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It’s been a busy few weeks and Vegas is the place to be!

I made it a point to get more poker hours in this year and I wanted to put those hours in at one of my favorite places, Las Vegas. I’ve been using every chance I can find to make my way out there and my last trip was on glorious Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl weekend is one of the best in Vegas!

Let’s not jump the gun yet. Before Super Bowl weekend, I made my way out to Vegas to hit the felt and catch my bearings. There is nothing like trying out some new places in Vegas whenever you get the chance. This time I was able to try a new place called Beer Park which is attached to Paris. A great beer selection with your typical bar food but it’s done right.

Beer Flight and Backyard BBQ Dog at Beer Park Las Vegas Nevada

I couldn’t decide on one beer so I went with the flight. Let me tell you, there were no bad selections on it. Paired with the Backyard BBQ Dog and you’re good to go. It’s nice to sip some beer and have a bacon wrapped dog with it. Plus, that view will keep you coming back for more.

Beer Flight at Beer Park in Paris Las Vegas Nevada

Look at that view! It’s a pretty cool rooftop sports bar with a casual vibe. Definitely check it out when you get the chance.

After Beer Park, it was off to Fremont Street to see what was crackin’ downtown.

East Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas Nevada

Made my way over into East Fremont to see some more of Container Park. I wasn’t quite sure what Container Park offered and it blew my mind.

Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas Nevada

Take a step into this great arena of boutique shops and restaurants and embrace it. This place is beautiful and there is something for everyone. Take the kids to the playground and enjoy the storage container shops. It’s really a cool place and a great use for these shipping containers. It was just a wonderful night seeing everyone exploring this community and enjoying the businesses here.

It was time to get back to the strip and hit the tables for some more poker action. Oh yeah, if you ever want to get downtown without paying a fortune on Uber, Lyft, or taxis, just get a bus ticket on the strip and ride the Deuce or the SDX downtown. They are cheap, convenient ways to get around town. Try it!

My hunger was picking up on my way back to the strip and I hit up one of my favorite Italian spots in Mirage, Portofino. Now I’ve had lamb chops before but nothing comes close to these bad boys. These were the best I’ve ever had.

Lamb Chops at Portofino Mirage Las Vegas Nevada

I know the lighting isn’t great but these were amazing. I cut those lamb chops with a butter knife. This is a nice restaurant and I felt weird using my hands to get all the meat off the bone but I just couldn’t help myself. You just have to try these once in order to understand how good lamb can be. So good!

Then it was off to the tables for the beautiful swings of poker. There wasn’t really any hands that stick out too much from the trip besides getting hit with a few set over sets. That’s always fun. It’s been weird just breaking even over the past few trips but I suppose that happens when you’re going for value. Sometimes after I bust, I just need to get up and go for a walk.

The Bellagio had some cool displays up for the Chinese New Year that are worth a look.

Chinese New Year Display in Bellagio Las Vegas Nevada

They filled one of their foyers with a huge Chinese New Year display. It was pretty amazing seeing what they came up with. There were a lot of people taking pictures and I think they captured the essence of the holiday in a festive and honorable way.

Year of Rooster at Bellagio Las Vegas Nevada

It was definitely the Year of the Rooster up in there.

Bellagio also had a cool sculpture gallery near the “O” Theatre. When I look at art, I don’t really know what I’m looking for but I can tell you that these take an immense amount of work and skill.

Sculpture Gallery in the Bellagio Las Vegas Nevada

I think Bellagio does a great job creating a high-end, opulent environment that I believe their clientele appreciate. Take a walk through and enjoy everything they offer. I tend not to go to the Bellagio since it is a little further off the strip and I’m just a little lazy. If you’ve never been, take the time to experience this amazing place and take it all in.

Fountains at Bellagio Las Vegas Nevada

Oh yeah, they have a free fountain show that happens everyday right outside.

Fast forward a couple weeks and I was back in Vegas for the Super bowl. I figured this was a great time to hit the tables and get in the action.

Beers and Poker During the Super Bowl Las Vegas Nevada

Started with a small stack at the beginning of the game and this kind gentleman decided to double me up with my jacks. Thank you sir!

That was a great game by the way. That 4th quarter action was insane. The room was alive and there was so much yelling and cheering. It was intense, plus Excalibur was giving away a bunch of money for every field goal, touchdown, and safety. Great promotions, action, and beer!

Later, I made my way over to MGM Grand and noticed they totally renovated the Rain Forest Cafe. That whole area became a artsy, retro-gaming area. It looked awesome and I was able to get a few pictures.

Remodeled Area in MGM Grand Las Vegas Nevada

They moved the horse racing quarter game! I love how everything in the area isn’t about gambling but giving people a good time with each other.

Remodeled Area in MGM Grand Las Vegas Nevada

Off to the side they had some video games, pool tables, and shuffleboard. Great renovation MGM!

Turns out the game at MGM wasn’t popping and I didn’t want to wait for a seat so I ran back to Excalibur. It was a good move too.

Poker Chips at Excalibur Las Vegas Nevada

There was a lot needed run good and I was just gettin’ the money in good. You ever have those games where all of your draws complete and the other player has a 2-pair or a set? Yeah, that’s how this game was running. The game went deep into the night and I got hit with a few hard hands. I put someone all in for about $135 when I had pocket kings and he had pocket queens. I hit my set… but the board is a flush and he has the queen. Just my luck. Can’t complain though, the game was still good. On a side note, never a bad way to end a trip than with a straight flush.

The Nuts at Excalibur Las Vegas Nevada

I did get there on the river with a pretty ugly hand, but sometimes you need to have a few of those in your range. Should have priced me out.

It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m sure things won’t slow down anytime soon. Stick around and see what happens on the felt in the future. If you happen to catch me out and about, say hi and we’ll grab a drink! Cheers!


-Diligent Wolf

    And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off! And We’re Off!

So the new year is in full effect and I’ve hit the ground runnin’.

The California Swing started over at Thunder Valley and I tried their Action 8. It was a $100,000 guarantee with 8 people max on each table. I was able to grind down to the last 3 tables in the first flight.

Chip Stack First Shot at Action 8 in the California Swing Thunder Valley Lincoln California

I made a few hands and got paid off on them. I flopped a full house with pocket 8’s on a 8-4-4 flop and was able to induce pocket aces to shove on the turn for a full double. After the bubble broke, I was really short stacked and found pocket 6’s which ran into pocket jacks. No help, and I busted for a min cash. It was a good experience but you really have to be ready to be grinding for 8+ hours.

I drove back home with a little more than my buy-in and figured I’d take another shot at it in another flight the next day. So I came back and jumped right back in.

Second Bullet in Action 8 in the California Swing Thunder Valley Lincoln California

It’s weird because I played the second bullet much different than my first one. I played a lot more aggressive and had bigger swings in my stack. I got coolered and flopped a set of 8’s (three of a kind) and the villain turned a straight. That cost me half my stack but I was optimistic. I eventually picked up pocket queens and raised, only to get a bunch of callers. The flop was A-4-J and the players in early position check to me. I bet out and get one caller in later position from me. The turn is another A which I figure is a great card for me and I jam. The last player tanks for a while and calls with KJ. And wouldn’t you know it, the river is a K, giving him a bigger two pair than mine. Bust.

I fired two bullets and figured I’d take a couple days off and watch the rain. It’s been raining a lot up in Northern California. I decided to get outta the rain and hop on down to Las Vegas. Before I knew it…

Planet Hollywood on Las Vegas Strip Nevada

A few free nights over at Flamingo and hittin’ the games during CES convention. The games were juicy and there was definitely money on the tables to be had.

The next day I made my way downtown for a few in-flight offers I saw and took advantage of those.

Fremont Street Experience Downtown Las Vegas Nevada

That Fremont Street always takes me back to those Vegas glory days. There is just so much history down there. The Downtown Grand was giving me some free food and a little freeplay, so I made my way over there for some food at Freedom Beat.

Jambalaya from Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand in Las Vegas Nevada

For some reason, the cold and rain was making me want some jambalaya. Perfect amount of spice with succulent shrimp and sausage. The texture was a little drier than I’d like but you can’t have it all. If you get a chance to get downtown, definitely hit up the Downtown Grand.

Downtown Grand in Las Vegas Nevada

Always nice to find the smaller places around town and see what else Vegas has to offer.

On the way back, I took a short little break at one of Vegas’s new spots, the Lucky Dragon. This is a Chinese casino that has just opened and I didn’t want to call it Chinese themed because they were going for an authentic Chinese experience here. Most of the staff speak Cantonese and Mandarin and the signage is all Chinese with English as secondary. The interior was beautiful but the casino floor seemed a little small.

Glass Dragon at The Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Nevada

They have a giant glass dragon hanging from the ceiling as their centerpiece. I only played a little keno at the bar to get a Baileys and coffee.

Bailey's and Coffee at the Lucky Dragon Las Vegas Nevada

Nothing like a hot drink on a chilly Vegas night. The casino was quite a trek and I wouldn’t recommend checking it out unless you’re native Chinese or really into Asian casinos. Most of the offerings are pretty standard.

Then it was back to the strip for some more poker action. I played for a while at the MGM Grand and the games were pretty good. I got hit with two pair over two pair early on and was short stacked. It was pretty crazy though because I was down to $18 at this table. I know most people just rebuy in case they get a big hand so they can get paid but I always like to nurse the little stack and see what I can do. I ran it up with a few hands.

Poker Chips at MGM Grand Las Vegas Nevada

I had a suited ace that I shoved with preflop and hit a flush. Then I had aces that turned a set against a lady’s two pair. Finally I flopped a boat with pocket tens against a lady’s AQ on a A-A-T flop. Always need some run good to make that money. I ended the session up and heard the floor managers talking about this thing called the Cupcake ATM. I didn’t know this was a thing. It was connected to the Linq which is right next door to Flamingo. On my way back I had to see it.

Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles at the Linq Las Vegas Nevada

There it was in all of it’s glory. You can get cupcakes anytime you please. It’s at a place called Sprinkles in the alley. It was a good cupcake too. Moist and rich without being unbearably sweet.

This was a great little trip out the Vegas and I’m sure it will be the first of many for this year. I hope all of you are having some run good in 2017 and have the best of luck. Good luck and until next time!


-Eager Wolf

    Headin’ Back to the Setting Sun Headin’ Back to the Setting Sun Headin’ Back to the Setting Sun Headin’ Back to the Setting Sun Headin’ Back to the Setting Sun Headin’ Back to the Setting Sun

My last day in Virginia was full of good food and better company. As soon as I woke up, we were packed in the car and headed to Williamsburg, VA. The whole week had been go, go, go but the traffic on 64 definitely slowed us down.

Our first stop was Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The kids loved the “4D” movies that we had with the ticket packages. I sat and enjoyed their smiles and excitement while the water spraying effect proceeded to soak the crotch of my jeans. Then we headed into the museum so Zoltar could tell me the future and so I could see a grab bag of obscure displays.

Surgeon's tools at Ripley's Believe It or Not Williamsburg

Ceremonial items display at Ripley's Believe It or Not Williamsburg

Then we played a cool spy game where we had to get the “cash” without hitting any of the lasers that were all over. I still hit a few because I’m huge. Ripley’s ended with a spinning tunnel that just makes you nauseous and then they spit you out into the humid Virginia streets. I thought we were going to be back in the lobby, but nope. Get out!

We were all pretty hungry after the nausea wore off so we headed to this sweet, little barbecue joint called Rocco’s Smokehouse.

Outside of Rocco's Smokehouse in Williamsburg, VA

Any chance I get to eat a few different types of animals, I’m game. So I naturally had to get the ribs, brisket, and pulled pork and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The bones just slid out of the ribs and it was time to get messy. The sauce wasn’t too sweet and had a nice tang to it. I would have only liked it to be spicier, but that’s just me. Just pour the sauce (comes in a IHOP-style syrup dispenser) on the tender, juicy pulled pork and you’re good to go son! And the brisket, let me tell you ’bout that brisket… Beautiful, delicious char on the outside with that smoky flavor in every bite. With your choice of 2 sides and it’s lights out when you get home. Definitely go check them out if you ever make your way out there. This is how it went down.

Plate of BBQ at Rocco's Smokehouse in Williamsburg, VA

After 10 minutes…

Empty plate at Rocco's Smokehouse

BAM! Coma.

Then it was time to head back to the house for a few drinks and chillin’ with the family. My brother and I had some real talk and then it was time for bed.

Dusk in Virginia Beach, VA

The next morning I gave everyone another hug and it was off to the airport for the longest day ever in the sky.

Atlantic Ocean from takeoff out of Norfolk, Virginia

I made it back home and prepared for my next adventure. Catch you in the skies!


-Sky Wolf