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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Casino/Halloween Party

Ms. Duck and I occasionally provide casino games for local parties, both private and corporate functions. The fraternity and sorority parties are our favorites.

Last Friday we had a gig at the local convention center. Our client was a state-wide insurance service company, so I felt like it would be a rather tame party. Having been around insurance folks for the past 30 years (thru Ms. Duck's former job), I learned that as a group, they are not exactly party animals.

As it turned out, this was a combination casino and Halloween party, so many of the guests came in costume, which was a lot of fun. Add a little alcohol and a good time was has by all!

Here are a few pictures of the festivities :)

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Men in Black Commandeered our Blackjack Table
Darth Vader and Crew was there. (He has a GREAT poker face!)
J-Dawg and myself running the craps table.
And this was BEFORE the drinkin' started!
Sonny Boy paying off bets at the roulette table.
Aliens relaxing before the MIB's captured them.
Fun night!

Monday, October 20, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 7 Results and Standings


Here are the Week 7 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest. OneAndDone takes a slight lead, but two-time defending champion Memphis MOJO is coiled and ready to strike.

angerisagift- Green Bay (W 38-17) = 31 pts.
MOJO- Baltimore (W 29-7) = 32 pts.
Vegas Vic- Baltimore (W 29-7) = 32 pts.
Captain Crunch- Denver (W 42-17) = 35 pts.
OneAndDone- Green Bay (W 38-17) = 31 pts.
mrben09- Green Bay (W 38-17) = 31 pts.

ggrouchie- Dallas (W 31-21) = 20 pts.
Coach- Dallas (W 31-21) = 20 pts.
TeamMiRketti-  0 pts.
lightning36- Green Bay (W 38-17) = 31 pts.
Neophyte- Arizona (W 24-13) = 21 pts.

Music City Momma- Baltimore (W 38-17) = 31 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- Denver (W 42-17) = 35 pts.
Grange95-  Buffalo (W 17-16) = 11 pts.
M Prosk- Buffalo (W 17-16) = 11 pts.
cokeboy99- Dallas (W 31-21) = 20 pts.

Here are the current standings;

OneAndDone- 27+17+17+34+41+5+31 = 172 pts.
ggrouchie- 27+17+17+34+41+13+20 = 169 pts.
MOJO-  27+17+17+29+16 +24+32 = 162 pts.
lightning36- 27+17+17+29+16+24+31 = 161 pts.
mrben09- 27+17+17+29+16+24+31 = 161 pts.
Coach- 27+17+21+29+20+24+20= 158 pts..

Vegas Vic- 27+17+21+29+16+5+32 = 147 pts
Captain Crunch- 27+17+17+29+16+5+35 = 146 pts.
angerisagift- (16)+41+37-(27)+18+41+31 = 125 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- (3)+17+37+29+16-(7)+35 = 124 pts.
cokeboy99- 27-(8)+21+34+16+13+20 = 123 pts.

Music City Momma- 13+17+21+29+16-(7)+32 = 121 pts.
Grange95- (3)+17+21+29+16+24+11 = 115 pts.
Neophyte- 27+17-(19)+0+41+24+21 = 111 pts.
TeamMiRketti- 27+17+17-(3)+16+24+0 = 98 pts.
M Prosk- (3)+ 0+ 0+34+41+13+11 = 96 pts.


Thanks for playing.

Week 7 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 7 Picks


Here are the picks for this week's NFL Picks Contest. The picks are all over the board.

lightning36- Green Bay
TwoMinuteWarning- Denver
Grange95- Buffalo
cokeboy99- Dallas
Music City Momma- Baltimore

Coach- Dallas
MOJO- Baltimore
Vegas Vic- Baltimore
Captain Crunch- Denver
grrouchie-Dallas

One&Done- Green Bay
MProsk- Buffalo
angerisagift- Green Bay
Neophyte- Arizona
mrben09-  Green Bay

Please let me know if I missed your pick before the first games kickoff Sunday.

Good luck!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that your pick for the NFL Picks Contest is due by 6 pm (CST) Saturday evening. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Slot Machine Tech?

One of the items Ms. Duck and I sell in our sideline business are slot machines. The problem with that is the public considers you an instant expert on slot machine repair. Adding to that is the fact that no one repairs these machines in our area, so I get a fair amount of calls, mostly from folks who have purchased their machine from someone else. Many have bought them in Vegas while on vacation.

I received one such call from a local last week. Although I had not sold him his "Haywire" slot, a friend had told him that I worked on slot machines. The problem was that his machine had stopped taking quarters and seemed to be "locked up."


We've sold slots for a number of years and I have picked up a few tidbits on how to get a machine up and running, if it's a relatively easy fix. When I arrived at the gentleman's home and powered up the slot, it showed a "Code 12," which indicated a low battery on the mother board.

Ahh, something I could actually fix!

I pulled the board and brought it home to replace the battery. While working on it, I took a few pictures and thought you might like to see what the "brains" of a one-armed bandit looks like.

Replacement Battery



"Haywire" Mother Board

After I soldered the new battery onto the board, I took it back to the client's home, plugged it in, and fired it up. 

Wah-La! Another satisfied customer!

Over the years of selling, repairing, and playing slots, I've learned not to play them in casinos. There's a reason there are so many on a casino floor. It's a huge money-maker for the properties.

So now you know, if you're going to make any money at slots, buy and sell them. Putting money in them is an act of futility :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 6 Results and Standings


Here are the Week 6 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest. grrouchie takes the lead, but quite of few are within range.

The Cincinnati tie with Carolina counts as 1/2 a win and is good for 5 points.

angerisagift- Baltimore (W 48-17) = 41 pts.
MOJO- Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.
Vegas Vic- Cincinnati (T 37-37) = 5 pts.
Captain Crunch- Cincinnati (T 37-37) = 5 pts.
OneAndDone- Cincinnati (T 37-37) = 5 pts.
mrben09- Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.

ggrouchie- San Diego (W 31-28) = 13 pts.
Coach- Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.
TeamMiRketti- Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.
lightning36- Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.
Neophyte- Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.
Music City Momma- Seattle (L 23-30) = (7 pts.)

TwoMinuteWarning- Seattle (L 23-30) = (7 pts.)
Grange95-  Denver (W 31-17) = 24 pts.
Fullhouse538-
M Prosk- San Diego (W 31-28) = 13 pts.
cokeboy99- San Diego (W 31-28) = 13 pts.

Here are the current standings;

ggrouchie- 27+17+17+34+41+13 = 149 pts.
OneAndDone- 27+17+17+34+41+5 = 141 pts.
Coach- 27+17+21+29+20+24 = 138 pts..
MOJO-  27+17+17+29+16 +24= 130 pts.
lightning36- 27+17+17+29+16+24 = 130 pts.
mrben09- 27+17+17+29+16+24 = 130 pts.

Vegas Vic- 27+17+21+29+16+5 = 115 pts
Captain Crunch- 27+17+17+29+16+5 = 111 pts.
Grange95- (3)+17+21+29+16+24 = 104 pts.
cokeboy99- 27-(8)+21+34+16+13 = 103 pts.
TeamMiRketti- 27+17+17-(3)+16+24 = 98 pts.
angerisagift- (16)+41+37-(27)+18+41 = 94 pts.

Neophyte- 27+17-(19)+0+41+24 = 90 pts.
Music City Momma- 13+17+21+29+16-(7) = 89 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- (3)+17+37+29+16-(7) = 89 pts.
M Prosk- (3)+ 0+ 0+34+41+13 = 85 pts.
Fullhouse538- (13)+17+17-(3)+0+0 = 18 pts.

Thanks for playing.

Week 7 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 6 Picks


Here are the picks for this week's NFL Picks Contest. The Broncos are the favorite pick this week.

lightning36- Denver
TwoMinuteWarning- Seattle
Grange95- Denver
Full House538-
cokeboy99- San Diego

Music City Momma- Seattle
Coach- Denver
MOJO-  Denver
Vegas Vic- Cincinnati
Captain Crunch- Cincinnati
grrouchie-San Diego

One&Done- Cincinnati
MProsk-San Diego
angerisagift- Baltimore
Neophyte-Denver
mrben09-  Denver

Please let me know if I missed your pick before the first games kickoff Sunday.

Good luck!!!