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Got three of them

Posted Sunday, February 11th, 2018 08:04 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 8:04 PM

That was a lot of work to net $60

Point of Contention

Posted Sunday, February 11th, 2018 07:58 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 7:58 PM

It’s still standing…

Also not the three I wanted

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 12:07 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:07 AM

But still nice to have any @ Mystic

Not the three I wanted

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 03:09 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 3:09 PM

But better than the last few times at Mystic

Very popular demand

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 03:02 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food at 3:02 PM

Wonder how that was approved to begin with

Becoming too rare

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 12:47 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:47 AM

Are they tightening up or not?

Close, but not quite

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 04:31 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 4:31 PM

About a $198 difference

Quick in and out

Posted Friday, December 15th, 2017 08:23 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 8:23 PM

Forgs, FTW

Tribe helping tribe

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 03:52 pm GMT -6 in Business,Casinos at 3:52 PM


Posted Thursday, December 7th, 2017 07:09 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 7:09 PM

It was a good night

Only butterflies on day one

Posted Monday, November 27th, 2017 12:55 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:55 AM

Good flutterbys and OM flutterbys

That was a new one

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 04:15 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 4:15 PM

Almost won the progressive on five or six paylines

Orchid saves the day

Posted Monday, November 13th, 2017 09:37 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 9:37 PM

Not the ones I wanted, but a win is a win

The missing flame

Posted Sunday, November 12th, 2017 10:46 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 10:46 PM

This stupid game – Sumatran Storm @ Treasure Island

Saddest jackpot ever

Posted Monday, November 6th, 2017 11:01 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 11:01 PM

So hard to trigger, then this

Almost got number three

Posted Monday, October 30th, 2017 09:14 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 9:14 AM

Pretty sure that’s the only time I had the first three without getting the fourth (would’ve been $2800)

Bootleg pull tabs

Posted Saturday, October 28th, 2017 04:46 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Football,Games at 4:46 PM

Something tells me these aren’t NFL approved

Tough night with the Orchid

Posted Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 11:33 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 11:33 PM

Come on, Mystic, that’s two bad nights in a row

Missed this guy

Posted Saturday, September 16th, 2017 08:03 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 8:03 PM

Everything that Black Orchid took away, Lucky Fox brought back

Not the 100K, but it’ll do

Posted Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 11:16 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 11:16 PM

I hope this game never goes away

Made up for the first night

Posted Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:23 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 8:23 AM

Zero progressives day one, six on day two

A partial recovery

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:53 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 2:53 PM

I’d really like that top one, though

Night scenes

Posted Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:48 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 12:48 PM

This place is so pretty after the sun goes down

Different butterflies

Posted Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 06:34 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 6:34 PM

$60 on a 40-cent spin @ Mandalay Bay

Hey Ladies

Posted Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 09:55 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 9:55 PM

Variations on a theme @ Bellagio

Finally tried clam chowder

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017 02:33 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 2:33 PM

Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood @ Mandalay Bay

A New Era with Chuck

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017 01:02 pm GMT -6 in Business,Casinos,Travel,Work at 1:02 PM

The 2017 Cisco Live Keynote @ Mandalay Bay

Monkey Man 6-2-3

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 11:10 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 11:10 PM

Modern, updated Monkey Man game @ Cosmo

Crack pie from the Milk Bar

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 03:02 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 3:02 PM

Not bad…

Asian Black Orchid

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 12:07 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:07 AM

The one at Bellagio was very good to me

This really never gets old

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 12:03 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 12:03 AM

The Fountains at night – Singin’ in the Rain

Hot as Hell’s Kitchen

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 04:20 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food,Travel,Weather at 4:20 PM

This 110F business is just ridiculous 

Still my favorite

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:59 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 11:59 AM

First stop, Cafe Bellagio

What the hell, butterflies?

Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 06:53 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 6:53 PM

It starts at $5 – best progressive of the visit

Every day is Father’s Day

Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 12:14 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Family,Holidays at 12:14 PM

Luckiest Dad ever


Posted Sunday, June 18th, 2017 04:56 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 4:56 PM

People are dumb

Living dangerously

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 10:40 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 10:40 AM

Tried $2 per spin – nearly had a heart attack

Course closed; grill open

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 10:39 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Food,Golf at 10:39 AM

The pork ribs at the Meadows Grill

Busy night

Posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 12:00 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:00 AM

Everything except butterflies and the one that I really want

Not the hot turkey sandwich

Posted Monday, May 29th, 2017 11:57 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food at 11:57 PM

Something different at the Minnehaha Cafe

Good, Better, Best

Posted Friday, May 12th, 2017 11:05 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 11:05 PM

A very good night @ Mystic on the Orchid

Not the flush I wanted

Posted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:12 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 10:12 PM

Used my last Wild Treasure Island winner

That mini is huge

Posted Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:51 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 10:51 AM

Tonight’s goal?

New rooms I’m helping build

Posted Sunday, April 16th, 2017 03:27 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Holidays at 3:27 PM

Easter @ Mystic Lake

Peter Gabriel and Sting at Summerfest

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 09:55 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Concerts,Food,Music,Travel at 9:55 PM

Summerfest in Milwaukee just announced their 2017 lineup, which continues their amazing run of awesome bookings. I still don’t fully understand how they can get such great acts year after year, while charging so little to get in. There must be some serious beer vendor underwriting going on – plus now they are stepping up the other corporate sponsorships to improve the grounds.

While the closing night this year features the outstanding Outlaw Music Festival (with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price), I don’t think we are going to go this year. Reviewing the daily lineups reminded me I never wrote about last year’s finale: Peter Gabriel and Sting on the Rock Paper Scissors tour.

The problem with me forgetting about these posts in the draft folder is that I have a really hard time remembering exactly what happened. Thankfully this Sunday night show from July 10, 2016 was covered by the local newspaper. They also included the setlist I included below (followed by some really bad shots from our waaaaay in the back seats).

After re-reading the review, I do remember that I was really concerned heading in to the show about Sting covering Peter Gabriel songs and vice versa. We’ve seen Sting a number of times, but had never seen Gabriel and didn’t want to get a “fake” cover show. In reality, the show was the best of both worlds and was one of my favorites all year. I don’t recall how much the tickets were, but I know they were expensive and that I intentionally bought seats farther back to limit cost.

The only other things I remember about this trip is that we stayed in the really nice new rooms at the Potawatomi Hotel and we took our first two Uber rides (which also turned out to be our last Uber rides). Didn’t play much at the casino – Milwaukee pricing is a little too rich for my taste. Oh yeah, also made a quick pit stop at the Gritty in Madison…

  • The Rhythm of the Heat (PG)
  • If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (Sting)
  • Digging in the Dirt (PG and Sting)
  • Invisible Sun (PG and Sting)
  • Games Without Frontiers (PG and Sting)
  • Shock the Monkey (PG and Sting)
  • Secret World (PG)
  • Driven to Tears (Sting)
  • Fragile (PG and Sting)
  • Red Rain (PG)
  • Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (Sting)
  • Message in a Bottle (PG and Sting)
  • San Jacinto (PG)
  • Walking in your Footsteps (Sting)
  • Kiss That Frog (PG and Sting)
  • Don’t Give Up (PG)
  • The Hounds of Winter (Sting)
  • Big Time (PG and Sting)
  • Englishman in New York (PG and Sting)
  • Solsbury Hill (PG and Sting)
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (Sting)
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Gabriel)
  • Roxanne (Sting)
  • Love Can Heal (Gabriel)
  • Desert Rose (Sting)
  • In Your Eyes (PG and Sting)
  • Encore
  • Every Breath You Take (PG and Sting)
  • Sledgehammer (PG and Sting)

My long lost friends

Posted Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 07:37 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 7:37 PM

Hello, Arizona hookers – thanks for showing up!

Lunch at Vee Quiva

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 05:24 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 5:24 PM

…and maybe a few games

Where’s Billy?

Posted Saturday, March 25th, 2017 05:20 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Games,Pop Culture at 5:20 PM

Billy Mitchell Pac Man Minnesota Lottery promotion @ MoA

Dolly Parton at Grand Casino

Posted Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 10:47 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 10:47 PM

When my mom stopped to visit the loft earlier this week, we were talking about upcoming concerts and she mentioned that Dolly Parton is one of her favorites. That reminded me I never posted the pictures from the show last summer at Grand Casino Hinckley. The Pure and Simple Tour stopped for a Wednesday evening show in their outdoor amphitheater on July 20, 2016 and thanks to Hinckley’s amazing general manager Mel Towle, we got to sit front and center (seriously, Mel is one of the best people in the entire casino world).

Growing up, I probably knew Dolly more for the movie 9 to 5 than for her country music. I also thought it was cool that we shared a birthday (hello, Edgar Allan Poe). Seeing her perform live, it’s really hard to believe she is 70 (now 71). Gotta believe Dolly and Debbie Harry must have some sort of Secret 70 Club that prevents the effects of aging.

Don’t have a set list or much recollection of the show now – I just remember it was really sunny at the start and that she was quite the entertainer. I think we also waited in the parking lot afterwards for nearly as long as she played (guessing the Hinckley police force is not a fan of summer concert nights). Looking at set lists from other stops, she did hit all the big ones: Jolene, Islands in the Stream, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colors and I Will Always Love You.

Thanks, Sugar!

Not a single progressive won

Posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 12:35 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:35 AM

The Black Orchid was fickle @ Mystic Lake

FU, Yang

Posted Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 08:18 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 8:18 PM

Hard progressive to trigger 

Hello, hooker

Posted Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 06:24 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 6:24 PM

The romance continues @ Mystic Lake

Pulltab designers rule

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 09:36 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Charities,Design at 9:36 PM

Let’s 🌮 Bout It

Marketing Genius

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 11:35 pm GMT -6 in Business,Casinos at 11:35 PM

Terrible scratch-off gameplay; brilliant targeting

Cheap thrills

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2017 10:28 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 10:28 PM

Nickel poker @ Treasure Island (in the new non-smoking room)

Birthday Buffet

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2017 07:34 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food at 7:34 PM

Two free passes to Tradewinds, Welch

A progressive for you

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2017 02:49 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 2:49 PM

…and a progressive for you @ Mystic

Licking his lips

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2017 02:42 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 2:42 PM

Favorite new game this visit

Wide open on the 10th tee

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2017 02:40 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Golf,Weather at 2:40 PM

A very snowy Meadows at Mystic Lake 

Foreigner at Mystic Lake

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Concerts,Family,Music at 9:48 PM

This Saturday night casino show back on 4/9/2016 was the one that finally made me realize I need to research old groups *before* I buy tickets. Foreigner songs were a big part of my formative years and I had never seen them live. While I knew Lou Gramm was out of the picture, I figured Mick Jones was still worth the money, right?

Well, turns out Mick was sick that night and we ended up paying waaaaay too much money to hear what was essentially a Foreigner cover band. It was really weird, though, that I was one of the few people in the sold-out, 2100-seat venue that seemed to care. I mean, just check out this glowing review from Dave Rubene at Twin Cities Media.

What the hell, people.

I will say, the musicians themselves were talented and it was cool to have them bring out the local high school choir during the encore. I also really have a soft spot for many of these songs – particularly Juke Box Hero, Waiting for a Girl Like You and Urgent. This wasn’t enough, however, for me to get over how the new lead singer sounded nothing like the original.

Set list and pictures after the jump.

  • Double Vision
  • Head Games
  • Cold as Ice
  • Waiting for a Girl Like You
  • Dirty White Boy
  • Say You Will
  • Feels Like the First Time
  • Urgent
  • Juke Box Hero
  • Encore:
  • Long, Long Way From Home
  • I Want to Know What Love Is (with Prior Lake High School Choir)
  • Hot Blooded

It was non-alcoholic, promise

Posted Thursday, December 29th, 2016 12:44 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Family,Food at 12:44 AM

My dinner companion @ Minnehaha Cafe

Hookers forever

Posted Monday, December 26th, 2016 08:17 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 8:17 PM

This game isn’t helping my tax bill

Never thought that would happen

Posted Sunday, December 25th, 2016 09:34 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Games at 9:34 AM

If only it was real money

How many chickens do you need?

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 04:21 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 4:21 PM

A lot, according to Tulalip Casino

A Very Mystic Christmas

Posted Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 07:49 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Holidays at 7:49 PM

They replaced the stadium display with this


Posted Monday, November 21st, 2016 08:50 pm GMT -6 in Business,Casinos at 8:50 PM

More hotel rooms coming to Mystic Lake 

This game makes me happy

Posted Sunday, November 20th, 2016 11:01 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 11:01 PM

…most of the time. Hookers, dudes and (double) forgs @ Mystic Lake

Not nearly as exciting

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016 12:37 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:37 AM

Stupid butterflies cost me $100 (but at least I won Mt. Dew)

I just wanted the frogs

Posted Sunday, October 16th, 2016 02:08 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 2:08 PM

Never play for that top one, but I’ll gladly take it

Not a bad return

Posted Sunday, October 16th, 2016 01:42 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 1:42 AM

First ever taxable hand-pay jackpot: 10,000x my 40-cent bet (Black Orchid progressive @ Mystic Lake)


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