW how dice can be, sometimes......What if the shooter doesn't throw a six OR a seven for a VERY long time?

Good question, my friends. And that's where we'll move to part TWO of, "How the heck do you PLAY this game?" Brought to you by your friends at Aces Casino, the best los angeles casino night party company in SoCal. (And modest, too!) We'll post Part Two in a few days..... In the meantime, we've assigned you some homework: Go online, and search for one of the many free craps trainers online. You can roll thedice, get acclimated to the Craps layout, and maybe even win a few fake chips.

We know -- We're experts in fake chips. See you next time........

Aces Casino events CAN be hard work, Honest!

 

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 May, 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!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Aces Casino Finds Out What Happens When You Combine Four Card Poker and the Chumash Indians


Without question, one of the real "perks" of being a part of the Aces Casino Entertainment team is being able to test out new casino-style games in advance of their subsequent debut onto the casino gaming scene at a later date. Aces Casino has always been a pioneer in the Las Vegas night casino party rental industry when it comes to having these new casino games available for their clients to enjoy before anyone else in the Southern California entertainment market. With that in mind, it should go without saying that, when a new game DOES make it's way onto the casino gaming scene, it's up to Aces Casino to put it through it's paces.

You ALL know where this is going: It's "Aces Casino Story Time" once again. Hey, that's why we're the number one orange county casino party company.

It's late 2008, time for another family adventure. (I'd call it a "vacation," but, when it comes to MY family, "adventure" is a much better term. You'll see.) It's decided by my dearest wife that it's time to forget the casino party industry for one weekend, scoop up the kids, hop in the car, and head to a city in central California called Solvang, a word that i'm guessing is Danish for "bakery swap meet." OK, I think to myself, the good wife needs a getaway to have some fun, do some shopping, and find out what an Aebleskiver is. (Don't ask. The only thing I can cook is microwaveable foods.)

So, off we go: up Highway 101, past Cachuma Lake, and, lo and behold, there it is. Hold on to your Aebleskivers, I can't believe it: It's a little Dutch town right here in California. Quaint, nice, friendly people, great food (I highly recommend the Solvang Restaurant), lots of places to see and visit.

I mean, LOTS of places: Including one more that I didn't know existed..... It seems that, just up the road from "Aebleskiver Alley," there's this brand new, bright and shiny building that stands out like a sore thumb. And, when I saw the name on this non-Solvang-looking monstrosity, it immediately caught my eye. You couldn't miss it.

"Chumash Indian Casino and Spa."

We drove right by this huge casino on our way into Solvang, and when my wife saw me looking at this marvel of casino engineering, she KNEW that the Chumash Indian tribe was going to be an unplanned part of her vacation. (Told you it would end up being an adventure. Aces wouldn't be the best orange county casino party company without a lil' adventure.)

Now, when I was in school, if you were to poll every history teacher that ever tried to interest me in the fine art of historical studies, they'd all tell you that everything I know about history would fit into a small paper cup. Over the years, i've improved my historical knowledge ever so slightly, especially in the area of American history, but I have to admit that American Indian history has slipped many a shot by this goalie.

"Do me a favor," my wife immediately blurts out, as we're passing this Chumash Casino. "Don't go investigating that place until we're on our way out of town, after our vacation." It's a deal, I say. So, after all of us have had our fill of every Danish pastry this side of Solvang, it's time. Vacation over, time to check out the "Chumash Indian Casino and Spa."

Now, I may not know a whole lot about the Chumash tribe, but I DO know the law when it comes to both the casino party industry AND California casinos in general. No kids. Wifey's not interested in seeing this place, anyway. The only gambling she's ever done was marrying me, and since she's lost her only "wager," she's not looking to recoup her losses. She'll stay with the kids in the comfort of the covered patio outside the entrance to this place, and tells me, "go do your thing."

So, inside I go. Yep, pretty nice place. It is new, clean, and has the game roster you'd expect would be present in a California Indian-based casino: No Roulette, no Craps (not even card craps), PLENTY of slots, and when it comes to the table games, it's pretty much the usual suspects (BJ, Caribbean, 3CP), excepting for one.

Four Card Poker.

Now, I remember receiving the memo from the Shuffle-master corporation in regards to their newest creation, but I hadn't seen this game implemented onto a casino floor. OK, let's see how this works, I say to myself. Pull up a chair, let's take this game for a spin. Well, after about 30 minutes, here's the skinny on "Four Card Poker" courtesy of Aces Casino, your best choice for an orange county casino party company --

--Two initial bets are available: The Ante and the Aces Up.

--All players get five cards each and the dealer gets six cards. (This part i'm not too thrilled about, but since there's no vigorish involved in regards to winning bets, the house has to have SOME advantage.) One of the dealer cards is placed face up, and five face down.

--Players making the Ante bet must decide to fold or raise.

--If the player folds he forfeits all bets.

--If player raises, then he must raise at least the amount of the Ante and at most, three times the Ante.

--Players then keep their best four cards and discard one.

--Following is the ranking of hands from lowest to highest: high card, pair, two pair, straight, flush, three of a kind, straight flush, four of a kind.

--After all decisions have been made the dealer will turn over his cards and select the best four out of six.

--The player's hand shall be compared to the dealer's hand, the higher hand winning.

--If the dealer's hand is higher the player shall lose the Ante and Raise.

--If the player's hand is higher or equal then the Ante and Raise shall pay one to one.

--If the player has at least a three of a kind he shall also be paid a Bonus, regardless of the value of the dealer's hand. (I love that part of the game.)

Careful mathematical evaluation of this game called "Four Card Poker" seems to suggest the house edge comes out to about 3.89% using a normal payout table (there are more than one, depending on where you might play), and can dip to about 3.15%, using what might be called "basic strategy," something discussed in Blackjack play ad nauseum. We'll break down this, and other games, in subsequent blogs, trust me.

Our review of this new game? Well, at 3.9%, it's not a game that'll eat you alive. Heck, Roulette's house edge is around 5.2%, so, as far as new casino games on the market, Four Card Poker seems to be pretty fair. We'll give Four Card Poker a B+ rating to start.

We'd give it an "A+," except for two little problems. One, I lost $60 at the Chumash Casino testing out the game. GREAT rush of cards for the dealer. Oh, and, Two? I played for about 30 minutes, which, when you're stuck with MY kids, must seem like 30 days. Wifey's grade of Four Card Poker? Let's just say that I kinda knew what it would be, when I exited the casino a half-hour after entering and an Aebleskiver went whizzing my by head.

Moral of the story? If you visit the Chumash Indian Casino and Spa, take a shot at Four Card Poker. If you're a lover of new casino card games, I think you'll like it. Oh, and disarm all family members of Danish pastry before entering the Casino. I KNOW you'll like THAT.

(Aces Casino now offers Four Card Poker as a part of it's casino game inventory. Aebleskivers available upon request.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Aces Casino Blog: Casino Party 101, Or The Beginning Of The End For The Propaganda Ministry

 
We get questions all the time here at Aces Casino, and we have always welcomed them with open arms. (Probably because our motto here is "This Beats Working." Grin ) However, with new clients, one question has always reigned supreme -- "How do I DO this?" Good question.... And, one with a very simple answer -- "It's much easier than it looks."

When you bring a professional orange county casino night company on board for, let's say a local fund raising event, there are many different facets. THAT'S why the casino party gods created "committees!" Be it food, printing of tickets, obtaining the site(s) for the event, gathering of the all-important volunteers, it's the committees that make the events 'sing.' We here at Aces Casino are usually approached by the "Entertainment Committee." (And for a very good reason -- We're a bunch of hams, out-of-work actors, and all-around frustrated game-show contestants.)

Acting chops of our Aces team aside, when you DO hire your Las Vegas night casino rental company, something wonderful immediately occurs -- One of the biggest parts of your event has just been taken care of. Aces Casino has always prided itself on pre-planning and in-depth itinerary work, which shows through at every event. But, we digress (our other specialty.)

So, without taking up TOO much blog space, let's throw out a few ideas on just how these casino events come together, something we like to call "Casino Party 101." Class is now in session.... (Grin)

Let's talk about the event itself -- No other party theme can capture the imagination of your guests quite like a Casino Night! It’s your guests’ chance of a lifetime to play all casino games while learning the rules of the game by professional dealers and NOT LOSE A PENNY! That's what the best orange county casino night party company can do for ALL of their clients. A company like Aces Casino.

Whether it’s a Convention, Trade Show, Reunion, Corporate Fun Night, Fundraiser, Theme Party or Holiday Party, your guests will enjoy playing for “FUN” in a private casino custom-designed just for them. From a one-game event to a full-scale all encompassing casino, Aces Casino, SoCal's best orange county casino night party company, can provide a complete and entertaining event!

The key to pulling off a coordinated event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu, cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept. Then, get as creative as you can!

After selecting a Casino theme for your party, choose a slogan to use in your invitations, and to use in tying in decorations and personalized favors to your bash. Find the perfect slogan for your party by trying one of the following, or by thinking of one that fits your guest of honor’s personality:

# “High Stakes Happening!”
# “Bet on a Fun Time!”
# “Get Lucky at Sandy’s 40th Birthday bash”
# “Bettin’ on a Win!”


Great Games and Necessities:

* Black Jack
* Roulette
* Craps
* Stud Poker
* Texas Hold’em
* Caribbean Stud
* Let it Ride
* Baccarat
* Money Vault
* Video Poker
* Raffle Drums
* Raffle Tickets
* Custom Money
* Custom Chips

Perfect Entertainment:

* Rat Pack (Look-A-Like)
* Frank Sinatra (Look-A-Like)
* Dean Martin (Look-A-Like)
* Sammy Davis Jr. (Look-A-Like)
* Marilyn Monroe (Look-A-Like)
* Elvis Presley (Look-A-Like)
* Cirque Acts
* Cigarette Girls
* Card Sharks

Remember our best tip of all...."What happens at the Casino, stays at the Casino!"