Monday, March 31, 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.)


(Ed. Note: Today's Blog post was originally slated to appear on February 24th, 2014, but was pre-empted by our blog website "semi-crashing" on that particular date.  The Aces Casino Blog will now re-post our "Kardashian Episode" today, and then start off April with another edition of "Short Attention Span Theater next Thursday.)

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.

BOOM!

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: Our commitment to editorial accuracy testifies 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 to 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!" 

Whoa.

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, March 27, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Time For Our #1 All-Time "Funniest Bits We've Seen On TV" (Officially Voted Upon By Whomever Was Roaming The Halls Today, Of Course)


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, the top Orange county casino party company on the west coast, we LOVE having fun at our events.  The Orange County Register said it so well three years ago, when they rated us the #1 casino night party company in "The O.C." by exclaiming us as "Professionally Irreverent."

Yep.  That's us.  We know the pro casino party company thing, and moreover, we know funny.

So, to that end, let's move to our #1-rated "funniest moment on YouTube" (Ed. Note: Yes, We're Skippin' over all the others, to this one.  This Piece can't be beat.  Sue me.).... This one came to us from the Master of Hilarity, Scott Roeben and his "Vital Vegas" blog, who introduced us to SkyVue's new mascot, "Tiny The Tumbleweed."  (Ed. Note: To fully enjoy 'Tiny,' you should know the context of the piece by looking up various posts here in the Aces Casino Blog under "SkyVue v. High Roller.")

You'll find the "Tiny" video right below this Aces Blog Post... Our thanks to Scott Roeben, the creative mind over at Vital Vegas, for creating this virtual "spokesperson."  Next up, we finally get back to our tet-a-tet with the Kardashian family.  Believe me, you won't want to miss it.  It's next up, on the Aces Casino Blog!

Aces Casino Blog: The #1 YouTube Comedy Video of 2013 -- SkyVue Las Vegas Introduces New Mascot, Tiny the Tumbleweed (Kudos To Scott at Vital Vegas!)

Continuing with our post (Ed. Note: And thank you so much to YouTube for NOT letting us place this video with the copy above).... Here He Is, Folks... Vital Vegas' own "Tiny The Tumbleweed!"


Monday, March 24, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Things Just Got Interesting Around the Blogger's Desk as 3-Card Poker Gets It's Shot In Our March "Let's Play Games" Casino Trainer Series


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, we just LOVE games - All kinds of games, from the traditional casino games that can be found in just about any reputable Las Vegas-based casino, to the various card and board games found at your local card shop and department store.  Bottom line -- When you're the top Orange county casino party company on the west coast, and the word "entertainment" is in your name, you had best know the Las Vegas gaming business.

And, without question, we DO.  (Ed. Note: They love YouTube, too, but that's another story.)

The best news of all in this shameless brag from the Aces Casino "Ministers of Propaganda" is that we ALSO love to SHARE our good fortune with our many clients up and down the California coast.  That's why our Aces Blog, A.K.a. the "Parakeet Paper," is such a useful tool -- We can interact not only with our many on-site orange county casino party clients at one of our many live fundraising and private party events, but also with people that find us right here on our blog.

So, to that end, the team at Aces Casino Entertainment have decreed that the month of May this year will be known as "Let's Play Games" month here on the blog.  Every Monday and Thursday here on the blog this month, we'll post a great link to one of the many fine Las Vegas-style casino game trainers for our fans to play with and try out.  Take one of our many game trainers for a spin, and see if you like the games, without the sting of playing for real money.

This edition of the Aces Blog features one of our most popular "non-Blackjack" games that Aces Casino offers to the fake-chip masses - 3-Card Poker.  Anyone looking for a very nice (not to mention cheap) way to practice playing one of Vegas' most popular table games need look no further than the Aces Blog.  You'll find the link to this great game simulator right under the corresponding image of the game shown below.



Take this one for a test-drive, my friends.  Just like at Aces Casino's many entertaining games, the chips are fake, but the information and experience of playing the games are real.   And, as always, a big thank-you goes out to the best source for information about all the casino games we love to the man known as the "Wizard Of Odds."   There isn't ANYONE more knowledgeable about all the inner workings of these games as the "Wizard."

That's all for now, you "Aces Game Trainer Degenerates."  Take care, enjoy the games courtesy of Aces Casino, the Orange county casino party leader, and we'll see you on Thursday with our 2013 winner of the Aces Casino "YouTube Funniest Vids Ever" competition.  See you then!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: You Wanted a Craps Simulator, You GOT it! Test Your Game Theory on This Spectacular Craps Simulator From The Gang Over at Aces Casino


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, we just LOVE games - All kinds of games, from the traditional casino games that can be found in just about any reputable Las Vegas-based casino, to the various card and board games found at your local card shop and department store.  Bottom line -- When you're the top Orange county casino party company on the west coast, and the word "entertainment" is in your name, you had best know the Las Vegas gaming business.

And, without question, we DO.  (Ed. Note: They love YouTube, too, but that's another story.)

The best news of all in this shameless brag from the Aces Casino "Ministers of Propaganda" is that we ALSO love to SHARE our good fortune with our many clients up and down the California coast.  That's why our Aces Blog, A.K.a. the "Parakeet Paper," is such a useful tool -- We can interact not only with our many on-site orange county casino party clients at one of our many live fundraising and private party events, but also with people that find us right here on our blog.

So, to that end, the team at Aces Casino Entertainment have decreed that the month of May this year will be known as "Let's Play Games" month here on the blog.  Every Monday and Thursday here on the blog this month, we'll post a great link to one of the many fine Las Vegas-style casino game trainers for our fans to play with and try out.  Take one of our many game trainers for a spin, and see if you like the games, without the sting of playing for real money.

Today,. Craps makes it's appearance, and just in the nick of time -- I was having a "Craps-Craving!" Check it out, there's no better Craps game trainer....


Play your hearts out, my friends.  Just like at Aces Casino's many entertaining games, the chips are fake, but the information and experience of playing the games are real.   And, as always, a big thank-you goes out to the best source for information about all the casino games we love to the man known as the "Wizard Of Odds."   There isn't ANYONE more knowledgeable about all the inner workings of these games as the "Wizard."

Time to sign off.... Take care, enjoy the games, courtesy of Aces Casino, the Orange county casino party leader, and we'll see you later with another fabulous game simulator in our next edition of our irreverent (but hopefully informative) Aces Casino Blog -- It's one of our faves... 3-Card Poker.  The best way to learn this game, as well as ANY pure casino game, is with our expert game trainers, so come on back next time, and take 3-Card Poker for a spin.  You might like it!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Sure And It Would Be Wrong If We Didn't Recognize "St. Paddy's Day!" (Yes, "Paddy!")


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, we've been known to do a little too much celebrating on certain holidays; Christmas and Thanksgiving, to name a couple... But only because of the food... Oh, yes, the FOOD!  Those holidays are MADE for partaking in the rite of overeating.  Therefore, it must stand to reason that some of the brethren here at the top orange county casino party company on the west coast would be celebrating THEIR favorite holiday on this fine day - "St. Patrick's Day."

You got it... We've got some "lovers of the suds" floating around these halls today, and I DO mean "floating."  We're certain that, once the 5:30pm bell rings here at Aces Casino, it'll be off to the nearest Irish Pub to join in the festivities of "St. Paddy's Day."

Oh, yeah, PLEASE do NOT call it "St. Patty's Day."  As our Irish contingency is quick to point out, the holiday centers around a gentleman by the first name of Padraig, hence, "Paddy," for short.  Yep, without question, we learn something new every day here at the orange county casino night party leader.  (Ed. Note: Even if it IS so incredibly trivial...)

So, to that end, we'd like to join our "Erin Go Bragh" friends and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the way that we know best --  By hitting you with all of the Irish history that we've learned in the last year from Mike Leahy, our resident IT expert and long-time employee of Aces Casino.  We asked Mike what we should do for "St. Paddy's Day," and he suggested two things -- His top ten Irish slang phrases that he normally uses to excess, when doing his thing here at Aces Casino, and a short video concerning the history of the holiday. 
10 Phrases and Slang of the Irish
  1. "Sure look it" - acceptable response for any question, statement, or comment
  2. "A whale of a time" - a good time
  3. "quare" (as in "it is quare warm today") - quite or very
  4. "put the heart crossways" (in someone) - to give someone a fright
  5. "wrecked" - very tired, usually after a night out
  6. "like hen's teeth" - something rare
  7. "I will yea" - I definitely won't
  8. "banjaxed" - broken
  9. "wet the tea" - make tea
  10. "pull your socks up" - get to work

A history lesson with a pot o' gold.

That's all for now, kiddies... We'll be back on Thursday with more drivel, courtesy of the top orange county casino party company on the west coast, and parts of Ireland - Aces Casino Entertainment!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Roulette, A.K.A. "The Game That This Reporter Can NEVER Beat," Finally Gets a Turn In The Aces Casino "Let's Play Games" Series


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, we just LOVE games - All kinds of games, from the traditional casino games that can be found in just about any reputable Las Vegas-based casino, to the various card and board games found at your local card shop and department store.  Bottom line -- When you're the top Orange county casino party company on the west coast, and the word "entertainment" is in your name, you had best know the Las Vegas gaming business.

And, without question, we DO. 

The best news of all in this shameless brag from the Aces Casino "Ministers of Propaganda" is that we ALSO love to SHARE our good fortune with our many clients up and down the California coast.  That's why our Aces Blog, A.K.a. the "Parakeet Paper," is such a useful tool -- We can interact not only with our many on-site orange county casino party clients at one of our many live fundraising and private party events, but also with people that find us right here on our blog.

So, to that end, the team at Aces Casino Entertainment have decreed that the month of May this year will be known as "Let's Play Games" month here on the blog.  Every Monday and Thursday here on the blog this month (Ed. Note: Except when breaking 'Kiss Cam' news pushes the sched around), we'll post a great link to one of the many fine Las Vegas-style casino game trainers for our fans to play with and try out.  Take one of our many game trainers for a spin, and see if you like the games, without the sting of playing for real money.

Today,. courtesy of our friends over at 'The Wizard Of Odds,' we continue our jaunt through the world of casino practice with our best Roulette game trainer..  Just click on the link below the following picture, and you're off and running, but be warned - It's tougher than it looks!!  Believe me, I've TRIED.  Here's hoping that the internet "fake chips casino police" aren't keeping track of my now-$1.6M losses at the virtual casino.

Oh.  I guess I shouldn't have mentioned that.  Never mind.

Roulette, Anyone?  Oh, and someone lend me $1.6M, can ya?

Play your hearts out, my friends.  Just like at Aces Casino's many entertaining games, the chips are fake, but the information and experience of playing the games are real.   And, as always, a big thank-you goes out to the best source for information about all the casino games we love to the man known as the "Wizard Of Odds."   There isn't ANYONE more knowledgeable about all the inner workings of these games as the "Wizard."

OK, It's time to move on....  Take care, enjoy the games, courtesy of Aces Casino, the Orange county casino party leader, and we'll see you later with another fabulous game simulator in our next edition of our irreverent (but hopefully informative) Aces Casino Blog -- Next up? Warm up the dice, It's time to play a lil' Craps!  That should be fun.... See you then!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: We Begin Our List of The "Top 5 Funniest Bits We've Seen On TV in 2013" (As Voted On By Our Cast of Aces Casino Crazies, A.K.A. Crew)


Here at Aces Casino Entertainment (also known as the top orange county casino party company on the west coast), we like to think that we know "funny."  You know what we mean -- Seeing something that just has you on the floor, something you've seen on TV, on Facebook, on Twitter, wherever -- Times like that are pure gold with our Aces Casino crew.

So, we got to thinking (Ed. Note: It's about time) -- What would our crew of "professionally irreverent" crew members pick as their favorite bit of comedy gold that they've seen in the last year?  Well, ask, and you shall receive, my blog-buddies.  To that end, we'll start our five-part blog series on what our Aces Casino crew thinks is "comedy gold."

Coming in at #5, we have this lil' ditty from a show on TruTV called "Impractical Jokers."  The show centers around four guys that live on the East coast, and love to dare each other to do things with unsuspecting people off the street in every-day situations that are ANYTHING but "every-day." Here's what happened when the guys dared the man that goes by the name of "Q" to "freeze" in the middle of helping a man with his order at White Castle.

#5 -- "Impractical Jokers--"  "White Castle's Game Of Chicken"

The timer in the top right-hand corner tells the story.

A hilarious segment from the guys over at "Impractical Jokers" that we put down as our #5 vote for "comedy gold."   Next up from the Aces Casino orange county casino night party crew will be our #4 entry.  That'll make it's appearance on Thursday.  See you then!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: Here's An Interesting Thought -- No Doubt The Guy Who Invented Gambling Was Bright, But The Guy Who Invented CHIPS Was a Genius!



Here at Aces Casino, the top Orange County Casino Party Company on the west coast, we've adopted a little saying that we heard some time ago -- “The guy who invented gambling was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius.”

Whoever said it (Ed. Note: And it wasn't ME.) was right -- you can play poker with cash, but chips make the game far easier to manage.  The reasoning is simple -- Because chips are such a ubiquitous feature of poker, it’s easy to accept their presence without much thought. However, we think there’s a lot that’s worth knowing about poker chips before you sit down at a table that's FULL of them.

The first thing to understand is that chips are real money, just in a different form. This truth is simultaneously obvious and elusive. Weintraub’s observation gets at how easy it is to forget it, and treat chips as mere abstractions.

In the book "The Biggest Game in Town" — one of the most articulate and influential pieces of literature ever written about poker — Al Alvarez mused, “The chip is like a conjurer’s sleight of hand that turns an egg into a billiard ball, a necessity of life into a plaything, reality into illusion. Players who freeze up at the sight of a fifty-dollar bill, thinking it could buy them a week’s food at the supermarket, will toss two green [$25] chips into the pot without even hesitating if the odds are right.”

Successful poker players rely on their weaker opponents losing touch with the equivalence of poker-world chips and real-world money. As for their own relationship with that truth, however, strong players both remember and disregard it. That is, you must keep in mind that playing badly and as a result losing $100 in chips is the same as setting a $100 bill on fire. But at the same time, you can’t let the fear of losing your hard-earned money prevent you from investing your chips in the way that will be the most profitable.

But enough abstraction; Let’s deal with the tangible aspects of poker chips, as they are used in casinos. All of the following points apply equally to both tournaments and cash games, with two exceptions, which will be noted when we get to them.

1) Colors

The dominant color of most poker chips is related to their denominations in a nearly universal way: $5 chips are red, $25 green, and $100 black. (If you’re playing with chips above this, you’re not likely to be new enough to poker to be reading this article!) The exception is the $1 chip, which casinos order in a wide variety of color schemes, with either white or blue being the most common. Meanwhile tournament chips also do not usually follow this or any other consistent color pattern.  It's cool, though.

2) Stacks

It is both courteous and strategically advantageous to keep your chips in neat stacks of 5, 10, or 20 chips each. This makes it easy for both you and other players to count or at least closely estimate how much you have on the table — a vital consideration in no-limit and pot-limit games. The photo above shows an example of chips being neatly stacked so that anyone can see at a glance how much is there.
You need to know at all times which opponents can “stack” you (i.e., take all of your chips if you lose a big confrontation), or, conversely, how much you could potentially win from them. Players whose chips are in an unorganized heap, or in uneven stacks, or in which denominations are mixed together haphazardly, make this unnecessarily difficult.

3) Hiding chips

For similar reasons, it is both against the rules and deeply unethical to hide one’s largest-denomination chips from the view of other players. If you play poker long enough, sooner or later you will encounter a dishonest player who carefully hides several black chips under or behind stacks of red chips. His goal is to get you to underestimate how much money he has in play. If, for example, you have $500 but see only $200 in front of the guy in seat four, you might be more inclined to call his all-in bet than you would be if you could see the six $100 chips he has stashed behind his stacks of red.

If you see somebody trying to hide his big chips this way, you not only may, but should point it out to the dealer. If you’d prefer not to risk being seen as a “snitch,” you can step away from the table and tell a floor person about the problem. Poker rooms have little tolerance for such “angle shooting,” because it upsets less-experienced players when they get deceived this way, and the casino does not want to lose them as customers.

4) Removing chips

Once you put chips into play at the table, you cannot remove any of them until you remove all of them to cash out. That is, you can’t pocket some of your winnings to ensure that you won’t lose them, no matter how tempting it seems to do so.

Similarly, you cannot just give some of your chips to another player at the table, such as your spouse or best friend. If he or she needs more chips, they must be purchased from the casino. (You can give cash out of your pocket to another player, however.)

"Could I get a count?  Or a loan, maybe?"

5) Cash Plays... right?

Most casinos allow at least some forms of cash to be used in poker games. The most common rule is that $100 bills, but no other currency, can be in play. However, a few casinos allow other denominations of cash to be used in poker games, while a few don’t allow any cash on the table at all.  How many times have we said it -- The only way to know the house rule on this point is to ask. When cash is in play, these bills are subject to the same rules about being kept easily visible to other players and not being removed from the table until you are leaving.

I think it will be obvious to you that cash never substitutes for or supplements chips in poker tournaments. In fact, poker tournament chips are usually explicitly marked “NO CASH VALUE” so that nobody mistakes them for ones exchangeable for cash.

Personally, I prefer using just chips, so if I win a pot that has bills in it, I will ask the dealer or chip runner to trade me chips for them. My reason for this idiosyncrasy — and I admit that that’s all it is — is simply that when I look at chip stacks, either my own or other players’, my brain tends not to register the bills the same way it does the chips. As a result, I’ve occasionally made large errors in estimating what amounts are in play. Apparently, other people don’t have this problem. Do as seems best to you.

A possibly profitable tip: Many players, when in possession of a mixture of both chips and bills, will be much more reluctant to put the cash into the pot than the chips. This is precisely because of the psychological effect mentioned at the beginning of the article, in which chips lose their equivalence to “real” money. For that reason, a player who is betting with his cash instead of or in addition to his chips is less likely to be bluffing than one who is betting with chips only, all else being equal.

Of course, like everything about poker “tells,” this is not a universal phenomenon. But it’s sufficiently common to make it worth paying attention to see if it’s true about the specific players at your table, then using that knowledge to your advantage.

A big thanks to our friends over at Poker News for their assistance on this great article....Now, here's a good poker tell -- We're done for today.  The team at Aces Casino says we're folding, and we won't be back until Monday.  So, from our orange county casino night crew to you, we say have a good weekend, and we'll catch you later!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Aces Casino Blog: The Moment We Discovered That Our House Pets Are Winning The War At Home


Aces Casino Entertainment has always prided itself as the top orange county casino night party company on the west coast by adhering to a long-standing company motto -- A Commitment to Excellence in the area of customer service for every client, every day.  This simple phrase has served our company well over these last 20 years, but it seems that, lately, we've noticed that some of our team members take this workplace mission statement home with them and apply it to their everyday lives, especially in the area of treatment for their in-home house pet.

Here is Exhibit A.  We call this, "Some cats have their own butler."


So wrong on so many levels.

Yeah, we're definitely losing the "homeowner v. house pet" war.  The good news is, Dan treats all of his clients here at Aces Casino like this cat, so we're good.  Give us a call, and we'll treat you just like a cat.

No, wait, that came out wrong..... 

We'll be back on Thursday, but first, I have to make sure my dog doesn't get YouTube on her TV.  I don't need her getting any ideas.  Wait, that came out wrong, too... (Sigh)