Preview: People: My Brother and I, Oklahoma boys in our late 20s. Lodging: SLS and MBay Dining: Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang at Crystals, Border Grill, RedSquare, Ri Ra, 550 Pizza Spa: Four Seasons Gambling: Craps, blackjack, NL Hold em Aria Daily Tourney, VP, Pai Gow My brother and I took a trip to Vegas in late September, Friday through Tuesday, with him leaving on Monday. We flew from different airports and met in Vegas. Flight was uneventful. We stayed at Mandalay Bay on a comp in the standard room for Saturday through Tuesday. Due to scheduling changes with our jobs, we opted to arrive a day early on Friday, but last minute bookings at MB were $400/nt. Since I didn’t feel that was worth it, we opted to check out the new SLS for just the Friday night. Brother beat me to SLS, and I got there at about 9 pm. He had already checked in and said it was painless. I really liked the room, which was a Story Double with a great view south to Wynn and beyond. It was the most ‘modern’ room I had ever stayed in, but everything was in perfect condition. Huge TV to compliment the large lit up mirror on the wall of the room. Bathroom was well designed and well appointed with nice soft towels and good toiletries. Also had an intimacy kit, so what more do you need? Would definitely stay in this room again. One complaint – the wallpaper in the hall was really trippy. Don’t do acid and stay here – it could have nasty consequences. After dropping my bags in the room, we were off to the casino floor. The place was packed and the vibe was great. It was somewhat difficult walking around with that many people, but it was worth it for the suspenseful people watching – for many of the women, I was unsure if it was gonna fall out the top or bottom first! I felt it was my duty to keep an eye out to warn anyone of wardrobe malfunctions. Just doing my part, you guys. Started out at craps. I was surprised for a Saturday night that two of the tables were $5 min and were packed. We nudged in, and I bought in for $200. It was a bleeding session, never getting ahead. An hour later, we walked away and I was $100 down but 3 beers ahead. Combined with those on the flight, I was feeling decent. It had been awhile since either of us had been downtown, so we cabbed it there. Again, it was hopping. We ducked in and out of each casino making our way from The D until we got to the Golden Gate. Craps was packed but had two spots relatively close together, so we hopped on and just yelled across the gentleman between us (Sorry sir!). Before I even had my chips back, the waitress was already taking my order, so I knew we were going to make great friends. Had a Guinness within a couple of minutes, and I asked her to bring another by whenever she had a chance. 2 minutes later she was back! Per casino policy (her story, not sure if it was the truth or she was just trying to peer pressure me) I could only have 1 glass at a time, forcing me to chug the first. Not being one to back down (unsure who was my nemesis), I asked her to bring another next time she came by. This time she was nice enough to wait 3 minutes, then we were off to the races. I don’t remember much more from this night, but I do remember losing $100 at craps within 30 minutes and walking over to play blackjack. No seats except at the $25 table, so I went to Freebet blackjack. Different waitress, which didn’t work to my advantage, but I guess that’s what makes you appreciate the good ones! Also saw Derek Stevens, which is always cool. He was smokin a fattie and drinking with his entourage, but was kind enough to shake my hand and accept my extremely drunken compliments of his establishments (The D and Golden Gate). Won a quick $160 at Freebet by betting $10 pressing as high as $50. I was missing my brother (and my new generous friend!) so I went back to craps and ended up essentially even, winning another $40. By this time it was 3 am, so we headed back to SLS and went to bed. Will write up more tomorrow!