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A Hot July Trip

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by higgiel, Jul 27, 2013.

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  1. higgiel

    higgiel Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    MONDAY, JULY 1
    My friend J and I planned a trip to Vegas during one of the hottest weeks of the year. That wasn’t our goal, but it just worked out that way. She needed a break after a month of caring for her husband through some medical stuff. So we left the husbands at home and headed west. We met up in Charlotte, NC, she from Tampa, me from Ohio and flew into Vegas together. My flight into Charlotte was late and the connection was tight, so my luggage didn’t make it. It was due in the next morning, but rather than offer them a four hour window under which they would deliver the bag to my brother’s house, I chose to return to the airport the next day to pick it up – better my schedule than theirs. My brother and his wife were visiting her family in Cape Cod, so they mailed me their car keys and I retrieved their car from the lot, eliminating the need for a car rental. After a quick stop at Albertson’s for some breakfast items, we arrived at their home around 11PM. It was 117 degrees and it felt every bit of it.

    TUESDAY, JULY 2
    Knowing we had to return to the airport for the luggage, we went to nearby Sam’s Town to check out their progressive DDB jackpot. I hit it for $1504 a few months ago, but I had no luck this time, didn’t even hit a quad. So we didn’t stay long and instead headed to Red Rock. I didn’t have much luck there either, although I did hit 3’s on TB+ for 600 credits. We also tried some Let it Ride, but no luck there either. That afternoon our vacation took an unexpected turn. J’s husband called to say that a recent MRI showed suspicious spots that would need a biopsy, which was scheduled for Friday. So we returned home and started looking into flights. As it turned out, it was cheaper to get a one was ticket than it was to change her existing return ticket. We booked the trip for Thursday morning. (Unfortunately, their worst fears were confirmed and they are looking into treatment options.)

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
    We returned to Red Rock where I had a bit more luck at TB+, hitting Aces for 1200 credits and 2’s for 600. We tried LIR again, but again no luck. That afternoon we headed down to the strip. We went to Cosmo where we were shocked to see $5 LIR and Blackjack tables. But first we strolled around the shops upstairs and got players cards. By the time we returned to the tables, it was around 4:30 and they were $10. But even that was better than the $25 minimums I saw the last time I was there. We planned to eat at the Wicked Spoon buffet. I had never eaten there, but had heard good things about it. The line started forming early. I was surprised at the number of kids accompanying their parents to this buffet, where there is a per person charge of $40. The family in front of us paid $360; some of the kids were 4-6 years old. I’m sure my parent never spent $40 for a dinner for their entire brood of seven kids! But the food was all very good, certainly a step above the buffets at Red Rock and Suncoast, which are the ones I most often sample. By the way, if you haven’t yet driven to the Cosmo parking deck, they have a most wonderful feature. At the head of every aisle, there is an electronic sign that tells how many open slots there are in that aisle. While I was wondering how they knew that, I noticed a red or green light hanging from the ceiling above each slot. So it was very easy to see where there were open slots. No more driving around in circles looking for an open slot, as happens at every other casino.

    My grand plan was to drive from Cosmo to Caesar’s, valet park the car, get our tickets for the Absinthe Show at the tent/ticket booth outside and meet pinklime at the Galleria bar at 7. What a boondoggle that turned into! I don’t think I had ever driven to Caesar’s before and their signs were severely lacking. Once we found it, valet parking was full. Then I drove forever trying to find the self parking garage and then it took a while to find a spot – no neat parking spot indicator lights there. Then we had to find our way all the way to the tent at the front of the property to pick up the Absinthe tickets. And did I mention it was HOT??? About 115. Yikes! So I was a bit late meeting up with pinklime, but we had a great visit. It was only after we parted that I realized I had forgotten to get pictures.

    The Absinthe show was very funny, but filled with lots of insulting and sexual humor that many would find offensive. The show is an old time circus with Cirque-type acrobatics that are just amazing. I would definitely recommend this show. But leave your finer sensibilities at the door.

    THURSDAY, JULY 4
    The day started with a trip to take J to the airport. Afterwards, I returned to Sam’s Town because J had forgotten to cash out a ticket. Again I played the progressive DDB machines. The royal was only at $1544 (it resets at $1500), so it had been hit recently. There were not many other players trying for it. I played for a few hours, during which I got five quads and the royal progressive only moved to $1566. I thought I might return another day when it was higher, but never got the chance.

    So I returned to Red Rock and their 99%+ 9/5 TB+. I had a really good session, hitting several quads, including Aces and 3’s and a SF for 500 credits. I also tried my hand at Triple Play 9/6 DDB and was dealt quad 10’s. It was one of the few sessions of Triple Play that ended up with me cashing out a ticket. By 5pm, it was already crazy busy as the crowds gathered for the fireworks later that night. By the time I got around to stopping for a bite to eat, the lines at all of the food court places were very long. And once I got some food there was no place to sit except at a machine. Afterwards, I strolled out to the parking lot area for the fireworks. They were good, but not really at a level of excess one might expect in Vegas. That night I saw temperatures below 100 for the first time. It was only 97 when I got home that night.

    FRIDAY, JULY 5
    This was the first day I turned on the TV. I was shocked to learn that the nearby mountains were on fire. Residents of Pahrump (a town on the western side of the Red Rock mountains) were evacuated. Thousands of acres were on fire. I could see the smoke and a reddish glow at night, but I never saw any actual flames. It would be a couple of weeks before the fire was fully contained.

    I returned to Red Rock and had a good day. I mostly played TB+ and hit two SF’s and hit quad K’s four times on the same machine, once on the deal. I also played some Triple Play DDB and hit 2’s w/k along with three more quads. I tried some DW for a while and managed to get two natural quads, one on the deal. But the quad deuces were nowhere to be found. I also tried the new Spiderman slot machine. Besides the free spin bonus for getting three of a specific symbol, there are also several random bonus events (similar to those in the old Star Trek slot). The game also has user selectable levels of chair movement as well as sound. The game was fun and I got a $50 profit from it. It was one of my few slot sessions, and the only one that produced a profit. Late that afternoon I made another trip to the airport to pick up my brother and sister-in-law.

    SATURDAY, JULY 6
    My brother and his wife had been away for 10 days and were glad to get back to their home at Red Rock. I played some DDB with zero results and moved on to TB+ for a while. Although I got some quads, it was not enough to keep me ahead. My brother was not doing well either and we decided to go over to Suncoast. We were going there later for a show anyway, so we just went earlier. We played at the bar, where we have both had luck in the past. In fact, twice we have had royals there sitting side by side. (Once a stranger sitting on the other side of me also hit a royal – three of us hitting royals within 20 minutes.) So I always have high hopes when we play there. The session started out slow. It was a long time before I hit my first quad, but that was dealt 7’s. And then I held the AKT of clubs and saw the JQ show up on the draw for my 10th royal for the year. Afterwards we had dinner in the café and then headed to the showroom for the Lovin’ Spoonful concert. These guys were big in the late 60’s. The two original members are in their early 70’s now, but they’ve added a couple of new younger members. We enjoyed the show very much.

    SUNDAY, JULY 7
    We returned to Red Rock where I had a good session at TB+. I hit Aces (sadly, it was to be for the last time this trip). I was also dealt quad 2’s and on the very next hand drew four 6’s. I also hit a few other quads that day. Later that afternoon we went to the movies and saw The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It was very funny as long as you can deal with the frequent f-bombs. Afterwards we had dinner at Capriotti’s in the food court. It’s always been a favorite of ours. It didn’t disappoint.

    MONDAY, JULY 8
    We decided to start the day at Suncoast, rather than our usual Red Rock. I started at the same machine where I hit my royal a few days before. I hit quad 2’s w/o/k, but the machine turned cold. So I moved to another machine and hit quad 2’s w/k. I hit another quad and was getting other good stuff, but then someone smoking a stinky cigar sat down nearby. I stuck it out as long as I could, but I finally had to move. It was a good move. I hit quad 2’s with a kicker again. I kept thinking I should be playing DW, but a few forays into that game produced nothing. We made this a short casino day and at dinner time, we decided to hit a non-casino restaurant, Mimi’s. This is a French bistro style chain that started somewhere in CA, but they are expanding across the country. We had a nice meal and returned home for an early night.

    TUESDAY, JULY 9
    My last full day in Vegas. It always goes so fast. Back to Red Rock for my last stab at another royal. I started out at DDB, but as had been a pattern at RR, I couldn’t seem to hit anything there on DDB. So I returned to TB+ and had a fair run of quads, hitting quad sixes three times in one session. My brother and his wife were not having any luck and they decided to go home early. But I didn’t want to call it quits on my last night in town, so I took them home and returned. I played more TB+ and tried at the $.50 level, getting dealt quad 8’s on my first hand at that level. I also got a couple more quads, but things cooled off. I hoped for one last session of Let it Ride, but the table wasn’t open. (It had been closed for the past couple of days, not sure why.) So I returned home to pack.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
    The trip home was delayed by weather on the east coast. That delay allowed me to miss the severe weather that had hit Canton earlier in the day.

    GAMBLING SUMMARY
    Royal Flush: 1
    Straight Flush: 3
    Aces w/k: 0
    Aces w/o/k: 3
    2,3,4 w/k: 6
    2,3,4 w/o/k: 6
    5-K: 46
    Deuces at DW: 0
    Natural Quad at DW: 2
    Dealt quads: 10
    Quads holding 1: 2
    Quads holding 2: 28
    Quads holding 3: 21
    Four to a Royal 65

    This was not a winning trip, but I returned home with 2/3 of my bankroll, so I was OK with that. As I was leaving RR one day I heard the hand pay music three times as I was walking to the parking deck. One was for a man playing $10 single line DW ($50/hand) who got a wild royal for $1250. Then there was a woman playing 5-play dollar DB ($25/deal) and was dealt quad 3's for $2000. The last one was a keno hit, but I didn't see the details. Although I saw several royals during my previous trip in April, I only saw two on this trip. Fortunately, one of them was mine. The other was a dollar royal at Suncoast.
    I hit quad deuces six times, but never at DW. VP can be a frustrating game, but I love it. And, as I write this, I’m trying to figure out when and where I’ll get my next opportunity to play.

    Here are some photos:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/higgiel/sets/72157634802127997/
     
  2. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    So sorry to hear about your friend J's husband; it must have been very hard for her being away from her husband when he got that news. If I was ever sober enough to drive in Vegas, the parking at Cosmo would just give me one more reason to love it. Congrats on the royal!
     
  3. VegasGarden

    VegasGarden Low-Roller

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    Great report. Best wishes for your friends husband.
     
  4. higgiel

    higgiel Low-Roller

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    breanna61, VegasGarden: Thanks
     
  5. LV_Bound

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    Great trip report.
    You scored more big hits this one trip than I hit the past few. :beer:
     
  6. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    Loved the trip report - thanks for posting. Congratulations on your 10th royal of the year (I'm still looking for #2 in my life, and I've built up plenty of play over the past few years in Vegas since I picked up the VP habit). You are more of a gambler than I am (TB, DDB) - I usually play the low variance games of JOB, BP or 10/7 DB for a little higher variance/return.

    I like Red Resort and was booked to stay there next month but I received a Cosmo tournament offer and I'm too lazy to go out there mid trip (will move across the street to PHo for a few more nights).

    Their offers are not as generous this year, but they have a very nice property and I like getting out there either to start or end the trip, with their free shuttle to the airport.

    Are there any other restaurants in Summerlin you recommend?
     
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    How on earth do you remember all that?!?
     
  8. higgiel

    higgiel Low-Roller

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    LV_Bound: Thanks. I play VP several hours a day, so if I'm not hitting those quads, I'm in trouble and wandering around the casino trying to find some luck. I didn't have as much luck with DDB this trip, but would recover if I moved over to TB+. It's really hard to beat those 99%+ machines at RR.

    Viva Las Vegas: Thanks. I played JOB when I first started playing VP, but I got bored with it after I discovered first DB, then DDB. TB+ has a lower volatility than DDB, but you still have the chance for some larger hits. I can understand not wanting to change locations mid-trip. And I know the Stations folks have backed off on their offers. They are much more generous with locals, offering multi-point days and other similar incentives. Claim Jumper is another restaurant we go to sometimes. It's a chain, but the food is pretty good. We've also gone to Carmine's, but not the same as the NY restaurant that has opened in the Forum Shops. The one we've been to and enjoyed is on Durango. Good luck on your trip next month.

    dfalk: Not only don't I HAVE to remember all that, I couldn't if I tried. I have an excel spreadsheet I use to keep track of my quads. I used to just jot down in a notebook when something odd happened, such as hitting the same quad multiple times or getting a dealt quad. But then I found I was jotting down more and more stuff, so it just got easier to keep it on a spreadsheet. I was used to working with spreadsheets at work, so it was a natural for me. And it certainly helps in putting together a trip report. I'll be happy to share it with anyone who want it.
     
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