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Playing For The Push

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I’m in Las Vegas on business.  Of course, all work and no play isn’t a good thing and almost an impossible thing in this town.  Naturally I found myself sitting down for a few hands of Pai Gow Poker.  I can hear the serious gamblers out there moaning because it’s a slow-paced, uncomplicated game (unlike business!) but it’s also extremely social.  Most real gamblers don’t like the pace, the lack of a lot of “action” and are annoyed by conversations that go longer than “hit me” or “$10 behind the 6”.

Simply, the dealer gives you seven cards and you need to make a five-card poker hand and a two card hand out of them.  To win, both your hands have to beat the dealer’s two hands.  The interesting thing about Pai Gow is that there are times when you’re hoping not to lose more than you’re expecting or even trying to win and have to play your cards accordingly.  What actually happens is that you win one hand and lose one hand.  My traveling companion, who is just learning the game, said it well – you’re playing for the push.  I, of course, immediately said “blog post” and here’s why. Continue reading

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Playing The Slots

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I’m fascinated by people who play slot machines. I have nothing against it; I just don’t understand it. My brother has a buddy who goes to the casinos quite a bit and I went with them on a trip a while back. While his pal plays craps for pretty decent stakes and blackjack, he also spent time on the slots. He’s definitely a sophisticated gambler and yet he chooses to play something that minimizes his skill as a gambler and is, in my mind, the equivalent of buying a lottery ticket. Why do I bring this up? Continue reading

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The Buffet Line

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It’s Friday so we’ll start with food, and having just been in Las Vegas, it’s an easy topic to discuss.  I think Vegas might be the second-best food city in the country in many ways (behind only NYC, of course).  I’ll qualify that by stating that one needs a pretty hefty bankroll to take full advantage of the best of what’s available there, but let’s put that aside for a moment.

Every top practitioner of damn near every cuisine in the world has a restaurant in town.  It’s an all-star aggregation, really, and not even New York has as many top chefs (where NYC kills Vegas is in hundreds of high quality ethic dining experiences as well as food carts).  Yet with all this quality (and not all of it is expensive) around, you see them lined up at the casino buffets, eating unlimited amounts of food in between blackjack sessions.  How does this relate to work? Continue reading

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The Spread

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Like many of you, I spent part of yesterday watching the action in the NFL. It’s a great product on the field most of the time and when it’s not, as in the case of a blow-out game, it has another factor working in its favor which maintains many peoples’ interest until the final gun. While my friends at the NFL don’t like to talk about it much, that factor is the spread.  Continue reading

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