Wind Blowing and Cards in the Air

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Wind Blowing and Cards in the Air

From my room it looked like a beautiful sunny day for my first day in Vegas. I saw the people out by the pool but it didn’t look like anyone was enjoying it. The wind was relentless, disregarding all the spring breakers and their desire to sunbathe. I even packed my trunks hoping to get out into the gorgeous southwest sun.

Beautiful Sunny Morning at Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

The Rio has a great pool area too but I guess I’ll have to give it a try another time.

The water was back on, which was a relief, so I could take a shower and brush my teeth. I just knew I had to yell at someone or at least rough talk them about this. Before I could turn my energy toward this problem, I needed nourishment. I found this great deal on an Indian lunch buffet in the Rio. It was at a place called Royal Indian Bistro. Usually I wouldn’t give you the whole name here but this place was amazing. It’s hard to find good Indian food and the selection wasn’t huge but it was fresh and delicious.

Royal Indian Bistro Buffet at Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

Man, it makes my mouth water just looking at it again. I will meet you again Tandoori chicken. Oh yeah, service was excellent. You really notice good service when you get it. The server never let my glass be empty or dirty plates pile up. I wish I was there right now.

I wanted to give the food some time to settle and saw the Palms right across the street. I know they have Full-Pay Deuces (a variation of video poker with great payouts). I played over there for a while and made $80 so I figured it was time to go. Then I saw The Godfather. He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I had to throw in at least $20. I soon found out I made the right choice.

The Godfather Slot Machine

Those Don Corleone free spins gave me a little boost and lifted my spirits.

I knew I was about to embark on the poker grind and ran over to the Excalibur. It’s always nice to have a car in Vegas so you can explore some places off the Strip or go to it whenever you please. The game was just beginning when I got there and I played tight-aggressive till I got a feel for the table.

Excalibur Las Vegas, Nevada Poker Chips

After taking down a few small pots, new players started to come and were playing splashy-loose poker. They wanted to gamble. I knew my variance would get wider than I’d like on my first day so I picked up my small victory and went for a walk.

I usually make it a point to walk down the Strip at least once each trip but I wasn’t feeling it this time. It was windy and a little chilly out so a nice cruise down the Strip did the trick. I made my way back to the Rio and wanted to check out the action there.

Poker Chips at Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

The action here was insane! I was playing the $1-$3 no-limit game and these guys were deeeeeeep stacked. There were 3 people at the table with over a grand. My little stack didn’t compare. I made a quick double up and figured it was time for bed. I knew they would give me action if I stayed but it was late and I was getting tired. I knew it was better to take what I could get rather than gamble and play mediocre poker. So I went night night.

I love the blackout curtains that let you sleep till noon. Just laying around without a care in the world. I was up and ready to get back on that grind. One of my favorite things about Vegas is the game selection. If you don’t like the way a game is going, you just get up and go to the next room. This day I wanted to check out Caesar’s Palace.

The games were going and you could tell who the regular grinders were. There was plenty of action if that’s what you were lookin’ for. I jumped into their $1-$3 no limit game and it actually played like a $1-$3 game. There wasn’t anything too crazy. I wasn’t running too well with my first buy-in and busted with a pair of aces and got out kicked. When you get short stacked, sometimes you just have to find some equity and go with it. I bought in again and played a little more aggressive with my better holdings. I ended up down half my second buy-in and shove with a nut flush draw. I hit and got paid off which was nice. I decided to call it a day there and get some food.

Enjoying a Guinness at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

Man, it feels like I’m always eating. I had a business lunch set up while I was out there and had the pleasure of eating somewhere not in a casino. We went to a place called Public School 702. It looked like a pretty hip place where the cool kids probably eat. The menus look like composition notebooks and there was an antique looking solar system hanging above. The server even gave us some trivia and knew way more about topics that no one should know about.

Fish and Chips at Public School 702 Las Vegas, Nevada

Those fish and chips were delicious. A plate full of deep-fried heaven. Everything was crispy and well-seasoned with plenty of sauces to dip your meal into. I also appreciate the grilled lemon that added that acidity with a touch of smokiness. What a delicious meal. Definitely check this place out if you get the chance.

The trip was winding to an end and I was getting in my last hurrah. I ended the trip with one last session at Caesar’s that ended even. Nothing too crazy during that game. It was actually pretty slow with a table full of grinders. No pots were getting big and you were only putting money in to hands that beat yours. It just wasn’t a good game.

I had to hit up the Rio buffet before hitting the road back home. This was an interesting buffet. A bit pricey and I don’t really think it was worth it. They did have a cool street food spread and they boast international cuisine. They did have some interesting options from around the world.

Street Food at Carnival World Buffet Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

I had to try their variety of skewered foods from different countries. It didn’t taste bad but it was nothing really special. I wasn’t impressed. It’s a great place to take the kids to try a bunch of different foods but that price will definitely get you. I think I paid like $25 for a lunch weekday buffet. You know I can’t leave you without a dessert spread.

Dessert Spread from Carnival World Buffet Rio Las Vegas, Nevada

Don’t let the photo fool you. There were definitely a bunch of choices but nothing that really had me coming back for more. A few bites from each and a cup of coffee should leave you satisfied though. Most of the pastries were a bit dry or they would have custard and be crumbly and wet.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the no water when I first got there. So I had to make a call to a front desk supervisor and they comped the first night. Since the other 2 nights were already comped, my whole stay was on the house. I would have preferred some extra resort credits or freeplay but comped stays aren’t too shabby either. I mean, it was the least they could do.

Now it was time to begin the long trek home. I always feel that sadness at the end of my trips to Vegas. Looking at her in my rear view mirror makes me want to turn the car around and stay a few more days. I know it won’t be long before I’m back in your warm embrace. Till next time beautiful.

Las Vegas, Nevada Strip at Night


-Longing Wolf

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