The Aces Casino Blog “Blast From The Past” — An All-Star Hollywood Celebrity Gala Proves To Be a Tougher Nut To Crack Than Anticipated (Almost.)

The Aces Casino Blog: The Aces Casino Blog: Volume 2 Of Our "Hopefully" Wildly Popular Series

(Ed. Note: Seems like a lot of our Aces Casino Blog fans have been requesting a re-do on our story about an event that took place about ten years ago in Hollywood.  So, by popular demand, here is another edition from our ‘Blast From The Past’ files…Enjoy.)

Recently, there was a manager’s meeting held here at the offices of Aces Casino, the top orange county casino party
rental giant. The reason for this “summit meeting” of our top six
department heads was pretty simple; the team was there to come up with
some suitable, yet witty content for the next few blog entries to post
right here in our infamous Aces Casino
blog. (You didn’t think I thought all of this stuff up, did you? —
Grin) Yeah, that’s right; It’s “Casino Night Writer’s Block.” It
happens….

What we found out was the answer to the
riddle, “How many casino night managers does it take to come up with
even ONE suitable topic?” Well, the answer appears to be six. They ALL
came up with the SAME IDEA. So much for great minds think alike.

But…Wait,
just a minute. First, they DID have a point. “Aces, you already
blogged about our favorite celebrity casino event of all time!” (this event
is the one they all thought of first.) But, just like the best
think-tankers of these United States, they all thought of their
second-favorite celebrity-laced casino night endeavor, and suggested
that we use THAT one.

OK. I’m easy. It’s not one of
MY favorites (for reasons that you’ll understand later), but yours truly
only has one vote. Democracy wins out again, friends.

It’s
an event that was instantly dubbed, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
And, without question, it was ALL of the above, in spades, as you’ll
soon see.

The event was a celebrity fund raiser held at
a studio warehouse in Culver City about 15 years ago, and as Jack Webb
would have so eloquently put it, “What you about to read is true. The
charities’ names have been changed to protect the innocent.” The
CHARITIES, yes. The CELEBRITIES? Uh-uhh. Nope. We’re going with
THEIR names. We’d make a GREAT tell-all book author.

The day of the event, the entire Aces
team was totally psyched; Because of the nature of the event, and all
of the celebs that would be in attendance, it wasn’t hard for the top orange county casino party juggernaut to fill the 30-some-odd dealers needed to properly staff this casino party.

All
was well… The equipment was set up in perfect position for the casino
floor, the dealer team was early as always, to receive their
assignments for the evening, the casino floor staff (including me) was
ready to go. Then, right before the event, the hostess for the evening
came to talk to us about what she wanted most from us, to assist her in
the event.

It was none other than Joan Rivers.

Yup.  That’s her, officer.  That’s the one.

Ouch.
Now, I hadn’t ever met Ms. Rivers before, but obviously, today was
going to be my unlucky day. As she shuffled toward us, I remember not
actually recognizing her (In hindsight, I would estimate that she was,
at that point, somewhere between face lifts 5-and-8), but, yep, although
she was slightly contorted, there was no mistaking that voice.

I
introduced myself, and her immediate response was “Nice to meet you,
Stan.” (Not my name.) And, even though I corrected her a number of
times during this first get-together, it never took. I was “Stan” all
night. Hey, what the heck, I’ve been called worse. I used to referee
hockey games in Westminster, California. I WISHED that THOSE guys would
call me Stan.

Anyway, she filled me in on what little
she knew about the event, and went on her merry way. Unfortunately,
this wouldn’t be the last I would see of Joan Rivers on this fateful
evening. Oh, NOOOO, not by a long shot.

Reason? Well,
Joan thought that it would be a hoot to follow me around and constantly
quiz me about what I was doing during our Las Vegas night casino event,
and never missing a trick when it came to interrupting my work with the
dealers and clients, and harassing both me AND the clients with snide
“comedic” innuendos that were being broadcast throughout the casino
floor via her wireless microphone.

That face of hers
still haunts me to this day. (I’m told this is a recurring nightmare
for many people that watch her on television. Ask Annie Duke.) That
was a long night. She repeatedly asked me questions like, “what do you
think of my butt, Stan?” I finally answered her by telling her that I
had seen more butt on a cigarette, a quip she didn’t take to at all.
She turned her “let’s harass Stan” meter up to “10” at that point.
Yikes…

Joan Rivers — Definitely the “BAD.”

In
fairness, we HAVE to move right to the good. Steven Spielberg. Talk
about a nice guy. Irically, he was playing at a Blackjack table with a
dealer that has been notorious for being, shall we say, “merciless” when
it comes to beating up our fake casino game players. Spielberg was
unable to dodge this dealers’ wrath as well, declaring at one point
that, “If I lose one more hand, i’ll be unable to afford to make my next
picture.

Thank goodness the casino chips ARE fake,
because the director of such blockbuster hits as “Jaws” and “Jurassic
Park” lost an incredible 17 hands in a row. Stick to blockbusters,
Steven… (Grin)

Well, I guess that only leaves us
with our third of three parts. We’ve had the “good,” we’ve talked about
the “bad.” Now, it’s time for the “ugly.” and BOY, was IT ugly.
(Laugh) Take it from an orange county casino night party employee that looks in the mirror on a daily basis: I KNOW UGLY.

Same
party, and almost immediately after having a few laughs with Mr.
Spielberg, we get a call over our headset communications system…
“Ummm, Aces, we need a little help on table #2.”

OK, no
problem. I know Table 2. It’s right near the warehouse entrance,
right next to ED-209, the robot from “Robocop.” Can’t miss it. I also
note to myself that it has one of our all-time favorite blackjack
dealers at that table, one of the nicest guys in the world. So, without
hesitation, it’s time to go over to T-#2, and talk to our dealer.

When
I get there, the dealer waves me over, and quietly whispers to me
something I thought I’d never hear from this dealer….. “If you don’t
get this guy away from me right now, I’m going to have to kill him.”

I look over at the player he’s pointing at, and it’s ROBERT WAGNER.

 Probably still has our chips in his pocket.

Now,
i’ve always LOVED Robert Wagner, all the shows he’s done (Hart to Hart,
Switch), and to top it all off, the dealer doesn’t recognize or know
who Wagner is. (Darned young dealers. Makes me feel old.)  Besides,
this is the SAME Robert Wagner that was oh-so-hospitable at the
beginning of the event.

Funny what 9 glasses of wine will do to ya.

Well,
he’s totally out of control: boisterous, argumentative, consistently
slurring his words, swearing at the dealer, accusing him of cheating.
(Yeah, we always love cheating celebs out of fake chips at high-end
charitable events.)

Luckily, one of Wagner’s friends
immediately comes to the rescue to assist him in getting away from the
table, and it’s a good thing — Here comes Joan Rivers, looking for
someone to verbally assault, and Robert Wagner would have been a prime
target. Once she arrives at the table, it’s time to harass the old “pit
boss,” yours truly.

Hey, it’s better than Ol’ “frozen face” getting into it with Alexander Mundy. THAT could have been REALLY ugly.  The good news was the fact that Joan turned out to be a good friend for Mr. Wagner, instantly cooled him off, and quietly escorted him away from the table, before this fake-chip fracas could escalate.  Three goody-goody points for Joan Rivers, courtesy of her ol’ friend, “Stan.”.

Wow….THAT
was a night to remember. Or forget. I haven’t decided which. What did
I learn from all of our experience at what turned out to be a really
fun event? Easy.

Next time we do a celeb event, I’m bringing ED-209 with me.