Tuesday, June 14, 2005

What Happens in Vegas Part I ...

Jawbitch had a conference with a large dental implant manufacturer called Nobel Biocare (NB). So I went along as the trophy husband. We stayed in the MGM Grand Hotel. This is not really a hotel, it's more like a city unto itself.

They say that What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But Vegas is on the Internet, afaik, so I should be free to tell you whatever happened, right?

On Wednesday, we got up at 5:30 a.m., caught the flight, and got there just before noon local (Pacific) time. I attended a work-related telephone conference while Jawbitch went to lectures. Then I went to the casino and checked out the smoke-free poker room. They had a variety of games: 2-4, 3-5 & 4-8 limit, 1-2 and 5-10 nolimit, Omaha, and horse. I played some 2-4 limit for a while, then switched to 1-2 no-limit. I did alright, came out at $150 up. At 8 p.m. I met Jawbitch and had dinner with the NB crew. Jawbitch had a few drinks with her Cali friend Suzi before dinner.

The wine at dinner did her in. She crashed right after dinner (10 p.m. PST). Pumped up on vicodin (from my recent back condition - more on that later) I decided to join our dinner companions, Ali and his wife for some late night gambling back at his hotel -- Caesar's Palace.

Turns out everyone knows this Persian doctor Ali at Caesar's. He earned his reputation when he played 53 hours of blackjack, straight. We sat down at a $25 table and played until my $300 ran out. That was 2 p.m. Then I went back to the Grand and played more poker until 4 a.m. PST. Live poker is much different from online -- way more fun. After being up by $150, I got spanked on the 1-2 no-limit table, and ended up down another $200.

More tomorrow.