Well this afternoon Vince and i went somewhere ive not been in about 10 yrs or so. and on the way the first place he wanted to stop was the ALAMO near silverton. i gave him $30 gas and bought his food and he found a gas station before leaving Vegas for $3.05 a gallon and thought it was a good deal. (in pahrump it was $2.65)
He was very shocked the BJ game at the Alamo had been raised to a $10 minimum, and they quit paying 3-2 and went to 6-5 and it felt like they were purposely trying to kill the game, and it seems it was changed less than a week ago.
so we drove Blue diamond road to Pahrump, saw a small bar in mountain springs, and nice scenery enroute to pahrump.
by the way its very difficult in vegas to find a fast food joint that hasnt closed down the shake machine for cleaning in the evenings but we were lucky tonight to hit up the right place going home. not sure how many others readers ever experience this.
he was looking forward to playing a low stakes poker game and watching the lake at the Lakeside casino resort (which used to be stocked with fish but now isnt). But the poker game at the nugget really sucked. horribly tight, multiple $3 no action pots.
we looked around for VBJ at the casinos but werent able to find any til one of the poker players at the nugget told us of a new one installed at a different casino after all the others were removed years ago.
so we went and checked it out. it takes a players card gives points and has promotions similar to the hacienda and terribles in fernley as far as awarding random bonuses which strongly effect the payback and make it very difficult to evaluate because who knows how often it appears. also theres free play drawings u dont have to be present to win. seems to shuffle every hand but like circus, it dont say for sure. no one else was on the machine. bets are $1 a hand (up to 5 spots of $100 each if no one is on it). uses 6 decks, hits soft 17, allows surrender and doubling after splitting and pays 3-2. seems it was installed 2 weeks ago, no enemies or friends on RTP know about it, nor did John Mehaffey or his website. im in the process of asking friends how to evaluate the payback with the value of promotions included.
except for the nugget, no casino had live BJ. seems the old terribles across from the nugget was bought out by golden gaming, and they now own 3 properties all in pahrump. there is a terribles in pahrump called terribles roadhouse but its in a brand new location. and theres only 1 poker room.
glad to report my roll is still above $18,300 and im now ready to sleep