Thursday, August 31, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

To which they replied, "No Problem." 

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

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

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

And it was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And, as quickly as it appears, the "Blast From The Past" 4-episode teaser is done.  But, fear not, my friends of The Aces Casino Blog - We have more "interesting" info coming your way.  The Blog has announced that the month of September will now be known as "The Month Of The Alternate Endings."  Simply stated, the Aces Casino Blog team has been working hard to find alternate endings for some of our favorite films.  This will make for some good stuff, starting with the alternate ending (Ed. Note: And a DOOZIE of an ending!) for the movie, "Little Shop Of Horrors," Starring "Audrey II."   Check it out, it'll be here on the Aces Casino Blog on Monday!  See you then!

Monday, August 28, 2017

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 third 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 and 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: 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 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.

(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 "Aces Casino Invitational" at Hollywood Park Race Track.  Check it out on Thursday, see ya!)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Aces Casino Blog: Is Aces Casino Shooting For Their OWN Reality Show On TV? We Found This Blooper Reel (?) That Seems To Suggest Just That!


The Aces Casino Blog "Special Report" -- "Aces Casino Shoots For Reality TV Show Gig."

OK, now, it's tough to fool the staff here at the offices of Aces Casino Entertainment (You know - The best orange county casino party company on the west coast).  We knew something was going on, with that camera crew roaming around the halls, filming this and that, then, retreating to the Aces Casino "Studio" and closing the doors.

Yep, we can now verify what's been going on around here.  Aces Casino Entertainment wants their own Reality TV Show on cable television.

That camera crew has been around here for two months, now..... Suddenly, last Wednesday, they disappeared, never to return.  We're guessing that "principle photography" has concluded.  (Ed. Note: Either that, or they found some fantasy football draft to film.)  So, to that end, we thought, "Hmm..... Well, if there's footage to be seen, it must be on the companies' main computer database."  (Ed. Note: Oh, yeah, brilliant deduction.  Holmes and Watson have nothing on YOU THREE geniuses.)

Well, we snuck into the studio when the team was doing an event last Friday (The La Habra HS Annual Poker Tournament), and we've uncovered some footage that appears to NOT be part of the final version of whatever they're making.  We'll call this the "Aces Casino Blooper Reel."

We've found four different shots that we feel need to be seen.  So, to that end, we give you Episode 1 of "The Best of the Aces Casino Blooper Reel!"  (Courtesy of the top orange county casino night party company in southern California!)

This looks like it was shot over at the company that we go to, in order to verify value on various casino-type materials that come into our facility from time to time.  It would have been a pretty nice piece of footage for their highlight reel - Until the guy broke the nice man's machine by pulling too hard.... It's an ANTIQUE, goofus!  It's not a pinball machine that you can just 'Tilt' on command!  (hehe!)

Nice goin', Ace.  Next time, softer...SOFTER.

We called the company that this was filmed at... We've discovered that "no machine was harmed in the making of this film."  (Everything's OK, and We'll try to NOT beat on the equipment next time!)  We'll keep posting the bloopers we find, until they find out we hacked into their movie files.  If all goes well, we'll post "Blooper #2" on Thursday.  Stay tuned, courtesy of Aces Casino Entertainment, the best orange county casino party company in SoCal!

The 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: The Gamblers Lose.)


(Ed. Note: Next up, Part 2 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 "Voila!"  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, our 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 Two 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, August 21, 2017

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: We've been getting a lot of requests that would like The Aces Blog Team to re-post some of their best Blog Rants from the history files.  Your wish is our command...It's "Day One" of Four straight "Blast from the Past" historical posts here at the Aces Casino Blog.  First 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 this edition of "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 seven years, now.  Hope you enjoy our slightly-off irreverence....)


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Aces Casino Blog: Is Aces Casino Trying To Get On Cable TV? We Found Another Blooper that was Labeled "Casino Wars." (Stick To Casino Parties.)


The Aces Casino Blog "Special Report" -- "Aces Casino Shoots For Reality TV Show Gig."

OK, now, it's tough to fool the staff here at the offices of Aces Casino Entertainment (You know - The best orange county casino party company on the west coast).  We knew something was going on, with that camera crew roaming around the halls, filming this and that, then, retreating to the Aces Casino "Studio" and closing the doors.

Yep, we can now verify what's been going on around here.  Aces Casino Entertainment wants their own Reality TV Show on cable television.

That camera crew has been around here for two months, now..... Suddenly, last Wednesday, they disappeared, never to return.  We're guessing that "principle photography" has concluded.  (Ed. Note: Either that, or they found some fantasy football draft to film.)  So, to that end, we thought, "Hmm..... Well, if there's footage to be seen, it must be on the companies' main computer database."  (Ed. Note: Oh, yeah, brilliant deduction.  Holmes and Watson have nothing on YOU THREE geniuses.)

Well, we snuck into the studio when the team was doing an event last Friday (The La Habra HS Annual Poker Tournament), and we've uncovered some footage that appears to NOT be part of the final version of whatever they're making.  We'll call this the "Aces Casino Blooper Reel."

We've found four different shots that we feel need to be seen.  You already saw goof numero-uno on our Monday edition of the Aces Casino Blog, So, to that end, we now give you Episode 2 of "The Best of the Aces Casino Blooper Reel!"  (Courtesy of the top orange county casino night party company in southern California!)

This next blooper looked like it was filmed in the Aces Casino Studio, and was part of either the beginning of the reel, or most likely, the ending.  We know that our Operations director doesn't like goofing things up, and you can tell that's exactly what happens, when this excerpt goes awry. 

Nice zoom-in at the end.  Hey - They can't all be winners!

Actually, when we think about it, if these are the worst things that happen to our team during the filming of the production reel, we're guessing that the finished product will be pretty darned nice.  We'll try and find out more about what's going on with the filming, and hopefully, we'll get our hands on the main reel, when it's finished.

We'll keep posting the bloopers we find, until they find out we hacked into their movie files.  If all goes well, we'll post "Blooper #3" next Monday.  Stay tuned, courtesy of Aces Casino Entertainment, the best orange county casino party company in SoCal! 

(Ed. Note:  The boss found out about the "hacking" in our I.T. and Data-Tech areas in the offices.  Our guess is, no one is fired - actually, the blog team was given a raise -, the bloopers are out, and the finished production reel will be debuted on this Blog channel at some point in the near future.  There weren't any blooper spots left, anyway.  I've seen the finished product.  It's VERY good!  Next up on the Aces Casino Blog -- Our four-part series that we call the Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past!")

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Aces Casino Blog: Is Aces Casino Trying To Get On Cable TV? We Found This Blooper that was Labeled "Casino Wars." (Stick To Casino Parties.)


The Aces Casino Blog "Special Report" -- "Aces Casino Shoots For Reality TV Show Gig."

OK, now, it's tough to fool the staff here at the offices of Aces Casino Entertainment (You know - The best orange county casino party company on the west coast).  We knew something was going on, with that camera crew roaming around the halls, filming this and that, then, retreating to the Aces Casino "Studio" and closing the doors.

Yep, we can now verify what's been going on around here.  Aces Casino Entertainment wants their own Reality TV Show on cable television.

That camera crew has been around here for two months, now..... Suddenly, last Wednesday, they disappeared, never to return.  We're guessing that "principle photography" has concluded.  (Ed. Note: Either that, or they found some fantasy football draft to film.)  So, to that end, we thought, "Hmm..... Well, if there's footage to be seen, it must be on the companies' main computer database."  (Ed. Note: Oh, yeah, brilliant deduction.  Holmes and Watson have nothing on YOU THREE geniuses.)

Well, we snuck into the studio when the team was doing an event last Friday (The La Habra HS Annual Poker Tournament), and we've uncovered some footage that appears to NOT be part of the final version of whatever they're making.  We'll call this the "Aces Casino Blooper Reel."

We've found four different shots that we feel need to be seen.  So, to that end, we give you Episode 1 of "The Best of the Aces Casino Blooper Reel!"  (Courtesy of the top orange county casino night party company in southern California!)

This looks like it was shot over at the company that we go to, in order to verify value on various casino-type materials that come into our facility from time to time.  It would have been a pretty nice piece of footage for their highlight reel - Until the guy broke the nice man's machine by pulling too hard.... It's an ANTIQUE, goofus!  It's not a pinball machine that you can just 'Tilt' on command!  (hehe!)

Nice goin', Ace.  Next time, softer...SOFTER.

We called the company that this was filmed at... We've discovered that "no machine was harmed in the making of this film."  (Everything's OK, and We'll try to NOT beat on the equipment next time!)  We'll keep posting the bloopers we find, until they find out we hacked into their movie files.  If all goes well, we'll post "Blooper #2" on Thursday.  Stay tuned, courtesy of Aces Casino Entertainment, the best orange county casino party company in SoCal!



Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Aces Casino Blog: Here Is a Late Entry To The Aces Casino Blog's "Best New Games of 2017" -- Last, But Not Least, Here Comes "Mississippi Stud!"


Aces Casino Entertainment (Also known as the top orange county casino party company in southern California) has always prided itself on being the one company to turn to in order to find out what new casino games might be coming to a gaming establishment near you.  Hey, who DOESN'T love to check out the newest games?

Some time ago, it was determined by the powers that be that run this crazy orange county casino night party company that it should be the ol' Aces Casino Blog that does the honors in passing along the info you all were looking for.  So, to that end, it's time to begin our month-long game trainer series, with a twist - Our wildly popular "New Casino Games For 2017" series!

Last time out on the Aces Casino Blog, It was Scott Roeben's post on his Uber-Popular "Vital Vegas" blog and podcast thaty showed us the in's and outs of a game called "Street Dice."  Next up, we go back to"The Wizard Of Odds" for his take on our VERY last entrant in the "Aces Casino Blog New Casino Games Of 2017" --   It's a game that we here at Aces Casino Entertainment call a "highly addictive" game -- Let's take a peek at "Mississippi Stud!"


Use This Link to Try Out "Mississippi Stud!"

Here's hoping that you enjoyed out look at Mississippi Stud Poker.  That's all for now on the "Blog" today, my "Irreverent Blog fans."  We're back with our usual "news" on Thursday, but here's a peek at coming attractions.... Starting in September, get ready for the Aces Casino Blog's look at some alternate endings to some of the best films of the past! 

Also -- There's been a lot of buzz around these Aces Casino offices for the last two months, as that kooky casino party crew has been filming a sizzle reel that the powers that be might lead to landing a reality TV show on cable.  (Ed. Note: This is what happens when all of our clients tell us that we should be on TV.  What a GREAT idea -- Show America all of the catfights and bloopers that only WE know about, to this point.)  When we get ahold of the final copy of this Aces Casino Entertainment "sizzle reel," we'll post it.  That'll be fun.  Have a good week -- Out!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Aces Casino Blog: The Game Of Craps Uses Many Nicknames For Certain "In-The-Game" Dice Rolls... But What The Heck Is a "Brooklyn Forest?"


Here at Aces Casino, that place in Whittier that is also known as being the top orange county casino party company in southern California, we LOVE finding out answers to some of the questions that rest on the minds of our many (5?) readers....

Recently, a discussion at our main office ensued regarding the cute little nicknames that are associated with certain dice roll combinations... You know, nicknames like "Little Joe From Kokomo" (a roll of 3+_1, a fo'), or "The Eighter From Decatur" (3+5, or an eight-er...Grin).....

Everybody was getting a kick out of making a list of the best and funniest nicknames they've heard while playing Craps... So, being the internet goofs that we are, we started looking up websites that dealt with just this particular discussion, and found a lot of such sites!  This is The Aces Casino Blog at it's finest, my friends....

We found a great list that uses a spread sheet-form to look up some of the more interesting names... That chart is shown below, courtesy of the best orange county casino night party company in SoCal!

OK, now WHO knew that a Hard Six was a "Brooklyn Forest?"

I know what you're thinking..... Who's idea was it to come up with some of these "nicks?"  And - What do they MEAN?  Yeah, we get it - Some of these dice roll nicknames kinda make sense, when you think about it....

"Jimmie Hicks" is, a six.... OK, It's the rhyme thing....

"Ballerina" -- A two and a two..(A Tu-Tu..Get it?)

And MY favorite -- "The Australian Yo!"  (Ace-Deuce...Turn an ace-deuce over, and you've got an eleven.)

But then, all of us came to one on the list that we couldn't understand -- A hard Six, which was listed as a "Brooklyn Forest."

Huh?  What?  OK, seriously....What the heck is a "Brooklyn forest???  The gauntlet was thrown down, and we needed to find out why the heck a hard six was called the Brooklyn Forest.

So, first, naturally, we turned to CasinoPedia, a website that handles situations just like this.  We looked up "Brooklyn Forest," and found a spot on their site that says, "Brooklyn Forest Explained."  Here's the Link to CasinoPedia that we found... Unfortunately, their site that says "Brooklyn Forest Explained" DOESN'T explain it.

Strike one.  OK, next, we turned to another great gaming site, known as "The Natural Shooter."  Surely, this site will make up for CasinoPedia, and right this wrong by telling us what a Brooklyn Forest is.  Here's the Link to The Natural Shooter, which explained to us that "A Brooklyn Forest is a (Hard Six - Two Threes.")

Uhh, yeah, we knew that, already.  It's not like we here at the Aces Casino Blog doesn't waste enough time already in the office catacombs looking up goofy stuff on the 'Net.... But hey, this is serious - "We're gettin' nowhere fast!"  (Ed. Note: Our company motto has always been "This Beats "Working," but "We're Gettin' Nowhere Fast" is working it's way up the list fast, with THIS group of Bloggers.)

So... Here at Aces Casino, when we're hitting stone walls left and right when we're trying to get something done, we always go to whatever source that we KNOW will NOT let us down.  In THIS situation, there was only one man to turn to.

"Fat Tony" Palazzo, of course. 

Now, let it be said that, for many reasons, "Fat Tony" hasn't been a big Aces Blog contributor for the last six-plus years, but everyone has to start somewhere.  That, and "Fat Tony" is a born-and-raised Brooklyn-Ite.  If ANYONE would know why a hard six is a Brooklyn Forest, it's Tony-P., the "King of the Equipment Movers."

So, it took 9 seconds to find out the information we were looking for.  "Hey, Fat Tony - What's a Brooklyn Forest??" 

His answer?  "Youse guys don' know what a Brooklyn forest is?  Iz a hard six, 2 'Trees."

Tony P. went on to tell us that "they ain't many trees in Brooklyn, if ya 'no wha' I mean.  So, Two trees is a forest in Brooklyn."

Phh....Riddle solved.  We just needed to ask somebody with a Bronx accent.  For the record, from this moment on, a hard six is now called a "Brooklyn Forest," in honor of Fat tony Palazzo.  We're back with our continuing coverage of the best new casino games of 2017 on Thursday, when we take a look at one of the hottest new games of 2017 - Mississippi Stud!  Check it out, see you then!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Aces Casino Blog: "When A Craps Table Is Set Up Outside, The Table REALLY Gets Hot!" Here's A Quick Peek At The Game Called "Street Dice!"


Everyone within shouting distance of Aces Casino Entertainment (also known as the top orange county casino party company on the west coast) knows that any time a new casino game comes around, we are ALL OVER IT.  Enter the team at The Aces Casino Blog to get the job done....

Thus is the case with another discovery over at Scott Roeben's "Vital Vegas" Blog, found in the archives back on May 15th, 2014.  (Ed. Note: "Amazon Prime," you're not.  Try to speed up the blog posts a bit, will you?)   Here's the link to the actual story, but here's the "Cliff's Notes...." 

The game is really a "shorthand" version of the game of Craps.  Here's how you play....

Players make their basic bet, then throw the dice. Go ahead and set them if you like. The “wall” you’re shooting against is 10 feet away, so controlling the dice would be beyond impossible.

If you roll a 2, 3 or 12 on the first roll, you lose your bet. A seven is a “push.” Only an 11 wins on the first roll (it pays even money).

If you roll something other than those numbers, the dealer marks the point, and you have three rolls to hit the number again. There’s a digital counter on the wall that counts down from three.


Here's how to play.  You're turning your head sideways, aren't you?

OK... Counting backward from three is, you know, a lot harder than counting to three.

Payouts on the numbers, if hit, vary based upon which roll it is, first, second or third. For the numbers 4 and 10, hitting the number on the first roll pays 5-to-1, second roll pays 4-to-1 and third roll pays 3-to-1. For 5 and 9, hitting the number on the first roll pays 4-to-1, second roll pays 3-to-1 and third roll pays 2-to-1. For 6 and 8 (the most commonly-rolled numbers, after seven), hitting the number on the first roll pays 3-to-1, second roll pays 2-to-1 and third roll pays even money.

If you roll a seven (the most commonly-rolled number) after the point has been established, you lose your bet.

So, hit your point (win), “seven out” (lose) or fail to hit the point in three rolls (lose), and you start all over again.

We had to rotate the picture, Scott.  Chiropractor Lawsuits.  Sorry.

That’s pretty much it. Easy game, easy payout table. To illustrate the simplicity of the game, Scott grabbed these photos as dealers (presumably dice dealers in the main casino) were being trained to run Street Dice, and their entire training took less than five minutes.

The straightforward nature of Street Dice at Downtown Grand should make it accessible to people intimidated by traditional craps, as well as those with far too much disposable income.

There’s one side bet in the game, just to keep things interesting.  (Ed. Note: Besides the fact that Scott's post is over 3 years old...)

The side bet in Street Craps is called a “Brick Bet” (again, no actual bricks, and this bet must be made before the start of a roll). It pays if an established point of 4, 6 , 8 or 10 hits as a pair, or “hard way,” within three rolls. On the “come out,” or set-the-point roll, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 12 lose, as those aren’t among the four numbers (4, 6, 8, 10) that can be made the hard way. A roll of 7 loses, too. An 11 on the set-point roll is a push. A winning “Brick Bet” pays 25-to-1.

There you have it, my friends.  We're looking into the possibility that this game still exists in Downtown Las Vegas... We'll let you know.  Our thanks again to Scott Roeben and his monster-blog, Vital Vegas.  Next up on the Aces Casino Blog, we discuss "The Brooklyn Forest."   That's Monday on the Blog.  Thanks to all that checked in with us today, from the top orange county casino night party company in SoCal - Aces Casino Entertainment!  Have a good weekend!