Welcome to my world---the world of poker, glamour, fun, and excitement. Las Vegas is my home town-I know this town-I have lived here all of my life, and played poker in all its poker rooms. I cohosted "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker at the World Series of Poker with my dad, "Oklahoma" Johnny Hale.
I hosted my own poker tournament-the L.A.C.E.- at the Horseshoe in Tunica, I am the first lady to win a poker tournament at the Wynn in Las Vegas. I have sung in all of the Vegas karaoke night spots.
I have rolled the dice, played blackjack, bet sports, played the roulette wheel, and ate in every one the fancy gourmet dinning rooms in Las Vegas. And I danced the night away in the hottest night clubs.
I have dated a lot of millionaires, aspiring millionaires, and the wannabees.
Today I am going to take you to a few high spots in Las Vegas for poker, food, and fun. But first, let me tell you a couple of things. I was recently graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas- UNLV-and I know a lot of the college kids. Upon graduation I was offered a job that could only be in one place in the world-heavenly Las Vegas, Nevada !
I was invited to try out to be a pussycat blackjack dealer at one of the most wonderful glamorous casino's in the world, Caesars Palace.
Sure, I will admit that I made the Dean's honor roll at UNLV, and that Caesars Palace has given a grant to UNLV of more than thirtymillion of dollars to create a new degree program at the university, and that I did talk to some of my professors about enrolling in their newest graduate program of hotel and gaming management.
It was the longest interview on record to get the job, as a pussycat blackjack dealer in the newest blackjack pit in Caesars Palace: the Pussycat lounge. It's located right next door to Pure nightclub, where all the in-group celebrities come to see and be seen.
The interview and training was five weeks long, plus a week of indoctrination. You see, I never dealt blackjack and my interviewers wanted to know all about me and my skills-and my ability to learn to do things just exactly the way they wanted them to be done.
But it is really a fun job. I work three nights a week, get paid well, and earn some really good tips.
So here we go. I dress up for the night on the town and meet up with a few friends. But first we go to Social House, the best sushi restaurant in Las Vegas [I find Sushi Ruko gives it a run -Ed.]. Then we vote on which spot to hit first and we decide to go sing a while at Ellis Island, where we meet up with Timmy and Robert, who host the best karaoke in the world. I suddenly hear the call of the poker table and a few of the crowd split off to come with me to the Venetian where the $2-$5 no-limit poker hold'em game is like going to an ATM.
I am driving my little red Mercedes and the valet always takes special care of my car for me. I get to park right up front. They will not let dad park here in his little red truck, but I tell him, "Well dad, they know I tip well, just like you taught me to do."
Sure hope you can come back and meet me here in Poker Player Newspaper next issue When I tell you how I did in the poker game at the Venetian.