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6 hours ago, Saint Greg said:

I took a seat up front and thought it would have to totally fill up before someone would sit next to me. Nope! This clown in a sombrero with a duffel bag thought would be a great spot to put his bag and crowd me up against the window while he had plenty of room to spread out





He probably had a wedding to go to. 😝

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5 hours ago, Saint Greg said:

Does anyone have any opinions on this menu? This is where I got the Wellington the other day. I was thinking the lobster, caviar, salmon salad, shrimp cappuccino, and creme brulee or crepes.





Catching up… I would do the onion soup, chateaubriand or lobster, and creme brûlée  

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Got a table pretty quick. Up and down. Then an older guy jumped in. They will let a 4th person stand up and play…at least they did for him. When the other two guys went out he had his kids take the seats…probably 18-19 year olds. They didn’t know how to play but he helped them. Up and down again until he and one of his kids went out. Then it was just me and the other kid. The cards turned and I went from down $75 to up $125. Played until the other kid went out and I left up $75. 

Here’s the thing. Every time you buy chips there they give you a slip and when you cash out you have to take it to the cashier. I thought that was weird. Now I know why. They tax you 7% on your winnings. So I bring a ticket with $100 and I give them $175 in chips, they tax me on the $75. So I won 75 but I only get 69. Technically I won $80. I gave $5 to the dealer.

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Just thought of a potential way around some of the casino tax. The thing to do if you’re coming back would be just cash out the $100. Keep the $75 in chips. Bring them back tomorrow and play with them. If I lose it to tomorrow I never got taxed.


Ultimately if you win over the course of the week you have to pay it but it’s better to do it once at the end because there may be nights that you lose. You just have to make sure you cash out before you leave for good.


and if you have a friend or spouse who loses and you win, they can use their ticket to cash out some of your chips without being taxed..and vice versa if you lose and they win.



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8 hours ago, Saint Greg said:

There was a single chair and table on the end almost like they were there just for me.

Don’t you just love when stuff like that happens?

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The thing about the empanadas is there isn’t much to the inside. The first time I had them they were cheese. Then bean and cheese i think. Now cheese again. It’s mostly hollow inside. It reminds me of when I was a kid I’d put tortilla chips on a plate. Put Kraft singles on it and melt it in the microwave. That’s what the cheese part reminds me of. But the pastry itself is really good.


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21 minutes ago, Saint Greg said:



This is like moisture I think.

But who the heck is putting their hands on the elevator door like that?





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