You Gotta Play to Win

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You Gotta Play to Win

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to jump on here and let you all know what’s been going on. So last weekend I had an offer for a free slot tournament that was going on at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. I don’t really care much for slot tournaments but I will always take a free shot at some cash or freeplay. With a free room to go along with the tournament offer, I was down.

I packed for a couple days and was ready to get out of town. The sun was blazing and it was getting pretty toasty over here in Northern California, so it was nice to get up in the hills and have a pool to relax by. After a couple hours on the road with The Killers, I was ready to check-in. It was still pretty warm over in Reno but I would be either in the AC or poolside.

After dumping my things and signing up for the slot tournament, I went to get my free gift as a player’s club member. They always have these Sunday free gifts to get players on the casino floor. This week it was a set of nested mixing bowls. I’m not one to turn down a free gift and I’ve been known to spend time in the kitchen too. I needed to put the bowls in the room so I didn’t have to carry them around all day.

Mixing bowl set player's club gift at Grand Sierra Resort

It was time to check out the action in the poker room. They had a couple 1-2 no-limit games going on so I decided to jump right in. I came in with $120 and quickly busted after hitting trip 5’s with a bad kicker and few bad pairs. I reloaded with another $120 and quickly found myself on a club draw with the K and Q of clubs with two on the board and two more cards to come. With two other players all-in, I decided to call. One of them made their straight and I was left with just a busted flush draw. I needed to take a little break from the cash game.

It was about dinner time and there was a special dinner menu at the buffet for Father’s Day. I have had a few bad experiences with the buffet at the Grand Sierra but decided to give them another chance with the special menu. I was not disappointed by this menu. All of that succulent prime rib and shrimp! Then I saw the mountain of crab legs and I was done with the rest of that food. I just can’t get away from crab legs. The legs weren’t the biggest I’ve ever had, but that just means I had to do a little more work. Piles of soft, sweet crab meat. My momma taught me how to crack those legs and I didn’t let her down.

Father's Day Buffet at Grand Sierra Resort

After that buffet I was ready for bed. I was full of delicious food and needed to sleep off those bad poker sessions.

The next day I wanted to hit the pool to start the day off right. With a mimosa in hand, it was time to treat myself. I took a quick dip and laid out poolside.

Relaxing poolside at Grand Sierra Resort

I made my way back to the room for a quick shower and I was on the hunt for a good burger. I found the Jaw Stretcher at the cafe in GSR. This burger definitely hit the spot with ham, crispy bacon, a juicy patty, topped off with a fried egg and all of your typical burger toppings. Add a side of fries and I was ready to get to work!

Jaw stretcher hamburger from the Grand Cafe at the Grand Sierra Resort

I played my rounds at the slot tournament but I knew I wasn’t really a contender after seeing the other people’s scores. There really isn’t any skill involved, just button pounding. Those old folks really have it down to a science I suppose. Well it never hurts to try, you gotta play to win.

It’s always a good idea to plan a few things that aren’t gambling when you’re out of town. Pacing your bankroll and trying new things is always a good idea. This trip I decided to try out shooting some arrows at a little place called Wasting Arrows. I’ve shot a bow before, but never at a range or at targets. It takes a little while to get the hang of it but it is definitely fun. I was on my way to being the next Robin Hood. I would definitely do it again sometime when I’m out there.

Shooting some arrows at Wasting Arrows Indoor Shooting Range

Since I was out and about, I stopped by the ElDorado downtown to play a little poker there. I had a few drinks and played some 3-6 limit. I wasn’t running too well so I went back to GSR and jumped back into the 1-2 no-limit game to give it another chance. It finally paid off. I began crushing the game and before I knew it I was up a few hundred bucks. I knew it was a good idea to leave while I was up so I cashed in and took one last little stroll around the casino floor. I popped another $20 into one of my favorite Lord of the Rings machines and hit some free spins and decided to quit while I was ahead.

Frodo Free Spins in Lord of the Rings Slot Machine

I decided to call it a night and wrap up the trip. Hopefully the cards will keep coming my way. Thanks Reno for a nice little getaway. Come join me poolside sometime.


-Enduring Wolf

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