This is definitely one of the best trips I've had with my parents out here in Las Vegas. Last time of course was GREAT because I hit a royal flush at the Nugget and my mom and I got to spend a lot of time together, but my dad wasn't here and my mom didn't win any money. This time we've all been winning and even though it's not about the money, it's still nice when we all win. I'm sure you guys can all relate.
Today was the best. Roommate and I met my parents at Planet Hollywood for the 2 p.m. tourney. They jacked up the prices! The tournament used to be $65.00 and today we had to pay $80.00. When I'm playing with my parents, we like to play in the lower stakes tournaments, because to be honest, none of us are that great. I mean, we all play online and I've won a few tournaments, but usually I just play cash when I'm at the casino.
Anyway, we all played at different tables and my mom and I both ended up at the final table sitting side by side. Literally, she was in seat 7 and I was in seat 8. She was the chip leader and I was the short stack, but I had a great comeback and three of us ended chopping the money three ways. It was amazing because my mom has never won a tournament and hell, for us to both walk away with $550.00 in our pockets just feels great. 3rd and 4th place went to a husband and wife team. They were cool as hell. I had a blast. The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad would have won too. He won at the Red Rock and The Golden Nugget yesterday though.
We watched the Ravens put up a GOOD fight only to lose in overtime to the Steelers which was a minor snag in my day, but oh well. It's not like I was betting on them or anything. Dinner at PF Changs was delicious and I have leftovers for work tomorrow.
Roommate hit quads over at the No Limit Table and they had a high hand jackpot, so he won a few ducketts too.
Anyway, enough about that.
I love Planet Hollywood and I've mentioned it before. They've done some excellent things with the place since the renovation and switching it over from Aladdin to P Ho. However, let me give you a list of the ripoffs to watch out for...
1. If you aren't playing and you want a bottle of water and you buy it in the casino, be prepared to pay $4.00 for a SMALL one. I'm talking 8 ounces of water - not 16 ounces.
2. They took 27% of each person's buy-in at tourney and gave it to the house/dealers. I knew that and I still tipped the dealers just because, whatever, it's free money to me, but STILL - 27% is pretty fucked up.
3. No free drinks in the sportsbook. If you are watching the games, you still have to pay. It's annoying. The girl literally came around one time in an hour. I have no idea what she was doing for the whole rest of the hour, but even when she did come over, we had to pay for drinks. I walked my ass to the ABC Store because there was no way I was paying outrageous prices for a bottle of water.
4. Slot machines - tight as hell. I know I know - they say it's random and that they have no control over the slots, but I've never won any money on the slots over there and neither has my mom or my dad. Not a dime.
So, that's just a couple of the minor expenses that come along with playing at the Planet Hollywood. There are ways around it - you just gotta be smart. If you want to drink for free - play poker - it's the best way to stretch your money out.
Bring bottled water with you or buy it in the ABC Store in the little mall. Always get a players card because a lot of times they will give you free slot play or coupons for dinner, etc.
Oh, and, long time reader, David, if John Harbaugh the new Ravens coach ever comes out with a jersey, that'll be the one I'm wearing because he is just VERY good looking.