Me = G My girlfriend = A Our silly guy friend = M We decided we couldnâ€™t wait until Tuesday morning to make the drive so we left from Phoenix around 9pm on Monday night. Did we have a room until Tuesday night? No. Did we care? No. I suggested we crash along the way just past the Hoover Damâ€¦ I was thinking Henderson or Fiesta or anything a hop off the freeway. No, my diehard traveling companions wouldnâ€™t budge. They just wanted to get there as soon as possible. We did take a lovely drive up and down the Strip at about 2 a.m. and there hardly any traffic. Of course, I got stuck driving because M was a Vegas virgin and he really should be the one looking around. Ok, so we got to the Stratosphere and â€œNOWâ€ the troops are ready to check into a room we donâ€™t have a reservation for. Uhâ€¦ $80/night. No thanks. That is why I suggested staying just past the dam from $40/night. We stayed up playing slots and drinking until 11am Tuesday morning. Ok, so mostly drinking. We were in bed around noon and back on the strip around 6p.m. I have never seen the Riviera, Frontier, Stardust, or any of those casinos in the vicinity. We trollied over to the Circus and walked over to the Riviera. I wanted to see the comedy show. At the ticket counter, she said â€œ$27/personâ€. After I was done crapping my pantsâ€¦we decided to go anyway. I just wasnâ€™t sure this would be worth $27/person but we really hadnâ€™t spent any money up to this point so why not. She tells me $42. Huh? I thought it was 27â€¦ No, for all three of us and then she tells me to shhhhhhhâ€¦. We grabbed our discount tickets, tipped her and were on our way to the show. Yes, we did have the cheap seats but it was a small place so not much different than front row really. The headliner consisted of a small little man masturbating a puppet. Yes, you heard me. It was the ANTI-fun. And I love dirty jokesâ€¦ It was strange to hear the complete silence of 200 strangers in a room all staring at a masturbating puppet. I canâ€™t describe any more about it because I finally stopped having nightmares. Just know that this guy wasnâ€™t funny at all. Riviera changes comedians all the time though so donâ€™t let that deter you. After the club, walked around the aforementioned casinos just to say Iâ€™ve been to them. Still drinkingâ€¦ drank in every one, I think. Even spent some time at the Frontier bar. Went to bed early (around 2am) after 5.99 steak & eggs at the Strat diner. Woke up around 10am and I forget what we did but Iâ€™m sure we were drinking. Ended up downtown around 5p.m. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DOWNTOWN SUGGESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my god we had so much fun! Saw the alien light show and played in a few casinos until we ended up at Lady Luck. This is now Mâ€™s favorite casino. I have never been so hammered and we played roulette and slots until the wee hours of the morning with some air force guys. Rowdy guys but a lot of fun. Great drink service! Back to the Strat at some ungodly hour and woke up hungover. Day 3â€¦ A wanted to see the Strip but M and I pouted and wanted you goâ€¦you guessed it â€“ Back downtown!! We trollied down to NYNY and MGM for awhile and M got hammered on one of those margarita by the mile or whatever they are. Ate dinner at MGM and then cabbed it to the Plaza downtown. We wanted to ride the grain train but first M wanted to go back to the Lady Luck. We ended up so shnitfaced there AGAIN Iâ€™m surprised we made it back to the Strat. Needless to say, no grain train this trip. But, girlfriend loved downtown and we are staying there during our next trip! Yea! I won at gambling for the first time in my life this night! I put $20 down for 50 cent chips (2$ min table at Lady Luck). I was down to my last couple of chips and spread them out. Hit a number and suddenly back in the game! Well, I was a little tipsyâ€¦ Ok, I was stinky drunk, so I just got nuts. I started betting huge stacks of chips on red or black or odd or even or one of the blocks of 12 numbersâ€¦. The whole time screaming â€œ I have a feeling!!â€ Well, Iâ€™ll be damnedâ€¦ I turned that $20 into $170 in about 20 minutes! I had every pink chip at that table and my friends were dying laughing! People were buying in to follow my lead thinking I knew something special. Yeah, I knew beer makes me smarterâ€¦ yeah right! I was so drunk there was nothing special going on during that run. Just pure luck! Hahahahahahahah! M ended up unable to walk after night #2 downtown. Still not sure how we all made it upstairs and into bed. Hooray for speedy cocktail waitresses at the LL!! This isnâ€™t terribly exciting because it was mostly a drinking trip but as always we are already planning our next vacation.