A Shot in the Dark

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A Shot in the Dark

It has been crazy hot over here in Sacramento and I needed to get away from the heat. I went to Reno recently and noticed that it wasn’t too much cooler up there so I decided to try Tahoe instead. No casino was offering me any free nights but I was not going to be deterred. I packed a small bag and decided to just go for it with only $5 in cash. Sometimes your best adventures aren’t planned.

You never really get tired of the views on the beautiful drive up to South Lake Tahoe. Majestic mountains covered in stunning greenery. After a couple hours up the road, I pulled into the Hard Rock Casino parking lot and started calling around. After getting hit with a few rates and whatnot, I found what I was looking for at Harveys. They were willing to give me a free night and I couldn’t wait since I had never stayed there (plus, that’s where the best poker room is in South Lake).

After checking in, it was time to get some food. I was feeling the urge for some pizza and I had plenty of comp to use so I decided to hit up Straw Hat. I couldn’t decide on the toppings and so I went with “The Works.” Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water.

The Works at Straw Hat in Harveys in South Lake Tahoe

That pizza was loaded with pepperoni, peppers, sausage, mushrooms, and olives. Delicious, crispy crust and melty cheese hit the spot. Amazing!

After lunch it was time to blow the freeplay that the casinos were giving me. Hard Rock gave me $5 that was gone in about 3 minutes with nothing to show for it. Then I crossed the street to use the $5 that MontBleu gave me. Bam! I hit a 6 out of 7 in keno which makes me $100 richer.

Winning at MontBleu with freeplay

I thought I was going to have to hit up the ATM when I got there because I only had $5 but now my wallet had a little padding. I waited for a free cocktail and decided to head back to Harveys to hit the poker room.

That game was crazy. There were a bunch of players just calling and raising all the way to the river with air. A bunch of them kept sucking out flushes and straights and it was just getting frustrating. I broke even and decided to take a little break. I needed to get away from the table for a little while and get some dinner. The Hard Rock Cafe seemed like a good place to try out in Harveys. When I try out new places I like to get their specialty items. I set my mind on the Local Legendary Burger and it was a tasty bite.

Local Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Cafe in Harveys South Lake Tahoe

It was a burger patty made out of shrimp and crayfish. I’m a big fan of seafood and was a little weary about this seafood delivery system but it did not disappoint. It was an interesting texture but packed full of flavor. Definitely try it out if you swing by there.

I made my way back to the poker room to try my hand again at the game. This time I was running a little better but the game was getting short handed as the night went on. After many drinks and good conversation, it was time to call it a night.

Working on the website in the morning

I got up ready to take the day on. I had to be back in town later so I needed to get some breakfast. I remember that there was a nice little cafe in the basement of Harrah’s and knew I needed a good hangover cure.

Corned beef hash at American River Cafe at Harrah's in South Lake Tahoe

Nothing like some eggs and corned beef hash to get rid of that belly churn. You know, that feeling like your stomach is churning paired with dehydration headache. Good ole comfort food with a big glass of water. Before I was going to head back to Sacramento, I wanted to stop by the lake and just take in the views.

Stroll on the docks in South Lake Tahoe

A gorgeous summer day out in South Lake. I wish I had a little more time out there but there is always more to do. I only had a little bit of time by the lake before it was back to reality. Until next time Tahoe. Hopefully I’ll run into you at the keno machines in MontBleu.

 

-Impromptu Wolf


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