Thursday, February 27, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" 5 Things About Las Vegas That You May Not Have Heard Of

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 our seat belt -- There are current discussions with one of the major hotel chains in the city (MGM Resorts) to actually knock down a hotel that is STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.  I kid you not.  It's called the Harmon....Seems the darned thing might have a few defects in it's initial foundation construction.  Translation: It probably wouldn't  still be there if an earthquake hit the city.

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 24, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past: When Aces Casino Faces Off With The Likes Of The Kardashians, Hilarity Is Sure To Follow (We Could See It Coming.)

I don't know WHY it happens - It just happens.

Every time -- And I mean EVERY time -- you take the Aces Casino party crew and mix it together in the same place where Hollywood-types, sports stars and/or faux-celebrities are hanging around, something ALWAYS happens.

EVERY time.  Set your watch by it.  It'll happen.

Oh, and we must make this crystal clear, right up front -  it's normally not a good thing.  The history of these past confrontations, A.K.A. "the stuff that legends are made," have been more than adequately chronicled in past editions of this parakeet-paper blog from Aces Casino.

And, we're talkin' about some DOOZIES here, friends -- Bruce Willis throwing our Blackjack table overboard on the Queen Mary; Robert Wagner causing a major "commotion" at another "21" table; Joan Rivers making it her goal in life to terrorize our Orange County casino party crew every minute of still another elegant event; Steven Spielberg's departure from an event early when he let it be known that he couldn't win a single hand at the tables, and left, "broke."  Time, after time, after TIME.  Without fail.  Uncanny.

It got to where we'd avoid celebs at our parties, for fear of jinxing them or their latest films, teams, or projects.  Didn't work.  Saw Charlie Sheen at an event, didn't talk to him, thinking that would break the streak... Three weeks later, Chuck Lorre fired him from "Two And A Half Men."  Saw Brandi Passante (Storage Wars) at a poker table, playing in one of our tournaments.  She was eliminated 10 minutes later.  We went to go and meet the Pawn Stars one weekend, but they were lucky.  They weren't at the shop when we came by, therefore avoiding the "celebrity jinx," it appears.. 

Seriously.  I'm surprised the Hollywood Reporter hasn't picked up on this phenomenon yet.  It's like the S. I. Curse, the Madden Curse, and the goat from Wrigley Field all rolled into one big, giant mega-curse.

But, being the top Los Angeles casino night party company in the southland tends to place us directly in the cross-hairs of some of the biggest party planners and event coordinators in the entertainment industry that are looking for the perfect casino night party, and almost 100% of these incredibly talented people know virtually NOTHING about "the curse."  And that's fine, because we're always looking to find a way to break the streak of crazy happenings at one of our next fun-filled galas.  Hey, the events are always terrific - All we need to do is avoid the random table splash-down, alcohol-induced vitriol or horrible losing streaks brought on by our celebrated guests, and we're in there.

So, with this in mind, it shouldn't surprise anyone when, in the middle of the 2011 party season, a call came in from a client that was throwing a surprise party for his wife up north of where we're located, in the city of Calabasas.  WAY up north.  And in the middle of the week, not on the weekend.

Now, we're based in Orange County (with our main office in southern L. A. County), so Calabasas is quite a poke for our team.  That's a 2.5 hour drive.  And gas is probably $6/gallon in Calabasas.  This is an event that our party crew wasn't too quick to sign up for.

Until one of our staffers, upon hearing the location of the event, uttered something like, "Hey, Calabasas.  That's where the Kardashians live!"

Oh, no.

Well now, wait a minute.  Would visiting this group of Ryan Seacrest-designed reality show pseudo-celebs count as a visit with the stars?  We'd seen the show before on the office TV.  I was surprised when I saw Bruce Jenner on the screen, he of the 1976 Decathlon Gold Medal for the USA.  Hey, there's one of my heroes.  Did he change his last name?  Then, 10 seconds later, Kim Kardashian walked into the room to talk to Jenner, and BOOM!  OK, don't change the channel.  We're watchin' this.  I don't care WHO changed their names.

It was decided.  OK, yeah, we're taking the party.  Contracted with the client, knowing full well that we'd be going out to Calabasas a few hours earlier than normal, so we could go up there see just how big the city of Calabasas was.  Then, after some crack detective work (Ed. Note: 30 seconds on the 'net.  Banacek, you ain't.), it was discovered that the Kardashian sisters owned a clothing store right near their place of residence, and it appears that the store is pretty famous - A place called "Dash."  Oh, I get it.  Cute name. 

Then, someone said that one of the sisters had just recently married a player for the Los Angeles Lakers (Lamar Odom), and the die was cast.  That was all she wrote.  We're doin' this.  Ladies and gentlemen of the best Orange County casino night company in the southland, pack your bags.  We're goin' to Dash.

I. Q. Question #1 - Which of these does not belong?
Boy, it was a good thing we left early.  The traffic getting up to Calabasas was BRUTAL, but the Aces Casino team, as diligent as ever, got there in plenty of time.  It had been decided that the best way to smoke out a Kardashian would be to go to their clothing store, "Dash."  And, by the power of our $3 smartphone, the address and location of the facility was an easy find, and only about ten minutes or so from where we currently were.

So, in no time flat, there we were - Driving into the parking lot of the store that some wanna-be-Kardashian clones would LOVE to be visiting - "Dash."  And, as things usually evolve whenever Aces Casino is involved, one thing IMMEDIATELY stood out - The 8-foot-tall gentleman walking right by our car, and heading in the direction of "Dash."  One of our team (A HUGE Laker fan) immediately recognized him to be L.A. forward Lamar Odom.


He immediately bolted out of the car, and roamed right over to where Mr. Odom was walking, and began chatting with this very large Laker player.

One Problem.  Our co-hort didn't realize that when he rapidly approached Odom, he totally cut in front of none other than the infamous Khloe Kardashian herself, one of the sisters that is heavily involved with the E!-Network show's plot-lines.  Needless to say, this did NOT sit well with our reality-TV super-diva.  She proceeds to lay into our staff member with a vengeance, calling him everything from rude to, wait, how did she put it?  Well, let's just say that it wasn't something that he'll name his first child.

GREAT, I'm thinking to myself - We're not even in the DOOR yet, and we're already behind the eight-ball.  No worries, I think to myself - Us two remaining Aces Casino team members get out of the car, and head on over to the Pier Six Dash-Brawl.  By the time the two of us get up to the three of them, we notice another problem - Odom and Rodney (our team member) are chattin' up the Lakers, which ANYONE could tell is NOT going over very well with Khloe.  In other words, she's ticked, and I find this out when she turns away from the Laker pow-wow, stares right through me with a look that would have melted "The Terminator," and storms into the clothing store.

Oh, no, I think to myself.  This is not good.

Agh, heck -- We drove out all this way, might as well see it through.  So, by this time, Odom and Rodney are both walking into the store, and Khloe's nowhere to be seen.  we walk into "Dash," and notice immediately that there are now a grand total of 7 people in this store -- The three of us, the Laker player and his girlfriend (Ed. Note: Accuracy submits that the two are possibly married, although this cannot be confirmed with the State of California) and two female sales people, two ladies that someone should give their OWN reality show.  More on that in a moment.

Well, OK.  Time to take a look around, and the first thing that I notice is this clothing store looks just like my early-90's bachelor pad when I was rooming with two old college buddies.  There is stuff EVERYWHERE.  On the floor, on the tables, some things on hangers, total disarray... It looks like what Wal-Mart looks like four hours after they open the doors for Black Friday.  I'm surprised, but I feel right at home.  Rodney feels right at home, too -- He's still yakkin' with Odom, and does so for the whole time out there.  They're havin' a GREAT time talking.
Then, it happens.  I notice that Ted (my other team member) has decided to go up to the sales girls behind the counter to ask a question, or make an observation (his specialty).  I wander up so take in these sights, and have found out something interesting -- He's asking them more than one question about the store and the layout, and hasn't gotten so much as a nod or a look from these two.  They're too busy talking about what they're going to wear to some party they're going to either tonight or some other time.

Ted decides to repeat his question to the staff (he wanted to find something for his wife), and they flat out ignore him.  AGAIN.  THAT'S when Ol' Ted makes his fatal mistake - Exposing his award-winning sarcasm to the masses at Dash.  After looking at me with a look that asked, "what's going on here," he turns back to the two sales girls and asks them, "Hey, ladies, are these clothes all bunched up in this huge pile on the floor part of some half-off special?"

Like an Eastwood movie, these two employees of Dash turn their head slowly towards him, and one of them finally speaks.  "We haven't got to that stuff yet, chill.  Don't worry about it, Khloe doesn't mind that being there.  You shouldn't be in here.  We're taping in the store at 5:30pm, we don't want you in here."

I look at my watch.  It's 11:20am, and there isn't a camera crew, a trailer, a grip, NO ONE around this 7-person "hotbed of activity." Gee, isn't a six-hour time block just a bit early to "prep the set?"  I'm guessing that the pile of clothes won't be in any of the shots the camera crew catches later.  At this point, I'm wondering to myself if Dash's mission statement starts with the words, "we don't want you in here," when the main event begins.

Right then, who should pop out from the back room but Khloe Kardashian herself, and once she sees us, her Swarzenegger look hasn't changed.  "Honey, have to go," she tells Lamar, who's still chatting with Rodney and doesn't hear her talking to him.  She fixes THAT rather quickly, when she walks right up to Rodney, and allegedly tells him, "Excuse me!  I'm TRYING to talk to my HUSBAND!" 


Ted immediately says to me, "we're gettin' 86-ed out of here, aren't we?"  Odom looks at Rodney, and utters the line of the day.  "Boss says we gotta go."  Yeah, I'm gettin' that impression, big man.  Only THEY aren't the only ones leaving.  WE are, too.  we begin to walk out of the store, right behind the Queen and her forward, and as we pass thru the doors, I take one look back at the counter, and the sales girls are right back to doing what they do best.  Nothing.

WE get back in our car after getting one last dirty look from that Kardashian girl, and speed off to the event that brought us to Calabasas in the first place.  We set up, do the event, it's a BIG hit as usual, just like the Orange County casino night crew we are ALWAYS does, and eventually, we make our way back to our home facility.

As we unload the equipment from another Aces Casino job well done, we look up at the company's long-standing motto as it's printed above the entrance.  "This Beats Working."  Not a truer word has been said.  Aces Casino is a GREAT place to work, or "not" work, as the definition might state.

But, in the back of my mind, I just can't get that other catchy motto out of my head.  I wonder how much the painters would charge to change the Aces Casino company motto to, "We don't want you in here."

Nahhhh.  We'll stick with the original.  Besides, I'm guessing that Aces will be around much longer, anyway.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" When Hollywood Park Names One Of Their Races After Aces Casino, Something Crazy Is BOUND To Happen

 (Ed. Note: When Hollywood Park Race Track announced that they would be closing their doors forever back in late 2013, it hit Aces Casino especially hard, since there were so many degenerate horse players associated with the 1994 inception of this crazy casino party company we now call home.  To that end, we thought we'd pay our respects to the track that left us too soon by re-playing one of our blog entries that chronicled the very first "Aces Casino Invitational."  Enjoy....)

We here at Aces Casino (also known as the top Orange County casino party company in southern California) thought we had hit the BIG time about 15 years or so ago, when none other than Bruce Willis tossed one of our storied Aces Casino blackjack tables over the side of the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  (Ed. Note: It's a long story, here's the link.)

Well, yeah, actually, that WAS big for Aces Casino Entertainment.  That one toss put us on the map, and sent our team of casino crazies and our spectacular casino equipment right to the top of the lists of nearly every major event planner ans coordinator in the southland.  Yes, The table is still there, sleeping with the fishes of Long Beach harbor. Frankly we might not be where we are now without that incidental outburst by one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood - But, every once in a while, another golden opportunity for corporate stardom and the chance to make more headlines makes itself known to the powers that be here at Aces Casino.

And, if you know us, you KNOW we just can't pass up a chance like THAT.

It started with an unassuming phone call from the brass over at the now-defunct Hollywood Park Race Track, long known for displaying a lot of my torn-up tickets from the past.  Their catering division was looking for some group discounts on some future events at their facility, discounts that were so huge that they were told by the powers that be here at Aces Casino that "the only way we could contract for events that low was to have the track name a race after us."

To which they replied, "No Problem." 

I suppose that comes under the heading, "be careful what you ask for - you might just get it."

We were soon notified at our main offices that, yes, in fact, this was something that was already in the works, and scheduled for the 6th race of the last day of the meet that year, on Sunday, December 18, 2012.  Yep - The 6th race on that date was officially "The Aces Casino Invitational,"  and Hollywood Park Race Track would pull out ALL the stops to make this day a true event.  They told us that they had free admissions for our team of crazies,  reservations for ALL of us in their upscale Turf Club seating, and even lunch right before the race.  And, for the piece-de-resistance, all of us were invited down to the winners circle to have our picture taken with the winning horse and jockey after the race!

Wow, sounded great to all of us.  We couldn't WAIT.  It was going to be a blast!

And it was.

The day finally comes, and we travel on out to the track.  As we ENTER the parking lot, we get what we'd call "the good news and the bad news."  The GOOD news is, the paperwork that Hollywood Park sent us to expedite everything in regards to our big day at the track was perfect.  The parking attendant showed us where to park, and where to go once we entered the turf club.

The BAD news was out of the hands of the execs at the track.  It started to rain.  And rain HARD.

No problem, we thought..... We'll hop inside the Turf Club, and under the overhang that normally shields everyone from the elements.  So, we take the elevator up, and boom!  Right to the Turf Club, where they're expecting us.  The Maitre'D (Wow, total class for the customer) personally escorts us to our reserved table in the Turf Club Restaurant.  OUTSIDE, in the viewing area.  The cold, rainy, and now WINDY viewing area.

OK, no prob.  Hey, It's on the house, what's a little chilly weather?

Soon, the very nice waiter takes our order, and informs us that our timing is perfect.  The REASON for this is quickly apparent -- The track's bugler/trumpeter, Jay Cohen, is walking right toward us.  The waiter leaves, and Jay takes his place, and has a seat right at our table.  VERY cool moment for me, because I've frequented both HollyPark AND Santa Anita for many years, 25 of those being the time that Jay Cohen has been the the man that signals the "call to the post."

Jay Cohen, in the flesh.  The hat tells the weather story.

Jay talks with us for quite some time, answers everyone's questions (including my son's request for info on playing the trumpet, his horn of choice), and wishes us well on our special day.  Lunch comes (It was FANTASTIC), and, once that's over with, another representative of the race track comes to greet us and let us know where we need to go to be a part of shooting the pictures in the winners' circle.  She DOES warn us about the treacherous conditions once we leave the sanctity of the overhang that is currently protecting us from the ever-increasing rain. 

I check out the program that the track supplied for everyone in our party, simply for one reason - I HAVE to place a BET on the Aces Casino Invitational, don't I?  I check out the field, and there are two horses that stand out - Cavallo, who's coming out of the 12-hole and is EASILY the class of this field at 3/2, and a horse named "Gambler's Pick," who looks to go off at about 8-1.  Oops, wait a minute - As I go to the window to bet the obvious selection, Gambler's Pick, I discover that the horse has been scratched, as a result of the weather.  Darn it.  OK, Cavallo it is.  

The track's liaison leads us down the stairs to the area in front of the winner's circle, where we can catch a glimpse of two things... The 6th race itself, and the weather.  As we leave the safety of the track's overhang, the weather hits us, full-force.  It is COMIN' DOWN out here, and there's no way to escape the weather as the race is being run.  Hey, it's on the house, gotta go with the flow.

The race starts, and we've got a pretty good view of the backstretch, and from where I'm standing, I can heasr the track announcer's call perfectly.  It sounds like Cavallo has the race well in hand, and as the horses appear to our view as they near the finish line, it's Cavallo by six lengths.  Winner!  (Ed. Note: He paid $3.  Hey, I'll take it.)

So, it's still raining pretty hard as Cavallo comes back into view, and heads towards us in the winners' circle.  The track liaison helps us get into position, and before we do that, I snap another candid picture.  Oh, by the way, Rafael Bejarano was the runaway winner of the leading jockey's award for the session (by a mile and an eighth).   Class guy, took a few more pics with us before he had to go and get ready for the 7th race.

Cavallo, the winner of the 6th race.  Rafael Bejarano aboard.

There's another picture of us with Cavallo, Bejarano, and the Aces Casino gang that we need to make available to the masses (all 5 of you) as we posed in the winner's circle after this rain-soaked blast of a race day.  Once we get it, we'll post it here.  All of us here at Aces Casino would like to thank that many members of the staff of Hollywood Park Race Track on a super-fun day at the races, a day where we witnessed the "Aces Casino Invitational."  (Ed. Note: In the rain.)

We'll be back with another edition of our February "Blast From The Past" series next Monday, we promise.  Oh, and remember - Anyone in need of top-flight casino entertainment services for their next party, corporate event or fundraiser need look no further than the top orange county casino party company - Aces Casino

Monday, February 17, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" THe Untold Story Surrounding The History of L.A.'s 1930's First Gambling Ships and "The Battle Of Santa Monica Bay"

Here at Aces Casino, the place widely recognized as the top orange county casino party in southern California, we're big on history -- Specifically the history surrounding the casino gaming industry and the many games that we love to play.  At one of our casino night events held recently, some questions arose that centered around OUR favorite stories regarding this relatively short, but interesting history surrounding west coast casino gaming.

When my response to their inquiry brought up "The Battle of Santa Monica Bay," you could hear a pin drop.  Quizzical looks were aplenty, as everyone looked at me and asked their one-word question.... "What??" 

"You've never heard of The Battle of Santa Monica Bay,?" I responded as if I was dumbfounded, yet with a slightly sarcastic tone.  "Why, It's only the greatest southern California naval battle in the HISTORY of Los Angeles casino gaming!"  To which our Aces Casino crew said, "Blarney!  But tell us more about this 'Battle of Santa Monica Bay,' Aces...."  (Ed. Note: Yeah, It's true.... I'm the one that asked.  Sue me, I had never heard the story.)

Why, I'll be happy to tell you, my friends... The story goes something like this.... Back in the 1920's and 1930's, way before Las Vegas was truly born, and right smack-dab in the middle of prohibition  (Ed. Note: back in your teenage years, I'm guessing...hehe), the L.A. residents from that time period loved to take a lil' drink (which were against the rules of prohibition) and play those famous games of chance that we all know so well (Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and the like), which were truly outlawed by the staunch rules against gambling in Los Angeles County.

That's where a man named Tony Cornero came in.

You can guess which one is Tony "The Hat" Cornero.

Tony Cornero wasn't big on the laws of L.A. at the time, and thought he had figured out a way to beat the system -- Gambling ships.  He came up with the idea that went something like this; If maritime laws allowed the playing of games of chance in international waters, than why doesn't someone get a big boat that's loaded with game tables and slot machines, float it out about 3.1 miles off the coast in Santa Monica bay, and "Viola!"  Meet the gambling ship "Rex," and instant floating casino. 

Not exactly the Disney "Fantasy," but not bad for the 1930's.

For it's day, the "Rex" had all the amenities that gambling buffs and top-notch Hollywood stars were looking for, and at just some 3 miles away from the Santa Monica pier, it (as well as three other ships known for providing the same mode of entertainment) was within easy reach of the "water taxis" of the time.  And, boy, did Mr. Cornero advertise his wares in the local papers....

Tell me you wouldn't want to catch a water taxi, and check this out.

Unfortunately for "The Hat," the then-California Attorney General, Earl Warren was NOT too hep or big on Cornero and his floating casino in Santa Monica Bay.  He set out to take "The Hat" down, and the way he did it was a stroke of genius.  You can read all about "The Battle Of Santa Monica Bay" by using this link.  It's a great piece of L.A. history, and no one tells it better than "LAIST."   Oh - But, before we go, we have to share one more photograph taken during former Attorney General Warren's raid that fateful day in 1939.  Here's a warning to those of you that love to gaze at vintage slot machines; You may want to turn away from the screen.....

Bet "The Hat" didn't dig THIS.  So sad to see...

And just for reference.... Those of you out there that are wondering why Aces Casino Entertainment goes the extra mile to bring these fun and informative stories to our long-time Aces Blog, when other companies can't even spell the word, "Blog" -- We love going the extra mile for ALL of our clients, as well as prospective clients.  Heck, out top-viewed blog entry of all time is the one about the three things that everyone should look into when hiring a good casino party company.  Our competitors are learning the ropes thru us; what do they say?  "Often imitated, never duplicated."  Every client of ours finds this out eventually -- We're NOT like ANY other casino party company out there.  We love what we do, and we do it well.  THAT'S why we're the top-rated orange county casino party company in the biz... OK, brag over.

That's all for now.  Hope you enjoyed our little Aces Casino Blog trip down memory lane.... We'll be back on Thursday with another "scintillating" blog entry from the top orange county casino night party company in SoCal, as we continue our February "Blast From The Past" series.  See you then!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Aces Casino Blog Extra: Who's Facebook "A Look Back" Movie Would You LOVE To See? For Us, Obviously, It's Walter White of AMC's "Breaking Bad"

At Aces Casino, A.K.A. the top orange county casino party company on the west coast, well, there's no other way to put it...

We LOVE us some "Breaking Bad."

Admit it....Nothing quite says "Happy Valentine's Day quite like "Breaking Bad."

AMC's hit show was a total winner for the crew over here at Aces Casino, so when we heard there was a Facebook page in honor of Walter White, well, we just HAD to see the movie.  I mean, come ON.  It's Walter White.  Heisenberg.  So, to that end, for all of our many followers, here is the Facebook movie for none other than Walter White.  Enjoy.

Absolute GOLD.

That's all for today.... We'll catch up with you again next Monday, with more from our orange county casino night crew's "Blast from the PAST" series.  But, unfortunately, It ain't as good as Heisenberg. (Ed. Note: Way to sell it, you big dummy.)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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

(Ed. Note: Time for another trip into the Aces Blog time machine, for a post that took place in the middle of 2013.  Nostalgia reigned supreme, as the crew checked out some vintage casino coin-operated games....)

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...


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.

Rapid Roulette.

One way or the other, We 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, February 10, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past" Looking Back At The Top 3 Things That Event Coordinators Do NOT Want At Their VERY Important Casino Party

Here at Aces Casino, the orange county casino night equipment rental leader, we take pride in giving each and every client of ours the most entertaining, unique, and imaginative casino night parties possible. It's just what we do. And, we do it VERY well. 18 years in the business means quite a lot of practice.

As a matter of fact, Aces Casino ALSO does something that no other casino party company in the industry would EVER do: We also will go the extra mile to help out someone in dire straits that ISN'T a client of Aces Casino; some poor party coordinator or fund raising group that has found out too late that rock-bottom pricing and promises that are too good to be true usually are, and all their hard work to put on their party for their guests is going to be ruined by an unscrupulous casino "business."

There's nothing we hate more than hearing that an event has been ruined this way.

So, we were sitting around the offices the other day, when one such telephone call came in; someone that had called us originally, then found a "company" on the internet that beat our price by $25, and booked with them sight unseen, because of the "savings." Alas, you DO end up getting what you pay for. The company they ended up hiring didn't show up for their fund raiser, because (we found out later) they got another party from another client that PAID THEM more, and they ditched their first client so they could make more money for themselves.

Boy, we've grown SO incredibly tired of hearing results like this.

So, we thought, if we really ARE the orange county casino night industry leader, we need to do something about this. Hence, the meat of our blog post today. It seems that we we keep hearing the same three complaints from highly unsatisfied people and groups, people that were unhappy with the service from their "cut-rate" casino companies. So, it would seem totally logical to take these same three recurring complaints, and broadcast them to the casino party throwing community.

So, without further fanfare, here are three biggest complaints that event planners and fund raising chairs have, after they decided that saving an extra $25 was more important than going with Aces Casino, the orange county casino night industry leader for Southern California;

#3 -- The casino company's "Management, Pit Boss and Staff" don't have any clue about how to help their client

-- Usually, this particular situation DOES begin to show itself early on in the beginning itinerary meetings you'll have with your casino party company -- They don't have ANY suggestions on how to maximize profits at the fundraiser, how the fund raiser even WORKS, how much equipment that the client should have at their event to make sure that there isn't too much or too little casino power, what the chips are worth, how much chip power to start each guest with....Sometimes, we've found that the client knew more about the overall operations of the casino event than the CASINO COMPANY did.

These two work for the other casino company.

Red Flag. Reputable casino party companies WELCOME all of your questions, and are FULL of great ideas and scenarios to help YOUR next party or fund raiser become an instant hit. Don't go with the cheapest company to save a buck, then end up losing money or killing the ambience of your event because you got a casino company that doesn't know what they're doing.

#2 -- The equipment that the casino company brought to the event was substandard, and not up to the quality promised by the casino company

-- This is a BIG one, but it's not even the number one problem with some disreputable casino companies. We can't say this enough: NOT ALL CASINO EQUIPMENT IS THE SAME. CHECK OUT what your casino party company plans to bring to your event. Ask for references, and USE them.  To be honest, Aces Casino isn't the only reputable orange county casino party company out there (there are actually 3 very good companies in SoCal that do a great job), but we ARE the one casino party crew with the best of everything, from the tables, to the dealers and staff members.  (Hey, I said we'd be HONEST!  Grin)

I wish I had $5 for every time that I heard a client tell us that their LAST casino company literally brought TOYS to their party, and pawned them off as "Casino tables." There are some companies out there that will literally show up with plywood sheets, and wrap cheap Blackjack layouts around them that are half the size of the size of normal BJ tables, fasten the layout on with tape, and put them on spindly cheap legs that wobble like hula dancers when touched.

Other companies will promise a Craps table at your event, then show up with a plywood box, a "tub," if you will, that's a miniature table at BEST, THEN tell you that you only purchased the "discounted model," and that the REAL casino size and quality Craps tables cost more. By THEN, it's too late; your party is about to start. You're stuck. Ask for pictures, or better yet, visit the casino company at an event that they're hosting for another client. If they refuse to give you this kind of info, RUN AWAY, as fast as you can.

But, the most blatant equipment problems that we've heard about seem to center around the Roulette tables. Two words. "TOYS ABOUND." You'll know that you got the wrong casino party company when they show up at your next event with a 12" plastic toy wheel, and call it a "Roulette Wheel." Friends, here's the straight dope -- Casino size and quality Roulette Wheels are 32 inches in diameter (from one end across to the other).

There's NOTHING worse than trying to play Roulette on a cheap, toy wheel. If they send you pictures of toy Roulette wheels upon request, find another company. Take it from Aces Casino; NEVER settle for toy tables at your casino event, especially toy Roulette tables. If you want to see what "casino size and quality" tables look like, check out our Web site link here - It's just like our ol' 20-story buddy, Godzilla - "Size Matters!"

"I Just HATE Those Toy Roulette Wheels!"

#1 -- The casino party game dealers are morons, and don't know a thing about the game they're dealing

Yes, as hard to believe as this sounds, there are disreputable casino companies that will just bring "bodies" to your event, and try to bluff their way through the games they've been assigned to. Sometimes, this happens because the casino company is just too busy for their own good, and have spread themselves too thin. Sometimes, they're just small companies that don't even ASK their staff if they can actually DEAL.

We've even heard of dealers that are brought to events, especially in Southern California, and they DON'T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH. I'm not kidding. There's a company out here in SoCal that will stop off over at the local Home Depot on their way to their party, pick up the necessary people to fill their party, and off they go. Can you imagine not being able to even CONVERSE with your dealer during your party?

Other problems abound with sub-standard dealers, too. They don't know the game they've been assigned to. They can't help you with your game -- They're too busy asking YOU about how the game is played. Oh, my word.... Unfortunately, this happens all the time. There's nothing worse than playing casino-style games for fun only, and finding out the fun itself has been lost, because the dealers are IDIOTS, and can't deal games like Blackjack, 3-Card Poker, 3 Way-Action, Tournament Texas Hold-'Em, Craps, Roulette, or Let It Ride. They've got a better chance of piloting the Space Shuttle than create and provide a split-pot at the Hold-'Em table.

Aces Casino has always prided itself on having top-flight casino-quality dealers, tables, and staff at each and every casino event they perform at. We're not the only company that does -- That's why, again, it's important to CHECK THOSE REFERENCES. Go and SEE your casino party company in action, at another event, see how the fund raising event works for THEM. Call your prospective company, and ask questions. LOTS of them. Hey, if they're any good, they WELCOME the questions.

Bottom line -- Aces Casino is here to help all of our clients have fun, and raise funds for their favorite charities. We aren't the orange county casino night leader for nuthin'. Give us (or your local casino party company) a call, and find out everything you ever wanted to know about how much fun these casino events can be.

Oh, one more thing -- Check out the casino company's chips. If they're plastic chips, run away. It's one of my personal pet-peeves. Can't stand plastic chips. If I wanted plastic, I'd go to Hollywood.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" When a Trip To Las Vegas Turned Into a $379 "Lesson In Civics"

(Ed. Note: It's "Day Two" of "Blast from the Past" month here at the Aces Blog.  Next up, when a trip to Vegas turned into a trip to the pokey..... Almost....for the top "blog-dude" from Aces Casino Entertainment.  True story, enjoy, we'll be back next time with another goofy blog rant.)

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.

I'm beginning to get the feeling I'm not doing well..

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Since February Is "Blast From The Past" Month Here in The Blog, Let's Start Things Off With a Bang - The Frisbee Tourney On The "Queen"

(Ed. Note: Every year, many of our incredible clients here at Aces Casino Entertainment ask our Aces team  which event stands out in their mind as the best casino night event in the companies' 20-year history.  To that end, we thought we'd make February our "Blast from the Past" month of blog posts, so we can look back on some of the more "nutty" nights in the company's past events.  Today, we start out with the #1 choice of the Aces Casino staff; "Aces Casino vs. John McClane," originally posted here on June 6, 2010....Enjoy!)

It IS true.

Without QUESTION, we have the greatest job in the world.

I tell that to anyone that'll listen, and, after seeing the top los angeles casino rental company in the industry at work, 99.99 people wholeheartedly agree. (My wife's the lone dissenter, but there's a story for another blog....Grin)

Because of the industry we toil in, we here at Aces Casino get the chance on many occasions to mingle with the hoi-polloi of Hollywood, at one of the gazillion fund raising opportunities that the SoCal movie studios, actors, and directors put together every year. Great fun for a great cause, and NO ONE does it like Tinseltown.

So, when we do our thing at one of the many Vegas Night casino events each year, invariably, one of our attendees at the party always seems to ask the same question, when it comes to our many brushes with stardom: "Hey, Aces Casino, what's your favorite celebrity-driven story?" And my answer is always the same -- Hands down, it's the story of "The Wrap Party at the Queen."

Back in the mid-90's, we were contracted by Cinergi Pictures to put on a casino night on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, to celebrate the wrapping up of the soon-to-be-released flick, "Die Hard With A Vengeance," the third film of a series of pictures starring Bruce Willis as tough-guy-cop John McClane. Wow...Bruce WILLIS? Heck, it's a good thing that Cinergi Pics didn't know how big a fan I was of the "Die Hard" series: I would have done the event for nothing. Just let us know the date, I said, and we're there.

 Yeah, that's the one.  That's even the correct "angle."

And, when you're the number one los angeles casino rental company in the biz, the studios know that sometimes, these events get, shall we say, "a little kooky." Hey, the more, the merrier. That's what we live for. Bring it on, and sure enough, Cinergi did.

Beautiful night, we've got about 30 tables on the ship for the event, some inside, some outside on the North deck of the ship. I'm the Pit Boss for the event (Gawd, I hate that title. I much rather prefer 'glorified chip caddy.') so I oversee all that is necessary to make the event run as smooth as our los angeles casino rental company can make it.

With events as big as this there are actually more than one "pit" for the evening, and i'm working the inside setup for Cinergi. Suddenly, in my communications headset, I hear the following request: "Uhh, Aces, you'd best come out to Pit Two."

No prob, it's only about 30 yards away, on the outside deck. Out the door I go, and as I near "Pit Two," I notice something that I didn't remember being there when the event began.

Or, should I say something NOT being there.

For, as I walk up to one of our dealers in our outside BJ team (I'll have to clear it with her to make sure she's cool with the re-telling of the tale), I notice that she's holding her chip tray in both hands. She HAS to do this, because the Blackjack table that she was assigned to work at ISN'T THERE ANY LONGER.

"Uhh, excuse me, "I ask her, calmly. "Umm, girl, what happened to your table?"

And, with a tear in her eye, she said those immortal words that made history at Aces Casino. "Bruce Willis threw it overboard!"

She points to an area over the side of the ship, as when I look over, yep, there it is. One of our gorgeous black gaming cloth beauties, floating to the bottom of Long Beach harbor. Well now, I say to myself....There's something you don't see every day.

 "Yeah, I did it.  Got somethin' to say?"

My mind races with numerous thoughts, most dealing with what has to be the first question i'd dare to ask, like, "How did it happen." But, before I could turn and ask our table-less dealer about the flying BJ table, I receive a tap on the shoulder.

I turn around, and "Voila." I'm face to face with Officer John McClane himself, Bruce Willis. Unfortunately, this story doesn't need to elaborate much from this point, because, when I DID turn around from his tap, all he did was slowly slide what turned out to be seven $100 bills into my front shirt pocket, pat me on the shoulder with a grin on his face, turn around, and walk off.

Turns out, Willis had been having a horrible streak of luck at the table he was playing at (A.K.A. the "flying table"), and had warned our dealer that if she drew to 21 on him one more hand, he was going to take the blackjack table, and throw it overboard. She did, so HE did. Sploooosh.

Well, needless to say, Mr. Willis turned out to be a gracious loser (especially because the chips are fake), but, as luck would have it, I never got to ask HIM the one question that i've had for all these years.

"How did you get talked into making that AWFUL 'Hudson Hawk'?"

Well, now that it's all said and done, I'm actually pretty happy that I DIDN'T get my fifteen seconds of fame with Bruce Willis. He might have thrown ME overboard as well. Oh, and we actually DID try to to retrieve the most famous Blackjack table in Hollywood the next day, but the QM security team informed us that retrieval of our table would be impossible, because of the "Moat Monsters."

I kid you not. True story, but when it comes to the Moat Monsters, we'll have to tell THAT part another time. Suddenly, I have a hankering for a "Die Hard DVD Marathon." So says the owner of the wettest BJ table in the los angeles casino rental industry.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Aces Casino Blog Super Bowl Picks Result: Teddy Bear and Anastasia Lead The Aces Casino Team to Their 20th Straight Super Bowl Winner!

(Ed. Note: We take this moment to tell those of you that were expecting the Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past" February series to begin today that the Aces Casino Super Bowl Selection Series has preempted that scheduled "Blast."  The opening "Blast" will be now be appearing here tomorrow morning.  Apologies, but when you hit 20 straight wins, ya gotta brag...)

Ir's Official, my friends of the Aces Casino Blog!  The streak is now at TWENTY!  In what has to be the most unbelievable streak of luck ever documented in the annals of blog-dom, Aces Casino Entertainment, the top orange county casino party company on the west coast, is now known for TWO things -- Fantastic casino night parties, and a 20-game winning streak in selecting Super Bowl winners!

I remember when this streak was at FIVE.... THAT'S when I got curious as to just how the company determined who they'd pick as their selection in the big game every year.  That dopey piano-playing chicken, Henny Penny, got things rolling with a long streak of her own (17 straight chicken picks).  Then, after the chicken was forced into retirement by new owners at Knott's Berry Farm (Ed. Note: a dark day at our offices), Aces Casino has gone from a donkey, to an elephant, to this year's gifted prognostication team - A dog and a porcupine. 

I truly can't believe that this thing has reached 20.  Last year's selection was even mired in controversy, and Aces Casino STILL had the winner.  Well, congratulations to all of our faithful followers that read our blog, found our selection for the winner of SB48, and went out and bet the Seahawks.  We're now starting to get picked up by a couple of newswire services.  They'd like to see us do it again.  Well, we'll be glad to show you, but we don't make ANY of the picks.  If Teddy Bear the Porcupine retires, we'll probably find a bear that'll make the pick, or a monkey that throws darts at a board (my personal fave).  

It won't matter.  That's 20 straight. The pick was submitted, as usual, 3 days before the event.  Here's the link, for all the doubters.  We just CAN'T lose.  I still don't believe this is still going.  Talk about a long roll...

Win # 20.  Owners of the porcupine have removed the pic.

Well, all we can say is, we'll be back next year with another winning Super Bowl pick, and we'll be back tomorrow with the beginning of our February "Blast from the Past" edition.  Qgain, congrats to all that trusted the porcupine, and we'll see you tomorrow!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Celebrated Chinese New Year (The Year Of The Horse) Yesterday, and Super Bowl 48 Tomorrow... Hmmm....Wait, You Don't Think That..??

Just a quick note to say that our Aces Casino crews all over southern California reported having a GREAT time celebrating Chinese New Year last night.  2014 was officially decreed as the "year of the horse" by our Chinese clients.  And then, tomorrow, the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL's championship game, Super Bowl 48.

Which got us all to thinkin'.....

"Year Of The Horse?"  Are you kidding me?

It's a good thing I ain't a hunch-player, or I'd be doing something that I personally NEVER do -- Bet on the Broncos (a.k.a. "the HORSE") in tomorrow's Super Bowl.  And, ESPECIALLY when both Teddy Bear the Porcupine and Anastasia the Dog have made the Aces Casino official selection of the Seahawks as the winner of SB 48.  You know those two -- They're the two animal prognosticators that are in charge of keeping the Aces Casino Super Bowl Winning Streak alive, which is currently at a whopping 19 straight Super Bowls. 

Just goin' on record... I don't care if it's the "Year of the Peyton Manning," I'm NOT switching the Aces Casino pick.  I know, our business tax accountant is a Bronco fan.  I don't care.  And the mailman, HE'S a Bronco fan.  No prob.  19 straight winners is good enough for me.  SEATTLE.  The porcupine said it, the dog agreed, and we're going with it.  I didn't hear the DRAGON make any predictions last night.  We're stickin' with who brung us to the Super Bowl dance.  SEATTLE.

I don't care WHAT you say.  The porcupine says SEATTLE.

We'll be back on Monday to collect our free lunch, all you Aces Casino doubters.  From all of us here at the top orange county casino party company in the business, good luck, and enjoy the game, see you then!