Posted on Aug 31, 2011 under MGM, Slot Clubs |
The information I gave in the previous blog entry for MGM’s new players club is for POINTPlay, which you redeem for FREEPLAY. This is the number that you find on the card reader when you insert your players card.
There is another separate category called Tier Credits Read more… »
Posted on Aug 27, 2011 under MGM, Slot Clubs |
MLife is the new players club for all the MGM properties. It has some good features, but one I just hate is trying to figure out the number of points you are earning/have earned or the amount of coin-in for one session.
All players rack up the same number of points in each machines categoriy AS YOU ARE PLAYING Read more… »
Posted on Aug 25, 2011 under Brad Stories, Comps, Harrah's, Q+A |
Thanks to everyone who has said good things about the recent series on Brad’s gambling experiences down through the years. To answer your queries about whether I will now start writing about my own early gaming history, that is a possibility I am mulling over in my head. I had “sworn” that I would never ever write another book. But last night when I had a four-hour bout of insomnia, one started sketching itself in my head: Read more… »
Posted on Aug 22, 2011 under Brad Stories |
After 30 years of marriage, Brad and his wife divorced. Brad always jokes, “I got out on good behavior.” He rented a small bachelor pad close to Naval Avionics and continued to go to the various horse tracks on the weekends when he wasn’t working overtime.
In 1982, a Naval Avionics co-worker who knew how much Brad liked gambling told him about the Moose Lodge just a few blocks away from his apartment. She said they ran Monte Carlo nights there a couple of Wednesdays a month and there was one that night. Read more… »
Posted on Aug 18, 2011 under Comps, Non-Vegas Casinos, Travel |
Okay, back to gambling topics. (Yes, I know stories and pictures from other people’s vacations can be boring!)
Although, as I have said before, gambling was not a top priority on our recent road trip, we did visit several casinos:
1. Council Bluffs Harrah’s – a two-night stay just to rest up after a couple days of heavy driving. Comped from our 7* tier status. They have a few 10/6 DDB machines that we played. A “real” riverboat, but it never leaves the shore.
The large VIP lounge on the top deck serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food selection is small but what we had was always tasty. Brad liked the popcorn machine. I appreciated the use of a computer. After checking our account, the desk clerk there was able to issue a food comp without using any of our Reward Credits. (I like that. Since there are some Harrah’s that will sometimes redeem RC’s for free play – albeit at 2 to 1 – I like to save ours for that. Otherwise, using RC’s for food means the comps are not really “free.”)
2. Council Bluffs Horseshoe – just a quick visit here, by free shuttle from nearby Harrah’s, to check it out. No play – just a look around the casino and then a stop in the VIP lounge, which is very plush. We were there in the evening just before it closed so the only food offered was desserts, but they were top-shelf! We didn’t have time to play the wii provided for customer entertainment, but I had fun for a little while playing the pinball machine, something I hadn’t done for years. (In another life I was a big pinball machine “addict”!) You could buy this pinball machine with RC’s if you had a blue-million of them!
3. Hammond Horseshoe in Hammond, IN – a 4-night stay as Brad’s annual Harrah’s 7* trip. Since the casino does not have their own hotel yet, they put us up at a Mariott Courtyard Inn. Casino is very large and very Vegas-like and doesn’t seem like a “boat” at all.
Great eating options: Certainly our top favorite buffet in a casino in the U.S. Steakhouse is top-notch. And the 7* lounge serves good food in probably one of the best – perhaps THE best – Harrah’s VIP lounges in the country.
They have good VP in their High Limit room, including some of our ”funnest” games, so we played heavier than usual for the three days, getting both of us well on our way to 7* for next year. Bonus #1: we pulled out a nice win. Bonus #2: Since we drove instead of our usual plane ride for a 7* trip, we saved our gas receipts and Harrah’s will pay us that as a transportation allowance. (Even having to use high-test gas in the Mercedes, we came in at about $800, well under the $1200 maximum allowance.)
4. Route 66 Casino Hotel – a beautiful large modern Indian casino just off I-40, west of Albuquerque, NM. We had ignored the frequent casino ads all along our ride through Oklahoma and New Mexico on our way home – so many Indian casinos beckoning. But they held no interest for us – after 3 weeks we couldn’t wait to get home. However, the next to the last driving day we were hungry for a late lunch and saw signs for the Route 66 Casino Hotel that were advertising $10 in gas for out-of-state visitors. It looked like a big casino and we decided to check to see if they perhaps had some good restaurant options. Good decision. We joined the players club and found out that, as seniors, we could enjoy a $5 lunch buffet. It was an extremely good one, with a large selection of food items. Truly a frugal find.
We each also got the $10 gas coupon. Sadly we couldn’t take full advantage of it – we had filled up the gas tank not that long before – but we managed to pump in $12. When I was crying about that $8 “waste,” Brad injected some much- needed reality by pointing out that it didn’t matter – Harrah’s was paying for our gas anyway! Thank goodness one of us has some good sense at least part of the time!
Posted on Aug 14, 2011 under Travel |
In order to write this report, I am taking a break from going through the mountains of paperwork I found when we returned last Thursday evening from our 23-day road trip. If I waited until I was “caught up,” it would never get done – I rarely see the bottom of any Inbox, either on my desk or on my computer!
We were gone for 22 nights, but had to pay for a motel for only five of them. Casinos provided six comped nights. We used Choice frequent-stayer points for five. And various relatives were nice enough to provide a cozy spare bedroom and comfortable bed for the other six nights. Read more… »
Posted on Aug 09, 2011 under Brad Stories, Comments |
I hate working on strange computers!!
Anyway to finish the thought of the last entry:
After Brad and I met and started casino gambling, he has kept busy with advantage plays. We rarely play “just for fun” because we have about all the fun we can stand looking for and taking advantage of “good” plays!
Posted on Aug 09, 2011 under Brad Stories, Travel |
Writing from Albuquerque – just two days from home-sweet-home!
To respond to a recent comment:
Brad has always had a gambling advantage in his adult life when he was playing Tonk and poker since both are games of skill and he had innate “card sense” plus extensive experience. He studied horseracing and says he was more knowledgeable than the average player, but it probably wasn’t a positive-expectation bet for him. However, it was inexpensive entertainment that he loved. And as far as all the “games” at his workplace, that just made his job a great social experience instead of a boring routine. He was considered the great instigator of fun and was beloved by co-workers all over the plant.
Posted on Aug 05, 2011 under Brad Stories |
After Brad got out of the Air Force in 1952, he settled down back in his parents’ home in Connersville, IN, with a job at Philco, a major refrigerator manufacturing plant in town. Then came marriage and four children. There wasn’t a lot of money during this time for gambling activities, but there were always low-stakes Tonk games when relatives and friends got together in their homes. There were also poker games at the American Legion. And Tonk games were still going strong at the cigar stores where Brad had played when he was a young teenager. If Brad had any extra money on Friday paydays, Read more… »