I'm going on a last minute trip this weekend. I checked fares (from ORD) as I frequently do, and expected everything for this weekend to be around $650. I was stunned when I saw $237 RT nonstop on American. I figured it was a system glitch, but didn't hesitate. Booked. Checked a few minutes later, the fare was gone, so clearly I got really lucky so far on this Vegas trip. Looking over my comp offers, there are only two reasonable options: - Aria for 3 nights in an Innovative Room, $100 F/B comp - MGM for 3 nights in their newly renovated Room, $200 F/B comp, 2 free tickets to KA. This is a debate I've had many times. I may have even created a thread about the exact same thing in the past. But this trip is a little different. My plan is to mostly play poker on this trip. Aria has a good poker room, Bellagio's room is decent, and the Venetian or Wynn are probably the best rooms IMO. I'm extremely familiar with the MGM, as I've stayed there dozens of times. I've only stayed at Aria once. Here are what I see as the pros/cons of each property for me: Aria Pros: - poker room in the building that I would actually consider playing in - close to Bellagio, Cosmo, and PH, places I'd be likely to frequent when I'm not playing poker - the pool area is open, so I can go to the hot tub - good restaurants on site for me to use my comps (I also have express comps saved up that I may use to splurge on some nice meals) Cons: - has a weird vibe in the casino, especially at night, becomes deserted - poker room, while very nice, spreads $1-3 NL, instead of $1-2 NL. I'd probably prefer the tighter game on this trip - that smell is overpowering MGM Pros: - It's generally my favorite hotel on the strip, at least in my socioeconomic bracket - Has a great vibe all the time, lots of people in my age range (early 30's) - I've been to Hakkasan, and it's a pretty nice club. Even if I don't go there on this trip, the club brings a lot of people to the property, makes it the place to be - larger F&B comp Cons: - During the summer, the pool area is off the hook, but it's winter, and the whole pool area is closed. No lazy river no hot tub - MGM is far from everything; there's nothing in that part of the strip I particularly enjoy. A lot more cabs. - The poker room there isn't even a room, it's more of a corner of the casino. I don't think I'd play there. Which means, every time I want to play poker, it has to be deliberately planned, and contain a long walk or cab ride. I've probably overthought this to infinity and beyond, but I'd be interested in input about things I might not have thought about. Given my familiarity with both properties, this is more a question of your opinions than the facts. Thanks in advance!