My brother and his family moved up to Cincinnati late last year and we scheduled a visit to coincide with a Spring wine festival for Stacie and Laura to attend. Friday afternoon, We took a quick flight up to the Cincinnati airport, which is actually in northern Kentucky and headed to their new house.
I had already mentioned to my brother that I would like to spend some time at Hollywood Casino and check out their WPT branded poker room. He and I headed out for a bite to eat and then made our way across town and in to Indiana on the other side of the river. The place was packed and we ended up parking on the top level of the parking deck. Real fun with the cold rain falling all night. I did a quick tour of the place and headed downstairs to the non-smoking section where the poker room was located. This place has recently been renamed and remodeled and I was very pleased with the look of it all. I was not impressed with actually getting a seat in a game. The staff at the check in desk weren't the friendliest or accommodating. It is a big room but half of the tables were empty. This wouldn't be a big deal, but there was a pretty long wait list and they weren't setting up any new tables. I guess it was because they were running sit-n-gos in the adjoining ballroom and that took up some of the dealers. We waited about 30-40 minutes and were both seated at a 1/2 table.
I don't think my brother had ever played 1/2 cash and after dropping a little less than $100 he decided to go play some 3 card poker and blackjack instead. When he left I was up a little and at one point had almost doubled my buy-in. As usual, I can spend 3-4 hours making money, but give away the night's profit and a chunk of my original buy-in with one hand. I still haven't decided if I made a mistake or not at the time, but either way, it didn't work out. I eventually pissed away the rest of my stack in the next hour or so. Lessons learned and I will definitely be back the next time I visit.
Another advantage of visiting Cincy was the opportunity to hang with Iggy for the second weekend in a row. Saturday night, my brother and I dropped our wives off at the wine festival downtown and met up with him for dinner at The Senate Pub. I ate the most expensive grilled cheese I have ever had but man was this sandwich tasty. Fortunately for me, they were out of the meat that normally goes on the sandwich and substituted spare or short rib meat. Personally I think this is how they should always serve it compared to the more fatty meat that it normally contains. After dinner and conversation we all headed to a Bengal's bar for some drinks and a few rounds of pool. This gave me a good couple of hours to get to know the Blogfather a little better. As many of you know, he is a great guy and easy company. Unfortunately we had to make the evening shorter than I wanted because we had to pick up the girls from the convention center. We headed back to the house and jetted out the next afternoon.