The Great Northeast
Well Im on
the road again. I hadnt set foot into a
casino since the day before Thanksgiving. It
had nothing to do with craps. The untimely
death of a close friend of ours saw us foregoing our usual Christmas and New Years
plans. Rather, we re-arranged our social
commitments to best serve our departed-friends children.
The time off from
the tables gave me some time to reflect upon not only what I do for a living, but how it
all fits into a much larger lifestyle.
I guess when a
close friend dies, you almost automatically do some soul-searching to make sure that
youve got you priorities straight. Death
has a way of putting things in their proper perspective.
I learned long ago that if you have a job or career that you really
youll never work a day in your life.
Thats how craps-play is for me. While
I may spend up to thirty hours a week at the craps tables, it hardly seems like working. Sure, it takes a lot of concentration and
discipline. It takes a lot of practice to
stay in shape, and it takes a high level commitment to continually do all of the right
things essentially all of the time.
I also wanted to be
sure that I still had the same passion for the game of craps that has propelled my
full-time play over the past ten years. I realized that I still loved what I have been
doing, and that I really like the lifestyle that goes with it.
Keep in mind that I
hadnt been into a casino since November 21st of 2001. On New Years Eve, we had a few friends over
to our house. We hired a local reggae band,
and had a kind of Jamaican/Carnivale/Trinidad/Voodoo themed party.
admit that there was a presence of various Caribbean rums at our party. We had Mount Gay rum from Barbados, Demerara rum
from Guyana, some black rum from Surinam, an incredible voodoo concoction from Haiti, some
Rhum Vieux from Martinique and Guadeloupe, a column-distilled variant from Guatemala, and
some cask-aged dark rum from Nicaragua. We had a great time and it was definitely a
In the waning hours
of December 31st, 2001, my girlfriend/soul-mate/travel companion/sexual-guru
suggested that we take a casino road-trip of semi-epic proportions. Despite of, or maybe because of the liberal
amounts of those various tropical rums, I decided that a road-trip was exactly what we
Arising the next
day at the crack of noon, I cobbled together a list of casino destinations. I didnt want to pin any firm arrival or
departure dates on any particular stop. That
way, we could arrive whenever we wanted; play and stay wherever we wanted; and depart
whenever we wanted.
I also realized
that I hadnt had any really serious dice-throwing practice in over forty days. Thats a pretty long non-casino period for
me. I started practicing in earnest. I was surprised that I was able to get back into
the groove fairly quickly. My throwing
wasnt stellar by any means, but it wasnt embarrassing either. I took frequent breaks to check how my girlfriend
was doing with her packing.
Because we travel
so much, packing for a trip isnt really too much of a concern for me. For my exceedingly prettier better-half, well,
packing is an adventure and an experience all in itself.
Its always a struggle for her. Its
like she feels challenged to wrestle her matching Paloma Blanca alligator shoes and
handbag into submission, just to determine who the reigning princess of the clothes-swamp
really is. Its funny to watch as she
anguishes over each selection.
Less than three
hours later, we are on the road.
We are in the early
stages of a circuitous trip to some casinos in Southern Ontario, Quebec, Western New York,
Connecticut, Atlantic City, Detroit and rural Michigan.
Keep in mind that
we have commitments to be in Las Vegas for the first week of March for NASCAR racing at LV
Motor Speedway. Our plan is to complete the
grand-circuit before heading south. If we
have time, well add some Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, and Louisiana casino-stops
along the way.
In Part Two of this
article, Ill chronicle the first casino stop and tell you a couple of playing
methods that Ive been using to keep my bankroll safe.
Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables
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