One of the benefits of joining a casino’s players club is getting invitations to free tournaments — slots, video poker, table games, even bingo — along with the free hotel stay and other perks that go with the invite. (Of course, you have to have past play in the casino to receive these types of invites.)
In a previous post, I mentioned that our last trip to Las Vegas was planned around a video poker tournament that we played in at Bally’s Las Vegas. The tournament consisted of two 10-minutes sessions (one per day for two days) and it is no exaggeration when I say neither of us could hit anything during the tournament play. No four-of-a-kinds, no straight flushes and certainly no Royals. We both held four to the Royal, three aces, three low cards, three high cards — you name it — and still couldn’t hit for anything. Funny thing though, while playing “for real,” we both did pretty well. All those hands we couldn’t hit on in the tourney, we did, in several instances, pull off in the casino.
I’m thinking about this because we’re playing later this week in another video poker tournament — this time here in Phoenix — and I’m hoping that our luck will have a change of heart and maybe one of us will end up “in the money” this time out. But, as always, even if we don’t win it’s always fun to compete, meet and talk with other players and generally just go out and have a good time on the “house’s” dime.
By the way, I’ve been practicing my Double Double Bonus tournament-style “holds” at videopoker.com, a great site for free, non-wagering game play.