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ARIA - 2/15 - 2/18 - drinks, DDB and a jackpot!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Kimsa70, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. Kimsa70

    Kimsa70 High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Let me preface this by saying I’ve never posted a trip report on Vegas Message Boards. I usually post on Slot Fanatics. However, as of late, I’m finding my trips involve much less slotting than in the past due to how tight the machines have been since last fall.

    The offer: 3 comped nights in a Corner Suite, $250 of Freeplay and 2 comped buffets a day

    The trip to Vegas: I arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport and took a seat at Cat Cora’s restaurant and had a nice little snack of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I also imbibed a bit, downing 2 Salt Lake specialty beers from a brewery called Squatters. These beers have 9% alcohol, so I was feeling mighty fine when I boarded the plane. Had 2 vodka and diet sprites on the plane, and landed in Vegas about ½ hour late.

    Aria limo greeter was there with my name on his iPad. Luggage came out pretty quick (I waited over an hour for my luggage in January on my Lady Gaga trip).

    Arrived at Aria, and got in line for the Invited Guest Check-In. I ended up waiting there for almost 45 minutes while they checked in everyone but me. I guess my suite was not ready (it was almost 6:45pm!!!). For my inconvenience, they gave me an extra $100 food and beverage credit for my trip. Score!! I wasn’t going to have to dip into my Express Comps for drinks this trip.
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    Finally made it up to my room, everything in the corner suite was as I had remembered from my past 2 stays. I changed and went to start gambling. I played a bunch of slots, and in no time, had gone through my entire $250 of freeplay. Some slots I remember playing are Wicked Winnings II and Monopoly. I had planned to play high limits, but all plans seem to go out the window once I arrive in Vegas.

    I went over to the View Bar and ordered another vodka, and walked back out onto the slot floor and put a $20 in a machine I’d never played before. It was $3 a spin, I got the bonus round with Genies in it, and ended up with $280! Now I’m up for the trip. I then met a friend who drove me over to Mandalay Bay so I could purchase some tickets for Steel Panther. Then he drove me back to Aria and went to work (he’s a poker dealer at another casino).

    I grabbed a few hundred from the safe, and my winnings from earlier, and went to the Arctic Fox machine near the high limits room, and also to play some $5 Double Top Dollar and $5 Pinball. I’ve had some good luck on these machine in the past. However, luck was not with me, and at $25 a spin on Arctic Fox, everything I had dwindled to nothing. I had one hit on Pinball for $475, one on Top Dollar for $450, and overall I lost $700 or $800 the first night. This is better than prior trips where I’ll end up down $3k my first night. Now it was only 11:30pm and I was tired. So, I went up to my room, intending to get more money from the safe, but ended up going to bed. How boring!

    Day 2: Woke up with a hangover and decided not to eat (note – still haven’t taken advantage of the comp buffet). First thing I did day 2 was rub the Buddha for good luck.

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    Next stop – Vodka should cure me! I went and sat at the bartop at Aria by the Sportsbook. This nice bartender named Tyrone was working. I played DDB video poker from 1pm – 5pm at $5 a hand and had about 7 or 8 vodka and sodas with lemon. I got 3 quads for $250 each and finally got a quad with the kicker for a sweet $800.

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    Now I was pretty buzzed for so early in the day and was supposed to go see Blue Man Group at 7pm. However, I decided my head was spinning and I canceled the ticket. I went up to my room to take a nap, and housekeeping had NOT cleaned my room in the 4+ hours I’d been away. I was pissed! I waited around for the housekeeping guy and ended up lying in bed while he did the cleaning. I somehow scammed about 30 packages of those Aria chocolates from the housekeeper by giving him a $5 tip.

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    I feel asleep for 2 hours and woke up in time to meet my friend for the comped buffet. This “new” buffet was not impressive to me. Food was average. However, I’ve never eaten at a buffet before in Vegas, so I had nothing to compare it to. My friend left and I slotted some more, losing more of my bankroll and decided I didn’t have it in me to attend the midnight Steel Panther show, so I called it a night.
     
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    Day 3: Woke up 9;30am, intending to truly accomplish something today. I went to the buffet at about 11am and it took over a ½ hour to be seated, even though I have the Noir card. The buffet was not that much better in the morning than it had been the previous night. I had 2 bloody mary’s that were icky. Then I rubbed the Buddha again. Then I went over to say hello to Tyrone and dropped $200 in video poker and had 2 more vodka and sodas.

    Then I decided to go over to Bellagio. Upon arrival to Bellagio, I took pictures of the Chinese New Year display.

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    I finally got to the high limits room and my first $100 in the $5 Top Dollar, I hit $800 on a combination with 2 Double symbols and a Red 7. It looked like it should have paid more, but I’ll take it! I got a few spins on Top Dollar and was soon up to $1300, having started with a $400 bankroll.
     
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    I left Bellagio and decided to go to the Platinum lounge at Cosmo for a drink. Didn’t play at Cosmo, but did have the one drink. Now is when things start to get fuzzy. I went up to my room, changed, somehow managed to put on my false eyelashes, and left some money in the safe. Had some more drinks at the View Bar. Lost close to $1500 in the damn Arctic Fox and the $10 Top Dollar in high limits. Fortunately, then the next thing I know, I hit $1764 on the Arctic Fox. Yay!!! Thank you Buddha!!! Now I’m up $160 for my trip! Trekked back up to the room, dropped bankroll in safe.

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    At around 9:45pm I went and had another buffet! The buffet tasted pretty good this time, probably because I was wicked buzzed. Took the $160 back to the slot floor and played Beverley Hillbillies until the $160 was gone. Now is when things get pretty fuzzy. I went back to the View Bar and sat there until almost 2am. I’m not sure who I talked to or what I did but all I remember was potentially talking about having one of the bartenders back to my room, which did not happen, thank God.

    Somehow made It back up to my room and ate this entire plate of fruit that my host had left for me:

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    Day 4: Woke up 10am still drunk and went and had buffet #5! Stumbled back to my room and slept until 3:30pm. 4pm checkout, limo back to McCarran, home in Utah by 10pm.

    Trip summary: earned 63,000 tier credits and only $63 of express comps. (last year, I’d earn 140,000 tier and about 300 – 400 in comps) Ate 5 free Aria buffets. $28 charged to Express Comps (over and above the $100 comp) and $44 to tips. I’m not sure how many hours of play I had or what my theo was. Leaving even is a great win for me! I’m actually even for 2013 having spent 5 nights in casinos since January 1st.

    Next trip: 3/15 – 3/18 staying at MGM Grand. Trip will include Zumanity, Steel Panther, David Copperfield and hopefully a St. Patrick’s Day stumble on Fremont Street.
     
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  5. JDinTN

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    Thanks for the TR! Leaving even is always great. By the way there was just a thread about Noir being bullshit. The one benefit it seemed to have was unofficial front of line priority but sounds like that isn't always the case! Most of the people in the VIP wait list ahead of you were probably not Noir -- hell they could have been Pearl!
     
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    Short but sweet TR - cool pictures too, thanks.
     
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    Thanks for your Trip Report...Glad ya finally hit that artic fox :beer:
     
  8. CaptainJack

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    Your theo would be roughly 20x your EC's earned.
     
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    Nice report, Kimsa70.

    Love the buddha picture. Couldn't resist rubbing the tummy on my screen.

    Congrats on your nice win.
     
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    Thanks for the great trip report. So how does $1,260 of theo over 5 days result in NOIR?
     
  11. Kimsa70

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    I reached Noir last year. I got about 1,500,000 tier credits from April - the end of Sept. last year. The Noir is good through the end of September 2013.

    My 5 days of gambling this year include 1 night at Foxwoods in CT, and 4 nights in Vegas.

    So far this year, since Oct. 1st, I've only earned 450,000 tier credits, and since Noir will be invite-only after 10/1/13, I do not expect to maintain that level. I've already hit Platinum and I'm happy with that. :beer:
     
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    Don't worry about it there seems to be no difference in benefits between Noir and Platinum and after your experience trying to use your Noir card at a measly buffet you probably know that which is why you don't care.
     
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    Yep. Leaving "even" is a win in my book, too. Good luck in March!
     
  14. Kimsa70

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    JDinTN, yes, the buffet experience did knock the Noir card supposed 'privileges' down a bit. Since it was my first buffet, I guess I just assumed Noir would get in ahead of others. Wrong!
     
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    Kimsa,

    Some on this board have mentioned that Aria is full of "gangsters and "hoodrats". Was that your experience? Or maybe you are a gangsta yourself?

    Not been my experience but thought I would ask.
     
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    Ok, finally clicked where your comment came from. Supposedly the big shooting incident originated at the Aria valet parking area/entrance.

    I saw very few 'gansta' types while I was in Aria, and spent some time walking around that valet/entrance area trying to find my friend who was picking me up. I felt safe the entire time at Aria......and no, I'm no 'gangsta'! :peace:
     
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    Thanks, Ardee. I've made the Buddha my screensaver at work!
     
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    I have stayed at Aria 30 nights in the last 18 months and there is no way it is full of Gangstas and Hoodrats.
     
  19. CaptainJack

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    Beyond Aria being one of the higher end properties on the Strip, they have probably the BEST surveillance in town. There is a television series on Discovery or Travel Channel called "Cheating Vegas" one of the episodes profiles the Aria surveillance technology. Their cameras and choke-points in the casino layout are highly advanced. In addition to what the program highlighted, I know of a player that dropped a $500 chip in the casino but did not know where he dropped it or when. They were able to go back and trace the player through the casino cameras to find where he dropped it, when he dropped it, and who picked it up. They were then able to trace the person who picked it up through the casino to apprehend them.
     
  20. Buckeye Bob

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    Actually, I fully agree with you. Proving once again that sarcasm doesn't always translate well on the Internet. There had been a few comments on this board by someone that claimed they would never stay at Aria for that reason and I had objected. I personally love Aria and live the vibe in the casino and the rooms.
     
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