Friday, July 29, 2011

Aces Blog Greatest Hits: Our Chance Meeting with Joan Rivers, AKA "When Celebrity Animals Attack"


(Ed. Note: The team at Aces Casino will be away from the Aces offices for 11 more days while necessary construction and renovation work is done at the main facility in Buena Park.  We will return on Tuesday, August 9th, with new blog posts and re-charged management and staff.  In the meantime, please enjoy one of our "Greatest Hits" blog posts, this one dealing with what turned out to be another very interesting celebrity encounter or three.)


Recently, there was a manager's meeting held here at the offices of Aces Casino, the top orange county casino party rental giant. The reason for this "summit meeting" of our top six department heads was pretty simple; the team was there to come up with some suitable, yet witty content for the next few blog entries to post right here in our infamous Aces Casino blog. (You didn't think I thought all of this stuff up, did you? -- Grin) Yeah, that's right; It's "Casino Night Writer's Block." It happens....

What we found out was the answer to the riddle, "How many casino night managers does it take to come up with even ONE suitable topic?" Well, the answer appears to be six. They ALL came up with the SAME IDEA. So much for great minds think alike.

But...Wait, just a minute. First, they DID have a point. "Aces, you already blogged about our favorite celebrity casino event of all time!" (this event is the one they all thought of first.) But, just like the best think-tankers of these United States, they all thought of their second-favorite celebrity-laced casino night endeavor, and suggested that we use THAT one.

OK. I'm easy. It's not one of MY favorites (for reasons that you'll understand later), but yours truly only has one vote. Democracy wins out again, friends.

It's an event that was instantly dubbed, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." And, without question, it was ALL of the above, in spades, as you'll soon see.

The event was a celebrity fund raiser held at a studio warehouse in Culver City about 15 years ago, and as Jack Webb would have so eloquently put it, "What you about to read is true. The charities' names have been changed to protect the innocent." The CHARITIES, yes. The CELEBRITIES? Uh-uhh. Nope. We're going with THEIR names. We'd make a GREAT tell-all book author.

The day of the event, the entire Aces team was totally psyched; Because of the nature of the event, and all of the celebs that would be in attendance, it wasn't hard for the top orange county casino party juggernaut to fill the 30-some-odd dealers needed to properly staff this casino party.

All was well... The equipment was set up in perfect position for the casino floor, the dealer team was early as always, to receive their assignments for the evening, the casino floor staff (including me) was ready to go. Then, right before the event, the hostess for the evening came to talk to us about what she wanted most from us, to assist her in the event.

It was none other than Joan Rivers.

Ouch. Now, I hadn't ever met Ms. Rivers before, but obviously, today was going to be my unlucky day. As she shuffled toward us, I remember not actually recognizing her (In hindsight, I would estimate that she was, at that point, somewhere between face lifts 5-and-8), but, yep, although she was slightly contorted, there was no mistaking that voice.

I introduced myself, and her immediate response was "Nice to meet you, Stan." (Not my name.) And, even though I corrected her a number of times during this first get-together, it never took. I was "Stan" all night. Hey, what the heck, i've been called worse. I used to referee hockey games in Westminster, California. I WISHED that THOSE guys would call me Stan.

Anyway, she filled me in on what little she knew about the event, and went on her merry way. Unfortunately, this wouldn't be the last I would see of Joan Rivers on this fateful evening. Oh, NOOOO, not by a long shot.

Reason? Well, Joan thought that it would be a hoot to follow me around and constantly quiz me about what I was doing during our Las Vegas night casino event, and never missing a trick when it came to interrupting my work with the dealers and clients, and harassing both me AND the clients with snide "comedic" innuendos that were being broadcast throughout the casino floor via her wireless microphone.

That face of hers still haunts me to this day. (I'm told this is a recurring nightmare for many people that watch her on television. Ask Annie Duke.) That was a long night. She repeatedly asked me questions like, "what do you think of my butt, Stan?" I finally answered her by telling her that I had seen more butt on a cigarette, a quip she didn't take to at all. She turned her "let's harass Stan" meter up to "10" at that point. Yikes...

Joan Rivers -- Definitely the "BAD."

In fairness, we HAVE to move right to the good. Steven Spielberg. Talk about a nice guy. Irically, he was playing at a Blackjack table with a dealer that has been notorious for being, shall we say, "merciless" when it comes to beating up our fake casino game players. Spielberg was unable to dodge this dealers' wrath as well, declaring at one point that, "If I lose one more hand, i'll be unable to afford to make my next picture.

Thank goodness the casino chips ARE fake, because the director of such blockbuster hits as "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" lost an incredible 17 hands in a row. Stick to blockbusters, Steven... (Grin)

Well, I guess that only leaves us with our third of three parts. We've had the "good," we've talked about the "bad." Now, it's time for the "ugly." and BOY, was IT ugly. (Laugh) Take it from an orange county casino night party employee that looks in the mirror on a daily basis: I KNOW UGLY.

Same party, and almost immediately after having a few laughs with Mr. Spielberg, we get a call over our headset communications system... "Ummm, Aces, we need a little help on table #2."

OK, no problem. I know Table 2. It's right near the warehouse entrance, right next to ED-209, the robot from "Robocop." Can't miss it. I also note to myself that it has one of our all-time favorite blackjack dealers at that table, one of the nicest guys in the world. So, without hesitation, it's time to go over to T-#2, and talk to our dealer.

When I get there, the dealer waves me over, and quietly whispers to me something I thought i'd never hear from this dealer..... "If you don't get this guy away from me right now, i'm going to have to kill him."

I look over at the player he's pointing at, and it's ROBERT WAGNER.

Now, i've always LOVED Robert Wagner, all the shows he's done (Hart to Hart, Switch), and to top it all off, the dealer doesn't recognize or know who Wagner is. (Darned young dealers. Makes me feel old.) Besides, this is the SAME Robert Wagner that was oh-so-hospitable at the beginning of the event.

Funny what 9 glasses of wine will do to ya.

Well, he's totally out of control: boisterous, argumentative, consistently slurring his words, swearing at the dealer, accusing him of cheating. (Yeah, we always love cheating celebs out of fake chips at high-end charitable events.)

Luckily, one of Wagner's friends immediately comes to the rescue to assist him in getting away from the table, and it's a good thing -- Here comes Joan Rivers, looking for someone to verbally assault, and Robert Wagner would have been a prime target. Once she arrives at the table, it's time to harass the old "pit boss," yours truly.

Hey, it's better than Ol' "frozen face" getting into it with Alexander Mundy. THAT could have been REALLY ugly.

Wow....THAT was a night to remember. Or forget. I haven't decided which. What did I learn from all of our experience at what turned out to be a really fun event? Easy.

Next time we do a celeb event, i'm bringing ED-209 with me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Aces Casino Greatest Hits: It Was More Like "Pirates Of The Caribbean" than "Die Hard W/A Vengeance"


(Ed. Note: The team at Aces Casino will be away from the Aces offices for two weeks while necessary construction and renovation work is done at the main facility in Buena Park.  We will return on Tuesday, August 9th, with new blog posts and re-charged management and staff.  In the meantime, please enjoy one of our "Greatest Hits" blog posts, this one dealing with what turned out to be a very interesting celebrity encounter.)

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.

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.

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 fate 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 '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, July 22, 2011

Aces Blog: "Oh, NO, Here Comes That 'Christmas In July' Rant Again." You Are Correct, My Friend...

Here at Aces Casino, Southern California's Orange County casino party leader, we strive to achieve stardom when it comes to customer service, "even when it hurts."  One good example of this is what we call our "Miracle On 34th Street Mentality."  Simply stated, if Aces Casino can't help you with your event, for whatever reason, we know of two other casino party companies in our service area that can also do a fine job, when a client we love is in a real bind.  (Ed. Note: Not as good as Aces Casino when it comes to Orange County casino night parties, of course, but the author digresses.  AGAIN.)

We bring this lil' factoid up for one specific reason.  The month of December. 

At Aces Casino, our December is usually something like taking a $500 steak dinner, placing it in a blender, and turning it on to the Frappe' setting for about three minutes.  It's CRAZY.  When you're the best Orange County casino party company in Southern California, and HAVE been for the last 17 years, you tend to build up a VERY large and exclusive client base.  And we HAVE.  The good news is, we're ALSO the second-LARGEST Orange County casino night party crew in the southland, so we can "handle the load."

We can take on this daunting "crazy" December task because WE'RE crazy, as well.  Kinda works hand in hand.  But -- Even though our official company motto is "this beats working," there's ALWAYS one thing that makes our job SOOOO much easier.

And that is.... Having our valued client base plan ahead.

Every December, the same thing happens.  A client comes to us with a request for a Holiday casino night party, "just a small affair, mind you, only about 100 people.  Can you help us?"

GAWD, we HATE to say "No."

But sometimes, we must, especially when it comes to our December holiday event calendar.  As you can imagine, when you're the top Orange County casino party crew in the "biz," you tend to be in great demand during the holidays.  And, consequently, when we reach our capacity on any date in December, we have to put up the "sold out" sign.   There are only so many top-flight staff members in our industry, and we have them ALL here at Aces Casino.

That's why we're doing our annual "Christmas in July" Blog-A-Thon.

The Aces Casino version of "Christmas in July,"sans casino tables.

We do this for one specific reason -- We LOVE all of our clients, ESPECIALLY NEW CLIENTS.  We love showing off our talents for new clients that had no idea that holiday casino night parties can be so much fun.  (Small note: They're fun for US, too.) 

So, starting this weekend, and going thru most of August, Aces Casino will be contacting every one of our holiday casino night clients, and finding out what date they've selected for their event, so we may place it on OUR events calendar, and hold the date for them.  
Here's a small tidbit of info for those of you that are thinking about joining the Aces Casino party bandwagon -- When you've had a holiday party with Aces Casino, you're guaranteed availability for your next years' event date, whatever date that might be.  If you're part of our family, you NEVER get the "sold out" sign.   It's just another way that Aces Casino has ALWAYS gone the extra mile for our many satisfied clients over the years.  You clients know who you are.  You're SO special and we treasure your business, each and every season.  You are what has made us what we are today, and we'll never forget it.

OK, so much for the soapbox speech-making.  It's Christmas in July, my friends.  For all of our prospective new clients, the time is now.  Currently, we only have one date in December that is already sold out, but I guarantee you that will change in the next 30 days, so PLEASE, give us a call and let us know you're thinking about jumping on the Aces Casino bandwagon on this upcoming holiday season.  We would LOVE to have you!  We'll prepare a quote that won't break your budget bank, and put on another of the events that has made us the top Orange County casino party company around.

Also, just a reminder: This infamous blog post will be our last live blog entry for some two weeks as a result of necessary equipment renovation work at our main storage facility, as well as handing out some well-deserved summer vacations for all of our valued team members.  We'll run some of the Aces Casino Blog's "greatest Blog hits" during our down-time, then we'll return with another new and different blog entry on Tuesday, August 9th, when we look at some of the brand-new, soon to be released casino table games of the future. Thanks for looking in, and we'll see you next week with the "Aces Casino (kinda-sorta) Greatest Blog Hits!"


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Aces Casino asks The Top 3 Questions About Pai Gow Poker, A.K.A. "Beer Pong With Playing Cards" (Um, Sorry, We Lied. We Don't Have Any Questions.)


A while back on this infamous Blog, the crew from Aces Casino (the Orange County casino party leaders) took on the task of analyzing the game of Baccarat, a casino game that some experts feel is a game that has favorable gaming odds, but not much in the way of "playability."   (Ed. Note: You'll find that riveting blog article link here.)  And, when we DID, that choice of "casino game of the week" came under some serious scrutiny, especially from a large fan base of a fairly popular game called "Pai-Gow Poker."

Now, right off the bat, here's a disclaimer:  Pai-Gow Poker is one of my favorite games to play, when visiting "Sin City,"  for one simple reason -It "plays by itself."  I used to think Baccarat was a game that "plays by itself," until I saw Pai-Gow Poker.  If you walk up to any self-respecting casino dealer, floor man, shift boss or casino manager and ask him," which of all of these casino games is the easiest to play when you're three sheets to the wind," they'll invariably tell you the answer is Pai-Gow Poker.

That's good enough for THIS Aces Casino party crew member.  Remember, if you're considered the top Orange County casino party company in Southern California, you need a game that people can have a BLAST playing, while playing with valueless chips.  It's INSTANTLY going to be a staple of your lineup, right up there with Blackjack and the eternally-noisy Wheel Of Fortune.  (Ed. Note: The one with the upright wheel, not the one with Vanna White and Pat Sajak.)

I remember my first foray into the wild and wonderful world of Pai-Gow Poker - At least, I remember SOME of it.  What I DO remember was winning quite a lot of dollars at the Barbary Coast casino on a perfect three-team baseball parlay and wanting to celebrate my winnings by playing some casino game that wouldn't tear me a new one, while enjoying my favorite alcoholic beverage (Light beer).

Yeah, I know, HERE it comes.  "Stop right there, Aces.  LIGHT BEER???"  Hey, so, I LOVE light beer.  Sue me.  I've got someone that I consider a good friend (Dennis Hamblin of San Diego Charger fandom) who rides me like an old mule because I love what HE calls "horse piss."  Hey, it tastes good to me, but that's his whole point - I have no taste.  I also love Godzilla movies, "Hardcore Pawn" and "Human Tetris." 

Yeah, maybe he's right. 

OK, where was I?  Oh, yeah, My first exposure to Pai-Gow..... I'm at the Barbary (Now Known as "Bill's"), and I sit down at the Pai-Gow table.  I tell the dealer that I've never even SEEN this game, and he responds with, "Don't worry, it doesn't matter.  I'll help you."  Yeah, I BET that you'll help me, I thought to myself, you work for the CASINO.  That's when he explained just how Pai-Gow Poker works......

1.  Each player gets seven cards, including the dealer, from a 53-card deck.

2.  The "Joker" is the extra card in the deck, good for "Aces, Straights and Flushes."

3.  Pure poker rules apply when it comes to rank of hands, like "what beats what."  You know, high card, then one pair, then two pair, then 3 of a kind, Straight, yada-yada-yada the bisque....

4.  When you receive your seven-card hand, you have to separate it into TWO parts - A five-card poker hand, and a two-card poker hand.

5.  Your five-card hand MUST beat your two-card hand, when you apply poker rules to it.  Let's say you open your 7-card hand, and you have K-K-Q-9-6-3-3.  You place the pair of threes "up front" for your two-card hand, and the rest of the cards, including the 2 Kings, in your five-card hand.

6.  When all the players have separated their hands, the dealer opens up HIS hand, and separates HIS hand.

7.  For you to beat the dealer (normally, the only player you play against), your five card hand must beat HIS, and your TWO-CARD hand must ALSO beat his.  If one of them does, and one of them doesn't, it's a tie, a push.  No winner.  If both of HIS hands beat both of YOURS, you lose your wager.

It's as simple as that.  AND...HERE'S the best part of ALL -- In THIS game, you can show your cards to not only the dealer, but to all the other players at the table, and ask for help.  The dealer has to play every hand like what is called "the HOUSE way," meaning there are certain rules for when he can split pairs, and other little scenarios. 

Find a GREAT Pai-Gow Poker trainer here.

As one of the more trusted members of Aces Casino, the Orange Casino casino party company that strives for casino night party excellence, I'm here to tell you -- THIS game plays itself.  There aren't multiple bets like Let It Ride or Three-Card Poker, and there aren't complicated strategy sessions that you need to follow.  All you have to do is place the one bet in the lil' circle, get your cards, and ask for help.  It's like Beer Pong with playing cards, only you don't have to be accurate as to where you place your two hands of cards.  

When I found this out, I was instantly hooked on Pai Gow Poker.  The first nine hands, I had two wins, one loss, and six ties.  I was up a little less than one win (you DO have to pay a 5% vig on all winnings - That's how the casino obtains it's edge), but better yet, I was up TWO beers on the HOUSE.  I can EASILY beat the house out of it's 5% vig when I'm drinkin' LIGHT beer.  You dangle free beer in front of THIS Aces Casino Orange County casino party guy, and you're in trouble. 

And they were.  And so was I.

I played that game for about four hours, or so I'm told.  I had enough Light Beer to put me to sleep right next to Rip Van Winkle for 20 years, so I left my rental car at the Barbary, caught a taxi back over to my hotel, staggered back to my room, and when I woke up the next day, I discovered $440 in Barbary Coast chips in my pants' pocket on the floor of my room.  

Is THIS a great game, or WHAT?

Pai-Gow Poker was cemented into my Las Vegas "must-play" list forever.  Any time I'm looking for action, while also looking to put on my "buzz," I know where I'M headed.

One problem with Pai-Gow, though.  (Well, actually, TWO.)  When the game's fan base asked for a ten-question "College of Casino Game Knowledge" test regarding the game, we couldn't come up with one.  We tried, but this game makes Baccarat look like trigonometry.  WE couldn't even come up with three good questions.  We DID try, but you wouldn't have liked them.

The OTHER problem with Pai-Gow?  I once accidentally sat down at a Pai-Gow table at Caesar's Palace that was using these gigantic tiles instead of playing cards.  I've since found out that this is the traditional Asian was of playing the game.  MY problem was, I didn't know what the tiles MEANT.  I do, NOW, but that doesn't matter.  Reason?

Easy.  Take it from Aces Casino, the Orange County casino night leaders...

NOTHING kills your light beer buzz worse than those Pai-Gow tiles.

Words to live by, right, Dennis?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Aces Casino Blog: Top 3 New (to Us) TV Shows That Have Just Made Our "We Just Can't Turn It Off" List

Guilty as charged. 

That's what we tell our many clients who tell us after they've visited the offices of Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leader, that they've never seen anything like the fun atmosphere and camaraderie that exists inside the Aces casino night party complex.  The Orange County Register labeled us as "Professionally Irreverent," and Card Player Magazine called us "Pixar South." 

(Sigh) Yes, there's no one else quite like Aces Casino.  Every year, a new batch of truly wonderful clients discover the worst-kept secret in the orange county casino night business.  Guilty as charged, we're good at what we do, AND we're a lot of fun.

When you ask the Aces team just what makes them different, they'll usually tell you that it's BECAUSE they're different in the first place.  Every January, the Aces Casino management takes the top dealers and staff out for a day of total fun, away from the tables and events.  six months ago, the Aces crew was taken to K-1 Speed in Orange County, where they competed in what is now the First Annual "Aces Casino 500" Indoor Go-Kart Race.  (Yes, the building is still standing, AFTER they left.)  You can find the link to the video that caught all the 2011 action on the Blog's vid page.

Not too shabby for a company whose motto is, "This Beats Working."

When you have an Orange county casino night party company with a motto like that, you KNOW you're leaving the wallflowers at home.  "Eclectic" should be mentioned in the business name.  And, to that end, this Friday's blog takes a look at the top vote-getters from our staff when it comes to the best new and different TV shows currently making the rounds on the satellite and cable systems on the dial.

So, without further fanfare, here are the top 3 new TV shows that the Aces Crew, in their words, "Just can't turn off, once it's on...."
Here's a little hint as who's #1.


#3 -- Hardcore Pawn

Those of you that know the Aces Casino staff know that we LOVE Pawn Stars, the History Channel show o/o/Las Vegas, with Rick, the Old Man, Hoss, and the infamous Chumlee.  That's why it surprised me when I started hearing about "that other Pawn Shop show."    Got a chance to check THIS show out, over on truTV.

Whoa. 

Yeah, compared to the other aforementioned Pawn Shop show, this one IS "Hardcore."  The show's based out of the Pawn Shop located in the "8 Mile" district in Detroit.  It's got a little bit too much drama coming from the owner and staff for my taste, but when it's on the TV at the Aces Casino offices, no one EVER turns it off.  Three stars, we definitely recommend Les Gold and his hardcore pawn shop show - Check it out.

#2 -- Storage Hunters

Boy, if imitation isn't the sincerest form of flattery, I guess nothing IS.  We used to get a little bent when we'd find rival casino party companies stealing our ideas, until we figured out that the thefts were ultimately good for the industry as a whole.  It looks to us like "Storage Hunters," a knock-off of the wildly popular "Storage WARS" TV show, has hit the airwaves.  If I'm not mistaken, this one is ANOTHER truTV idea-theft, but it's pretty good, too.

Yeah, pretty good.  Not great, but pretty good.

I've only seen two shows, but both of them were about the same.  There appears to be one main auction bid team o/o/California that goes anywhere to bid on a certain auction guy's offerings.  I do have to say that the storage units on THIS show seem to be STUFFED with goodies, including one show that had a 1936 Mills "War Eagle" slot machine.  Damn, I always wanted one of those.

Some of the verbal give-and-take between some of the bidders looks a little forced, but the show has that "hardcore-ish" feeling to it.  I'll check it out some more.  Two stars.

#1 -- 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show

Oh-My-GAWD.  My INSTANT new favorite game show.  I'm not going to ruin this one for you, except for the fact that when contestants get eliminated from THIS game show, I'm tellin' ya, THEY get ELIMINATED!

The last show I had the chance to take in looked like it was filmed out in the Irwindale rock quarry.  You know, Al Davis' new stadium site.  Anyway, one gal got knocked out of the game, and when she lost, they stuck her inside a metal cage and rolled her down what looked like a mile-long dirt-and-gravel road.  Didn't look like a lot of fun to me.

Then, at the end of the game, when they're down to four players, three of the four contestants (as they're eliminated one-by-one) are dangled over a giant pool of water that looks like it's ten stories off the ground.  You get the question wrong, and off the diving board you go.  Walk the plank, me matey.  Spa-lassssh.  One of my sons signed me up to be a possible contestant on this show when it was first announced and were taking applications.

I'm guessing he doesn't like me very much.

Well, so much for our obvious lack of taste in television shows.  Hey, sue me, the shows are all pretty entertaining, especially that #1 show.  Take if from the orange county casino night party kingpins - If it's goofy, it's for Aces Casino.

Next Tuesday, we wander back into the Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge" with a closer look and 10-question quiz on the game of Pai-Gow Poker.  Bring your textbooks, and we'll see you next week!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Aces Blog: Tuesday's Topic - "The Rush," A. K. A. "The Single Most Incredible Feeling In The World"


Here's a statement that shouldn't surprise anyone - Here at Aces Casino, A.K.A. the Orange County casino party leader since our inception way back in the early '90's, well, there's no other way to say it -- We just LOVE parties.  All KINDS of parties -- Grad nights, holiday events, birthday celebrations, charitable fundraisers, Bat/Bar Mitzvah's, you name it.  If the client is looking for the perfect virtual casino party, Aces Casino is SoCal's one choice, period. 

Yes, I know, the Aces Casino "propaganda ministry" is already running on all cylinders today, but hold on; there's a method to our madness.  There IS one thing that this Orange County casino night party team HATES to see at their many events each year.  It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it just breaks our heart.

It's something we call "The Rush."

Those players that have seen one; or better yet, have been lucky enough to have participated in one, know just what we mean.  The casino game scholars here that make up the brain trust from our Los Angeles casino party team define "The Rush" as: an unspecified moment in time at a casino table when you and the players at your table can do no wrong. 

I harken back to the last "Rush" that I took part in; It was at the 2011 WSOP, just two weeks ago.  I had just arrived in Las Vegas, and before going to check into my room for what was about to turn into a four-day marathon, I decided to wander down the strip for a bit, and check out the action at the World Series Of Poker, the "nirvana" of poker tournaments, currently taking place at the Rio Suite Hotel in Sin City.  It's Aces Casino's "Poker piece of heaven,"  just made for this Orange County casino party poker-lover.

My first stop at the WSOP is always the Satellite room, where you can play 1-table "SnG's" Sit-And-Go's or MTT's (Multi-Table Tournaments) that, should you "cash," would net you tournament chips that you can use to buy into one of the many events held at the WSOP.  And, if you fancy the tourney action, but don't want to necessarily buy into the WSOP, you cn always sell the tournament chips you've won to the players that will be buying into the various events later on.  No sweat.  So, I walk up to the satellite tourney desk, pick a card for the level that I wish to play at, pay the entry fee at the cage, and play.

Then, it started.

Now, I know this reporter constantly toots the "Aces Casino" horn on these blogs.  Hey, It's my job.  But when it comes to the WSOP, well, this Orange County casino party reporter has personally done quite well over the years.  However - those past years pale in comparison to THIS year.  THIS year, "The Rush" hit.  Won my first STT for $1250.  Got in another one, got to heads-up w/the chip lead, chopped that STT for 90% of the pot.  Got in ANOTHER one right away, and won THAT STT to the tune of $1750.  Was catching cards like NEVER before.  (Ed. Note: we remember one other time, but you'll have to bring THAT one up.  I'm not going to.)

"The Rush" was on, and I knew it.  Moved to a no-limit cash-game table, played for three hours, added another $3200 to the ol' bankroll.  Then, the next day, went ahead and entered the $1500 NLHE event that started at noon, played a total of two-plus days, finished 83rd, another $4700.  Later that night, I hopped onto a NLHE cash game back at my hotel, and found "The Rush" was over.  Cards got scarce, opponents hitting three-outers to suck out on me time and time again, barely broke even at a soft table.  Yep, it was over.  But WHAT A RUSH... "Now, THAT was FUN."

Made over $16K in 72 hours.  Casino cages all over Las Vegas were throwing cash at me.  That's what It's all about, my friends - Riding out "The Rush."  I've had a few similar "rushes" in the casino over the years; I remember a Craps session that only lasted about an hour and a half, but turned into the wildest and most profitable Craps session I ever had.  I'll never forget THAT feeling, EVER.

That's our owner, in yellow. Is he smiling?  CRAPS RUSH.

So, why bring up this "Rush" thing?  What does it all mean?  Why does seeing a player on a rush at one of our Orange County casino party events just KILL us to watch it?  Simple.  We have a saying here at Aces Casino.

"The cards and the dice don't know that the game is fake."

True, we put on quite a show with our casino parties, but that's all it is - A SHOW.  The chips are valueless.  Yeah, you MIGHT get a raffle ticket or two in order to have a chance to win a nice prize, but you aren't EVER guaranteed ANYTHING when amassing that mountain of fake chips.  The good news is, at our Orange County casino party set-ups, "The Rush" is as rare HERE as it is in Las Vegas.

The BAD news?  They still happen.  Four weeks ago, at one of our Craps tables during one of our many fundraisers, I witnessed a guy and his family go one one of the most AMAZING Craps rushes I had EVER seen.  Now, we MUST state this now - When it comes to fundraisers, we deal the games STRAIGHT here at Aces Casino.  No cheating, no "getting loose with the chips."  No lie - This guy held the dice at our table for 55 minutes, and when HE finally sevened-out, the NEXT player held the dice for another 30 minutes.

INCREDIBLE rush.  Two players, almost an hour-and-a-half of pure shooting.  They made over $11,000 each playing $5/$10, while starting with a bankroll of about $400.

Wow.

Without QUESTION, this just KILLS me when it happens.  It rarely does, but WHEN it does, it's a KILLER.  It's the only bad part of being a member of the Aces Casino team --  You get a 50-yard-line seat at a table, and get to watch some poor guy waste one of his "rushes" at one of OUR games, when he SHOULD be doing this at one of the tables in Las Vegas.

Wait, it gets worse.  This group of people that have just learned Craps here at our table for the very first time NOW think they can re-create this "rush" in Las Vegas, when they go on their vacation two weeks later.  THEY think the game is EASY, that they have the "system" to beat the casino.

There's no way to warn them, there's no way to try to stop it.  Half-way thru their "rush," we KNOW that they're ALREADY thinking "Vegas."  It's too late, then.  When It's over, we tell the player(s) involved, "Wow, that was one of the greatest rushes we've EVER seen!" And it's the truth, too.

We CAN'T tell them they just spent one of their "rushes" on a fake gaming table.  Unfortunately, the dice didn't know the game was fake.  Even worse, the dice they pick up in Vegas won't know the game is REAL.

At least, I don't think so.

Moral of the story: When your "Rush" hits, enjoy it, and ride it out for all that It's worth.  Oh, and come to our Aces Casino parties to have fun, but PLEASE - DON'T spend one of your precious "Rushes" at one of our tables.  Yes, they're SO much fun to watch, but believe me - They're few and far between.  BELIEVE me.

I ought to know.  I'm a San Diego Charger fan.  It's been 17 years between rushes.  Super Bowl 29 felt like we were playing with fake chips.  I hate THAT part, too.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Aces Blog: Answers to Our Top 10 Not-So-Tough Test Questions on Our Aces Casino Baccarat Quiz

Time for a tip of the cap to all of our many hard-working students enrolled in the virtual version of the Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge,"  as well as to all of our many faithful blog readers of southern California's Orange County casino party leader - Welcome back to the sometimes-informative, most-often irreverent Aces Casino Blog!

We're sure that most of you have returned for the answers to our 10 not-so-tough questions concerning the game that some call mysterious, and others call intriguing - Baccarat.  Last Thursday, we dropped the 10 questions on you (If you didn't have the chance to take the test, you can find the link here) - Today, we supply the answers.  Hope you did well, since it was an open-book test, which is this Orange County casino party company's favorite type of test.  Good luck, and let us know how you did!

1) How many decks of cards does a shoe hold? 
Answer - A. 8 Decks are held in the shoe.

2) Winning in the game means coming closest to what number? 
Answer - B. The answer is Number 9.  It's the Blackjack's version of "21."

3) If you are dealt a Jack and 7, what is the count? 
Answer - C. - 7.  Cards, 2 through 9 count as their face value. 10’s and face cards count as 10.  Aces count as 1. If the count is more than 9, the last digit of the total is used.  So, if the hand has a Jack (10) and a 7, then it totals not 17, but 7. Forget your Blackjack tendencies at THIS table, my friends.

4)  If you bet the Banker hand and win, the commission rate paid is ? 
Answer - A. 5%. Remember, when you are finished playing, this commission is payable. No "dine-and-dash" action here.  Pai-Gow hits you at the time of the win.  This one holds a grudge.  Check the casino's rules at the table first.

5)  Besides Banker and Player, you can wager on a Tie Bet. The casino advantage is ? 
Answer - C. At a whopping 14% Casino Advantage, this bet is NOT recommended. (It's kinda fun, though, especially if you love long-shots.)

Come on, you KNOW you wanna TRY it.

6) Average shoe will deal about 82 hands. How many are Bank wins? 
Answer - B. Bank will win approx. 38 times, Player: 36 wins, and 8 ties. I know what you're thinking, all of you "Martingale" players out there.  Do the math first, and talk to me later.

7) Cards more favorable to the Bank Hand are...
Answer - B. Cards more favorable to the bank hand are King, Queen and Jack.

8) Cards more favorable to the Player Hand are ?  
Answer - A. Cards more favorable to the player hand are 2, 3, and 4.  Ace, 6 and 8 are neutral. Bank hands win more because the bank stands on a 7, 8 or 9, while player stands on  6, 7, 8 and 9. Bank can draw on a 6 where player cannot. Ahh, now, there’s the rub.

9) What does the term ‘Punto’ refer to? 
Answer - C. Punto means Player—that’s you.

10) La Grande refers to what card number? 
Answer - B. The French term La Grande means a Natural Nine. It's like catching an Ace-Jack combo in the first two cards in Blackjack.  A natural's a natural, my friends.

So, there you have it, my friends -- from Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party juggernaut -- Baccarat in a nutshell.   As we mentioned before, the game has similar tendencies to Pai-Gow Poker, as Baccarat has rules that basically cause the game to "play itself."  If you're looking for a game that you can suck down a brew or two, yet still be sharp enough to handle the favorable action, maybe you should try Baccarat; The odds against the player ain't too bad.  Take it from Aces Casino, the Orange County casino night party leader - You MAY just LIKE it! 

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge:" 10 Not-So-Tough Mid-Term Questions Re: Baccarat


Here at Aces Casino, we take pride in the fact that we are truly interested as being the one Los Angeles casino party company that goes the extra mile when it comes to teaching the games.  I mean, come ON: when all the chips are fake, what ELSE can you do at the tables?  Yep, that's right.  Just like the old saying goes; "If you can't bet, teach." (Ed. Note: Uhh, yeah, something like that.)

So, you ask..."Just how did the staff at Aces Casino decide on choosing the oft-maligned game known as Baccarat as it's topic of choice this time around?"  Answer?  Simple.  We threw a dart at the board.  I said we were great TEACHERS, not great decision-makers.  We always throw darts to decide EVERYTHING around here, from lunch to vacation times.  I know, we're goofy.  Again, you HAVE to be goofy, if there's no real gambling.  Agh, digressing again...

OK...Yep, It's Baccarat.  Here's something you may not know about the game of Baccarat - It offers some of the best odds available in the casino.  That, and it has some interesting game play involved.  Those of you that love Pai-Gow Poker might LOVE Baccarat, as well.  It tends to play itself.  But, you'll find that out soon enough.  First a modest introduction into the often-fascinating game of Baccarat, from your friends at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino night party leaders.... (Ed. Note: And KING of the shameless plug.)

Baccarat is the French spelling of the Italian word ‘Baccara,’ or zero, denoting the point values of the face cards used in the game. The game that we now know as Baccarat dates back in history to 1489, when the Italian “Baccara” was introduced into France and was beloved by nobles during the reign of King Charles VIII. Baccarat first appeared in Las Vegas in 1959, about 18 months after Chemin De Fer (a game that we consider “Baccarat’s older brother”) was introduced. Both games already were thriving in illegal casinos in the East, something that the casinos in the West immediately took note of.  (And so did the staff here at Aces Casino.  We're not known as Southern California's top Orange County casino night party company for nothing.)


The straight ancestor of Baccarat as played in the United States (Chemin De Fer) is comparable in play. The one major discrepancy is that the customers bet among themselves rather than against the casino, with the house taking a commission from the customer holding the bank. Chemin De Fer made Its’ debut in Las Vegas around 1957, but it was rapidly replaced by Baccarat, which remains the only version of the game still available there today.

Oh, forgot to mention something - The table's as big as a 747.

Well, there’s your short (?) history lesson of the day, my students.  It appears that It’s time to begin the test.  Don’t worry: It’s an “open book” test, which means that we’ll be happy to allow you the ability to look up any internet gaming info database that you’d be comfortable using for the test (We might suggest “The Wizard of Odds,” but It’s your choice).  After all, we here at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leaders, wouldn’t have it any other way.  What better way to learn the game than to cheat on the test?  See, we thought so, too.  OK, ready?  Begin…..
 
1) How many decks of cards does a shoe hold?
A. 8 Decks.
B. 6 Decks.
C. 4 Decks.
 
2) Winning in the game means coming closest to what number?
A. Number 10.
B. Number  9.
C. Number  8.
 
3) If you are dealt a Jack and 7, what is the count?
A. Total count is 17. 
B. Total count is 10. 
C. Total count is   7.
 
4)  If you bet the Banker hand and win, the commission rate paid is ?
A. Commission is 5%.
B. Commission is   8%. 
C. Commission is 10%.
 
5)  Besides Banker and Player, you can wager on a Tie Bet. The casino advantage is ?
A. Tie Bet Casino Advantage is 10%.
B. Tie Bet Casino Advantage is 12 ½%.
C. Tie Bet Casino Advantage is 14 %.




Five questions down, and five to go, my Orange County casino party friends.  Here come the next five, courtesy of the one and only Aces Casino Entertainment....
 
6) Average shoe will deal about 82 hands. How many are Bank wins?
A. Bank will win 36 times. 
B. Bank will win 38 times. 
C. Bank will win 40 times. 

7) Cards more favorable to the Bank Hand are ?          
A. Ace and 8.   
B. King, Queen and Jack.
C. 2, 3, and 4.
 
8) Cards more favorable to the Player Hand are ? 
A. 2, 3, and 4. 
B. 8, 9 and 10.
C. Ace and 6       
 
9) What does the term ‘Punto’ refer to?
A. Dealer.
B. Bank.  
C. Player.  
 
10) La Grande refers to what card number?
A. Ace. 
B. Nine.
C. King.
   


OK, pencils down, my friends.  How did you do?  Oh, yeah, that's right, It's an open book test.  I'm sure you all did fabulous...Or DID YOU?  Well, either way, check the Friday Blog from your fave Orange County casino night party guys for the answers, and should you have very little in the way of constructive work to do on Wednesday, check out the Aces Casino blog tomorrow, as we'll have the blow-by-blow rundown on how the Aces Casino team did in Las Vegas  during their "End Of June" visit. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Aces Casino Blog: 3 Common Mistakes That "Rookie" Casino Night Party Coordinators Consistently Make

As the old saying around this Orange County casino party company goes -- "If you've got a big hit, make sure everyone knows about it!"  (There's also another old saying, one that goes something like, "If It's July 4th weekend, we're going to be closed.")  

So, taking this fact into account, we'd like to bring back the top blog post from the 18-month-old Aces Casino blog, as determined by the number of hits that this entry has received over the short life span of the Blog.  We'll be back on Tuesday with our usual blather and drivel, so before we go, we'd like to wish everybody in the Aces Casino family a happy, safe and sane 4th of July weekend!

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.

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).

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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Aces Blog: Time Sure Flies at the World Series Of Poker at the Rio Hotel In Las Vegas, Believe Me

Oops.  I KNEW that I had forgotten something.

Here at Aces Casino, also known as the top Orange County casino party company in Southern California, we have always been known at being the absolute BEST when "paying attention to detail."  We're sticklers for accuracy with each and every itinerary supplied by our clients and event coordinators, and strive for AND achieve perfection in every event we touch.

That's why it pains me to say that it looks like that "perfect performance record" has taken a small hit when it comes to our famous Aces Casino Blog that you're now perusing: A small hit that was delivered (or more accurately stated, a small hit that was NOT delivered) concerning Tuesday's blog entry.

Stop right where you are.  There's no payoff if you decide to go and look for the Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Blog entry.  It ain't there. 

I forgot to post it.  The Aces Casino night party blog guy fumbles the ball.

I KNEW that I forgot SOMETHING....

Actually, that's not quite factually correct.  I DID write it, and put it in the blog's "scheduling" area so it would post last Tuesday.  Unfortunately, yours truly must not know how to properly OPERATE the "scheduling" part of our blog for future articles, which means only one thing for this reporter.

I'll never get another vacation from Aces Casino, the Orange County casino night leader, EVER AGAIN.

OK, no problem.  When your company motto is "This Beats Working," you're not normally in too bad a shape when it comes to attending to the job at hand.  And, it WAS a GREAT vacation: We all went to the 42nd annual World Series of Poker, currently being staged at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

So...What to do....OK, here is what we've determined would be the best way to handle the snafu caused by my internet blogging incompetence:  Next week, we'll post THREE blog entries next week: Tuesday, we'll have the regularly-scheduled Blog article that will offer up a "not=so-tough" ten-question quiz on the game of Baccarat, followed by our soon-to-be written Wednesday article on the many great adventures of the Aces Casino staff at the WSOP in Las Vegas, followed by our usual Friday blog entry that will give the answers to the Tuesday quiz on Baccarat.

Whew.  Glad THAT'S over.  There's that "Attention To Detail" thingie that this Orange County casino party leader prides itself on coming back to life, thank goodness.

So, to all of our steadfast, loyal readers of the Aces Casino Blog drivel, we sincerely apologize for the gaffe, and hope that you thoroughly enjoy NEXT week's blog.  Rest assured that my vacation-taking days from this Los Angeles casino party giant are OVER. 

Until next year.  Rumor is we're goin' BACK to see the WSOP in 2012.  (Yessssss.....)