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Vegas Vacation

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by caughttheriver, Oct 2, 2006.

    Oct 2, 2006
  1. caughttheriver

    caughttheriver Dormant account

    Occupation:
    SEO
    Location:
    Plymouth, UK
    Hey Folks,
    Well as some of you know I recently had a week long vacation in Vegas to celebrate my 21st birthday. What a success, who says you cant have fun with your parents!!! After my first evening consisting of putting random dollars in 1 cent machines I got lucky. After putting $10 in another 1 cent machine I got paid! $700 and a crackin start to a holiday!!!
    I have to say that before I went to Vegas I thought it would be very "plastic", But I couldn't have been more wrong. With my parents eager to show me everything they knew in Vegas I was starting a very interesting journey, from the high class shops at 'Desert passage' to the tear drops in my eyes from the fountains at Bellagios.... there was nothing but pure class about the whole city.
    Any one who said life ends at 40 was grossly mistaken. I sat for several hours playing let it ride having a chat and a laugh with a 68 year old guy from Wisconsin, a 40(ish) year old dealer from Illinois and a lovely (early) 40 yr old woman from Hawaii. Never have I laughed so hard (all be it through disappointment) when playing let it ride for several hours without a single hand having a woman come and sit to my right (therefore being dealt the cards I would have had) and being dealt 2 pair, 2 pair, flush, 3 of a kind..... and then.... yup you guessed it a straight!!! With it being bonus'n all she made about 800 - 900 dollars profit, which anyone will tell you for let it ride is not only incredibly lucky... but unusual. Nevertheless we had a good laugh and was notably more sociable than anywhere in the UK. With the ages on the table ranging from 21 to 71 everyone was having fun.
    Now for the inevitable... the poker. I loved the tournaments; I played in 2 tournaments... both in the golden nugget. First game I was joined by Mr Rivercard himself... although he regretted being on my table.... and to my left. It was very funny to see his face and to hear his rants as I played 'suicide poker'. With one re-buy allowed I was confident. I think what really got to him (and some of the other players) was my unstoppable good fortune. Time and Time again I was in a pot I should not have been in, and time and time again I was the severe underdog with one maybe two outs... and for a solid hour I hit every single one of them.... from a flush on the Rivercard to beat a well earned straight... to the four of a kind.... TWICE! I was not the most popular player.... well to those I knocked out, especially as I was for sometime the only person not to rebuy (only one was allowed). After a good 2 hours of play I was easily tournament chip leader (and had re-bought... not that I needed to though). Unfortunately my luck took a drastic turn for the worse when on the final table (7 players) I went all in with J A of diamonds and was beaten.... badly unfortunately before the break another guy had clawed his way to my position and was able to match my all in... kicking me out 7th. With the remaining players dealing for the 6th to pay I was thoroughly disappointed. When 3 players remained they dealt, with Mr Riveracard taking $600 as well as the other contender, and the Leader taking $800 they all left happy.
    Being thoroughly disappointed with the turnout of my first tournament I was adamant I was going to come back go for the cash.... I came back alright, two days later and well into my holiday. I started playing REALLY tight and didn't play a hand for about 1.5 - 2 hours. I was really reaching as I watched my stack go from the $2000 I started with to around $500... I needed a miracle, but i settled for about 5 of them lol. I went all in with pocket deuces... and hit both of them to make four of a kind, nicely doubling up. I then hit trip Q's followed buy a full house, J's over Q's. My next couple of hands although nothing spectacular gave me the final well needed boost to take me up to around 15,000 which made me a very strong competitor. Although I was in serious trouble when I went all in just before the break to get slaughtered by four of a kind 6's. After smoking roughly 7 - 8 cigarettes (to ease my utter shame of the last hand) I came back to the table with pure determination. Fortunately my all in was not matched so i was still in there... JUST. I made a real effort and was applauded for my play in the third part of the tournament. We had started playing at 7pm and by this point it was about 10pm(ish) I was starting to realize I could win this. After taking down some monster pots I had come back again from about $500 (bare in mind the blinds by this point are about $300 - $600) I was up again, this time to about $40,000. I had some great chances to take out a few key players but was out played. On one specific occasion I was up against the epitome of 'The Friendly Granny' I had A 9 spades and the flop had come Q Q 4 (club, spade, spade) I was in a great position and was preparing to make a BIG move... but the lil ole granny went all in before me, it wouldn't have knocked me out... but it would have been a substantial dent. She went all in declaring "I have Q 4, but you can call me if you like".... Now I myself am one for "coffee housing" but this lil ole lady really had me by the balls. She had done similar moves in the past and had been truthful, but the pot with her all in was already about $40K and with mine it would have been a total of around $70K.... What to do. I looked at her and was really really confused, what do you do when a sweet mild mannered old lady grabs you buy the balls and tells you that she's being gentle (i.e. by telling me her cards). I folded, its all I could do.... but on the promise of seeing her cards, we had an agreement...... 2 7 off suit.... I wanted to cry, infact... I'm man enough to admit there was the odd tear in my eye. I applauded her play and took my seat again (I had stood pretty damn quick). This little old lady was only to do it to me again just 5 hands later. With 3 all ins and me with my favorite hand.... I had a flush, K high only one card could beat me they couldn't all have the ace of spades.... The lil old lady (who was now to my left) warned me she was going all in and that i should fold my hand as she had the ace... not this time missy... ALL IN!!!!! Then it happened.... she turned her cards to reveal Ace of diamonds.... and A of spades, she had me.... and whats worse is by this time she matched my chips. Knocking me out in 6th place.
    With my poker playing improved from when I came I was happy. Although I didn't win I definitely feel confident enough to play here in Plymouth more. After my poker and let it ride stints I decided to follow another dream of mine... SKY DIVING!

    Now most people with agree that there is no logical reason for anybody to want to jump out of a perfectly serviceable plane. However, I have to say after doing it I can think of many reasons. I had originally wanted to do it earlier in the week but with no avail as no-one seemed to be answering there phones. After returning from a show I had received a call, telling me I needed to meet a minibus in the MacDonalds car park at 8am the next day. That was it, with the jump secured by credit card and I was ready! The next day I was up early and ready to go, a 6am start got me prepared for my jump. The bus finally turned up at 8:45, and I had met my companions for the next few hours. The journey to the skydiving place was more nerve racking and scarier than I have ever encountered and what you may ask scared me so much.? Was it the erratic driving??? Nope Was it the unprofessional looking kid driving us there. Nope it was THE CONTRACT!!! Now I was expecting a liability contract, but this was ridiculous. There were various lines which I found highly questionable not to mention the amount of times it mentioned the possibility of severe injury and death. One sentence even stated there is a high chance of death or serious injury. I could not possible sign this could I? Well I did, and I dont regret it. When we arrived at the location we were weighed and suited up. I was jumping with a former SAS jumper which boosted my confidence exponentially. After getting suited up we were straight off to the plane. No training just jumping. Although slightly worried by the lack of training I was nevertheless going to jump. We entered a small Cessna plane and began taking off all the while being further strapped up (mainly to our pros). When we had reached our target height it was Tim to jump first (my new found bud), He went and I was shuffled along to the door Now if youre scared of heights you would not have wanted to be looking 2 miles down and trying desperately to get your damn foot on that damn ledge. Fortunately I am not scared of heights, I was ready to go. 3, 2.. we had jumped before he finished saying 3 (didnt even get to 2 lol) 40 second freefall followed by a nice gentle glide. A rush like no other. Forget this betty ford clinic and all these other anti drug places send them all out of a plane 12,000 ft in the air. Theyd soon realize there are bigger better rushes out there (although I would just like to mention I have never and will never partake in the consumption or condone the consumption of any illegal drugs) but bloody hell what a rush!!!!!
    Anyway, I didnt spend all my time gambling and jumping out of planes. I spent one day shopping. Now most 21yr olds would not appreciate a day out with there mom shopping. But when youre in Vegas, theres a whole different story. We went to the Premium Outlet mall, this place had it all, Tommie Hilfiger, Armani, Sketchers, Oakley to name just a few. I was very impressed, especially when my ever loving mother gave me $200 and said have fun. I was overjoyed. I decided to indulge although I went a little over budget after meeting up with my mom again. I managed to buy a pair of discontinued half wire Oakleys for $94 (RRP in the UK of a staggering 499, or 280 online), a pair of Armani jeans for $98 (RRP in the UK of 199 or 145 online). A pair of really nice sketchers for $62 (RRP in the UK of 140 or $90 online) and finally a custom made alpine star flexi-fit cap personalized with old English writing on the rear set me back $30. All in all $284 spent and $1315.13 (701.98) saved. What a bargain!
    Finally while in Vegas you just have to see a show. And wow we saw two of the best. Wynns Le Reve and The Beatles Love both stunning shows with incredible athletics and stunning performances. Simply breathtaking and by far two of the most entertaining shows I have ever watched. I would HIGHLY recommend both shows to anyone from 21 to 121. I would go into detail of the shows but this is the longest post ever and no-ones gonna read all the way down to here so I wont waste any more time.
     
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  2. Oct 3, 2006
  3. Flizzin

    Flizzin Wants your jackpot

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    Location:
    Canada
    Read it, enjoyed it... will be living it in February. Glad you had a great time. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Oct 3, 2006
  5. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Web Dev.
    Location:
    England
    Great read :) :thumbsup:

    Caught this in "Wild Cards" but it deserves to be here I think :)
     
  6. Oct 3, 2006
  7. royalworld

    royalworld Dormant account

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    US
    vegas is made to enjoy :thumbsup:
     
  8. Oct 4, 2006
  9. venetian

    venetian Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Corp Director for a College
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    I took both my kids when they turned 21. It was loads of fun and they were very happy being with their Mom. My daughter hit a $500 jackpot on slots and they saw the Blue Man Group and also went to that outlet mall. My son played for me in a slot tournament and won me 1st and 2nd place for $19K. I gave him 10% which was fair since I was paying for the trip (comped really) It was fun. For you to be 21 and such a good story teller is amazing. Don't be a stranger to the forum!
     
  10. Oct 4, 2006
  11. paul02085

    paul02085 Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Fishing :)
    Location:
    USA
    :) Nice post. I felt like i was there.

    PS- LMAO at the part where the contract said "there is a high chance of serious injury or death. I couldnt sign this could i" LOLOLOL.
     
  12. Oct 4, 2006
  13. tennis_balls

    tennis_balls Dormant account

    Occupation:
    fish n chips promoter
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    10%???? :eek: :eek:

    dang.....that's less than a waiter.....is he a step-son?
     
  14. Oct 4, 2006
  15. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    How could we know - it's your first post!! :what:

    Anyway, welcome to the forum!
    I look forward to reading your post when I get a spare 20 minutes... :D

    (Vegas - gotta love it! Been 3 times, hoping for more!)
     
  16. Oct 4, 2006
  17. BubbleG

    BubbleG Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    spark
    Location:
    Earth, man!
    I FOOOOOOKIN LOVE VEGAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've just got home from my 2nd trip out there a 19 hour journey, 2 nasty 6hr flights and visiting this site was my first thought..... LOL :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :notworthy :notworthy :lolup: :lolup: :lolup:

    Ill fill you in on the trip later, and the video poker mission that ended up costing me 360$ tax..... LOL whats that all about then???
     
  18. Oct 6, 2006
  19. caughttheriver

    caughttheriver Dormant account

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    SEO
    Location:
    Plymouth, UK
    lol, I'm glad u liked my post. And yes you are right it was my 1st post here.... It says that because I posted It elsewhere 1st but people seemed to like it so I thought I'de share it with you guys :D
     
  20. Oct 6, 2006
  21. venetian

    venetian Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Corp Director for a College
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    I thought that was pretty generous. $2000 plus paid for airfare, hotel all meals spending money shows etc. It was my slot tournament I just let him play as my alternate. For the fun of the experience. Now you make me feel bad. I had just paid $30K for his education. For 21 years old he was very happy about the whole thing. No he is not a step son, I have been a single mom since he was 4. I adore both my kids and we are great friends. They love going to Vegas with me and we usually go as a family once a year and they can bring one friend each and I pay for everything. My daughter just got married there last November and it was a blast. I guess my point was that I was agreeing with caughttheriver that 21 year olds can have fun in Vegas with their parent.
     
  22. Oct 6, 2006
  23. Flizzin

    Flizzin Wants your jackpot

    Occupation:
    Workstation Services Technical Support
    Location:
    Canada
    Sound generous enough to me....

    I will gladly accept all the freebies listed there :D

    P.S. , when do we leave ? :p
     
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  24. Oct 6, 2006
  25. spearmaster

    spearmaster RIP Ted

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    Devil's Advocate
    Location:
    Heaven
    You wouldn't be looking to adopt, would you? :D
     
  26. Oct 6, 2006
  27. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

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    Location:
    England
    I'm sure if she did, she'd probably go for someone younger than herself :D
     
  28. Oct 14, 2006
  29. venetian

    venetian Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Corp Director for a College
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Thanks guys for your support on that one...kind of p***ed me off to be called cheap! Spear so sorry that I am not looking to adopt but I am not opposed to picking up a sugar daddy older or younger. ;)
     
  30. Oct 16, 2006
  31. caughttheriver

    caughttheriver Dormant account

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    SEO
    Location:
    Plymouth, UK
    Did I mention... I'm a damn good looking 21yr old :cool: . lol :D
     
  32. Oct 16, 2006
  33. venetian

    venetian Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Corp Director for a College
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    HA! You are younger than my kids! And by the sound of it your parents are very cool and you are well taken care of. Naw I'm not looking unless the perfect guy comes along. Must love to gamble, be attractive, an accent would be nice, be fun and be financially secure. Now if you had another 20 years on you......we could talk. ;)
     
  34. Oct 16, 2006
  35. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

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    Web Dev.
    Location:
    England
    Hmmmm... I may qualify from behind :cool: Just not sure I like the sound of "financially secure" :oops: Anyway, I can be fun at times, I love to gamble and I do have an accent, depending on where you come from. What would be my allowance? Oh yeah...and I wouldn't settle for less than 20% AND a Big Mac. With fries. Large. And a Coke.
     
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  36. Oct 17, 2006
  37. ballysdb

    ballysdb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    automotive biller
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Single White Female looking for a tall dark and handsome gambler and lover of country music! I'm 5' 4" Blonde hair blue eyes and curvy baby! BTW I just had a 24 year old beautiful young man at work proposition me! YEAH! I'm 42! It's fun getting older.:D
     
  38. Oct 17, 2006
  39. venetian

    venetian Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Corp Director for a College
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Simmo! What I mean by financilly secure is that the 20% (or much more) would go the other way...my way. And yes you have an accent to me. My son in law is a Brit and I could listen to him all day. His dad is here and very yummy but alas is married.
     

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