We planned this trip for after the madness of too much family, but before the madness of New Years Eve in Vegas. We hadn't really planned on a trip at this time of year, but Main Street Station sent us an offer for their "Pre-New Years Eve Celebration". It included 3 comped nights starting December 25th or 26th, some food comps and a Friday night party including dinner, drinks and cash prizes. Well ooooo kkkkk. Just twist my arm. We booked the 3 nights starting the 26th. We ended up cancelling the third, because we had 2comped nights at NYNY for Saturday & Sunday the 28th and 29th. I'll skip the mundane travel details, but first a little background on our gambling style. We are confirmed low rollers, but we play A LOT. At least 12 to 14 hours a day. We've been to Vegas at least 30 times, but probably could count the shows we've seen on one hand. Danny Gans was the best by far, but that was a long time ago. And you also won't see us at Wolfgang's or Emeril's or anyone else's expensive restaurant, though we did have a wonderful anniversary dinner once at the Top of the World. WE LIKE TO PLAY! I play a lot of quarter video poker, some 50 cent and occasionally dollar. I'll also play some mindless reel machines or one or two penny if VP is not going well. I buy into a crap game for $100 and grind or $50 at blackjack. My wife Lisa plays A LOT of of pennies, usually for the minimum. She'll also play VP, craps & blackjack with me sometimes. For the way we play and a 4 night trip, we bring $2000 and usually bring home about half that. We checked into Main Street Station about 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 26th. We played for a short while there and then headed out to Freemont Street, where I wanted to play a $25 match play coupon at the Golden Gate. See my plan was to start out the trip with a decent win. That didn't work out. We bet "odd" on roulette because that's what we are. It came up green 0. So we went back out on Freemont and played a little at The D, The Nugget and Four Queens. We were getting kinda hungry, so we stopped into the cigar bar at Four Queens and had a couple microbrews and one of their delicious thin pizzas. Despite it being a cigar bar, it has excellent ventilation, with an actual breeze coming through there. We lost just a few bucks there, and then headed back to MSS to give them some well deserved play. We played a little of this and that, not winning but not getting clobbered. Played our customary $21 in Megabucks. Alas, we still aren't millionaires. About 11:00 I bought into a 5 dollar blackjack game for $50 while Lisa was playing pennies. I played for about an hour, got on a good roll and cashed $250. I got out of that game, we played for awhile longer and hit the hay about 2:00 AM. Friday morning we had breakfast at the Plaza. Most of the time we like fast, cheap, but good food. The Plaza has a food court with a fast mexican joint. Can't remember the name, but we had 4 breakfast tacos that were excellent for $6.50. Mmmmmmmm. Choizo! We headed back out to Freemont Street to start our gaming day. First stop was The D. We really like that place since they changed it from Fitzgerald's and updated everything. There's a bar that's got to be 60 or 70 feet long, if not longer with commensurate flat screens. I sat down to play some quarter double double bonus. About 3 minutes in in held two aces and caught the other two and a 4 kicker for 500 bucks! I was very excited and called Leese who was equally excited. I cashed out about 10 or 15 minutes later and went to see her. She was up $200 playing Davinci Diamonds for 40 or 50 cents a spin! We left The D a little while later feeling pretty good about life. We went to Binions and the Freemont. Freemont has 3 dollar craps! We bought in for a hundred each and lost about 40 each. Couldn't get a decent roll going. We checked out a few kiosks on Freemont and did buy a chip holder for our ever growing collection. We stopped into Vegas Club. I wanted to check it out because of conflicting info I had heard about it, some on this board. They may have updated it a little, not much, but it still smells the same. LOL! I swear, Vegas Club and MGM are the two perfumiest casinos in Vegas. It can get pretty nauseating. You can smell Vegas Club 20 feet out on Freemont. My wife likes to play video poker at their bar though, and the bartenders were very friendly. We went back to MSS to give them some play before the party. The party was at 5:00 at the Calfornia and people were invited from both the California and MSS. It was held in the Ohana room. My guess is there were about 500 people there. They did a wonderful job of ushering everyone in and getting us through the buffet line in an orderly, timely manner. The food was great, carving beef etc, plenty of wait staff taking drink orders and we even won 50 bucks in the cash drawings! What a nice event. We were very appreciative, considering we're pretty low rollers. We went back to MSS after the dinner party for some extended evening play. Lisa got a royal flush on nickel triple play for 200 bucks. I got 4 of a kind on Treasure Chest for my only 4oak at MSS. Got the lowest prize at $35 and 2 bucks on the scratch-off. We also did not win Megabucks that night when we ran our traditional $21 through. Crashed around midnight. My brief commentary on downtown. Yes, it is smokey. If you can't stand the smoke stay outta downtown. We quit 13 years ago. For us it's worth it on a limited basis, 2 out of our 4 nights. Downtown Las Vegas right now is true "old Vegas". 5 dollar tables everywhere with good rules at blackjack and decent pay schedules at video poker. Lots of free drinks and no problem getting them. Nobody telling me how much I have to put into a machine to qualify for a comped drink. They act like they appreciate your business, no matter what level you gamble at. And it's got a great vibe. I will wrap up this report with the next installment, where we go back out on the Strip.