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23 Days in Vegas/Laughlin

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by dewey089, Aug 19, 2009.

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  1. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    My Trip Report

    The advantage of bringing a computer to Vegas is that even without WiFi all the details of the trip can be recorded. The disadvantage is that it makes for much to much to read. Overall, I had a fine time at Tuscany, Plaza, and the Edgewater in Laughlin, but I lost more often than I won, playing live poker and VP. For a frugal gambler, this was my toughest gambling score. Ended down $1877. However, with a daily average of $5 for transportation, $12 for hotel, $under 12 for food, the trip cost me on average $110 a day so I suppose it still competes with other vacations.
    Slowly I'll glean from all my notes threads of some interest for posting.
    But if you like reading every detail, I posted here on my blog:

    http://vegasbirthdaybash.blogspot.com/

    It is not sequential, but organized under titles like GAMBLING, FOOD, BUS INFO, so skim readers might find something of interest. Just skip the first post that is about the origin of the expression "Vegas, baby" and you have my posts detailing 23 days.

    Sorry, no photos. One camera burned out on me in one August trip, so I don't carry the camera anymore.
     
  2. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Lots and lots of poker!
    Good read...thank you Dewey!:cheers:
     
  3. DonD

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    Well done Dewey! :nworthy:
    For my next trip report, I'll send you my notes and you can write it for me. You do one hell of a job. It was great meeting you.
     
  4. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    Thanks Don. I did not make it to Firefly. Went up one night and it had a private party. Hmmmmmm. That is one good idea, dancing right there in the bubble.

    And thanks for the omelet and the connection for the free ticket. That sure helped make a losing trip less expensive.

    You are a fine fellow.

    (And I haven't been drinking anything except black cherry seltzer)

    I'll be looking at Plaza rates again next trip, but if they do all the renovation they are talking about perhaps I'll be priced out.

    My new frugal target is the Gold Spike which went for $9 a night. I scoped it out and can see that getting from the El Cortez late night poker game and back to the GS room without any street issues. If the economy is not too improved by next August, I may mix and match the Spike with Cabana rooms. That would be one easy check in and check out.

    That Plaza 2-4 game was really fine. Great dealers and loose players. It attracts mostly tourists, probably because it does not run all day long and the rake is a bit more than Binions. It sure paid me off this time. Unlike VP, low poker rakes do not always indicate the best game because experienced players flock to the low raked games.

    Rat Pack is Back was really fine.

    Maybe I'll see you next trip.
     
  5. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    re: my nephew.
    He lives in Henderson, so dieting was easier than you might think. Although I was surprised he passed up a free meal.
     
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    very informative read. wish my trip could be for 23 days instead of a minimalistic 4 days. I think i may try to get down to Laughlin this trip I have Sunday free.
     
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    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    For poker I suggest the 2-4-6 Edgewater game over the 2-6 games. Much more soft. Also they have a morning tournament for $25 and no rebuys. Nice dealers and that six on the river tightens up the game.

    Watch out for late night guys coming in and urging you to get over buttons. Stick to the limit until you are sure you can beat them in no limit.
     
  8. BubbaD

    BubbaD Tourist

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    i appreciate that and all the insight i receive on this board, but i would be lying if I said that I play poker. I am one of those idiots that loves to give the house my money with Roulette, fortunately i have always done fairly well at it, and it doesnt waste any of the 3 braincells i have left.!! My wife is very fortunate on slot machines as well
     
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    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    Well, no single zero wheels in Laughlin as far as I know. The strat used to have one. Roulette is a tough game.

    Good luck. Hope you like Laughlin.
     
  10. VegasDiva

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    Interesting read

    I went to Laughlin for first time last October, took a bus tour thingy from the IP to the Colorado Belle......had a buffet included in the mix too

    was ok a smaller Vegas lol

    one day wouldn't mind a 23 day trip either lol
     
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    doffs cap.

    nice report sir and thanks for capturing the small details!
     
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    News is that perhaps by January the new DTC will be build. I saw the site. I am not very pleased. I won't be walking to it while staying downtown. Also, all the routes will change. There will be a new as yet unestablished route called the ACE bus. I guess it could make bus riding better, but I don't trust that it will. I expect that the 108 will still loop downtown. I hope the 116 will too.

    Just wondering where this new DTC will be. Is it really in such a place that you won't walk to it for safety reasons? The current one is no picnic, but I feel safe walking from the FSE to it.

    And say goodbye to our old friend the 116. Per the News and Information column at www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/ it is proposed for elimination. :cry:
     
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    Great report Dewey!

    Like you I am mourning the loss of the .50/$1 NL game on the Poker Pro tables at the Excalibur. I will be heading to Vegas in a few weeks an will try the Excalibur "live" room.

    Now that the bet limits have been raised to $100 here in Colorado I found a nice .50/$1 game at the Gilpin Casino and Black Hawk. The game, although with a limit of a $100 bet at one time, plays exactly like a NL game. I really enjoy it.

    The funny thing is, with the offers from Vegas being what they are, I can travel there and spend 5 nights at the NYNY for about the same price I can drive to Black Hawk and spend the same amount of time there. They just don't offer room discounts poker players. Anyway, if your ever in our area try out the Gilpin.
     
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    I am certain that there will be some discussion here about the new DTC. I saw the site. They were beginning work. I can't tell you exactly where it was by streets, but it was along the 108 route just out of the downtown area and it did not look street safe to me, but perhaps I am wrong. It was not a short walk from downtown either or near other open businesses or restaurants.

    The way I heard it, it was not so much a place they wanted to go with the buses, but that they were forced by the Mayor to leave the current location and so it was the best they could find.

    Also, this ACE route looks like it goes down Las Vegas Blvd. What good it that? That is the street we are trying to avoid by taking these local buses.
    I don't know. Some local will let us in the the details once the place is built and the routes are operational, but I am tired of so much change in Vegas that a thing learned is good for maybe one more trip and then all changed.

    I am looking to try to stay where I can use the Flamingo bus, thinking that will stay fairly as it is. When I stay downtown, I'll just play there. But it may well be a year before I get back now as we are planned through March with other travels.

    We will need to start up some good bus threads after January. It is all premature now.
     
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    I am going back in January and I will see what I can find out.
     
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    I just discovered the 116 last trip, it saved so much time. I could catch it in front of the old train display on Main street by MSS....skipped all the traffic and skirted the strip, crossed at TI and then went up the east side of the strip to the airport.

    Perfection to get anywhere in town when staying at MSS (I caught shuttles at the Fashion Square Mall to M, shuttles at the airport to Red Rock and other station casinos, I could catch the Deuce at Spring Mountain, I could catch the Flamingo or Tropicana busses without messing with the deuce if I was headed to the Palms or Orleans).

    I just discovered it and now it's destined to doom! Well, if anyone has any other bus tips, I'd love to hear them, hate renting a car due to the expense and it sits there parked most of the time.

    Thanks for the great report Dewey, loved the detail. Sorry about the heavy losses. I've had a lot of luck at VP and I'm still down lifetime, but now when you throw in the fact I can stay 40 or 50 nights without paying for a room etc. (though at $9 a night, what am I really saving vs. your approach of paying for rooms and thus no play expectations, a great concept I should consider. Sometimes my free room costs me $500).

    I enjoyed every word, especially how you sized up your poker opponents and all. I'd love to play poker with you, but I'll sit out the few hands you stay in lol! Take care.
     
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    Do us a favor and post some of your adventures in the Getting There and Around section of this board. I started a comprehensive bus thread there.
    Think whether you have the 116 and the 108 numbers mixed in your memory. Those other routes and shuttles are not in my experience and I sure would like the details of those experiences.
    I don't think that the 108 is going to go away, but I am hoping that the new DTC does not end up in the middle of the trip from downtown to other areas.
     
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    Dude, you sure can do a detailed report. Thanks for your TR. Always enjoy your reports Dewey.

    later, GVJ
     
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    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Cool.


    Haven't been in the since Centre Stage closed, I guess the Sharon Stone/Robert de Niro booth and the Helen Hunt/Kevin Spacey booths are gone?
     
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