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A very belated, very LONG, Vegas Virgin trip report - Various Hotels, November 2011

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  1. Adam

    Adam Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    **COMPLETE** A very belated, very LONG, Vegas Virgin trip report from Nov 2011

    I apologise for the length of the title. :evillaugh

    I registered as a member of this board over 5 years ago *points to the left* and have somehow managed to make a grand total of 13 posts, 14 including this one. However I have read a lot more and lurked a LOT.

    I made a welcome thread for a trip in 2008 I never took due to a knee injury. It took me 3 years from then on to actually make it over the water and for a good reason - our wedding.

    I met my wife through another forum and our mutual love of poker. Needless to say, when we chronicled the journey pre-Vegas, we wrote a blog. That can be found HERE (assuming links are allowed) and if people wish to read the backstory, then by all means go ahead. It's a fun read.

    VMB was a great help when I was researching hotels/flights etc and I love the Trip Report forum especially, after all it's Vegas! So I decided to give something back. It's taken me a year, on and off, but I wrote the TR to end all TR's.

    It has pictures. It has descriptions. It is probably overwritten. I think I swore once or twice. It's the longest thing I've ever written.

    With links and formatting, it comes in at just over 12,000 words. That's more than a bloody dissertation!

    Please enjoy. Please comment. I'll post it over 3-4 days as my wife is currently editing it but the first few days can be found in that link above, so I'll post those tonight. I hope you all enjoy yourselves :)

    Cheers!
    A.
     
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  2. Adam

    Adam Low-Roller

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    And we're off...

    Day -1: Tuesday 15th November 2011, aka Running Around Like A Headless Chicken Day!

    Before we start, I’d just like to point out that there is no better feeling than the anticipation of the trip of a lifetime, as I’m sure many of us who went to Vegas are aware. However, waking up on the day you’re supposed to be leaving having a million and one things to do…not so much fun! In her infinite wisdom, Joobs had decided that although we were leaving for London on the Tuesday, she was actually going to work on the Monday so she would get everything done before she left.

    [ * ] This happened.

    Needless to say we were still in her work at 7.30pm on the Monday night trying to get everything done. This left Tuesday to sort out the house. *

    And pack.

    And get the train, complete with 3 suitcases, 1 wedding dress in a box and 1 wedding suit to London, at 2pm.

    It got even more fun when Joobs disappeared to have her nails done before she left, which turned out to not be the best idea we’ve ever had! Somehow we managed to finish all the packing, make the house look tidy, get Joobs’ nails done, sort out money for exchanging and leave by 2pm. Because we live 5 minutes away from the train station (under normal circumstances) I was in no uncertain terms told that no, we were not getting a cab to the train station. Needless to say this sure was a good idea! 15 minutes it took to walk to the train station, and Joobs still has the bruises from the wedding dress box hitting her legs!

    Once we got to the train station we had enough time to get through the barriers (tickets already sorted out well in advance) and thankfully the train was due to depart from the closest platform. Win number 1. Win number 2 was when we got on the train. I’d booked a table seat for the laptop, and naturally so had half the world and we were supposed to be sharing our table all the way to London. We were the first ones on the train (started at Chester) and so Joobs had commandeered the table for our use. The couple who had booked the other 2 seats glanced at their seats, then Joobs’ maniacal look, then the wedding dress box proudly sat on the table and realised that the dress box wasn’t getting moved.

    And left. Awesome.

    Train journey was a doddle and we arrived into London Euston right on time. Joobs decided she was hungry and I had to go to London Victoria to change some money at a very good exchange rate (I got 1.60 whereas in Chester I was lucky to get 1.55) so I left her at Euston with the luggage and quickly zipped to/from Victoria to change the cash. Sadly, by the time I got back to Euston it was clearly rush hour on the Tube and the journey to Travelodge Heathrow Central was a nightmare. We had to take a train from Euston to Green Park and then Green Park to Hounslow West (well, some crappy place out there anyway). Euston to Green Park wasn’t that bad, just hot. Green Park to Hounslow? That was just horrible. I had trouble breathing at one point, and we were stood on the Tube for the whole 45 minute journey, complete with bags jammed against us. Just to cap things off, there was an old, unkempt looking labourer guy stood against the ventilation window. When we left Green Park, he farted. The whole carriage turned green. I still, to this day, never want to smell anything like that again. It was worse than anything I’ve ever smelt before and I’m struggling to describe it without heaving. Needless to say he carried on doing this all the way until he got off.

    At Hounslow West.

    FML.

    FML.

    FOL!

    Finally managed to get off the train only to find that there was no lift and we had to lug all the suitcases and luggage up some stairs. Just what you need when you have been travelling for 5hrs! Eventually get them up the stairs and find a bus to the hotel. Bus drops us straight outside the Travelodge and 2 very very exhausted Vegas Vengeance travellers collapse in the hotel, not before grabbing some food and watching England beat Sweden 1-0. Quick shower and then bed, although stupidly excited about what is to come the next day…
     
  3. Adam

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    Day 1 – Wednesday 16th November 2011 aka fuck me, we’re off to Vegas day!

    Needless to say, not very much sleep was had on the Tuesday night. Acceptable, I guess, when you’re both as excited as a child at Christmas. Anyway, both of us were up by 7am which meant we had a lot of time to kill before our flight at 3.40pm.

    Enter the BA Business Lounge.

    I’ve probably told the whole world by now, to treat Joobs before we even headed off, I’d saved up enough money to book us Premium Economy seats. No sitting with the cattle here, thankyouverymuch. I had no intention of sitting in PE though, as I’d also saved/bought 50,000 BA Miles and used said miles to upgrade our seats to Club World. One of the (many) perks of this was access to the BA Galleries Lounges at LHR. So we rolled up to the airport at 8am, quickly through check-in and off to Security.

    Who sent us back to check-in. Uh oh…

    A little part of me was worried that for some unknown reason, we weren’t gonna be allowed to fly. Game over. However, another little part of me was secretly hoping that we’d scored a cheeky free upgrade to First Class. Sadly, it was neither, all that they needed to do was confirm that we had ESTA’s, which we did, and it was back to Security. Through Security like a breeze, until my belt broke as I was putting it back on. Oops. Make it to the Lounge and settle in with breakfast. We were lucky enough to manage to get some window seats with plugs so out came the laptop. Sat online browsing for most of the morning, occasionally getting up to get more food/drink.

    We had a lovely view from the lounge…

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    Another perk of the lounge was that BA had an Elemis Travel Spa downstairs. All ticket holders were entitled to a free treatment on the day of travel. Well, was Julie turning down a free treatment? Hell no! So we both headed to the Spa to book our treatments and I made the fateful mistake of saying to her “I’ll have whatever you have”. She decides to have a facial. Awesome. Well, I don’t back down and despite Joobs giving me an out, I end up having the facial. Not something I’ll probably have again but it was pretty nice. The best part though was the massage chair. The Spa had the latest new-fangled chair and it gave you a Shiatsu Massage for 15 minutes whilst you had your treatment. OMG, I want one. They were HEAVEN! Never felt so relaxed in my entire life!

    After this, time flew and next thing we knew, we were headed to the gate. Terminal 5 is ridiculously huge, so much so that we had to take a train from the main terminal to the gate itself, which was in a separate building. I’d booked seats for the Upper Deck after reading about it online, and we were lucky enough to be the first onboard headed upstairs (and yes, it is a very nice feeling getting on a plane and being directed upstairs ;)) so we were able to get a few pics.

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    Not the best view of Sunset...

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    We were lucky in that our flight was being buffeted by tailwinds so we were only in the air for about 9hrs 15mins rather than the expected 10hr plus. Not that much turbulence which helped, especially when they brought the food! Pics are below…

    Starter: [​IMG]

    Main: [​IMG]

    Dessert:[​IMG]

    {Dessert was that nice, we forgot to take a pic before...oops!}

    I tried to sleep on the plane but was just way, way too excited so ended up getting the lappy out and playing Football Manager whilst listening to music for most of the journey. Joobs had the nicer seat and was able to get a bit more sleep, but the best part of the journey was afterwards when the Captain invited us up to the flight deck – and you can see the results!

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    Landed at McCarran on time but because of the aforementioned trip to the flight deck, we were greeted with a mile long queue for immigration. Thankfully the queue only took about 30 mins to get through and we were soon headed for The Strip! Got to Bally’s without being longhauled (infact, we weren’t longhauled at all during the whole trip) and the first people we see when we walk through Bally’s front door?

    RichEO and Jon MW.

    Welcome to Vegas.

    We get checked in eventually at Bally’s and manage to score a 73rd floor room with a view without greasing anybody’s palms. Pretty nice view as well, you can see for yourselves…

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    Head out for a quick exploration of Vegas and Rich drives us to Venetian. Wander around Venetian taking it all in before hitting Harrah’s to give people some phones and catch up with Shogun and HOLDorFOLD who arrived the day before. Stand around chatting for a bit before feeling really tired and head back to crash.

    We made it.
     
  4. Adam

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    Day 2 – Thursday 17th November 2011 aka The Organising Day

    I can think of worse views to wake up to…

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    So we wake up, annoyingly, at 5am after having approximately 350 minutes sleep. Still dark, I decide to head out for a quick walk/exploration, and spend half an hour just wandering around Bally’s/Paris taking it all in. Quite possibly the best feeling ever. Joobs decided that for her first breakfast in Vegas, she wanted to go to the culinary masterpiece that was…Denny’s.

    I can hear you all saying “WTF?” at your screens right now.

    Anyway, we head to Denny’s and have a surprisingly nice breakfast. After this it was time for one of the most important trips of the whole holiday – go to get the Marriage Licence. Jump on the Deuce outside the Flamingo - $7 for a 24hr pass, absolute bargain. Manage to score a front seat on the top deck, which was excellent for the views of the casinos up and down the Strip. Sadly, dumbass here forgot the cameras. One reoccurring theme throughout this trip, we didn’t take enough pictures. Will rectify this on the next visit (November 2012/2013, one of them!) but for now, I’ll just borrow pics everyone else took :)

    Arrive downtown and it was a 5 minute walk to the office where you get the licence. I had filled out a pre-application form online and thankfully the queue for this particular desk was empty, so we were in and out in 5 minutes, $60 lighter but holding a marriage licence. Walk back to the Bonneville Transit Center (bus station, for us Brits) and straight back on the Deuce to the Strip. *During all the travelling Joobs had broken a nail and had to get it fixed before the wedding obv so we wandered around the casinos for a bit before she headed down to a spa/salon and got her nail fixed for $10 + tax + tip. The whole lot only cost £30 ffs!

    Whilst she was getting this done, I needed to go get a simcard for my phone as I needed an American number to give to the chapel before the wedding, so I hopped on an internet terminal and found out that there was an AT&T store just down Flamingo Rd, which was the road Bally’s was on, coincidentally. Head onto Flamingo Rd and decide to walk to the next bus stop then jump on the bus. Have you ever walked somewhere by bus stops? Basically, you walk to the bus stop, realise you can’t be bothered waiting and keep walking, stopping at bus stops to see if a bus is coming and if not, keep walking. Well we did this. ONE AND A HALF MILES LATER 2 very tired Vegas Virgins realise that everything is a hell of a lot further away and finally arrive. Buy the sim card (- another $60) and decide we are getting a cab back.

    Make it back to the hotel and throw down in the hotel room for half an hour before going to the Venetian to see how my horse is doing. He’s running good (what do you expect, it’s Dominic Kay ffs!) and we leave him to it as it’s 3.30pm and we have to go to the Chapel of the Flowers for our official pre-wedding meeting.

    Now it’s getting very real.

    Arrive at the Chapel on time and I just sit there in a daze really as Joobs organises it all whilst I apparently look very green and sick. Fill out some forms and give them the documents so we can legally get married, before heading back to the Strip. Head to Harrah’s to meet everyone else as they had all arrived on the infamous Virgin flight. Off the top of my head I think I was chatting to Shogun and a couple of others in the Poker Room at Harrah’s whilst Joobs headed out to Carnival Court where all the drunks were. Eventually decided we were hungry and hit the Imperial Palace for the first of many visits to the best restaurant in Las Vegas.

    Hash House A Go-Go.

    I’d bought a voucher from Restaurant.com online which gave us $25 off the bill, caveat was we had to spend $50. Easy when there’s 3 of us. What we didn’t realise is that we would have struggled to eat one meal between the 3 of us! Joobs ordered a salad, a good decision in the end!

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    Jon MW dined with us and made the mistake of ordering this:

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    And my plate was bigger.

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    After managing to eat about a quarter of it, we eventually gave up and staggered downstairs in a food coma. Headed back to Harrah’s and left Joobs there as Jon and I headed to McCarran, because I had to meet my mother off her plane (landed at 9pm) and I had no clue where I was going, and MW did so I dragged him with me. Stuck $20 in a Wheel of Fortune slot whilst waiting and won $50, first win of the trip. Mum’s plane lands and we quickly grab her bags and head to Harrah’s. She checks in, and heads to bed after a 17hr trip. (On that note, thanks to a monumental cock-up by the check-in girl, they ended up charging $1200 to my card! Needless to say that got wiped VERY quickly…)

    Pretty knackered by this point, so we head back to Harrah’s and find the last stragglers (read: Laxie) in the Poker Room. She’s hammered and heading off to bed so we decide to do the same thing and head back to Bally’s, pausing to run the odd $20 through a slot machine before heading to bed.

    [This will be the last post tonight (UK), I'll post the next couple of installments tomorrow, enjoy! A.]
     
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  5. Iamrice

    Iamrice High-Roller

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    Your quality of posts vs number of posts is VERY high!

    Keep up the good work!
     
  6. Vladimir

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    Think I sat opposite you at APAT Coventry (until I got felted).

    Good to see another Cestrian on here!
     
  7. dfalk

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    I wish Allegiant had fancy seats like that on their plane!
     
  8. Adam

    Adam Low-Roller

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    So do I, that way then I could save money and go to Vegas more because I could fly to the East Coast on less expensive Transatlantic flights and take cheaper internal flights to Vegas!
     
  9. Adam

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    There's some APAT stories coming up soon...
     
  10. Adam

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    [I apologise in advance for this one - I got sick and I can be a bit whiny about these things...]

    Day 3 – Friday 18th November 2011 aka “I’M THE STAGGGGGGGGG” day!

    Once again we wake up, look at the clock, and groan.

    It’s 5.30am. FML!

    Just laze about in bed for a couple of hours before deciding to go find breakfast. Denny’s was NOT an option so we decide to go for a breakfast buffet. Phone Jon MW and round the Cowboy up before heading over to try the buffet at Cosmopolitan. Hit the Cosmo only to decide that it is way too expensive there.

    Whilst at Cosmo I remember that my Dad landed the day before and he is staying in Cosmo so a quick call to Cosmo reception and we get put through to his room. He answers (which means he actually landed, awesome) and we arrange buffet breakfast for the 5 of us at Planet Hollywood. Sort out times and all the important stuff, and the three of us head over to PHo, albeit getting slightly lost on the way there.

    Head over to PHo and Dad has not yet arrived with his fiancée, Maria, so we decide to play a few machines which give us a view of the entrance to the buffet. 45 minutes later…we’re still waiting. I spot him FINALLY and it turned out he’d managed to sneak past us and was downstairs waiting in the buffet. Oops. Head into the buffet and it was the first time any of us (well, except MW but he doesn’t count) had seen a buffet. All I have to say is…HOLY. CRAP. This place had everything, and everything was gorgeous. Nicest breakfast I’d ever had, up to that point anyway. Then I discovered that Americans have Corned Beef Hash for breakfast. *drools*

    After completely stuffing our faces to the point of not wanting to move, we eventually dragged our asses out of PHo. Dad and Maria head off to take photos (they are keen amateur photographers) and we headed off to Harrah’s to meet up with the gang. Sit chatting there for a bit whilst some played poker, others played slots…just chilling out really. Tighty appeared for the first time and regaled us of his “fun” with the hooker (see http://www.apat.com/forum/index.php?topic=10018.msg163128#msg163128 for the full details!) whilst Ger Jnr won a quick $300 on a slot machine. Joobs disappeared to Laxie’s room as Laxie wanted to practice on her hair before the wedding. It got to about 1pm and both Ger’s headed off to Caesars to check on Paul Mac. MW and I joined them but when we got to Caesars we couldn’t find Paul, although having just checked with Ger, we didn’t find him because he didn’t actually play!

    The Smyth’s then headed off to Monte Carlo to make an early start on the combined Stag/21st party, but MW and I decided to head back to Bally’s for cash. That’s actual cash, not poker. Whilst in Vegas I literally had the attention span of a gnat and I had noticed an advert for Circus Circus. Now I was under the impression that Slots-o-Fun had a cheap Craps table and fancied throwing some dice so we headed up there. Biggest mistake of the trip. Forgot to stop off for water so we were drinkless, then we managed to get on the wrong bus! We got on the express instead of the one that stops at every stop, so we had to get off at the Stratosphere . For some really weird reason, my nose started bleeding as well on the bus, a warning I really should have heeded.

    Managed to stop the bleeding and we walked from the Strat to Circus Circus. OMG that walk took forever, and it was the hottest day in November I’d ever felt! God knows how MW dealt with it in a black leather jacket ffs. Arrive at Circus Circus 45 minutes later and nearly pass out. We sign up for their Players Club and spend $30 to get $45 in promo chips, before taking them to the Blackjack table. MW goes on an awesome run and eventually cashes out $120 richer. I manage to win a small amount (about $40) and we cash out. Head upstairs and find one of these!

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    I’ll let Joobs explain that.

    Head over to Slots-o-Fun to find out that they didn’t have their Craps table anymore :( so we play a few slots, where luckbox wins a load again and I do all my winnings. Head out of the casino and just miss a bus so decide to go to Riviera to check it out. Wow, this place just seemed OLD. It was a very tired looking casino and really needs a refurb. Check out their Poker Room and they have the only $3-$6 LIMIT Omaha game I’ve ever seen. Tempted to play but then my stomach starts cramping and rumbling ominously.

    Uh-oh.

    Decide to head back to Bally’s as I’m pretty tired and feeling slightly sick. Start feeling really nauseous on the bus but manage to get back to Bally’s ok. Make it up to my room and pass out in bed at 4pm, thankfully without being sick. Wake up at 7pm to knocking on the door. It’s MW checking up on me as it’s the stag night. Get out of bed to answer the door and nearly fall over with dizziness. OK, what the hell is wrong with me? MW leaves after taking one look at me and realising I’m not headed anywhere, and I just slump against the back of the door. Sitting down lets me feel better so I crawl over to the bed and get back in.

    The air conditioning is on and I’m lying in bed with my clothes on, shivering yet sweating my balls off. Get really nauseous so take some tablets to relieve that and drift in and out of sleep til Joobs rolls back in at 2am. Sure could get to sleep for ages after that and it’s about 4am before I pass out.
     
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  11. Kort Jester

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    I have to ask

    What does that level of flight service cost .

    Forgive my crass question, but if service like that was offfered from MN I would most likely use it .
     
  12. Adam

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    Happy to answer most questions :)

    We live in the UK and fly with BA from London. A dummy booking now, for Business Class to/from LAS, is £3,630.05pp or $5,762.08pp at today's rate.

    We didn't pay this. We had BA miles and upgraded a Premium Economy seat. I paid about £1195/$1900pp in total including taxes etc.
     
  13. Jenx72

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    I Am loving reading your TR! Cant wait for more!
     
  14. BackInVegas

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    Trips of a lifetime

    A different view!! You look at going to Vegas as a trip of a lifetime while we yanks consider getting off of North America as a trip of a lifetime.

    I am off to read the blog for more info.
     
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    Day 4 – Saturday 19th November 2011 aka APAT Day

    Manage to get some sleep but still wake up pretty damn early. Sadly still feeling like complete donkey crap so I decide I’m just gonna stay in the room. Joobs heads out for breakfast and in the process of doing so, she meets up with Jon MW and then my mother. They decide to partake of the buffet at Harrah’s before heading over to Caesars to buy in for the APAT tournament before heading up the Stratosphere. To this day, I have no idea how they managed to do this, as my mum is completely and utterly scared of heights and swore blind that she would not be going up there. Well, she did, and here’s the immortal picture to prove it:

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    2 hours later they left the Strat and headed up to the Chapel as when we went on Thursday, we’d forgotten to take the CD with the actual wedding music on. Oops. The Strat was only a few minutes’ walk (and yes, it was actually a few minutes despite being Vegas!) so they hoofed it up the strip, dropped off the CD and jumped on the Deuce back to Caesars. Unfortunately for Joobs and MW, we were in Level 3 by then and their stacks had dwindled!

    In the meantime, I headed over to Caesars and bought myself in before the start. Found myself in seat 1 and was inwardly groaning. Had a few APAT players on my table – notably Tod Wood decked out in all his BCPC gear, Sharon Roberts and Neil Dawson. I knew Neil from the forum but had never met him in person and will finally admit that it took me 2 levels to work out who he was, sorry Neil!

    I spent most of the day grinding, no real big hands that I can think of. Our table was broken pretty quickly and I find myself sat to the right of Stuart Oliver, with the Stockton Cock to his left, Don Logan 2 to the Cock’s left and to my right, the chip leader Robert McMillan and David Marr who were both loud Americans. I double up through Marr after calling his raise IP with T-8cc (learning from Toby Lewis obv) and eventually turning a full house, only to see him shove into me with his rivered straight. Easy game.

    Joobs eventually joins us and she quickly gets moved to table Laxie. God help us all. Hilarity ensued on what was quickly becoming the non-serious table of the tournament. Even the Americans were looking at them and thinking WTF? Some of the hilarity involved:


    • [li]The word “BOOBAGE”
      [/li][li]Joobs almost getting a penalty for speaking German. To the only German at the table. After being told it was ok, as long as they were all from the same group!
      [/li][li]Classic Joobie-Laxie hands, of which one involved betting blind then dealing the river blind (and still betting blind) only for Laxie to win that one by hitting the river!
      [/li][li]Joobs’ mum and step-dad arriving in Vegas and joining us, only for Joobs to get told off as her mum was sat behind her!
      [/li][li]Joobie eventually busting to Laxie for a 60k pot at 200-400 with A-K vs K-K. Her reason? “Couldn’t care less, my mother’s arrived!”[/li]

    During one of the breaks, we had a slight bit of drama when I get a phone call. From England. Well, more to the point, Julie’s father. He had some bad news, his flight had been cancelled due to a technical problem, and now he wasn’t sure if he was going to make the wedding.

    Bollocks.

    I head back to the tables whilst Joobs spends some time with her family before they crash early (they had only just landed and were knackered) which mainly consisted of Dawn (Julie’s mum, not Laxie) being carried around the card room, in some cases literally, being introduced to everyone. *Whilst this is happening, I double through the Stockton Cock in a 70k pot when I raise K-J and flop Q-T-9 against Stu’s A-Q and knock out a short stacked Matt Bailie with 2-2 holding against his K-Q. Table breaks and I lose a few hands being a bit too aggressive and drift down to 50k. I then raise J9ss from the hijack and get one caller on the button in Tod Wood. Flop is J-5-7r and Tod calls my c-bet. We both check the 2s turn and I then back into the flush with the 6s river. I check and Tod bets 8k. I make it 22k and Tod has to call with his set. Nice pot shipped my way and I bag up 84.1k at the end of the day.

    My first ever Day 2 at an APAT and what a time to do it! I’m 6/15 but it’s that tight, I’ve only got 9.5k less than the chip leader. Joobs had been railing me through the day and we decided an early night was a plan and headed straight back to Bally’s for sleep, as we had to check out the next morning and head to the Vdara.
     
  16. Adam

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    Day 5 - Sunday 20th November 2011 aka Holy Fuck I’m getting married tomorrow! Day

    It’s another day in Vegas only this time we wake up to 3 bits of good news.

    [x]Leaving Bally’s!
    [x]I’m feeling a lot better!
    [x]Julie’s dad is on his way!

    It was a good thing that I was feeling better as we had to be at Caesars Palace for 1pm to play poker. Needless to say we had a hell of a lot to do. Started off by packing up the room and realising exactly why it is never a good idea to completely unpack one’s suitcase! By the time this was done, it was late enough to make some phone calls which resulted in us walking over to Harrah’s to meet my mother and mother-in-law to be, along with Julie’s step-dad, for the Harrah’s Breakfast Buffet. The older people in our group loved it but it wasn’t that great (it was good, don’t get me wrong) compared to the Planet Hollywood one. (DISCLAIMER: This may have something to do with me being ill the day before...) I did manage to sneak in some quick VP whilst waiting and hit a 40AK for the first time ever. And promptly forgot to take a picture of it.

    We finish up there and the adults wander off to gamble/take in the sights (all Vegas Virgins lol) whilst we try to locate Jaxie to recover the (thankfully vomit free) wedding dress – who the fuck thought it was a good idea to leave it with those two ffs? Sadly the dress is still REALLY creased so it's back to Bally’s as it’s about 10.30am and we need to check out and head over to Vdara so we decide to worry about it once we're there. So we grab our gear, check out easy and cab it over to Vdara, with Joobs starting to fret! Despite it being 11am we were able to check in and get settled. Joobs didn't like the idea of leaving her dress with anyone but we just didn't have the time to go and wait at a cleaners, so after some negotiating and slight threatening. the dress was left with a very nervous looking concierge before we headed over to Caesars for the most important part of the day. The poker.

    Head over there and meet up with everyone before we get started. We decide that as the final table is 10, and officially 9 are paid, to take a chunk from the top couple of positions and give the 10th place man $200 so that everyone who makes the FT gets paid. And we start. I lose a few chips check-raising the Stockton Cock with complete air (6-6 on a J-3-7r board), only for him to shove and me to pass. I gain a lot of them back by exploiting the tightness of the table and simply opening most hands folded to me. Then I get what I think is going to be the perfect moment. I look down UTG and find Dem Aces (Ah Ac). Decide that hopefully my image will get me paid off and make my usual 2.5x raise (4500 at 1k/2k). Folds to MickyP in the BB and he calls. Flop is 7h Ts 2h and Micky leads for about 6k. I make it 20-odd and Micky shoves. I call and Micky has Jh Th, one of the worst hands I want to see. Until the Ace of Spades hits the turn. Now all I need is a black card. Any black card. Win this hand and I think I have a perfect shot of winning the tournament. Just a fecking...

    6h.

    You have to be kidding me.

    Micky has 50k behind on the flop and I’m pretty decimated . Go through the blinds and antes and dribble down to 24k before finding 8-8. Shove and get called by K-10cc of Tod Wood. I win the race and start to believe again! The blinds go up and a couple of rounds later I’m pretty short, but we keep losing the odd player and it’s suddenly bubble time. I have 8xBB and am about to go through the blinds again as we are 5 handed. I look at my first card, an Ace, and shove. Brian Harland reshoves behind with what turns out to be 7-7. He turns a full house and I bubble. I hate bubbling at the best of times, but here? I was in pieces inside. It was the first APAT event I’d actually felt good about myself, the one I’d actually thought I had a chance in, and I bubbled. Stuck around for the start of the FT but just had to get out of there and went to wander around Caesars. I couldn’t even muster up the energy to play slots or make some sports bets.

    Eventually got my head sorted and went back to find everyone. Watched Micky take it down (at least he used my chips well) then went back to Vdara to check on the dress (yes it was there and crease free; the guy got a hug and a ridiculously large tip from Joobs) and we headed to find food. I say “headed”, we’d arranged to have a family meal at the Harley Davidson Cafe at Planet Hollywood. Julie’s dad had made it to Vegas finally, but even though he had been here twice before he neglected to notice the giant hotel Planet Hollywood, and instead went to the Planet Hollywood café in Caesars. By the time we got hold of him it was late so he ate there, so we gave him the chapel details and hoped he would make it there. So my Mum, Dad, and my Dad's partner Maria joined us for what turned out to be an awesome meal, especially with the Harley Davidson motorcycles on a carousel over your head! This was also the meal where Julie discovered what she now calls the best Vegas food ever.

    SLIDERS.

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    Leave Harley Davidson and walk up to Harrah’s chatting with the families for a bit before they head off to bed and we take a nice, relaxing walk back to Vdara. After all, it’s not like tomorrow’s going to be nice and quiet now, is it?
     
  17. Adam

    Adam Low-Roller

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    [This is the important one...]

    Day 6 – Monday 21st November 2011 aka Wedding Day

    Wake up to the realisation that today is the most important day of my life. Oh yeah, and I'm getting married in 4 hours! Had worse views to wake up to:

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    And when I glance to the right...

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    OMG, I'm getting married in 4 hours. And Joobs has to get ready!! Needless to say I was unceremoniously ejected from the suite, holding a suit, a wallet and my shoes. Take a quick walk to my father's room in Cosmopolitan where he has kindly ordered a rather large amount of room service breakfast, of which I managed to eat 2 slices of toast. And a banana. Go me! Surprisingly enough I really wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be, chilled out for a bit then started to get ready at 9am (Wedding was at 11am) and was downstairs having my last bet as a single man at 10am.

    [ ] I won.

    Joobs had a bit more fun getting ready, in her own words:

    Laxie and my Mum rock up shortly after Adam leaves, ladened with food, bubbly and spare make-up etc just in case. The make-up artist arrives shortly after at 8am (an hour early) and thank god she did because making my hair curly took AGES!! Thank god I was calm and relaxed because my morning visitors were no help!

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    Dawn was shouting at the hotel staff as we had no crockery or glasses in the room, 6 phone calls and a near kidnapping of a maid later they arrive. And my mother...well she was all excited and nervous... a bad combination!! This resulted in her getting physically picked up and moved by Dawn more than once (“Mom, MOVE!!”) as my dearest mother is left with her feet dangling in the air being transported out of the way. When Mother-in-law to be arrives it gets worse, she heads straight for the sticky buns and Dawn has to rugby tackle her into the bathroom before she goes anywhere near the dress!

    Somehow I’m still chilled and we make it with seconds to spare, and even though my dress is laced up completely wrong, I’m happy.

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    It turns out it's hard to breathe wearing a corsetted dress in a limo, but I had peeps there to distract me...

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    Whilst all this is going on, I get in the cab and get to the Chapel of the Flowers for 10.30am. It's a blur from then on. I remember shaking hands with lots of people, then hiding in the chapel before Joobs got there...then we let everyone else in and the minister started talking. He made the fatal mistake of saying “Thank you everyone for coming over from England!” Needless to say half the room goes “Oi! I'm not from fecking England!” His simple reply? “OK, England and Scotland!” That set off the Welsh, so he tries “Everyone from the United Kingdom!” That just set off Ger. Need I say more?

    Thanks guys. That little palaver actually calmed me down a lot and probably got me through the whole thing without chucking my guts up, so thanks. I needed that.

    It's 11am and nearly everyone is here. Even the bride is outside! Unfortunately, RichEO and Khadija missed the wedding and had to watch from a side room, oops! Even more unfortunate, Curlarge was taken ill and missed the whole lot. So Joobs makes her entrance and I'm not even going to attempt to describe it...just watch it.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D5EOF44EhI [/youtube]

    Unsurprisingly, I'm the guy in the black suit getting married, for those of you who are lucky enough to have not met me yet. The laughing and pointing should really be explained... Joobs said she wasn't going to marry me unless I cried...I never cry. Here I didn't full on burst into tears either, but I'll be damned if there wasn't a few tears in my eyes when I first saw her as she entered the chapel.

    Afterwards we get dragged around for the official photos (not really dragged, I enjoyed it) which was fun but HOT. It was 25 degrees out throughout the day and 45 minutes in a black suit jacket, waistcoat etc was not fun. A massive thank you to Dawn who “organised” everyone while this was going on.

    We'd decided on lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. My dad is an aspiring amateur photographer so he decided that we would walk from Caesars casino to the Cheesecake Factory whilst he snapped us like Paparazzi, stopping at all the cool places to pose. OMG this was awesome. Random people kept stopping us to take pics! Joobs loved all the attention, me? I just loved her on my arm lol!

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    Get to the Cheesecake Factory. They don't do bookings apparently...well they didn't until they met Joobs and Dawn, who between them managed to get around 30 of us sat and eating dinner!!

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    By this time we're knackered so head back to Vdara for an hours kip before the REAL fun...JAPAT 2011! Stop off at Caesars on the way back and get some interesting pics...

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    I was surprisingly on a roll and hit a fire bet – the one and only time I have done so! Hit 5/6 numbers for, well, I'm writing this in October 2012, I can't remember! Eventually make it back to Vdara and chill out for an hour.

    And before you dirty pervs get any ideas, that dress had to stay on. It was just chilling.

    We head over to the Trop at about 5.15pm for JAPAT. Most of it has already been posted on the APAT forums but for newbies, I'll explain. When Joobs found out that APAT didn't have a tourney planned (ie before Curlarge stepped in), she was already determined to play poker in her dress on her wedding day. Hence, JAPAT (Joobie's APAT). We got in touch with a few cardrooms and eventually came up with a good deal from the Tropicana. Silo Graham from Blonde donated a trophy and 2 medals, and Joobs (with Jon MW's help) sorted out a funny wooden spoon for first man out, and we had our own wedding tournament! Nick Gullo, the cardroom manager, was very helpful before, during and after, and the whole thing ran smoothly (even when joobs changed the structure mid tournament.... more than once). I persuaded a few people to start a 3/6 L08 game which apparently ran til 7am in the morning to generate a bit more rake for the room as a thank you, and Jack Prime of all people won the tournament!

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    I bust pretty early as my role was simple; mingle, host and make sure everyone was happy (oh, and sneak off for some dice). Joobs had one target: Win. Unfortunately Jon MW made her bubble her own wedding tournament!! Apart from this, it was the perfect way for two crazy, poker obsessed lunatics such as ourselves to spend our wedding day: Playing our favourite game with our friends, family and loved ones, some of whom hated poker but joined in just for us) We wouldn't change it for the world, so thank you those who came, those who wished us well, those who watched, and those who just supported us.

    Paul Gildea was the unlucky man to bust first (sorry Paul):
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    Jon MW came 3rd:
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    Andrew Duncan came 2nd:
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    And of course, Jack Prime won:
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    By the time the tournament was over it was midnight and the both of us were knackered, so we made the presentations, said thank you, left the degens to play L08, and went back to the Vdara.

    And slept. As man and wife.
     
  18. milehiman

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    I really love your trip report so far.

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your wedding with the forum.

    Can't wait to read more.
     
  19. Adam

    Adam Low-Roller

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    Day 7 - Tuesday 22nd November 2011 aka Welcome to my new life Day

    It's nice to wake up in the morning, turn to your left and say “Good morning, wife!”

    Well, the day after you get married it is. It gets old soon after that!!

    We'd decided beforehand that our first full day as a married couple was going to be just us. No friends, no family, nobody. Just us, chilling, wandering around Vegas and generally spending time together. Then, as mentioned above, we'd not got to see Julie's dad beforehand due to his late arrival and my poker time on the Sunday. So we had to arrange to see him for lunch as he was leaving for Canada today.

    Also, I'd noticed just before we left that the Tropicana had something I HAD to play. Live cash Razz. $2-$8 spread limit. Ran on a Tuesday night only. Needless to say, Joobs and I love our Stud Poker variations so that went on the list. And as we had Jon MW with us on the trip...he was invited. So, our plans for the day kinda went out of the window.

    We started off the day with breakfast in bed – which meant more SLIDERS. Breakfast SLIDERS obviously, but still SLIDERS. Can I just point out that there is no better food? Well apart from the cheesecakes we had brought back from the Cheesecake Factory; Double Choc & White Choc, and Macadamia Caramel... perfect start to married life. Eventually dragged ourselves out of bed and went for a wander through the Bellagio as we hadn't really seen it, just passed through it. Played a few slots and won sweet FA, before it got to lunch and we headed over to Harley Davidson for lunch with my new father-in-law. It was nice to just sit and chill, and get to know Julie's dad, and we stayed there until about 2pm when he had to leave to make his flight.

    Literally, all we did that day was wander around casinos, taking it all in. We hadn't really had the chance to do this because of the manic-ness that was our first few days, and we were glad of the respite before the real fun started! We finally got hold of MW and walked down from the Flamingo to Tropicana, and I distinctly remember walking into a very drunk Matthew Ward and James Barber at some point outside the massive M&M store, but nearly a year later I can't be sure what day it was!

    Arrive at Tropicana for 6pm and the game starts about 45 minutes later. It ended up being one table all night and I was plodding along for a couple of hours before I kicked it into gear and won a few small hands. Then the biggest hand of the night occurs.

    I have [32]A and raise over a completion. A local makes it 3! showing a 2 and Andy (one of the dealers who was off that night) caps showing another A. One fold, then we both call (pot=$100). I draw a 6 for [32]A6 and both of them draw well. It gets capped and I draw a 4 for [32]A64. I know the action slightly slows here but Andy's board shows a potential 64 and the local shows a draw to the wheel. It then gets capped again on 6th and 7th and the pot is over $400, in a $2-$8 spread limit game!

    And my 6432A is good.

    Ship it!

    I eventually walk out around $500 to the good at 2am when the game breaks. Jon and Joobs also won although Joobs donated a good percentage of her profit in the last hand of the night when she asked for a Stud hand (she prefers Stud, I'm a Razz man) and got sucked out on by the same local in my hand. Oops!

    We decide to walk back to Vdara via NYNY and Monte Carlo's trams, where we pass the rollercoaster and Joobs ominously decides “I want to go on that!!” Oh, ffs...
     
  20. Adam

    Adam Low-Roller

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    I'm gonna aim to do one post a day until the end - although that might be a bit difficult tomorrow as it's our first wedding anniversary.
     
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