Last Night At The Riv

Had to see the last action in the pit at the Riviera. Played there a lot in the late 1990s and into the next decade so had a lot of memories in that pit. Showed up just in time as they were winding down and closing up the games just before 2am on Monday May 4th 2015.
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Last night for those lights
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Last of the $1 Blackjack on the Strip – maybe ever
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The last sports bet has been made
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The last shooter has sevened-out
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The last hand of Blackjack has been dealt..
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.. which means the last player has been backed off.
I seriously wanted it to be me but it didn’t happen
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The last roulette ball has landed – it was an 8.
Always bet on black
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No more Crazy Girls – at least for now.
They are supposed to relocate the show and the display a bit down the street
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No late checkouts today. Everybody out at noon – and don’t come back
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No more matchplay. Ran a lot of matchplays thru the Riv my first two years in town.
Helped keep me afloat until I figured things out. The dealers were mostly tolerant except
for the guy on the Big Six Wheel. I understood though. He was stuck spinning that
wheel while the other dealers were on the real games.
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Made my first decent score there in 1993 with an early partner – We made 8K each by
hitting the bad beat hold em jackpot in the poker room – Aces Full cracked by Quads
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It was a dump but it’s nice to have a dump or two left to remind you of those times – walked around in Circus afterwards too and that’s a dump that still feels like it did back then. Not much else left like that except maybe El Cortez and the Horseshoe. R.I.P Riviera.

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