So, I'm fully aware the the primary point for these trip reports is for Vegas trips. I wanted to take this opportunity to write up a quick trip report about my recent one night stint at Rincon so I can see how it goes. I want to try to do a full trip report for my two upcoming Vegas trips. I had complained earlier that my first trip to Harrah's Rincon in September was not a pleasant one. I had a comp'd room and $100 in food credits. When I checked in, I was not informed that this could not be used for alcohol. Long story short, all of the alcohol was charged to my card that I had left at check-in. When I called to inquire, they apologized, but couldn't undo it because of CA law. They offered me another comp'd night and a $75 FOOD credit. Since I'm heading to Vegas in a couple of days and since Rincon was offering a 7x multiplier day for Diamond TR card holders, I thought I could go and spend a night, warm up and earn some extra comp dollars. It's only an hour or so drive, so it's not too far out of my way. I got there around 1pm and got checked in no problem. I originally booked a 2 Queen bed in the Spa Tower because I thought I might have a few buddies show up after the Charger game. They bailed so I was offered a King bed in the 'new' Garden Tower. The room was serviceable and was similar to many Vegas style rooms. I had some issues getting the in room internet hooked up. Engineering came up and had to pull the entire TV stand out to find the cable and properly hook it up. Apparently the jack next to the desk that I was plugging into is some sort of phone jack with an ethernet size plug. I found this out because Security called up to the room and asked if I was ok. They said they got a 'number' of emergency calls. Oops! After I got fully settled in, I went down to the floor. I had recently lost a TON of money playing BJ with my online, off-shore sports book. Thankfully, it was money that I had 'made' there and wasn't really money out of my pocket. The gains were never realized, but it was still painful. This put a slight damper on the 'fun' of gambling for this short warm-up. Anyway, I played some VP and hit one 4OAK but nothing else of mention. I tried a few other slots (I normally only play the tables) and couldn't get in the groove. I lost $100 of the $500 I brought. By this time, I'm starting to get hungry but the buffet & the oyster/steak place weren't open yet. I was going to head back up to the room, but I finally found where the Diamond Lounge was. I head in, and they have hors d'oeuvres (sp?) being passed. It was a small styrofoam plate with 2 meatballs, 2 chunks of cheese and 2 mini calzones. It wasn't bad. They also had a soda machine and a popcorn machine. I sat at the bar and they had the TV on ESPN2 and switched it to the Sunday Night Football game when that started. Brandy was a great bartender and served me $4.25 Heineken's for the whole game. She did a great job of handling all of the 'non-English speaking clients' who came up to get bottled water, Red Bull or Sugar-Free Red Bull, always 2 at a time. Everything but alcohol is comp'd. I can't believe how much Red Bull these folks can put down. Quite amazing if you ask me!!! I chatted with a nice couple for a while. I didn't try the deserts that came out at 8. I left just before 9 when they shut down. I hit the casino floor. BJ payouts weren't posted on the felt or on the signage anywhere. I asked one of the double-deck tables if it was 3:2. It wasn't. It was even money on the double-deck and the "Fun 21". Whatever that is. He told me all the other tables were 3:2. I found a seat and bought in for $200. Walked away with $885 after about an hour. I went back up to the room to drop off some cash and went right back down. I think I bought in for (I think) $500 and lost it after a short while. Back to the room to regroup and then back down. This time I bought in for (I think) $200 and walked away with $1000. This was at 11:30. Back to the room and then back down. This is my normal routine in Vegas too. It's how I regroup when I am up or down. It helps keep my losses small and my gains in my pocket. I decided I needed to use up some of this $75 so I checked out my options for food. Now, because it's so late, the only thing open is Cafe. I enter through the Diamond line and go mostly ignored to get a seat. I finally walk up to someone and ask what I need to do to get a table. They seat me immediately. I order a Bacon Cheese Burger, Medium-Rare with fries an an iced tea. I was told the lowest I could get the burger cooked was Medium-Well. Hmmm... I'm sure this is going to turn out well. Sure enough the burger comes out scorched. It was literally crispy and only filled about 2/3 of the bun. The fries were pretty good and the iced tea was freshly brewed. I could tell because it was warm as there wasn't enough ice to cool it down. My waiter was great, but was getting worked over by this lady at the next table over who was still wearing her Bluetooth headset at midnight in a casino. I tipped cash and went to pay. I asked to speak to a manager and informed her that the food sucked and that Jose was doing a great job but that customer was being a pain. Up another $900 and I cash it out at 1:39. Drink service on the floor was poor and shuts down at 2. Back to the room and then back down. I sat down at a table with a new dealer that I hadn't seen all night. I lost $400 QUICK and decided to call it a night. I woke up at 6 and couldn't really fall back to sleep. Business calls start getting routed to my phone at 8 so I was up, showered and ready to go by then. I was hungry and was hoping to grab a breakfast buffet. No luck. Other then the coffee shop, my only option was the Cafe again. Great. I was seated promptly this time, but didn't get silverware or a drink order for over 10 minute. There was only one waitress trying to cover an entire half of the restaurant. It wasn't her fault, but it still didn't make me feel good about things. I ordered a coffee & orange juice, fruit salad bowl and their 2 egg breakfast, over easy, with bacon, potatoes and wheat toast. The fruit bowl came quick with my drinks and it was quite good. A lot of good melon and strawberries. It took a while for my breakfast to come out and when it did, it looked ok. The eggs were cooked well, but the potatoes were warm at best. The bacon tasted like the microwave stuff, which isn't bad in a pinch, but wasn't what I was hoping for this morning. I went to pick up a piece of toast and the 'butter' was literally dripping off of it. I had to take the back of the knife to get the excess off. I gave up on the breakfast plate and ate more fruit and asked for my check. Went back up to the room to pack. Took my bags out to the car then came back in to check out. I actually had Monday comp'd too, but couldn't use it as I had our house-sitter coming over later in the day for a walk-through for when she takes care of things when we're gone for Vegas and Christmas. No problems checking out early, but I wasn't able to use my TR credits to pay the $11 for the internet. I was told that it was "non-comp'able". Oh well. Overall, with all the beers, tips, etc. I ended up with $1500 in my pocket. A $1000 profit. Not noted above was a $197.50 cash out on a Gold Fish machine. I know I fed at least $140 or more into that thing for it though. I was playing max bet which was $3.50 on a $0.02 machine! This is the ONLY slot machine I enjoy playing because of the 'Fishy Food' bonuses. Obviously, my math probably doesn't match up properly. I recored all of my 'wins' by taking a picture of my chips before I cashed them out. I already know that I need to keep better record of what I sit down with. Thanks for taking the time to read and feel free to leave any comments on how I might be able to improve my next ACTUAL Vegas Trip Report!!! As you can see below, my trip is coming up SOON!!!