Thursday, May 31, 2012

Aces Casino Blog: We Interrupt This Blog In Order To Bring You The Following Message - "Go Kings Go!"

Yes, that's right - The Aces Casino Blog, which at times can be 50% irreverent and 50% irrelevant, has decided to bring you, the many (6?) readers this important announcement - This orange county casino night party company is a haven for Kings fans!  (Ed. Note: We DO have one Ducks fan in the building, but he's on sabbatical, so he doesn't count.  Wonder why he's not here?  Go figure.)

So, to honor our Los Angeles Kings this week, especially after starting off the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals series with a 3-to-1 game lead against the New Jersey Devils, We will forego our usual drivel to make this important announcement --

Go Kings GO!

That's all for today.  We'll be back on Monday (when the team returns to Staples for, hopefully, a championship celebration) with more Kings propaganda.  I'm out, I have to go and find a way to watch Saturday's game while working at one of the Aces Casino events.  

Monday, May 28, 2012

Aces Casino Blog: "Out With The Old, In With The New" Turned Out To Be Our 2012 Company Slogan

Here at Aces Casino, we love being known as the top orange county casino party company in southern California.  It took the company over 18 years to get there, and after watching how this casino party crew operates, it looks like they plan to STAY on top of the casino party company charts.

One of the biggest reasons that Aces Casino Entertainment continues to be recognized as the #1 casino night party company in SoCal for so long now has to be something that they call their "constant entertainment evolution," which I'd shorten to, "Out With The Old, In With The New."  (Ed. Note: That's SHORTER?  I Don't think so.)

I decided to take the initiative recently to find out information on the history of Aces Casino, and began roaming the halls of our eclectic casino party company, looking for unsuspecting souls to ask them a question: Can you tell me the history of Aces Casino's "evolution," about some of the things that were here in use at one time or another, but ended up disappearing, were eventually retired, or replaced with something else?

Boy, did I open up Pandora's Box.  They gave me so much good stuff, we ended up with too much info to put in one Blog article.  So, we'll start with my two favorite stories....

#1 -- "The Aces Race and Sports Book"

OK, first off, I had never HEARD of the "Aces Race and Sports Book," but lo and behold, it does exist, and is still here at Aces Casino - Kinda.  History tells us that back in 1994, the Race/Sports Book was one of the first "electronic marvels" of the company.  It was a device with three big-screen TV's, each of them independently showing some computer-generated horse race or sporting event that people could bet their fake chips on.  The "ARSB," as we'll call it, is actually partially shown in one of the first brochures that the company produced back in 1994.

There it is, upper left corner of this 1994 picture.

The ARSB would be manned by one casino dealer called a "ticket writer," who would hand out programs to the players to tell them which races or events were coming up next.  After doing a little digging in the back room of the Aces Casino archives, I found the software AND the programs for the infamous ASRB; It's pretty cool!  For instance, you could bet on a football game between the 1981 49ers and the 1979 Steelers.  (Ed. Note: Give me the Steelers -105. for 10 1/2 cents.)  There were baseball games, basketball games, hockey, even boxing (Ali v. Tyson was one dream match-up), all available at the ARSB.  Just plunk down your fake money, and pick your side.  Sounded like a lot of fun!  (The programs used for the ARSB were actually in one of the company's filing cabinets under "Race/Sports.")

Where is it now? -- Well, surprisingly, the ARSB is still located in the Aces Casino Entertainment "catacombs," but It's not currently listed on the 2012 Aces Casino Price sheets and is officially listed as "retired."  Because of It's size and all of the elaborate set-up that the ARSB needed to properly prepare it for use, it became quite costly to rent back in 1994 (around $450 per event), and appears to be ready for the Aces Casino "Hall Of Fame Retired Ideas" wing.

#2 -- "The Aircraft Carrier"

Another "Relic" from the first days of the company's existence.  Back when the company was first being formed, the designs for the Craps tables that Aces Casino had authorized to be built were very similar to the two-piece tables that are in use today.   But, early on, the decision was made to begin construction on the very first Craps table in the Aces arsenal -- A full-sized, one-piece, 12-foot casino Craps table.  (That's actually the same table, in the previous 1994 picture shown above.)

The engineers did eventually build this beautiful 12-foot casino table, and nicknamed it "Aces One," because it was the very first Craps table built by the company.  The idea behind this beautiful work of art was simple - get the idea of how to build it, then use it as a template for the soon-to-be-built "two-piece" Aces Craps tables.  

Then, one day back in 1994, a call came in from a long-time client of our company which began work back in 1983 as a mobile DJ company, and had also heard that this same company, then known by the name of "RPM Entertainment," had some casino tables in stock and wanted us to run a casino night party for them. 

One problem.  The party was in 12 days, and wanted a Craps table at the party.  We only HAD one Craps table in stock, though -- Our 12-foot monster that we lovingly nick-named "The Aircraft Carrier."  We didn't have time to build another table for the party, but we also didn't want to tell our first customer that we couldn't do their event, so we agreed to do the party for them, and use the "Aircraft Carrier" as the very first Craps table at the party.  
We had originally thought to use the "Carrier" as a showpiece in our lobby at our main offices, but when it was needed to be "taken out of mothballs," our design team came up with a crane and dolly system that could actually move the table from it's resting place in our lobby, to our equipment transport vehicle, and eventually into the rental hall for it's maiden voyage.  It was the only time that the "Aircraft Carrier" ever appeared at an Aces Casino event.

Where is it now? -- Legend has it that about two years later, a very well-to-do client came into our offices to check out equipment and talk about their upcoming party with our company.  But, upon seeing this beautiful, 12-foot Craps table when he came into the offices, he asked our then-owner if we would sell him the "Carrier."  The owner said, "make me an offer," and when the client offered a very nice chunk of change for the table, a deal was struck.  We're happy to report that "Aces One" still resides at the new owner's home in Villa Park, and he still has Aces Casino host casino events for him from time to time, including the infamous "Aircraft Carrier."  (He takes good care of it, it still looks like it's brand new!)

That's it for now.  We promise to post some more of the fabulous stories that were shared by some of the long-time employees of the orange county casino party leader known as Aces Casino at a later date, and we'll be back next Thursday with still another mindless blog article.  We'll see you then!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Aces Casino Blog: Turns Out It Was No Match When "Fantastic Fig" Took On Those Krazy Kardashians

Ya gotta love working here at Aces Casino, the "gold standard" when it comes to the who's who of the orange county casino party companies.  Where else can you legitimately hold down a job that asks you to keep up with "the top trends in Blog searches?"  Two big thumbs pointin' right here, bay-bee.  We've said it many times, but it always bears repeating; We have the greatest job in the world.

Here's the reason: We've been posting this highly irreverent (and sometimes highly informative) Aces Casino Blog for over two years now, and as the posts begin to pile up, you find out which of the topics you've presented over these many days, weeks and months are popular, and which aren't.

We were pleasantly surprised some weeks ago when we posted a blurb about our dubious encounter with members of that notorious Kardashian Klan (you'll find that Aces Blog entry right here).  Our Blog's "View Meter" exploded the week that our visit to "Dash" was chronicled.  It was the third-highest blog post ever, here at Aces Casino.  Everybody here was so pleased... Management suggested we try again to link up with the ladies that were "famous only for being famous" (which was quickly shot down by every team member of our orange county casino night dealers and staff on the premises), to try to duplicate the success of that e-mail.

Then came "Fantastic Fig."

Move over, ladies - There's a new "King."

His name is Paul Fegen (FEE-gin), and he IS the "Fantastic Fig," professional magician and psychic.  You may have seen him on "America's Got Talent" last season.  You can check out that winning effort on AGT here

We mentioned "Fig" on our last blog entry on Monday, May 21, and posted a vid of Paul Fegen on AGT.  


Overnight sensation!  Suffice it to say that "Fantastic Fig" has a few fans out there, because last Monday's Aces Casino Blog featuring "Fantastic Fig" blew away ALL of our prior records for blog views here at the orange county casino night leaders.  Yep -- Better than the Kardashians, better than our visit to Pawn Stars, even better than our infamous appearance on The Real Housewives of Orange County.  Fig is the MAN.

The New King of the Aces Blog - "Fantastic Fig!"

That's all from our parakeet paper for today.  Sorry we're a day late, but we had to let the Fantastic Fig Blog Entry run It's course.  Records were on the line, you know..... (Grin)  We'll be back next Monday on the Aces Casino Blog to talk about the "top 5 things we should never have tried" here at Aces Casino.  You'll get what we mean, we promise.  We're back on the road this weekend with our many events, so we'll see you on Monday!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Aces Casino Blog: "Fantastic Fig" Really Was Just "Fantastic" (But Newton Really Didn't Say Too Much)

Every once in a while, our team or orange county casino party crazies known as Aces Casino run into someone at one of our events that really entertains us.  It's always been said about our casino party company that we're easily amused, but not easily impressed.

Well, last week, after our latest event over at Catal Restaurant, which is located inside the world-famous Downtown Disney section in Anaheim, you can officially consider us BOTH.

Reason?  Well, he's known as the "Fantastic Fig," a magician and psychic that, after looking at him for a moment, reminded me of someone that I had seen on television not too long ago.  Then, when Mr. "Fantastic" )who is known to many of his friends in Beverly Hills as Mr. Paul Fegen) produced his trusty cat, "Newton," it hit me.

"America's Got Talent!"

He's the magician that was on the show last year, who advanced to the second round of competition in Las Vegas, a man who charmed everyone at that TV show last year.  And, a man who not only charmed the panel of 3 judges during his appearance that day, but thoroughly shocked them with his magical touch.

Well, if you know ME, you KNOW that I'M not easy to impress, especially when it comes to magic.  I've studied under some of the best card mechanics in the biz.  Let's see just how "Fantastic" Mr. Fegen is....

Wow.  Just.  Wow.

OK... For reference, let's first show you what "The Fantastic Fig" did to wow the AGT judges on his TV appearance on the popular NBC-TV talent show last season...

It's "Fantastic Fig," A.K.A. Mr. Paul Fegen.

I just LOVED that card trick that he did when on the show, and I remember remarking to my wife at the time that "I'd love to see him do it in person, to see if he's that fast."  So, when Mr. Fegen arrived at our event at Catal Restaurant last Thursday, I was ready to ask him to do that trick again.

One problem - I didn't HAVE to ask him. Upon meeting me for the very first time, He immediately asked me If I would select a card for him, "What was my favorite card."  Verbally, I responded "the Deuce of Diamonds."  And, with that, he immediately turned to the hostess of the event, who was standing right next to me the whole time and holding HIS deck of cards in HER hand, to turn the top card over.  POOF.  Deuce of Diamonds.  HE wasn't even HOLDING the deck at the time!  

OK, that's pretty good, I thought to myself.  But "Fantastic Fig" wasn't quite finished yet.  He quickly produced one of his business cards from his pocket, and showed me the back, which had hardly anything on it.  And, POOF, right before my eyes, the words, "2 of Diamonds" appeared on the back of the card.  I still have it.  I'm waiting for it to burst into flame or something like that, but it hasn't done anything yet.  We have that card trapped in a glass case, just to be safe.  (Ed. Note: We'll let you know if the card does anything, the minute it does.  But it won't, we're pretty sure.  I think.)

Well, consider me incredibly impressed.  Mr. Fegen is a great entertainer and very friendly, and, just like on the TV show he appeared on a few months ago, he had a black bag with him.  And, on cue, when he opened that bag at the table, another familiar face popped out.  It was Newton, the cat, also known as "Fantastic Fig's assistant."  (Paul says he can't do tricks withour Newton sitting up on his shoulder.)  He hopped up on Fig's shoulder, and like magic, "poof," he was gone.  No, he didn't disappear, he just walked into the event we were performing at together, and wowed the crowd.  We're not easy to upstage, but "Fantastic Fig" was the top entertainer on this night, believe me.  Anyone interested in seeing "Fantastic Fig's" web site can find it here.

We shot some pictures and a bit of video at last week's event, and once we get it processed, we'll post it on our infamous Aces Casino blog (we promise).  Someday, we hope that our crazy bunch of orange county casino party team members will link up at an event with "Fig."  And, when we do, we'll have pics and vid of that, as well.

Unless the film and vids burst into flame, of course.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge:" Why It's ALWAYS Better To Play With Fake Chips

Every once in a while, we here at Aces Casino (A.K.A. the top orange county casino party company in southern California) like to take the time to leave our virtual world of casino game play and check out what's goin' on in the world of REAL casino play.  We have always realized just how those billion-dollar casinos get built in the first place (It's because the casino games the casinos offer are severely tweaked in order to separate the player from their money), but we rarely take a look at how the casinos GET this way.

That, and you KNOW us bloggers look for the goofy stories.

Hey - We ain't the best orange county casino night party company in the biz for nuthin'.  The readers of the Aces Casino Blog (all 3 of them) deserve the very best in goofy stories, and, by popular demand, here are three of the stories that we found that seemed to sum up just how tough those casino games are, and why it's best to play with fake chips, like WE do.

#1 -- "You DO know there's a POOL on board, right?"

A 51-year-old Chinese man jumped to his death from a cruise ship after apparently losing more than $386,000 in the casino. The gambler, identified as Xu, was a passenger on the SuperStar Aquarius, operated by Asian cruise line Star Cruises.

The 1,500-passenger ship was on its way back to Hong Kong after a two-day party cruise when the incident occurred, according to local news reports.  Xu was seen betting at a gaming table after dinner, and remained at the table until 8 a.m., according to other passengers.

After the big losses, he reportedly wandered around the top deck of the 13-deck ship for about an hour before taking his fatal leap.  A spokesman for Star Cruises says the captain was alerted someone had fallen into the sea, stopped the ship and called in rescue teams.

Here's a guy that lost $3 playing "Ship, Captain, Crew"

A man who won NZ$60,000 (£27,000) at poker in an Auckland casino has been refused the cash because he banned himself from the premises six years ago to curb his gambling, the Dominion-Post reports.

Sothea Sinn, 28, who won the prize on Wednesday playing Caribbean stud poker at Auckland's Skycity Casino, said he was "absolutely gutted" when casino staff refused to pay out.  Sinn said that in 2004 he demanded the casino ban him and his girlfriend because he was gambling too much.

He said he thought the ban had expired, but staff said he had agreed to get counselling before readmission – and had not done so.  Sinn pledged to take his case to New Zealand's gambling authorities.  (Ed. Note: Yeah, don't bet on it.)

Our favorite self-banning story.

#3 -- Our vote for the man with the worst luck on earth

During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million.

The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history. It devoured much of Mr. Watanabe's personal fortune, he says, which he built up over more than two decades running his family's party-favor import business in Omaha, Neb. It also benefitted the two casinos' parent company, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which derived about 5.6% of its Las Vegas gambling revenue from Mr. Watanabe that year.

Today, Mr. Watanabe and Harrah's are fighting over another issue: whether the casino company bears some of the responsibility for his losses.  In a civil suit filed in Clark County District Court last month, Mr. Watanabe, 52 years old, says casino staff routinely plied him with liquor and pain medication as part of a systematic plan to keep him gambling.

Nevada's Gaming Control Board has opened a separate investigation into whether Harrah's violated gambling regulations, based on allegations made by Mr. Watanabe.

In April, the Clark County District Attorney's office charged Mr. Watanabe with four felony counts in district court for intent to defraud and steal from Harrah's, stemming from $14.7 million that the casino says it extended to him as credit, and that he lost. Although Mr. Watanabe has paid nearly $112 million to Harrah's, he has refused to pay the rest. He denies the charges, alleging that the casino reneged on promises to give him cash back on some losses, and encouraged him to gamble while intoxicated. If convicted, Mr. Watanabe faces up to 28 years in prison.  (Ed. Note: Yeah, good luck with that.)

So wrong, on so many levels.

That's it from the Aces Casino irreverence desk.   We'll be back on Monday with another goofy rantfrom the best orange county casino party company in SoCal.  Have a good one, and we'll see you next week!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Aces Casino Blog: Why This Orange County Casino Party Company Has a Commitment To Excellence

From what we've discovered after talking to more than a few of our brand new clients these past months, it seems that a very pertinent question seems to come to people's mind when they begin their search for the best casino night company in the industry; Probably something like, "Why is Aces Casino Entertainment the top orange county casino party company in southern California?"

That's probably the easiest question we'll answer all day.  It's this companies' constant commitment to quality service for each and every client that we've come in contact with, since the doors first opened at this "insane asylum" that we call home.  Each and every client we work for deserves the very best at their special event - You only get one shot at making your client the happiest person on Earth at that particular moment, and from what our resume' looks like after these past eighteen years, it looks like we're a pretty good shot.

One client that was asked that same question gave us an answer that totally floored me -- "What other orange county casino night company around here do you know of that publishes it's own twice weekly blog?"  Wow, add another faithful blog reader to the long list of subscribers to the infamous Aces Casino Blog.  (Ed. Note: That's six now, by my count.)  We love it when we hear kind words from our clients, just about as much as we love watching a client's guests have the time of their lives.  That's what it's all about...

It starts with the tables, but there's so much more.

The "commitment to excellence" has been a constant theme around our offices here in Whittier, and our office in Buena Park.  It's not difficult a standard to maintain when you have the right personnel, and without question, NO ONE has a better group of gaming staff and front office teammates like Aces Casino Entertainment.  This team really is a one-of-a-kind group, a "Dream Team," if you will.

So, why the puff piece, you ask?  That's easy..  It's time to give back to our clients, especially those of you that have put up with today's parakeet paper ramblings.  We do this at least twice a year, for all of our clients who subscribe to our Blog and follow this crazy orange county casino party company called Aces Casino, so here comes another "Aces Special" -- We'll call it our "July Spectacular."  Simply stated, we're giving a 40% discount to ALL of our blog subscribers who book a new party with Aces Casino in the month of July!

Now, there ARE some parameters, just like the last time we did this.  This discount is based on a "first booked, first served" basis.  We already have one July date that is sold out (July 21), and our clients know how fast we book up, especially when we discount the events even further than we normally do.  So, subscribe to the Blog, book a party with us, and ask the top orange county casino party company in SoCal (that's us!) for your 40% discount, and POOF!  You're in, courtesy of good ol' Aces Casino.

Well, that's all for today.  We just wanted to tell all of our many valued clients just how much this orange county casino party company really cares about them, and we're guessing that we'll probably be sold out for most of the month of July by the time we return to the Aces Casino Blog with another parakeet paper-worthy article.  Thursday, we've got the lowdown on three of the most unlucky gamblers we've come across in quite some time.  Then, sometime next month, It'll be time to take our yearly peek at the upcoming 2012 World Series Of Poker, the annual "poker rite of passage" that's held at the Rio Suite Hotel, beginning in the last week of May.  That's always a lot of fun.  (Ed. Note: For all you stalkers, the Aces Casino team will be going to the WSOP at the end of June.)  Take care, and we'll see you on Thursday with WSOP info!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" One of the WILDEST Celebrity Events We've EVER Hosted

(Ed. Note: Seems like a lot of our Aces Casino Blog fans have been requesting a re-do on our story about an event that took place about ten years ago in Hollywood.  So, by popular demand, here is another edition from our 'Blast From The Past' files...Enjoy.)

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.

Yup.  That's her, officer.  That's the one.

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.

 Probably still has our chips in his pocket.

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.  The good news was the fact that Joan turned out to be a good friend for Mr. Wagner, instantly cooled him off, and quietly escorted him away from the table, before this fake-chip fracas could escalate.  Three goody-goody points for Joan Rivers, courtesy of her ol' friend, "Stan.".

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.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge" - Historical Backgrounds Of Popular Casino Games

Here at Aces Casino, the company widely recognized as the top orange county casino party company in southern California, we tend to get a lot of inquisitive clients that ask a LOT of GREAT questions concerning the casino party industry in general, and certain casino-based games in particular.  Heck, where do you think we get most of our material for our informatively irreverent Aces Casino Blog?  (We love our clients!)

Recently, our Aces Casino team had an event out at the campus of the University of Southern California (U.S.C., for short), where we ran into some very intelligent and VERY inquisitive students from the fraternity of Lambda Chi Alpha. Curiosity and intelligence run rampant here as well at the orange county casino night leaders known as Aces Casino, so the inquiries from USC got us thinking -- Maybe it's time to share some information as to just where some of our favorite casino games came to be.  POOF!  Blog article!

So, courtesy of the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, here are some amazing, amusing and confusing historical facts about the Aces Casino Entertainment "Big Three" games supplied by our company on a regular basis -- Craps, Roulette and Blackjack!

#1 -- The History Of CRAPS

When we started out on our journey for information about the history of the game of Craps, we discovered that some form of dice throwing has been used for many purposes throughout time. As some ancient culture followed stars and astrology, runes, bones and dice were also used by tribal shamans and fortune tellers to read the future for commoners and leaders.

Overlapping with this mystical use of dice is the gaming history involving chance tosses of dice to win against opponents. Some craps historians date the origins of dice games well into the ancient world, where Koreans, Egyptians and Roman Emperors like Caesar Augustus, Nero and Caligula all purportedly engaged in various dice games, even learning to cheat opponents in the games. The idea of tempting the fates by throwing dice as a chance to win seems to blend these two ideologies of mysticism and gaming into a common experience.

Historical records trace more specific dice games at least as far back as ancient Egypt in 1573 BC. In this era, the game known as Theban dice was one of the earliest games of chance in the world. Archeologists have found one pair of ancient Egyptian dice dating back to this era. Whether this is direct predecessor to modern craps is unknown.

Other craps historians date the game to the days of the Holy Roman Empire. Roman legionary soldiers commonly took pigs’ knuckles, shaved and squared them down into cubes, which they tossed into their upturned shields as dice games, to wager for condemned prisoners’ effects or to pass the time. From this variation of dice tossing, the term “to roll the bones” developed. Since soldier’s pay was poor compensation, a simple game like this was an easy pleasure.

A third potential origin for modern craps comes from an Arabic game, which was popular to play in the Middle Ages. The game was called azzahr, from the Arabic words “al zar” or “azzah,” which simply means “dice.” It is this Arabic origin that weaves together with the history of the long-popular English game, Hazard.  Three different claims to historical Craps fame, but we're siding with the Egyptians, here.  Dice inside Tut's tomb = winner, as far as this orange county casino party company is concerned.

Doesn't look like King Tut to me, but I might be wrong there.

#2 -- The History of ROULETTE

Whoa....Roulette history about its origin cannot be confirmed nor ascertained in any of the recorded data. Most of the people believe that this chance game is based on the games played by the Romans (Ed. Note: Wow, THERE'S a surprise) as an amusement with chariots and spinning wheels that were used to develop game of roulette. Chinese also have the versions regarding the game.  Yeah, I'm guessing they're called "Tough to Beat."

Most of the people claim that the European traders have brought the game from China to Europe. The game was generally to arrange the 37 animal statuettes in the magical square which totals 666. But many claimed the fact that this version did not explain the method to play the game in the roulette history. While you add up the numbers from 1-36 the roulette numbers must come to 666.  (First the Romans, now, the Devil.)

The most current Roulette mechanism was invented by the great mathematician and scientist Blaise Pascal who is father of probability and is noted in the roulette history. This happened while he was working on perpetual motion device. This led to the beginning for the modern roulette games.  Blaise should have told us right up front that this game can't be beaten!  Math whizzes -- They're ALWAYS keeping the secrets of these games a secret.

Roly-poly is described in the roulette history and is precursor of the roulette games of today. Even Odd was considered as the simplest version of the online casino Australia roly-poly game. Modern roulette wheels were available in the casinos of Paris about 50 years later. It generally consisted of colors black and red, even and odd number bets, the numbers from 1-36, 00 and 0. The rules regarding the game are depicted in roulette history and it tells the fact that 0 stands for red and 00 stands for black.  Umm, not HERE, they don't.  I'm guessing VEGAS came up with THAT.  Probably Frank Rosenthal, but don't hold me to that.

Heck, I can't even bet my lucky number, "14," on THIS wheel.  Something's fishy.

#3 -- The History of BLACKJACK

OK, before we print this, it's your job to guess what country is credited with creating this staple of our orange county casino party gaming system.  Go ahead, we'll wait.....

OK, time's up. If you guessed Spain, give yourself one point.

Blackjack's precursor was twenty-one, a game of unknown origin. The first written reference is found in a book by the Spanish author Miguel De Cervantes, who is most famous for writing Don Quixote. Cervantes was a gambler, and the main characters of his tale Rinconete y Cortadillo are a couple of cheats working in the city of Seville. They are proficient at cheating at ventiuna (Spanish for twenty-one), and state that the object of the game is to reach 21 points without going over and that the “ace” values 1 or 11. The game is played with a Spanish deck which lacks eights, nines and tens. This short story was written between 1601 and 1602, implying that ventiuna was played in the city of Castilla since the beginning of the 17th Century or earlier. Later references to this game are found in France and Spain.  Great, a bunch of cheaters did the deed on this game.  Figures.

Well, that's all from the desk of the Aces Casino Blog.  We'll be back on Thursday with another scintillating effort concerning the top orange county casino night party company in southern California.  Have a good week, and we'll see you then!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Aces Casino Blog: Time To Check Out The Latest News, Rumors and Happenings From Las Vegas

(Ed. Note: By popular demand, we're releasing the Thursday Aces Casino Blog on Wednesday.  You can thank the #1 orange county casino party company, Aces Casino, for this benevolent release.  That, and we hate Casino War.  Enjoy, and we'll see you back on Monday at our regular time!)

Boy, it is GOOD to be back.  A month-long vacation from the Aces Casino Blog felt like 6 months, but all is well, now that we're back in front of the keyboard, and prepped to return to my assignment as "propaganda Minister" of the top casino party company in SoCal. 

Hey, I'm not complaining, mind you - The brass at Aces Casino thought that our orange county casino party fans would love taking a peek at the newest free-play game trainers available on the ol' "net."  Yeah, I gotta admit, they were fun to play with (and reminded us how tough some games can be, especially that Three-Card Poker trainer), but we've got a whole month of irreverent blog-speak waiting to be pasted onto the ol' parakeet paper, so here goes...   

You know, it hit me during the Blog-sabbatical -- if the team here at Aces Casino wants to remain the top Orange County casino night party company in southern California, there is one thing that we HAVE to keep up on - We HAVE to keep up with all of the latest styles, games and happenings that are currently in use or "coming soon" to our favorite city in the world, Las Vegas.  Fortunately for us, we're all a bunch of curious lil' minxes (is that a word?), so this part of our crazy blog comes naturally to our writing staff.

So, now that we're back behind the wheel of the infamous Aces Casino Blog, let's take a look back at some of the news stories from the gaming industry in general (and the city known as "Glitter Gulch" in particular) that caught our eye during April's month-long celebration of the finest free-play casino game trainers on the 'net.  It's "Back To The Future" time, courtesy of the best Orange County casino party company in SoCal, Aces Casino....

1. -- "The Linq" and it's protege, The "High Roller"

This was one of my instant favorites in the "Vegas Coming Attractions" category.  Caesars Entertainment, the world’s largest casino company, has already begun work on laying the foundation for a rotating upright wheel to outshine the current world-record holder of the tallest observation wheel in the world, the 541-foot-tall "Singapore Flyer," as well as the Flyer’s more recent international rivals. The Vegas wheel’s proposed name: The High Roller, of course.  Were you expecting anything else??

OK, This'll Work.  Check out that wheel.  AWESOME.

When completed, the "High Roller" will be a towering 550 feet tall, only a hair taller than Singapore’s giant observation wheel. It’ll sit behind Caesars’ Imperial Palace and Flamingo hotels along an in-progress quarter-mile, $550 million food, clubbing and shopping stretch dubbed “the Linq.” The wheel itself looks to offer 32 giant-sized cars capable of holding 40 people each. I've heard that it takes about 25/30 minutes for the observation wheel to complete one full turn.   I can just see our Orange County casino party team renting out one of those huge observation pods.  Looks like we'll have to cool our jets for awhile, though - If projections of completion are correct, we won't be able to buy a ticket until sometime around the end of 2013.  (Aces Casino votes -- We can wait.)

Proposed pod conceptual image.  How cool is this?

First off, I LOVE that this museum was dedicated on February 14th, 2012, on the 83rd anniversary of the infamous "St. Valentine's Day Massacre."  But believe me when I say that this isn't some schlocky, thrown-together money-grab.  The Mob Museum is a modern-day museum – highly experiential and interactive. Both sides of this fascinating story are brought to life through one-of-a-kind artifacts, interactive touch screens and unique ways to interact with law enforcement and organized crime tools. For example, visitors can shoot a simulated tommy (machine) gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes on wiretapping equipment and take part in FBI weapons training. The Museum also features some of the most iconic artifacts in Mob history, such as the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

 Is Geraldo going to be there?  If so, I'll pass.

This museum covers all the big names of the past in crime and law enforcement.  It's over on Stewart Avenue in Las Vegas, and you can find out more about this new and latest addition that pays homage to old Las Vegas here.  Our Orange County casino night party crew vote -- Definitely go and see it.  It's worth the $$$$$.

Go and see this hotel before it disappears.  Boy, I thought the Aces Casino crew had a short attention span; This one takes the cake.  This hotel located in City Center in Las Vegas hasn't even opened yet, but It's already scheduled for demolition.  And you thought the OLD Vegas hotels were leaving the skyline too soon... (Grin)

Is it that one on the right?  Yep, looks like it's already leaning.

I love the official website for City Center in Las Vegas.  When you get there, they unleash this gigantic photo of the entire City Center development, including the Harmon.  Only one problem -- Nothing happens when you roll your mouse over the Harmon Hotel.  And there's a good reason for that -- MGM Resorts International today said it’s recommending to Clark County that the quarter-billion-dollar Harmon Hotel at City Center on the Las Vegas Strip be demolished because of construction defects.  You can find the whole sordid tale about the poor Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas here.  Look fast, this baby might not be there for long.  Our Orange County casino party crew vote -- Agh, OK, knock it over, but don't tell the guy over at  This one doesn't qualify for hotel "sainthood."

Well, that's all for now from the craziest Orange County casino night party crew in southern California, Aces Casino Entertainment.  Thanks for checking in, and HEY -- if you feel you have a great idea for something that our Aces Casino Blog team should write about, send it to us!  We'd love to cover your favorite and slightly irreverent idea, not to mention take CREDIT for it.    Next up on the Blog -- The Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge" returns, this time with a look at the interesting facts behind the origins of some of our favorite casino games.  OK - Take care, have fun at your weekend casino party, and we'll see you back here on Monday!