Monday, June 29, 2009

Vegas Vacation - Part I

The first question many people ask when you return from Vegas is how did you do? Well, I lost playing blackjack. I lost playing craps. I lost playing Pai Gow. I lost playing three-card poker. I also lost $2 playing slots. (I hate slots, but I couldn’t pass up the Press Your Luck slot machine. I really, really, really wanted to yell big bucks, no whammies, stop! I didn't have that opportunity.) My gambling victories were minor. I bet $2 on a horse named Baseball Card Kid racing at Charles Town Races & Slots. Yes, I traveled thousands of miles to bet on a horse race that took place about 50 miles from my home. When I made the wager, the horse was at 7-1 but by race time, he/she was 3-1. Therefore, when the horse finished second, I won a whopping 80 cents.

My other victory was courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Knowing that the Pirates usually play well against excellent starting pitchers (though usually terribly against below average pitching), I put $5 on the Bucs and Ross Ohlendorf against the Cleveland Indians and reigning Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. When the Pirates won, I earned $7.25! The sports book was clearly the highlight of my personal gambling week.

However, my wife represented the family proudly. In her blackjack debut, she was dealt an 8-8 with the dealer showing an ace. The dealer did not have a blackjack, so after splitting the eights, she received a third 8. On that 8, she got a 7 and then a 5 for a 20. On the second 8, she was dealt a 2. We contemplated doubling down, but decided just to hit. She got a 10. On the third 8, she was dealt a 3. We did double-down this time, meaning that there were four separate bets on the table. The dealer handed her a 9. I don’t remember the dealer's cards, but I know that she busted meaning that my wife won all four bets. Greatest blackjack hand ever!

I promise to have much more about my Las Vegas vacation including the joys of a timeshare presentation, seeing Alexander Ovechkin, meeting Angel, and I'll present one of the greatest names in local news history over the next few days.

4 comments:

tiny350Z said...

Nice work! Glad you had a good time. My favorite slot machines were the Price is Right. And Spam. Spam was a load of fun. Ahh... gotta love penny slots.

I would also have to say I miss the sports books the most, though.

Archi said...

You guys were correct to not double with the 10 and the ace showing. Well done all around! I hate those times where you just have to split/double despite the dealer showing a good card. Unless I win. Then they're awesome.

Sean said...

tiny - My wife played The Price Is Right game, and I watched her get to the Cliff Hanger game. I can see why that one would be fun. What is Spam?

Archi - I was terrified having all of those bets on the table, but it worked out. I lost at least two hands where I doubled-down. In one case, I had an 11 against a dealers' 6.

Messiah said...

Is it local news anchor Ricky Cheese? Wait, or did she die?