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  1. Just found this article online about it. I guess it's called Rapid Craps. I don't remember seeing that name, which after reading it here, I think is a good thing. What's the deal with Rapid Craps?
  2. Seems like the electronic game might take away from the stigma of being a wrong way player, and it would (supposedly) ensure correct payouts so you wouldn't have to eagle-eye the dealers for the payout when your $10 "five" hits. But otherwise seems to take away from what makes craps so enjoyable in the first place.ETA: the electronic game would also eliminate the possibility of someone snatching one of your chips while you weren't looking.Yeah, the first thing I thought of when I sat down was how nice it would be if you were a don't player. There's a big, 42" screen, over the table at both ends that shows the bets being made, but doesn't show who is making them. So you're out there, but not easily labeled as that guy. Believe me, I hear what you guys are saying about the vibe, and it kind of looked that way to me, but it's more about the people than it is the table and when it was going hot, it was just as much fun and loud as any other table I've been at. Plus you got unobstructed views of the dice rolls and didn't have to worry about some idiot's hands. I don't want to talk it up too much, to be honest, I liked it a lot cause I won, but it was more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
  3. I agree with you on the Electronic game and the vibe, which I think is why were making fun of it the first three days. But on that last day, there was this guy at the other end who was determined to make the table fun. If that goes wrong it can be bad, lol, but as the table heated up, it got fun and was just as loud and crazy as any other craps table I've been on. We definitely had the "audience" that comes with the noise. And I also think that was kind of cool because of that big overhead screen. If I was a noob to craps, I think that would have been a really helpful way to watch and learn what was actually going on without worrying about intruding or leaning over too hard to watch an actual table. One other comment on Bill's, I've never seen the dice come off a table so often as they did there. I don't know if they were lower sides or just springier tables, but it seemed like almost every shooter had the dice fly at least once. When we were there which was during the early afternoon on Saturday, they had 2 10s, 1 15, and a 25 dollar table. I can see where it may be hard finding a $10 there at night on the weekends, but that's the same at damn near all the strip casinos now. That place was beautiful though. Wasn't even embarrassing for three grown men to walk around for 30 mins just looking at everything like a bunch of 70 year olds.
  4. Quick craps review from the Super Bowl weekend in Vegas. Now, let me preface that I've been fortunate to come back from the last 4 trips to Vegas up each time. Not crazy up all of them, but up nonetheless. I knew Vegas was going to come back for it, I just didn't think it would come back all at once. Stayed at the Flamingo in one of the new "Go" rooms which wasn't terrible, but I don't know how much I would recommend it either. I will tell you though that I wouldn't gamble there. I'm a recreational craps player and at least half if not more of the reason I play is for the "experience." To me, craps is the most fun game in a casino and one time at a hot table and you'll be a fan for life. But, also for me, a HUGE part of that experience is the dealers. I don't need them to be rah rah and/or comedians, but it's really no fun when they just stand there like robots with no interaction. I would rather go anywhere else than play at that type of place. In my experience, the least enjoyable craps dealers tend to be at the Mandalay Bay, while the best ones from my experiences are at the Hard Rock. One of the guys in our group suggested Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon right next door. I was a little leery at first, but I have to say, it was a lot of fun. The dealers and pit bosses were terrific and the $5 tables let me max my odds with much less strain on the bankroll than higher limits. Was basically doing my typical three point molly and played for nearly 5 hours with that. Table was just choppy the whole time, so never really got up, but only lost what I bought in for and it took me 5 hours to do it. Friday was a disaster, just an utter complete disaster. Really should have just called it a day after the first two sessions, but kept coming back for more. Nothing worked. 3 point was getting killed with the point, number, number 7 game. Then I switched to the Don't Pass with two come bets, and that was a loser too. That one works well on quick 7's, but again, it would go point, number, number, 7, so I'd get my 2 come bets out, then still lose (although not as much) when the 7 came. Played mainly at Bill's and the only time at the Flamingo. Saturday, more of the same, although new contender for favorite dealers. The Cosmopolitan has terrific dealers. They were fun, knew your name, and quickly learned how you play and were even one step ahead of you at times. Hit a couple of well placed yos, but otherwise just terrible. That night after the UFC fight we ended up at the Hard Rock and I saw something I've rarely seen before. Was on a $15 table and the whole one side of buddies were actively "rooting" for the 7. AND THEY WERE SHOOTING. Just a strange, strange vibe. I started doing something at the Hard Rock mainly to stop the bleeding where I was going Don't Pass, then placing the 6 and 8 for one units. I figured if the table got going, the DP was only in danger and I could build from there, but it never went anywhere. Overall bad strategy for me, didn't care for it. Sunday, woke up with a fresh start and finally for the first time, cashed out of a table up a little bit in the morning. Went and made my Super Bowl bets, three of which hit, including a 3 bet parlay. Then it was back for one more craps session. Bill's had something I hadn't seen before. A craps table with monitors all around it. There were no chips, but you just did everything on these touch screens. The shooter still rolled, but you made all your bets on the screen and only got chips when you cashed out. We made fun of it the other three days, but thought at this point, why not and sat down. It took some getting used to, but I'm a fan. It was just a lot easier to make bets that I normally wouldn't make (which can also be a terrible thing) but I was betting a lot of small amounts on hard ways and horn bets on the come out. The thing is, they were all hitting. For like 2 hours, it was just a beautiful, beautiful thing. Was mainly running three point molly with the hard way bets and there was what seemed like a never ending run of hard way bets. One shooter I started with a buck on each hard way and by the time he crapped out, I had 25s on the 6 and 8 and 20 on the 10 and 4. Finally had my good craps day and just like shooting a birdie on 18, it makes it that much more enticing to head back. Overall big fan of Bill's and The Cosmopolitan (not exactly the same demographic) and quite interested in the Video Craps experience.
  5. Has there been any love in here for Bill Burr? His latest special Let it Go was just insanely funny. I can get his style may not appeal to everyone, but man he cracks me up.
  6. Just for what it's worth, here are my must haves Where Handcent SMS Twidroyd is my favorite Twitter app so far. Dolphin Browser NY Times app NFL Mobile Live Scores Compass Layar is cool but I never use it. Urbanspoon Carr Matey YouTube Pandora Audible Goggles Skype Google Talk AMon -Great baby monitor type app Fake Call Me, invaluable in the office
  7. I'm only going to come in to say negative things about WeatherBug. It's a great looking app, and I love the interface, but they couldn't have worse forecasts. I don't know where they're getting it, but it's ruining my social calendar. We keep moving pool parties because of WB's forecast, but it's usually quite different from The Weather Channel's forecast. I do like the radar though.
  8. What are they looking for tip wise?I should rephrase that. They were basically chicks that looked like strippers dressed in lingerie/stripper clothing dealing the table games. I was playing a table next to it but not in it so I don't know if they expect different then "regular" dealersI thought the catch was that blackjack pays out 6:5 at these tables. At least that's the way it was at the downtown casinos.Not at the Planet Hollywood, "Pleasure Pit" at Planet Hollywood. I will say, having gambled there quite a bit, there are some really hot ones, and some not so hot ones. And alot of them are very unfriendly. It seems like they have the hot ones dancing at the poles.I'm glad this came up for discussion. I was out there in April and they had the stripper pole sections in Mandalay, Luxor, Hard Rock, pretty much everywhere we played. Now, I'm certainly not against scantily clad women dancing on a pole whenever they feel so inclined, but I don't totally get this. I guess I kind of thought it was cheap. Who is this for? The guys who really want to gamble but also really want to get to the Rhino at some point? And what girl does this? Why not just go all the way and at least make some good money?
  9. I was doing something like this last time in Vegas. I would initially start with three point Molly. I am pretty tight though and while I know it's not "the way to play" I tend to start with single odds on anything but 6/8 (assuming it's a $10 table). Then if things are going well, I'll start upping my odds. Anyway, the table was just choppy for a long time with quick 7s. So I switched it up and went Don't Pass with 2X odds, then 2 Come bets. With the table going the way it was, they kept 7'ing out on the first roll after hitting the point. So I was getting paid on the DP bet and the initial come bet. I was building back up slowly while my buddies were leaking money. We've all played together for awhile now and don't really get dismayed by the dark side, you have to do what you have to do. Finally the table went hot, I switched back to 3 point molly with increasing odds. Then the table went berserk and we were just throwing money all over it. I normally don't make place bets, but after 20 minutes of this, I was just leaving the come bet winnings out there as places. Table stayed pretty hot for about three hours and we had just a phenomenal time. One of those "reasons you play craps" type nights. We got crushed the next night of course, but for those of us that managed our money, it was overall a big winning week. Damn, I want to play craps now. So you kind of went the opposite of the one thing I listed above. I'm trying to maximize the 7 I guess because that's the number most likely to be rolled at any given time.Is mixing it up smarter, or is the best way really to just play all the don'ts? I know it may be frowned on, but seems like best way to play if you're not all over the table etc. On one hand, the good thing with going all Don'ts is that there is no 1 number that can beat all of your bets. They'd literally have to pick each one of them off one by one. On the flip side, if you ever have that happen to you, you'll be so mad standing there you'll never want to play craps again. What I was doing by going DP and then 2 come bets was basically tread water at a "choppy" table. You just really have to be in tune with what is happening at the table and not try to make any one strategy "fit" what is happening at the table. Plus, and I should add this, I'm a really tight craps player. I must admit, until I get up a little bit, I'm not a lot of fun to play with. That being said, in nearly 8 years of going to Vegas for this trade show, I've only come home down one time. Now, I've never come home and bought a boat either, but if you're there to have a good time, play for as long as possible, and take it all in, then I'm your guy.
  10. Heading to Tunica (Harrahs & Horseshoe) tomorrow night. Comped full RFB I just found out that two of the guys here are leaving Sunday for a trade show at Mandalay Bay. I honestly threw what can only be described as an embarrassing hissy fit that I'm going to have to deal with for most of next week. Good luck.
  11. I was doing something like this last time in Vegas. I would initially start with three point Molly. I am pretty tight though and while I know it's not "the way to play" I tend to start with single odds on anything but 6/8 (assuming it's a $10 table). Then if things are going well, I'll start upping my odds. Anyway, the table was just choppy for a long time with quick 7s. So I switched it up and went Don't Pass with 2X odds, then 2 Come bets. With the table going the way it was, they kept 7'ing out on the first roll after hitting the point. So I was getting paid on the DP bet and the initial come bet. I was building back up slowly while my buddies were leaking money. We've all played together for awhile now and don't really get dismayed by the dark side, you have to do what you have to do. Finally the table went hot, I switched back to 3 point molly with increasing odds. Then the table went berserk and we were just throwing money all over it. I normally don't make place bets, but after 20 minutes of this, I was just leaving the come bet winnings out there as places. Table stayed pretty hot for about three hours and we had just a phenomenal time. One of those "reasons you play craps" type nights. We got crushed the next night of course, but for those of us that managed our money, it was overall a big winning week. Damn, I want to play craps now.
  12. I watched the season opener and I couldn't help but think about how few shows there are that DON'T get to the point Entourage is now. As many of you have said, where else do they really go? Vince is huge and I don't know how many story lines they can expect anyone to care about that involve him doing or not doing his own stunts. Ari is on top of the world and that means he may miss a parent/teacher meeting. E is doing very well on his own and is getting married, so he's dead. Turtle is doing well, although we'll see how what has to be a pending lawsuit kills his dream company. So, is the only thing left Drama's career? I'm going to stick with it cause I like those characters and there are worse things I could spend 30 minutes watching, but the only thing I thought after Sunday night was how much they should have just ended it last year.
  13. Are we really not going to discuss Al Davis in HD? Did you see the Straight Outta LA one? So far, it's been my least favorite of the bunch. I think this probably could have been predicted based on the director being Ice Cube as opposed to some of the other directors and the differing talent levels.
  14. While I admit that most of the finale wasn't laugh out loud funny, I have to say, I "enjoy" watching this show more than any other on TV right now. Even when I'm not laughing out loud, to me, it's just a fun show to watch.
  15. The Larry - Leon interactions may be the best dynamic in all of television. I don't even really care what they're talking about, it's just hilarious.