2015 May

Finding the Source

Finding the Source

It’s been a little while since my last post and I’ve had a few things rattlin’ around in my head. I’ve spent the last couple weeks at home, playing some local poker tournaments and exploring the city a little more.

I was thinking about the way that people define who they are. Now, I know that a lot of people describe themselves through the things they do but there is a lot more to people than that. I was wondering about what makes people enjoy their hobbies, or habits and whatnot. For example, I was thinking about what makes me enjoy traveling to various casinos and taking chances on the tables. I believe my joy of risk comes from fear of regret. I never want to look back and wonder how things could have been if I had just taken a risk or was willing to go for it. I know that I also enjoy competition which is why I’m drawn to poker so much. I love the aspect of competing, improving, and eventually besting my opponents through practice and skill. I also love playing music and the creative process of creating something that has never existed. The rhythm and sound draws me to music. I see music as a safe place, free of competition or judgement. Music is my personal comfort zone for me to release what’s in my soul. I agree that there is a lot that you can tell from a person from what they like and choose to do. Another thing I take into account is what qualities or kinds of people that someone admires. Some people admire musicians or artists for their creativity or showmanship while others look up to professional athletes or great thinkers. These things can be a window into what someone holds in high esteem or value.

This also makes me think about self-worth. Some people struggle with self-worth because they believe that they are only as valuable as their abilities. It doesn’t really matter how well you perform in various activities and aspects of life. Everyone is a unique person and has value in their novelty and individuality. Sorry if I got a little profound and thought-provoking, I just get in my head sometimes. Every now and then I find myself taking a step back and looking at who we are. Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts about all of this. I try not to lose myself in the things I do and remember who I am. Until next time…


-Thinking Wolf

Drop Me a Line

Drop Me a Line

Hey everyone,

I wanted to give everyone a chance to get a hold of me and drop me a line. I would love to hear any stories or suggestions about places I should visit. Feel free to write anything you’d like. I hope to hear from you all. See you on the road and good luck!

-The Wolf

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Eldorado Resort Casino Review Reno, Nevada

Eldorado Resort Casino Review Reno, Nevada

Here we go! I made my way over to Reno again to explore the downtown area a little more. I decided to stay at the Eldorado. This casino has a nice classic feel to it. It has an industrial, mining town decor with modern amenities. The decor is tasteful and not too flashy but they could definitely improve on the rooms. So let’s get started.

The Room – 3/10

Eldorado Casino Resort hotel room

When I first entered the room, I said, “Oh no, what have I gotten myself into?” This room reminded me a of a halfway home. I looked to see if there was “Brooks was here” engraved in the wall. The room was not appealing at all. There was no sort of decor. There was enough room to walk throughout the room, that was all. There was a little space next to the bed to put my things down. Besides the stains on the chairs, the room was pretty clean. They had a tray of garbage that if it was moved it’s charged to the room, same with the mini fridge full of overpriced drinks and liquor. The bed felt so saggy and didn’t offer much support either. My back wasn’t too happy about sleeping in that bed. The bathroom had all of the things a normal bathroom would have, nothing special or even decorated. It felt very much like a Motel 6. Luckily, I wouldn’t be spending much time there. Come on Eldorado, make me feel like I’m in luxury.

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Well this weekend I had the pleasure of spending a weekend out by Lake Tahoe. Hard Rock in South Lake decided to give me a bunch of free nights since the last time I was out there. Plus, it’s my birthday month so all these casinos want to give me free stuff so I decided to go out for a night at Hard Rock in South Lake and then one at the Eldorado in Reno.

So I headed out to Tahoe, which is always a beautiful drive and arrived for my second time at the Hard Rock. I would say this stay was much nicer since I didn’t lose a bunch of money there and the room was free (like really free, the resort fee and everything was on the house). I headed over to Harvey’s to play a little poker.

poker chips at Harvey's in Lake Tahoe

I had no idea about the crowd that place brings in late on a Saturday night though. I mean, this one dude came in and joined the 3-6 limit game with $100 in chips. As soon as he sat down he said, “How much can I buy-in for? Like can I buy in for more? What game is this?” Then he proceeded to pull out a wad of crumpled up $100 bills and placed them on the table. Soon after this, the floor asked him to leave and we never saw him again. I left pretty tilty after my AA’s got cracked by 9-2 two pair. Who plays that? But I mean, I guess it is limit. I left to fight another day and decided to sleep it off.

The next day, woke up with my spirits renewed and ready to be back in Reno. I played a few tunes in the room before leaving good ole’ Tahoe.

Playing guitar at the Hard Rock in South Lake Tahoe

I stopped by a couple places in Reno, like GSR, to use the freeplay I had. I came up a little and headed over to Eldorado to check-in. Let me tell you, the Eldorado had me fooled. The lobby and resort decor is beautiful and classic. Unfortunately, the hallway and the room looked bland, creepy, and resembled a dorm or prison-like setting. I wanted to carve “Brooks was here” into the wall. You can read my complete review of the Eldorado here. Good thing I wasn’t going to be spending too much time in the room. I dumped my stuff and headed downstairs to hit up the casino. After playing a few machines, I wanted to explore downtown a little more and walked over to the Silver Legacy. That Twilight Zone game though… one of my favorites. Then I gave back more of my winnings until I hit like 56 Frodo free spins on the Lord of the Rings machine. Back to the Eldorado for some poker time.

Outside of Eldorado in Reno, Nevada

Played an easy limit game with some nice people and delicious drinks. After the mood changed at the table, I decided to leave and I was ready for steak and eggs. There’s just something about steak and eggs that just completes a night of drinking.

Steak and eggs at the Eldorado in Reno, Nevada

It did me good. I decided to do one more round on the casino floor and played this fish game that gave me another $150. Then it was bed time. Thanks Eldorado.

I woke up and needed that breakfast buffet. I wasn’t expecting much but listen up, Eldorado knows what they’re doing.

breakfast buffet food at Eldorado in Reno

I know I post a lot of pictures about food but who doesn’t like to eat? If you don’t like breakfast food then something’s wrong with you. That eggs Benedict hit the spot. Their Hollandaise sauce had the perfect zest and creaminess. Bomb!

Then it was time to head back home with my stomach and my wallet full. Thanks Reno for being so good to me.


-Happy Wolf