Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Quick Exit

I finished the tournament last night in record time. I believe I was out in the first round, probably 5 or 6 hands in. No focus. I should have stayed around. Last night was very slow in Wendover and I’m wondering what’s up. I think we have lost a lot of business to the home games in Salt Lake. I know players don’t just quit, so they’ve got to be somewhere. All the dealers from around town were stopping in to see if we had any action going because their rooms were quiet too. Kind of eerie. I hope it’s busier tonight because I have a 6pm start again and Ill be one of the first ones out – I want to work late!

We started the Spin the Wheel promotion yesterday. Basically, it goes like this – get your aces cracked, or have a hand of aces full or better and you get to spin the giant wheel. It’s about 4 ½ feet around and has spaces from $20 up to $100, Steakhouse dinners for two, and free Jacuzzi suites. It hit twice in the first hour when I came in last night, so there definitely will be some free money flowing at work now. That is a very good thing! We’re even adding extra money for straight flushes and royals. Get in while you can.

Lakers Jazz rematch in SLC. Stay tuned.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Party Training

I got to run the tournament last night at the Nugget. It was fun, we had about 30 players and everything went super smooth. They played down to five players and chopped up the money. Part of the deal included a generous tip from all the players, which was a great bonus. I love when you get a take charge player in the end who demands that the dealers be included in the chop. Thanks, man!

I was able to get a small no limit game going after the tournament. We’re trying out a single $2 blind no limit game with a $50-$500 buy in. It was lucrative – lots of action. I wanted to sit in, I really did. I’m still retired, kind of like Allen Iverson, except that age has only helped my skills. I’ll play when the time is right.

There was another “party” downstairs in the billiards bar when I got off work. The Brazilian girls were in for cocktails and made me promise to come join them after my shift. I stayed for a bit, and even did my part by calling the guys to come out for a party. I didn’t know it would last only an hour or so. The girls started leaving 2 or 3 at a time – tired I guess. I tried buying a round of shots, but apparently the definition of party in Portuguese is to sit for 1 hour with 1 drink then go to sleep. Party training USA style must begin immediately! I think the plan was to go up to Southern X, but I am trying to save $$$ and I’ve got that Mrs. Jones type thing going anyway. Yes… I went home early! ;)

I’m working swing shift at the Nugget tonight. Come on out and play some poker!

Some Fun Quotes I posted years ago...

Take away the right to say "f**k" and you take away the right to say "f**k the government!”

-- Lenny Bruce

Do you wake up in the morning feeling sleepy and grumpy? Then you must be Snow White.

-- David Frost

An American girl hit on me in a club and asked me to make her an Egyptian princess. So I threw a sheet over her head and told her to be quiet.

-- Ahmed Ahmed

I bet a lot of mimes choke to death because nobody believes they're really choking.

-- John Gephart

Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too too late.

-- Mike Tyson

I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I only lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

-- Elayne Boosler

Skill is successfully walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. Intelligence is not trying.

-- Anonymous

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Life in the Big City

Wednesday was the last of two day shifts this week. I had fun both days, but it was pretty slow. We held on to our game until about 2pm, when the aces cracked promotion ended. We’re changing that up in the next week, so that should help get some asses in the seats.

On Tuesday Paul and I put the wheel together, but I guess that we are waiting for some signs to show up before it gets spun for real money. The deal is that you get to spin the wheel if you get your aces cracked or if you get a high hand – aces full or better I think. It will be a great promotion. You can win up to $200 on the wheel, rooms, slot play and some other stuff I forgot. I’ll update as soon as it’s up and running.

There is student frenzy here in Wendover. New folks have come to town from Brazil and Peru. I have met several students and everyone seems cool. It’s funny to see how everyone behaves around the new girls. Reminds me of high school but with adult themes. MTV should look in to this for a reality series.

Speaking of reality, the Jazz were hanging good with the lakers last night until the middle of the 3rd. Then the tires popped and the Jazz were running on empty. 6 points in the 4th quarter. I have a tough time even following the Jazz this year. For those of you that really know me, that is huge. I have been a big Jazz fan my whole life but this team stinks. Where’s Kyle Korver when you need him?

I have to mention here that Metallica and Nirvana are great bands to listen to when you write.

Back to poker, yesterday we lost our game at 2pm or so, but we got it right back up again. 4pm brought us a couple players that saved the day. Tossing money everywhere and not looking at cards until the river, stuff like that. One hand I told one of these guys it was $20 to call. (The pots got real big for a 1-5) He grabs a $20 stack of white and plops it on the Cocktail Waitresses tray behind him as a tip, then he looked at everybody and said “Guys – the dealer said twenty dollars! What was I supposed to do?” It was great and it finished my day off well. I’ll have to see how swing shift did with them.

Open invitation to all big tippers – you are welcome on my table all the time!

Working the Thursday tournament shift tonight. See you there!


Things that have changed since I last wrote in my blog.

  1. I got back together with Marina.
  2. I opened a clothing store and quit dealing poker at the Rainbow. Call it the Steve effect.
  3. I closed my clothing store because everyone shops out of town. There were some other reasons too.
  4. I started dealing poker again at the Wendover Nugget.
  5. I broke up with Marina. Its nasty. Don't ask.
  6. I watched the Jazz game last night and it was disgusting. 6pts in the 4th. against the lakers.
  7. I woke up this morning and decided to write in the best poker blog in Wendover again.