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Good fortune has arrived

Posted Sunday, October 11th, 2020 06:07 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 6:07 PM

…but it didn’t stick around

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2020 at 6:07 pm

This soup, though

Posted Sunday, October 11th, 2020 06:02 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:02 PM

Chicken wild rice soup @ Minnehaha Cafe, Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm

$40 on a 30-cent bet

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2020 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 6:03 PM

Thanks, Grand Portage (gave it all back)

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm

New games at Mel’s old place

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:35 PM

I miss Mel

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 12:35 pm

This view never gets old

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Golf,Nature,Travel at 10:53 PM

Approach to nine green, peak color, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay #nofilter

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:53 pm

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 10:48 PM

Top notch food at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:48 pm

Good returns

Posted Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:11 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:11 PM

Small bets lead to small jackpots

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:11 pm

Electronic pull tabs still exist!

Posted Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Games at 10:05 PM

And now it’s obvious what it funds

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm

Bad Monkey!

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2020 11:57 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 11:57 AM

No winners @ Lucky’s 13

Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

Don’t think I ever had 60 before

Posted Saturday, July 25th, 2020 02:46 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 2:46 PM

The Orchid at Grand Casino Mille Lacs was hot

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Thanks, Fortune Bay

Posted Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 10:41 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Disney,Food at 10:41 AM

Amazing what $1300 of coin-in will get you

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2020 at 10:41 am

Northland Vacation 2020

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2020 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food,Friends,Golf,Travel at 5:09 PM

I’ve been fortunate to continue working through the pandemic, but it’s been tough to take time away (especially since I’m the only IT person left). Thanks to the support of my boss and one of our awesome game day staffers, I was able to take a week off without looking at work email once. We originally intended to spend the week on Isle Royale National Park, but the ferry and Rock Harbor Lodge decided to scrap the whole 2020 season and our reservations were cancelled.

Plan B was to stay the first half of the week at Lutsen Resort and the Fourth of July weekend on Lake Vermilion (at Fortune Bay). Those plans changed as the temperatures kept rising – it was even hot along the usually cool shoreline of Lake Superior and we discovered upon check-in that Lutsen Resort does not have air conditioning. They were accommodating by offering us a full refund, but there were really no other options in Lutsen or the surrounding spots (Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage). Fortune Bay could get us in early, so we set off on highway 1 through Ely and decided to spend the whole week on Vermilion.

Fortune Bay has done a nice job with COVID safety and procedures. They had temperature checks set up on the entry road, mandatory face masks and lots of signage, plexiglass and hand sanitizer. The casino floor had basically every other machine turned off, but they kindly turned on my favorite game for the week (big thanks to EJ). I think I made it worth their hassle, though, while still getting a lot of quality playing time. They had Frozen-themed giveaways on Thursday and Friday for 100 points earned (an Olaf waffle maker on day one and an Olaf snow cone maker on day two), so I spread my playing time out accordingly. Marisa really, really wanted these, so I was happy for the solid play-through.

Food options during the week were a little limited, but what was open was solid. We stopped at the Ely Steakhouse on the way over from Lutsen and they were following all of the state orders for in-person dining. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vermilion Club was following just about none of the rules, which blew us away (maybe “VC” really stands for Virus Central). We still ate there twice in-person and had take-out a third day, because Poor Gary’s pizza and the bleu cheese and chicken wings are Northland classics (hopefully we were personally careful enough).

Back at Fortune Bay, I hit the Wilderness Grill four times, having great experiences each time. The new chef used to work at Alma in Minneapolis and I really liked all of the sandwiches I tried (pulled chicken, walleye, porchetta and cheeseburger). Their new fries are reminiscent of the state fair classics. In the casino proper, we had a wonderful dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse and stopped several times at the Gold Mine Grill, which is getting better with service and staffing (they’ve always had great coffeeshop-style food options). The Tamarack Buffet was closed for service, but was the room was being used for socially-distanced overflow seating.

Thought I would play a lot of golf during the week, but the temperatures were warm and I just didn’t feel like going every day. I did drive down to Coleraine to play Eagle Ridge with the Millers and got in a twilight round on The Wilderness with John, Cathy and Bonnie. The whole region needs rain badly, so there were some near-dead areas on both courses (especially in the roughs). The Wilderness also has a lot of behind the scenes changes: the contract with KemperSports was not renewed and former golf GM Tom Beaudry and superintendent Vince Dodge have both moved on to the state of cheese. Still love that course, though, and it continues to be the one I’ve played the most.

It was also great to hang out at Dacha Batinich on Birch Point again with Mary and the crew. Big thanks to John and Cathy for taking us out on the boat for a pizza picnic (and for taking Sasha and Marisa out again later in the week). Skip-Bo games and great conversations make that little cabin a very special place indeed.

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm

The Casino Club

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2020 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 7:12 PM

Fortune Bay’s Gold Mine Grill

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:12 pm

THAT was unbelievable

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2020 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 7:09 PM

Can’t believe this game added the $50 level to my prize

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm

Happy kid two

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Movies,Travel at 8:17 PM

Casino promos (100 points each)

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm

My favorite breakfast?

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 06:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:05 PM

Bay muffin at the Gold Mine Grill

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm

FINALLY

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 12:20 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:20 PM

And I’m still down (but got my waffle maker)

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Stompy has a friend

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 10:03 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:03 AM

And we like him too

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 10:03 am

Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 09:49 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:49 AM

Totally worth the price

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

Our little friend Stompy

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:14 PM

Fortune Bay Resort Casino

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 pm

Russian Treasure

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 08:33 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Friends,Games at 8:33 PM

An old Don Frantz favorite

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm

Father’s Day Nino Dinner

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Mystic Steakhouse is still rockin’ it during the pandemic

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:31 pm

Nice work, MN Lottery

Posted Friday, June 19th, 2020 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Design,Games at 1:55 PM

Such pretty graphic design

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm

$10 to Minnesota wildlife

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2020 08:38 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 8:38 PM

Happy anniversary, Minnesota Lottery

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm

So nice to be back

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2020 04:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 4:19 PM

First served meal in months, Minnehaha Cafe

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Thank you, Hinckley

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 8:35 PM

Quick, fun stop at Grand Casino

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 8:35 pm

Hinckley ❤️ the Orchid

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 10:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:05 PM

Well done, Grand Casino – more fun than Mystic right now

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm

What the hell, Mystic Lake?

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2020 09:00 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 9:00 PM

Why the hate for the Orchid?

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm

Nino Highlights

Posted Monday, March 9th, 2020 02:39 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 2:39 AM

It was a pretty fun night @ Mystic

Originally published by DK on March 9, 2020 at 2:39 am

They finally made it big

Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2020 08:44 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 8:44 AM

First Avenue 50th scratcher

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2020 at 8:44 am

FU, Goat

Posted Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:30 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 11:30 AM

Getting closer to unlocking the secret of this damn game

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2020 at 11:30 am

The losing streak is over

Posted Friday, February 14th, 2020 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 2:38 PM

$50 scratcher (!)

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Kept It Hot

Posted Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 09:51 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 9:51 PM

Good night for fire progressives

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm

False advertising

Posted Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 09:39 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 9:39 PM

I guess loser, loser doesn’t rhyme with dinner, eh?

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2020 at 9:39 pm

Senior Night @ Treasure Island

Posted Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 8:24 PM

Made $200 + free dinner

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm

Escape to the Nino

Posted Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 11:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 11:48 PM

Just a bunch of little ones @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2020 at 11:48 pm

Loser depository?

Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2019 08:18 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 8:18 AM

Shouldn’t have gotten here early

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2019 at 8:18 am

Little victories

Posted Friday, November 29th, 2019 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 9:13 PM

Fun, inexpensive night at the nino

Originally published by DK on November 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm

Told you this would happen

Posted Thursday, October 31st, 2019 07:30 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Links at 7:30 PM

https://www.thelines.com/legalized-sports-betting-officiating/

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Tried lots of new stuff

Posted Thursday, October 17th, 2019 02:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 2:17 PM

Wisconsin casinos are similar, yet so different

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Is this Deadwood?

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 12:56 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Television,Travel at 12:56 AM

Sweargen, you cock-sucka

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 12:56 am

Loaded Orchid

Posted Thursday, September 19th, 2019 09:17 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 9:17 AM

Wish I could’ve tried for all the others too

Originally published by DK on September 19, 2019 at 9:17 am

Nino penguins

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2019 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 3:43 PM

Left up $77 from my $100 free play

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

NEVER CORN DOGS

Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2019 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 8:21 PM

But I will take the $56

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm

The new babies ❤️ me

Posted Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 10:44 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:44 PM

$116 progressive jackpot on a 0.38 bet

Originally published by DK on August 14, 2019 at 10:44 pm

That top one would be nice

Posted Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:59 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 11:59 AM

Could be a 50-cent life changer

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

The Spread of Sports Betting

Posted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Mini Posts,Sports at 8:24 PM

While I worked for a number of years in the casino business, my property never offered sports betting. As it now spreads across the United States, it is starting to make an impact with my current industry, professional sports venue management. I haven’t done a lot of research on this topic, but I feel like both sides aren’t fully prepared for all the potential side effects of a much larger pool of bettors.

Minnesota has always had a unique gaming environment among states and the various types of tribal compacts, so I don’t envision any immediate changes in the landscape. As it sweeps across the country, though, I imagine Minnesota will join at some point – too much money is involved to completely sit out. Minnesota tribes have understandably been reluctant to reopen the gaming agreements, but most of the larger ones already have ties to professional sports in one form or another.

As a technical venue manager, I’m curious as to what additional demands will be made on wireless networks, digital signage, cyber security and real-time statistical data feeds if sports betting is approved here. Not to mention physical changes to buildings if things like betting windows were ever to be added. I can easily imagine fans having sports betting apps on their phones, placing bets in their seats during a game and wanting to cash out winners immediately.

Lastly, I had another thought while watching the Twins lose their epic battle with the Yankees the other night. If human referees and umpires are still used in all leagues (which is likely), what extra security measures will be needed when they make bad calls? Will it influence how they make calls in the first place? It’s already a challenging environment with rowdy fans who have had too much to drink…

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm

It was promising for a minute

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 1:04 PM

Thanks a lot, Stompy

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Such a great Vegas property

Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2019 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Links,Travel at 2:40 PM

https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2019/07/11/the-cosmopolitan-las-vegas-hotel-is-now-better-than-ever/

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Good luck is right

Posted Friday, July 5th, 2019 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 1:55 PM

Just *once* I’d like something other than the smallest one, Stompy…

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2019 at 1:55 pm

That’s a good dog

Posted Sunday, June 16th, 2019 06:44 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 6:44 PM

…now let’s go home

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

What the hell is that?

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Design,Games,Travel at 5:32 PM

Scary-ass IGT slot monkeys @ Grand Portage

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

I need to find cheaper hobbies

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2019 08:54 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 8:54 PM

Dinner at Mystic + no luck (or play time) on the slots

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Caesar’s saves the day

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 05:52 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 5:52 PM

Slot holds are rough on the Strip

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Sunny, but cold (and windy)

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Travel,Weather at 11:09 PM

Caesar’s Palace and the Palms

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm

Haven’t played this in ages

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 01:00 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 1:00 AM

Not much return on a 2.50 bet

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 1:00 am

We have arrived

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 03:51 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:51 PM

Starting to have a love/hate relationship with the Mirage

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm

U.S. sports betting year one

Posted Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 04:40 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Links,Sports at 4:40 PM

http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/26740441/one-year-legal-us-sports-betting-learned

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm

Snoopy Dogg Dogg in Welch

Posted Saturday, April 27th, 2019 07:41 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 7:41 PM

I never realized that Snoop Dogg should be on my artist bucket list, but I was really, really wrong. Friday night’s show at Treasure Island Resort & Casino (of all places) was quite the experience. Calvin Broadus Jr. has had an amazing 47 years of life. Seriously, go read his Wikipedia page right now. Even if you aren’t a fan of rap music, Snoop’s influence on pop culture is undisputed.

It shouldn’t be a complete surprise that the show started late, with a DJ set that seemed to be stalling for time until opener Warren G finally did a short 25-minute set that concluded with Regulate. After a much shorter wait, Snoop took the stage for an entertaining hour-long set that included tributes to Nipsey Hussle, Biggie and Tupac. He covered all the big crowd-pleasers:

  • Murder Was The Case
  • The Next Episode
  • Gin & Juice
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot
  • Who Am I (What’s My Name)?

The supporting cast for Snoop’s part of the evening included Tha Dogg Pound, six pole dancers (with only four poles), a “Nasty Dogg” mascot in full costume and several very burly security guards (that were definitely not a part of the seriously conflicted house security). The crowd (and artist) must’ve been extra challenging for the house managers, as there was ample gin and juice being consumed and Snoop kept encouraging people to light up all night.

Sounds like “DJ Snoopadelic” showed up for an after show DJ set at Muse Event Center in Minneapolis at some point after midnight (with a $100 cover). Still have to wonder, though, how Treasure Island got the full concert booking. Snoop-A-Loop, indeed!


Originally published by DK on April 27, 2019 at 7:41 pm

Oak Ridge Boys @ Mystic

Posted Thursday, April 18th, 2019 11:08 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 11:08 PM

The “new guy” joined the band in 1973…

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm

The Oak Ridge Boys

Posted Thursday, April 18th, 2019 11:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music,Nature,Quotes at 11:06 PM

Don’t wanna be buried in debt or in sin, so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto…

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Win of the night

Posted Thursday, April 18th, 2019 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 11:00 PM

Keepin’ It Real Hot

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:00 pm

Never won that one before

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2019 03:57 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 3:57 PM

Surprise Keepin’ It Hot progressive

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Worth the drive

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2019 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:26 PM

Two of my all-time favorites (Minnehaha Grill @ Mystic Lake)

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Super cheap entertainment

Posted Saturday, March 16th, 2019 07:23 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 7:23 PM

Bet a nickel to win $400

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Sadie’s a good dog

Posted Friday, March 15th, 2019 12:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Pets at 12:14 PM

Need more winners

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Never seen that before

Posted Sunday, March 10th, 2019 09:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 9:32 PM

Thought it was a sticker (and/or extra lucky), but that was not the case

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 9:32 pm

More than a stadium (but so cool)

Posted Friday, March 8th, 2019 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Links at 2:48 PM

https://www.enr.com/articles/46430-hard-rock-hotel-builders-deliver-a-rock-and-roll-icon

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Still waiting for my GC Story

Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2019 10:51 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Games at 10:51 PM

That would’ve been a true Grand Casino Story, no?

Originally published by DK on February 28, 2019 at 10:51 pm

Sad news from Grand Portage

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 05:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Links at 5:28 PM

http://www.indiangaming.org/news/niga-mourns-the-loss-of-grand-portage-tribal-chairman-norman-deschampe

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm
 

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