2016 January

Flamingo Hotel and Casino Review Las Vegas, Nevada

Flamingo Hotel and Casino Review Las Vegas, Nevada

The Flamingo truly captures the feel of Vegas in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. The vintage style and decor brings that old world feel to the ever-changing Las Vegas Strip. ¬†Even with a few renovations and a little polishing, this jewel in the crown of Vegas doesn’t shine as bright as it did before. So let’s dive in and see how the Flamingo sizes up!

The Room – 8/10

Hotel Room at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Nevada

I was pleasantly surprised when I first walked into the room because some of the fixtures in the hall and elevators seem a little worn and old. For some reason I was expecting carpeted floors only to find this wood type flooring. I could tell it wasn’t real hardwood floors but it was in panels. It still looked nice. The room was very clean and reminded me of a safari or tropical resort style. I liked the color scheme and had a good view of the natural habitat area below with the animals. There was plenty of room to put your things with a few cool pieces of furniture that seemed to fit the theme. The bathroom was nothing special. I know that bathroom renovations are usually a little more costly so they probably skimped a little on it. It still had a tub and clean, working shower. There was a cool fixture in the wall for tissues and razor disposal. I had never seen one of these before and thought it was a cool vintage fixture.

Tissues and Razor Blade Disposal in Flamingo Las Vegas, Nevada

The room was a great place to relax and a clean place to lay your head down. I laid on the bed to test it out and woke up a half hour later. I had no idea the bed would just put me to sleep like that. This room makes a great place to keep the party going or closing the curtains for a little shut eye.

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Back to the Ole’ Grind

Back to the Ole’ Grind

Now that I’ve been back and we’ve started a new year, it’s time to get back to the ole’ grind. I wanted the hit the beginning of the year hard with some tournament play. I usually play online poker on Bovada as the pickings are slim for online poker these days. I’m going to give you a run down of the first 10 tournaments I have played this year.

Bovada Online Poker Tournament

January 1, 2016

  1. $5000 Freeroll Qualifier Sit & Go – This was a single table tournament for a ticket to a $5,000 guaranteed tournament. I survived to the last three players and flopped two-pair with an 89 off-suit. All of the money went in and the big stack called. The board continued to straighten and he hit it. Busted 3rd/9.
  2. $1 Buy-In No Limit Hold ‘Em – This tournament I made it to the 150/300 blind level. I was getting short stacked and saw a flop with 74 off-suit and hit top pair. I shoved and get called by a set of 2’s (three-of-a-kind). Busted 28th/143.
  3. $5 Buy-In No Limit Hold ‘Em – I doubled up early when I hit a set of Q’s and my opponent hit a set of 9’s. I made it to the final table when I had to push with an A5 off-suit and was called by QJ off-suit. The QJ hit a straight, busting me from the tournament. Busted 8th/93, in the money.

January 2, 2016

  1. $1 Buy-In No Limit Hold ‘Em – Did well playing the tournament pretty deep. When it got down to the final two tables, I was dealt a AT suited and decided I had to push to make it to the final table. K9 off-suit called and hit two-pair, busting me 16th/165, in the money.
  2. $3 Buy-In $500 Guarnteed Turbo Deep Stack Hold ‘Em – I was crippled pretty early in this tournament. I was able to get all the money in pre-flop with AA and I was called by TT. Everything was fine until he rivers a T for full house. I quickly found A6 suited and shoved. I was called by AJ off-suit and he flopped a J. Busted 140th/180.
  3. $1 Buy-In No Limit Hold ‘Em – I was killed pretty early on in this tournament too. The hand that killed me was AQ suited against a T7 off-suit. I flopped top pair with a pretty good kicker and he turns the straight. Busted 79th/152.

January 3, 2016

  1. $2 Buy-In $1,000 Guaranteed Deep Stack Hold ‘Em – I doubled early on in this tournament with JJ vs. AK suited. My J’s held up and give me a little room to play. A few bad hands had me short-stacked and I eventually busted when my 77’s ran into QQ’s. Couldn’t see that one coming. Busted 203rd/664.
  2. $3 Buy-In $1,000 Guaranteed Deep Stack Hold ‘Em – I was dodging and weaving through this tournament but knew I had to make a move to make it deep into the money. I had TT and continued to push through the board that stayed pretty low. The board was paired and all of the money went in on the river. This guy flopped the full house and I was out 121st/812.
  3. $1 Buy-In No Limit Hold ‘Em – Early on my stack takes a big hit when I pick up KK and K7 off-suit calls me. All of the money goes in on the flop that looks safe and I was way ahead. This guy hits another 7 on the river giving him a full house. I llook for a hand to shove on and pick up 77’s. I push all-in pre-flop and one of the callers hits his set on the flop. Busted 48th/122.

January 4, 2016

I needed to get out of the house and wanted to play a live tournament. I ran over to Capitol Casino to play their morning daily tournament. It’s good practice for live tournament play.

Tournament Poker Chips at Capitol Casino Sacramento, California

  1. $35 Buy-In No Limit Hold ‘Em at Capitol Casino – The tournament was going great and I was playing tight-aggressive poker. I doubled up early on when I turned two-pair with J9 and someone shoved in front of me. Then I had AJ and flopped top-pair top-kicker on a J98 rainbow flop. I kept pushing and another player turned two-pair with J5 off-suit. The blinds started eating me up and I was in the big blind with 78 off-suit. It wasn’t raised so I was able to see a Q88 rainbow flop. I checked, another player shoves, and I call. He has Q9 off-suit for two-pair on the flop and then he turns another Q. I busted about 40th/70.

But that’s poker. You can’t expect to win most tournaments. You always go in and play smart poker, making good decisions. With a little luck and skill, you can only keep playing more and enjoy the deep runs. It’s a tough game to master and tournament play is even harder when you consider how many you bust out of without making a dime. I’ll keep you all posted about what’s happening at the tables and hope to see you at the final table sometime. Good luck on the grind and run well.


-Gambling Wolf

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I wanted to get back to you all sooner about my trip down to Southern California but I was down for the count. I finally feel back to myself and want to share the rest of the trip with you all. The end is where it all fell apart.

So, we left off after Medieval Times. The next day we relaxed until a surprise birthday party that we were preparing for one of our family members. We got dressed up and took a few pictures before the big moment.

Dressed up for party in Southern California

The night went great with lots of drinks, good food, better company, and lots of dancing. It was a wonderful way to celebrate 60 years of life.

After that we were all beat and ready to chill out the rest of the trip. Little did I know, there was a lot more on the agenda. The next day was another birthday celebration but it was a little more low key. We just met up at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. I thought it would be a nice, chill get together, but I was greatly mistaken.

Waiting for Food with my Brother at Farrell's

The orders were put in and the waiting began. I mean, I understand it isn’t easy taking a large party’s order, but at least have the food come out at the same time. We waited about an hour and a half for this.

Burger from Farrell's in Buena Park, California

Yeah, I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing I was thinking. To make it even worse, by the time I had finished this bland burger and 10 fries, people in our party still had nothing in front of them. I think it’s pretty bad service to feed people at different times. The kids in the group seemed to enjoy the shenanigans though. Apparently, the place is famous for their bizarre songs and dances for people’s birthdays.

Birthday Festivities at Farrell's in Buena Park, California

There it is. All that dancing and singing. And if that didn’t do it for you, it also comes with this.

Birthday Sundae from Farrell's in Buena Park, California

Three hours of my life for this. They even put a cherry on it that just kind of sits there and mocks you. They know you’re stuck because you’re with kids. This ate up one of my days which only left one more day with my momma.

On her last day down there, we decided to get some Korean food before her long flight back. I took her to her old stomping grounds and we hit up the H Mart. The food was pretty good and the price wasn’t too crazy. I like to get things I can’t really get back home so I went with this spicy seafood noodle soup.

Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup at H Mart Garden Grove, California

On the side, we added a few big dumplings. It feels weird calling them dumplings because I’ve always known them as Mondoo. It’s hard to write Korean words phonetically.

Big Dumplings at H Mart in Garden Grove, California

These things were big. The insides were filled with chopped up noodle, egg, and pork. Delicious. We ate and she picked up a few things and it was back to LAX for a long flight home.

Once my mom was gone, my brother and I continued our typical drunken shenanigans. We watched a few movies, bounced some future ideas off of each other, and reminisced about good times. We also got invited over for some of the best enchiladas I ever had.

Homemade Enchiladas in Southern California

These enchiladas were full of flavor and love. There was a Chile sauce to drizzle on and I made the mistake of slow-pouring. My mouth was on fire for the next 15 minutes or so but it was just so good. I couldn’t stop eating them. When the burning wore off, we sat around shooting the breeze. The kids hung out in the living room watching TV.

Kids Hanging Out After Dinner Southern California

Seeing those kids reminds me of when I was little during holiday get togethers. It wasn’t long until I was in the final hours of my trip and was getting ready to head back home.

The next morning, I packed up my things, ate some In-N-Out with the family, and started the long ride home.

Long Trip Home from Southern California

This is where the trip took a turn for the worse. In the middle of the drive, I hit two big traffic jams. During the second one I noticed I wasn’t feeling too hot and felt a little nauseous with a slight headache. I powered through to the next stop to get gas and thought some fresh air might help. As soon as I stood up out of the car, I knew my body wasn’t having it. I threw up most of what I had eaten that day and maybe a little from yesterday too. I was a mess. I got back in the car because I had a ways to go still. Shaking and trying to hold it together, I finished the lest leg of the trip and immediately got into bed. I was out for the count for the next few days. Let me tell you, having to drive when you’re feeling like that is one of the worst feelings ever. I’m glad to be back to my former self and ready to tackle the new year. Enjoy the holidays everyone and let’s hit the new year with a bang!


-Recovering Wolf