January 14, 2010

Aussie Milla trip report: part one

I actually typed up a longer version of this report and then lost it due to crappy hotel internet (at $29 a day, you’d expect better!) so I’ll keep it somewhat brief. We left out of LAX on Monday evening. The flight(s) over basically consisted of {standing in a horribly long and slow line, sleeping on a plane} for 24 hours. We finally arrived in Melbourne early Wednesday afternoon and spent the remainder of the first day getting acquainted with the surroundings.

Our hotel is quite nice, though expensive. Location is pretty great, right on the river near downtown and a short walk from Crown.

We had some drinks and headed to the casino for a little action. Unfortunately we quickly discovered that, compared to the Vegas casinos we’ve come to know so well, the Crown casino kinda sucks. Here are some of the reasons why:
1) No paigow poker, though they do have those crazy paigow tiles that no non-Asian person understands how to play
2) Drinks are not free, and in fact must be paid for in advance
3) In blackjack, the dealer never deals himself a second card until he’s finished dealing to every player (including hits, doubles, etc.). This means if he makes blackjack, you still have to go through all the motions. There are some other silly rules too, but that was the worst of it. We also happened to have the worlds toughest dealer and he crushed our souls. Additionally, there is something called “sports blackjack” which seems to be no different than regular blackjack except they pay 6:5 instead of 3:2 on blackjacks.
4) You aren’t allowed to tip the dealers. This is the case in poker too, which seems lame. I guess I’m saving some money (which is undoubtedly lost again in extra rake or something), but I feel like they should have more incentive to be good dealers.

The suckiness of the casino is probably a good thing overall, since now I have less incentive to gambool, but it was still somewhat disappointing. And the rest of the Crown seems very nice, including the food court right above the poker room.

Funny anecdote from the gambling excursion: We were leaving the roulette table and cashed out our chips. I had run my $100 up to $115 (woo!) so I got a black chip and three reds. Naturally I began to shuffle them in my fingers, but the black chip slipped out and fell into my white russian, where it remained until I finished the drink.

We hit the sack early last night to get a full nights sleep, so today I was nearly on a normal schedule. We planned out some things for the seminars, picked up some burners (temporary cell phones, for those who haven’t seen The Wire), played a little live cash (report to follow) and nommed some noms. Most of the crew played day 1a of the opening event starting this evening, but I’m planning to play tomorrow since I didn’t want to be up all night and get started on a bad routine.

Thats it for now, I’ll try and update this regularly over the next few weeks for those of you who wish you were here. I’ll also post some fun hands from cash games and tournaments, and hopefully some pictures of the surroundings. Its good to be back in the summer in a faraway land!

Posted By DJ Sensei at 12:48 PM


Tags: trip report Aussie Millions Crown casino blackjack


besthand17 posted on January 14, 2010 at 15:43 PM


Oh man, the black chip story is not funny its gross! You have played live enough to know you just got aids. I hope you made your WR a double, maybe the alcohol killed all the bacteria on the chip!

Gl tomorrow tho!

live_straddle88 posted on January 14, 2010 at 17:42 PM


Best of luck out there! Yeah what besthand17 said: don't taste the chips whenever possible

DJ Sensei posted on January 15, 2010 at 09:58 AM


Yea I know chips are AIDSy, but I figured
a) its soaked in booze
b) these chips actually look pretty clean compared to most places
c) I'm already sick, so I can't get more sick, right?

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