Friday, October 26, 2012
There were 199 runners who entered Friday, Day 1B of Event No. 1 at the bestbet Casino in Jacksonville FL. I outlasted about 80% of them, but didn't make it through to Day 2 (Sunday). Tomorrow, I'll try again.
The bestbet Casino (don't ask me why they use a lowercase b) is a beautiful facility. It is dedicated to poker and to pari-mutuel betting. No slot machines. Ning, ning, ning -- I really get tired of hearing them. There are 70 poker tables and games of all flavors.
There is one big difference. At most casinos, they offer you free beverages. Cocktail waitresses (and occasionally waiters) bring beer, drinks, soda, water, etc. -- all you have to do is ask. At bestbet, you have to pay. It's $1.50 for a bottle of water, ouch, but they don't have the slot machines to subsidize the drinks and food.
There is no smoking in the bestbet Casino. The poker rooms in Tunica disallow smoking, but there is smoking in the rest of the casino. When I go home, my clothes smell like smoke so I know I'm breathing it just passing through to get to the poker room.