Just Call Me High Roller


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.

golden-nuggetMy 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.


  • At 2009.01.28 02:47, Amy @ My Friend Amy said:

    Um, no. I am not a gambler, I’m much too unlucky to be one! But congrats on your winnings. 🙂

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    Maybe you should come gamble with me. LOL!!!

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    • At 2009.01.28 04:42, Jena said:

      I was always been afraid that my “what if” mindset would lead to my ruin in a casino, but that stems from my addiction to those stupid quarter slide machines at the town fair when I was growing up. The most I ever seem to gamble is $5 on the occasional scratch-off ticket, and losing money is enough to keep me from them for a while, so while I might lose $50 at blackjack in Vegas, I no longer think I’d lose my shirt there.

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      You definitely have to have a preset limit on how much you’d gamble and look at it as entertainment alone.

      • At 2009.01.28 04:52, Ti said:

        I was in Vegas last March and had the opportunity to stay at a luxurious hotel (The Signature at MGM) and I had the best meals, the best suite and it was all paid for by my work. THAT’s the way to travel. LOL.

        Enjoy yourself! There’s a Brighton in your hotel. Go by a little trinket with your winnings.

        Ti’s last blog post..2009 Book Club List

        You know, I just bought a pair of shoes from Zappos.com, so that will be my little trinket. 🙂 The CFO of Zappos.com spoke at out conference and invited us to take a tour. I am definitely going to blog about it as soon as I get my picture scanned in the computer.

        • At 2009.01.28 15:22, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

          I’ve only gambled on those penny and nickel slots and I have no luck, which is a good thing to know if you are in vegas! I love the new site…it is gorgeous and the images and color scheme are fantastic.

          i cannot wait to explore the rest of this!

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          Thanks so much for your compliments. I just keep looking at it. I love sharing it. I shared it while I was on my tour of Zappos.com today. BTW, I can’t wait to blog about that!

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          • At 2009.01.28 16:51, Care said:

            Ah, PRETTY new blog look!
            I am a horrible conservative gambler. I just don’t like to give away money. Actually, I’m terribly afraid that I’ll like it and end up homeless. I’ll play a few slot machines (quarters!) and give up after 5-10 pulls. My hub once played a $20 slot on a cruise ship and I about died. One play and he won $40. I made him stop; I couldn’t handle it.
            I used to be very very good at liar’s poker however, but I’ve forgotten how to play – the one that uses the numbers on dollar bills?

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            Thank you so much! I’ve never heard about liar’s poker. I’ll have to look that one up. I haven’t gambled again since then and probably won’t. I’d hate to lose it all.

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            • At 2009.01.29 03:31, Shana @ Literarily said:

              Jennifer, what’s in a Swirly Girly? Sounds good!

              I’ve only gambled once, just to see what all the fuss is about. My outcome was similar to yours, I put in about $20, ended up with $40 and promptly went back to drinking 🙂

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              Okay, let me think here. It was yummy. It was a mixture of two of the drinks that qualified for the 24 oz. thing… One flavor was strawberry margarita. The other was a vodka something or other. Did I say it was yummy? 😉

              • At 2009.01.29 04:58, Oh said:

                LOVE your new blog “look” – especially the header! Rock on in Las Vegas – a well deserved break even though it’s a conference – enjoy!

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                Thank you so much! Vegas has been great. I just got back from eating at Spaggos after a tour of Zappos.com. I am definitely blogging about that experience – especially because I came away from it with free books!!!! Alfred Lin was a great speaker.

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                • At 2009.01.29 22:48, Lori Barnes said:

                  Love your new web site! and if i have the opportunity to gamble i’ll never risk what i started with i want to at least walk away with what i came with, sounds like you had a great time. I was reading the post before this one confessions of a sinner and i wasn’t able to leave a comment there was no place for one or was there supose to be? I still love the new look lol 🙂

                  Lori, please send me your comments for Sinner’s and I’ll add it for you. I have no idea why that would be. It might be a glitch or something. Thanks so much for your compliments on my blog. I must say I do love it!

                  • At 2009.01.30 15:51, Kathy said:

                    I’m not a gambler. I’ve been in 2 casinos – one in France and one in Monte Carlo. I put a couple coins in the slot machine at the one in France and that was enough for me.

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                    Your biggest gamble of all might just be inviting me to lunch tomorrow! 🙂 I hope it’s okay that I bring my 4 year old along. I won’t stay long if she is a bother. I just can’t know you’re only 45 minutes away and not drop by to meet you in person. I haven’t any other book bloggers in person and I can’t wait.

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