Today it rained most of the day in Las Vegas. Not heavy rain, but still. I started the day by going to Gameworks, for which I had a one hour play-as-much-as-you-can pass (that I got for half price at 10$), and satisfied all my arcade needs for the next 20 years. I shot all the enemies I could and still had 25 minutes to play pinball.
After lunch I had a few hours until the night’s show so I went to the hotel’s casino to watch people play. At first I watched a really busy roulette table. Roulette is nice to watch because on a busy table the gamblers fill it with chips every round and then when the roulette stops most of those chips go to the casino – the dealer just pushes the chips into a hole in the table, where a machine sorts them out. It’s just nice to watch. At one of the table this girl cashed out and lost a 100$ chip under the table. I found it and gave it to her and in return she gave me a 5$ chip. I’ll keep it as a souvenir.
The most interesting game, though, is craps (dice) because it’s the most complicated, has the biggest table and requires 3 dealers and a “manager” (I don’t know the official name of the position) to handle the table. I noticed a sign inviting people to get craps lessons and I thought it would be a nice thing to do tomorrow morning. At the Rio, where tonight’s show was, I watched the craps table when a guy standing by told me I can’t learn the game by watching it. It turns out he was a dealer for forty some years and is now teaching people to play craps. He said the lessons offered by hotels teach you to play in a way that works against you. He has a website, AggressiveCraps.com, where you can buy his book and learn how to play. So he taught me how to play the game and explained the rules and chances to me. Then security came and escorted him out, which was very weird.
Then I saw Penn And Teller‘s show (again got a good seat at row 8) – a magic show where they show you the basics of magic and then use them to astonish you just when you think you understand what’s going on. I had a lot of fun watching their show. On the way back this guy started walking alongside me and offered me cocaine with a try-before-you-buy option. Now that’s America for you… I’ve been offered cocaine in almost every country I’ve been to, but I’ve never had the option to try before I buy. I politely refused.
I didn’t want to take all the Las Vegas pictures everyone else takes because there are many of those. That’s why there are a few pictures: