Last trip report: June 2013 Wednesday 8/7 - 3rd trip this year out of the blue when a college friend C from overseas was going to be in Vegas at the same time as another old friend D by pure coincidence. - On the precipice of Diamond for the first time ever, got 2 nights comped at Planet Hollywood and Fri/Sat night for $88 each, great value. First time stay here, last few trips have been at Bally's/Flamingo. - Smooth flights in, met C at the airport and split a cab since he was staying behind PHo at Elara. $20 on the counter at check in and asked for any complimentary upgrades, got top floor (51) with strip view. Slightly bigger than standard hip room with a fridge. The "Judge Dredd" room. - Great views of the pool straight below, everything from NYNY to Mandalay to even M in the distance looking south, and the Bellagio fountains to the north. - Day was pretty laid back, catching up with C who I hadn't seen in years. A bunch of his other friends and family were flying in Thursday so we used today to just chill. Played some Ultimate Texas Holdem at PHo, went over to Cosmo for him to do the loss rebate (he bricked $100 at double Super Times Pay really quickly), then finished the night at the PHo poker room with both of us drinking and splashing chips around. The play is so weak at 1/2 NL that we both finished up without much effort. - My first sports betting of the trip went well with the Tigers winning in extra innings to complete my 2 team parlay ($20 -> $70). - As an end to day 1 and an aside for the whole trip, PHo is a great place to stay. The location is phenomenal as we can walk across the street straight into Cosmo, a little longer of a walk to Aria, and Paris/Ballys are right next door north. The vibe of the casino itself is always fun too.