Vegas in Four Parts: Part 1

Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.
— Steve Wynn

Things I did in Las Vegas:

1. Played Blackjack for money for the first time (and won $10 – it would have been $20 if I’d taken a hit and pushed on the last hand instead of losing, but no).

2. Went to the Ghost Bar.  Which looks just like it did on Real World: Las Vegas, but isn’t really anything special except for the view of the Strip.  Otherwise, it’s your average bar, only with much worse lighting.

3. Lost $20 in the fastest amount of time known to man by betting on War.  Yeah, that’s right, War.  Like the game you play with your brother when you’re bored on a rainy day.  I kept seeing the game and asking David, “How can you bet on War?”  Well, finally, one wily dealer got me to do just that,  and in 4 hands – at the $5 minimum bet per hand – I was done.  So to save you all the money, here’s how it works: You place your bet, the dealer deals you one card face up, then he deals himself one card face up.  If his card is higher, you lose.  If his card is the same, you lose.  If his card is lower, you win.  Dumbest. Casino game. Ever.

Things I did not do in Las Vegas:

1. See the dolphin habitat at the Mirage.  We kept intending to do it and then we spent more time on our morning excursions than we planned, and then it was too late, and on the last day, we got there 30 minutes after it closed.  Boo.  This is my one regret about our otherwise perfect trip.

2. Win more money than I bet.  I did ok and had some beginner’s luck at video poker (so addictive), and I stuck to my budget, which is the most important thing.

3. Get married.  Four people asked if we were going to get married while we were out there.  The answer is, of course, no.  Not that it didn’t cross our minds, and we joked about it, but in the end, when it happens, we want our family and friends to be there.


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