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Nickel Orchid Addendum

Posted Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 10:57 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Mini Posts,Travel at 10:57 PM

Headed up to Grand Casino Hinckley today to test a theory about Black Orchid – that the top Orchid Progressive has the same odds on a nickel bet as it does on any other bet (see my recent long-form post on the Orchid here). On our last stop at Hinckley, there was still one machine with an unusually large top progressive on a nickel bet: a little more than $10,000. Unfortunately, someone beat me to it and that machine reset down to $500 (same as the yellow progressive).

Grand Casino is one of the only properties I know of that has tried to educate guests on volatility. They used to place stickers on the machines with a 1, 2 or 3 so you could tell how the game played. I don’t think they use those any longer, but Black Orchid was always marked a three for high volatility. After my multi-hour session playing nickels, I have to say that playing only one line boosts the volatility through the roof. I think I might’ve had a stretch of 100 or more losing spins before winning anything. Probably not the experience most players are looking for in a slot machine.

Of course the flip side of that is that when you do win, it’s usually for higher multipliers. The closest I came to getting a normal progressive was four cats, which paid $20 (400x win). Also had four jacks once, but that only pays $2.50 (50x). Very few three of a kind wins, although I did get three black orchids once. One of my free spin sessions re-triggered multiple times, for a total of 60 spins (total win: $3.00). Based on play today, I’d say that the frequency of black orchid symbols is the same as other bet levels. All of the other progressives hit much more often with the 40, 80 and 99 cent bets, however.

One last note, nickel orchid is probably not driving the level of play that the marketing department wants from their promotions. The August flier I received offered $5 of free play for every 20 points earned during the day (valid up to three times). I’m only first tier with their players club (“Preferred”) and am not sure how much play is required per point (the Grand Rewards page doesn’t really say). I think I played nickels for almost three hours and earned around 12 points. I prefer to be a low roller in general, but will enjoy going back to “regular” orchid at Mystic Lake next week…

Originally published by DK on August 2, 2022 at 10:57 pm

RIP Claes Oldenburg, 1929-2022

Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 07:14 am GMT -5 in Art,History,Travel at 7:14 AM

Iconic artist – Minneapolis, Vegas, San Francisco (and many, many others)

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2022 at 7:14 am

NO BEARS

Posted Monday, July 18th, 2022 06:14 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Travel at 6:14 PM

Northview Drive Inn, Webster, WI

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm

MAC Flight Tracker ✈️

Posted Saturday, June 25th, 2022 04:22 pm GMT -5 in Links,Travel at 4:22 PM

https://macnoms.com/

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2022 at 4:22 pm

The clouds of Grand Marais

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2022 11:15 am GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 11:15 AM

Didn’t last long, but they were stunning

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2022 at 11:15 am

What’s in the bag?

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2022 10:21 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:21 AM

Advance ordering is the best – thanks, CK ❤️ 🍩

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2022 at 10:21 am

Northland Sunday Fun Day

Posted Sunday, April 10th, 2022 11:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 11:05 PM

Lutsen, Grand Marais, Cloquet (and The Masters)

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2022 at 11:05 pm

Saturday in Bulldog Country

Posted Saturday, April 9th, 2022 08:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Schools,Travel at 8:12 PM

Super nice spring day in the Northland

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2022 at 8:12 pm

Not quite golf season in Tower

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2022 02:51 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Travel,Weather at 2:51 PM

But I bet it will melt fast ☀️

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2022 at 2:51 pm

Bulldoge Country (+ the Northland)

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2022 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 2:44 PM

All of the favorites – the Splash Cup was cool too

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm

Second best win of the trip

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2022 02:41 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 2:41 PM

Had a random 133x line hit on the way out

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2022 at 2:41 pm

These trees are the best

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2022 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 2:38 PM

Giants Ridge back road to Tower

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2022 at 2:38 pm

Not this time

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2022 07:09 am GMT -5 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 7:09 AM

Probably just as well, to be honest

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2022 at 7:09 am

Iconic, oldest, busiest 🥅

Posted Friday, March 4th, 2022 07:41 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Sports,Travel at 7:41 PM

Thanks to the MSG staff for the kind hospitality

Originally published by DK on March 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

LVTC Takes Manhattan

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 11:12 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food,Friends,Museums,Travel at 11:12 PM

Always learn so much from this amazing group of people

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2022 at 11:12 pm

The House of Douglas

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 11:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Travel at 11:10 PM

What an amazing large venue – need to get back again soon (with reinforcements)

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2022 at 11:10 pm

Solid travel day, Delta

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:00 PM

Clown breakfast, those cookies and suspicious airspeeds

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Only 42 miles roundtrip

Posted Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 09:00 am GMT -5 in Links,Sports,Travel at 9:00 AM

Climb Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2022 at 9:00 am

Breakfast hall of fame

Posted Sunday, January 30th, 2022 09:37 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:37 AM

Bay muffin with bacon & tri taters @ Gold Mine Grill, Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2022 at 9:37 am

Fun day at Giants Ridge

Posted Saturday, January 29th, 2022 09:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Skiing,Travel at 9:05 PM

Despite the cluster at the start with the ticket line

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2022 at 9:05 pm

So close to that major

Posted Saturday, January 29th, 2022 01:20 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 1:20 AM

$1500 would’ve been a nice first night

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2022 at 1:20 am

From iPhone to wall print

Posted Sunday, January 16th, 2022 12:04 am GMT -5 in Art,Nature,Photography,Travel at 12:04 AM

Kauai monkeypod tree @ McBryde Gardens

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2022 at 12:04 am

Mahalo, Grand Hyatt Kauai

Posted Saturday, December 18th, 2021 08:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:55 PM

This was really a magical place to stay

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

This guy hides really well

Posted Saturday, December 18th, 2021 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:47 PM

My original grass-eating video was fubar, so I went back to try again

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2021 at 8:47 pm

Took a wrong turn

Posted Saturday, December 18th, 2021 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 8:44 PM

…and ended up at the horse ranch

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm

Last early morning trail run

Posted Saturday, December 18th, 2021 06:39 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Running,Travel at 6:39 PM

Started out running around the outside of the golf course

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2021 at 6:39 pm

Dinner with Chef Jean-Marie

Posted Saturday, December 18th, 2021 02:16 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:16 AM

JO2 Restaurant, by Jean-Marie Josselin, Kapaa, Hawaii

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2021 at 2:16 am

Spouting Horn Park

Posted Friday, December 17th, 2021 08:55 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:55 PM

Just like the old blow-hole on the north shore of Oahu

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2021 at 8:55 pm

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Posted Friday, December 17th, 2021 08:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:46 PM

The sunset tour here was really something special

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2021 at 8:46 pm

Best shave ice on Kauai

Posted Friday, December 17th, 2021 07:06 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 7:06 PM

Uncle’s makes this claim in the window and we think it’s a valid claim

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

This neighborhood seems OK

Posted Thursday, December 16th, 2021 07:03 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Travel,Weather at 7:03 PM

Must get boring living here with the same weather every single day

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2021 at 7:03 pm

The Kōloa Heritage Trail

Posted Thursday, December 16th, 2021 07:01 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 7:01 PM

Didn’t burn many calories, but can’t beat the view

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2021 at 7:01 pm

The “casual” spot at Grand Hyatt

Posted Thursday, December 16th, 2021 02:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 2:15 PM

Every hotel should have a terrace like this

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Caught the last 15 seconds

Posted Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 10:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:35 PM

Sunset @ Beach House Restaurant

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2021 at 10:35 pm

Glad I picked Poipu Bay

Posted Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 04:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf,Travel at 4:46 PM

I’m sure Princeville is great too, but this course was spectacular

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Anniversary dinner @ Tidepools

Posted Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 12:54 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:54 AM

THE BLESSING

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2021 at 12:54 am

The birds of Kauai

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 08:23 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:23 PM

So many friends here for Luna

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 8:23 pm

The Grand Hyatt was a solid pick

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 3:43 PM

“This is the real Polynesian”

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

Still my favorite Hawaiian flower

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 03:37 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 3:37 PM

And there are lots to choose from…

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 3:37 pm

My desk for the week

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Travel at 3:30 PM

Highly recommend having a lanai as part of your room

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Morning slug

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 3:28 PM

Kinda how fast I was moving today too

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 3:28 pm

Leis are the best 🌸

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 01:17 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 1:17 AM

These things are supposed to smell, right?

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 1:17 am

Aloha Otis

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 01:12 am GMT -5 in Pets,Travel at 1:12 AM

Quite the cat ohana

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 1:12 am

Da fresh ahi tacos

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 01:09 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:09 AM

Da Crack Mexican Grinds, Poipu, Hawaii

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 1:09 am

Another island off the list ✅

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 01:02 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 1:02 AM

Two more to go

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 1:02 am

Burger #2

Posted Friday, December 10th, 2021 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:01 PM

The Office Burger @ Father’s Office Santa Monica (NO SUBSTITUTIONS)

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

So long, Four Seasons LAX

Posted Friday, December 10th, 2021 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 8:57 PM

Thank you for all the kind hospitality

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Awesome tour of SoFi with JS

Posted Friday, December 10th, 2021 08:50 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Travel at 8:50 PM

It turned out pretty damn nice 🏈

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2021 at 8:50 pm

Burger #1

Posted Friday, December 10th, 2021 08:33 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:33 PM

This one was way close to the stadium

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2021 at 8:33 pm

A+ workout area

Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2021 12:36 am GMT -5 in Sports,Travel at 12:36 AM

Outdoors, but sheltered

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2021 at 12:36 am

It’s the fashion

Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2021 12:23 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping,Travel,Work at 12:23 AM

The spa sells logo merch!

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2021 at 12:23 am

Four Seasons Los Angeles

Posted Monday, December 6th, 2021 09:53 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Travel,Work at 9:53 PM

Such an eye-opening start to the trip

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2021 at 9:53 pm

Santa and the reindeer

Posted Monday, December 6th, 2021 09:46 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Travel at 9:46 PM

Who knew they just hang out in Beverly Hills?

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2021 at 9:46 pm

Beverly Hills is Beautiful

Posted Monday, December 6th, 2021 09:43 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 9:43 PM

December in Cali

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2021 at 9:43 pm

OMC was open this time

Posted Saturday, November 6th, 2021 06:54 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:54 PM

Favorite restaurant group in Duluth

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2021 at 6:54 pm

Sammy’s Pizza ✅

Posted Saturday, November 6th, 2021 12:16 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:16 PM

Never had this before – did not really live up to the reputation (IMO)

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Morrissey at Caesars Palace

Posted Sunday, October 24th, 2021 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Food,Friends,Mini Posts,Music,Travel at 12:04 PM

As I get ready to go back into concert mode tonight for the Rollings Stones, I realized I never posted my pictures from the Morrissey show last month at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This was a last minute impulse trip (booked the Wednesday before) and we were really glad we did it. This short five night residency had been postponed during the pandemic and we caught the last show of the rescheduled run.

First time for both of us in the venue built for Céline and we were very impressed – great sight lines and amazing acoustics. We were about 15 rows back on the main floor and loved the production. Second time seeing him live (and we will never forget the run-in at the Las Vegas airport Cinnabon after his House of Blues show too).

Not sure if I wrote much about the rest of the trip, but for posterity sake, we stayed at the Mirage, I golfed with Herm on the Paiute Sun Mountain course, Colleen saw RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! at the Flamingo Hilton and we had a lovely dinner at Chef Keller’s Bouchon in the Venetian. Setlist and photos can be found after the jump.

Viva Moz Vegas!

Setlist – Sunday, September 5, 2021

  • How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)
  • Alma Matters
  • First of the Gang to Die
  • Everyday Is Like Sunday
  • Shoplifters of the World Unite (The Smiths song)
  • I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
  • Knockabout World
  • Morning Starship (Jobriath cover)
  • Ouija Board, Ouija Board
  • Seasick, Yet Still Docked
  • Never Had No One Ever (The Smiths song)
  • Half a Person (The Smiths song)
  • Love Is on Its Way Out
  • Satan Rejected My Soul
  • The Lazy Sunbathers
  • I’ve Changed My Plea to Guilty
  • Lady Willpower (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap cover)
  • Back on the Chain Gang (Pretenders cover)
  • Irish Blood, English Heart
  • ENCORE
  • Jack the Ripper
Originally published by DK on October 24, 2021 at 12:04 pm

A little brisk this morning

Posted Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 09:31 am GMT -5 in Cars,Casinos,Travel,Weather at 9:31 AM

The car at Jackpot Junction

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2021 at 9:31 am

The Luna line hit

Posted Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 09:29 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Pets,Travel at 9:29 AM

Doge wins are good wins at the nino

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2021 at 9:29 am

Take two

Posted Friday, October 22nd, 2021 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:38 PM

Who do I petition to get this back in Minnesota?

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2021 at 12:38 pm

How many calories, Perkins?

Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2021 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:45 PM

At least they had diet cherry Coke in Worthington

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2021 at 12:45 pm

We’re on a quest…

Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2021 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 12:21 PM

…a quest for Buffalo 🦬

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Grand Marais Harbor Cam

Posted Thursday, October 14th, 2021 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Links,Travel,Video at 2:18 PM

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Three Years of Bonus Time

Posted Friday, October 8th, 2021 11:13 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Longform,Personal,Travel at 11:13 AM

Today marks the three year anniversary of my train platform event in downtown Minneapolis. The first anniversary was amazing, I was ultra grateful for my second anniversary and now things are running on all cylinders for year three. Colleen made my favorite bars to celebrate and we will be having dinner tonight at Saint Dinette to toast another splendid year around the sun.

On the health front, everything is great. I’m on my second pair of permanent prism lenses and they work perfectly. Still don’t need them for reading screens, but I do prefer them now for watching TV and movies, riding my bike, golfing and driving (even bought a pair of prism sunglasses). The move streak on my watch is now up to 540 days, I’m at 530 miles on the bike log for 2021 and have even signed up to try another half marathon in 2022.

As the pandemic continues to roll on, some things have returned to (semi) normal. While we had an entire football season without fans, this year has seen a return to no restrictions and four games with thousands of people through the doors. We took our first airplane trips to and from Las Vegas over Labor Day and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this December on Kauai. We’ve also been building a new house that should be ready when we get back (after an extended construction period).

Lastly, I want to again thank the healthcare professionals who helped get me to year three, along with all of my family and friends who have provided love and support. There is one other big change coming soon, but I’ll leave that for another day…

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2021 at 11:13 am

The Morrissey Cinnabon

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:19 PM

He wasn’t there this time

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Best win of the trip

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:11 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 6:11 PM

Really wanted the maxed out major, but it was not to be

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Snagged a Yardbird reservation

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:06 PM

Solid, but overall I thought Revival is better

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Best slot experience ever?

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Movies,Travel at 7:29 PM

Mad Max Fury Road @ Venetian

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 7:29 pm

Raiders Nation

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 4:39 PM

Quick first visit to M Resort

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Viking lost in the desert

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 04:37 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 4:37 PM

Herm’s hooptie

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:37 pm