Monday, March 28, 2016

Welcome to Las Vegas...Or Maybe Not

Remember the days when drinks were complimentary at the casinos? It didn't matter if you were a high roller at a baccarat table or playing penny slots, everyone was entitled to free drinks. Not anymore. The Mirage has incorporated a voucher system for video poker players to earn drinks.

Caesars Palace has taken it a step further in the Race and Sports Book Bar. They've installed three lights on the backs of each poker machine at the bar. A red light, green light and blue light will determine if a player has earned a free drink.
Here's how the penny-pinching bean counters have structured their evil plan.

The blue light comes on when a player has inserted $20 into the machine. This lets the bartender know that money has been inserted, but it doesn't entitle that person to a free drink. Not until the light turns green can the bartender serve a free cocktail. So, blue light or red light means no free beverage.

I haven't been able to find the formula used to determine when a light changes to green. I can only guess that a player must play maximum coins each time and perhaps for a certain length of time.

Here's my opinion: When the mob ran the casinos they gave everything away...drinks, food, rooms, show tickets, parking and anything else a player wanted. The mob didn't try to make money in areas other than gambling. They made money on paper and for real even after everyone and their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and the paper boy skimmed from the top. There was enough money left over for everyone, all from gambling.
So to the penny-pinching bean counters, maybe there's a lesson to be learned...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How Eric Clapton Got His Nickname 'Slowhand'

It's a common misconception that the nickname 'slowhand' was given to Eric Clapton for his ability to play the guitar slowly. When you think about it, anyone can play slowly but some are just a lot better at it than others.
Eric Clapton got his nickname dating back to when he was performing with the Yardbirds in 1964. Usually when a guitarist breaks a string onstage during a performance, a roadie will take the guitar and immediately replace it with an already strung and tuned guitar, then restring and tune the first guitar off-stage. Clapton's habit was to change the string and tune it while standing onstage. During one particular concert while Clapton was changing a string, the audience began a slow hand clap or a 'slow hand' until he began playing again.
The manager of the Yardbirds, Giorgio Gomelsky, coined the nickname 'Slowhand' from that 1964 concert.


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