Making The Move

Making The Move

As a hinted to last week, I am making a move in the poker world.

Thursday was my final day at the Mandalay Bay poker room. After almost 3 1/2 years I needed a change.

Frankly, I grew tired of wearing a suit and tie four days per week and managing people. I have been a manager of people every year of my life since I was 24 years old. Most of that time I have worn suits to jobs in college athletics, professional hockey, television and the casino industry. My plan when I moved to Las Vegas seven years ago was to never wear a suit to work again. Yet, due to circumstances — typically better pay or better insurance for my young son — I took the suit and tie job and sucked it up. No more.

I am going to be a worker bee for a little while as I follow a plan to build and empire for Jace and myself. 

Jace wearing a Krispy Kreme hat as we drop off donuts to the Mandalay Bay poker staff Thursday.

I went out with some style. Jace and I stopped by a Krispy Kreme and picked up three dozen donuts for the staff. Since I was the only person on the staff to work all three shifts (day, swing and into graveyard) every week I thought it was important to thank the entire staff there. We dropped off the donuts around 10:30AM and then had the day to ourselves before I had to work at 6PM as a dealer.

The 3+years at Mandalay Bay were great. The room is rarely super busy so you have time to monitors the players and the dealers. It is a lot of standing (usually 7 1/2 hours out of each 8 hour shift), but I also cherished the interaction with the regular guests. There was a lot of time to talk about poker, sports gambling, horse racing or just what was going on around Las Vegas.

I won’t miss the paperwork. Nevada gaming and each individual casino requires a certain amount of paperwork and signatures each day. Mandalay Bay poker takes it to the extreme nth level. You have to be meticulous every single day, and there was no such thing as a day where you did it all correctly. That is what I grew tired of dealing with. I take quite a bit of pride in how hard I work and how much pride I have in doing my job correctly. Unfortunately, I loved Mandalay Bay a whole lot more than Mandalay Bay loved me. Nevertheless, it was a great experience and I am glad I spent time there.

Now its on to Caesar’s Palace, where I got a job as a temporary dealer during the busy summer months. Caesar’s has a new room they built three years ago. A good number of the locals I used to deal to have migrated there over the past three years. I am looking forward to the new challenge of dealing center Strip and seeing if I can prove myself worthy of a permanent position. The new job starts Sunday and I am ready to go.

Busy Weekend With Jace

Busy Weekend With Jace

Weekend are too short. We try to make the most of them. This weekend, Jace and me packed as much in as we could.

We started off Saturday morning at the Easter Seals Christmas Party at Texas Station Casino. Easter Seals has been very good to Jace over the past six months, helping him with speech therapy and development.

It was a great party thrown by a great organization for a bunch of deserving families.

Jace got to visit Santa and received a really cool wood car. That boy LOVES cars! He also played some games with the other kids, did a colors/shapes puzzle and made his mommy a paper-plate snowman with marshmallow and glue.

Jace loves to play with other kids, but since he is not in daycare right now he doesn’t get to very often. When it’s warm we go to a park where a lot of other kids play.

It always makes me so happy to see him content and playing with other kids.

After a stop back home for lunch and a nap, it was off to Mandalay Bay for a Christmas Party. Jace loves to go in casinos. The lights, the sounds, the people — it all amazes him. It was good to see my co-workers enjoying my little boy.

Saturday we made a few stops before Jace made his first-ever appearance at a college football game. We received free tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl, featuring San Diego State and Houston. After almost seven years in Las Vegas I was finally going to get a chance to see Sam Boyd Stadium (UNLV’s home stadium).

jace_football_gameJace LOVED his first football game. He loved the marching bands. He loved the National Anthem and the giant flag on the field. He loved the flyover. He loved the fireworks before kickoff. He loved the music. My little man couldn’t take it all in fast enough.

A Houston fan sitting behind us was even kind enough to take our picture at the game. We could only stay for part of the first half of the game, as nap time was again creeping up on us. But we will definitely be going back.

Saturday night I made a my way to Red Rock Casino for some much-needed poker. It was good to claw back a pretty big chunk of what I lost last weekend.

It was a great weekend with my boy.

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