Hotel Fremont

What are we doing today…Idling around during summer break. Playing pool. Playing piano. Playing cards.

Name: Hotel Fremont

Date: 5.26.2009

Cost: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Ebay will run about 3-5$ on average for a piece of casino history. Being the ebay sleuth I am, this is good.

Availability: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

These occasionally show up on Ebay as lowly desired decks. Only idiots like me bid on these things.

Life/Finish: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○

So, to me, casino cards from whenever this era was…are quite nice. Superflip feels the same as well. Age means they don’t fan,,but that doesn’t matter. This deck happens to be ‘bee’ branded, so that’s a plus. Stiffer than bicycles. Less slippery than standard bees today. Quite durable. Quite? Very Durable.

Faro: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○

Typical standard faro capabilities. Good enough for its age.

Back Design: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○○ ○

Red ‘Bee 92’ back with ‘Hotel Fremont and Casino Las Vegas, NEVADA’ etched inside a hexagon. Can you really call this a back design? Bee back cards favor gambling type sleights, so it fills its purpose.

Hotel Fremont : Bee AoS and Hotel Jokers
Hotel Fremont : Bee AoS and Hotel Jokers

Zarrow Shuffle: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○

You pull out an old deck. What kind of sleights are even possible with a beaten and used casino deck. Assuming … its used. It looks clean to me…but that’s something else. You start doing cuts. And a few riffle shuffles. Make sure they’re zarrow shuffles. But no one would think that…they think you’re being stupid. Using casino cards…for magical effects…

—Comments

Hotel Fremont
Hotel Fremont

-Hotel Fremont! As far as vintage casino cards go. This one is available and has a good price to match it on Ebay. Of course, having white bordered casino cards (nuggets?) favor magic…but at the cost of price…maybe not…Nice box design. Simple Hotel Fremont with 4 suits on the front. Cant’ even tell they’re bee cards from the box. Excellent. Gets a plus in my list. Should go hunt down some more eventually.

–Kudos ♪♫

Absolut Deck

Its Monday, post earlier, since I’m gone during the evening. I find that the average post takes me about half an hour. Not bad for a time commitment of sorts.

Name: Absolut Deck
Date: 5.25.2009

Cost: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
At the time of this post, Ebay is your only bet. Average cost of these decks is usually sitting in the 10$ range. I was able to get 5$ a deck on ebay…but that’s just me. They used to be cheaper. Supposedly. They probably won’t stay cheap though. Production stopped a few years back and such.

Absolut : Aos, Joker, Court Cards, Ad Card
Absolut : Aos, Joker, Court Cards, Ad Card

-The Court Cards; they be holding drinks. Difference betweens suits is the pips on their outfits. The Joker’s all out. AoS Is a little on the bold side. Ad Card is a nice addition for ad/collectible purposes.

Absolut : Pips have drink recipes on them.
Absolut : Pips have drink recipes on them.

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Ebay again. And diminishing supply.

Absolut : Absolut Hold Recipe
Absolut : Absolut Hold Recipe

Life/Finish: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○
The finish. Its PLASTIC. Plastic means it basically lasts forever. Unless you’re willingly crimping them. Don’t do it. After a month of use, dropping it on a table, the deck still lands full flat. No odd bends to them. Pretty good if you want to have something to use forever. Pretty bad if you want to do fans and spreads. Pretty good if you want to do cuts and XCM. Pretty bad if you want a non plastic deck. On a side note, the box is kinda unstable. Like the lid. Don’t do box flips. The cards come flying out.

Faro: ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
They’re PLASTIC. Plastic is bad.

Back Design: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○

Absolut : Back + AoS
Absolut : Back + AoS

Blue and silver in a white border. Vodka bottle in the middle. Uhm. That vodka bottle in the middle makes it one way. So do all the clubs and spades running north to south. But that’s not why you’re using them of course. Pretty. I told my friends there were hearts on the back
They didn’t see them behind the vodka bottle. .. .. .. Still. Kudos to Absolut for a good advertising product.

Center Double: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○

Absolut : Easy does it.
Absolut : Easy does it.

Plastics cards are super thin. In addition they ‘stick’ to each other. Doubles don’t get any easier then this. Well, at least the center double I use.

Comments

Absolut : Spread
Absolut : Spread

-Absolut Vodka. I wouldn’t drink these cards, since… I don’t drink. But they have drink recpies on them. 10 of them. Repeated on all four suits. Not that you would use this deck for drinking games or anything. Plasticky. Good for XCM, unless you count fans and spreads as XCM. Rarara…uhhh I personally like them. I don’t need more though since they last.

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