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3 nights downtown

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by vbound, Jan 15, 2016.

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  1. vbound

    vbound Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Hello everyone,
    I've been on this site for a while, mostly lurking, so I decided to post a short trip report. We were in Vegas from January 7th, through the 10th and we had a blast. My wife and I were celebrating our 22nd anniversary, so what better place to celebrate this then in Vegas? We flew out on Thursday, and after only a one hour delay ( thanks Allegiant) we were on our way. My plan had been to get in at 9:30 PM, be downtown by 10:15; check in and head over to the Golden Nugget 10:00 PM tourney. Of course we were about an hour late, so we didn't make it on time.
    We were staying at the Fremont (3 nights comped) and check in was a breeze. We jumped on the craps table for about an hour (I think) before getting bored (or losing my money). I then convinced my wife that we should try some poker. I then rushed over to the GD for some poker. My wife and I jumped into the 1/2 no limit- talk about a shark pit. I bought in for $150 and started to run the table (or so I thought). I thought to myself, this is easy, I bet, they fold. Honestly, within about an hour I was up to about $300. Disclaimer: this is about 8 beers in about 2.5 hours- So I'm feeling no pain. I was bullet proof. I've only been in town for a few hours, so I'm thinking its about 1 in the morning and these guys are grinders, so they don't want to lose- I on the other hand, don't care. That's why I'm here- to have fun.

    Karma hits me
    There's about 8 players with about 2 deep stacks (1000+) and I'm playing like a wild man and making some bank. Feeling cocky, I look at the guy with the most chips and tell him, "Wow, those chips are pretty." Of course he was surprised and responded (with a bewildered look , "that's the first time that anyone has said that to me." I then followed up with, "no one has ever admired your stack before?"
    I know, poor choice of words..
     
  2. vbound

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    So, a few hands later. I think that I am pushing him around with my two pairs. I just know that I got him. (sorry I forgot what I had, but...) I kept betting thinking that he would fold because after all, he's trying to make a living, and I just simply don't care. When I bet after the turn, he yelled at me, "what do you have? Are you on a straight draw?" Now, I think about it, there was no straight draw on the board, but of course then I was thinking, I GOT HIM! I bet again. So of course after the river I pushed all in- quick call and he shows me his quad 6's. I was like WTF??? but oh well. The guy looks at me and says he is sorry and if he could at least buy me a beer? He tosses me six bucks and my first inclination is to throw them back at him and yell, "I don't need your F%^ckin charity, but then I was like, wait, I could use a beer..
     
  3. vbound

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    So after that loss, I jumped to the table where my wife was, where I proceeded to lose another $200. After that, my wife dragged me away to get some sleep.
     
  4. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    That's pretty classic Vegas. :beer:
     
  5. Porkchop

    Porkchop Low-Roller

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    lol :haha:

    Always best to keep your cool. :)
     
  6. pollyspa

    pollyspa MIA

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    Hi, how do you get 3 nights comped? Are you a whale/big gambler? Thanks
     
  7. vbound

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    I wouldn't say that I'm a whale. I average about $40 on the craps table, but I will share what I do -
    Several year's ago at the Vegas Club, one of the pit bosses told my wife and I that we should not each have our own player's card- that we should pool our money into one. Since my wife and I play craps together, it's easy for us. So, rather than buying in at the table for $200 or $300, I buy in for 4 or $600. I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not, but we usually get free night offers pretty regularly. This time around we also received 2 $15 food vouchers which paid for 2 breakdast buffets a piece. The Fremont is also our Boyd home property. I know that the 2x odds is not the best, but I really like the vibe at the craps tabkes there. They don't hassle players- in fact they encourage our playing.
     
  8. vbound

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    forgot to mention: that after I buy in, I split the $ with my wife and proceed to play. I've never been given a hard time about doing that.
     
  9. vbound

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    Friday 1-8-16

    My wife and I wake up around 10 AM, hit the shower, get dressed and head downstairs to the buffet. I think the food was good- I realized later that I was still intoxicated- so the morning is pretty much a blur. My wife and I had decided to check out bingo at the Plaza, so we headed out there to play at the 11:00 AM session. We opted for the computers and then I proceeded to sit there staring at the screen for an hour. I came close a few times, but no win. Initially, at 46 years old, I was the youngest person there- then some younger people showed up. Overall, it's $49 and an hour of my life that I will never get back. My recomendation: Dont play if you're halfway between drunk and hangover and in retrocpect I shoild have played the paper version to make it more interactive.

    After that, we headed back to the Fremont. Once we get there, I looked at my wife and told her I needed to go up to the room and rest. Her response, "Seriuosly?" Yup- I'm beat. So, I hand her my player's card and head up to the room for a nap. I have to say, that's a first for me- man, I must be getting old.
    Will pick up the report after my nap.
     
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    Enjoying the TR.
     
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  11. Danamrak

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    Sounds like an interesting trip so far. How are the rooms at the Fremont?
     
  12. casinokid68

    casinokid68 Low-Roller

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    Goodness, that is a pretty long nap!!!:snore:
     
  13. vbound

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    Continued

    Sorry- meant that I would pick up the story from the nap on.
    After the nap, the wife and I got into our fancy clothes (celebrating our 22nd) and hit the streets. I was a little hungry and couldn't wait until our 6:00 PM reservation at Hugo's, so off to my favorite diner Dupar's for the must have shrimp cocktail. I love eating there- great food for a great price. I had the cocktail, the wife had a slice of coconut pie. After our snacks we hit the craps table where we quickly lost $100 a piece! Took about 12 minutes- flat.

    After the Golden Gate we headed to the El Cortez. Has anyone noticed the half naked, bufffed guys manning the photo booth out past the D? First off, I'm secure in my manhood- so no judging. Second, They're really buff. Almost to the point where every, 45 year old, over weight, balding man hates them. Anyway, I digress, the reason I mention these really buff guys, ok, is that like the third or fourth time that I mention that they were buffed? Dang it, back to the story...
    So we're walking by there and we noticed that there were two ladies taking pictures with them- one young (daughter?) and the other older ( mother? almost grandmother?). We were shocked and amused at the pictures they were taking. Imagine a foursome and anything goes. I thought it was cool and liberating- my wife? Not so much. Hey, Vegas right?
    We then headed over to El Cortez and I made a mental note of the location of Cous Cous (Mediterranean restaurant) and Banger Brewery. At El Cortez, my wife played some slots and I just sat next to her listening to music. Around 5:30 we decided to see if Hugo's Cellar would let us in earlier than our reservation. No problem- we were quickly seated and served our drinks- wife had wine, I had Blue Moon. I ordered escargot to start us off and convinced my wife to try some for the first time.

    Wife: what is it?
    Me: snails
    Wife: hell no
    Me: they taste like mushrooms
    Wife: OK- I'll try it. munch, munch. hmmm. That's not bad.
    Me: told you so
    Wife: give me another..

    If you've never had the escargot at Hugo's (4 Queens) I recommend it. They're cooked in a garlic butter and have a little breading/pastry? on top. They're very tasty. Next up was our table side salad that's prepared by your own waiter (actually, each table gets 3 waiters- very fancy). I had the vignaigrette with everything except tomatoes. I even tried anchovies. Very rich, salty, fishy taste that went great with my salad. They were on the side, so I chose how much I wanted.
    For the main course we each had a rib eye steak. I ordered medium well, the wife: well done. When they came out, they gave mine to my wife and hers to me. Aside from that little mix-up the steaks were perfect. Around this time my buddy and his wide are texting us to join them at the 7:00 PM poker tournament at the Golden Nugget. We hurried through desert - We were served a complimentary Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream with Happy Anniversay written in chocolate on the plate. Once I figure out how to add pictures- I will add a picture of it.
    Next up: the tournament at the Golden Nugget and another night of craps...
     
  14. vbound

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    My wife and I like staying there- nothing fancy, but bed is comfortable. We also like staying at the Fremont because of it's location- always an easy walk to any other Casino and the staff are friendly.
     
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    Here are some pics:
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    sorry- don't know how to rotate the pics
     
  16. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good stuff so far. Are the pics appearing sideways if you view them on your computer first? You may have to rotate them in a picture viewing program before uploading.
     
  17. lylesvegas

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    Love the details !!
     
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    So we head over to the Golden Nugget for the 7:00 PM tournament. It had about 30 players, so 3 tables going. Tournament was uneventful, but fun. I was at a table with a fun group that kept ribbing each other in good fun. No hurt feelings. I think the highlight of the night was the big stack cash table. There was about 8 players with what looked like thousands of dollars in front of them, mostly wads of $100s. Let's just say that security guards were hovering over that table like secret service men. I made it past the break and down to about 17 players when I busted out. I met my wife and friends and headed over to Fremont for some craps. We played until about 2:00 in the morning when the misses told me it was time to go to bed- so no late late night for me. The next day, Saturday, we headed out to the outlets. We took the express and ended up at the South Outlets- not our favorite. After about an hour or two there we caught the bus back to downtown. As I was hungry we went to Cous Cous, the small Mediterranean restaurant out past the Heart Attack Grill. I had the Gyro- which we really good. I recommend it if you're ever downtown. Of course, wouldn't you know it, but Banger Brewery is right next door- so we had to try it. I really liked it. My wife actually had a beer (raspberry ale) with me and she hardly drinks. It's a real nice atmosphere and all they have is beer and TV's. What more could you ask for? After eating, my wife reminded that we still needed to go to the North Outlets- so away we went. We didn't buy anything so we headed to Planet Hollywood (on the bus) because our friends had sat at a timeshare presentation to get tickets to the Variety Show. It's actually a pretty good show. The main hosts are some Argentinian gauchos that are very funny and entertaining. If you have some time to kill and don't want to pay a lot. I recommend it. It's a nice way to relax for an hour.
     
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