1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

August 3-7: Monte Carlo, Rio, Star Trek 50th

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by HaroldZoid, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12

    My Trip Report

    Dates:
    Wednesday, August 3rd (arrival ~10PM) through Sunday, August 7th (departure via the dreaded red eye)

    Purpose of Trip:
    Star Trek Convention (50th Anniversary Edition), and massive amounts of gambling, of course

    Lodging:
    2 nights at Monte Carlo, comped with $100 FP and $100 RC
    2 nights at Rio for Friday and Saturday (location of the Star Trek Convention)

    Food:
    No noteworthy plans, as I’ll be flying solo

    Gambling:
    90% of my time will be spent in front of a video poker machine, 3-5 play STP is my usual game of choice. I’ve been known to go full Clark Griswold mode if/when I go on tilt. 3-5 play quickly becomes 10-50 play. My typical solution when I’ve dug myself a hole? Dig faster. Breaks in VP are usually populated with Let It Ride and/or Blackjack. I intend to gamble heavily at the Gold Coast during the second half of the trip (primary reason to stay at the Rio is proximity to the convention).

    Report Plans:
    I’ll attempt to do this live. I’m planning to figure out Tapatalk when I get to the airport shortly, so stay tuned. After the trip, I’ll write up a more “formal,” day-by-day report, for those who don’t care for the format of live TRs. I also tend to track lots of data while playing VP – I know it is of little tangible value, but I love being able to visualize how good or bad I was running with respect to things like premium hands vs. coin in, etc. – I’ll try to share some of that data on the back end of the trip as well.

    Summary:
    This will be my 3rd trip to Vegas in 2016, and 15th overall (with all but 2 of those trips happening in the last 36 months). I’ve always been entertained by the vast repository of trip reports on this forum ever since I started lurking around 2011. This will be a fun endeavor for me to attempt to contribute at long last!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Richard Alpert

    Richard Alpert LOST

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2015
    Messages:
    1,331
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    9
    Play long and Prosper! I hope you have a great time, with hopefully no trouble with tribbles!

    RICHARD
     
  3. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Beer always tastes better at the airport outbound for LAS...[​IMG]
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    On board the plane, pre-departure beverage in hand! I think I have this Tapatalk thing figured out...[​IMG]
     
  5. smerrian

    smerrian Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2014
    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    South Jersey
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    Have a great trip! Interested to read how the Star Trek convention goes. I also stay at Rio (comp from my local casinos here in AC) and play the good games at Gold Coast. Have a good flight and a fun trip!
     
  6. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Thanks!! I went to the 2013 & 2014 Star Trek conventions in Vegas, but missed last year. I'm definitely looking forward to returning.

    See y'all in 4 hours...
     
  7. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Had to circle some t-storms on approach. The lightening out the window was epic. Wheels down!!

    [​IMG]
     
  8. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    At the MC!
    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    That didn't take long, already up to 50 play, albeit nickels!

    This Tapatalk thing is causing difficulties in letting me post pictures for whatever reason.
     
  10. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Off to Aria, hoping for greener pastures...

    Also has some Johnny Rockets. Laser hot French fries, didn't slow me down though.
     
  11. amk121

    amk121 Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Messages:
    254
    Location:
    east coast
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    19
    Great View from your room!
     
  12. vegasvette

    vegasvette Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2010
    Messages:
    291
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    60
    Best of luck, and have a great time.
     
  13. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Aria didn't take, so dropped back to MC. Really, VP didn't take at all, more or less. I'm about 1,500 hands deep at $0.25-$1 VP, and all I have to show for it are 10 full houses. Definitely in a 4OAK drought! And that's not counting the collective thousands of hands at 50-play nickels which likewise yielded surprisingly little. I had had enough of that last night, so switched to some tables. Won about $60 at Let It Ride (thanks to a 3OAK), which I promptly lost on the Roulette wheel. Switched to Craps about 3am, bought in for $200 at a $10 table. Hovered relatively close to even, was up about $75 at one point. But my body caught up with me about 4. Upped my bets at probably the worst possible time and was wiped out by three point-7-outs in a row. Great table though. Called it a night about 4am.

    3 short hours of sleep later, I'm back up and ready to gamble!

    Plan of attack this morning, in no particular order: Coffee. CVS for supplies. Consume massive quantities of water, as I'm woefully dehydrated. Gamble. Coffee. Head to Rio.
     
  14. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    First stop, coffee![​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Nice way to start the day...[​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 7
  16. zenvegas

    zenvegas Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2012
    Messages:
    312
    Location:
    Toronto Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    21
    Looking forward to more of your report. I'm curious about who from the ST cast is there. I'm partial to the original series.
     
  17. bluesdude

    bluesdude Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2013
    Messages:
    436
    Location:
    Midwest
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    27
    I will be watching this TR. My son is there also for the convention and a little gambling. He is staying at GC first and then I think his last night is at Mirage (on a myvegas comp). Good luck and I hope you get some good autographs and start hitting those 4oaks! Keep sending those pics!!
     
  18. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Star Trek 50th!

    (So. Many. Chairs.)

    [​IMG]
     
  19. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2013
    Messages:
    785
    Location:
    Boston
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    11
    Following along. Last year I was a week too early for the convention (and I stayed at the Rio!) and this year I will be a week late. Just a casual fan but if it was in town when I was happening, I would definitely check it out. Best of luck to you!
     
  20. HaroldZoid

    HaroldZoid Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Great convention day 1. Well technically day 2, I missed yesterday. Will post a few pics shortly when I offload them from my camera. Currently in an uber back to the strip.