Chances Are The Song In The Casino Is Pitbull Or Train

Pitbull And Train
Pitbull And Train – Who Ya Got?

My Vegas vacation last week took me to quite a few different casinos. In the past this meant I would hear a nice variety of music – even if it was surrounded adult contemporary or pop music. Every casino had their own vibe and the music reflected that. Nowadays there isn’t much variety in music whether you’re in the middle of the Vegas Strip or Downtown Vegas. (This speaks to a bigger issue of homogenization in Las Vegas but I’ll save that for another day.)

There was a time where I could go to the Hard Rock casino and hear only rock music. That was awesome. Those days are over and, while they still play some good rock jams, they’ve added pop and rap to the mix. This isn’t the exclusive rock soundtrack I want or expect from the Hard Rock casino but it’s better than most. With the exception of the Margaritaville section of Flamingo many casinos have a similar mix of today’s pop and rock hits.

My musical tastes are questionable (at best) but I listen to a lot of music and usually know what I’m listening to. Last week I found myself asking my friend to Shazam songs so we could find out what we were listening to. Almost every time we Shazam’d a rock song it was a song by Train. Like Lifehouse before them I know that I’ve heard Train but never knew who they were…until now.

If a disposable-middle-of-the-road pop-rock song wasn’t playing it was a pop song featuring my man Pitbull. Pitbull and I go way back to his days on TVT records when he was still rapping about butts in spanish. Now, he’s adding a little flavor to just about every pop song. I love and hate this but the world will always be a better place when I hear Pitbull. This song was the one I remember hearing most.

There’s no way to escape Pitbull or Train in the casinos so just learn the songs and make the best of it. Maybe a Pitbull and Train drinking game will distract you enough.

Royal Flush!

Last Friday, after my mini-vacation, I headed over to Red Rock Casino for happy hour at LBS Burger and the Lifehouse concert. I had a little time to kill so I decided to play a little video poker. Go figure. I had a few bucks leftover from my trip to the strip so I decided to play dollars. I mix up my pay between quarters, fifty cent and dollars playing Jacks or Better unless I’m bored and want to give a random game a shot.

I sat down at the machine and on the second hand in I hit four Aces. I was stoked, but couldn’t cash out after just a couple hands so I figured I’d play until I got back down to even or played enough to be satisfied with my win (after a while I usually set floors where I’ll cash out). I kept hitting winning hands and was up almost $200 after about 15 minutes and then I hit my largest Royal Flush in a few years – $4,000! I’ve been playing more video poker this year than ever and this was my 3rd Royal Flush of the year. Of course, I’m still down $1,234,444,000 for my gambling career. 🙂

After learning that Station Casinos no longer serves Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, I decided to grab my tickets and head over to check the pool area for the show. I realized I had a few minutes to kill so I sat down at a machine by the door and played another $20. That turned up four 8’s. Up another $40 or $60 I decided to head into the show – for real this time.

In case you’re not familiar with Lifehouse they’re one of those pop-rock bands that you hear pretty often and never know who they are. Thanks to Lifehouse I hit a Royal Flush. That may be my lasting memory of them.

Lifehouse
Lifehouse