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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Crapmaster, Jan 2, 2014.

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  1. Crapmaster

    Crapmaster Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    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.
     
  2. Joe

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    Thanks for posting.

    We were at Chicago Brewing Co a week ago Sunday. It's our favorite place for pizza, football and VP, but there were 6 cigar smokers in the couch area and we were overwhelmed with smoke at the bar.

    I smoked for decades and I just thought the ventilation sucked. By the end of the game, my eyes were burning.

    It's called a cigar bar, so I'm not bitching that someone is smoking, but it really is the worst I have experienced there.
     
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  3. Crapmaster

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    Saturday morning comes and we drive the rental car to NYNY. Tried to check in WAY too early. They did check us in, but not a specific room until later. No decent upgrades available because of the holidays, despite my expertise in implementing the 20 dollar trick.

    We grabbed a donut at Starbucks and went over to MGM to try our hand at the now nearly mythical Lion's Share Progressive. We have found it's best to try to play that in the morning before the casino is busy, as it is very popular. 21 bucks later we failed to win the 2.3 million dollars. Between Lion's Share and Megabucks I'm sure we will win one of them someday.

    Back to NYNY to put down a base of points. We sat down at the Times Square Bar. We like playing there, though we've never done too good. Well erase that negative crap, because on the first hand I am dealt 4444 with a 3 kicker for 200 bucks! That's right, DEALT! I also got a couple other non-bonus quads. Now I REALLY like the Times Square bar. The only thing I recommend is don't play there in the evening during the dueling pianos. There is not much worse than a bunch of drunk people who can't sing singing.

    We played the rest of the day at NYNY. We really like it there. The Stardust used to be our home in Vegas and it took us a couple years to find another place we liked as much. These days we feel just as comfortable at NYNY as we used to at the Dust. There are also several reasonable, high quality fast food options. Our favorite is Greenberg's Deli. The pastrami reuben is fantastic! The only things I don't like are the video poker pay tables aren't great and the blackjack is pathetic. 6-5 for blackjack at every table, unless you want to bet $25 a hand. Unplayable IMO. But the go go dancers are a considerable upgrade from the ones at Vegas Club downtown. (Just call me a pig)

    Sunday morning we walked over to Hooters Casino to watch the NFL games at their sports book/bar. Of course the games start at 10:00 AM there. We were going to try to keep it real with the beer drinking, starting that early. THAT didn't happen. The young girl and guy tending bar were very sweet, easy going with none of that big city stuff and couldn't seem to give us beers fast enough. Lisa was having Miller Lite draft until the keg blew and she switched to bottled Stella and I had probably 8 or 10 draft Batch 19's. They were cold and went down very easily. And we were playing video poker at the bar, so every one was comped. We gave the kids a buck a beer. We also had some wings. Hooters wings are as good as anybody's. We could watch all the games, including the ones we had bets on. Unfortunately we lost 2 out of our 3 $50 bets and lost just a little on the VP. But our Bengals won. (Don't bet on or against them..........ever!) We gave the kids an extra 10 on the way out of there. What a great time we had there!

    Then it was back to NYNY to give them the play they deserve for sending us the comped room offers. That's right, comped. Not free. They usually don't end up being free. That evening we stopped by what we call "the fancy bar". It's by checkin and the concierge/valet area. We wanted to check out the advertised $6 chocolate martini. VERY GOOD! We split the first one and Leese hogged most of the second. In fact she left the bar with it to play Phantom of the Opera. I went over to retrieve the glass for the bartender a short while later and she was up $200! That's the second time she's won 200 on that game betting about 40 cents a hand. The other time was in October at M Resort.

    By this time we were about toast and it was time to head back to the room to rest up for Monday's long travel day. We got a couple of slices at the pizzeria to take up to the room. I'm sure there were other wins I don't remember and losses I conveniently forget, but we came in on Thursday with $2000 and were going home Monday with $2200. Not a big win, but the best we've done in years. What a fantastic, memorable trip!
     
  4. DrLect

    DrLect Low-Roller

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    Congratulations on having the elusive winning trip! It is a real win when you:

    a) have comped rooms
    b) pay little for food (or exchange points)
    c) pay only tips for cocktails
    d) bring home more cash than you left with (without visiting the ATM) :thumbsup:
     
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  5. savage810

    savage810 Low-Roller

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    Great report! I agree about the Lion's Share. I have been able to play it in the morning, but we were there this Monday and the same dude was sitting there all afternoon.

    :cry:
     
  6. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

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    haha, we checked into MSS on the 26th too...we probably ran into you guys and didn't even know it, lol.
     
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  7. Crazycrue

    Crazycrue Low-Roller

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    What a great report. I like your style of play and writing.

    I think your on to something with low rolling in Vegas. It's all about the experience and that makes for a great trip. You even came home with a bit of extra money bonus.

    Good job u2. Hmmm gonna have to try that chocolate martini now.
     
  8. Crapmaster

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    Thanks for the kudos. This was my first trip report. I've been wanting to write one for some time, but just never got around to it. This was the perfect trip to finally do it. I've always enjoyed reading everyone elses. Reading about others exploits is a great way to get even more excited about an upcoming trip or tide you over between trips. I also just remembered a $100 win at Binion's Friday on a quarter Wheel of Fortune machine. I got the WOF symbol in the first slot and two seemingly unrelated symbols in 2 and 3 and the credits started racking up. I'm sure my wife would have been able to figure it out, but I didn't question it.
     
  9. higgiel

    higgiel Low-Roller

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    Very nice trip report, Crapmaster. It sounds like you had a nice trip and you brought home some extra cash as well. It doesn't get much better than that. I always think of tips in Vegas as my investment in good karma. It seems to have worked for you too. :wave:
     
  10. Tree DA

    Tree DA High-Roller

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    Great report, thanks for sharing and congrats on a winning trip. I'm checking in to MSS in a few days. I love their beers and pitch BJ game. Even though the rules aren't great (no DAS) I'll sacrifice that to be able to get their beers at the tables. We like to split the trip into downtown and Strip stays as well. Last trip we split between MSS and NYNY. This time it's MSS and Flamingo.
     
  11. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    Great report Crapmaster (love the handle)! Sounds like you and Mrs. Crapmaster know how to do Vegas right... Thank You for sharin' the trip with us!
     
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