This is my first TR, so I will try to be as entertaining as all of you Vegas veterans. A little background: My wife and I are taking this trip to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We decided a few years ago that we would do a big anniversary trip every 5 years. We have two small children (1 and 3), so we decided Vegas (without the kids of course) would be our 5th anniversary trip. We were joined on this trip by some of our really close friends. We have done a Vegas trip together once before and had a blast that time as well. My wife's good friend from college is also coming with a bunch of his friends to celebrate his 30th bday. We would be renewing our vows this trip and everyone would be joining us for that. Wednesday 7/30: Flew direct via Southwest out of Milwaukee at 11:40 CST. My wife is not much a flyer so she needed some liquid courage to get on the plane. Plane was on time and we left shortly after 11:40. Fairly uneventful flight. A little rough on the descent, but I've experienced much worse. Landed on time in Vegas, had a Presidential stretch limo booked as a surprise for my wife. She was definitely surprised... as was I when I saw that they upgraded us to an Escalade Limo. Champagne and the rose was a nice touch (my first time with Presidential). I had the driver stop at the Las Vegas sign on the way in because I had another surprise for my wife. She had joked that since we were renewing our vows that I should re-propose to her as well. So I went out and bought a gaudy plastic light up ring and got down on one knee on front of the LV sign. She LOVED it. Arrived at the Flamingo almost exactly one hour after the plane landed (these guys are good). We were booked in a Fab Deluxe Room. Got the TR Visa back in April so I stopped by the TR desk to pick up my new platinum card. Bypassed the LOOONG check in line and went straight to the Platinum/Diamond room. Was all set to try the $20 trick, but my one friend (J) arrived the day before and my other friend and his wife (B and N) were not comfortable trying the $20 trick and wanted to get all three of our rooms near each other. So we ended up in a handicap accessible king Fab Deluxe room because it was ready when we checked in. It was so far away from the elevator that the check in girl was like..."are you sure you want this room?" She also made it a point to tell me there were GO rooms available. In hindsight, I should have said screw it and gone for the GO room. The room sucked. I think it would have been OK if it weren't a handicap room. The walk-in shower leaked everywhere. There wasn't a closet to hang clothes in and the safe was in some dinky excuse for a cabinet that wobbled. There was only a 3 foot wide counter in the bathroom too. View was the the pool and habitat area which i was honestly OK with. It was quiet at night and in the mornings. Oh yeah, and did I mention I had to walk a mile to get to my room? We settled in and hung out with our friends. They had been at the pool all day and we had just landed so I was itching to get a drink in me and to start losing money! My cousin is a CW at the Quad, so the plan was to go next door and see her until her shift ended at 4:00, then make a liquor store run. Now, a little background on me as a gambler...I am a low roller and have pretty much stuck to slots, VP, and a little blackjack in the past, mostly because I didn't know how to play anything else. When we booked this trip in January, I decided I was going to do some research and learn how to play some new games. I downloaded all kinds of apps on my iPad and had been playing for over six months. I decided that I hate slots because I have NEVER won anything on them. The one game I found that I like is Pai Gow. It's perfect for a low roller like me because I can make my money last a while. So I sit down at a Pai Gow table at the Quad...first time ever playing REAL Pai Gow... and proceed to win about $40 in about 30 minutes. My cousin finished her shift and I cashed out up $40 in my first couple hours in Vegas. We walked through the Linq for the first time on the way to her car. I have to be honest...I was a little underwhelmed by the Linq. Everyone has raved about how great it is. It was nice looking and clean. But I don't come to Vegas to shop, so it didn't really do anything for me. Sorry! The High Roller is impressive though...we didn't ride it this time. Maybe next time. After a liquor store run it was time to party. We went back to the room to pre-game for a little bit then we headed downtown for the night. Ate at Lillie's at Golden Nugget. It was outstanding. The beef tenderloin melted in my mouth and the scallops were huge! To top it off, our chef was hilarious and kept making fun of my cousin whose boyfriend hadn't shown up yet. Played a little Pai Gow and won a little more. I bought in for a hundo so when I colored up I got a black chip and felt like a baller. After Golden Nugget we walked up and down Fremont for a bit. It seemed crowded for a Wednesday night. There was a camera crew outside a limo waiting for someone to get out. We waited for a little while, but decided it wasn't worth our time to see some C-List reality star get out of a limo. We ended up at the Fremont which was old, but the BJ dealers were cool. My friends had settled into a Super Fun 21 table. If you've never played this, it's pretty much BJ with all kinds of crazy rules. First thing that will piss off most VMBers is that BJ pays 1:1...that's right, not even 6:5. If you get a diamond suited BJ, however, it pays 2:1. You can double down anytime...there were rules with winning on 6 or 7 card hands under 20, automatically winning on 6 or 7 card 21's...something like that. Anyway, big house edge but it was $5 minimum (good for us low-rollers) and we had the entire table to ourselves which was fun. We had a blast and played for close to four hours at the same table. Ended up $30 for the session...$70 for the day. Rode the Deuce back to the strip and passed out around 4:30am.