Thursday, March 28, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: Closing Out March With Another Edition Of "Where Did They Get That CRAZY Name?"

We all know that Aces Casino Entertainment has long prided itself in being the top Orange County casino party company in southern California, but here's something else that the public at large might not know (unless you've visited the Aces Complex in person) -- That wacky, eclectic, "professionally irreverent" bunch of Aces Casino staff members also takes pride in what they call their need to be "asking the questions that need to be answered."  That's a good thing for us parakeet-paper scribes, especially when you need copy for an upcoming Aces Casino blog article. 

Yes sir, just one quick trip around the Aces Casino offices, and you can get enough "blog-worthy" material for a month of Mondays and Thursdays," not to mention still another GREAT idea for a recurring blog theme to dredge up when the moment arises.  We thought to ourselves, "hey, why NOT ask the questions that need to be answered?"  We were SURE that. when we installed that ominous "suggestion box" in the main hallway and asked for our crew to tell us what trivial situation was gnawing at them, something that they just needed to know the answer to, that they'd come through for the home team.

They did.

So, without further fanfare, let's reach into the Aces Casino suggestion box and find out what's on the minds of the best orange county casino night team in the business (Ed. Note: Fasten your seat belts, this is NOT going to be pretty...) -- Let's check out the first three submissions to Aces Casino Blog Issue #1 of "Where did they get that Crazy name?"

#1 -- "Why did they name it 'Spam?'"

See?  I knew things were going to go downhill in a hurry, but we asked.  SPAM, that long-time staple of Geo. A. Hormel & Co., was originally registered as a trademark in 1937, being a conflation of “spiced ham”, which was the original name.  The name “SPAM” was chosen from entries in a naming contest at Hormel.  Specifically, the name was suggested by Kenneth Daigneau, who was the brother of a then Hormel Vice president.  He was given a $100 prize for winning the naming contest.   He probably had his choice of taking the money, or getting a lifetime supply of SPAM.  We're guessing he took the money.  I like the name that finished last in the contest - "Something Posing As Meat."

You think you're in a jam NOW?  Wait until the lawsuit hits.

#2 -- "What does ZZ Top Mean??"

OK, I have to admit it -- When I saw this pop out of the suggestion box, I thought to myself, "Yeah, how DID that name originate?  Well, for this, we had to go to the source himself -- The name ZZ Top, according to band member Billy Gibbons, came from a tribute to B.B. King.  The band originally were going to call themselves “Z.Z. King” in King’s honor, but then decided it was too similar to B.B. King.  Because B.B. King was at the “top” of the blues world, they changed it to ZZ Top.  You heard it here first, my friends.

Cool Band.

#3 -- "Whose Idea was it to come up with that stupid Daylight Savings Time' Idea?

Well, if you go all the way back to the late 1700's, you can point the finger at the man who "invented electricity" -- None other than Ben Franklin.  That's the good news.... Here's the BAD news; Franklin’s proposal of something like daylight saving time was written as a joke. 

In a comedic letter he wrote, An Economical Project (published in 1784), ”to the authors of the journal of Paris”, Franklin mentions something like daylight saving time. Although, instead of changing clocks, he suggested ringing church bells and firing cannons, among other things, as the sun rises to maximize the amount of time people would be awake during times when the sun is providing free light.  The letter was meant to be a satire, rather than actually suggesting these changes be made.

 The modern day version of daylight saving time was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson in 1895. The credit for the first to suggest the modern day DST system is often incorrectly given to William Willett (Ed. Note: Yeah, I make that mistake all the time.  Not.), who independently thought up and lobbied for DST in 1905.  He was riding through London one day in the early morning and noticed that a good portion of London’s population slept through several hours of the sunlit summer days.  If only he’d read Franklin’s letter, inspiration might have struck sooner.  Willett lobbied for DST until his death in 1915.  It was one year later in 1916 that certain European countries began adopting DST.  Just a tad too late to help ol' William out; he could have lived an extra hour.

"I hope they know I was just kidding... It IS funny, though..."
We were guessing that whomever put this question in the ol' Aces suggestion box  must have had a genuine hatred for the suggestion of implementing DST, so, to that end, we thought we'd include some of the better anecdotes that came to be as a result of the ol' DST...
  • Daylight saving time once single-handedly thwarted a terrorist attack, causing the would-be terrorists to blow themselves up instead of other people.  What happened was, in September 1999, the West Bank was on daylight saving time while Israel was on standard time.  West Bank terrorists prepared bombs set on timers and smuggled them to their associates in Israel.  As a result, the bombs exploded one hour sooner than the terrorists in Israel thought they would, resulting in three terrorists dying instead of the two busloads of people who were the intended targets.

  • In March 2007, an honor student in Pennsylvania was accused of threatening his school with a bomb.  It was later found that he had actually called an automated school phone line to get information about class schedules;  someone else made the bomb threat exactly an hour later, but, due to DST, the time seemed to match up to when the honor student called.

  • Daylight saving time once got a man out of being drafted for the Vietnam War.  When drafted, he argued that standard time, not daylight saving time, was the official time for recording births in his state of Delaware at the time of his birth.  Thus, he was actually born the previous day using standard time, so he should have had a higher draft lottery number.  This defense worked and he didn’t have to go to war.

  • Well, that'll do it for another month of irreverent blogging, my friends.  We'll be back in April with another great idea that we've plagiarized from the employees of Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leaders, and placed right here free of charge in the infamous Aces parakeet paper.  Have a good weekend, and watch your back on April Fools' Day!

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Aces Casino Blog: We May Have Found the Cure For Insomnia, A.K.A. "The Answers to Our Baccarat Test"

    Time for a tip of the cap to all of our many hard-working students enrolled in the virtual version of the Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge,"  as well as to all of our many faithful blog readers of southern California's Orange County casino party leader - Welcome back to the sometimes-informative, most-often irreverent Aces Casino Blog, and a special welcome to those of you that waited all weekend to come back and checl out the answers to our "test."  You're truly the readers that we write for....

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Come on, you KNOW you wanna TRY it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    That's all for this busy Monday, you Aces Blog-a-holics... On Thursday, we have a "special treat" -- That is, a treat for everyone that wonders how that Hawaiian delicacy, "SPAM," originally got it's name.  Yep, you guessed it... It's another edition of the Aces Casino Blog series called "how did they get that crazy name?"  You know you love it.  (Ed. Note: Not.)  We'll see you then, bring your SPAM!

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Aces Casino Blog "Greatest Hits:" 10 Tough Trivia Questions About that "Euro-Game" Called Baccarat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    OK, pencils down, my friends.  How did you do?  Oh, yeah, that's right, It's an open book test.  I'm sure you all did fabulous...Or DID YOU?  Well, either way, check next Monday's Aces Blog from your fave Orange County casino night party guys for the answers; Just another way to show that we're full service here at the craziest casino party company on earth - Aces Casino Entertainment.  See ya on Monday, Kids...

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Aces Casino Blog Special Report: U.S. Department Of Justice Names Official Claim Administrator to Oversee Recompensation of Full Tilt Poker Clients Lost Funds

    We knew that this day would come.

    For those who haven't yet determined that the twice-weekly Aces Casino Blog writers are nothing more than "Ministers of Propaganda" for the top Orange County casino party company in southern California, we have a surprise for you.  It's true: The Aces Blog WAS created to preserve the company's motto of "This Beats Working" with it's top-flight irreverence in print while also providing the company with a platform to show off Aces Casino's ability to put on FABULOUS Las Vegas night casino parties, but there actually was ANOTHER reason for this blog's creation back in 2010 -- Aces Casino Entertainment also wanted to have a platform that had the ability to bring important news to gaming enthusiasts both here in the United States as well as around the world.

    This would be one of those days.

    Last week, the Aces Casino Blog was able to confirm Poker Players Alliance reports of some big news from the online poker world.  In conjunction with the U.S. Department Of Justice, a website has just been established with the express purpose of facilitating processing claims of monetary loss suffered by clients of the online poker engine known as Full Tilt Poker.

    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States has retained the Garden City Group (“GCG”) to serve as Claims Administrator to oversee the process of compensating eligible victims of the fraud committed by Full Tilt Poker against United States players that was set forth in both the civil money laundering and forfeiture action United States v. PokerStars, et al., and the indictment United States v. Bitar, et. al.  The entire press release can be accessed thru this link.


    Now, let's list some important links that clients / U.S. poker players that lost funds on the Full Tilt Poker web site can use to obtain more information on this ground-breaking announcement...

    Poker Players Alliance Web Site link to repayment plan and information

    Here is the link to the Full Tilt Poker Claims website to register your e-mail address

    Needless to say, this is FANTASTIC news for those of us that suffered thru "Black Friday" some two years ago.  It looks like the wheels of poker justice are finally beginning to turn.  We found some interesting news blips on these sites, including a request for parties injured in this poker engine seizure to register their e-mail address with the claims administrator, and ALSO to check their Full Tilt Poker account information in order to properly submit your name and e-mail address.

    You'll also find the link to enable players to register that e-mail address and other pertinent information here. For all of our many readers, please spread the word that the website for claims v. Full Tilt has been created, and take the time to register with the DOJ and the State of New York, so you can get your $$$$$ back.  

    That's all for now.  Once again, this was an Aces Casino Blog Special Report, brought to you by the top Orange County Casino party company in SoCal.   We'll return to the Blog tomorrow with our usual parakeet paper submissions.  For all FTP players here in the United States -- Go and REGISTER, and we'll see you all tomorrow here at the "Blog!"

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge:" The Wild And "Wacky" World of Pai-Gow Poker

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

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

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

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

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

    Yeah, maybe he's right. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Find a GREAT Pai-Gow Poker trainer here.

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

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

    And they were.  And so was I.

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

    Is THIS a great game, or WHAT?

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

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

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

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

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

    Words to live by, right, Dennis?

    That's all for this edition of the Parakeet Paper.  Thursday, by popular demand (Ed. Note: 4 crazy staff members that love Bond movies?), We'll bring back that "Aces College" column on Baccarat.   That ought to cure some internet insomnia.  We'll see you on Thursday, kids...

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Aces Casino Blog: Continuing Our Search For The Best (And Worst) Pieces Of Useless Las Vegas Trivia

    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 11 months 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.  (Ed. Note: What signifies a $100 play?  Forget it, I don't need to know.)

    #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 in late 2010, 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.

    It appears that the 21st-Century Vegas doggies have taken steps.

    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.

    That's all for the Parakeet Paper this week... We'll be back on Monday with another scintillating discussion from the scholars of the Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge."  Keep those cards and letters coming, and we'll see you next week!

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Aces Casino Blog: Our Top 3 Submissions Into the March Edition of the "Aces Bad Ideas Hall Of Fame"

    Just because Aces Casino is widely known as the top orange county casino party company in southern California doesn't mean that we're not also well-versed in other areas, too.  The Orange County Register didn't name our fine corporation the top casino night party company in the southland for nuthin', you know.  They loved us for our "professional irreverence."  One quick way of defining this would be whenever you poll the masses over at our main office and ask them the one thing that the "Aces Crazies" love more than putting on fabulous orange county casino night events....

    That's easy.  Sharing goofy "stranger than fiction" true stories found in the news.

    Fortunately, you don't have to look too hard to find the top stories that tickled the Aces Casino fancies for this month of March.... So, let's take a look at the latest edition of the Aces Casino Entertainment staff nominees for the top 3 "Aces Casino Bad Ideas Hall Of Fame" for the Month of March....

    #1 -- Berkeley City Councilman Suggests a tax on electronic mail

    (Sigh.)  Nothing drives the Aces Casino team crazier than hearing that some bureaucrat politician from California has another GREAT idea on how to tax the fine citizens of this state.  Gas tax, soda tax, internet sales taxes, and now, the "pies de resistance" -- Some blowhard that thinks that creating a tax on e-mail will help fix the U. S. Postal Service.  We here at Aces Casino have two words for you, Mr. Wozniak -- BAD IDEA.  You'll find the link to this interesting article from the Berkeley Side here.  Gawd, help us.  California's politicians are out of their minds.  Stop taxing us, you dopes!  You're killing the business climate of the state!  OK, off the soap box.

    Uhh, yeah, maybe NOT.

    #2 -- TSA detains passenger for "Wardrobe Malfunction" 

    This is one of my all-time favorites... When we get the link, we'll post it here.  A male passenger boarding a Southwest Airlines flight departing from Las Vegas bound for Los Angeles was detained by federal TSA agents because of the way he was dressed when he arrived at the terminal.

    Jack Martin, the passenger in question, showed up at the Southwest terminal late Saturday wearing a turban and carrying what turned out to be a 14-pound black bowling ball with a 1/8" thick, 6" long string protruding from the thumb hole that looked just like one of those fuses inside a Wile E. Coyote-type bomb.

    Artists' rendering of Jack Martin being a fool.

    Needless to say, Mr. Martin, AND all three of his friends flying with him that day, were removed from the LAS / LAX flight manifest, and re-scheduled to fly our the next morning, after receiving proper clearance and a $400 ticket from the local authorities.

    Important "Karmic Note:"  Mr. Martin returned to his hotel after the snafu at McCarran, went down to the gaming tables and lost another $2300 (on top of the $1400 lost earlier in the weekend) in the casino located inside the hotel.  Some say he "bombed out."  (Ed. Note: I can't believe you said that.)

    #3 -- 4 Kids Ride Down Hill in Large Wooden Electrical Spool

    Still another of the all-time Aces faves, this video shows what happens when G-Force hits Impetus.  Watch this one until the end, It's worth it.

    "An Oldie, but a Goodie."

    And with that "roll down memory lane," we say 'adios' for another issue of the Blog, which means that's all for the "Parakeet Paper" for this Monday.  Come on back on Thursday when the top orange county casino party company in SoCal unveils yet another issue of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge."  Have a good week, and we'll see you then!

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" 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.

    Today'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 your 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 next few weekends should book now with ol' Aces Casino -- Our orange county casino party crew loves the last-minute events, since they seem to always be the most fun.   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.)

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    Aces Casino "News You Can Use" Blog: Our Top 3 "Amazing, Amusing And Confusing" News Stories

    Anyone that reads the Aces Casino Blog on a regular basis knows that there are two things that we just can't get enough of -- One is showing just how hard we strive to continue our reign as the #1 Orange County casino party company in southern California, and secondly, we just LOVE when we find those internet "golden nuggets" of news -- goofy, laugh-out-loud news stories that are just too good to be true (but are).  It's these two diametrically opposed ideals that the Orange County Register must have taken into account when they deemed us the best Orange County casino night company around while simultaneously ordaining us with the tile of "the Kings of professionally irreverence," a title that we so proudly wear.

    Yes, the Aces Casino team LOVES finding these "news nuggets," and any time we find three good ones, it must be time to head back into the Aces Casino "news room" and share our latest finds with our discerning public  here in our parakeet paper.  So, without further blather, here are the latest discoveries in our "Aces Casino Top 3 News Stories That Caught Our Eye...."

    #1 -- Indiana Hair Stylists Battle Over $9.5M Jackpot

    Right off the bat, we have a winner in the "Gotta hand it to you, you got a lotta guts to go in and tell these people what happened" award....

    Seven hair stylists who work together at an Indianapolis salon spent Wednesday not cutting hair but in a nearby courtroom battling over a $9.5 million jackpot.  The controversy began Feb. 16 when the women from Lou's Creative Styles pooled their money to buy several lottery tickets.

    The woman who purchased the tickets, hairstylist Christina Shaw, has maintained that the winning ticket in the Feb. 16 Hoosier Lotto drawing was one she bought for herself, not one of the tickets she purchased for the group.  "She came into the shop on Monday after the Saturday night drawing and she said, 'We didn't win but I did,'" said the group's attorney, Scott Montross.

     Yeah, I don't think the other stylists are taking this very well.

     Shaw, who has since quit her job (Ed. Note: Wow, THERE'S a surprise!), did not attend the hearing, and her attorney didn't take part. Wednesday's hearing dealt solely with whether the $9.5 million payout should be frozen until the court can make a ruling on ownership. Welch issued a temporary restraining order last week barring the Hoosier Lottery Commission from awarding the prize money to Shaw for 10 days.  Hey, good luck with your necessary entry into the "Lottery Winners Witness Protection Program," Christina!

    We love this one so much, not only because of the casino party company tie-in, but also because we can now award the prize for the wildest casino party theme EVER....

    A casino night at Central Michigan University will feature "5 Card Foreplay Poker" and "STD Bingo" where the winnings are condoms, the university said.

    The private company running Condom Casino Night, scheduled for Wednesday at the Mount Pleasant, Mich., campus, said it would be a "highly interactive" program "arousing college campuses around the country," the conservative website said.  (Ed. Note: Yeah, no kidding.)

    CMU outsourced the event to the private company, the website said.  In a video, a spokesman for the Condom Casino Tour says organizers try to avoid topics such as morality in its programs.  The tour "doesn't talk about morals, we don't talk about ethics," the spokesman said.  (Ed. Note: Gee, what a surprise.)

    University administrators didn't respond to's inquiry about how much the school was paying for event, but a tour representative said the cost ranges from $2,500 to $3,500.  "The Program Board has decided to bring that is a poker-room type thing ... prizes are going to be different kinds of condoms," a representative from the Campus Program Board, which is paying for the event, told

    Condom Casino Night is part of the board's Sex Education week.

    Our guess at what this casino night might look like 15 minutes in.

    #3 -- "Tumbleweeds Attack West Texas Home"

    The video says it all.  I love the part about the city's stance on whether to help the poor guy.  And, apologies to those Aces Casino Blog viewers that didn't immediately see the vid below.  Third-party non-sense, you know.

    You can't fight City Hall, it appears.  Your property, your problem.

    That's all for this edition of the parakeet paper.  We'll be back next time with another scintillating blog entry.  Also: We should mention that our event calendar here at Aces Casino Entertainment, A.K.A. the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, is beginning to fill up all the way through July, and the "December Rush" will be coming soon!  Give us a call at 562-943-5693 to set up YOUR next appointment with our casino event staff, and let's host a casino night event for your group this spring/summer.  (Ed. Note: Without the condoms and the tumbleweeds, of course.)