Wednesday November 27 Here’s another trip report from me & my husband P, both in our early 50’s, been to Vegas way too many times. We left super early in the morning, day before Thanksgiving, to catch our 8 a.m. flight….cold and 37 degrees in Houston, airport parking already almost full, plane full, arrived in Vegas with no problems though. Our car was waiting for us in the parking lot at Budget, no hassles. Love that. First stop Orleans for lunch at their Courtyard Café and to burn our last two matchplays there. I had an Asian Chicken Salad which was a solid A, P had a club sandwich. We paid with points. We both lost our $10 matchplays on blackjack. We headed on down Tropicana for a few blocks and to Albertsons to pick up some groceries. Then it was on to Palms where we had our $40 for $23.75 slot play. I really wanted to play the two-cent 50-play machine. P went on to the slot club while I checked to see if they were still there. I found a bank of three, and when I went to check the paytable a nice guy playing on the one to the left told me it was full pay on JOB. I thanked him and went to join P and get our free play. When we returned, the one guy was still playing and now there were two very old folks playing the other two machines. I know it’s a free country and I don’t own these machines personally, but come on, the guy was playing like a penny a line and he had maybe 10 lines going. We tried to wait them out…..I went to the bar to get a beer and figured a draft couldn’t cost that much, right? I am normally playing bartop and don’t pay attention to actual prices! So I order a Bass Pale Ale and it’s $7!!! Nobody gets up from their 50-play so we went back to the BP quarter machines that pay $1199 for a royal. I quit at $42.50 and P quit at $35 so a small profit there. We went on to Palace Station because it was Senior Day and we thought we would give the slot tournament a shot. I lost about $5 at a bartop BP getting my 400 points and had a nice cold glass of chardonnay, P got deuces on an NSU for a tidy profit! I chose the #1 machine for the first of three rounds at the tournament and got 3,400 points, which the attendant said was a very good score and would probably put me in the money. P came close on his second try but that was the best we did. We had to come back at some point before 7 p.m. the next day to check the board and see if I won anything. We went to Riviera because we had some matchplays and they sent us a postcard with $10 each freeplay. We both lost our matchplay, mine on roulette and P on blackjack. I burned my $10 on Super Jack[STRIKE]pot[/STRIKE]ass Party and P salvaged $8.50 on China Shores. Finally, we headed to Main Street Station to check in our our three-night comp, with $75 free play and free food coupons. They gave us room #1408, it was the first time they put us on the freeway side. The lady asked me what I wanted and I don’t know why she even asked because she put me where she wanted to put me. I know there’s a lot of people on this board that stay at MSS and I have to ask you, have you ever noticed there are two types of beds at MSS? I was always very happy with my beds in the past, but this one was on a very unforgiving boxspring, that was on wheels, almost like a cot. The whole room was old & worn and I hadn’t noticed that so much on other stays in other rooms. Just wondering. The shower was also tricky because it would suddenly get hotter if you didn’t turn the knobs just right. Other than those things, though, the freeway noise never bothered us and we liked the mountain views on that side. From now on though, I think I’ll stick to the train side. Enough of that, back to GAMBLING! We played our $75 free play right off the bat, in a 50 cent BP progressive. We didn’t get anything big, but cashed it out at $82.50 and split it between us. I like to play five-play quarter 5/8 BP at MSS and P likes the coin-dropper quarter progressive 6/9 DDB. I sat down at a bank near Boars Head Bar and 5minutes later got my first 4OK and scratch-off card. Then some doofus proceeded to sit down right next to me in an empty bank of five machines (I was in the middle). I really hate it when that happens and I just got my TITO and left. I went to another machine near the door and played, got 6’s and 10’s and was doing OK. Some guy behind me was just cussing his head off at the slot machine he was playing, he was super loud and after a while I think they chased him off because it went suddenly quiet. Later I looked and he was playing Fortune Chaser. Not so much I guess! I cashed out up about $50 (P was down about $100) and we went to get some dinner at the Cal café using our coupon book. I had coconut shrimp and P had NY Strip. I’m sorry to be mean because they are earnest at the Cal and they try, but that is just basically hospital food. It doesn’t look or taste appealing. We had lunch there in the past and that’s fine, but we won’t be returning for dinner, even free dinner. I know many of you feel differently. I went back to my five-play near the door and was up & down, I got 7’s, 9’s, J’s twice….was talking a bit to the guy next to me, he was from Hisperia, CA which is a few hours away, nice guy. I got 2’s after a bad drought. After the guy left his machine, I switched over there, since his made noise and mine did not. I got J’s, 4’s and A’s and cashed out at a profit. It was about 7:30 by this time. I checked on P and he was having a bit of a comeback on the DDB. I went up to the room to charge my phone and enjoyed some dessert About an hour later I was back at the five-play. Somebody was playing that slot “It’s My Party” and getting frequent, long bonuses….the song was very loud….it was funny to keep hearing it. MSS really doesn’t play music at a level you can hear, which bummed me out, I really do like hearing music while I play. There was a sweet & pretty young Asian lady playing next to me, she got a clubs royal in nickels, we were talking a bit now & then. I was down $200 in about ½ hour with no 4OK’s and I thought I would try one more hundred. I got 2’s, 10’s, K’s and back to a little bit of profit and decided to call it a night about 10 p.m.