Shouldn’t this be a state secret?Originally published by DK on January 14, 2021 at 12:09 am
The very clever series of commercials for Grand Casino (developed by the talented Chad Germann and his team at Red Circle Agency) has always made me feel like I should have one of those experiences at some point. Sadly, I’ve never had a large jackpot at Hinckley or Mille Lacs, but today my daughter and I at least had something happen that might qualify as a true Grand Story:
Hinckley has a ton of my favorite game, Black Orchid, often with unusually high progressives. The first machine I played today had a large frog progressive, so MK pulled out her lucky frog (a handmade clay pin) and set it on the machine. A few minutes later, boom, $78.43 frog jackpot. On our way out, we saw another Black Orchid that had a very large butterfly progressive that we tried to hit (unsuccessfully). Just before giving up, though, we hit a smaller $30.61 frog jackpot that put us back on the positive side of the ledger for the night…Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 11:20 pm
Not usually a fan of prime rib, but this was deliciousOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 9:48 pm
https://www.startribune.com/from-play-ball-to-play-bally-s-sinclair-betting-on-legal-gambling-to-boost-viewership/573452881/Originally published by DK on December 22, 2020 at 11:03 am
Breakfast, lunch or dinner – always goodOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:58 pm
Thank you, babies!Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:47 pm
Such a solid jointOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:31 pm
Snol’s casino debutOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm
Tank for Trevor?Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 9:57 am
But I only hit the cat oneOriginally published by DK on November 2, 2020 at 12:32 am
…but it didn’t stick aroundOriginally published by DK on October 11, 2020 at 6:07 pm
Chicken wild rice soup @ Minnehaha Cafe, Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on October 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm
Thanks, Grand Portage (gave it all back)Originally published by DK on October 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm
I miss MelOriginally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Approach to nine green, peak color, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay #nofilterOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:53 pm
Top notch food at Fortune BayOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:48 pm
Small bets lead to small jackpotsOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:11 pm
And now it’s obvious what it fundsOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm
No winners @ Lucky’s 13Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 11:57 am
The Orchid at Grand Casino Mille Lacs was hotOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2020 at 2:46 pm
Amazing what $1300 of coin-in will get youOriginally published by DK on July 8, 2020 at 10:41 am
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
Fortune Bay’s Gold Mine GrillOriginally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:12 pm
Can’t believe this game added the $50 level to my prizeOriginally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm
Casino promos (100 points each)Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm
Bay muffin at the Gold Mine GrillOriginally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm
And I’m still down (but got my waffle maker)Originally published by DK on July 2, 2020 at 12:20 pm
And we like him tooOriginally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 10:03 am
Totally worth the priceOriginally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 9:49 am
Fortune Bay Resort CasinoOriginally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 pm
An old Don Frantz favoriteOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm
Mystic Steakhouse is still rockin’ it during the pandemicOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:31 pm
Such pretty graphic designOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm
Happy anniversary, Minnesota LotteryOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm
First served meal in months, Minnehaha CafeOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Quick, fun stop at Grand CasinoOriginally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 8:35 pm
Well done, Grand Casino – more fun than Mystic right nowOriginally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm
Why the hate for the Orchid?Originally published by DK on June 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm
It was a pretty fun night @ MysticOriginally published by DK on March 9, 2020 at 2:39 am
First Avenue 50th scratcherOriginally published by DK on March 5, 2020 at 8:44 am
Getting closer to unlocking the secret of this damn gameOriginally published by DK on February 18, 2020 at 11:30 am
$50 scratcher (!)Originally published by DK on February 14, 2020 at 2:38 pm
Good night for fire progressivesOriginally published by DK on February 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm
I guess loser, loser doesn’t rhyme with dinner, eh?Originally published by DK on February 4, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Made $200 + free dinnerOriginally published by DK on January 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm
Just a bunch of little ones @ Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on January 2, 2020 at 11:48 pm
Shouldn’t have gotten here earlyOriginally published by DK on December 5, 2019 at 8:18 am
Fun, inexpensive night at the ninoOriginally published by DK on November 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm
https://www.thelines.com/legalized-sports-betting-officiating/Originally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Wisconsin casinos are similar, yet so differentOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2019 at 2:17 pm
Sweargen, you cock-suckaOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 12:56 am
Wish I could’ve tried for all the others tooOriginally published by DK on September 19, 2019 at 9:17 am
Left up $77 from my $100 free playOriginally published by DK on August 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm
But I will take the $56Originally published by DK on August 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm
$116 progressive jackpot on a 0.38 betOriginally published by DK on August 14, 2019 at 10:44 pm
Could be a 50-cent life changerOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:59 am
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
Thanks a lot, StompyOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:04 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
Just *once* I’d like something other than the smallest one, Stompy…Originally published by DK on July 5, 2019 at 1:55 pm
…now let’s go homeOriginally published by DK on June 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm
Scary-ass IGT slot monkeys @ Grand PortageOriginally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm
Dinner at Mystic + no luck (or play time) on the slotsOriginally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm
Slot holds are rough on the StripOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 5:52 pm
Caesar’s Palace and the PalmsOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm
Not much return on a 2.50 betOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 1:00 am
Starting to have a love/hate relationship with the MirageOriginally published by DK on May 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm
http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/26740441/one-year-legal-us-sports-betting-learnedOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:40 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!
The “new guy” joined the band in 1973…Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm