December 26, 2003

Christmas at the Casino

POST #    668

With the reflective glass, the Mohegan Sun almost blends into the sky.

Yesterday, Christmas Day, I spent my time at the Mohegan Sun with Calvin, his family, and what seemed like all of China. With my parents away, and my love of gambling, it seemed perfectly reasonable to go to gamble. The NY Times reports that Asians and Jews turned out in casinos in Atlantic City as well (man, what timing of the article). While there, we also took in a few songs of Taiwanese superstar (I've been told) A-Mei Chang, who is apparently on a "World Tour." Let's just say the concert was like no other concert I've been too. A-Mei even had a Chinese guy rapping (we called him "hip-hop"). Unfortunately, it wasn't Jin. A-Mei seemed like a cross between Britney and Christina but, unfortunately, not as slutty. Needless to say, I only stayed for about 6 songs. Overall, not a bad Christmas, minus the fact that I lost $125 at the blackjack table.

It might sound a bit strange when I say it wasn't a bad Christmas, but my family doesn't really celebrate it. The last time my family has done a "real" Christmas (by real, I mean tree and gifts) was probably back in 4th or 5th grade. Since then, it has gradually become less of an event. Through high school, I would ask for gifts, but they didn't get wrapped, I got them early, and it never came with a, "Merry Christmas!" attached to it. And since my family is not religious, we don't do the church/god thing. Granted, Christmas is no longer a religious holiday, but more of a time to be with family and a consumer holiday. I live in the same city as my parents, so the family part is taken care of, and I'm not sure I want or need a day to celebrate consumerism. I consume enough already. In fact, I look forward to Thanksgiving more than Christmas.

Perhaps this will all change if I ever move out of New York or when I have a family, but for now, I'm content with spending my time without celebration and at a casino.

- NY Times Oh, There Was Eggnog, but the Roulette Wheels Didn't Miss a Spin
- A-Mei Chang on Waner Music Taiwan (in Chinese)

Posted by tien mao in Travel at 10:20 AM



Ah, up in my neck of the woods. I love that place, as much as that irritates almost everyone I know. That's where I plan to warm up for the World Series of Poker, though I think it'll take me a couple of years to get up to speed.

Well, I'm still game for the day of flying soon - we can fly over the casino - that's always fun, and generally cheaper than going there ...

Posted by: Oscar at December 26, 2003 2:48 PM

i think i might like foxwoods better. they actually gave me money back in the day. i didn't see a single poker table though.

i'm down to fly sometime in january too.

Posted by: tien at December 26, 2003 3:33 PM

I heard that one of the CT casinos gave up their poker tables. Must have been Foxwoods?

Posted by: Ricky at December 27, 2003 12:18 PM

well, i didn't see any at mohegan sun...but i didn't really look around that much.

Posted by: tien at December 27, 2003 12:25 PM

Well, both casinos still list plenty of poker games on their website, and they have regular tournaments ... it's almost inconceivable to me, with the current popularity of poker, that they would have given up on it, especially considering that they just take a rake, but I plan an investigative trip one of these days soon.

Posted by: Oscar at December 28, 2003 3:21 PM

Geez, I was just looking their website tournament results, and the last one I could find was in 2001, though thay have ads for a 2004 tournament. I dunno ... maybe internet poker is beating them out ... hard to believe though ...

Posted by: Oscar at December 28, 2003 3:25 PM

oscar, i guess everyone wants to be a chris moneymaker, so maybe online is booming.

i'm nervous to play poker in a hold 'em environment. i don't want to be the sucker at the table.

Posted by: tien at December 28, 2003 3:38 PM

Foxwoods has around 80 poker tables. Mohgan Sun had to shut down their room. Foxwoods has 2 big tournments each year, the World Poker Finals and The New England Poker Tournment. There are smaller tourments every week through the year.

Posted by: Denise at November 9, 2004 7:28 PM

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