Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past" -- An All-Star Hollywood Celebrity Gala Proves To Be a Tougher Nut To Crack Than Anticipated (Almost.)

(Ed. Note: Seems like a lot of our Aces Casino Blog fans have been requesting a re-do on our story about an event that took place about ten years ago in Hollywood.  So, by popular demand, here is another edition from our 'Blast From The Past' files...Enjoy.)

Recently, there was a manager's meeting held here at the offices of Aces Casino, the top orange county casino party rental giant. The reason for this "summit meeting" of our top six department heads was pretty simple; the team was there to come up with some suitable, yet witty content for the next few blog entries to post right here in our infamous Aces Casino blog. (You didn't think I thought all of this stuff up, did you? -- Grin) Yeah, that's right; It's "Casino Night Writer's Block." It happens....

What we found out was the answer to the riddle, "How many casino night managers does it take to come up with even ONE suitable topic?" Well, the answer appears to be six. They ALL came up with the SAME IDEA. So much for great minds think alike.

But...Wait, just a minute. First, they DID have a point. "Aces, you already blogged about our favorite celebrity casino event of all time!" (this event is the one they all thought of first.) But, just like the best think-tankers of these United States, they all thought of their second-favorite celebrity-laced casino night endeavor, and suggested that we use THAT one.

OK. I'm easy. It's not one of MY favorites (for reasons that you'll understand later), but yours truly only has one vote. Democracy wins out again, friends.

It's an event that was instantly dubbed, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." And, without question, it was ALL of the above, in spades, as you'll soon see.

The event was a celebrity fund raiser held at a studio warehouse in Culver City about 15 years ago, and as Jack Webb would have so eloquently put it, "What you about to read is true. The charities' names have been changed to protect the innocent." The CHARITIES, yes. The CELEBRITIES? Uh-uhh. Nope. We're going with THEIR names. We'd make a GREAT tell-all book author.

The day of the event, the entire Aces team was totally psyched; Because of the nature of the event, and all of the celebs that would be in attendance, it wasn't hard for the top orange county casino party juggernaut to fill the 30-some-odd dealers needed to properly staff this casino party.

All was well... The equipment was set up in perfect position for the casino floor, the dealer team was early as always, to receive their assignments for the evening, the casino floor staff (including me) was ready to go. Then, right before the event, the hostess for the evening came to talk to us about what she wanted most from us, to assist her in the event.

It was none other than Joan Rivers.

Yup.  That's her, officer.  That's the one.

Ouch. Now, I hadn't ever met Ms. Rivers before, but obviously, today was going to be my unlucky day. As she shuffled toward us, I remember not actually recognizing her (In hindsight, I would estimate that she was, at that point, somewhere between face lifts 5-and-8), but, yep, although she was slightly contorted, there was no mistaking that voice.

I introduced myself, and her immediate response was "Nice to meet you, Stan." (Not my name.) And, even though I corrected her a number of times during this first get-together, it never took. I was "Stan" all night. Hey, what the heck, I've been called worse. I used to referee hockey games in Westminster, California. I WISHED that THOSE guys would call me Stan.

Anyway, she filled me in on what little she knew about the event, and went on her merry way. Unfortunately, this wouldn't be the last I would see of Joan Rivers on this fateful evening. Oh, NOOOO, not by a long shot.

Reason? Well, Joan thought that it would be a hoot to follow me around and constantly quiz me about what I was doing during our Las Vegas night casino event, and never missing a trick when it came to interrupting my work with the dealers and clients, and harassing both me AND the clients with snide "comedic" innuendos that were being broadcast throughout the casino floor via her wireless microphone.

That face of hers still haunts me to this day. (I'm told this is a recurring nightmare for many people that watch her on television. Ask Annie Duke.) That was a long night. She repeatedly asked me questions like, "what do you think of my butt, Stan?" I finally answered her by telling her that I had seen more butt on a cigarette, a quip she didn't take to at all. She turned her "let's harass Stan" meter up to "10" at that point. Yikes...

Joan Rivers -- Definitely the "BAD."

In fairness, we HAVE to move right to the good. Steven Spielberg. Talk about a nice guy. Irically, he was playing at a Blackjack table with a dealer that has been notorious for being, shall we say, "merciless" when it comes to beating up our fake casino game players. Spielberg was unable to dodge this dealers' wrath as well, declaring at one point that, "If I lose one more hand, i'll be unable to afford to make my next picture.

Thank goodness the casino chips ARE fake, because the director of such blockbuster hits as "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" lost an incredible 17 hands in a row. Stick to blockbusters, Steven... (Grin)

Well, I guess that only leaves us with our third of three parts. We've had the "good," we've talked about the "bad." Now, it's time for the "ugly." and BOY, was IT ugly. (Laugh) Take it from an orange county casino night party employee that looks in the mirror on a daily basis: I KNOW UGLY.

Same party, and almost immediately after having a few laughs with Mr. Spielberg, we get a call over our headset communications system... "Ummm, Aces, we need a little help on table #2."

OK, no problem. I know Table 2. It's right near the warehouse entrance, right next to ED-209, the robot from "Robocop." Can't miss it. I also note to myself that it has one of our all-time favorite blackjack dealers at that table, one of the nicest guys in the world. So, without hesitation, it's time to go over to T-#2, and talk to our dealer.

When I get there, the dealer waves me over, and quietly whispers to me something I thought I'd never hear from this dealer..... "If you don't get this guy away from me right now, I'm going to have to kill him."

I look over at the player he's pointing at, and it's ROBERT WAGNER.

 Probably still has our chips in his pocket.

Now, i've always LOVED Robert Wagner, all the shows he's done (Hart to Hart, Switch), and to top it all off, the dealer doesn't recognize or know who Wagner is. (Darned young dealers. Makes me feel old.)  Besides, this is the SAME Robert Wagner that was oh-so-hospitable at the beginning of the event.

Funny what 9 glasses of wine will do to ya.

Well, he's totally out of control: boisterous, argumentative, consistently slurring his words, swearing at the dealer, accusing him of cheating. (Yeah, we always love cheating celebs out of fake chips at high-end charitable events.)

Luckily, one of Wagner's friends immediately comes to the rescue to assist him in getting away from the table, and it's a good thing -- Here comes Joan Rivers, looking for someone to verbally assault, and Robert Wagner would have been a prime target. Once she arrives at the table, it's time to harass the old "pit boss," yours truly.

Hey, it's better than Ol' "frozen face" getting into it with Alexander Mundy. THAT could have been REALLY ugly.  The good news was the fact that Joan turned out to be a good friend for Mr. Wagner, instantly cooled him off, and quietly escorted him away from the table, before this fake-chip fracas could escalate.  Three goody-goody points for Joan Rivers, courtesy of her ol' friend, "Stan.".

Wow....THAT was a night to remember. Or forget. I haven't decided which. What did I learn from all of our experience at what turned out to be a really fun event? Easy.

Next time we do a celeb event, I'm bringing ED-209 with me.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Aces Casino Blog "Blast From The Past" -- Time To Sharpen Your Wits With a Little 10 - Question Test On Our Favorite Casino Game - Blackjack!

OK, all you "expert Blackjack players:" The Professor is handing out the papers. Take one, and pass the rest back, please. It's time for all of you to take the Blackjack version of the "Aces Casino Mid-Term Gaming Test." Today's exercise deals with what most people consider the most popular game in Las Vegas -- 21, Blackjack.

Here at Aces Casino (the orange county casino night leader), we take pride in our ability to keep all of our many Blog-Readers mentally sharp and ready to do battle in the Vegas casinos, and what better way to do THAT than by testing our casino party flock from time to time. Here, it doesn't COST you anything.

Yeah, we thought it was a great idea, too. We already test the SoCal masses at our just-for-fun casino tables with live dealers; Why not add a written test to the "blog" mix? For the record, we'll be utilizing our Aces Casino Blog for all kinds of testing, reaching out to ALL of the casino games that you love to play. We just HAD to start with Blackjack, though. It's only fair.

For each of our "mid-term tests" that we'll propose over the coming weeks, the format will most likely remain the same; Ten questions, with all 10 questions dealing with the chosen game of the day, and all the questions being of the True/False variety. OK, if the orange county casino night Professor is ready, let's begin. (Ed. Note: all of the answers will appear at the end of the blog. No peeking.)

Question 1. You should always hit a hand of 16 against a dealer's 10.

Question 2. A player that loses four hands in a row is due to win the next hand.

Question 3. It is not recommended to split 8's against a dealer's 10 or Ace.

Question 4. It doesn't matter which spot you sit down at when joining a game of Blackjack.

Question 5. You should always take even money when you have a blackjack and the dealer's up-card is an Ace. (2-point question.)

Question 6. Referring to a strategy card while playing at a Las Vegas casino Blackjack table is perfectly legal.

Question 7. A Blackjack player who is misplaying their hands will always cause the other players at the table to lose.

Question 8. The house edge against the player changes, depending on how many decks are used at the table.

Question 9. A Blackjack player that enters the game in the middle of a shoe will change the flow of the cards and ultimately alter the game in favor of the casino.

Question 10. When splitting Aces at the table, you are only allowed one card up per Ace.

OK, let's see how you did. I'm SURE that our students know their Blackjack. (Aren't we? Gee, I hope so....Grin)


Question 1. FALSE. Did we get you already? Yes, surprisingly, that IS false. Remember, some casinos in Las Vegas use what is called the "Surrender" play at the table, where you can surrender half of your bet before hitting or standing. If you have 16 and the dealer is showing a ten, "Basic Strategy" suggests the player "surrender."

Question 2. FALSE. The deck of cards has no idea how the previous hands were dealt or played. Therefore, there is no mathematical theory around that has EVER suggested that this could possibly be true. Nope, false.

Question 3. Sorry, that's FALSE, too. Basic Strategy suggests that you do just that -- Split 'em. Look it up. I ain't lyin', here.

Question 4. TRUE. I'm sure that some might think the 3rd-base position is where the experts should play, but your personal chances of winning have nothing to do with actual seat position. Math wins again.

Question 5. FALSE. People, you're giving the house back a significant edge if you take the "even money" bait. ALWAYS take the 3-to-2 odds in your favor. Remember, thirteen possible cards under the dealer's hand, and only 4 of them make Blackjack (10-J-Q-K). Take the 3-to-2, baby. Two points for getting this one right.

Question 6. TRUE. I know you've heard all of the card-counter stuff, but here's the straight dope; having a basic strategy card to assist in your play is not only legal, but a VERY good idea.

Question 7. FALSE. Who told you THAT lie? Believe me, you have to take all of the superstition out of your game, if you believe this one. Doesn't matter if you're playing with rocket scientists or Raider fans: Those other players do NOT change your odds of winning. Trust me.

Question 8. TRUE. The house edge DOES change when fewer decks are used. Check out this link to see how much the differences are between using one deck and using an eight-deck shoe.

Question 9. FALSE. The flow of the cards dealt out might change, but there's no way to predict if this helps or hurts the players. Think about it.

Question 10. TRUE. Las Vegas casinos only allow the one mandatory card on each Ace. I know, sometimes you wish you could hit again. Uh-uhh. Nope, no-can-do. Aces Casino wouldn't be doing it's orange county casino night job right, if we weren't trying to help out a lil' bit.

Well, how did you do? Hopefully, you all scored a perfect "11." Come back any time, we're always discussing your favorite games here at the Aces Casino Blog! We'll see you next time......

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Aces Casino Blog: Since We're Discussing Our Good Friend, Godzilla - Here's a Video That Touches On The 10 WORST Kaiju In Godzilla History! (Ten?)

I KNEW this Godzilla thing was going to get out of hand.

If we know ANYTHING about the crazy staff here at Aces Casino Entertainment, the most eclectic, entertaining orange county casino party crew in SoCal, it's simply this -- The goofier, the better, they always say.

Instantly, in the Whittier offices of Aces Casino, the discussion raged on -- "Remember THIS foe of Godzilla, or how about THAT one?"  If the Blockbuster store was still open down the street, there would have been a max exodus to go and rent as many Godzilla DVDs as they had.  (Ed. Note: There's a rumor going around that most of the staff coming to work tomorrow will be bringing their DVDs to prove their point.)

Well, let it never be said that we here at Aces Casino, the orange county casino night party crew, could NOT take this goofy argument to the extreme.  Therefore, we present to you, the discerning Aces Casino Blog public, a video that mentions just about every horrible kaiju that appeared in a Godzilla film, going back to 1955.... Enjoy!

"The Attack Of The Rubber Suit People!"

Thankfully, that's all for now from the "creative minds" of the Aces Casino Blog.  We'll see you on Monday with more scintillating blog-thoughts.

What's that, you say?  We need more "Peanuts?"  OK, you asked for it...

"Mos-u-Ra...A - Mos-u ra.."

Oh, one more thing --  On June 10th, by popular demand, The Aces Casino Blog team will return next time out with the beginning of our eight-part "Blast From The Past" editions.  You have been warned.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Aces Casino Blog: If You're Looking For a Place To Brush Up On The History Of Godzilla, You've Come To The Right Place (Where's The Peanuts?)

Here at Aces Casino Entertainment, well known around these-here-parts as the top Orange County Casino Party Company on the west coast, we just love interesting trivia (Ed. Note: AND interesting casino games, too.).  And nothing has sparked some back-and-forth discussions in the halls of Aces Casino quite like this lil' ditty....

….Godzilla has made more motion pictures than James Bond.

I know, I found it hard to believe, as well.  Cost me a lunch bet.  That reminds me -- Never bet against the Construction and Design team here at Aces Casino.  They're always looking for ways to cheat us bloggers out of our hard-earned coinage.

So, for the price of 2 pizzas, a hot dog and a chicken-bake at Costco, the blog team here at Aces Casino, those orange county casino night party crazies, proudly present the be-all, end-all You-Tube vid that chronicles the history of that big, green lizard, known as "Godzilla, KING Of The Monsters!"

Yep, that's him. Warning - The IMAX version is LOUD.

That'll do for this week's Monday Aces Casino Blog posting.... Back Thursday with more goofy, irreverent blather.

Oh -- That tease about "The Peanuts?"  I thought they hung out with Gojira, but it now appears that they only sing for Mothra.  Sue me.  Peanuts, Peanuts, get yer Peanuts right here....

Love me some Peanuts. They're the two chicks in the white.

Oh, one more thing... Aces Casino Entertainment just became a "Top Performer" on the Gig Salad website.  Just another milestone for the top orange county casino party company, Aces Casino!