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99 hours of vegas goodness...

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by mikenhe, Dec 8, 2008.

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  1. mikenhe

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    My Trip Report

    Black Friday!!

    An excellent day for my friends who flew in from England to get started on their xmas shopping for the family – I kindly offered to drive whilst they shopped. Then instead of spending all day shopping we headed back to the home so that the real reason for the vacation could commence…. The boys trip to vegas…. Off to the airport at lunchtime and on the quick flight from New Hampshire to New York.. then over to the Vegas flight where Pete and I had snagged exit row seats for a comfortable and on time flight to the city of lost wages. Cabbed it downtown for the room at the vegas club.. and were checked in and in the north tower overlooking the Cal by 8pm. Only one thing for it – get drinking!!!

    We started in the Vegas club just checking out the place and getting a couple of drinks then headed down to Binions. Once the players club cards were sorted out again we looked around. Pete found a slot machine he liked the look of so I went to check out the new Bennys Bullpen cigar bar. I thought it was going to be a bit of an upmarket place but before I’d even got in the door I see none other than Doc Al and Hurricane Mikey classing up the place right by the window… I couldn’t work out if they’d been put there to attract people in or scare them off – either way I’m not fussed and joined then for a couple of drinks that were served by the scantily clad young lady in the joint. Very nice they were too. Pete immediately got stick for being English and ordering Bud but claimed the “I can drink it all night “ defense. Yeah, whatever. We shot the shit for a bit and got a fuller update on the Lars fallout from the previous weekend (see Mikeys blog for details). A couple of drinks were sunk whilst Mikey and Al worked their way manfully though a couple of monster cigars then decided to head to El Cortez for Cheap pai gow as I had been in Vegas for a couple of hours and hadn’t handled any cards by then.

    A couple of spots opened up and Mikey and Al jumped in – then I managed to get a seat and joined in the fun of $5 pai gow! With Alcohol! Bring it on! Pete was still waiting to get on the table so after a while Al gave up his end seat and went to try his luck at blackjack. Pete took his spot and was immediately dealt a straight flush – nice win to start and could have been Al’s - but it wasn’t so we gave Al stick for that.. I also took a quarter from Pete and passed it on as a tip to Al so that he didn’t miss out completely. After some time playing that Al and Mikey called it a night – probably a wise move but I wasn’t going to quit that early on my first night / morning in vegas. More table games and some slot play took place – all washed down with more drinks before a decision was taken to get some food. It was about time for the East coast whine – “Its 4am at home / I’ve been up a whole day / etc etc etc†and rather than complain we headed back down Fremont, possible calling in another couple of places on the way to keep the blood alcohol levels at a steady place, and ended up in the Bay city diner. The old steak and eggs specials have gone so I ordered a philly steak sandwich and Pete ordered the Ultimate burger.. it was huge and when it arrived it had a steak knife in the top of it to hold it all in place. I don’t think the knife even came close to touching the plate! My philly steak turned up with just the steak – no cheese, onions, peppers etc.. I’m not a fussy eater but I had to send it back! At least I had the entertainment of Pete trying to workout how to eat the monster burger whilst I waited for my order! Eventually I got to eat as well and I have to say it was pretty good – even if it wasn’t steak and eggs.
    We moved back to the Vegas club in a fairly orderly fashion and had a quick night cap before deciding that sleep would be a sensible move. A fairly respectable 4am finish.


    Saturday.

    As the Friday had been a long day and plenty of alcohol had been consumed it was inevitable that we’d get a decent amount of sleep. I was awake by 6.30am and couldn’t drop back to the land of nod. I started reading a couple of books and making plenty of noise and before long Pete had got pissed off with me and got up and made coffee!! Good lad!
    Unfortunately it was terrible so I decided to go get something decent. Tried the shower in the Vegas club – fantastic water pressure – not so much a cleaning but removal of a couple of layers of skin. Did the trick though!

    Knowing that we were heading up to the strip later in the day the decision was taken to start things slowly… so just a couple of coffees with brandy to kick start the day and a wander around downtown taking a few pictures.. (I’ll post the pictures later). There is something refreshing about walking around downtown in bright daylight without the sounds of a band or too many people staggering around. Naturally I fixed that feeling by spending a few hours playing games of chances and accepting drinks from cocktail waitresses (purely to help with the sagging economy of course). Once the warm buzzy feeling was well established it was off to Binions Coffee shop to ensure that a solid foundation was laid for the day. Why don’t they have the counter open in there? There were plenty of single diners taking up four and six tops when they could have sat at the counter. I don’t get it. Not much point getting stressed about up – just stand and wait. And then some more… food was fine though – typical breakfast fare. Ready for the rest of the day we sauntered over to the deuce stop and taught everyone how to use the machines that was there to buy tickets before embarking on our adventure to the strip. The deuce is a great idea that is poorly executed. Too many people too many stops. Takes forever to get anywhere. However, no rush, I’m on vacation. Get to the Riviera for the 3pm meet and - theres nobody there!!! I get a drink and hang around for a bit before Doc Al and Ross turn up – we shoot the breeze for a bit before Reed joins up for a drink. He really seemed to be enjoying his stay at the MGM along with all the pre teens and parents that were there for the Jonas Brothers concert… Personally I think that’s what he was there for too…. Its ok Reed – each to their own…
    Our little soirée broke up towards dark and we all headed different directions. I spend a bit of time with a players card giving some love to the Riv - who knows what sort of offers I could end up with there!!! Then it was of for a tour of the strip on foot.. taking photos and gambling occasionally. Oddly there was little drinking… ha! Slots of fun got its first, and possible last, visit from me. Just didn’t click with that place at all. Hit O’sheas , casino royale and plenty of other casinos. A long evening finished with another ride on the deuce back downtown in order to sample the cocktails at the Golden gate which seemed to be winning on the strength category. Food was forgotten as a few more rum and brandys made their way into my system and eventually a wise decision was taken to retire for the evening. Not so wise was the fact that it was about 5am…

    Sunday.

    A full 3 hours later I was wide awake again!! I used the firehouse in the shower to complete the waking process and grabbed some of the info I had brought with me and headed over to the Plaza to load up on Seattles best coffee. After getting the coffee to work its magic on me I decided to hit the 10am Binions Morning poker tournament. Pete then appeared also trying to get outside of a large coffee but he was in no shape for poker so I paid my entrance fee and decided to get something to eat in order that my stomach rumbling didn’t put everyone off. The choice was limited to say the least. Bay city diner and binions coffee shop both had long queues and I was running out of time to get to the game so I ended up eating a chicken biscuit at Mucky D’s. Not at all what I wanted but beggers etc etc.

    The Tourney had some 35 people in it and I had nothing of any note for the way of cards. After struggling manfully for 2 hours and not seeing a single pair (and rarely a face card) I ended up busting out in 11th place. With nothing, not even a bad beat story, just blinded away to nothingness until I had to make a move with a single face card. Terrible. Not even the final table.

    I was pretty pissed off about it so decided the best thing I could do is drink. I located Pete and we headed off to the Plaza to watch the Patriots take on the Steelers. This turned out to be an excellent move as not only did I win $80 on the video poker I ended up sitting next to a steelers fan (ok that wasn’t so good) and his step son who worked in the sports book there. We ended up having a very pleasant afternoon talking sports, both American and European and especially about football (the real version ;) ). He’s traveled extensively in Europe and his step son was French and had lived in London too. To round it all off the last couple of hours we spend drinking premium drinks courtesy of the stepson and free drinks tickets from the sports book. It certainly took my mind off the earlier poker. We were feeling no pain as we took off from the plaza and hopped onto the 108 bus outside and headed off to Ellis Island.

    I thought I had the bus route sorted out but I messed up (slightly) here. I was under the impression that the 108 stopped at Ellis Island but instead we ended up on Paradise and Flamingo and were left with a 10 minute walk. Nothing too bad (and we needed the walk!) but just a note to double check if you want to use the bus. (I’ve checked since and it’s the 116 that leaves from the bus station downtown and goes up Koval). After getting into Ellis Island we signed up for the players card and checked the wait for the bbq – about an hour as we were behind a group of 14 that had just turned up!! Oh well – I guess we have to gamble and drink then – and we did! The amber ale was most acceptable and set us up nicely for some food. We both ordered the combo and sent a few texts out to remind people where we were :D . The food turned up and OMG – it was huge! ½ rack of ribs, ½ chicken, bread, beans, slaw and corn… huge amounts… after taking a few pictures we piled in and turned ourselves in to a big bbq mess… ate most of it though!! Highly recommended. I had some coupons so after applying the players card and the 241 the total bill for 2 plates was…. Just under $10…. Hahahahha.. Left a suitably large tip and hit the bar to use the four free drink coupons. Ordered a couple of large Jamesons (no room for beer) and Pete and I strolled around the casino playing a few machines here and there. We then hit the blackjack table for a bit and drank more. Totally unnecessary but had a good laugh with the dealers and pit crew. Eventually we worked our way out of there and walked back to the strip and jumped on the Duece back to downtown. As it was still early we hit the Golden gate for more gambling goodness and a few large brandys with coffee topping. And then binions. And the vegas club.. Easy to get to sleep that night….

    Monday.

    Monday morning came at me very fast.. but I needed to get up and moving as I wanted to get up to The Crown and Anchor to watch my team play at Midday. Although I’d actually managed a whole 4 hours sleep I was still a little rough around the edges (you don’t need to comment on that). A beer based breakfast soon had me in the mood for gambling for a bit but stopped by about 10 because I needed to get the bus. The pass we bought on the deuce the previous night was still good so off to the Transportation center we went and hopped on the 109 to Tropicana .. or would have done if it had worked.. instead we broke down .. somewhere and had to wait for a replacement bus. The locals there were, er – interesting – especially with the stress of a bus breakdown to add to the Monday blues… only 2 arguments got heated though. Eventually got a new bus and to our destination with minutes to spare!!! Sat down and ordered a pint of Abbott - one of my all time favourite beers. Only to be told that they were out of it! Holy Moly! How about Bombardier? Yes,,, phew.. saved.. don’t want to be caught drinking Newcastle (take note Mikey).. full sized English pints, decent beer and footy on the tv. Life is good.. drank a few pints by the end of the football and then saw the Lunch special on the menu. Put a 20 in the VP and play max credits and they will comp you lunch and a couple of beers. So Pete stopped the waitress (who was very easy on the eye by the way) and asked if we can have extra beer in the comp instead of food.. she checks and it’s a yes!! SO we do.. ended up being comped $24 of beer each ($6 a pint!) for putting $20 in a machine.. shame we didn’t win anything! We ordered another couple of beers and took them out to the beer garden as the sun was setting.. very nice mellow relaxing time. Eventually we decided it was time to move on to the Pinball Hall of Fame. Further down Tropicana but not walking distance so back on the bus for us. Found it with no trouble and took a look around. It’s a nice idea but we didn’t spend much time there (an hour or so). Worth a look if you like pinball.
    Next its back on the bus and down to NYNY. Took a stroll around and down to Planet Hollywood where I wanted to try the Spice Market buffet. Did get to take in the pleasure pit. Oh yes… just oh yes… there’s worse things to look at in vegas. We signed up for the card and got a $5 off coupon for the buffet. No line so we went in and were seated. Then off to check it out. Seafood was ok ther rest… forget about it. Too much food cooked at once and left out. The Chinese looked no different to the Mexican. The carving station was not good and even the kabobs were dry. Dry Lamb?? No thanks. I’d been looking forward to this and was mostly disappointed by it. I can’t think why I’d ever return.

    I cheered myself up by going back to the pleasure pit and er, gambling, yeah that’s it – I was gambling….

    Managed to get out of there and head back downtown arriving about midnight. I was still a little depressed about the food and full and tired. I couldn’t fit any more drink in to get the buzz going again so I called it quits. Pete bravely carried on fighting the good fight to empty bottles of spirits. By then I was out for the count…

    Tuesday.

    I have no idea what time Pete staggered back to the room but I woke at 5am fully refreshed and decided to get up. Quick shower and out, leaving snoring beauty to it. I quickly found myself in possession of coffee and brandy and managed a few of them for breakfast. Found a 50 hand poker machine and gave that a go – good enough for a couple of hours of entertainment at binions (and hopefully some invites back!) then I had to call Pete as we needed to check out of the Vegas club and into the room at Binions (we were leaving late that night and whilst we didn’t need the extra room until the Wednesday I felt that the total cost of $8.50 for 3 night was too good a bargain to turn down).
    By the time I got back to the room he managed to get up and showered – and still looked terrible. I brought a couple of bottles of Bud back for him (breakfast of champions I proclaimed as I waved one at him – only to receive a look that ended in “offâ€) but drank them myself as I packed. I’d already checked us in on the plane (exit row seats again) claiming that was my productive part of the trip done so was ready to shift hotels. Got to binions at 9.50 and dumped my bags with Pete whilst I entered the 10am poker tourney again as “I was feeling itâ€.
    Unfortunately it wasn’t feeling me and I was pretty much card dead again. Fought my way onto the final table without once being above average with the chip stack then got absolutely nothing to bet with. Finished 7th out of 30 when my monster AJ all in with less than 1bb left got run over by a pair of 4’s… ummmm Maybe 4 hours of drinking before playing wasn’t such a good move…
    Oh well only one thing for it – find Pete and drink some more! He’s just bought into the Binions pai gow table so I joined him for a hundy and stay there drinking and gambling and having a great laugh with the pit crew and dealers and other players before I lost my money. After that I played some slots to keep the drinks flowing then with the dreaded departure drawing near decided it was time to eat. We hit the Bay city diner for the last time and both ordered the ultimate burger. It truly is a monster! Tasty though.

    Checked out of Binions by 7pm and took the bus to the airport, printed out the boarding passes there and headed to the gate. Got to see the lights of the Strip as we took off then I think I slept for the next 4 hours – something I never do on a flight. Must have been the dry air.. or something…


    Oh well – until next time.


    Thoughts.

    Leaving the wimen folk one end of the country whilst you gamble in vegas is a good thing.

    Leaving them your credit card – not so much.

    Finding out your smallest child got hurt and had to got to hospital with an injured arm makes you feel very far away and helpless. Finding out she told 3 different stories to the Doc about how she got hurt makes you suspicious and wary about what they think of you.

    Finding the broken lamp when you get home and getting an immediate confession from her about how it happened makes you angry and relieved at the same time (Docs probably still think we did it.. eeek). She appears to have badly bruised her arm just below the elbow and couldn’t move it – she’s fine now though. Which is more than can be said for the lamp.

    Bumping into people you know in vegas without planning it is great fun.
    Meeting new people is also a lot of fun.

    Coffee and brandy is great. Using it as a bracket to 3 hours sleep a night just feels great at the time.

    Finding talkative and interesting people at bars is a highlight of vegas. Drinking with them makes it a great time.

    Winning helps too. More winning would have been good but at least this time I didn’t get crushed in the first 2 days!

    Taking pictures is fun. I finally took my camera this time! Pics to follow.

    Making a list of things to do in vegas is a must do. Not doing them all is also a must.

    I didn’t get to MSS and I love that place.

    I didn’t get to the Gold Spike. Or the Western.

    Lack of evening steak and egg specials isn’t much fun.
    The spice market buffet disappointed me. I should have gone to MSS.

    Slots of fun. No thanks.

    I did get a steak and eggs at Binions but its not in the about review as I can’t remember when it was. Tasted good though.
    The young lady dealers dressed up as cowgirls at the Entrance to Binions were a sight for sore eyes. And my eyes were sore!

    For once I didn’t get killed on the blackjack tables. However I played very little poker. Maybe I’ll have to return to fix that.

    99 hours from landing to takeoff.… at that pace it was enough…
     
  2. DonD

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    Great report Mike. Thanks for sharing. :nworthy:
     
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    AWESOME REPORT!!!! i need to check out the crown and anchor...love some english brew!!!:beer::beer::beer:
     
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    Thanks for the report. I'm really sorry I didn't make it to the meet @ Rivera.

    Shall we go back and try again? That's what I feel like doing. I have lots of shoulda coulda woulda going on now I back here in the UK.
     
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    As I recall, at that point Pete had something to say about having crossed a dozen or so timezones...

    Talking the beer+food comp into a beer+beer comp... priceless.

    I forgot about Reed and the Jonas Brothers... hehe.

    Good to see you again Mike!
     
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    Fantastic trip report!! :beer:
     
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    Great trip and report! I have a hangover just reading about all your drinking. Glad you had a great fun time. "footy" ? You mean football... right? LOl
     
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    pictures - did I mention pictures?
    heres a couple - the sketches on the inside of the Golden gate..
    the second is a negative of the first - shows the image way better.



    the rest are very very big pictures right here... http://s724.photobucket.com/albums/ww248/mikenhe/vegas2008/

    (hope it works)
     
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    picture removed - too big.

    the high quality ones at at the photobucket link
     
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    Yeah, I have that problem as well in Vegas, just in a different venue.

    Nice report & pics, Mike. :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for posting your TR. Enjoyable read.

    later, GVJ
     
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    its not a great place for watching sport but when it’s the only place that its on… and the beer is good. Food looked good too

    Not a problem that you didn’t make it.. and of course you should go again. Go in march and meet the crew at March madness.. it’s a blast.



    yeah – real football – using a ball and a foot…


    $8 for 3 nights – I was happy that I had any view. I went to open a window a little and the whole security lock broke off. So there I was , not liking highs, with a wide open window on the 16th floor… I managed to take some pics before I had to shut the damn thing.

    I think buffets from now on will be the morning ones where I can pick at a bit of everything. Even the Fremont buffet can’t screw up fruit!!
     
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    ssshhhhh....I am banned at their concerts in the midwest....i had to travel almost 1800 miles just to see them again....:evillaugh
     
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    Great report and who needs sleep when you're in Vegas. Thanks for the pics; especially of the BBQ at Ellis Island. I think we will definetally eat there this time.
     
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