We went next to play video poker. There is one full pay 8/5 bonus in the casino, but I did not find that one. We played 7/5 Bonus that offers 98.01% payback. Not great, but certainly better than any of the slots and better than the 8/5 JOB. I usually refuse to play those low tables, but now that I am down to one Vegas trip this year, I am bending a bit just for the fun, and I always bend if my nephew plays with me.
We did not have any luck.
I was down $510 when I left. On the way home I stopped at Turning Stone and picked up $82 on the 2/4 table. I arrived about noon and was seated at the first table; by midafternoon there were three tables and each contained some players who knew very little about the game and called less than second best hands.
I did not have any great cards. Once at the second table I had A-Q unsuited and on the turn was faced with one opponent who bet. He was not a great player, so I raised. He called and called the river. He held 10-10. Other players on the table groaned a bit and looked at me. I had raised with not much.
"I just had a feeling," I said. But I hope they knew I had played the person rather than the cards, so they would respect some push out bet in the future.
I left up $82 and pretty tired as I had less than 4 hours sleep and a quick nap in the parking lot along the Thruway.
So, it was not a winning trip.
I stayed again at the Swiss Cottage Inn along Niagara Falls blvd. These are tiny motel rooms, but perfect for me: pool, TCM on the tele, free wifi, refrigerator, microwave. All for $70 a night on average and over a weekend at the height of Niagara Fall tourist season. Off season the room runs about $40 and is a real bargain. I'd like to go again just to play poker.