2016 February

Poker Chips and Slot Tournaments

Poker Chips and Slot Tournaments

The weather has been amazing in Northern California and Grand Sierra in Reno was offering me a free slot tournament so I made the short drive out there. It was a beautiful drive with the sun shining down on the snow. A lot of it was melting and had the water flowing. I could tell it was going to be a good trip.

I wanted to get some cards in my hand and headed over to the best poker room in Reno, Peppermill. The Peppermill poker room gives you the best game selection and size with a bunch of amenities for all of the players. It wasn’t long until I was runnin’ hot and building my stack. I was dealt some kings a couple times with a lot of AQ’s. It was just a good game until my kings ran me into a full house. I called off a good portion of my stack but was still alive. I reloaded and it was time to grind again. I ran my stack back up and recouped my losses for a small winning session. There’s always variance in the game but that’s what makes it profitable. You have to be able to run with the variance and keep running your money through your edge.

Poker Chips at Peppermill Reno, Nevada

I missed my round for the slot tournament the first day and had to run both rounds in one day. These things are purely luck along with some button mashing. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the more seasoned slot tournament veterans. I did ok but didn’t stick around to see if I won anything. The free lay usually stays on your card for a while so I’m sure I will be back soon enough to check. It was a fun easy trip with some beautiful weather to go with it.

Slot Tournament at Grand Sierra Reno, Nevada

I ended the trip by hitting a few balls at the aquatic driving range. It’s nice launching some balls at the geese and ducks that hang out in the range. You can never practice your swing too much. Until next time Reno. Stay warm and keep the sun shining.


-Sunshine Wolf

Nugget Hotel and Casino Review Sparks, Nevada

Nugget Hotel and Casino Review Sparks, Nevada

Good ole’ Nugget out in Sparks, Nevada continues to embody that old West feel. Located just on the outskirts of Reno, Nugget has been struggling to keep with the times and blowing the dust off. They have been renovating without losing their theme but is it enough to stack up against the competition. Let’s take a deeper look at Nugget!

The Room – 6/10

Hotel Room at Nugget in Sparks, Nevada

Come take a load off and rest your head. Nugget definitely gives you a lot of room to stretch out. The room still looks a little dated but you can tell they are updating piece by piece. The bed was soft and comfortable but it was still a little springy. It always depends on your preferences and how you like your bed. The bathroom was nice and got the job done. No big mishaps in there. There was not a noticeable theme or decor. It was quite bland but it was comfortable and spacey. I can tell they tried to make the room seem modern with the flat screen TV but even that is already way behind the times. They didn’t leave a bunch of overpriced water and drinks in the room which I always appreciate. Definitely not a bad room and a pretty good place to crash after a long night of drinks and gambling!

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The last couple days in Vegas were laid back and good for the soul. I love the downtown Fremont Street area so I grabbed an $8 24-hour bus ticket for the SDX and Deuce. It’s a pretty cheap way to get around the Strip and downtown. If you want to get around on a budget and you’re trying to save your feet, this is a great way to go.

When I got downtown, I knew I had to check out the game at the Golden Nugget. I had heard so much about how live the games were and I needed to see for myself.

Poker Chips at Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Nevada

Let me tell you, this game was live. The action was good, plenty of games, local grinders along with some tourists sprinkled in. Everyone seemed friendly and easy going. I ended up breaking even after turning a straight and someone rivering a higher straight. I guess that’s why they call it the dummy end.

When I stepped back outside, the sun had set and the streets were alive.

Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

With the sky and the buildings shining, I was ready to roam the streets and have a few drinks. It’s easy to get lost in the sights and sounds of Fremont Street. I kept going until I entered East Fremont. This area might seem a little more sketchy but it has a cool, old West feel to it. It makes me feel like it is the heart of Vegas and what it was supposed to be.

East Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

It was nice to hit up some of the divey, trendy spots down here.

My friend that got the show tickets wanted to get some sushi so he swung by and picked me up. We went to an all-you-can-eat sushi joint called Yama Sushi. This place was a tiny hole-in-the-wall but they have a great selection of fresh fish. Sorry I couldn’t get any pictures of what it looked like before, but we definitely put in work.

Empty Plates at Yama Sushi in Las Vegas, Nevada

After filling up on fresh fish, we made our way back to the Strip for some after dinner drinks. We walked through the Venetian and saw a nice swanky place called db Brasserie. The menu looked good and we ordered a few.

The Ex-Pat at db Brasserie in the Venetian Las Vegas, Nevada

The Ex-Pat was delicious Maker’s Mark bourbon with a vanilla-ginger ice sphere that slowly melted and added so much flavor to this beautifully crafted cocktail. If you have a chance to settle in for a good one, swing by and be sure to sip it slowly and enjoy.

As the night wore on, we went our separate ways, and departed till next time. It’s always good to see a familiar face and share a few laughs. Always make time for the people that matter because the poker game will always be there.

The last day I woke up and wanted to have one last session before heading back home. I wanted to hit Caesar’s Palace for one last run and it was a good one.

Poker Chips at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Nevada

I ran my first stack down pretty low from a couple bad beats and had to reload. It was a good thing I did because shortly after fortune turned her beautiful face in my favor in the way of a suited Ace-Five. The board came 3 aces with the pre-flop raiser betting into me. I continued to slow play until I knew it was good to get my whole stack in. He called with his pocket queens and I sent him to the rails. It was a nice going away present from good ole Las Vegas.

To top it off, I got a free buffet for playing there and figured, “Why not?” I wanted to try out the buffet at Paris and Le Village did not leave me hungry. It was much more than I had expected from a lunch buffet. They already had the prime rib ready to be carved and served with a mountain of crab legs staring me in the face.

Food from Le Village Buffet in Paris Las Vegas, Nevada

My brother always told me you can tell how you’re doing by how well you eat. I would say I’m not doing too shabby. My stomach is full, my bed is warm, my drinks are cold, and my cards are live. I can’t wait to see you again beautiful Las Vegas. Until then, bon appĂ©tit.


-Fortunate Wolf

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Recently, Total Rewards offered me a free poker tournament entry to try and win some free play and with that offer came 3 free nights. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try and I never like to turn down a freeroll. I booked my room for Bally’s and flew out Friday night to start the tournament on Saturday.

Allegiant Flight to Las Vegas, Nevada

The flight was short and I slept through most of it. When I got in, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the room was. It was beautiful and spacious for a comped room. You can check out the room after I finish the review for Bally’s. It was already pretty late but I figured it would be fun to get in a late night poker session over at Excalibur.

Poker Chips at Excalibur Las Vegas

It was a quick hit and run when there was a raise and re-raise when I picked up aces. I got all the money in and one call with a bunch of dead money in the pot. It was a quick triple up and I was ready to get some food and then some sleep. Ran back to Bally’s and ordered a nacho appetizer at the Tequila Taqueria. I had no idea what I was in for. This was a mountain of delicious chips, cheese, sour cream, juicy chicken, bean, and topped with pico de gallo. I barely made a dent before I had to box this beast up and head back to the room.

Late Night Nachos from Tequila Taqueria in Bally's

Man, just makes me want to take another bite looking at it.

The next day I was up pretty early to play the freeroll tournament that came with my offer. I walked over to the Flamingo and registered for the event. It was a different style than I was use to. Apparently, this tournament was set up like a bunch of sit-and-go’s where the last person from each table advances to the next round. My time wasn’t until later in the evening so I took it easy, got a little work out in, and got some food. After a short nap, it was time to get the cards in the air.

Poker Tournament Chips at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Nevada

This tournament was ridiculous. The levels were 10 minutes with antes coming in at level 2. In case you couldn’t count the chip stack, that is 1,500 chips. I was able to make a couple plays and then got it all in with ace-king. Pocket 9’s called and the board didn’t help me. I was out and ready to enjoy the rest of my stay.

I’ve had a few friends that have moved to Vegas over the years and one of them was able to hook me up with some show tickets. I wasn’t really expecting to see a show on this trip but the stars aligned and I never turn down a chance to check out a new show. The tickets were to the Jabbawockeez new show Jreamz over at the MGM Grand.

Jabbawockeez Jreamz at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada

This show definitely pulls you in and makes you want to get on your feet and get down. I wasn’t expecting how intimate the show is but it definitely pulls the audience in making you want more.

After the show, I headed back over to Excalibur for a little more poker and a few drinks. It was a nice end to the day even though I busted pretty quick from the tournament. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself even when things don’t go as planned.

Treat Yoself Sign Las Vegas, Nevada

Stay posted for the second half of the trip and hopefully there will be some live cards and monster pots.


-Optimistic Wolf