Monday, July 29, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: What Would YOU Do if it was You? Crazy Poker Tournament Situations Abound As We Play Our Favorite Game, "YOU Make The Call!"


The team over at Aces Casino Entertainment (A.K.A. the top Orange County casino party company on the West Coast) LOVES it when crazy situations arise in tournaments that we either see or take part in.  Then, like a bolt of lightning, it hit us - Why not report about these crazy events on our parakeet paper blog, the Aces Casino Blog?  Wow - What a great idea.  So, without further interruption, here's Volume 1 of (Ed. Note: Hopefully.) many editions of our brand new story line - "What Would YOU Do?"

I was playing in a NLHE tournament at a casino about 18 months ago. 70 players started the tournament and we were down to the final 3. There was about $1500 on offer for the winner, but I wasn't left with much of a shot, having just a single chip remaining after posting my big blind. The other two players had roughly the same amount as each other, i.e. 50% of the chips each. 

The action (DB = guy on the dealer button:  SB = Small Blind.  BB = Big Blind.)

The DB raised to 3xBB. The SB raised to around 7-8xBB. I folded. The DB re-raised all in and was quickly called by the SB. At this point I was pretty darn happy, more so when I found out the DB had KK, the SB had AA and also had the DB covered by a few chips, meaning an elimination was likely.

The flop came down K-A-7, then the turn came down. The CASE King, the last King in the deck, giving him QUADS. I was upset, but not as much as the SB. He stood up from the table and started yelling and swearing at the DB about how lucky he was, etc. The TD (Tournament Director) told him to calm down, at which point the guy grabbed the TD's shirt and started yelling at the TD.

Bad idea.

Security promptly arrived and roughly subdued the man and escorted him away from the table (and presumably out of the venue). The TD THEN ordered the hand be played out. The river card was revealed. It was an Ace. The TD ruled that the disqualified man won the hand and eliminated the other player and that therefore I was the only player remaining and the winner of the tournament. The DB was paid for 2nd place.


Rare footage of the fight scene in the poker room that fateful day.

OK... With that tip o' the cap to Mel Brooks out of the way, It's time for YOU to be the King of All Tournament Directors.
  1. Should the hand have been played out?
  2. Should I have been awarded the victory with the one chip?
  3. Should the DB have been paid for 2nd? He was eliminated by the SB, but the SB had been previously disqualified. Maybe he should technically have been paid for 3rd (although in this case given the circumstances, I don't think paying him for 2nd was unwarranted).
Of Course, the answers are "yes, yes and yes."  And with that, we close this edition of "What Would YOU Do," brought to you by the crazed minds of Aces Casino Entertainment, the Orange county casino party company that everyone on the west coast turns to for their casino night party needs.  We'll be back in August with some of our favorite parakeet paper blog topics - We'll see you then!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: "Superstition Digest, Volume II" -- The 1994 AFC Championship Game, Chargers vs. Steelers, "The Game That Changed My Life Forever"


Aces Casino Entertainment in Whittier, California, has been, since their inception in 1994, widely recognized as an Orange county casino party company that prides itself in "being grounded in the numbers."  Now, what THAT means is, the entire staff knows their way around the tables when it comes to the odds; they live and breath the odds of the games.

You can't teach the players the intricacies of these games if you DON'T know where the weaknesses are, and when you're playing with fake, valueless chips, and the clients haven't got the usual financial stake in the outcomes of these games, you had best know your stuff in some other areas.

We do.

It's all about instruction, and pure entertainment.    It's the Aces Casino mantra.  When the O. C. Register labeled our award-winning casino night party company as "professionally irreverent," we knew we were where we needed to be; experts in casino games, money management, and game theory.

That's why the next part of our blog entry for today is so tough to write.  It's about superstitions, a part of the gaming life that has NO business being mentioned in the same breath with this knowledgeable staff we've assembled, but hold on to your rabbit's feet, my friends -- All of our cast of characters has one.  Some have MORE than one, and back when Aces Casino was first formed, I was the "leader in the clubhouse" when it comes to admitting my superstitious phobias. When the Idea for "Superstition Digest" came up during an Aces Casino "Bloggers think-tank meeting" a while back, THIS was the first thing that I thought about.

I'm guessing this is the last known photo of Amelia Earhart.  Could be wrong.

Oh, yeah, I had 'em ALL -- The number 13, the black cats, walking under the ladders, you name it, I was a believer.   That's bad enough.... but what's even WORSE than having THIS albatross around my neck -- I'm a fan of the San Diego Chargers of the NFL, one of football's poster children for the perennial also-ran group.  I mean, week after week, you'd do just about ANYTHING to try and help the Chargers maybe' get a big win over a favored opponent in a BIG situation...

Uhh, yeah, the Chargers would be losin' THIS game.

And, back in January of 1995, just such a big situation came to being for my beloved San Diego Chargers.  It was time to play the 1994 seasons' AFC Championship Game, and the Chargers were traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the home-town Steelers for the right to go to Super Bowl 29, a place that the Chargers had NEVER been.  Boy, when you're a Charger fan, you dare to dream about going to the "big dance."
  
Alas, the Chargers were about a nine-point underdog going into the game, and had to play IN cold, wet, nasty Pittsburgh in front of what I'd classify as a pro-Steeler crowd.  Dare to dream, I thought to myself, as I called up my buddy in San Diego (We'll call him 'Ben'), who said that I ought to travel down to his home in Charger country so we can watch the game together.  "Bring some beer, chips and dip," he said as he hung up the phone.  And with that, I'm out.

3 hours before kickoff, takes 1.5 hours to get down there.  Plenty of time....It's about a 90-mile drive down to Ben's house, so, we gotta go get gas for the trip.  I have about a half-tank, so I just shove the credit card into the machine, and top off the tank...

'Click.'  Full tank.  I look up at the cost of the top-off.....

13 dollars and 13 cents.

Ugh... OK, that's not a good sign, I think to myself, as I replace the nozzle into the gas pump, and go on my way....What do they call that, "triskaidekaphobia," or something like that...Fear of the number 13.  Crap, not today, it's bad enough we have to go to Pittsburgh, but this isn't helping my karmic travels down the interstate-5 freeway...

I'm near the half-way point of my trip, somewhere around San Clemente, when I get a little hungry.  Great, I spot a Jack In The Box fast-food place on the left side of the freeway.  I take the off-ramp, and pull into the parking lot.  You see, I HAVE to pull in - The drive-thru part of this particular Jack In The Box is closed off, due to extensive renovations being done to the place.
I quickly surmise that there's only one way to get in and place the order -- Thru the side door.  And, as things turn out, right above this one entrance, a gigantic ladder is perched directly on top of the door frame.  You literally have to walk under this big ladder to get IN to the place, AND to come out.  Right about now, I'm thinking about getting the bookie on the phone, and betting the Steelers minus the nine points.  This trip is not looking good at ALL....

I order my little Jumbo Jack combo and upsize the drink.  My total cost?  $5.13.  Oh, GREAT, I think to myself... I take my food, walk back under the ladder over the door, and as I get near to my car, I notice this jet-black cat walking around in the parking lot.  Oh, yeah, I'm already convinced that the Steelers are going to absolutely annihilate the Chargers today....

I finally get down to Ben's house, get off the freeway, and find this little Circle-K convenience store right down the street from where I'm going.  I walk in, and grab a six-er of beer, a bag of tortilla chips, and a can of bean dip. 

"That'll be thirteen dollars and 13 cents," the Hindu gentleman says to me in broken english.  I look up at the vid screen, and see that, yep, $13.13.  Oh my Lord, we're going to lose by 20 points today.... Then, As I walk back to the car, I kid you not, there are TWO MORE BLACK CATS in this Circle-K lot, with one of THOSE cats literally sitting on my HOOD, getting warm.  Nope, not 20 points.... We're going to lose by THIRTY, I think to myself, as I get into the car, honk the horn to get the last black cat off of my hood, and drive what I'm guessing is the last 1.3 miles to Ben's house.

I'm surprised I didn't break someone's mirror during the trip to tie all of the other events together into a nice yellow-and-black Steeler bow tie, but hey, I'm already here.  Let's see the game.....

I get down to Ben's house (keeping my travails to myself), pull up a seat, and watch the game.  

The result?  The Chargers win the game, 17-13, with a last-second goal-line stand.  My beloved Chargers went to the Super Bowl.  (Don't ask me what happened.)
I've been superstition-free ever since.
I don't look for cracks in the sidewalk any more, I don't jump over the chalk line on the softball field, I don't have "lucky underwear," or anything like that.  Hell, even my two other favorite teams, The Anaheim / L.A. Angels and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings have even won titles since then.  I'm free.
Oh, yeah..... when I'm shooting the dice at the Craps table at the Orleans last year for our Aces Casino "Vegas Getaway," I talk to those dice like they can hear me.  "Come on, baby -- One Time."
That's not being superstitious.  Hey just in case they're listening.  You never know....
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The moral of this story -- As all of us here at Aces Casino know three things -- 1) We are, without question,  the top Orange County casino party company  in SoCal.  2)  Superstitions are just a weight around your neck... Dump all of them, and you'll feel SO relieved.  3) Talk to the Craps dice, just in case.  Remember all of that hocus-pocus blarney about the dice storing up "positive energy?"  I'm not takin' any chances.  Superstitions ARE a bunch of hooey, but I'm not pressin' my luck, EVER.

That's all for now....


Monday, July 22, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: Welcome To Superstition Digest, Volume One - "No Wonder I Lost $500 Playing Craps Last Week. Those Dice Weren't Listening To Me!"


The offices of Aces Casino Entertainment, A.K.A. the top Orange county casino party company on the west coast, is FULL of people that this reporter would call, let's see, how to put it mildly, a little "unorthodox." When the Orange County Register once recognized our fine casino party crew on one hand as the best in the business, then defined our insanity team as being "professionally irreverent," we knew we had struck casino party gold.

Bottom line -- We get a LOT of our Aces Casino Blog material from this group of frustrated game show contestants we call employees, with this particular entry into Aces Blog history being one of their favorite topics.

Superstitions.

I mean, we see people at our tables, playing for FAKE chips, mind you, going through all KINDS of rituals that they feel necessary. They do it because they need it to get that next big dice roll, that Ace they need for Blackjack at the tables, that magical Roulette ball landing on their selected number, making them a virtual "fake chip millionaire."  And, if they do this little dance and chant like they're Hindu prophets kneeling on prayer rugs for valueless chips, you can IMAGINE what they do in Las Vegas, when the chips are REAL.

Thus, the Aces Casino Blog "Superstition Digest" is born.  You want to talk about a plethora of material that we can draw from for a topic like THIS....(Laugh) .... Let's just say, after talking with our Aces Casino team, that we're OK for material for a LOOOONG time.  I was actually surprised when we started discussing this with our team; For example, I thought that the day-in, day-out exposure to games like Craps and the way people play them would surely have washed away all thoughts of our Craps dealer teams following superstitious in-roads to Craps table glory.

Wrong again, and don't call me "Shirley."

This little tidbit of superstitious info became evident when one of our readers sent us a link to a website called "Red Dragon Inn," where it states quite frankly that "Adventure Awaits."  No kidding... This site runs the gamut of superstition and the science of theories like the harnessing and applying positive and negative energy into games, especially dice rolls.


THAT was the part that got the juices flowing over here at Aces Casino Entertainment.  Here are some excerpts from what turned out to be a VERY hot topic here at Aces Casino... This was taken from the Red Dragon Inn's website, regarding positive and negative energy with dice...

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Mathematical nerds would have you believe in the laws of probability. Equal probability, bell curves, and averages are supposedly how the dice work.  Of course, they are all fools. There exists many ways to "charge" the dice with positive energy to get the good rolls you want. 

Dice tend to accumulate positive and negative energy. Positive energy gives good rolls and negative energy gives bad rolls. Another key to good dice rolls is mental thought. The mind can generate powerful mental waves that can control the roll of the dice. 

The will of the roller is one of the best techniques for dice rolling. The singular "a die" is used when providing information however most  information pertains to the plurar "dice" as well. Some suggestions are in conflict with other suggestions. Choose the ones that work best for you and ignore the other ones.

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Now, I have to tell you right up front that I've been known to scream at the TV set while watching my beloved San Diego Chargers blow yet another NFL football game by doing what they do best -- Goof up -- And my wife, who I love so much, continues to remind me that the team can't hear me from where I'm standing.  My normal response is something like, "Well, they FEEL me."  But, as we sit here and write this parakeet paper today, I must admit that I've talked to the dice from time to time when I'm shooting.

They just don't listen.
THIS is usually the temperature of the dice when I'm shooting.

I'm sorry, I just can't buy the theory of positive and negative energy in dice.  I suppose that makes me a "dice atheist," but so be it.  I mean, I've pleaded, I've BEGGED, just one more number, and BOOM.  Seven out.  So much for "the mind generating powerful mental waves that can control the roll of the dice."  Blarney.  My dice must have earmuffs on. 

And another thing -- What can you promise a set of dice that'll turn them to your side, so they'll give you your number?  I mean, what's a cushy job for dice?  Maybe a Monopoly set, I guess.  Families only get that game out about once a year, then put it back away, when the family members fight for two hours, storm out of the house 10 minutes before Thanksgiving dinner is served, and everyone forgets about it by next Thanksgiving (Ed. Note: Except the cook, of course.)  It can't be Yahtzee.  Five dice, multiple throws, jealous dice...That ain't gonna work....

Yeah, Monopoly.  That's what I'll promise them next time.  A cushy desk job doin' Monopoly.

Or maybe, I'll skip the chants to my square pair, and go with the last line of the Red Dragon Inn article...

"Some suggestions are in conflict with other suggestions. Choose the ones that work best for you and ignore the other ones."

For more on this scintillating topic, check out the Red Dragon Inn's website link right here.  I'll guarantee you that another edition of "Superstition Digest" will return very quickly with "Volume II," as yet, untitled.  Look for it on July 25 - I know these guys and gals.  The Aces Casino orange county casino party team will surely share some more of their gaming quirks by then.  (Ed. Note: It HAS to be the story about the football game, and all the calamities before it.  It's a classic, you'll all love it.)

And don't call me Shirley.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: Coin-Operated Casino Games - Past, Present and Future (Remember Sigma Derby?)


If we here at Aces Casino could picture a perfect Aces Casino Entertainment business world, our Orange County casino party company juggernaut would be HAPPY to provide our many casino night party clients with TONS of fun gaming machines of all kinds for their vegas night entertainment needs.  Unfortunately, any attempt to do just that might come into just a tad of conflict with all of the legalized indian casinos that populate our fine state of California.

In other words, the minute we showed up with a slot machine at one of our events, they'd sue us, and have us thrown in jail.  (Ed. Note: And, rightfully so.)  So much for the perfect Aces Casino business climate.  That's the BAD news - NO coin games.  The GOOD news?  There are still a TON of OTHER games and tables that we can provide those same happy clients with, so they can host their own Las Vegas night casino party, something that we've been doing in southern California for over 20 years, now.

Still, It's kind of sad for this reporter.  I just LOVE playing those coin-op games in Las Vegas.

I'll admit it.  I'm a SUCKER for coin-operated casino games.  When the Las Vegas casinos print propaganda for their personnel to use to entice players into their gaming establishment to spend their hard-earned coinage, they use my picture in the leaflet.  Now,

Yep, I'm the target.

Even today, even when I know the odds of me actually catching a profit in any subsequent series of spins, rolls, or what-have-you, I'm STILL right there, playin' away.  Hey, one thing that my friends know about ol' Aces -- I'm easily amused, but not easily impressed.  Bottom line, you can keep all of those slot machines.  I'm not big on those.  Nope, not ME.  I'm more of a sucker for the PHYSICAL games, games like the skill cranes.  You know, the ones that you get the chance to pull out a stuffed animal or some other object of fairly dubious value, should your claw actually have  a fairly firm grip on what you were trying to win, and not develop what I call "claw arthritis."  (In the interest of fairness and accuracy in reporting on this coin-operated phenomenon, our Current Win % in skill cranes - 0.01%.)

So, yes, 'tis true.  We LOVE us some coin-op games.  So, to that end, we thought it might be fun for the staff here at the Aces Casino Blog  to take a look at 3 of the Aces Casino staff's favorite current, and "not-so-current" casino games that people can still play in Las Vegas, games that aren't slot machines and are just as much fun.

#1 -- The "Sigma Derby"

The first minute that I saw one of these babies on the floor of the old MGM Grand Hotel (Now Bally's), I was hooked.  You'd put your money in, pick your best quinella (the horses that will finish 1st and 2nd in the race, in either order), and they're off!  Pull up a stool and grab a couple of rolls or quarters, and have fun!

"Sigma Derby."

Now, for the REALLY good news -- The MGM Grand Hotel STILL HAS one of these on their casino floor!  Looks like when they moved to their new location down on Tropicana and N. Las Vegas Boulevard, they took the game WITH them!  If you've never seen this game in action, we've got the footage (as usual)...Check it out....

The "Sigma Derby" at the MGM Grand. 

The game is also over at the "D" in Downtown Las Vegas (formerly known as "Fitzgerald's).  It's a trip down memory lane.  Now, for those of you that require something a little more "21st-Century," we 've got you covered as well, with two of my FAVORITE current Vegas coin-op casino games....

#2 -- Aruze "Shoot To Win" Automatic Craps Game

Guess where I ran into THIS lil' marvel.  None other than The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Yep, that's TWO hot machines for the price of one visit.  The Aruze "Shoot To Win" Automatic Craps machine is a KICK.  It's got this girl's voice that announces the game's results, plus, when It's your turn to activate the "popper"action that shoots the dice trapped inside their own little glass container in the middle of the game into the air, she'll yell at you to "push the button" directly in front of your personal console.  Here's some footage of the Aruze "Shoot To Win" game in action...

"PUSH THE BUTTON!!"

This game's a real winner in our book.  You can also find this 21st-Century marvel at South Point Casino, as well as the Orleans.  Oh, yeah, one more thing -- "PUSH THE BUTTON!!!"  OK, OK, jeez, she sounds cute, but she's so BOSSY...

#3 --The Rio Hotel and Casino "Rapid" Roulette Table

Now, THIS baby is quite a find.  It's sitting right at the mouth of the pool entrance.  You pass by it on the way down the corridors toward the Amazon Room, on your way to participate in the 44th Annual World Series Of Poker.  The good news is, It's the PERFECT table for those Roulette players that don't need to physically place the chips on a regulation table, but want the same feel for the game, with a comfy chair to sit in while playing.  There are also hosts in the center of the system, surrounded by all of the players.  They're very helpful, and make it fun.

The BAD news?  As of today, we still don't have any actual footage of this electronic marvel to share with you.  No worries, though -- The Aces Casino team is heading to Las Vegas on June 30th, to link up with our blog-buddy, Scott Roeben, and the Rio is on his list of top hotels in the Harrah's chain.  We'll get some footage, we promise.  (Ed. Note: Wait no longer. The footage finally arrived here at our main office.  The following is the actual "bootlegged" video and still-shot of the Rapid Roulette setup at the Rio Hotel and Casino.) 

"Rapid Roulette" at the Rio.

Told ya.  We LOVE us some coin-op games, and these three are at the top of our list for games to try out, next time you visit the mecca of gaming, Las Vegas. Next up on the blog for Monday is one of our new favorites - "Superstition Digest."  Just the NAME should bring up ugly thoughts of bad beats and horrible, cruel twists of fate.  Yep, just like the team at Aces Casino, southern California's top team of Orange county casino party crazies likes it.  Check it out, you won't be disappointed.  We'll see you then!


Monday, July 15, 2013

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge:" There's More To Craps Than Just "7-Come-Eleven." Part 3: The Last Of The Side Bets In Our Craps Game



All you have to do is mention the phrase, "side bets," at one of the desk cubicles at Aces Casino Entertainment, the Orange county casino party company leader, to draw a crowd.  Yes, 'tis true, we'll bet on anything in this place.  We were all over the "World's Greatest Diceroll" that we did a blog piece on earlier this year (Ed. Note: Damned snake-eyes, I STILL can't believe it.), we do all the Super Bowl and World Series Pools, World Cup Soccer, rock-paper-scissors, board games, box games, 6th-grade kick-ball basketball results, you name it.  We're on it.  What about "Tiddlywinks," you say?  Pish-posh, child's play...

Hey, when the Bingo room is full, start your own "Tiddlywinks Olympics," I always say.

So, one would imagine that it would go without saying that the game of Craps (Ed. Note: and NOT tiddlywinks, which IS one word, we've discovered) is considered the "house fave" with the Aces Casino Entertainment crew.  Most everyone deals it, and almost everyone to a man (or woman) loves to play it in Las Vegas, when we visit there on our annual "Aces Casino Las Vegas road trip sabbatical," which took place last week.  More on that later, we promise.... Bottom line - Get a job here.  You won't be sorry.  We have a LOT of fun here.  (Ed. Note: For the record, Aces Casino Entertainment is not currently accepting applications.  On average, we hire about two people per year.)

Now, explaining WHY Craps is the favorite game to play for all of us crazies is easy to explain... It's easily the most exciting game in the casino (especially when the table is hot), plus, there are not just the normal wagers played by a great percentage of the players at the tables.... "There Are SIDE BETS GALORE!"  TONS of them, some that you may not even have heard of. 

So, to that end, let's finish up with Part Three -- analysis of the Side Bets in the Game Of Craps.  (For those joining us a little late in the game, you can find parts 1 and 2 of this side-bet series here and here.)

#9 -- "Point 7"

This side bet was at the 2009 Global Gaming Expo, and in June 2010 at the Las Vegas Hilton. It is licensed by Casino Gaming LLC. It is a side wager made on the come out roll. If the player rolls a point, and then a seven on the second roll, the bet pays 7 to 1. All other outcomes lose. The house edge is 11.11%, which surprises me, but I wouldn't hesitate to bet this if some of our staff was shooting the dice.

#10 -- "Replay"

Replay is a craps side bet spotted at the Boulder Station on September 16, 2010. It pays if the shooter makes the same point at least 3 times before seven-ing out. Hold on to your hats - The house edge on this lil' darlin' is 24.79%.

#11 --  "Twice As Nice"

Twice as Nice is a side bet that has been seen at a casino in Biloxi. It wins if the shooter throws any specific pair, including a total of 2 and 12, twice before a seven. For example, rolling a hard 10 twice before a 7. Wins pay 6 to 1. House edge -- 29.40%. (Oof.)  I get this one.  I can't throw hard-ways to save my life.

#12 -- My Favorite Name - "Pete And Re-Peat."

Pete and Repeat has also been seen at the same mystery casino in Biloxi. It wins if any total is rolled twice before a 7. Wins pay even money. The house edge on this one is 5.79%.

Whew... That's a lot of "action."  So much for our 3-part series that delved into some of the more exotic side bets that exist in this great game of Craps, brought to you by Aces Casino Entertainment, the top Orange County casino party company on the west coast.  (Ed. Note: Shameless plug, but well deserved.)  Oh, before we leave, be sure to check out the first edition from our "Superstition Digest" series, which I'm sure is something we can have a little fun with...  That one comes out on July 22, and it looks to be a riot.  We'll have something in-between, don't you worry....OK, Have a good week, and we'll see you later!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge:" There's More To Craps Than Just "7-Come-Eleven." Part 2: More Of The Side Bets In The Game Of Craps


All you have to do is mention the phrase, "side bets," at one of the desk cubicles at Aces Casino Entertainment, the Orange county casino party company leader, to draw a crowd.  Yes, 'tis true, we'll bet on anything in this place.  We were all over the "World's Greatest Diceroll" that we did a blog piece on earlier this year (Ed. Note: Damned snake-eyes, I STILL can't believe it.), we do all the Super Bowl and World Series Pools, World Cup Soccer, rock-paper-scissors, board games, box games, 6th-grade kick-ball basketball results, you name it.  We're on it.


Our team sits around thinking up things like this to rob us all of our lunch money.

So, one would imagine that it would go without saying that the game of Craps is considered the "house fave" with the Aces Casino Entertainment crew.  Most everyone deals it, and almost everyone to a man (or woman) loves to play it in Las Vegas, when we visit there on our annual "Aces Casino Las Vegas road trip sabbatical," which took place last week.  More on that later, we promise.... Bottom line - Get a job here.  You won't be sorry.  We have a LOT of fun here.  (Ed. Note: For the record, Aces Casino Entertainment is not currently accepting applications.  On average, we hire about two people per year.)

Now, explaining WHY Craps is the favorite game to play for all of us crazies is easy to explain... It's easily the most exciting game in the casino (especially when the table is hot), plus, there are not just the normal wagers played by a great percentage of the players at the tables.... "There Are SIDE BETS GALORE!"  TONS of them, some that you may not even have heard of. 

So, to that end, let's continue  with Part Two -- analysis of more of the Side Bets in the Game Of Craps.(We'll do Part 2 today, and Part 3 in the July 15 blog entry...)

#5 --The "All Bet"

If you loved the "Small and Tall Bet," you'll REALLY love THIS one.  Sam's Town in both Las Vegas and Shreveport offer this bet. The All bet wins if the shooter rolls a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 before rolling a seven. A win pays 174 to 1, or 175 for 1. The odds - a house edge of 7.99%.

#6 -- The Continental Breakfast - Four Rolls, NO Seven

Sam's Town in both Las Vegas and Shreveport offer this bet. The bet wins if the shooter can go four throws without rolling a seven. A win pays 1 to 1. The odds - 3.54%.

#7 -- "7-Point-7"

"7 Point 7" is a craps side bet which debuted at the Orleans casino in Las Vegas in late 2008. The bet wins if the player gets a seven on the come out roll, or the dreaded "point 7," where the player sevens out on his second roll.  House edge - 5.56%.  Sounds familiar.

#8 -- "The Sharp Shooter"

The "Sharp Shooter" is a side bet in craps spotted at the Hooters casino in Las Vegas in March, 2009. The bet is made when a new shooter takes the dice, and pays according to how many times he makes a point. Two or less passes, and the bet's a loser.  3 or more passes is where the bet begins to pay off at 5-to-1.  It sounds like a fair deal, but the house edge on this simplistic wager is a whopping 21.87%.  Pass-a-dena.

So much for Part Two showing the masses some of the more exotic side bets that exist in this great game of Craps.  Next up on July 15, we close out our series of Craps side bets with Part Three of the series, brought to you by Aces Casino Entertainment, the top Orange County casino party company on the west coast.  (Ed. Note: Shameless plug, but well deserved.)  Oh, and before we leave, be sure to check out the first edition of what we'll call "superstition Digest."  That hits on July 22, and it looks to be a riot.  Have a good week, and we'll see you later!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge:" There's More To Craps Than Just "7-Come-Eleven." Part 1: Some Of The Side Bets In The Game Of Craps


All you have to do is mention the phrase, "side bets," at one of the desk cubicles at Aces Casino Entertainment, the Orange county casino party company leader, to draw a crowd.  Yes, 'tis true, we'll bet on anything in this place.  We were all over the "World's Greatest Diceroll" that we did a blog piece on earlier this year (Ed. Note: Damned snake-eyes, I STILL can't believe it.), we do all the Super Bowl and World Series Pools, World Cup Soccer, rock-paper-scissors, board games, box games, 6th-grade kick-ball basketball results, you name it.  We're on it.

If we're betting on THIS, we'll bet on ANYTHING.  Exacta box 3-4-6.

So, one would imagine that it would go without saying that the game of Craps is considered the "house fave" with the Aces Casino Entertainment crew.  Most everyone deals it, and almost everyone to a man (or woman) loves to play it in Las Vegas, when we visit there on our annual "Aces Casino Las Vegas road trip sabbatical," which took place last week.  More on that later, we promise.... Bottom line - Get a job here.  You won't be sorry.  We have a LOT of fun here.  (Ed. Note: For the record, Aces Casino Entertainment is not currently accepting applications.  On average, we hire about two people per year.)

Now, explaining WHY Craps is the favorite game to play for all of us crazies is easy to explain... It's easily the most exciting game in the casino (especially when the table is hot), plus, there are not just the normal wagers played by a great percentage of the players at the tables.... "There Are SIDE BETS GALORE!"  TONS of them, some that you may not even have heard of. 

So, to that end, let's begin with Part One -- analysis of the Side Bets in the Game Of Craps.(We'll do Part 1 today, and Part 2 next week in the July 11 blog entry...)

#1 -- Crapless Craps

Crapless Craps is a great example of "the laws of diminishing returns.... In this game the player cannot lose a pass bet on the come out roll. If any number other than a 7 is rolled on the come out roll it becomes the point. (Yes, even 2, 3, and 12.)  Besides that nasty trick, what you are giving up is the sure winner of 11 on the come out roll. Ouch.  The boss ain't gonna like this -- He LOVES the back-to-back "Yo."

Now, to the mathematically challenged, it may seem a good deal -- you're only giving up 1 sure winner for 3 sure losers. The catch is that the probability of hitting a point of 2 or 12 is only 1/7, and the probability of hitting a point of 3 or 11 is only 1/4. So, the player is not gaining much on the 2, 3, and 12 since they will likely lose anyway, but is giving up a sure winner on 11 for only a 1/4 chance of winning. Are you sitting down?  Overall the house edge on the pass bet in Crapless Craps is 373/6930 =~5.382%.

Now, I've always hated losing that pass line bet on the come-out roll when the dreaded snake-eyes / ace-deuce / boxcars roll shows up, but Crapless Craps ain't the answer.  Take it for a spin once, but stay away from these tables and stick to the tried-and-true methods....

#2 -- Low Dice / High Dice

The Hard Rock in Las Vegas and "Texas Treasure" casino cruises offer a pair of side bets based on the total of the dice in one throw. The "Low Dice" bet pays 1 to 1 on totals of 3 to 6 and 5 to 1 on a total of 2. The "High Dice" pays 1 to 1 on totals of 8 to 11 and 5 to 1 on a total of 12. Mathematically speaking, the house edge is 5.56% whether playing low or high.

#3 -- The Midway Bet

The Showboat in Atlantic City I'm told has a "Midway" bet in the normal location of the Big 6 and Big 8 on a total of 6 to 8 in the next roll. A hard 6 or 8 pay 2 to 1, and all other totals of 6 to 8 pay 1 to 1.  House edge on this one - The aforementioned 5.56%.....

#4 -- "Small and Tall"

Sam's Town in both Las Vegas and Shreveport offer these bet. The Small bet wins if the shooter rolls a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (all five numbers during the current roll) before rolling a seven. The Tall bet wins if the shooter rolls an 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 before rolling a seven. A win pays 34 to 1, or 35 for 1. The odds on both bets are the same.  Looks tempting, but the math says the house edge is 7.76%... Ouch.

So much for Part One showing the masses some of the more exotic side bets that exist in this great game of Craps.  Next up on July 11, we hit Part Two of the series, brought to you by Aces Casino Entertainment, the top Orange County casino party company on the west coast.  (Ed. Note: Shameless plug, but well deserved.)  Oh, and before we leave, be sure to check out the first edition of what we'll call "superstition Digest."  That hits on July 22, and it looks to be a riot.  Have a good week, and we'll see you later!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: From The "People Are So Creative" Files: Here Are Some Internet Postings That Made Us Laugh Out Loud (Which Is ALWAYS a Good Thing!)



It seems like every time we check in with the powers that be over at Aces Casino, they're having a great time.  No doubt, one big reason this Orange County casino party company is always in such a jovial mood has to stem from their well-known company motto created some 20 years ago....

"This Beats Working."

Yeah, pretty much.  Hey, when you're known for puttin' on award-winning Vegas Night casino parties and having fun doing it, you tend to enjoy your job.  (Ed. Note: It's easily the best second-job you can have, by FAR.)

So, since we're having so much fun and wanted to post an extra blog entry to start off the post-fireworks frenzy of the Fourth of July, we thought we'd post our three favorite pictures from recently-added Facebook entries to share with the throng (7?) of Aces Casino Blog "Frequent Flyers."  You know who you are.....

The first one comes courtesy of our favorite place to steal quality content from... Scott Roeben, he of the "Pulse Of Vegas Blog," who put this on my Facebook page about a week ago...

Post-game injuries include stepping on those lil' green houses.  Ouch.  I HATE that.

Next, we have a story that'll interest those of you that believe in ghosts.....Dianne Carlisle from Ohio said her 4-year-old granddaughter snapped a picture of two ghosts allegedly having sexual relations in her living room. According to Carlisle, she found the photos after her granddaughter had been playing in the living room with her cellphone. This isn't Carlisle's first encounter with ghosts, as she claims to have received a voice mail from her diseased sister. Screen-grab from video posted by WJW-TV

Don't ask me what I think it looks like.

And, last but not least, It's an "Epic Fail Compilation," circa 2013, straight from the YouTube video vault.  Go ahead, try and keep track of how many of thse videos sound like they're from some other country besides the USA.... (Ed. Note: I'm glad we're not the only country failing out there.)

YouTube Gold.

That's all for now... We here at Aces Casino hope you had a very safe and sane Fourth of July.  We're back at the blog on Monday with another edition of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge."  See you later!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: To All Of Our Many Blog Followers, We Humbly Wish You A VERY Happy Fourth Of July!


As all of you can imagine, the management and staff of Aces Casino Entertainment, A.K.A. the top Orange County casino party company on the west coast, is NOT HERE today, which means we're all probably out enjoying the various Fourth Of July parades, celebrations and festivities that are taking place here in this great land of ours.

To that end, we'd like to take this moment to thank all of our many fine clients that we've had the pleasure to serve during this 2013 Aces Casino campaign, and hope that all of you have a VERY safe and VERY sane Fourth Of July.

But, if you're thinking of possibly trying to do something stupid involving a combination of alcohol, illegal fireworks and bad judgment, the following video is hopefully a sobering reminder of what CAN go wrong when there's "too much partakin', and not enough preparation."   Be safe - Don't do what these dopes did.

Also, we give a warning to all of our followers that the following video compilation, while rather hilarious, is a little hard on the ears, due to these brain-deads lighting themselves and others on fire for a moment while the camera is catching all their stupidity (and cursing) on video forever.  Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in any of the following vids, but many a piece of property did bite the dust.

Again, the following video compilation is rated "R" for extreme language.  Turn down the sound, and take it all in, thanks to the safe and sane staff here at the top Orange County Casino Night party company in SoCal - Aces Casino.

Yeah, that's right, they're all THIS stupid.

Happy Fourth Of July, Everyone!  Oh, one word of note from Aces Casino Entertainment, the orange county casino party leaders since 1994 -- We're pushing back our 3-part series on the many unique side bets available in the game of Craps until July 8, so look for that series to begin on Monday.  A tip of the cap to our brave forefathers who founded this great nation more than 200 years ago.....we'll see you all back here on the 8th!  Be safe, drive oh, SO carefully, and have fun!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Aces Casino Blog "Greatest Hits:" When a Trip to Las Vegas Turned Into a Game Show We Now Call "The $389 Question." (FYI, Figure the House Edge At 100%.)


(Ed. Note: Since the Aces team is out of town today for their "business trip" to Las Vegas, we thought to ourselves, "what better way to cover for the parakeet paper's best writers than recounting the time where the "Head Blogmeister" took the pipe while traveling to visit Las Vegas on 'business?'"  Sounds good to us... So, by popular demand, let's dig into the Aces Casino Blog "Greatest Hits" archive for this lil' ditty.  The team will be back on Thursday, unless they finally hit their number on some Roulette wheel.  Not likely.  They'll be here.)

One of the many perks of working for a company like Aces Casino is the opportunity to be with your friends and family on most holidays, since the Orange County casino party leader traditionally doesn't have events on big holidays (except New Years' Eve).  This CAN be a blessing, but as some of the Aces Casino staff discovered, it can also be a "curse."

It's Labor Day weekend, 2010, a weekend that most sports fans just LOVE; The NFL and college football are starting their seasons, and Major League Baseball is heading into their stretch run.   It's a great time to be a fan, and an even GREATER time to be a sports bettor.  So many games on the big board, and so little time to place those wagers on our favorite selections.

That's the main reason that three staff members (myself included) decided to make that short run to "Sin City" late one Friday night, once another one of the Aces Casino star-studded Orange County casino night parties came to a close.  Normally, traffic to Vegas can be a pain, but we weren't leaving until Midnight, so we assumed that this would be a quick trip to Vegas, a trip made even quicker by, shall we say, "exceeding the speed limit."

THAT was "Bad Decision Number One."

Not long into the trip, a California Highway Patrol cruiser spotted us doing about 85 on I-15, somewhere around Riverside county.  THAT was "Bad Decision Number Two."  Soon, it was lights and siren, we pulled over, and a very hospitable officer wrote this reporter a ticket for the speeding, warned us to be a little more careful, and sent us on our way.

The stoppage really didn't hit us too hard as far as our schedule goes, so we were able to get back on the road, watch our speed, and make it to Vegas in time to get a room, grab 40 winks, get up the next morning, and spend three full days and nights betting games like crazy.  Did pretty good, too; hit three different parlays, cracked a few horse races, and hit the college and NFL games to the tune of a nine-win, two-loss result.  77% will always get it done.

Translation: We had a GREAT time..

We came home late that next Monday evening totally refreshed, and parted ways late that night boasting overall profits of about $600 each.  Then, when I returned home, I was reminded of the only glitch in our fun-filled weekend -- That speeding ticket that yours truly received during the trip to Las Vegas.

 It all seemed so "trivial" at the time...

Agh.....OK, Gotta do this...I looked for and found the ticket, and since it was issued in Riverside County, California, that's the court that I'll have to attend.  So, I looked it up, found it and found out where it was, and three weeks later, on a Friday, I officially visited the Riverside County Courthouse to deal with my ticket.  The person I talked to on the phone to verify the court's locatiuon warned me to be on time...

At 7 AM.

THAT'S Bad Decision Number 3.

Now, because of my employment at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party kingpin, I tend to keep, shall we say, "late hours."  The events don't normally start until 7 or 8 O'Clock, aren't completed until past Midnight, and it takes a little time to properly dismantle the casino once the event is over.  Because of those loose facts, me being ANYWHERE by 7am, let alone Riverside, is a tough nut to crack.  But, I did the crime, gotta do the time.  Got up, and dragged myself out there, and brought a book with me (a trivia book), just in case there was some time to pass.

I get to the court, find the courtroom handling my speed-demonship, and when the doors open (at 7:20), I file in.

Me, and what seems like a hundred other people.  Oh, that's just GREAT.... Hope I'm in the first 10 or so, I have a lot of things to do back at Aces Casino that day.....

Anyway, we all sit down, and the bailiff comes out to talk to us.  He shows us the ropes, tells us how everything is going to go, but after about 5 minutes or so, he asks the group, "How many of you in this courtroom will need an interpreter when taking their turn with the judge?"

I kid you not.  99.99% of the hands were raised.  Only me, and what looked like five or six other people, DIDN'T raise their hands.  (Hey, if they don't speak English, how's they know to raise their hands?  Sorry, I digress....)  Upon seeing this, the bailiff tells us that this information is important to the court, because they need to know how long to keep the court's bilingual interpreter.  He then looks over at this man sitting at a table, and nods to him.

Then, it dawns on me.  They're going to take all the hispanic English-Challenged citizens first......Oh, my gosh....I look at my watch, it's now about 7:50AM, and the bailiff tells us, "OK, court will be in session in about 30 minutes."  Why?  He needs to process all these people first, I'm told.

GREEEEEAT.  This won't even START until around 8:30am, and I'm instantly looking like I'm at the back of the line, because I'm NOT in need of an interpreter.  I immediately jump up out of my seat, go out to my car, and grab my trivia book.  It's going to be a long, day, I can just feel it.

That's the only thing I got right all day.  At 8:30am, the judge shows up, and he has the Bailiff call the first name.  "Jose Garcia."  Yep, we have a winner.  He walks up, can't speak english, pleads his case, and gets some sort of fine.  I'd tell you what it was, but the damned courthouse proceedings are all in Spanish.  I'm looking for the "Subtitles" button on my invisible remote.  Nope, no dice.  I'm stuck.  The judge is speakin' english, but I can't tell you the answers that he's gettin'.


What transpires in the next four hours is one Spanish-speaking scofflaw after another, all needing the interpreter, all doing basically the same thing, and seemingly getting the same fine.  12:30 finally arrives.  LUNCH.  ANOTHER half-hour lost.  I'm not CLOSE to escaping this Night-Mare-O.  I don't know why they have a lunch break.  There's nowhere to eat, OR sit down.  They kick you out of the courtroom during lunch.

So, the doors open back up at 1:15pm.  Long lunch for his honor.  The remaining speeders and what-have-you people go back in, and I'm counting Hispanic heads.  16, 17, 18, OK, 19.  19 more, then the seven of us that are left.  Unfortunately for me, THESE 19 people seemingly have complicated cases.  They're ALL taking their time.  It's different Spanish (at least it SOUNDS like different Spanish words), and we now have an attorney or two, and HE'S speakin' Spanish.  The hands on the clock are spinning ....2:15 ....2:40 ......3pm...The Bailiff announces, "we'll try to get everyone in today."  You gotta be kidding me.....

I'm hot as a $2 pistol by now.  My entire day has been shot watching this Spanish "Soap Opera," and the last of the interpreter-clients doesn't step up until 3:35.  I'm frustrated, tired, and so hungry, I'm considering eating some of the trivia book by now.

Of the eight remaining people, I end up being NEXT TO LAST.  4:10pm.  I've been here NINE HOURS, and by now, I'm blaming everyone for this, including the three guys I went to Vegas with, the CHP, the Border Patrol, you name it.  I've read the book I brought TWICE by the time I finally get up in front of the judge.

He calls me by my last name, reads the citation as doing "90 in a 65 zone."  90?  Hell, my car can't even GO 90.  "I thought it was 85," I mention to the judge, and for the first time, this judge looks down at me, over his glasses.

I can tell he's not happy about my lil' outburst.  He starts going on this diatribe about speeders on California's freeway, and how much of a danger we are to the road, especially at night.  I'm looking at my watch as the diatribe goes on, and he tells me what this is going to cost me -- $175.00.  Now, I'm even MORE ticked at what's going on in the courtroom, and think back to that fateful night, when it looked to me like everyone ELSE on the I-15 that night was going about the same speed.....

It looks like he's finally done with me, after blaming me for everything from the uptick in traffic deaths in California to the Rams moving out of California...And that's when he asks me that fateful question.....

"Mr. Aces.....Do you have any questions before I rule?"

Boy, I wish he wouldn't have put it that way.  I'm so frustrated at this crazy day, that for some stupid reason, I thought of the book I brought with me.  "Yeah, I have a question," I responded to him.  "What major league baseball player hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, then never hit another in his long and storied baseball career, spanning over 20 years?"

I noticed the Bailiff and the court reporter WERE conversing with each other, but stopped talking when they heard what came out of my mouth.  They both looked at me, then looked at the judge, then looked at each other again, and it seemed like time had stopped on planet Earth.  Even the Spanish-speaking throng were quiet.  (I knew they could speak English.)  This hush over the courtroom lasted for quite awhile, until the judge spoke again......

"The answer to your question is Hoyt Wilhelm, Mister Aces, and, on top of your previous fine, that answer by this court will cost you a contempt-of-court citation.  Pay the bailiff on your way out."

Oh-my-GAWD.  Yep, that's the answer.  I can't believe I just did that.  The bailiff just starts laughing out loud, and the court reporter got a big kick out of it, too.  I shuffled over to the Bailiff's desk, where he asked me, "Is that the right answer?"

"Yes, it is," I responded.  "Damn, he IS good," the crusty bailiff snorted.  "Son, you picked on the wrong judge.  He knows his baseball.....," as he let out this hillbilly laugh once again.  What's the damage, you ask?  $175 for the speeding, and $389 for the contempt charge.   My winnings in Las Vegas.

I guess it could have been worse.  It could have been Judge Judy.  From this day on, I've ALWAYS driven under 65 MPH when going thru Riverside, watch every reality-show small-claims court TV episode waiting for someone else to do something stupid.  (And they do...)  That always makes me feel better.

Every time I hear Wilhelm's name I twitch, and reach for my wallet.

THAT was Bad decision number FOUR.  Just goes to show you, I'm much better blogging about Aces Casino, and am so glad the base of operations of the company isn't in Riverside County.  Yep, we do our Orange County casino party stuff right here in Whittier and Buena Park, thank you very much.

So much for my getting a job as a game show host or a stand-up comedian.  I still can't believe I did that inside that courtroom, but with every tough lesson learned, there's always a moral to the story -- When in doubt, pitch around the judge.  He can HIT.