I am in Las Vegas this week for a health care related conference at Caesers Palace. This is my third trip to Sin City in the last 2 and a half years. My last visit, you may recall, was in June. Every time I’ve come here, I’ve wanted to go to downtown Las Vegas to the Golden Nugget. My paternal grandmother would bring us back decks of cards from there as gifts from her trips. I’ve wanted to go where she went. She loved to gamble, so playing the slots is something that always reminds me of her (I wish I had a picture of her that I could post…). This time, I made good on that wish.
My coworker, her husband, and I took a cab there and it was really nice. It was a much more comfortable atmosphere. So much so that I decided to do something else I’ve never done – gamble at a table. I’ve always been nervous about it. First of all, I typically only bet $20 total. Since the minimum bid is usually most if not more than my entire budget, they’ve been off limits. After purchasing a 24 ounce Swirly Girly, I saw a $5 black jack table and pounced on it. I handed over a $20 bill got four chips in return. Then the games begin. I am happy to say that in my increasingly tipsy way I ended up leaving the table with $52.50!!!!! I even got a black jack! Later on, after my second 24 ounce Swirly Girly, I turned $5 into $15 playing video pocker. Sizzle! I was hot. I’m just thankful that I had the presence of mind to keep stop. I appear to have the happy talent of being the perfect mixture of gambling caution when I drink.
We finished the evening with a lavous meal at Vic and Anthony’s. I had a steak with mashed potatoes. It was by far the most delicious steak I’ve ever had in my life. Thank God I will have eaten every meal tonight for free. Last night cost $73. I’m not used to spending that much on one meal – whether it’s to be expensed or not.
Tonight I’m going to take it easy, reveling in my winnings. $42.50 isn’t much to roll around in, but I am feeling satisfied none the less. What a great mood to be in when writing my reviews of some really good books I’ve read recently – Etta, Tomato Girl, The Guernsey Literary and the Potato Peal Pie Society. I hope to get those all written and posted by the end of the month.
Do you ever gamble? I’d be interested in hearing about your experiences – especially if you are a real high roller, not just one who plays like on on her blog.