Yesterday afternoon started off with a stop at Riverside Casino in Iowa City. It was about 25 minutes off the main interstate but I’m glad I stopped, big winner taking home a whole buck! Although small it was very nice and the floor layout was in a circle with a bar in the middle and the casino was surrounded by a golf course. I didn’t play long just dabbled a bit with Roulette and Craps and then headed out. I must say it was my first Men room / Tornado shelter sign I’ve seen, “quick tornado everyone get into the bathroom” but I suppose that is reality out here in the mid-west. Next stop was off to Des Moines at another casino Praire Meadows. This place was decent size with a casino, race track and a hotel and from the looks of the outside I was excited to enter but then again when am I not excited to go gamble. The actual gaming area could have used a bit more structure and had potential but was not thrilled with the layout or the DJ doing trivia but he seemed pretty happy. The wheel was up and down and didn’t make much progress so went over to crap put 5 down on a very busy table and first roll crapped out, lol. I always find it funny if a new player enters the game and then it craps out but perhaps that is because I can at times be a bit superstitious. After losing 20 and 20 I decided to check out the poker room which was a bit off the grid up on the third floor. The room was rather blah but since they had two tables going I decided to sit for a bit but soon realized I didn’t have the patience. I perhaps would have played slower but I thought I was going to be traveling to Omaha but again stayed in Des Moines for the night. The best hand I saw was kings which added a few chips to my stacks but the room was blah and so was the table, speaking of the table here is my run down…
Seat 1 – We will call him “Angry at life” he just didn’t seem happy at all although he didn’t say much it looked like he was angry at someone.
Seat 2 – “Cherry Martini” This was everyone’s friend at the table and the typical poker player commenting on every hand trying to justify his losses all while he sipped a martini.
Seat 3, 4 – Not worth even mentioning.
Seat 5 – “wsop kid” young guy with a huge stack and played big stack poker.
Seat 6 – “Hawaiin Shirt” he seemed like he was craving a conversation from anyone, relatively tight player and kept commenting on how much he like thin mints.
Seat 7 – “Zubie” The best player in the room
Seat 8 – “Pecan Ice Cream” a lot of dumb jokes and really first time I’ve seen someone order Ice cream at the poker table, he actually asked for a list of flavors!
Seat 9 – “Happy Joe” Win lose this guy just put on that big grin that made me chuckle.
So after dropping 100 in the casino I decided to grab some food and find a place to hold up for the night. I started off at the Pilot stop as they allow and welcome overnight parker’s but one area was full and the other I was basically sleeping on the hood of a Semi. So it was off to Mcd’s but when I found out that it wasn’t open 24-7 I decided to go back to the casino parking lot, all these were in close proximity. The casino parking lot was huge and very well lit which wasn’t the best thing for getting some sleep but I was in range of several semi’s and with the constant traffic it was a decent spot. I have to make a stop at walmart today as my air mattress pump decided to stop working which was fun but oh well the best of it. At the moment I’m sitting at a rest stop a few miles East of Omaha in the shade soaking of the free WIFI. My plan is to stop at the casino drive around Omaha a bit then head through Nebraska. I plan on getting off the Interstate for a bit and hitting some back roads hopefully finding a fishing hole. I’d also at some point like to try out my coleman single burner I bought and attempt to fire up a meal. I know it seems like I’m racing through my trip but my goal was to get to Denver sooner rather than later as I figure the West has a lot more to offer as far as sightseeing and the Mid-West is a bit flat and filled with farm, speaking of which do we really eat that much corn??