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    One week in November

    Nacho Daddy's on 4th, one block north of The Fremont Street Experience.... Ya gotta love a place that specializes in nachos!

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    The drive in from Colorado (I was visiting a buddy there) was uneventful, weather excellent... Nothing like an 80 mph speed limit, and 'no services next 100 miles'

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    I usually take the slow scenic southern route (via Taos, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Oatman) but did the rare run out I-70 and I-15...

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    Most of the afternoon I spent at Callville Resort and Marina at Lake Mead. My buddy Rocky and his gal Stef were hired to provide the music for the annual car show out there... This impressive 1949 Mercury won 1st prize.











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    Rocky had a good regional career playng gigs all over Kansas and the Midwest decades ago - but he had to get out of the music business as all the easy drugs and booze and stuff was ruining his health....several years ago he started playing again, he just couldn't stay away, but this time he was able to find venues (jam nights at certain clubs) where like-minded musicians gathered and played. Right off the bat, he met Steph....

    As an example of how laid back and easy going Rocky is, one of his original songs was a regional hit in the midwest. He didn't record it tho. Some dude stole it, put it out there as his own. "You pissed off, did you sue him?" No, said Rocky, "I was just glad one of my songs got a bunch of local radio play"....here he is singing about his return.


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    Good stuff. Keep them coming.

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    good stuff, enjoy your day trippin'

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    For lunch I couldn't decide if I wanted a sub or pizza. So that means I go to Cheba Hut and get the compromise, a kinda half and half of both, the toasted "Dank Sinatra" (marinara, cream cheese, salami, provolone, pepperoni, green bells, onion, mushroom, black olives, parmesan + oregano). Darn good, but I found the marinara sauce a bit too acidic, but I suppose some folks like it that way. I shook some sugar over it to cut the acidity, then it was real good!




    yes, Cheba Hut is pot-themed. It is a regional chain consisting of a couple dozen outlets in Western states, started in Tempe, AZ, 1998.

    Location isn't everything - but you see this first Las Vegas Cheba Hut opened next to a big weed dispensary at Sahara and Rainbow streets, a few miles west of the Strip.




    You can legally buy small amounts of weed for recreational consumption in Las Vegas, but there is no place to smoke it except inside at home.

    Open and public consumption of weed is not legal in Nevada. The Gov wanted to create rules for weed lounges, but numerous concerns caused the discussion among regulators here to be left to a later date. They are especially watching how Colorado is rolling out their first-in-the-nation licensing of such places.

    evidently, there are still benefits to having a medical card to getting stoned





    and pot entrepreneurs have even started up a local magazine








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    have they open the banks to their cash???





    always enjoy your post Terryray

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    I visited a few new ones today

    I had buffet at Aliante Casino, never been to that place. Way NW Las Vegas. It opened right when bad recession hit in 2008, the company (Station Casinos) went bankrupt the next year (they had a few other new properties open or expanded, were way overextended). Boyd Gaming bought it last year for half what it cost to build it in 2008!...and locals told me the buffet has suffered, not what it used to be.

    but they do have a very nice sports book!






    I also checked out The Lucky Dragon Casino and Motel. It was the first Las Vegas new-built casino hotel in 6 years (Cosmopolitan was previous one). Opened a year ago. Lots of gaming tables, not as many slot machines, does cater to the Asian crowd.





    I signed up for the player card and they gave me $8.88 in free play. 8 is considered by the Asian gambling crowd to be a lucky number (made $12 profit off the free play in a deuces wild video poker machine).. Their phone number is (702) 889-8018...They have no sports book. But restaurants are supposed to be real good and offer late night discounts. Some time I'll be driving down Sahara Blvd late and I'll stop and grab something. They are about a block west of The Strip.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryray View Post


    I also checked out The Lucky Dragon Casino and Motel. It was the first Las Vegas new-built casino hotel in 6 years (Cosmopolitan was previous one). Opened a year ago. Lots of gaming tables, not as many slot machines, does cater to the Asian crowd.

    I signed up for the player card and they gave me $8.88 in free play. 8 is considered by the Asian gambling crowd to be a lucky number (made $12 profit off the free play in a deuces wild video poker machine).. Their phone number is (702) 889-8018...They have no sports book. But restaurants are supposed to be real good and offer late night discounts. Some time I'll be driving down Sahara Blvd late and I'll stop and grab something. They are about a block west of The Strip.

    Lots of baccarat tables there

    Also I have never eaten there, but I am guessing they have some tasty noodles there. Like that $8.88 free play (and phone number), well played by them, well played
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryray View Post

    I had buffet at Aliante Casino, never been to that place. Way NW Las Vegas. It opened right when bad recession hit in 2008, the company (Station Casinos) went bankrupt the next year (they had a few other new properties open or expanded, were way overextended). Boyd Gaming bought it last year for half what it cost to build it in 2008!...and locals told me the buffet has suffered, not what it used to be.


    What, what? Station Casinos went bankrupt? I did not know that? I guess Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta got it back, they seem to be doing well now.......

    https://www.sclv.com/Casinos
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    sounds like you are having fun..

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    OK, that mention of noodles got me hungry!...I just drove out to Shang Artisan Noodle on Flamingo Blvd and got this bowl of "Shang Beef Noodle" (Beef Broth, Braised Beef Brisket, Veggies) for $8.95.




    As you can see, this little spot has real hand-pulled noodles.






    I also got the Beef pancakes ($5.49), which are a kind of Chinese meat pie, filled with meat and hot broth. I cut the first few, then I decided to try to bite them, thinking I could control the hot broth inside. Nope! It squirted all over my shirt..



    Shang Artisan Noodle is a small joint in a strip mall, seats about 35. It is bit over mile west of The Strip...Really excellent food at very reasonable price!





    Now I have to look over and read about today's sports bets...I'm still adjusting to these 4pm game time starts, as I was on the East Coast and used to the 7pm starts for so long...

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    That is some big noodle action
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    Lunch Thurs was Fuku Burger. This is the "Kinoko" burger - Fuku patty (marinated all beef patty with some Asian flavors mixed in like soy sauce and yuzu, but you still tasted the beef just fine), grilled shittake mushrooms, pickled red ginger, kizami shoga and finished with a wasabi mayo....real good if you like the asian/burger fusion mix. It was tasty, but I'd prefer a real basic classic beef and cheese tasting burger...




    the garlic fries weren't as good or fancy as the burger:




    Fuku Burger was just a food truck for some years, but they now have this brick and mortar place where Chinatown has sprawled out Jones and Desert Inn Rd




    The strip mall across the parking lot has a "168 Market" for all your Asian cuisines. The hot takeout food part looks good and busy!



    customers are picky about the fresh fish, so like many Asian markets, you can choose and package your own raw selections.





    and plenty of so-fresh-it's-alive options, at very good prices. The small Maine lobster is only about $1.50 more a pound here than back in Maine....So no complaints about getting fresh fish in the middle of the desert anymore!



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    those Jimmy's are good size..

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    Friday...

    “North Vegas is where you go when you've f*cked up once too often on the Strip, and when you're not even welcome in the cut-rate downtown places around Casino Center.” - Hunter S Thompson

    a trip out to Jerry's Nugget in North Las Vegas, check out the independent sports book lines there, one of the very few independents left...and they offer the best parlay payouts in the area.

    First thing you notice driving up Las Vegas Blvd from Fremont St and Glitter Gulch is the homeless corridor along the road - tarps, blankets, old tents, grocery carts form makeshift shelters for 100 or so folks lining the fence on the sidewalk alongside Las Vegas Blvd beside Catholic Charities and HELP Las Vegas. The city of North Las Vegas is so strapped for cash they almost declared bankruptcy a few years back, and can't afford to chase off the homeless on a regular basis..

    I first visited Silver Nugget tho, as new card members get anywhere from $3 to $100 free slot play. I got $5 when I put in my $20 bill. I played out the free play and made about $3 off it!...The Silver Nuggets has a small William Hill sportsbook...then I was off to the nicer Jerry's Nugget down the road.





    The building you see up the street with the red roof is the famous Palomino Club - it is the only strip club in the valley with both a full alcohol bar & totally nude strippers. All other stripper clubs in Las Vegas area are limited to topless if they serve alcohol, but the old Palomino Club got their practice grandfathered in when the updated regulations came out.






    the cafe at Jerry's Nugget is famous for their pies and big old fashioned desserts.




    for late night snack, I went to Cheffini's Hot Dogs in Container Park, got the Panchero Dog (grilled frank, dry chorizo bits, carmelized onions, red bell pepper aioli and chimichurri sauce) $6.99 seems a lot for a hotdog, but it was so darn good! Next time I'm gonna order extra chimichurri.






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    This is really great!
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    Saturday I spent a bunch of my time handicapping...and moving out of my small weekly rental room ($300, pic from website) here:



    then into a nicer one next door, in the tower at The El Cortez Casino ($146 for Sat and Sun nights, includes $20 food comp):




    driving by Wynn Casino, I stopped by to put in a bet. Turns out they charge for parking now:





    Caesars charges $10. But Venetian/Palazzo is still free (and Treasure Island, Circus Circus, SLS, Tropicana...the malls - Forum Shops, Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood and Crystal shops - have free valet parking!)


    there was buncha food booths set up by Fremont Street Experience. I got this Indian food to eat:






    and midnight I got this excellent sandwich "The Complicated Order" from The Bronze Café, inside The Market across the street from The El Cortez....house made bacon jam, bacon strips, mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, basil aioli, house made lemon vinagarette, turkey and avocado on a ciabattta bun....darn good!!...and smells great - not many sandwiches have a big smell...





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    Great pics Terryray, looks like a blast. Hoping to get out there myself in January. Keep the write-ups coming...

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    Saturday lunch I went back to the food booths set up next to Fremont St. Turns out it's actually this festival:




    too much good stuff to choose from












    I paid $20 for this big ass bowl of seafood gumbo, cooked from scratch and loaded with grilled shrimp and turkey and pork sausage. The ladies told me beef sausage is better, but many folks object to the beef...it also had chicken and crawdad meat, topped with a healthy handful of crab meat....it was really good, but the broth a bit thin, I prefer my gumbo with a thicker and darker roux...





    then was a boring but fun day of handicapping and relaxing in the room.....

    The El Cortez Casino is playing up it's historic past to try and gain some style and theme, part of that is this fine 1948 Cadillac on display (from the "Phil Maloof Collection"). It was the first car to feature tailfins, and Elizabeth Taylor was given one on her sixteenth birthday....



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    It took a long time for the promotions booth to issue me these tickets for my $20 food/beverage comp the El Cortez website gave me when booking. Turns out the comp offer is region specific and I still had my laptop VPN set to "Midwest". I use the VPN to hide my ass, all my internet traffic is anonymized tunnelling thru their random ISP. Evidently it was an ISP from Michigan (I wondered why my booking said "Michigan comp") and my ID is Kansas - which is not in the regional promotion.

    But the promotions booth, after a phone call and consultation, noticed in their records I used to have a Texas address, which is included in this regional promotion. So they issued these comp coupons as Texas!




    I asked for a West Coast USA ISP when I got into Nevada, I checked and it shows my current ISP as 173.244.36.36, City: Phoenix, State: Arizona.

    sometimes I have to assign a Swiss or Thai ISP address when I come across a Youtube video "not currently available for viewing in your country".

    I activated my comp last night at the "Siegel's 1941" restaurant. They still have a classic cocktail menu, so I ordered a Sidecar. This used to be a top 10 drink, about 80 years ago...the waitress had no idea what I was talking about, I had to point it out on the menu.








    then I ordered the $10.95 Prime Rib special they are running 24 hours a day Nov and Dec....it tastes better than it needs to be!






    won my POD last night, posted in the daily POD thread in baseball forum. That takes me to 7-2 for my posting in the POD threads since I entered the state of Nevada!...a couple of my other postings this week too, in case you missed them....

    I drive up to Reno today, promised the Oregon family I'd be there for Thanksgiving...








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    The last stop in Las Vegas, I had a passerby take a pic of me with my car....this trip was the first time in 27 years I was able to smooth-cruise about Las Vegas in a full size American sedan featuring a V8 with nice torqey power off the line....real nice!....I had a few tickets to cash inside the Superbook here





    driving this Mercury Marquis is like piloting your leather couch down the road. Perfect for the highway, it's geared for that use - rolling 70 mph it's only going 1800 RPM!...I got up real early, had visions of arriving in Reno before dark, but no. Left real late, was immediately tired, took a nap at my usual nap spot, in the parking lot of Stagecoach in Beatty, NV.




    Stagecoach had this interesting display



    these $1000 bills were last printed in 1934, and taken out of circulation (to fight the war on drugs) in 1971. The collector value of a $1000 bill, in a bit worse circulated condition than this, is about $1600.




    I had two road construction waits of about 20 minutes each




    got room at Travelodge in Hawthorne, NV, which is the hotel rooms for the El Captian.



    This small but nice casino has a William Hill sports betting kiosk. Works like an ATM, has a touch screen. Has a menu like an offshore book. You can cash your winning ticket at any William Hill location, they are all over Nevada. But don't win big! They cut you off or down real fast...




    dinner was at Maggies, excellent as usual. This patty melt ($9.99) had mushrooms and swiss, big beefy flavor from the hand made patty. And hand battered onion rings excellent!






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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryray View Post
    The last stop in Las Vegas, I had a passerby take a pic of me with my car....this trip was the first time in 27 years I was able to smooth-cruise about Las Vegas in a full size American sedan featuring a V8 with nice torqey power off the line....real nice!....I had a few tickets to cash inside the Superbook here





    driving this Mercury Marquis is like piloting your leather couch down the road. Perfect for the highway, it's geared for that use - rolling 70 mph it's only going 1800 RPM!...I got up real early, had visions of arriving in Reno before dark, but no. Left real late, was immediately tired, took a nap at my usual nap spot, in the parking lot of Stagecoach in Beatty, NV.




    Stagecoach had this interesting display



    these $1000 bills were last printed in 1934, and taken out of circulation (to fight the war on drugs) in 1971. The collector value of a $1000 bill, in a bit worse circulated condition than this, is about $1600.




    I had two road construction waits of about 20 minutes each




    got room at Travelodge in Hawthorne, NV, which is the hotel rooms for the El Captian.



    This small but nice casino has a William Hill sports betting kiosk. Works like an ATM, has a touch screen. Has a menu like an offshore book. You can cash your winning ticket at any William Hill location, they are all over Nevada. But don't win big! They cut you off or down real fast...




    dinner was at Maggies, excellent as usual. This patty melt ($9.99) had mushrooms and swiss, big beefy flavor from the hand made patty. And hand battered onion rings excellent!






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    Do you need an acct to use those betting kiosks?
    Or can you just walk up, make a play and deposit the cash in machine to pay for ticket (s)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomer View Post
    Do you need an acct to use those betting kiosks?
    Or can you just walk up, make a play and deposit the cash in machine to pay for ticket (s)?

    You can have an account, or no account at all. Can put in cash or a winning ticket as your payment. They have a camera to see if you are underage, besides that you are good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kickserv View Post
    You can have an account, or no account at all. Can put in cash or a winning ticket as your payment. They have a camera to see if you are underage, besides that you are good to go.
    Was wondering how they could shut you off for big wins if you didn’t need an account. How would they know who anyone was?
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