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April 9 thru 15

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by VPDana, Apr 24, 2014.

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  1. VPDana

    VPDana Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Here's a little bit of info about our trip, April 9 - 15:

    Getting there, getting home and getting around while there

    We had a 8:55 am flight on Southwest. I played the 24 hour boarding pass game (exactly on time) and we got B38/39. Our plane was sold out. As I got in the security check line, a TSA agent looked at my boarding pass and I had been randomly selected for the short pre-check line. Whoopee, already a winner! My husband was not, so I took our one-and-only carry-on with me, didn't have to take anything out, kept on my shoes and walked through a metal detector. Easy peasy! We grabbed a quick breakfast at the airport and were raring to go.

    Our flight home was at 7:55 pm. I had stopped by a kiosk several hours after the 24 hour boarding pass time had elapsed and do not remember our exact numbers, but high A. My husband and I both drew a pre-check this time. This late flight is never full. In fact, the Southwest Gate Agent just told us to all board at the same time.

    We took Airline Shuttle to|from airport|hotel. We didn't wait long for the shuttle to leave the airport, and prior drop-offs were few. The shuttle for our return to McCarran was a few minutes early, with two already onboard and one pick-up after us, coupled with a driver who apparently was a NASCAR trainee got us to the airport in no time!

    We rented a car on our second day there. We were staying at the California, so we had pre-arranged a rental from Advantage using their desk at Main Street Station.

    Valet parking at the Cal & MSS was at a premium Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There was a Fillipino Festival on the MSS surface parking lot, Pinoy Pride. We had to always show a room key or parking pass.


    Our Hotel

    This was our first time staying at the California. Our six nights were comped by our host, plus a total of $70.00 in food comps. I think the rooms are comparable to Main Street Station where we have been staying, possibly a bit smaller. I do like the bathroom layout better at the Cal, everything in one room and much more counter space. Our room was ready when we got there at approximately 11:30 am. We actually just had the bellman take our luggage to the room so we could get to the casino faster!


    Casinos we visited

    The California; Main Street Station; Las Vegas Club; Downtown Grand (blech!); El Cortez; Silver Sevens (another blech!); Gold Coast; East Side Cannery; and Skyline, El Dorado & Fiesta Henderson in Henderson.

    Some of these casinos we went to more than once. Naturally, we were at the Cal & MSS many times since that was home base. Our first visit to El Cortez was good enough for us to make a return visit. And Skyline deserved a second visit, and a visit to their restaurant for a breakfast. I will never enter the Downtown Grand again. Although we had been to Terrible's several times, we thought we'd take a look at Silver Sevens - no thanks, very dirty.

    Where | What we ate

    We don't put a lot of thought into our meals while in Las Vegas. My husband does like a sit-down breakfast, but other meals are wherever we are when we're hungry. There are two good food memories for me - the bread pudding at the Eastside Cannery Buffet (we had a BOGO) and the Nachos Grande at 777 Brew Pub. Those nachos are fantastic!

    The Culinary Workers Strike hit half-way through our trip. Our hotel was not included. We saw very little evidence of it, but we weren't on Fremont Street. We did see some picketers outside a door of El Cortez.

    The reason we go

    The gambling, more specifically, Video Poker. We play quarter video poker. I love Joker's Wild Poker. I sometimes play nickel VP such as Multi-Strike, Ultimate X, Spin Poker.

    My husband and I were both reasonably lucky this trip. We seem to cash out a lot of TITOs. That's always good to keep on playing. One coin DDB machine at El Cortez just could not stop spitting out $200 in quarters at a time until I needed help taking the coins ($1,000.00) to the cashier! We had two fun hits at MSS within one hour. I was playing their one and only quarter Joker's Wild machine. I was dealt four to the royal, and drew the Queen of Hearts for the royal = $1,175.00. My husband actually got the biggest surprise while playing a quarter Treasure Chest ~ his pick of the treasure chests was for $1,199.00!

    Overall, we brought home $300.00 more than we took. The money we take pays for everything we spend while on our trip. We don't keep bankroll separate from food, etc., so we did pretty good. The money for our October 2014 trip is ready to go! Hopefully, it will come back home again!
     
  2. zoey11

    zoey11 Low-Roller

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    Wow! Great wins, congrats!
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Max win on treasure chest?

    First time I've ever heard that hit!

    Nice hits, thanks for sharing!
     
  4. Darreningreenwood

    Darreningreenwood Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the report. Can I ask why Downtown Grand was so "blech!"?
     
  5. VPDana

    VPDana Low-Roller

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    Yes, that's the max on quarter machines. I've never heard about anyone hitting it either.
     
  6. sam

    sam Low-Roller

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    Fun trip report. It's always nice to hear someone have some nice wins.
     
  7. VPDana

    VPDana Low-Roller

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    It is a nice, clean atmosphere but very few people gambling there. (It was early Thursday) Very quiet, and just sucked up money with no play whatsoever. No incentive to stay very long. Not my kind of casino, I guess.
     
  8. Buddha

    Buddha VIP Whale

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    Nice report, VPDana. We were actually there at the same time you were there, as we stayed 7 nights at MSS, April 9 - 15, departing on the 16th. And, we played at MSS 3 full days, and at the Cal 2 full days, as well as walking all around Fremont Street, doing free-play coupons and matchplays. Report is down below ....
     
  9. VegasSteven

    VegasSteven Low-Roller

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    That's a winning trip. Congrats on doing Vegas so well! :beer:
     
  10. dbueler

    dbueler High-Roller

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    Great TR... congrats on the wins and thanks for sharing!
     
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