Off the Table: Excavate This!

by , Mar 24, 2009 | 9:29 am

Every once in a while we come across something in Las Vegas that has nothing to do with poker, but still, every poker player should know about it … (and when we happen to learn about it from a writer for PokerNews — thanks, Garry! — all the better).

Check out the Big Dig Adventure — which might even be better than shooting off machine guns (a popular offering here in LV) when it comes to shaking off a bad beat or plotting vigilante justice for Russ Hamilton and slowrollers. It’s basically a one-of-its-kind Brobdingnagian sandbox where, for less than $100, you get two hours of moving dirt with heavy Caterpillar-brand construction equipment — bulldozers, skid-loaders, and hydraulic claw-arm excavators. They also have “dozer races” and a high-roller option where you can run over, flip, and crush cars. I gotta think that’s a little more fun than taking out your frustrations by raising with 4-7 in middle position … and it’s good to see something pop up in these tough economic times to fill the entertainment void left by the after-poker shutdown of The Real Deal.

More details from our old pals at Thrillist here.

14 Comments to “Off the Table: Excavate This!”

  1. Poker Shrink

    Well at least all that construction equipment is not getting rusty.

  2. Pauly

    wow, you must really be hurtin’ for content, or the OXY just kicked in…

  3. DanM

    Please Pauly, this is artistic commentary on the state of the Las Vegas construction economy, which clearly has a residual impact on poker players.

    And really, how is it not one of the coolest things ever? I’m sure someone pokery will end up using it for the backdrop to a prop-betting vid. The least I could do is share it with them.

    In fact, I was kinda thinking an excavator could add a whole new element to lime tossing, but whatever … you do your thing, I’ll do mine. Don’t you have some band to write about?

  4. Uncle Ray

    I call your bulldozer and raise you a frontloader.

    Did you ever get the idea that it’s a scam? In 6 months the whole place will be dug out for a construction project and the contractor actually got people to PAY HIM for the privilege of doing his work for him.

    And not only did he not have to hire union labor, he didn’t hire ANY labor. He CHARGED people to do his work.

    All he has to do when he is done is move to the next site and start over again. Pretty slick.

  5. BJ Nemeth

    Big deal. The Navy let me do all this construction stuff for free.*

    * Plus eight-year commitment with the possibility of going to war.

  6. DanM

    BJ, re you claiming this isn’t newsworthy?

    And Uncle Ray, new-Grandpa-to-be … you ARE getting more cynical. This place is totally legit — Garry took a date and everything — and it’s basically an equipment renter who doesn’t have the customers he used to, so he came up with something new and fun that works in the current economy? Is that bad?

  7. BJ Nemeth

    Not at all, Dan. I think driving heavy-duty construction equipment is something that every red-blooded American man should do at some point. But digging in a giant sandbox is a lot less fun than actually demolishing and/or building something.

  8. DanM

    you can demolish cars!

  9. BJ Nemeth

    I didn’t see anything on their website about dozer races or crushing cars. What’s your source on that?

  10. DanM

    read the thrillist article, dude! (i tipped them off to the story — via garry gates — and they did the work.)

    and the pricing deals for the extra fun is on their site, under “book your adventure.”

  11. Uncle Ray

    I was just joking, Dan. I had read the Thrillist article this morning. It seems like a cool idea.

    Then I started thinking about all the construction that seemed to constantly go on in Vegas. I figured, what a way to cut expenses!

    So the questions are, how far out of town is it? Who owns the property that the site is located on? And is it an area that looks like it might be developed when the economy is better?

  12. Uncle Ray

    Comment Update. Aunt Sue wants to go. Just add this to the long list of things she wants to do on every trip to Vegas.

    Of course, visiting with you is always #1 on the list.

  13. Poker Shrink

    So no bowling this summer, instead the media drunks go out for midnight excavating.

  14. Gordon

    This is the old don’t knock it ’till you try it. Once you are in the cab of an excavator such as these you’ll change your tune.

    And project managers are not paying for free labor to dig their trenches, fuel prices are way to expensive (not to mention the bonuses they get for meeting time deadlines on projects) to let amateurs poke around in the dirt.

    And why shouldn’t you talk about things other than poker on a poker blog? You don’t talk about other things at the poker table?