Thursday, January 30, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: We Place Our 19-Game Win Super Bowl Win Streak On The Line With OUR Pick For Super Bowl 48! (We Have This Sure-Fire System...)


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, we love to invite our new clients to come down to our offices in Buena Park to tour the facilities and see how much work goes into what we provide as the top orange county casino party company on the west coast. We love watching their faces as they see all of the glittering marvels of the casino night party industry that are ready to go out and entertain the southern California masses on any given weekend.

Sometimes, the first question they ask is a good one... "So, you guys must love to bet, right?"

Well, no, we tell them, not on these tables.  These tables are for entertainment only, just as if you were bringing 10-to-15 Monopoly tables to a party.  There is never any betting of any kind on any of our fine casino party equipment.

But, the SUPER BOWL?  Well, now, THAT'S different.

Yes, we admit it, we DO have a Super Bowl pool.  (Ed. Note: My numbers are 6-Seattle and 1-Denver.  I'm good with those.)  The pools are always a lot of fun, and totally random when selecting the winners.  We like it like that.  But, here at Aces Casino, we currently have not one, but TWO streaks that we are VERY interested in keeping intact.

One is simply the fact that, in our 20-year history, we have NEVER spoiled a client's surprise party.  We always use unmarked vehicles, and arrive WAY before the guest of honor is to be surprised.  It's out second-longest Aces Casino Entertainment active streak.

What's the FIRST, you might ask?  Well, since Aces Casino was formed in 1994, the selection made by the company as to who will win that calendar years' Super Bowl game has gone a perfect 19-for-19.  (Ed. Note: The company opened in April of 1994, which meant that Super Bowl 28 was not a part of the mix.  When Ms. Penny picked the 49ers in SB 29 as her opening selections, we knew we had the right chicken.) 

Now, here's the funny thing.  The STAFF here at Aces Casino has never made one of those 20 selections.  Oh, no, that would be wrong, and would go against our staunch rules about betting.  No, around here, we decided long ago to use "independent contractors" to make the selections.

From 1994 to 2011, the Knott's Berry Farm piano-playin' chicken, Henny Penny, went a perfect 17-for-17, before her highly unfortunate forced retirement by the new owners of the park.  They probably gave her the "Chicken Dinner Restaurant Treatment," virtually killing our golden goose, er, chicken.

So, we moved on to find another top prognosticator worthy of our sponsorship... That's when we found Papa, the miniature donkey, a resident of the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, who had been on a long streak of his own.  We signed Papa to a one-year contract, to which he promptly selected the New York Giants in SB46, making the Aces official selection a perfect 18-and-0.

Another upset pick, Hee-Haw!

Then, when Papa unexpectedly retired from the prognostication biz due to the pressures of the day, we took our business last year to Jody, the pigskin-pickin'-pachyderm, who gave us the Baltimore Ravens, a big upset, in the Big Game.  BOOM goes the elephant dynamite!  Another winner.

19 wins, no losses.  We're in the wrong business.

So, now, it comes down to this Sunday's game... And, because the streak is so near and dear to us, we went to not one, but TWO sources for SB48.  If THEY agreed, we thought, we're good to go.  First up, It's Teddy Bear the Porcupine, who is currently riding a 2-game win streak.  (That's good enough for us.)  We'd disclose Teddy's location, but we don't want the media masses converging on this poor-but-perfect-pickin'-porcupine....

 Porcupines are never wrong.  Trust me.

So, yeah, Teddy Bear likes Seattle.  That's who I like in the game, too, so I'm OK with that.  But... We need another opinion, one from another source that is fully documented... To that end, will Anastasia the dog, who has hit her last THREE Super Bowl predictions while doing her thing on a NATIONAL stage (no less than 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'), agree with Teddy, and make our selection official?

Balloon-Biting Dogs are never wrong, either.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our 20th selection of who Aces Casino likes in Super Bowl 48.  The Seattle Seahawks.  Hey, how can you argue with 17 chickens, a dog, an elephant and a porcupine?  We always tell our players at our virtual tables, "Ride out the winning streak until it stops."

20 in a row, here we come.  Hey!  We'll see you back on Monday with another edition of the Aces Casino Blog.  Enjoy the game, everyone!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: It's Time For That Annual "Rite Of Passage" For All Hot-Blooded American Males (And Don't Forget The Ladies, Too) -- The SUPER BOWL!


At Aces Casino, well, It's simple -- We LOVE us some Super Bowl, and one of the big reasons that our orange county casino party company adores this football rite of passage is because we NEVER lose with our Super Bowl picks.

Yep.  It's true.  We found a sure-fire way to predict just which of the two teams headed to frosty New York for Super Bowl 48 is going to win the game back in 1995.  It was Henny-Penny, the piano-playing chicken from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.  Every year, we got the staff over at the BP tourist trap to have Ms. Penny pick between two placards with the two NFL team helmets involved in the game.  She was undefeated in her selections.  17 in a row, and it only cost us 25c a pick.  Now, THAT'S value. 

Then, disaster struck.  Henny Penny went to that great KFC in the sky after the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Yeah, we tried another chicken, but it just wasn't the same.  The mojo was lost.

So, instead of feeling sorry for ourselves over here at Aces Casino, we picked ourselves up off the floor, and searched the galaxy for the next Henny-Penny.  Didn't take long.  Right away, we discovered that there was another talent in the area of NFL selections -- Papa, the miniature donkey, from Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, had gone five-for-five in this same field.  That's good enough for us.  OK, Papa - Give us the pick.

2012 -- Papa, the Mini-Donkey, about to make us rich.

BOOM!  We've stumbled upon another Super Bowl Savant!  We were really happy, until the NEXT NFL season, when we discovered that the Blank Park Zoo was retiring Papa the Donkey, and hiring three red pandas to take over the art of football prognostication.  Then, we watched in horror as these three pandas couldn't decide which of the two teams would win.  2 of them picked Baltimore, and 1 picked 'Frisco.  Sorry, Blank Park Zoo -- That's not good enough.  If your pandas can't agree, we're not going with their pick.

So, it was back to the drawing board.  Far and wide we searched for the next Henny-Penny, the next Papa....And found her!  Jody, the football-picking elephant, the pachyderm that had gone undefeated in three SB selections, would become the next official Aces Casino game picker.


 2013 -- Jody.  Slight controversy, but no worries.  We know who Jody picked.

Now, THIS is where controversy ran rough-shod over the crew here at Aces Casino.  The staff at the zoo that was in charge of their animals' selection of the winner of the Super Bowl didn't follow the criteria that Aces Casino has used since 1995 to actually determine the winner of the game.  When Jody walks up and picks up the melon with Baltimore's name on it and ate it, we immediately declared a winner - The Baltimore Ravens!  Now, I don't know how the ZOO interprets the pick, but here at Aces Casino, if one of the picks is just too tasty to pass up, that HAS to be the winner.  WE don't care if the ZOO misinterprets the animal's selection.  The pick was the RAVENS, and THAT'S who WE went with.  We're sorry that the Zoo bet on the wrong team, but that's their problem.  Your selector picked the Ravens, dudes.  Game Over.  Aces 19, Zoo, Zero.

Whew.  That was tougher than we thought, but all was well with OUR pick.  Thanks, Jody.  This is just too easy, we thought to ourselves.... That's 19 in a row.  Can't wait for next season.  Then, another setback.  We found out thru channels at the zoo that Jody was also retiring from the football picking ranks, and going back to "Zoo Animal," of all things.

(Sigh.)

Well, back to the drawing board.  But don't worry, my friends of the Aces Casino Blog. You KNOW we'll get our picks in.  Come back on Thursday, January 30th, and find out which incredibly talented Super Bowl prognosticator will keep our winning streak alive.  We'll see you on Thursday, get your note pads ready!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: You Think That Marketing a Brand New Game Designed For The Casinos of Las Vegas Is a GOOD IDEA? Think Again, And Bring Your Wallet


Yes, my blog-friends, It's time for another foray into the top faux-classroom dedicated to the lovers of all things casino-related.  Welcome back to another edition of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge."  In today's episode, we deal with a subject that we have heard quite a bit about lately from our clients -- Creating and marketing a new casino game.

When your company is known as "the cutting edge" when it comes to new ideas in casino gaming like the orange county casino party company known as Aces Casino is, you tend to hear the same question time and time again, and for good reason...

"What's the latest hot new game in the casinos this year?"

Hey, we love it when our discerning public craves more in the way of the latest games to hit the casinos in Las Vegas and all points east.  But, unfortunately, that's a question easily answered in a not-so-positive sense.  it IS true, no one offers the ability for their clients to play the newest, hottest game like Aces Casino does.  We do have them all, WAY before anyone else in our industry, but the one big problem we face in this area, year in and year out, is the lack of new casino games coming to the public in any given year.

 When "DodgeBall" comes to the casinos, I'm there.  Here's my $5.

To further illustrate this important point, we turn to the one person that has always had his finger on the pulse of the gaming industry - Michael Shackelford, the man behind such great and informational websites like one of many of his top sites, "Gaming Math."  Here's an excerpt from his latest work, "Marketing Casino Games."

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Some of my income is generated doing math analysis for individuals or gaming companies trying to introduce new games to the casinos. Although the gaming companies generally know the risks involved in such a venture, individuals usually do not. The purpose of this article is to inform the inexperienced game inventor of what they are in for.

In my experience, most casino game inventors are extremely optimistic about their chances of success. The perception of those new to the business is that casino management will fall all over themselves trying to get your game into their casino. What is closer to reality is that game inventors fall all over themselves trying to get their games into a casino. Also, the greater the level of confidence of a game inventor, the worse his game generally is.

Trying to introduce a new game, whether machine or table game, to the Nevada casinos is a very expensive venture and the probability of ever showing the first cent in profit is very small. Even good games have a low probability of success, about 1% in my opinion. Of course, every new game inventor thinks that his or own game is in that 1%, which is not realistic. Without knowing anything about it, I can predict that a new game idea is too complicated, too ridiculous, or is already taken.

The first major step in marketing a new casino game, at least in Nevada, is to get a casino to perform a field trial on it. What you are asking a casino to do is take out a profitable game, likely blackjack, and put in something that has never been proven to make a dime. Casino staff will have to be trained to deal the game and it will have to be monitored carefully by supervision. The casino will get to keep all profits the game makes and you will have to pay for all custom-made game equipment and signage. You also must pay $3000 for a permit from the Gaming Control Board, fill out lots of forms, and wait about a year for your application to be reviewed. Few casinos accept field trial games, and those that do get asked all the time. Despite the investment of thousands of dollars, most new games never see the inside of a casino.

Unless you have connections in the business, it takes about $50,000 to market a new game past the trial. This $50,000 will be spent on licenses from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, patent attorneys, table cloth, signage, rule cards, game literature, gaming show and travel expenses, and a math analysis from someone like me. 


No prob on the cloth.  This place is right down the street.

Even if you do get through the trial period phase, chances are your game will be played, but compared to the average game, it will make about the same or less money. A frequent problem with new game is they attract recreational players who tend to bet small amounts. Meanwhile, the traditional games are more likely to attract experienced players who bet more. So the question isn't whether your game will make money, but whether it will make MORE money than whatever game it replaces. I have done math analysis on about 200 games and side bets for individuals trying to get into the U.S. market, and the number of games that have made it past the trial period and can be found at more than five casinos is zero, except games for large gaming companies like Shufflemaster.

For the low-budget game developer, there are other options. Taking the game to a rural jurisdiction outside of Nevada is the most common alternative to Nevada, preferably one with less competition like many Indian casinos, or a state that recently legalized gambling, like Washington State. However the feeling in Nevada is that in other parts of the country players will play anything and success elsewhere is not good evidence a game will make it in Las Vegas.

Even in the best case scenario that your game is a success, the larger gaming companies will parse all their numerous patents in search of anything similar. If they find anything similar, then they may proceed into trying to sue you into submission. Your choice may be to spend millions in legal expenses, or sell your game at a fire-sale price.

In conclusion marketing new casino games is a very, VERY, risky business. I hate to see private individuals invest a large portion of their savings into a new casino game, because I know the probability of them ever recouping that money is very low. This business is better suited for those who are experienced and are well financed. So please, consider yourself warned.


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Told ya.... Mr. Shackelford knows this industry like no other.  But, the good news is, here at Aces Casino, the top orange county casino night party crew on the west coast, we can just sit and wait for the newest games in the future of casino gaming comes out.  Then, we buy a layout, pay the license fee, and voila!  Instant party fun!  You can practice on our games all you like.  Find out if you like the game before trying it... It's like a "CarMax" for table games!

Except for two things.  1) No pink slip, and 2) no gambling.  That'll work.  It's the only way that this orange county casino night crew would have it.  That's all for now, friends.  We'll see you on Thursday with more parakeet-paper material.  Have a good week, see ya later!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Just In Case You Missed It, Here's Our YouTube Video Of The Month -- The "Devil Baby!"


Let it never be said that Aces Casino Entertainment, A.K.A. the TOP orange county casino party company in these here parts, doesn't enjoy a good YouTube video.  Just ask our resident UPS driver, Scott Shiever, what he thinks about our video selections.  He always answers with two words - "Nuthin' Better."

Therefore, without any further interruption, here is our Aces Casino teams' vote for the best YouTube Video of the Month for January - The infamous "Devil Baby."  If you've already seen this, you'll still love to see it again.  If you haven't?  You're in for a treat.  Check it out, It's an instant YouTube classic.....


I would have jumped out of my shoes.

That's all for today.  (Ed. Note: Isn't that ENOUGH?)  We'll be back next time with another entry into the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge."  Put away those "Exorcist" DVDs, and we'll see you then!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: From Our "Theater of the Bizarre" Collection, Check Out This Crazy Scene At a Horse Race In New Jersey That IS "Full Contact Racing"



At Aces Casino Entertainment, also widely recognized as the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, we kinda love it whenever we discover another potential entrant into our long list of blog entries that fit under the category of "Theater Of The Bizarre."  This next submission into the category "in spades," so to speak.  It also fits nicely into the category of "what goofy thing can we write about in our blog today, to give us 3 more days off of having to write something?"

Fortunately, my friends, all of our prayers are answered.

Check out this wild scene that took place earlier this month at a race track out in New Jersey, a scene that begs the question, "do they REALLY need to race in weather like THIS?"  (Ed. Note: The answer appears to be obvious.)  We'll be back on Thursday with yet another worthless Aces Casino Blog entry.  Before we go, remember that February is "Big Discount Month" here at the casino night party leader -- Mention this dopey blog and get $100 off of any February event booked with Aces Casino!  That's all, folks.  See you on Thursday!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" The Aces Crew Finds Out The Answers To That Nagging Question, "HOW Did You 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 (Ed. Note: I DID), 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 singlehandedly 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 on Monday 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.  Also, just a note on future blog-casts -- We will be making the month of February our "Blast from the Past" month!  Every blog post next month will chronicle some of our "Aces Blog Greatest Hits," so check that out when the calendar turns another month old...  It's always one of our favorite months!  OK, that's it -- Have a good weekend, and we'll see you then!

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Aces Casino Blog: As Advertised, Here Are The Answers To Our Incredibly Tough Pop-Quiz on The Big-$$$$ Game Of Baccarat! (No Cheating, Now.)


    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 check 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, January 9, 2014

    Aces Casino Blog: We Have Events Today, So Let's Dig Into the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge," and Give Out a Pop-Quiz on Baccarat!


    There's only one thing the team here at Aces Casino loves more than teaching our great clients ALL of the games that populate the casino gaming industry -- And that's going out to our many events and showing our guests how these games are played, in person.  Today is just such a day (Ed. Note: the team will be out of the office all day with a convention, thank goodness), so we're posting our "blog" early, so we can get ahead of the so-called curve and do what we do best - Play games!

    Speaking of those games, 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...

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Aces Casino Blog: Classic YouTube Video From Our Friends at "Cinema Sins" -- Today, We Post What Is "Everything Wrong With 'Titanic' in 9 Minutes Or So"


    If the staff at Aces Casino Entertainment loves ANYTHING, they LOVE a great comedy-laden video.  So, to keep the Aces Casino Blog flying for another Monday, we proudly move from lauding our top Orange County casino party company on the West Coast into our "YouTube Flavor Of The Week."  Here's our first "sharesies" from a group called "Cinema Sins," a group of VERY clever people that toast films, "Just Because."

    Enjoy one of their best submissions... Everything wrong with "Titanic" in 9 minutes or so.  We'll see you on Thursday with more of our award-winning irreverence...Have a good week, and enjoy the following "Cinema Sins" goodie!...

    We love that last part.  We counted 173.

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Aces Casino Blog: It's 2014, Which Means That It's Time to Start The Aces Blog-Ball Rolling With Our "Top 3 Favorite YouTube Viral Videos From 2013!"


    Anyone that knows the team over at Aces Casino Entertainment (The West Coast's top Orange county casino party company) knows that this group of crazies we call staff members just LOVE to post articles on our "slightly irreverent" Aces Casino Blog that have that certain "panache."  (Ed. Note: this is what we get when the Aces crew plays "Words With Friends" all day long.)

    So, with that in mind, let's kick off 2014 here at the Aces Casino Blog with a BANG, by starting out with our very favorite "Top 3" viral videos of the past 365 days.... Enjoy!

    #3 -- "We Guess The Cat's Name Wasn't Snowball"

    We've never been fans of mistreating animals over here at Aces Casino, so when we saw this clip that shows what happened when a woman giving this lil' tabby a snow shower, we were pleased...

    "Hey, lady - Where did you get that GREAT hat?"

    #2 --Big-Time Twerk-Fail"

    Nothing needs to be said about this classis 37-second piece of YouTube Gold.


    I see that "Hot Pants" are coming back into style...

    #1 -- "Ultimate Fail Compilation 2013"

    WE can't EVER get enough of the "Fail" series of videos that come out each and every year... Here's our pick for the top "Fail Compilation of 2013."

    FAIL.

    That's all for today, my Aces Blog-Minions.  We'll see you on Monday.  Oh - One other thing -- We're giving a $100 discounts on ALL Aces Casino Entertainment events booked for the month of February.  Don't ever say we never give you anything of value here at the "blog."  (Ed. Note: Umm, I'll let this one go.)  Call us with your February event, mention this Blog, and Voila!  Poof -- $100 bucks off your event's cost.  We're only posting this offer until the month sells out, so call us today and let's do February!