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August 5-9 at Paris

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by gotavegasjones, Nov 12, 2008.

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  1. gotavegasjones

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    My Trip Report

    We made our second trip to Vegas this Summer in early August. A second trip was enabled by a winning trip in June. We kept our bankroll for that trip intact. You can read that TR here: http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36866

    This trip we gave back what we won in June. Since this trip was way back in August the details are a bit sketchy now. I'll try to remember most the important stuff. I know we had a great time, met some cool people and had a little bafoonery. But, I'm not remembering it all well enough to offer any good stories. Believe it or not I did very little driniking this trip.

    We flew Southwest out of San Antonio on Tuesday morning. I think the airfare ran us abou $139 per person each way. No delays going are returning. Decided not to rent a car this trip. Taxi cabbed to and from the hotel. Also, took a a taxi downtown one evening. Cabs rides cost on average $20 each ride with tips.

    This was our fifth experience at Paris. We both like the rooms and usualy have a good time in the casino. The location is great. From Paris we can hit Bellagio, Barbary Coast, Planet Hollywood, Ceasars, Flamingo, Imperial Palace easily. This trip, for the most part, we didn't venture too far from the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas BLVD.

    Relativey early morning flight had us in Vegas by 9:15am. We had grabbed a little breakfast at the airport before our dearture. Airport in Vegs was not crowded. Bags came very quickly. The cab line was guick - less than two minutes. Trip to Paris was easy. Light traffic on the streets and in the casinos throughout this trip. Paris did get a little busy Friday and Saturday.

    Left bags with the bell. I forgot all our player's cards. So, we had to get one at each place we gambled. After getting our cards at Paris we played some Video Poker. Lost a hundy each. We were able able to check in at 10:30am. Tried for an upgrade to a Le Mans suite. We've done this three times in the past. But we were not lucky this time. We did get a room with a view of the fountains at Bellagio. The view was not all that great. The Eiffel tower blocked most of the lake. The room was decent. Sticky stain on the carpet not far from the door. Requested and recieved a room change. View not much better. I managed to survive without having a jacuzzi tub on this adventure.

    After a brief nap in the room we made a quick stop at JJ Boulangrie and split a quiche. Next stop was Planet Hollywood. We like to play Black Jack at PH. Typicaly we will bet the table minimum progressing up to $50 when the cards are running good. We played for several hours. Late afternoon we color up and between the two of us we made a $500 profit. Nice.

    After leaving the BJ table we wandered the Miracle Mile looking for a place to eat. We headed for Todai. Sushi seemed like a good idea. Todai was closed until 5:00pm. It was just past 4. A few minutes later we pass by Pampas Brazillan Grille. They were still charging the lunch price and gave us a coupon for $3 off. We enjoyed the food bar and consumed lots of the skewered grilled meats they bring to your table. It was a good meal for the price. With the coupons we paid around $38 which included drinks and tip.

    After losing some money back at Paris playing VP we bought some sweets at Le Norte. Soon after we were in the room relaxing, enjoying the sweets and watching some news. Soon after it was lights out. Not sure what time it was, but I bet it was before 10:00pm.

    Wednesday we split a fine omlet and all the fixins at the cafe before 7:00am. We headed over to PH for some early morning BJ. Played for a couple of hours. She colered up $75, I lost $200. UGH!

    Form there it was back over to Paris to spend some time at the pool. Time was spent lounging, wading and relaxing in the pool and at the whirl pool. We had a couple of drinks at $12 a pop. Back to the room for a change of clothes. We ate lunch at La Brassarie(sp?) a burger joint between Bally's and Paris. We split a blue cheese burger and fries and lemonade. Set us back around $25 with tip included. Hit the rom for a nap.

    After our nap we played some VP. We each lost $200. From the VP machines at Paris we made our way to Tropicana. Bought tickets for the Comedy Stop. Paid about $21 each I think? Show was OK. We laughed a bit. I've seen funnier comedians there before.

    Back at Paris we had a late supper at Le Provencal. Some wine, pizza, minestroni soup and chabatta salad cost in the neighborhood of $45. After losing another hundy each at VP we called it a night and turned in early again.

    Thursday morning up early. We ate at Le Norte. The coffee, chocolate twist, bear claw and fruit hit the spot. Don't remember the cost for this breakfast. Probably less than $25. Another losing session of VP at Paris. Then, we went back over to PH for BJ. We played for a litle less than 2 hrs. I colored up with a $300 win. She colored up with a loss just under $100.

    We had not been to Spice Market buffet in several years. So, we had a very nice lunch at the buffet. All the food and desserts were fresh and good. With coupons from a PH promotion the meal was around $15 apiece.

    We then went back to the room for a nap. Late aftenoon we played VP. Stayed even for this session. Then, it was time to grab a cab headed for Downtown.

    Our destination that evening was dinner at Second Street Grill in the Fremont Casino. HurricaneMikey joined us. The place surprized us. The food, the service and room all surpassed my expectations. The drinks and appetizers were good. Though, I don't remember what they were now. My wife had King Crab Legs, Mikey had some type of seafood, and I had a T-bone. A couple of desserts were shared. Coffee was swilled. All in all it was a really nice time enjoying a meal and visiting with Mikey. I don't remember what we paid for the meal. I do remember thinking it was a good deal.

    The next step was a stop at Four Queens to smoke a couple of Stogies and enjoy some microbrew. We did accomplish these tasks. But, on the way out of the Fremont we came accross a Craps table. Mikey and I played for a few minutes. One of the dealers got a kick out of my mimicking Mikey's betting. Mikey told him, " Yeah, it's monkey see, monkey do." There was one good roll while we played. We bought in with a $100 each. Mikey colored up with a win of a little over a hundred, I think. I colored up with a $27 win. Guess I didn't mimick well enough.

    After the microbrews and cigars we called it a night. Mikey headed for the parking garage, we went looking for a cabbie. On the way we came accross a Silver Strike machine. We each put in a $20 and we pulled 2 coins out.

    Back at Paris we went straight to the room. Thought we might head back to the casino later. Never did. Another night early to bed.

    I know that during the first couple of days we hit some other casino's - IP, Bally's, Flamingo, Barbary Coast, but I do not remember anything from those joints. I do know that we didn't have any wins and we lost chuncks of money on those jaunts. Maybe that is why my memory is bad! Denial.

    Friday morning we were up early and decided to head over to PH. We found a place to have breakfast in the Miracle Mile. A place called something like La Cantina. Good breakfast; 2 eggs, sothwestern potatoes, beans, flour or corn tortillas, bacon or suasage or ham. This little feast was purchased for $3.99 each.

    Back to the BJ tables at PH. We each bought in for $200 at a $10 miniumum table. We each lost our buy-ins after a couple of hours. Nursing our wounds from the Black Jack we decided to walk down to the M&M store. We didn't find anything interesting. On our way back we paid more atention to the City Center build. Our cab driver from the airport showed us that names and local union #'s were written on the structural beams. The names were for the workers who died on the site. At that point 16 people had died building City Center. We took some time to read the names which could be seen from Las Vegas Blvd. I think we then hit the pool and the whirl pool for an hour or so?

    Early afternoon we took a stroll through Bellagio. Maybe gambled a little. If so, we lost. Went to look at the Chihuly glass in the lobby again. Walked throught the conservatory. Then decided we should go over to Ceasars.


    We found the Mesa Grill. Lunch was great. I remember I really enjoyed some kind of burger. She had the blue corn tamale shrimp concotion. I think.

    The VP machines at Ceasars were not any kinder to us than any of the other joints. This was followed by another losing session of VP back over at Paris.

    Early in the evening we headed to our room. We ordered dinner from room service. We chose a vaiety of stuff; French onion soup, a plate with quesadillas, wings, ribs, potato skins and something I do not remember now. Later we had a dessert at Le Norte. I'm not sure what was next. I do know it didn't involve winning any money.

    Saturday we lounged a bit, packed some of our stuff, spent some time at the pool, finished packing and checked out. Left the bags wtih the bell station. Don't remember how much but some of the room service charges were covered from our Total Rewards account. We had breakfast at the Cantina joint at the Miracle Mile again.

    Then, we played some Black Jack at PH. She had a winning session. - up $200. At one point I had 4 green chips in front of me I put 'em all in the circle. This woild be my last bet for this Vegas adventure. I was dealt a pair of 8's. The dealer has a 6. I ask my wife for one of her black chips. I split. Then I get another 8 and a three on my eights. I dig sme more money out of my wallet. Split the 8's again. Double the 11. So I now have 400 on the felt. I don't exactly remember how it finished - but I only won two of the hands. Fitting end to a losing trip!

    Had lunch at the Earl of Sandwich (I think that is the name) at Planet Hollywood. Spent $20 or so and thought is was ok.

    Late afternoon we retrieved our bags, hailed a cab. Airport was not crowded. Flight back to San Antonio was easy. Life is good. We gambled more than usual this trip. Lots of Doble Double Bonus Video Poker and Black Jack was fun but costly. We also played some Wheel of Fortune, MegaBucks and some other slots for grins. Did not hit anything too remarkable. Like I said earlier, we gave back all our winnings from the June trip and we did not do much sight seeing outside of the mid-strip area.

    Not sure when we'll head back out to Vegas. We are getting some good offers. Makes it tempting to schedule a trip right after Christmas. Harrah's, Inc is offering us free rooms for as many days as we want in November and December. This includes all their properties, except Ceasars. And the rates for Ceasars are very good. The only days we'd have to pay for are Dec. 30 and 31. Very tempting, but I think we gonna wait and go next June or July.

    Sorry for the long, boring and late TR.

    later, GVJ
     
  2. texas_aggie_girl_93

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    Better late than never. :)

    Thanks for posting.

    Wow! I had no idea the death toll at City Center was up to 16. I knew it was high, but geez....that is horrible. Hopefully there will be no more.
     
  3. angel81chick

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    Thanks for the TR...I'm always surprised to hear people saying they like Paris' casino...I never win at that place :(

    Oh well, glad you guys had a good time!
     
  4. Hoopswife

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    nice report - I always say Im going to hit that burger place between Paris and Bally's but never manage to. You can't look at it as you lost all your money from the prior trip, it was just that this was a "complimentary" trip. I'm great at justifying :) Thanks for taking the time to write it up.
     
  5. texas_aggie_girl_93

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    I don't have good luck there etiher, but I love playing there for some reason. Might have something to do with the yummy drinks and pretty blue sky. Or maybe since that usually means I'm waiting for my table at MAG.
     
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    It could well be that alot of the details of the trip are hard to recall because this was a trip where you were giving everything and receiving little or nothing in return. I hate those type of trips and try to convince myself that they never happened.
     
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    Thanks for the replys y'all.

    Aggie Girl - pretty sure the cabbie said 16. Yeah, we had no idea so many had died either.

    angel81 - first few times at Paris I didn't have a good vibe oin the casino. Then over the past several years we had some good wins. But, the big draw for us is free rooms and we really like the hotel.

    Hoopswife - the burger joint is good. It is a bit pricey. You're right - I should just view this trip as a comp!

    gmoney - Yes, denial isn't a river in Egypt. We had some good times and even some fun sessions gambling. Yet, overall we did our best to help the ailing casino industry.

    later, GVJ
     
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