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6/9 - 6/12 Myvegas Frugal Trip

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by markr520, Jun 19, 2015.

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  1. markr520

    markr520 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    A little bit of backstory. My wife and I had our trip to Vegas planned out for about six months. About a month prior, my mom passed away, leaving us to wonder whether or not we should go. Then, we remembered back to the last time we were in Vegas was with my mom and she would have wanted us to go and enjoy ourselves.

    We departed Kansas City at 0530 on Tuesday 9 June to Las Vegas. We got in, got the bags, picked up our rental car and made our way to our first stop... the Casino Royale. Little did we know, their tables don't open up until 10. WTF!? So, its about 830 at this point, so we stop by the Luxor, the first of our three free nights thanks to Myvegas! We were unable to check in, but got our keys and would get a text when our room was available. To kill some time, we stopped by the Press that sells the Las Vegas Advisor and buy another book. I had already received one from this board thanks to Paul Bowdry!

    After this, my wife and I hit up the Gold Coast and Orleans to use our Matchplays. My wife ended up winning her two match plays and I hit one. She then hit a 4OAK on a dollar VP machine with her free play. Score!!!

    Then, we hit up the Aria buffet which was a pain since we didn't have a room number yet. After finally getting the MLife desk to help out, we ate our free buffets. Good... but not great. I was a little disappointed. Beautiful room, some items were really good and fresh, but some of the food just tasted really heavy to me.

    Afterwards, we hit up the Palms for more free match plays (we're on a strict budget, leave us alone!!!) and we both come out on the right side. At this point, we get a notice from Luxor that our room is ready. Thank goodness! The first room we go in has a great view from the pyramid, but smells like smoke. We are quickly re-roomed. Minor annoyance, but its alright. My wife goes down for a much needed nap and I take a quick tour of the Luxor pool area (I really liked it actually, much to my surprise), over to Mandalay Bay and drop 60 bucks in the Luxor casino. Oh well.

    After my wife wakes up, we then head to Ellis Island for dinner. My wife had an incredible burger with outstanding fries and I had the steak special. It was even better than I had ever remembered it being. Seriously, the cut of meat was so lean and delicious that I would have had it for every meal if my wife would have let me. That night, we hit up downtown to play a good chunk while each using our 3 25 dollar match plays. We went 3-3 which is not terrible. We had a 2 hour blackjack run at 4 Queens where we finally cashed out up about 80 bucks before heading to Golden Gate...only to lose it back. Sigh.

    After this, we realize we're still a wee bit hungry. I wanted some fancy dessert joint, but we settle on the Peppermill. What an awesome place. My wife said she was pretty hungry and I remember reading that the portion sizes were huge. After 15 minutes of awkward deliberation, we settle on the chicken tenders. Pretty generic selection... but man it tasted fantastic. And we both loved it and still had leftovers after we were done. End of day 1.

    Day 2 brought us out of the Luxor and over to Mandalay Bay for two free nights of staying thanks to Myvegas! MB was kind enough to let us check in early provided we didn't want a strip view... This was our third trip to Vegas and we knew we'd get better views later in the week, so we took a pool view. What an incredible view and nice to check in at 830 in the morning. After this, we head out to Red Rock for some free bowling, free brunch buffets (not after a long wait and some snooty hostesses), and some gambling (about even). We then saw San Andreas, which we both really enjoyed, but it provided us with a little bit of a scare since later that night, we'd be going on our own helicopter ride! Not the movie to help put you at ease! Looking back on Red Rock, its an all encompassing wonderful and beautiful resort that my mom would have loved. Bingo, bowling, great eating, movies, keno would have kept her entertained for an entire vacation without having to property hop.

    After hitting the resort, we drove through the stretch on 159 to 160. Beautiful views of the Canyon. I'm sure the scenic loop would have been just as amazing, but we were running a little short on time at this point since we spent more time at RR Resort than we anticipated. Regardless, we really enjoyed the scenery.

    After changing clothes at MB and enjoying our room/view, we go out for the evening. We hit up the Pub at Monte Carlo with our F&B credit. My wife has the largest plate of nachos mankind has ever seen, some great craft beers, and I have their delicious prime rib sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries and Marshamllow Sauce. Oh my amazing combo.

    During our time there, we're watching the Blackhawks game in the second/third period. It's 1-1 going into the third period, so I run to the sports book real quick and make a wager on the Hawks to be the first team to score. Nothing extravagant, but the 15 dollar bet was well worth it as they put the biscuit in the basket early in the third period. The place went CRAZY. At the end of the game, the place was a free for all with the Lightning getting almost 10 shots off in the last minute and the Hawks holding on. Holy pasta fagioli great atmosphere.

    We then headed to Maverick Helicopters for my birthday present--a nighttime tour of the strip! It was a first class effort all the way around from champagne, comfy waiting area and spacious copters. Neither of us had ever been on a helicopter before and seeing the strip at night all lit up was a once-in-a-lifetime never forget experience.

    After that, we further got our parenting nerd on by going to play some mini golf before realizing our bodies were still on Midwest time and it's about 2:00 back in KC (disclosure, we live in Virginia, but were visiting family in KC).

    Our third and final day started at the Mandalay Bay pool which was wicked awesome. After splashing and being huge nerds for a bit, we get dressed for the day and hit up our free Mirage Buffet. This was the best buffet out of all of them. Good, fresh food. Then, we go play at Casino Royale and go up quite a bit for a bit... and then not 10 minutes asking if we should call it quits, we've lost our buy-in. It happens.

    I tell my wife we should go see Mac King. She's like... the show's free... how good could it be? Well, honey, it isn't free. You gotta pay for those drinks. Needless to say, she really liked it and appreciated the nice "break" that it brought us in the hot hot hot afternoon.

    We hit up the High Roller and while we enjoyed it, I don't think we'd do it again. It's nice that it continuously moves, but its just one of those "do it once" types of things. You do get amazing views, but we just missed out on the Bellagio fountains playing at an angle where we could see them. They were literally starting as the Flamingo blocked that part of Bellagio. Disappointing. We had an entire cabin to ourselves. Does this thing make any money???

    We then decide we haven't had a lengthy gambling binge for the day, so we go to Hooters for hopefully some 3 dollar blackjack. Well, they have it... but the table is (not) shockingly full. They have an empty five dollar Craps table. I'd played a little bit of the video craps with the bouncing dice, but not much of the actual dice throw game. My wife plays some VP and I grab the dice. I buy-in for 40 bucks and start with just pass line and odds bet. I win. Then, I get on the 6, 8, and 9. I eventually end up hitting 6 straight points--even after a guy comes in playing the don't pass line. He's super pissed that I keep hitting points. Within about 20 minutes, I'm up 230 dollars. After I roll out... I'm done. I happily leave a generous tip for the dealers who applaud me for stepping away so seamlessly! That was a good time. We head to NYNY since my wife has been dying to play some casino war. I play video craps and go up 80 bucks. The wife plays for a little bit on $20 without winning anything, but she enjoyed herself so that's all that matters. We have dinner at Wolfgang Puck at MGM, 50% courtesy of Myvegas and the burger I have is phenomenal. Wife doesn't have much of an appetite so she eats a very small portion of her pasta. I then find a homeless person on the NYNY/MGM bridge to give it to. Finally, we hit Carrot Top for our one planned show. We saw him a couple years back in 2013 and he was incredibly funny. This time was no different. A small portion of the show is the same, but regardless, his delivery can make hearing the same joke a second time still really funny. We sat front row, but not on the crown side. At the end of the show, we both started developing a sore throat (which led to strep for my wife, sad day) and played a bit at Mandalay Bay before calling it a night. Hopped on an early early shuttle and made it to the Airport. After flying into KC, we had a day there with family before making the 1100 mile ride back to Virginia.

    All in all, a great trip and a special thanks to Paul Bowdry for his Las Vegas Advisor. I greatly used this forum in helping plan our trip and it was one that my wife and I will never forget.
     
  2. VegasDiva

    VegasDiva VIP Whale

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    fun trip! All those MyVegas coupons etc can add up to huge savings , I have no qualms about using them either , condolences on your Mom's passing, and yes, glad you got to get away :)
     
  3. Geogran

    Geogran OTD Tea Sipper

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    Sorry about your Mom but I'm sure she was there in spirit.
    You guys covered a lot of territory and sounds like some great meals - all that planning paid off!
    Fun to read, and reminisce about similar trips we had once upon a time.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. M_ILIS

    M_ILIS High-Roller

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    Great trip! Nice report!
     
  5. Imperial_Palace_King

    Imperial_Palace_King High-Roller

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    Sounds like a fun trip! I need to see Mac king and carrot top some day.
     
  6. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    No excuses necessary for making a matchplay run! You're among friends here. Nice TR.
     
  7. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    My husband's 14-year old son will be joining us in Vegas next month. I think Mac King would be a great show to take him to. Can you explain where to get free/discounted tickets? I've tried searching the board, but turned up nothing. (FYI, I have no comps with Total Rewards as I don't play at their properties.)
     
  8. Eddyhazkell

    Eddyhazkell Tourist

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    It sounds like you had a great time. The LVA book is wonderful, and Carrot Top is unexpectedly awesome!
     
  9. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report! And I'm glad you were able to use all that my vegas stuff before they clamped down on the rooms!
     
  10. npom

    npom High-Roller

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    Great report!
     
  11. queentata

    queentata High-Roller

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    Sounds like a great trip. Condolences on the loss of your mom.
     
  12. emmas

    emmas Low-Roller

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    Enjoyed reading your report. Sorry about your mom, but it seems you did what she would have liked. Congratulations on your myVegas savings and having a fun trip on a tight budget.
     
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