I got back recently from a 2 part trip to Vegas, staying at 4 different places, all comped. I stayed 3 nights at Venetian then 2 at ElCortez. I left town for a few days and then came back and stayed 2 nights at Cosmo, and 3 at Luxor. I've read a bunch of trip reports, but haven't yet written one. If I could write as well as Flusher I'd write up a witty report of my stay. But I can't; so I'll just post pics of my wins along with some commentary. I spent most of my gambling time playing video poker. Mostly multi-line dollar, some multi-line-quarter when the paytables weren't so good. I started my trip at Venetian and they have the last original Star Trek game that I know of. That may be my favorite slot machine of all time and I spent a bunch of time on that. This trip I got the biggest win I've had on the Star Trek game. The game occasionally triggers a mini 'bonus' after a win. I got one that changed all the winning symbols to a single symbol. In this case it changed them to the jackpot symbol. That doesn't happen often, but it picked a good time, as I already had one, and it lead to 2 or 3 full-line jackpots, for a $450 win on a 70 cent bet. I had two other big wins at Venetian , both on quarter VP. The first was Aces-w-kicker on DDB. The second was a dealt 4-to-a-royal when playing 3 hands. When I drew, the first hand got a queen of the right color but wrong suit; the second hand got the right queen! But despite those hands I still managed to leave the Venetian down a bit. The next two days were spent at ElCortez. There my game of choice there is 3-way-action. That game is 3 games in one. You get paid based on the deal, based on the 5-card draw, and then you get 2 additional cards and get paid based on that. It's 90 credits to get the full payback (which is a bit over 99%) but I play nickels, for $4.50 a spin. I had a nice run there. Twice I managed to get the royal on the 7th card, and got a couple other good hits. Every time you hit a win over $200/$300 at ElCortez you get a slip (if you're willing to wait to flag someone down) which you can turn in for a small gift or freeplay (usually $10). I think I had 6 or 7 by the time I left and was up nicely. I also played a bit at 4-Queens while eating lunch in Chicago Brewing Company. That was fun, but like last time all I did was lose. I then left Vegas and came back the following week, starting with 2 days at Cosmo. There I played lots of $1 video poker, mostly bonus poker. I'd usually play 3 lines but would 'parlay up' for a few hands after a nice win. The first day I wasn't doing much of that as I went on a terrible streak where I couldn't hit anything. The first time I sat down I went through $600 without getting a single quad. The next session I lost more than that while getting just one quad. At some point I switched to DDB (since I had to make up for the loss :^) and that was a big mistake. The next day started out just as bad, and soon I was down over $2500 having been there less than 24 hours. That's more than I'm usually willing to lose in a day but I was (well, had been) up. I headed back to the room to do something besides lose for a while. It was too cold for the pool so I decided to try out the Spa at Venetian, using a coupon I had received from my stay there. That was nice, but would have been nicer if all the hot tubs/whirlpools weren't closed. I stopped for dinner at Bacchanal Buffet on the way back, then tried my luck again. This time things went much better. I was dealt a single King and managed to pull a royal. The cards came up just slow enough so that after the 4th I saw I had 4-to-a-royal, and thought wouldn't it be great if I got the last card. I was surprised when it did, but then confused because the machine didn't lock up and start making noise, so I started checking again to see if I really had one. Then the machine stopped making the noises for the other hands and started playing the happy music. This was my 3rd dollar royal, all on 3-line spin-poker, and all on line 1. Maybe I should only play the first line. :^) Even after that hand I continued to do well. I switched to DDB for a while, played a couple hands at max bet and got a hand with 3 quads: My last 3 days were at Luxor I got a couple nice STP hits: 1) An unusual handpay on a full house (a dealt full-house with a 10X multiplier while playing 3-lines ), for $1200. 2) A handpay on a dealt a dealt wild royal flush with a 5X multiplier. 3) I played some quarter STP at Aria (after having dinner at their buffet), and while playing 2-line DDB got a dealt quad with a 10X multiplier) For added excitement, on all of those the multiplier came up on the last or next-to-last card, so I got to root for the needed card while waiting for the multiplier. Continuing the dealt quad theme, I played bonus Quick Quads at MGM one night, got dealt quick-quads while playing 3 hands, then another after increasing to 4. With one exception I didn't do any fancy meals (I've already mentioned a couple of buffets). The one fancy meal I did was at Luxor. I went to Tender at Luxor and got their $90 Wagyu filet. It was really disappointing. It just didn't have much flavor. I should have gone to Craftsteak. And a couple other wins from the end of the trip: That's about it. I had a good time and in the end I left a winner. Even without the royal I would have been up a bit. What more can you ask for.