Thursday, December 10, 2015

Just Because We're Extremely Busy At This Time Of Year Doesn't Mean That We Can't Still Show Some Of Our Favorite Movie Scenes Of All Time!

Here at Aces Casino, also known as the top Orange County Casino Night Party Company on the West Coast, it is true that we get extremely busy in December.  Seems like EVERYONE wants their holiday casino night party to take place sometime in December.

OK, we get that.

It's true, we're busy and hardly in the office (or home, but that's another story), but someone came up with an idea to keep the ol' Aces Casino Blog on top of things.  So, to that end, why not post something that may make some of our fans happy?  OK, so, from our orange county casino party company to your PC / iPhone screen, here's one of our personal faves... "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

"Hi there!"

That's all for now.. gotta go to our event in Los Angeles.  We'll be back with more clips later this week.  Thanks for checking in, we shall return!  (We promise!)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Without Question, We Think We've Found The Football Predicting Sage That Will Continue Our Undefeated Streak Of Super Bowl Winning Picks!

Here at Aces Casino Entertainment (also know as the top Orange County Casino Night party company on the west coast), well, we have always strived for excellence, in ALL ways.  Yes, It's true, we've been recognized as the top casino night company in SoCal by none other than the Orange County Register, but that's not all we'd like to be recognized for in the Aces Casino Offices.

That's right, my friends -- Wonderful casino night parties, and Super Bowl Picks.

Anyone that has followed the incredible streak of correct Super Bowl predictions here at Aces Casino MUST know that we're always on the lookout for the person (or animal, for that matter, here are the links) to keep us in the black, when it comes to the big game.  However, unlike prior years, it seems that we've actually found the source of this year's winning selection....


We'll have more info on this incredible pigskin prognosticator in upcoming rants in the Aces Casino Blog, but we thought, aww, heck, since we've been away from the Blog desk for some two months because of lack of semi-interesting info subjects, why not post our hero for the big game?  Dead blog streak broken, and Football Baby hired (sort of)!  That's all for now, we'll see you all on Thursday with more "blather from the Blog!"

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past: When The Aces Casino Crew Faces Off With The Likes Of The Kardashians, Hilarity Is Sure To Follow

(Ed. Note: Here's the final installment of our most recent "Blast From The Past" series -- Aces v. Kardashian, also known around here as "We knew they were going to be trouble LONG BEFORE you did."  Fasten your seat belts, it's a bumpy ride...)

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.

(That's it for today....We knew that when our group got into the same airspace as that "K. Group," it would be troble.  It wasn't.  Next up on the Aces Casino Blog, We touch on a new subject -- The casino on Catalina Island.  Check it out on Thursday, see ya!)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" The (Until Now) Untold Story Surrounding The History of L.A.'s 1930's First Gambling Ships and "The Battle Of Santa Monica Bay." Hint: Gamblers Lose. Again.)

(Ed. Note: Next up, Part 3 in our "Blast from the Past" series, and one of my favorites -- Looking back at the gambling ships of the 1930's, and the "Battle Of Santa Monica Bay."  Enjoy... )

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 Part Three of our little Aces Casino Blog trip down memory lane.... We'll be back on Monday with the last of the "scintillating" blog entries from the top orange county casino night party company "Blast From The Past" series.  See you then!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past:" When a Trip To Las Vegas Turned Into a $379 "Lesson In Civics" (Also Known Here As "4, The Hard Way.)

(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 on Thursday 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.

(Ed. Note: That's all for another "blast from the past."  Another one coming on Thursday, beware... And - Thanks for your time.  We try to make this section fun, and have been doing it for over five years, now.  Hope you enjoy our slightly-off irreverence....)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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

(Ed. Note: It seems like every week we get requests from a lot of our readers to post some of the "Aces Casino Blog's Best Of The Rest" blog entries.  Well, ask, and you shall receive.  Here's #1 out of four straight ventures into the Aces Casino DeLorean, as we step into the Aces Blog Time Machine... Enjoy.)

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.

(That's all for now...On Monday, it's Part Two of the Blast from the Past series -- Aces Casino vs. The Riverside County Legal system.  Hint: We lose, but it was worth it.  Check it out, see you then.)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Aces Casino Blog "Tech Report:" Those That Tried (And Failed) To Play On Their PlayStation 4 and XBox One Systems On Christmas Might Be Pleased To Find Out What Happened To The Hackers

Here at the offices of Aces Casino (A.K.A. The Orange County Casino Night Party Leaders), well, as you can imagine, we're really into games.  All kinds of games.   Sure, we love our Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, not to mention Texas Hold-'Em Poker tournaments, but we also love VIDEO games.  We, like so many other people around this great world of ours, LOVE these 21st-cxentury marvels.  Just turn the machine on, get connectred online, and it's fun-time!

Except last Christmas (2014), that is.

Anyone that had either the XBox One or PlayStation 4 game consoles and tried to play with them on December 25 found out early that December morning that the two game engines were involved in what's called a "DDoS," or a denial of service.  Hackers from some group called "The Lizard Squad" had decided to do their best to shut down operations on the two systems, and succeeded.  I don't remember being able to log on until sometime later, the next day.

We remember thinking to ourselves, "what a dastardly thing to do to the kids getting up on Christmas morning, and finding out their machines won't link up because of these bozos."

Ahh, sweet revenge.

Following this wordy blog / commercial for Aces Casino Entertainment, the orange county casino party company that ALL the top clients and event coordinators come to for the best in niche entertainment, you'll find an article that discusses the aftermath of what happened late last year.  This article from Finland is from our buddies over at  Enjoy.. (Ed. Note: We will.  Stupid hackers from Lizard Squad, fry 'em all.)

Make 'em all run the gauntlet between frustrated players!

Christmas DDoS Hacker Found Guilty and Sentenced in Finland


Last Christmas, both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network faced lengthy outages in the wake of DDoS attacks. Now, one of the hackers who carried out the breach has been sentenced in his native Finland — but only for cybercrimes committed before the offence at Christmas.

Lizard Squad member Julius ‘zeekill’ Kivimaki was handed a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to help combat cybercrime rather than perpetrate it. Many have expressed disappointment at how lenient the Finnish courts seem to have been, but it’s important to stress that this ruling does not include the Christmas attack.

Instead, Kivimaki is being found guilty of some 50,700 other charges of cybercrime. These include data breaches, felony payment fraud and telecommunications harassment, according to a report by The Daily Dot. The seventeen-year-old is also thought to have engaged in ‘swatting’ activities.
With Kivimaki being given a comparable light sentence for this laundry list of offences, it will certainly be interesting to see what sort of punishment is doled out when the Christmas attacks are inspected in court. While 50,700 charges is certainly a large rap sheet in its own right, the 2014 outages affected millions of users worldwide.

The scale of the attacks is one reason that the offences might be handled differently, but there’s also the fact that major corporations like Microsoft and Sony were targeted. Companies with global interests typically have robust legal departments, and it seems likely that they will be called upon to bring Lizard Squad to justice.

Sony was forced to extend users subscriptions and offer discounts as an apology for the PSN outages last Christmas. The company took that financial hit to keep players happy in a difficult situation, but pursuing prosecution for the hackers who carried out the attack would seem like the most obvious way of deterring future copycats.

As gaming systems and their online services become more and more intertwined, this sort of crime is only going to become more of a talking point. We’re already seeing an increase in the number of releases that require an Internet connection to function, and those titles would obviously be useless in the event of a large-scale breach.

Cybercrime is a very real issue in the modern world, and it’s going to take some time for courts around the world to understand it well enough to prosecute appropriately. A two-year suspended sentence might seem like a light punishment for some 50,700 charges — but it’s difficult to say what’s right and wrong for a set of crimes that wouldn’t have been possible even a decade ago.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Aces Casino Blog: Why This Orange County Casino Party Company Has a Commitment To Excellence

From what we've discovered after talking to more than a few of our brand new clients these past months, it seems that a very pertinent question seems to come to people's mind when they begin their search for the best casino night company in the industry; Probably something like, "Why is Aces Casino Entertainment the top orange county casino party company in southern California?"

That's probably the easiest question we'll answer all day.  It's this companies' constant commitment to quality service for each and every client that we've come in contact with, since the doors first opened at this "insane asylum" that we call home.  Each and every client we work for deserves the very best at their special event - You only get one shot at making your client the happiest person on Earth at that particular moment, and from what our resume' looks like after these past eighteen years, it looks like we're a pretty good shot.

One client that was asked that same question gave us an answer that totally floored me -- "What other orange county casino night company around here do you know of that publishes it's own twice weekly blog?"  Wow, add another faithful blog reader to the long list of subscribers to the infamous Aces Casino Blog.  (Ed. Note: That's six now, by my count.)  We love it when we hear kind words from our clients, just about as much as we love watching a client's guests have the time of their lives.  That's what it's all about...

It starts with the tables, but there's so much more.

The "commitment to excellence" has been a constant theme around our offices here in Whittier, and our office in Buena Park.  It's not too difficult a standard to maintain when you have the right personnel, and without question, NO ONE has a better group of gaming staff and front office teammates like Aces Casino Entertainment.  This team really is a one-of-a-kind group, a "Dream Team," if you will.

So, why the puff piece, you ask?  That's easy..  It's time to give back to our clients, especially those of you that have put up with today's parakeet paper ramblings.  We do this at least twice a year, for all of our clients who subscribe to our Blog and follow this crazy orange county casino party company called Aces Casino, so here comes another "Aces Special" -- We'll call it our "July Spectacular."  Simply stated, we're giving a 20% discount to ALL of our blog subscribers who book a new party with Aces Casino in the month of July!

Now, there ARE some parameters, just like the last time we did this.  This discount is based on a "first booked, first served" basis.  We already have one July date that is sold out (July 18), and our clients know how fast we book up, especially when we discount the events even further than we normally do.  So, subscribe to the Blog, book a party with us, and ask the top orange county casino party company in SoCal (that's us!) for your 20% discount, and POOF!  You're in, courtesy of good ol' Aces Casino.

Well, that's all for today.  We just wanted to tell all of our many valued clients just how much this orange county casino party company really cares about them, and we're guessing that we'll probably be sold out for most of the month of July by the time we return to the Aces Casino Blog with another parakeet paper-worthy article.  Take care, and we'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Aces Casino Blog "College of Casino Game Knowledge:" The Fire Bet in Craps Adds Some Excitement To The Game (Yeah, If You Can Find It)

We did it!  We're at Part 6 of our "Aces College" series on Craps.  This time, we discuss a bet that you may not have been privy to, as of now.  The Fire Bet.  Read on, my friends...

OK....Now, you don't become the top orange county casino party company in southern California by sitting around the offices playing "Words With Friends," and NO ONE knows that more than Aces Casino Entertainment.  Without question, the team here at Aces Casino has brought more exciting innovations and additions to the orange county casino night party industry than all of the other companies COMBINED. 

That's why we were so excited recently when Las Vegas gaming inventor Perry Staci of Team Shuffle-Master contacted us to mention that his new creation was in the process of making it's appearance on Craps table layouts around the Las Vegas Strip at prominent casino locations like Harrah's and the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino.  He calls it the "Fire Bet," and after seeing it, we deemed it to be PERFECT for the orange county casino party scene.

Perry - Do we have to shoot around that big sign?

The fire bet is a somewhat uncommon craps bet. Usually this is a special craps side-bet that players can make over a multi roll period. The payouts are enormous and not all casinos will allow this kind of bet, as the actual term "Fire Bet" is copyrighted and licensed strictly thru Perry's gaming company (Shuffle-Master) only.  You have to have purchased the actual craps layout that shows this "Fire Bet" on the layout itself.  Perry's no dope, he knows the deal. Congrats to a great gaming innovator...

OK, let's dissect the Fire Bet.  It's pretty simple, actually.... Class is now in session at the world-famous Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge..... (Don't worry, it's an open-book test.)

The goal is to have the shooter go on a hot streak, a "long roll." Players may wager a single chip when the casino allows this bet to be placed (normally the come-out roll for a new shooter). First, a shooter must consecutively roll a number of different points. After each point has been rolled, the dealer will put a "fire" marker on that number. Remember, there are only 6 possible point numbers available: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. If three of these numbers became established as point numbers and the dealer rolled and completed those points, there would be three markers on each number. Players still would not win yet.

Once the fourth point has been made, the player will win at 24:1 odds. If the fifth point is made, then the payout increases to 249:1, and finally when the last and sixth point number has been made by the shooter, the player will win the entire fire bet and a 999:1 payout. That means $1000 on a single $1 bet. If you wagered $100, you could actually win $100,000!

A few things to note: The shooter must clear the point on each of all six individual numbers. If the shooter kept establishing and making the point on the number 4, even for 10 times in a row, that will only count as one point number. Also, if the shooter rolls a 7 after a point has been created, everyone loses the fire bets, the fire markers get replaced and the game starts over again.

Odds against the player on the Fire Bet range in the 20 -to-25-to-1 area code,  so it's a big winner for the casino.  But - Here's the good news - You can play this "Fire Bet" at will at your next Aces Casino orange county casino party event!  We spread the Craps Fire Bet on our free-play tables, along with all of the other innovations that you've seen in Las Vegas and all other points of casino gaming interests across this fine nation of ours. 

That's all for today....We hear that we've had a lot of positive feedback on our six-part "Aces Casino College" series on Craps.  Without question, Craps is one of the most interesting games on the casino floor, and is much easier to teach with hands-on training.  Give us a call, we'll bring a casino-quality Craps table to YOUR next party!  You'll be an expert in no time!  We'll be back on Monday with some incredibly goofy takes on the world of non-gambling gambling.  You KNOW that's going to be chock-full of interesting, yet worthless tidbits, courtesy of the top orange county casino night party company in the biz.  Take care, have a safe and sane Fourth of July, and we'll see you later!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Aces Casino Blog "College of Casino Game Knowledge" - Part 5 - Time For "Craps 201" -- Just What IS The Come Bet, And Why Do I Want To Bet It?

A hearty welcome to all of our "online students" that have returned for our next class on "the game of dice," also known as Part 5 of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge - The Come Bet."  (Dusts off soap opera announcer's voice) "Ahem..." As you recall from our prior excursions into the wild and wonderful game of Craps, we informed our students of some of the more interesting bets on the Craps layout located in the middle of the table, wagers we call "Exotic Bets," or, when putting it in Aces Casino terms, "The Aces College Fund."

Simply stated, those exotic bets, such as the hardway bets, the "C & E," the Horn Bet, and the proverbial chip donations known as "Snake Eyes" and Boxcars," are long-odds plays that we don't recommend unless you're WAY up in your Craps session and looking for "funny bets" to make things more exciting.  (Ed. Note: Losing money is never funny.)  Hey, when you're the Orange County casino party leader in SoCal, you've got to give it to the students of the game straight.

So, enough about the exotics.  It's time to shine a light on one of MY favorite plays on the Craps table --  The Come Bet, something we call "Craps 201" when we're teaching one of our many Craps classes at Aces Casino events all over southern California.  OK, let's put up the Craps layout image again, for all to peruse....

Basic Craps layout.  Exciting, ain't it?

There it is.  OK, do ya see that big box right in the middle of the layout marked, "Come?"  THAT'S where the Come Bet is placed by the player.  Now, when clients ask us what it means to place a Come Bet at one of our many Los Angeles casino party setups (not to mention the Orange County casino night events as well), we answer it this way - A Come Bet is placed when the puck is already in the "On" position, and a point is created.  

(Ed. Note: OK, Craps guy.  Stop right there.  For all of our Blog-Guests that are just now checking out the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge" and haven't played or studied the game before, we quietly urge you to look up the prior "College" blogs on this subject, and catch up on your Craps studies before moving to this blog entry.  You'll find them on the Aces Casino Blog starting back in January, 2012.)

Now, with the point already created, the player is now allowed to make the Come bet.  And, to properly define just what the Come bet is, the "Come Bet" is simply a re-creation of the original Pass Line Bet.

OK, now what does that mean, Blog-Guy?  Well. when It's time for the Come-Out roll (the first roll of a series of dice rolls in each Craps game, sort of like the 'kick-off'), players bet the Pass Line, A.K.A. betting that the shooter will make their 'point.'  BUT...Once the point is already created, the player may ALSO now bet the Come Bet, a re-creation of the Pass Line bet.  At that point, the player has action on the point number, and now, will ALSO have action on the next roll, courtesy of the Come bet.

Say, for instance, the come-out roll was an 8.  The puck goes into the "on" position on the number 8.  Your PASS LINE BET now needs an 8 to win, and 7 would be a loser for the pass line bet.  Those are the only two numbers that matter to the Pass Line bet.  But, now, when you bet the Come Bet on the next roll, you've in essence re-created that same pass line-bet mentality... 7 or 11 is an automatic winner, and 2, 3, or 12 is an automatic loser for the Come Bet.  ANY other number that comes up on the dice on that next roll involving your Come bet will mean that your Come Bet will now move to THAT number, and will need THAT number to be a winning Come Bet.

So, let's stretch the example.  Come-out roll, pass line bet only, say $5... Shooter throws 8.  You bet your odds bet of $10 (Ed. Note: explained in past "College" blogs, go look), and THEN bet the Come bet, say for a $5 chip.  The next roll is a 6.  You'll watch the dealer, as he moves your Come Bet to a spot in his schematic diagram right on the number 6.  Now, you have action on TWO numbers -- You've got a Pass Line AND an Odds Bet on 8, and a Come Bet on 6.  The only number that can hurt you is the seven, it kills both bets.

Now, HERE'S the best part, and it's why I like the Come Bet so much.  Once the dealer moves that come bet to the 6, you can now also bet the ODDS BET on your Come Bet 6!  You take full odds (double odds), and place $10 on the layout and tell the dealer, "Odds on the 6."  He'll move your $10 on top of your original Come bet 6.  It looks like an off-center stack, but the dealer knows it's an odds bet.

I LOVE the Come Bet for that very reason.  Remember when we told the class that the "Odds Bet" is the best bet in the entire casino, because it's the only bet that the house has NO mathematical advantage over the player?  Well, now, I not only have an odds bet on the 8, with the pass line bet, but now, I've got a $10 odds bet on the 6, as well.  TWO solid plays.  It's the Aces Casino "Craps Nirvana," I tell ya!  Now, you'll get PAID on your "Come Bet with Odds" as soon as the 6 is rolled BEFORE the seven.  Simple as that.

Have you ever heard a Craps table in one of the many casinos in Las Vegas just JUMP with the electricity of a hot roll?  Chances are, the reason the table is jumping is because someone has "created a point," and hasn't thrown a 7 for a VERY long time.  People are betting place bets on the numbers, and/or also doin' the Come Bet thing, and getting GREAT returns on their wagers.

Our good friend known as the "Wizard Of Odds" has the ultimate Craps trainer, a setup that lets you simulate Craps sessions, testing your game theories on playing the pass line, the odds bets, the come and place bets, even the exotics.  NOBODY is better than the "Wizard" at fully explaining the games - Not just Craps, but ALL of the games, games you've never even HEARD of.  You'll find his recommended Craps Trainer link right here.  Go check it out, and try out how the game works with all of the knowledge dropped upon you by the Orange County casino party kings here at Aces Casino.

You may find that expanding your knowledge of games like Craps might just make these games more fun, and possibly, much more profitable.  Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention at this point that the best way to get the "feel" of the game we call Craps is to throw an Orange County casino night party right in your own home, or place of business.  Hmm... Maybe even a banquet hall, for a big get-together.

Wow, what a GREAT idea!  (Shameless plug)

Any time that you feel the need to test out ANY game that the casinos offer, give Aces Casino, the Los Angeles casino party superstars, a call.  You'd be surprised just how cheap the casino night events are, and they're a LOT of fun!  Plus - The dice don't know that the chips are fake!  Try ALL your systems out!  If one loses big, you don't lose a thing, and you learn the games without the pain of coughing up your hard-earned dough in Vegas.  Can't beat that...Give us a call today, at 562-943-5693.  In-Home Parties as low as $200, and fun for all!

OK, the shameless plug is done.  We return to the Blog-O-Sphere on Thursday, July 2nd, with another brilliantly dopey Aces Casino Blog.  It'll be the final installment of the Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge.. Part 6, "currently Untitled." We'll see you then!  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge," A.K.A. Part 4 Of Our Craps "Webinar" - Exotic Bets

A hearty welcome to all of our "online students" that have returned for our next class on "the game of dice," also known as Part 4 of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge - Craps 201."  (Dusts off soap opera announcer's voice) "Ahem..." As you recall from our prior excursions into the wild and wonderful game of Craps, we informed our students of the one bet on the Craps layout (and quite possibly the only wager of it's type in the casinos of this great land called Nevada) where the 'house' has no mathematical edge over the player - "The odds bet."  Simply stated, the odds bet is the best bet in the game, and should be fully utilized at the maximum level allowed by the casino per their house rules.

Oh, yes, and if , by chance, you neglected to attend any or all of our last three classes, fear not, my class-cutting wunderkinds -- You can go back and check out past lessons on Craps by searching for past issues of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge," which you can find at our Aces Casino Blog start page, and brought to you as an absolutely FREE service by the leader in Orange County casino party events, Aces Casino.  It's there, somewhere.  (Hey, YOU cut the classes, not me.  Go and look for them, you should read those old posts before reading this final edition, anyway.)

Today, in Part 4 of our lessons, we delve into "the exotic bets," wagers that appear in the center of the Craps layout, plays that are fairly easily explained, but for some, look like the written instructions on how to fly the space shuttle.  No prob, my friends -- That's why we're the top Orange County casino night company in SoCal.  We consider it our job to explain to players looking for help in how to approach the many seemingly unapproachable casino games out there in casino-land.  Important safety tip - Call Aces Casino when you're ready to try out some of the things that you've learned about Craps.  The dice don't know that the chips are fake, and there's nothing like "taking the wheel" and watching in person how the game flows, and becomes repetitive. 

So...Exotic bets.  First off, let's put another layout image up for the masses to peruse....

No, not THAT image.  That's Elita Loresca, the KNBC-4 Los Angeles weather girl.  VERY nice image, but she doesn't have anything to do with the game of Craps.  (Ed. Note: At least, we don't THINK so.  It could happen!  We dare to dream here at Aces Casino.)

Poof!  A 50-Yard-Line Seat.

THAT'S the one we're looking for.  (Ed. Note: Speak for yourself.  We like the OTHER image, Craps-Boy.)  This image shows the partial center of a regulation Craps table layout.  We're going to discuss the artwork that you see on the right side of the image.  Do you see those pictures of the dice in this image?  Those are called the "Hardway Bets," wagers that players can make to get "more action" at the tables, and take a chance at throwing what most people might call "doubles."  Place a bet on any of these, like the "hard four" (a 2 and a 2 on the dice roll), and you win if a random roll of the dice comes up exactly as pictured.  But, you LOSE, if the dice show a 3 and a 1, the "easy" four, or if a seven is rolled.

Mathematics behind this example -- Odds on these bets range from 9% to 11% against the player, making these wagers fun and exciting, but not very profitable in the long run.  That's why we call these plays "the Aces Casino College Fund."  Invariably, these chips end up in the virtual "college fund," or quite profitable in the fake-chip world of the game.

Odds that Flashpants wins A.G.T. in 2015?  Actually, not too bad.

Now, let's move to the the other possible exotic bet plays.  Now, THESE bets are what we call "one-roll propositions," meaning these bets either win or lose on the next shot of the dice, no matter when the dice are thrown in any particular series of rolls.  The payouts ARE high on these one-roll props, as you can see, but the math behind these plays can be painful to the ol' bankroll - Odds on these bets range from 11% to 16% or higher against the player, meaning these plays boost the "college fund" even higher.  Play at your own risk.  Most casinos will allow $1 bets on the props, so it might not hurt so much, and they CAN be fun - Just like riding mechanical bulls in the C/W honky-tonks.  Message -- Don't be surprised if these exotic bets "buck your chips off" of your bankroll.

Oh, one more thing -- See the "Horn Bet" in the middle?  One bet made in that area gets you a wager on all four of the one-roll exotic props -- the 2, the 3, the 11 AND the 12.  It's normally played with a $5 chip, and you're immediately guaranteed to lose at least $3 of your $5 wager, since only one of the numbers could possible appear on the next roll.  Feeling lucky?  Just toss a $5 chip to the stick-man and tell him "Horn-High 11."  You'll sound like a pro, and this is what you'll get -- On the next rool of the dice, you'll have $1 on the 2, $1 on the 3, $1 on the 12, and $2 on the 11.  Math on the horn bet -  We're talkin' over 10%, closer to 11% against the player.  I'm keepin' MY $5.

Oh, forgot about that "C" and "E" that you see in the top left of the above image.  That's for Craps and Eleven.  Those are one-roll props, too, and they pay 7-1 on any Craps win, and 14-1 on any Eleven win.  "Craps" is defined as the numbers 2, 3 and 12.  If any of those three numbers come up on the next roll, you're paid 7-to-1 on your wager.  Odds against?  The infamous 11.11%.  Again, fun, but not profitable.  "Eleven" is easily defined - The next shot has to be an 11.  If the 11 comes up on the next roll, you're paid 14-to-1 on your wager.  The TRUE dice odds?  17-to-1.  To put it mildly, "You're taking it in the shorts."  Play it once in a while, but don't make it a habit.

Bottom line?  Take it from your favorite Orange County casino party company, Aces Casino -- The exotic bets can be fun, but if the casino loves to see you make these plays, you're giving up quite a bit in the math odds against you.  Stick to pass line bets with the extra "odds bet," and possibly the Come bet.  (Ed. Note: Speak for yourself.  I'd rather be stuck to Elita Loresca.)

What's that, you say?  We didn't discuss the "Come Bet?"  Well, that means you'd best return for Part 5 of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge," when we take an in-depth look at the play that appears right in the center of either end of the Craps layout, the "Come Bet."  It's our favorite play, and we'll explain why when we return to the "College" on Monday, June 29th. Until then, we'll see you at the next Aces Casino Entertainment "Casino Extravaganza!" 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Aces Casino College Of Casino Game Knowledge: Craps 201, or Part 3 Of Our Online Craps "Webinar" The "Odds Bet," A.K.A. The Best Bet On The Table

A hearty welcome to all of our "online students" that have returned for Part 3 of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge - Craps 201."  (Dusts off soap opera announcer's voice) "Ahem..." As you recall from our prior excursions into the wild and wonderful game of Craps, we've discussed some of the terms of the game and what they mean, followed by our examples of "playing the numbers across," also known as the "Place Bets."  We also took a virtual tour all the way to the back of the strategy book of Craps, to determine just how the game is beaten.

Oh, yes, and if , by chance, you neglected to attend either or both of our last two classes, fear not, my class-cutting wunderkinds -- You can go back and check out past lessons on Craps by searching for past issues of the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge," which you can find at our Aces Casino Blog start page, and brought to you as an absolutely FREE service by the leader in Orange County casino party events, Aces Casino.  It's there, somewhere.  (Hey, YOU cut the classes, not me.  Go and look for them, you should read those old posts before reading this Part 3 edition, anyway.)

OK, now, where were we -- Ahh, yes, when last we met, we were preparing to talk about something of an anomaly when it comes to casino games -- The only wager on the Craps board that the casinos have NO advantage over the players. 

Traditional Craps layout (one end)

The bet we're talking about is the "odds bet."  Simply stated, after a player wagers money on the pass line and a point is created, the "odds bet" is an additional bet that is hoping that the shooter makes his point.  For instance, during the "come-out roll," A.K.,A. the first roll of any given sequence, the shooter of the dice throws a 9.  The dealer on the end of the table places the puck on 9, and now, for the pass line bet to be a winner, the shooter MUST throw a 9, before a 7.  As far as the pass line goes, those two numbers (9, and 7) are the only two numbers that matter to the pass line bet.

Now, here's the kicker - The "odds bet."  Once the shooter threw that 9 on the come-out roll, he/she could then place the "odds bet," which goes right behind the original pass line bet you made, in the area on the table that has no markings to show that the odds bet even exists.  Now, for subsequent rolls, the pass line bet AND the odds bet are looking for the only number that makes BOTH bets a winner -- The original come-out roll number show, in this instance, the 9.  If a 9 comes up before a 7, the pass line bet AND odds bet are BOTH winning bets!

And not only that, but the odds bet doesn't get paid at even money like the pass line bet -- It gets paid at what is called "true dice odds."  Whoosh...I know, I did a fly-by there.  "Just what ARE true dice odds, Mister Orange County casino night party guy?"  Good question... Here's the answer... To determine true dice odds, we simply use mathematics.  The ACTUAL odds against a shooter throwing a 9 before a seven is 3-to-2.  Why, you ask?  Simple.  There are 6 ways to make a number 7 on the dice, and only 4 ways to make a 9.

Using two dice...

Ways to make a 7 -- 1/6, 2/5, 3/4, 4/3, 5/2, 6/1

Ways to make a 9 -- 4/5, 6/3, 3/6, 5/4

6 ways to make the seven, four ways to make the 9.  6-to-4, or to simplify the fraction, the odds against us throwing the 9 are 3-to-2.  And since "true dice odds" are how the "odds bets" are paid, we'd get 3-to-2 on our bet.  If we had a $5 winning pass line bet and a $10 odds bet behind it, we'd end up winning $20!  That's a $5 win on the pass line bet, and a $15 bet on the odds bet.  $10 bet got us $15, or 3-to-2.

The odds bet is simply the best bet on the craps layout, because it's the only wager in the whole danged casino that the casino has NO edge over the player.  It always pays true dice odds.  The odds against the 4-or-10 being thrown are 2-to-1 against the player... Make one of THOSE numbers before a 7 is rolled, and get paid 2-to-1 on your odds bet.  It's the Aces Casino "Wager of the Decade."  It might be tough to always trot out that odds bet when the point is created on the come-out roll, but you MUST make that bet.

Now, if your next question is something like, "hey, if it's such a good bet, how much can I bet on the table as an odds bet?"  The answer varies.... Every casino has rules when it comes to the Craps table and the subsequent "odds bet," but most casinos allow what is called "double odds," or the odds bet can be twice the amount of the original pass line bet.

Those of you that may have noticed billboards dotting the desert highway that beg to be read during the car trip to Las Vegas may have also noticed that some casinos offer 10-times odds, some even 100-times odds on Craps.  What those statements are telling us is, if you had a $5 pass line bet, and the casino offers 100-times odds on Craps, the player could actually make a $500 odds bet on that measly five bucks.  Friends, all I can say about this is, you haven't lived until you've lived thru a long roll at a Craps table waiting to see if your $500 odds bet is going to win. 

Required beverage for $500 odds bets.

So, remember, my Aces Casino Craps scholars -- The odds bet is the best bet in the casino.  Don't let it slip by, and don't hold on to your chips, waiting to see if a few other numbers come up first.  The dice have no memory, my friends, and they don't know if the chips on the table are real or fake, which makes our Orange County casino party tables the PERFECT foil for any Craps game testing. 

So much for Part 3 of our "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge" for today, "the Odds Bet," my friends.  Next up, in part 4 of our Craps online seminars, we'll touch on all of the other betting spaces on the Craps board that we haven't discussed as of yet, and tell you what they are, when they win or lose, and how you might look to bet those wagers that we call "exotic bets."  I also call them the 'kids college fund.'  I'll tell you why when we reconvene class on Thursday. 

Later in July, we'll look at one of the most requested topics in the Orange County casino night gaming industry -- The Top 3 Things That Professional Party Planners NEVER Want To See At their upcoming Casino Event Fundraiser / Private Party.  Come back on Monday and check it out -- If you're planning that next Vegas Night party, it's a "Must-Read."  Better yet, give us a call here at Aces Casino, and we'll show you why we're the top Orange County casino party company in SoCal.  Take care, have a great weekend, and we'll see you later!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Aces Casino Blog: Part Two of Our In-Depth (?) "College Of Casino Game Knowledge" Series On Craps (You Don't 'Crap Out,' You "Seven-Out.")

OK, now, where were we? Oh, yes; If you read "Part One" of how to play this game called Craps that we posted three days ago, we left you with a question. And, being the industry leader in orange county casino party rentals, it's only right to pick up the discussion from that particular point.....

"What if the shooter doesn't throw a six OR a seven for a VERY long time?"

And the answer is, "you'll instantly figure out the way to beat this game." I know we've all done it before...We've been walking thru one of the many gaming areas of a Las Vegas casino, and hear a wild commotion coming from one of the gaming tables in the casino pit. AND, every time I hear the shrieks of joy, I'm guessing it's at a Craps table. So, for those of you that are wondering to yourself at that very moment, "why is everyone going so crazy?" The answer is the question we posted above -- Someone hasn't thrown their point number or a seven for a VERRRY long time.

Think about it -- In the game of Craps, yes, the 'seven' DOES turn into the enemy of the player, once a point is created, but if the shooter avoids the sevens on the dice, it's like the Craps table has opened up it's very own ATM. EVERY time the dice roll and it ain't a seven, someone's most likely getting paid off on one of their "place bets" on those other numbers available for betting; 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and/or 10. OK, I know -- "So, Mr. "orange county casino party guy, can you provide us with a little tutorial?" Ahh, yes, ask, and you shall receive.....

Example -- On the 'come-out roll' (First roll of the sequence), shooter throws a five. Dealers mark the 5 as the 'point,' and now, the 'pass line bet' needs a five to be thrown BEFORE a seven. Now, the INSTANT that the shooter threw that five, he gives the dealer $27. Why? Because with that $27 wager, he can play what is called "across." The player can place the correct bets on the OTHER five main numbers on the game board, in this example, $5 on 4, $6 each on six and eight, $5 on 9, and $5 on 10. (You have to put an extra buck on the six and eight to get the correct payout odds, which are 7-to-6.

So, there you have it. Shooter throws 5, his pass line bet has that number covered. And, with that $27 bet, he ALSO has the 4-6-8-9-10 covered as well. For ALL SIX of these bets, there is only one number on the dice that can kill ALL of those bets -- SEVEN. Therefore, you can SEE why the table gets so crazy! No sevens for a long time = Cash, fun, and Craps euphoria.

But, in our example, we've neglected to mention what is truly the best bet on the Craps layout, the only bet that pays out "true dice odds," the only bets where the house has NO advantage over the player, the odds are, in a way, EVEN. And what IS this bet that every player should make, the second the point is created?

Ahhh, for THAT, you'll have to tune into Part Three of our Craps series. Another Craps cliffhanger from the orange county casino party leader, Aces Casino! We'll post Part Three on Monday, but in the meantime, check out some of the older postings from our blathering blog. See you at the tables!