Good Bye, Excalibur
If you don't know, the Excalibur is getting rid of the conventional poker tables and dealers and replacing them with electronic tables. Yes it's true.
No more wheel spins. Grubby and I invented betting on the wheel back in December of 2004 during the first blogger get together. We wanted action in between hands and the wheel was an instant success.
The first time Derek played poker in Las Vegas was at the Excalibur. Back then in the olden days, it was a very small room nestled in the current Keno Lounge on the opposite side of where the current sportsbook is located. Just prior to the boom, the Excalibur specialized 1-3 and 2-6 spread limit and a couple of Stud tables. I recall my brother felting a guy who kept passing out at the tables after drinking himself to sleep. He woke up to play a hand and Derek busted him.
They also used to have a buffet which attracted the locals in big numbers. And the Excalibur was the first place where tilted the locals.
I had a lot of great memories at the Excalibur poker room. That was the place where I met dozens and dozens of bloggers for the first time.
It was also the locale of several memory burns like the monkey on the dog, the fight that broke out at my table, and the night that Grubby and I played poker with a hooker.
Iggy also got super shitfaced one night and taunted the dealers, players, and floor staff with racially-driven remarks.
And then there was the hot dealer that Grubby and I had a crush on.
When I first moved to Las Vegas in the summer of 2005, the Excalibur was the closest poker room within walking distance of the Redneck Rivieria.
Yeah, the Excalibur's poker room has a certain fondness in my heart and will be missed.
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