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Haha I love those bets where I'm calling myself a donkey before the chips hit the felt.

What's the going rate for a massage? $1 a minute here at the tables. I have never got one.

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1 hour ago, Deleterious said:

Haha I love those bets where I'm calling myself a donkey before the chips hit the felt.

What's the going rate for a massage? $1 a minute here at the tables. I have never got one.

$1.50 min, not bad.  This was at Ft. Pierce Jai-Alai.

it is $2 most other rooms in FL

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The MSPT is in town this weekend but neither of us are playing.

There is a new poker magazine, sort of. MSPT started one but it's basically just about their tour. No strategy articles or anything like that.

They did have an article about the FK event. 300 participants in 2013.  614 last May. So they have done a nice job building that event.

I hope they start the poker room expansion next week.  They need it done by the October MSPT event and if they don't start soon, I'm afraid they won't start until winter.

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Ante-Up got big here in FL, expanded to the rest of the Southeast and then expanded a bit.  But Ft. Pierce is so pathetic that they aren't carrying it anymore--lol.  Drive down to Palm Beach and they have Bluff, Card Player and Ante Up.  It is cool that there is publication representing the tour/area you live in.

Doubling their entries is solid work.  Even an incremental improvement to 750 and 800 would be great this year.

Poker room expansion can be painful, but I guess you have to keep the end product in mind.  Will they get the new tables that  you can plug a phone/tablet charger into?  Those are slick. 

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2 hours ago, mickeyb105 said:

Ante-Up got big here in FL, expanded to the rest of the Southeast and then expanded a bit.  But Ft. Pierce is so pathetic that they aren't carrying it anymore--lol.  Drive down to Palm Beach and they have Bluff, Card Player and Ante Up.  It is cool that there is publication representing the tour/area you live in.

Doubling their entries is solid work.  Even an incremental improvement to 750 and 800 would be great this year.

Poker room expansion can be painful, but I guess you have to keep the end product in mind.  Will they get the new tables that  you can plug a phone/tablet charger into?  Those are slick. 

We get Ante-Up here.  Nice how they do all the regional/state coverage.

The girlfriend just told me she heard the poker room expansion starts in August and will be done by September.  Seems like an ambitious time frame, especially since they were about a month over on their recent restaurant reno.

They already have two tables you can plug devices into to charge.  My guess is as they replace old tables they are replacing them with those.  

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On 4/11/2016 at 7:14 AM, rhino said:

We are planning a trip to Vegas the first weekend in June and we are bringing my parents who have never been there before.

They are in their late 70's, still in good health and able to walk around without problems, but taking into account the heat in Vegas in June, they won't be able to walk really far without tiring.

I presume that someone covered this already down thread which I haven't ready yet, but you know that walking in Las Vegas really really sucks, right?  And it doesn't matter the season.  It's because the casinos are so freaking spread out.  Although obviously in June you are going to be dealing with the kind of heat you are used to in Michigan.  

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On 4/11/2016 at 2:05 PM, mickeyb105 said:

--Freemont Street Experience is something people like to see at least once.  Downtown has been renovated somewhat, but there are still older pieces of Vegas of yesteryear down there like Four Queens and Binion's.  I think you can still get your picture taken with $1M there.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremont_Street_Experience

I'll second a stop downtown one night.  I don't know that I would go there to gamble, but they have done a really nice job with the overall experience there, and it really has a feel of the old LV that I remember as a kid.  The new casinos are great but if you want to walk around with the light show above you and have casinos be actually within easy walking distance, with street performances all around and stuff, this is the place to visit.  Just get a big pina colada or whatever that vendors are selling, and find a spot to sit and watch, it's an entertaining 30-60 minutes.  The Nugget also used to have one of the biggest gold nuggets mined on display too, which may be of interest to Rhino. I thought it was pretty cool. 

The canal ride at the Venetian is kind of fun.  My kids really like running around the St Marks square, because they've read all about it in their books.  there's something about the sky on the ceiling that is very mesmerizing.  The Venetian is really probably my favorite casino to stop at.  

I generally try to avoid all things Luxor after I was there one time and a swarm of moths of biblical proportions descended on that spotlight that they shine out of the top.  I've never seen that many moths in one spot.  I couldn't even tell what it was from a short distance,it just looked like the sky was moving even though it was dark outside.  Then when you got about a block away, just moths everywhere.  It was insane. 

 

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14 hours ago, ballmich said:

I presume that someone covered this already down thread which I haven't ready yet, but you know that walking in Las Vegas really really sucks, right?  And it doesn't matter the season.  It's because the casinos are so freaking spread out.  Although obviously in June you are going to be dealing with the kind of heat you are used to in Michigan.  

But it's a dry heat :)

Yes, it will likely touch 100 at least half of June--if not all of it.  I would take 100 in Vegas over 85 in FL because I really hate the humidity here, but that's just me.  Being at sea level seems to make a big difference to me here, as opposed to being at elevation somewhere like Denver or Las Vegas.  Seems like I have more energy out west.

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13 hours ago, ballmich said:

I'll second a stop downtown one night.  I don't know that I would go there to gamble, but they have done a really nice job with the overall experience there, and it really has a feel of the old LV that I remember as a kid.  The new casinos are great but if you want to walk around with the light show above you and have casinos be actually within easy walking distance, with street performances all around and stuff, this is the place to visit.  Just get a big pina colada or whatever that vendors are selling, and find a spot to sit and watch, it's an entertaining 30-60 minutes.  The Nugget also used to have one of the biggest gold nuggets mined on display too, which may be of interest to Rhino. I thought it was pretty cool. 

The canal ride at the Venetian is kind of fun.  My kids really like running around the St Marks square, because they've read all about it in their books.  there's something about the sky on the ceiling that is very mesmerizing.  The Venetian is really probably my favorite casino to stop at.  

I generally try to avoid all things Luxor after I was there one time and a swarm of moths of biblical proportions descended on that spotlight that they shine out of the top.  I've never seen that many moths in one spot.  I couldn't even tell what it was from a short distance,it just looked like the sky was moving even though it was dark outside.  Then when you got about a block away, just moths everywhere.  It was insane. 

 

Downtown has definitely regenerated since my first visit to LV in 2006.  The casinos being so close together certainly is convenient.

Venetian/Palazzo is probably my favorite property as well, and it probably always has been.  Every room in the hotel is a suite.  The level and variety of restaurants and shopping keeps non-gamers happy, and the active casino floor keeps the gamers happy.  Also, it is the biggest poker room in Las Vegas and is also arguably the most well-run.  You would never know the owner of the property thought that poker players were vile scum.

That Luxor experience sounded like something from The Omen.  It certainly doesn't encourage me to go back---LOL!

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15 minutes ago, mickeyb105 said:

Downtown has definitely regenerated since my first visit to LV in 2006.  The casinos being so close together certainly is convenient.

Venetian/Palazzo is probably my favorite property as well, and it probably always has been.  Every room in the hotel is a suite.  The level and variety of restaurants and shopping keeps non-gamers happy, and the active casino floor keeps the gamers happy.  Also, it is the biggest poker room in Las Vegas and is also arguably the most well-run.  You would never know the owner of the property thought that poker players were vile scum.

That Luxor experience sounded like something from The Omen.  It certainly doesn't encourage me to go back---LOL!

Its the Bellagio or the Venetian for us every time.

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Tournament weekend is crazy.

We were 34th  and 35th on the wait list when we got there.  You never seen it higher than 15 or so because they just open a new table. But with the tournament going they had no free tables. We just went home and came back later.

Two 2-5 games going, two PLO games but one was must move. Busy busy busy. Thinking about staying home tonight.

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165 entries on day one and 310 more yesterday.  I have to imagine they set a new record with today's entries.

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Damn

LARGEST MIDWEST STOP IN MSPT HISTORY SEES SAAD LEAD 73 DAY 1C SURVIVORS

 

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Thanks to three record-breaking starting flights, the latest stop at FireKeepers Casino established itself as the largest Main Event in Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) history outside of Las Vegas.

The 165 entries from Day 1a (a record opening starting flight for the property) and 310 from Dab 1b (the biggest single starting flight outside of the Vegas stop) combined with Day 1c's 345 runners to create a combined field of 820 entries, which surpassed last spring's 614 entries to set a new record for largest poker major in Michigan.

The $820,000 total prize pool will be distributed to the top 81 players with a min-cash being worth $2,064 and the eventual winner taking home $174,658. Making things even sweeter is the fact that whoever finishes runner-up will still take home six figures -- $106,383 to be exact.

After 14 levels of play on Saturday night, just 73 players survived the Day 1c flight with Nevada Saad (pictured above) of Dearborn Heights and his stack of 262,500 . That is good enough for the overall chip lead, ahead of both Day 1a and 1b chip leaders Isaac Kratchman and Jonathan Dimatteo, who bagged 191,000 and 249,500 respectively.

Saad, a cash game player with no documented tournament cashes to his name, got extremely lucky in the penultimate level of the night when he got his stack of 98,300 all in preflop holding Big Slick against Brian Riemersma's pocket kings. Saad failed to catch an ace, but the board did bring four diamonds and he shipped the double thanks to his ace being of the diamond variety.

Others who advanced from the Day 1c flight are poker pro Aaron Massey (229,500), former MSPT FireKeepers champ Thomas Midena (155,500), Minnesota pro Aaron Johnson (122,500), defending champ Michael Ferrarotti (94,000), and circuit grinder Nick Pupillo (74,000).

Of course not everyone was so lucky. Those failing to make Day 2 today were World Series of Poker bracelet winners Adam Friedman and Nick Jivkov, Season 5 MSPT POY Mike Deis, MSPT Potawatomi champ and current POY leader Travis Lauson, and poker pro Kenna James.

With the 33 survivors from Day 1a and 61 from 1b, 167 total players will return for Day 2 action at 11:00 a.m. local time. Be sure to join us then as we capture all the action as we look to crown the champion of the MSPT's largest-ever event in the Midwest.

 

 

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Joe Cada in third right now. Not every day you can rub elbows with a former WSOP ME winner.  

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2016 at 0:13 PM, Deleterious said:

Tournament weekend is crazy.

We were 34th  and 35th on the wait list when we got there.  You never seen it higher than 15 or so because they just open a new table. But with the tournament going they had no free tables. We just went home and came back later.

Two 2-5 games going, two PLO games but one was must move. Busy busy busy. Thinking about staying home tonight.

Nothing like a big field tourney to get the PLO cranking.  How dare you think of staying home!  :)

Nobody likes a quitter.

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3 hours ago, Deleterious said:

Joe Cada in third right now. Not every day you can rub elbows with a former WSOP ME winner.  

I've never been sure what to make of the kid other than he seems like a really nice guy.  Never seen him in person, nor do we have any common friends that I know of.

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13 hours ago, Deleterious said:

Great looking tournament!  Sounds like a tough field as well.

I sat in the 2-5 NLHE game over from Kenna James at the Venetian back in 2007, and I was shocked to see him playing at that level given his flurry of tournament success in the years before that.  Stupidly, I made a comment to a Vegas pro I had befriended on social media months before about it and he told me that Kenna was really up against it in his personal life and he made me feel horrible for saying anything.  I always rooted for after that, and later found out that Kenna had partially grown up in Michigan and even spent a few years in college there.

 

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I'm headed to Milwaukee in two weeks with the family, and I will probably get to sneak over to Potawatomi for a quick session sometime during our three days there.  I've played in the room two times--$1-3 NLHE and $5-$10 O8B--and took a combined $325 hour in around four hours of total play.  Small sample size, pssshhhh---whatever!

More than the poker there, I'm really going to make a trip out there for the Bubble Tea Tapioca at Ru Yi.

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19 hours ago, mickeyb105 said:

I'm headed to Milwaukee in two weeks with the family, and I will probably get to sneak over to Potawatomi for a quick session sometime during our three days there.  I've played in the room two times--$1-3 NLHE and $5-$10 O8B--and took a combined $325 hour in around four hours of total play.  Small sample size, pssshhhh---whatever!

More than the poker there, I'm really going to make a trip out there for the Bubble Tea Tapioca at Ru Yi.

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The Potawatomi Tribe owns FK.  Or more specifically, The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

You have family in Milwaukee or do you go for some Laverne and Shirley fan fest?  

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated.

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18 minutes ago, Deleterious said:

The Potawatomi Tribe owns FK.  Or more specifically, The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

You have family in Milwaukee or do you go for some Laverne and Shirley fan fest?  

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated.

HA!  Love me some Lenny and Squiggy.

The wife did law school at Marquette, we go up about every other year for one reason or another.  She used to babysit for the LS Dean's kids and the eldest is graduating HS.  The kid is positively brilliant, both parents Harvard Law alum.  The Dean clerked for Scalia back in the day, but the wife/mom is possibly more talented.

Milwaukee is my second-favorite food town next to Vegas, and Vegas only wins in quantity of great places to eat.  I typically gain over a pound per-day when I am there, so it is good I've never stayed longer than four days.

The fine dining restaurant at Potawatomi serves A5 Wagu, probably not this trip for us as we'll have the kids with us.  Even more interesting, they have a venison dish on the menu.

Of note, a local Italian place on the beach here in town had A7 as one of the specials on Thursday during our first visit there.  I forgot to ask how much, but I was pretty impressed.  Should I assume it "fell off the back of a truck" somewhere? 

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Never heard of 7, I thought 5 was the highest.

Restaurant advertising is all BS when it comes to stuff like that.  I have no way to put a number on it but I would seriously say 90% of all claims are false.

Grade of meat.  False.

Farm to table. False.  It's almost impossible to do.

100% of our products are locally sourced.  False.  Again, almost impossible to do.

That lobster roll you ordered.  A good chance its not all lobster and instead some sort of cheaper fish acting as filler. 

I will get off my soap box.  If you want a good laugh here are two articles to read.

At Tampa Bay farm-to-table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction

Spot the fables on these 10 Tampa Bay menus

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10 hours ago, Deleterious said:

Never heard of 7, I thought 5 was the highest.

Restaurant advertising is all BS when it comes to stuff like that.  I have no way to put a number on it but I would seriously say 90% of all claims are false.

Grade of meat.  False.

Farm to table. False.  It's almost impossible to do.

100% of our products are locally sourced.  False.  Again, almost impossible to do.

That lobster roll you ordered.  A good chance its not all lobster and instead some sort of cheaper fish acting as filler. 

I will get off my soap box.  If you want a good laugh here are two articles to read.

At Tampa Bay farm-to-table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction

Spot the fables on these 10 Tampa Bay menus

The waiter told us that the Wagu scale went to 10, but you are absolutely right that the scale goes to 5 (just looked).  Perhaps he was giving us the marbling grade and I didn't hear him right?  At the risk of giving him the benefit of the doubt, the server was in his mid-50s and recommended a nice Sangiovese to go with our meal.

Without even reading those two stories (yet, going to in a bit) I have to tell you that you are preaching to the choir.  It is crazy how wide of a variety of products restaurants can get from services like GFS and PFG.  I went to the GFS food show one year in Grand Rapids with my former partner and, apart from eating far too much food, I was floored by the extent to which a solid restaurant could rely on a food purveyor like Gordon for just about everything.

It is quite possible that I tried a dozen different types of French fries, six different types of onion rings, six different types of burger patties and six different types of breaded chicken over the course of two days.  Over the following 12 years, I've seen most of what I tried at places I figured wouldn't give me frozen food.

So yeah, people really want to eat all-local/farm-fresh food have another thing coming.

There are only two or three places I've ever eaten at that I got the impression that almost everything I ate come from ultra-local sources--Lucky Café in Cleveland (Tremont) and The Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, CA (wine country).  Possibly a third, being Readmore Inn, a B&B in Vermont where I had a breakfast that included a slice of hot apple pie with a slice of white Vermont Cheddar.

 

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I watched Life on the Line on Amazon Prime last week while I was getting ready to go out for the night, and I thought it was as good of a sports betting doc as I've ever seen.  It featured famous football handicapper Teddy "Covers" Servansky, who seemed almost seemed like too nice of a guy for that line of work.  For a guy with his reputation, he could have a huge head but he's pretty grounded.  A majority of the betting action takes place at the Las Vegas Hilton, one of the few properties in LV that I've never stepped foot in, and it is centered around the 2011 Super Bowl.

Keeping to the gambling-themed movies, I watched the first 10 minutes of Mississippi Grind with the wife the other night.  Turning it off was an act of mercy, as I knew the wife was 100% watching it for my sake and the movie was even depressing me.  I'll revisit within the next month, but seedy undertone of the start of the movie felt maybe a little too real.  I really felt like I was at second-rate poker room in seat 10 waiting for premium starting hands in a low buy-in tournament with like $80 to my name.  My friend Peter, who has about 15 years on me, wrote a blog on it and I feel his viewpoint was a little skewed because he compared it so much to the 70s movie California Split.  Peter knows gambling, that's for sure, but for me in this case ignorance might just be bliss.

I mean, F*** that guy--who cares if he's written a a book about Stu Ungar?  Am I right?  (of course I'm not!)

Del hasn't received enough love for what he did betting on basketball this year--his first grinding it out week-to-week as far as I know.  Mid 50% range may not look good to casual gamblers, but it is a major accomplishment.

 

 

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