Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Aces Casino Blog: Don't Look Now, But Here Comes the Buena Park 2011 High School Football Season

I remember it like it was yesterday.

Someone came up to me at an early business meeting when Aces Casino (the orange county casino party juggernaut) was born some 17 years ago and told me, "Aces, if you want to be a success in this industry, you have to be well-rounded."  I also seem to remember that this man doing all the talking at this new small business symposium was about 5 feet, three inches, and weighed some 290 pounds.

Well, I thought, he's pretty much the well-rounded-est person I've ever seen, so I'd best take his advice, in more ways than one.  I've gained more than a few pounds over the years to keep my bases covered in one aspect of his suggestions to success, but here at Aces Casino, we've also taken that OTHER meaning of his advice to heart.  Yes, we're VERY good at what we do in the orange county casino party business, but besides that, we also taken pride in the fact that our "eclectic nature" also helps make us what we are today.

Among our many semi-insane (and proud of it) staff members, you'll find the most interesting and diverse types of hobbies and "like-to-do" things in the industry, from bird-watching to NASCAR, from eBay to E-Trade, from poker tournament play to fantasy football play.  Every week, someone around these here parts has a fascinating story concerning what they did or saw during the past week.

Now, when it comes to THIS quasi-reporter, one of MY favorite "likes," or one of my favorite things to do around here, is to go to football games; mostly the NFL Chargers' games, but on a more local and personal level, high school football games.  And not just ANY high school games -- Buena Park High School football games.  It just happens to be the high school that I graduated from some 20 years ago (Ed. Note: OK, yeah, more like 50 years ago), and, because of my love for the game, it seemed a natural thing to stay connected to the ol' alma mater and take in a few games each year.

Now, as high school football factories are concerned, Buena Park High ain't exactly Servite or O-Lu... As a matter of fact, over the last, say, 40 years, the team hasn't exactly re-written the CIF Southern Section record books.  The Orange County Register, one of the best newspapers in the world when it comes to local high school sports, lists the Buena Park Coyotes' win-loss record over the years at 193-317-18, which means we've averaged about 4 wins a season, thru the years.

That ain't much.

But, there HAVE been some big-time thrills here and there in Coyote-Land.  Ten years ago, the Coyotes' football team did the un-thinkable when they stormed all the way to the CIF Southern Section Championship Game at Cal State Fullerton against the Brea-Olinda Wildcats.  That was one of the greatest days of my high school football life, walking into that stadium to watch my high school team battle for the title.

Then, the game started.  Ouch.  Actually, when you follow prep football as closely as I do, you kinda know when your team's in trouble, and I knew that BPHS was wandering into the Twilight Zone when they took on Brea-Olinda.  They totally out-played Buena Park the entire first half, but they didn't out-class the Coyotes -- Buena Park came out at the start of the second half, and marched right down the field for a TD, looking just like the team that had beaten South Hills the week before to get to the title game.

I don't remember the score of the BOHS / BPHS game (Ed. Note: Don't worry, I'll find that score someday), but I'll never forget the pride inside of me when I went to that game, as well as all the other games I've seen over the years.

The last few years HAD been rather tough to watch, however.  There were times just two or three years ago when it seemed that the Coyote playbook could be written on the back of a business card.  The dog days had returned, and these dogs were BARKIN', to the tune of a 1-and-39 win-loss record over a four-year span, and that one win was by forfeit. At THIS rate, we're NEVER gonna get our overall record back to .500...  (Grin)

THEN came 2010.

The 2010 BPHS Football Program had a new staff, led by first-year Head Coach Anthony White, a man that has just one important vision for his kids -- Excellence in academics as well as athletics.  He's intense, but not a screamer.  He's knowledgeable, but he's not a know-it-all.  But, to me, his one most important thing is, he's a TEACHER.  I mean, I could go on and on about Coach White, but the OC Register and other periodicals have already done that for me.  Go look him up thru the various news clippings like this link.  Or THIS link.  Or THIS one.  You'll see what I mean.  The best part -- The man knows FOOTBALL.  He MUST -- He brought me back on board as "the Voice of the Coyotes," A.K.A. the P.A. announcer, a job I had held for about 15 years, earlier in my BPHS 'career.'  I loved Coach White from the start.  In a VERY short time, I could tell he was someone that got things DONE.  I like that.

Then, the season started. 

Now, I'll go into EVERY Coyote season thinking the best..."Hey, you never know, this year just might be one of those years..." 

You can say THAT again.  For the first time in school HISTORY, the BPHS Coyotes rattled off wins in their first SIX games, on route to their first CIF Playoff Berth since the 2001 season.  Coach White and his staff re-built the Coyotes from scratch, preparing them for the '10 season like no other staff, instilling a feeling of pride, accomplishment, a desire to excel not just in football, but in LIFE. 

For the first time in a long time, the alumni, parents, families and friends of the Coyotes were joining forces, and getting involved in the school at a level that I haven't seen in a long time.  "The Coyote Club," the BPHS Booster Club, saw a spike in membership and participation.  Suddenly, my ol' buddies from those other schools, schools like Sunny Hills, Katella, Estancia, Bolsa Grande..... They didn't want to talk to me about football any more.  But I DID.  (Until they hung up.) 

Which brings us to 2011......

I can't WAIT to see the 2011 version of the Buena Park Coyotes football team.  But not for the reason that you might THINK..... For me, It's just fun to be around a group of people, of kids, of coaches, all types of people that are getting together for the cause, bonding for not just athletics, but for each other.  It really is a great thing to see.  For the first time in the school's history, Aces Casino, the orange county casino party giant, volunteered it's time and energy to help the Coyote Club throw a casino night party and fundraiser for the Club two weeks ago, something that I'd never thought I'd see.  I'm tellin' ya, things are happening out at Buena Park High these days.....

Oh, yeah, the 2011 Football Team....

Here....Let me introduce you to two fine gentlemen.....

Two gentlemen that are smiling as broadly as I am.

Let me introduce you to Kameron Taylor (top) and J. J. Christy (bottom), just two of the members of the 2011 BPHS Coyotes football team.  You know why they're smiling?  Because they're two of the members of the 2011 BPHS Coyotes football team, THAT'S why.  They get to play for Coach White and his staff.  

Kameron played on the 2010 team, racking up more than 750 yards in receiving last year.  Kameron's smiling because J. J. just joined the Coyotes as their new QB for 2011.  J. J. USED to play in Alaska, for Service High.  You know Service High, right?  They've been in more than a few STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES with the aforementioned Mr. Christy as their QB.  2,000 yards passing, 440+ yards rushing....  Looks like J. J. was BUSY in Alaska the last two years.  Oh, yeah, here's a little video from Alaska for ya....

And now, these two gentlemen play for BP.  Them, and about 25 more just like them.

I think I'll give my Sunny Hills friends a call..... Haven't talked to them in a long time.....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Aces Casino Blog: Ocean View / Huntington Beach, CA - Little League World Series CHAMPIONS!

 Aces Casino Special Report:  This normally isn't our day to post, but we now have GREATNESS is our midst -- The Ocean View (Huntington Beach) Little League juggernauts have just won the Little League World Series Championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by defeating a VERY good team from Japan today, by the final score of 2-1.

Congratulations to all of our friends out at Ocean View LL from all of us here at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leaders (and proud sponsor of Ocean View LL and Booster Club)!  As far as we have heard, the OV Baseball Team, parents and boosters of the team will be coming back home sometime tonight or tomorrow.


Also, the Mayor of the city of Huntington Beach, Ca., the Honorable Joe Carchio, has announced that there WILL be an official parade for the kids, scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2011, starting at 3pm.  The Parade will start at Orange and Main Streets and head on Main toward Pacific Coast Highway to end at Pier Plaza.  

Again, our congratulations go out to a great group of kids.  What a fun ride that was!  Our thanks to all the parents, coaches, supporters, and staff for a great job, as well.  Come HOME, you guys and gals!  We'll see you on the 10th!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Aces "College of Casino Game Knowledge:" Top 5 Things you Probably Didn't Know About Las Vegas

When you're known as the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, you had better know EVERYTHING about casino games.  Thankfully, the brass at Aces Casino DOES.  Now, possibly, their expertise in selecting authors to write their twice-weekly blog might be questioned, but, for now, I'll gladly accept the weekly $34.65 stipend for creating this published (?) train wreck, and cash the check, before someone gets wise.

This Friday's blog is a result of yours truly roaming the halls of Aces Casino, and asking the tough questions: #1, "do you know any really good trivia about the city of Las Vegas," and #2, "who stole my $16 pen?"  Well, I didn't get any nibbles on question #2, but as for the first query, yep, without question, there's no one group of casino party crazies that know more useless trivia than this team of orange county casino party nuts.  (I do have the greatest job in the world.)

So, without one more moment of hesitation (and before they can stop payment on the $34.65 check), here are the top 5 Aces Casino "gee whiz" facts about the city of Las Vegas.....

#1 -- Everyone knows (or thought they knew) that Ben Siegel's "Flamingo Hotel and Casino" was the first hotel / casino resort built in Vegas, in 1946.  Uhh, nope...Not true.  Actually, the very first hotel / casino in the city was built some five years earlier -- The El Rancho Vegas, a strip property, was built in 1941.  Goofy factoid:  This hotel burned to the ground 19 years later, in 1960.  Anyone that knew Siegel's whereabouts on that particular night is encouraged to call the LVPD cold-case division.

Flamingo Hotel, 1946. VERY cool. 

#2 -- When you officially leave California, and take the 15 freeway across the border into Nevada, there was a time that you used to refer to that area as "State Line, Nevada."  However, since 1996, that border area's name was officially changed to "Primm, Nevada," in honor of the area's founder, Ernest Primm.

 Ernest Primm. 

#3 -- There are some people that think that the MGM Grand Hotel at the corner of North Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue is NOT the largest hotel in the world...They're wrong.  It's still the boss of the planet, boasting a total of 5,005 rooms.  Word is they go thru about a million rolls of toilet paper a year there.  My wife must stay there when she's in town.  That woman can go thru GOBS of the stuff, believe me.

#4 -- Mormon settlers have always been given credit for discovering that vast plot of land know as Glitter Gulch, but actually, the Mormons, while receiving proper credit for setting up the first settlement in the city in 1855, were NOT the original group to discover  Las Vegas: Spanish explorers actually discovered Las Vegas some 26 years earlier, in 1829.   Guess they didn't want to stick around and wait for Siegel's hotel to open.  Can't blame 'em.

#5 -- It seems that a big part of Las Vegas' "history" is to seemingly erase it's past history:  every year or so, decisions are made to demolish one of the older hotels that made the city famous, in order to build something new, something"bigger and better." With that in mind, you'd best fasten our seat belt -- There are current discussions with one of the major hotel chains in the city (MGM Resorts) to actually knock down a hotel that is STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.  I kid you not.  It's called the Harmon....Seems the darned thing might have a few defects in it's initial foundation construction.  Translation: It probably wouldn't  still be there if an earthquake hit the city.

Hey, at least the ticker works.  DOES look like It's leaning, though.

Uhh, yeah, that's gonna be a problem.  I'm not staying in a new hotel that has signs on the wall requesting that the patrons not sneeze hard.  Here's the link to this amazing story.  Hey, at least MGM can save money on the demolition of the thing.  Sounds like a loud party might be all that's needed to raze that thing.  Someone's losing their job over THIS one.  I can't believe someone forgot the rebar....

Well, that's all for now, my friends.  Any possible last-minute casino events that our clients might be planning over the Labor Day weekend should book now with ol' Aces Casino -- Our orange county casino party crew loves going out of town during this holiday, but they'll be glad to stick around, should the need arise.   Should anyone need info about or is interested in booking their next casino party, give Aces Casino a call today.  Maybe, by then, I'll find my $16 pen.

(Ed. Note: I doubt it.  I brought it home with me last week.  You're right, it IS nice.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Aces Fantasy Football Blog #1: Top 5 Pre-Season Situations That Are Driving Team Owners CRAZY

This is the time of year that the offices of Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party giant, just LOVES to see coming.....(That is, besides the beginning of another school year that'll get the kids out of our house for a while, so we can concentrate)....

It's Fantasy Football Draft time again!

That's right, friends.  Fantasy Football has GRIPPED the Aces Casino team once again - Time for the fur to fly at the annual Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League draft, with the date coming up some nine days from now.  We always wait until after the 3rd NFL pre-season game to draft, so we can all take a good look at who's finally signed, in camp, just got hurt, or whatever. Those of you that do the fantasy-thing know what we're talking about, and those who don't, well, I guess you stopped reading already.  Too bad - We might just re-post our link to "Chumlee On Toast."  When it comes to our kooky and eccentric staff here at the Orange county casino night kings, you just never know.  (Ed. Note: He's serious.  Someone should be filming OUR staff Christmas party.)

So, since we still have nine days to kill before we all get together and put together our teams for the 2011 DFFL season, we thought it was just the right time to discuss some of the more pertinent pre-season NFL topics that are floating around in the various fantasy football blog sites, topics revolving around certain players and teams.  So, without further hesitation, here are the Aces Casino "pre-season top 5 NFL Fantasy Football hot topics,"  courtesy of your favorite orange county casino party company-turned-fantasy football info station...

#1 -- Chris Johnson's new contract negotiations

Boy, I bet things got pretty crazy over at the Titans' offices when they got word that "CJ2K" was asking for somewhere around $13M PER SEASON.....Then, when the numbers in regards to the Larry Fitzgerald contract with the Arizona Cardinals were released (8 Years / $120M, $50M guaranteed) ol' "CJ2K" has his agent contact Tennessee, and tell them they were looking for MORE than $13M / season.

Holy smokes....$13M per season...That's like getting TWO "Six Million Dollar Men" like Steve Austin, and still having $$$$ left over to afford parking at the 2012 Super bowl.  The Aces Fantasy Slant on this -- Chris Johnson will be signed right around the end of the 4th week of preseason games, and will be trotted out on the field on opening day, 2011.  Someone tell Ron Bolton that It's OK to breathe, now... (Grin)  I wouldn't let this guy drop down in the first round TOO far, and give some other team a bargain.

CJ2K arrives at Titan HQ to discuss contract squabble.

#2 -- Peyton Manning's "Pain in the Neck"

Shows how much I read in the off-season -- I didn't even know that Eli's older brother had HAD some sort of neck surgery.  Must've been a tough operation.... That guy's neck is like two feet long.  Peyton came out and said he might be ready for the start of the regular season, he's just waiting for the nerves to regenerate.  Aces Fantasy Slant -- I agree with Manning's former head coach, Tony Dungy - Unless Peyton's dead, he'll be out there on opening day.  Extra info nugget -- This has only happened to Peyton Manning one other time in his career (missing most, if not all of the pre-season).  When it DID happen, Manning was VERY ordinary for the first month of the season, but became his old self after week 5 or 6.  Don't downgrade him too far.

#3 -- #1 Draft Pick -- Foster, Peterson, CJ2K, or Charles?

Here, we'd rank 'em Foster #1, AP #2, Jamaal #3, and maybe even Ray Rice ahead of Chris Johnson, A.K.A. the "13 Million Dollar Man."  You really can't lose here, my friends.  The better question MIGHT be 'which QB - Rodgers (yes), Brees (yeah, OK) or Rivers (love him, too).  Gotta love the first round of the draft....

#4 -- Gates or Clark? 

OK, this one's a toughie.  I love me some Antonio Gates, but his Plantar scares me.  Dallas Clark's a stud, and fully recovered from his devastating wrist injury, but his QB might be missing at the startt of the season.  We'll put Gates 1a, and Clark at 1b, for now.  IMHO, you can't go wrong with either one.  Watch out for how soon one or both of these guys might be drafted, but rest assured that there are some pretty good TE's all the way to the top SIX in this group, and probably better than six.... (Sleeper?  Jimmy Graham.)

 Manning LOVES this guy, and so do I.

#5 -- Round 2 RB's ... Bradshaw, Blount, Moreno, Hillis, or DeAngelo?

In order.....1 - Bradshaw.  Quick as a cat, and we're not scared of the Jacobs thing.  2 - Blount.  Give yourself one fantasy point if you can name LeGarrette's backup.  3 - Hillis.  Ditto for Peyton, he's the man, and we're not scared of a slow-down at the end of 2011.  4 - DeAngelo.  Should be higher, but Johnathan Stewart's a problem.  5 - Moreno.  This hurts to put him at five, but with Willis "the Vulture" McGahee stealing goal-line carries, I just gotta do it.

That's all from the orange county casino party leaders for this very late Tuesday blog, my friends.  Friday, we'll be looking at another one of our Aces Casino "College of Casino Gaming Knowledge" quizzes.  Have a good week, stay cool, and we'll see you in two days!

Oh, and for those of you who hung in and finished our fake football ramblings, here you go, as promised.

Chum on Toast, bay-bee.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Aces Casino Dept. Of Nonsense: Top 5 Useless Pieces of Las Vegas Trivia to Stimulate The Mind

When you're a member of the Aces Casino Entertainment team, A.K.A. the top Orange County casino party company in Southern California, you find that you're never at a loss when it comes to mindless trivia.  I think that's why this Aces Casino Blog was created in the first place; it was management's way of channeling the world's largest supplier of goofy Las Vegas history and casino gaming information.  Trust me when I say that there's goofy trivia hiding in every nook and cranny of these offices.

You have to be careful around here when you go around asking the Aces team about some of their favorite Las Vegas trivia.  I think we started this quest some two weeks ago, and the submissions for this edition of the Aces Casino Blog are STILL coming in.  We probably should change the company motto from "Top Orange County casino night party company in SoCal" to "This Beats Working."  (Ed. Note: Actually, that IS the company motto.  It was a slogan given to us during an event in Anaheim by one of our long-time clients, who told us that "It's never working if you're doing what you love, and are good at doing it."  So true.)

Anyway, you want to talk about a tough job -- We had to pare the list of about 56 suggestions from our team down to five.  So, without further adieu (Now, I KNOW that's not a word), here are the top 5 pieces of useless yet interesting pieces of Las Vegas trivia, brought to you by Aces Casino, southern California's top orange county casino night party company....

#5 -- In 18th-Century British gaming parlors that featured an earlier version of the game of Craps, there was always one employee hired to do just one specific job -- If the gaming establishment was raided, his job was to swallow the dice, therefore hiding the evidence.  Now I know why the game's called 'Craps.'  I've been in games where it seemed that I had been waiting for a 'hard eight' for a long time, but that's ridiculous.

#4 -- You know about those lights on the top of those old slot machine that signal when a player needs to call an attendant?  That light on top is called a "candle," and that's not it's only function.  It also alerts players as to how much the minimum bet is at that particular machine.  The color 'red' means 5-cent minimums, 'yellow' signifies quarters, and 'blue' signifies a dollar minimum coin slot.

#3 -- (My Favorite) -- The U. S. Postal Service decided, in a moment of patriotism, that a Statue Of Liberty "forever" stamp should be commissioned.  The USPS asked for photo submissions to decide which image would be used for the special stamp, and the winning entry, submitted by a man named Raimund Linke, was declared the winner.  The stamp went to press to be printed and circulated late last year, to the tune of about 3 billion units.  His submission appears below...

  Lady Liberty.

Only one problem with the photo, however -- It ain't the Statue Of Liberty.  It's a picture of "Lady Liberty," the statue that appears out in front of the New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Here's the link to the story that appeared in the L. A. Times back on "tax day," April 15th.  Oops.  Heck, if I knew the USPS was using Faux-pics of her, I'd have submitted my wife's Halloween pic of her, dressed as the Ellis Island icon.  And, no, I won't show THAT pic here.  I have to live with her, my friends.

#2 -- In Nevada, you can be hanged for shooting a neighbor's dog, when the dog is in his own yard.  Seriously.  Here's a link to some of the craziest laws in America, courtesy of one of our fellow blogspot bloggers.  Good thing Michael Vick hung up his "hobby."  Reminder: If there's a way for this Los Angeles casino party company to insert a fantasy football link, they'll do it.

Looks like laws regarding dogs are different in Vegas.

And the #1 piece of Las Vegas trivia from Aces Casino??  Did you know that there are 3 Las Vegas casino party companies that do business in the city of Las Vegas?  I remember long ago, one of our southern California clients hired us to do a convention for them in Las Vegas.. We thought it was so incredibly strange to take our team out to where the games were so plentiful, but we soon found out why they did it.   Simply for the same reason that our many clients hire us for their special events in California- They want the FUN of Las Vegas, without the chance of losing a lot of REAL money.

Sounds good to us.

Hey, before we depart, just a note: When we return on Tuesday, we'll be about one week away from our annual Fantasy Football draft.  That means it's time to dust off our computer, and talk some serious fantasy football.  (Ed. Note: Which means more time for the author to brag about his titles.  Oh, JOY...) 

Also, Tomorrow night (Aug. 20), The Buena Park High School Football boosters, "The Coyote Club," are throwing their very first casino night party over at the Buena Park Women's Club building, at 6711 Beach Blvd. in BP.  Dinner at 7pm, casino-style games at 8pm.  I'll be there, along with a lot of the crazies from the Aces Casino staff.  Come on down and join coach Anthony White, Coyote Club Prez Tom Chavez and V.P. Glen Stephens and a lot of great staff members and guests and help support a great cause.  Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Aces Casino Dept: Of Nonsense: 5 Things You (Hopefully) Didn't Know About "Pawn Stars"

My friends, the toothpaste is out of the tube.

"What does THAT mean," you ask?  Simply this: The brass here at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party superstars of all things "virtual casino," have unwittingly opened up Pandora's Box, and given this goofy reporter "carte blance" is creating blog entries under the  heading, "Department Of Nonsense."

Tough break, Aces Casino brass.  Can't get THAT toothpaste back in the casino party tube.  If I don't have the greatest job in the world, I'd like to meet the people that do.  (Ed. Note: Great, MORE mail for me to sort through.)

So, since we're "up against the clock" in the ol' blog-posting biz, we thought it best to turn to our expertise in everything unusual, goofy and non-sensical.  Familiar territory, to be sure.

We mentioned in a prior post that our Aces Casino entourage was planning on visiting the infamous stars of the History Channel's hit TV show, "Pawn Stars"  in late July, something that we did actually do some 15 days ago.  Now, anyone that has seen the show KNOWS that the Pawn Stars (Rick Harrison, the Old Man, Hoss and especially Chumlee) can usually be counted on to come up with something fairly unusual to chat about or showcase...

 Hallowed Ground.

So, without further fanfare, here are "5 things that you (hopefully) didn't know about "Pawn Stars," brought to you by the kings of non-sense, the gang at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino night party entertainment team....

#1 -- If you're planning on actually going over to Las Vegas to see the Pawn Stars at their pawn shop location shown on their television show, you'll be in for a slight shock:  It's a total tourist trap.  The Gold and Silver Pawn, located at 713 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, is still a working pawn shop, but it's NOTHING like it looks on TV.  Most all day, there's a fairly long line that guests must stand in, outside, a sort of "waiting area."  Best time to come down and try to beat the lines?  Dinner time, between 5pm-to-7pm.

#2 -- We came down on Saturday, and found out (to no one's surprise) that none of the four Pawn Stars were there.  The building WAS open (it's 24 hours), but was fully manned by some of the employees that you don't see on the show.  Not even the regular bouncer was there the day we came down.  Biggest non-surprise concerning the staff that WAS there?  The employees are NOT interested in talking about the show, or any of the four stars.  One can imagine all the questions that they must field each and every day.  I understand.  Didn't wanna talk to them, anyway.

#3 -- The interior looks a little different in person than it does on TV.  On the show, there looks to be one area that Rick and the Old Man sit at quite a bit, and surprisingly, that area is not only blocked off, but no pictures of any kind are allowed to be shot in that area.  No big loss.... Important sighting in the shop:  If you're looking for souvenirs to purchase to commemorate your visit to the Pawn Stars location, you will NOT be disappointed.  They'll sell you EVERYTHING here, courtesy of the Old Man, no doubt.  T-Shirts, hats, bracelets, posters, and even their own Pawn Stars bottled water.  I kid you not.  The ol' man must be SMILING, wherever he is, right this second. 

Souvenirs, anyone?  (No, I didn't BUY anything!)

#4 -- How popular is the Gold and Silver Pawn as one of the latest tourist attractions in Glitter Gulch?  Here's how popular -- The building has a Taxi Stand, manned with quite a few taxis outside.  I don't know why this surprised me, but it did.  Ahh, the fame of television.  Interesting note: While we were there, a taxi was either arriving or departing from the Pawn Stars location every three or four minutes.  I kid you not.  On Saturday night.  At 7pm.

#5 -- From the "Division of Alpha Males:"  The interior is incredibly filthy.  Remember the chair that Rick Harrison bought from the gentleman that brought in Senator Pat McCarren's official Senate seat?  Two things....1) There's a price tag on the chair, for $60,000.  SIXTY GRAND.  2) The chair, this piece of furniture that's selling for a cool sixty grand, is dustier than the Ark of the Covenant in the movie, "Raiders Of The Lost Ark."  As a matter of fact, EVERYTHING'S dusty in there.  One of our team members brought up the fact that everything has a price tag on it, including rare antiquities.  Sticky, goofy-looking price tags.  Upon noticing this, she wondered out loud, "Wouldn't those sticky tags be tough to get off, and lower the values of the items?"  Good question, Teresa.....

Well, folks, there you have it.  Five quick, unflattering blurbs (hey, we still loved seeing all of it) about our official visit to the Pawn Stars.  But, for those of you that are loyal blog followers of the Aces Casino Blog, and love to read this Orange County casino party company's goofy, irreverent blog twice a week, we have a special treat for you - A picture of our favorite item seen during our visit to the Pawn Stars location: In one of their many jewelry cases, we spotted it --

"Chumlee on toast."

First, the Runaway Bride, and now, THIS.

There it is, folks, something that you won't see ANYWHERE else.  That's right, the Los Angeles casino party kingpin has done it again, bringing our readers the best in nonsense.  Remember, you saw it here, first.  Thanks for you time, we'll see you again on Friday with another scintillating blog entry.  Have a good week!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Aces Casino Dept. Of Nonsense: Here's Five Things That You (Hopefully) Didn't Know About Dice

Here at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leaders, we have always gone the extra mile to give our many readers a truly unique look at the casino games, people, and situations that we love.  We do it not because our company pays for mileage (don't I wish), but because you, the paying customer, demand it.  We wouldn't have it any other way.  We've ASKED, but, well, you know the deal.  Bottom line: we just LOVE games.  Games of ALL kinds and varieties.  It doesn't matter to us how nutty the game is.  The nuttier, the better, I always say.  (Ed. Note: One of his finer sayings, which isn't saying much.)

And, by FAR, one of the nuttiest games in the casino has to be the game of Craps. The noise, the casino-like sound of the chips in play, the stickman and his banter, the superstitions and rituals, the colorful slang, and, often, equally colorful swear words.  You're just not a true Craps player if you haven't uttered one of the seven truly evil curse words.  Yeah, I admit it.  I'm a member of that clan, also.

At the center of any craps game are the most important pieces of the game - the dice.  (That is, unless you're stuck at one of those California Indian casinos playing "Card Craps."  We'll save THAT for another blog.)  So, in true Aces Casino style, as only this Orange County casino night party kingpin (and a few others too numerous to mention) can provide, here are five useless things you probably didn’t know about those dice in your hand, in no particular order...

1. The pattern of the number five on standard casino dice (four spots in a square shape, with one spot in the middle) is called (are you ready?) a “quincunx.” Trust us, we proofread the supposed correct spelling 1,892 times.  Next time you want to bet a "hard ten" at the Craps table, throw a nickel to the stick, and ask him to bet the "Double Quincunx."  I dare ya.  If he/she knows what you're talking about, I'm officially under-educated.

  One problem - Finding the plural of "Quincunx."  Don't ask.

2. Casino dice are three-quarters of an inch on each side and are perfect cubes.  Unless I'M throwing them, you understand.  Then, they turn from perfect cubes into the "quincunxes of death."  (Gee, I hope that's the correct pluralization.  If not, sue me.)  Take my advice -- When I'M shootin', bet the "Don't."  You know the old adage: Those that Can, Do, and those that CAN'T work for our Orange County casino party company.

3. Dice haven’t always gotten the love and respect they deserve. In fact, scholars uncovered a document from the 1500s titled, “A Manifest Detection of the Most Vile and Detestable Use of Dice Play.” Gee, I wish you'd quit beating around the bush and tell us what you REALLY think about those dice, Mr. Walker.  I got an Aces Casino dollar that says HE'S uttered a few of those seven swear words at some 1500's-style Craps table.

4. Craps Engineering 101: The spots on those famous dice are drilled exactly 17/1,000th of an inch deep, then filled with paint that weighs exactly as much as the material removed from the spots.  It's official: The "Boxman" has too much time on his hands.  I'll probably get mail for this, but if the dice are off by another 1,000th of an inch here or there, is there REALLY an available betting bias to be exploited?  (Ed. Note: I'm glad it's not MY e-mailbox.  Good luck, but get that Tuesday blog ready, just in case your e-box is loaded with attacks from qualified mathematicians.)

5. Only three sides of casino dice are visible to you at any one time.  No problem there.  I've seen those other three sides at more than 2,000 Los Angeles casino party set-ups over the years, and they're just as ugly as the first three sides.  Bonus useless trivia:  They call it "the dark side of the moon" because the Moon NEVER has the rays of the sun illuminate it.  Who says this Orange County casino night party company doesn't go the extra mile?  We minored in the Solar System in college (at least, that's what the guy that I paid to attend my classes for 2 months tells me).

So much for the utter nonsense about dice.  Hope you liked it.... It was suggested by one of our crack Aces Casino staff members.  We'll be back on Tuesday with another "scintillating" blog that will chronicle our recent visit to the "set" of the "Pawn Stars."  Have a good weekend, and we'll see ya later!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Aces Casino Blog "What's New in Vegas" Volume 1: IGT Debuts "Little Shop Of Horrors" Slot Machine

To steal a line from the movie, "Poltergeist"......

"They're BA-AAACK."

That's right, my friends: The Aces Casino Blog team is finally back from their 13-day sabbatical in Idaho, and, if you ask the management of the Orange County casino party leaders, the return is not a moment too soon.   And, before we go any further, we'd like to give a shout-out of our heartfelt thanks to all of you out there that sent kind words and e-mails about how much you enjoy reading our irreverent, dopey blog each and every week while we were all on vacation.

You guys and gals are really fantastic, and we PROMISE you that your perseverance that got you through all of our blog re-runs in the last 14 days will be paid back "in spades" when we chronicle all of our wacky happenings while on the road to Idaho.  You won't believe it, trust me.  You KNOW that things happen when we're dragged out of our casino party comfort zone, and believe me, things happened.  The BAD news?   All of that craziness will be covered in subsequent editions of the Aces Casino Blog, later.

Now, The GOOD news -- When you drive to Idaho, you just HAVE to drive through Las Vegas, don't you?    Uhhh, yep... And, if you're going to drag me to Mackay, Idaho for two weeks for some goofy fishing trip disguised as a family reunion, you KNOW that THIS orange county casino night guy is just going to HAVE to spend a little time in "Glitter Gulch" before I eventually move on to potato-land.

It's a given.  Hey, I can write some of this off, can't I?  I'm doing research for Aces Casino, the Los Angeles casino party company leaders.  Some bloggers are takers.  Not ME....I'm a giver.  I'm stopping in Las Vegas to work, friends.  Believe me.  (Grin.)  (Ed. Note: And, if you believe that, he has some desert property in Arizona to sell you.)

So, after dropping off the family at their hotel at the Orleans (they went to the movies, and didn't want me to go with.  They say I add my own dialogue to the movie out loud, for all to hear.  Guilty as charged.), I'm off to find some of the latest toys and games in Las Vegas.  I sit down at one of the bars inside the hotel (the Alligator Bar, I believe), and quickly strike up a chat with a gentleman sitting next to me.

During this discussion, I discover he's a "local" (someone who lives in Vegas), so I ask him if he knows of any new additions to the casino gaming scene, and he informs me that there's a new slot machine over at Sam's Town called "Little Shop Of Horrors," a machine whose theme is directly based on the movie and/play of the same name.  He tells me it's really something, so, upon hearing this, I down the rest of my drink, and head out to Sam's Town to see this new 3-D slot...


If THIS is the future of casino slots, the future is VERY bright, indeed.  Now, remember, this Orange County casino party guy is "stuck in the 70's."  I have always liked the true three-or-four-reel traditional slots, the mechanical marvels of the 20th Century.  But, for an electronic display-type of machine, this thig is really something.

IGT’s Little Shop of Horrors slot machine features three-dimensional, man-eating Venus flytraps that grow from the reels’ edges and base. The reel set is hexagonal, with five symbols in the middle reel, four on the second and fourth reels, and three on the outer reels. It is also has a "Tumbling Reels" feature, which adds to winning combinations as the winning symbols disappear and new reel spots tumble into place.
'Feed Me!"

The symbols are based on the play’s original characters; Seymour (the nerdy young florist shop assistant - Remember Rick Moranis in that movie role?) rolls his eyes and scratches his head; Audrey (a sweet, quiet, ditsy and insecure co-worker) winks and throws kisses; Orin (Audrey’s abusive and sadistic dentist boyfriend) smirks and waves his dental equipment around and Mr. Mushnik (the penny-pinching owner of the Flower Shop) throws money.  I wish the owner of Aces Casino would throw money at us, but I digress.  (Ed. Note: Didn't take long for the first digression to appear in the blog, did it?)

The Tumbling Reels game play occurs whenever the plant symbol appears on the center reel in a winning combination. All symbols that are in a winning combination disappear and new ones fall into place. The plant then tumbles to the bottom of the center reel and continues to grow larger each time it is part of a winning combination. 

The plants say, "Feed me," accompanied by loud-crunching. If it gets to be full size (after four tumbles), you get the "Pick a Bud" bonus feature. During this bonus seven or eight "buds" appear and you choose one. The prizes can be more credits, a multiplier of the win, or a free games feature. In the free-spin round, extra symbols turn wild, and the Venus plants crunch away. Each time the plant grows to full size, the player gets more free games and additional symbols turn wild.

The 3-D graphics and sounds are great.  This particular machine was of the 25c variety, with a five-coin maximum play.  I got into the "Bonus" play quite a few times, and after playing for about 20 minutes, I ended up a winner of some $38, all of which was earned during a $45 jackpot round that occurred earlier in the session.  Yeah, I never know when to quit, but once you learn how this game operates and displays the five reels, It's a heckuva lot of fun.  

I saw quite a few machines on the casino floor that were also a blast to play (we'll touch on them in later blog editions), but for my money, "Little Shop Of Horrors" was a big hit and a HUGE surprise.  Hey, even this Orange County casino night blogger that rarely approves of new gaming technology in the industry has to tip his ol' hat.  For IGT's "Little Shop of Horrors" slot machine series, we give four stars out of five.  (I'd give it five, but I didn't win the big jackpot during the testing.  Hey, sue me.  I'm shallow.)

That's all for now, blog-buddies.  We'll be back on Friday with (hopefully) our first report of just how nutty a two-week car drive to Idaho can get.  We must have at LEAST seven stories of our exploits on the road and the many colorful people we met and the situations we encountered along the way, and I'll give you a hint about one of them -- When we stayed in Idaho, we didn't stay in hotel rooms.  We stayed in a TENT.  IN IDAHO.  IN THE RAIN.  EVERY NIGHT.  Oh, GEE, you KNOW how much I LOVE tents.  (Bleh.)  

Hilarity ensued, believe me.  You'll get all the unedited poop on that trip, as well as other topics in later blog entries, like the trip our Orange County casino night party team took to Calabasas to see the Kardashians in their natural habitat some 3 months ago, a story we haven't shared yet.  We've also got the upcoming 2011 Fantasy Football season to yak about, including our takes on our league's draft coming up in three weeks.  Believe me, we've got a lot of meaningless info to report.  It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Someone like me.  

I love working for a company whose motto is, "This Beats Working." 

It sure does, my friends.  It sure does.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Aces Casino Blog Greatest Hits: Behind The Scenes of a (Not-So) Typical Casino Party Company

(Ed. Note: The team at Aces Casino will be away from the Aces offices until the 9th of August, 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 our favorite subject -- Las Vegas Night casino parties.)

It seems that, even though Aces Casino is considered one of the top orange county casino party companies in the southern California area, we still get a lot of questions that start with, "gee, how do you DO these events?"  Well, after thinking about it for a while, we figured that WAS a good question.  Let's take a look behind the curtain at three main Aces principles of prepping for an event, and see just how our casino events can move from the drawing board to reality....

Step One -  Listen to the client

Invariably, Aces Casino is all about SERVICE.  This top orange county casino night leader works tirelessly at giving each and every one of their clients the utmost in entertainment services.  Most of the Aces Casino clients are long-time members of the team, and we help them put on their annual fund raiser, private party or corporate event.  Most times, they know what they want or need to make their special event sing, but sometimes, it's the job of the corporate event planners here at Aces Casino to assist in all of the little details, additions to their particular event that give it that "special touch."  It's that special touch that makes all the difference, year in and year out.

Step Two - Know the client's venue

This is where our design team comes in.  Aces Casino has always spared no expense at painting the "big picture" for their client.  If you're going to do a fantastic job at an event site, we feel you have to KNOW that event site, from top to bottom.  After being brought on board, Aces Casino and their design team meet with not only the client, but the catering and special events teams at the proposed venue that will be used for the event.  No one knows their own venue quite like the management and staff that are consistently around it.  Paying attention to every detail is what makes Aces the top orange county casino night king.  It's our constant attention to detail that sets us apart.  Ask any of our many clients over the last 17 years.

Another Aces employee proving that NO stone is left unturned.

Step Three - Bring in the "pros"

Aces Casino prides itself on their top-notch professional staff, from the on-site casino dealers to their experienced event planners and designers.  From the casino gaming reps to the casino-quality game tables and equipment, Aces Casino puts the perfect touch on EVERY orange county casino party.  Aces takes pride in the fact that, because of all the pre-event itinerary work they do, EVERY Aces Casino client can fully picture each and every event in their mind, and watch as their event unfolds in front of them, just as planned in their itinerary meetings.  It's just another way of Aces Casino proving to all of southern California that they truly ARE the top orange county casino night party company in the industry!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aces Blog Greatest Hits: Our Very Own Version of the "Sin City Training Camp" For The VERY Frugal

(Ed. Note: The team at Aces Casino will be away from the Aces offices for one more week 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 our favorite subject -- Las Vegas Night casino parties.)

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

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

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

 Friends, THIS is your lucky day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We can fix that.

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

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

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