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Back Again!! Finally!! Las Vegas Mar 2-6, 2011

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ronc, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Less than 24 hours until departure and our trip is coming together nicely. The bankroll is a little short due to the combination of a nasty flu bug and new jobs, but we have enough to enjoy ourselves. There is just a little business to be done on the trip--my wife has a conference to attend. That shouldn't keep us from having a blast!!

    Hotels are settled--it'll be Treasure Island (TI) for all four nights with a 2 night reservation at Sahara to take advantage of some comps there. I just canceled the Flamingo reservation--one of our goals this trip is to play away from CET/MGM and try out some other places.

    We leave Houston in the late morning and arrive in Vegas about 1 p.m. We'll settle in and head downtown for a meal at Flame and some gambling...

    I am hoping to do this report live...it all depends on internet availability and alcohol consumption. If it isn't live, it'll be memorex...
     
  2. Bossplayer21

    Bossplayer21 Low-Roller

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    best of luck to you have a great time:beer:
     
  3. MTMONGO

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    We get in around 3:30. will be at the Cal playin VP and roulette, give us a ring after you get done at the Flame.
     
  4. Emerald

    Emerald Low-Roller

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    If you see any NASCAR stuff like drivers please post for me. Enjoy your trip and I hope you win.
     
  5. denluvslv

    denluvslv Low-Roller

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    Enjoy you trip!!!:cheers::cheers::cheers:
     
  6. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    Wednesday. March 2, 2011

    The flight out was on time and uneventful. The “crowd†was not as boisterous as the last trip—there was a guy on that flight who was handing out drink coupons. This was pretty low…a couple of drinks, some reading, and we’re on approach to VEGAS!!

    The view was nice on the way in. Saw the new bridge. The descent into Vegas always seems to be bumpy…the plane swayed and bounced a little bit. Our first $20 into the machines in the airport and we’re down $20. Not a great start, but it is the airport after all!!

    The luggage was quicker than usual and we were on our way to Treasure Island.

    $20 “sandwich†in hand, I headed to the registration desk. The clerk improved our room from the floor we were on up to the 31st floor and also gave us a great view of the strip and the mountains—views on two sides. She asked if we were celebrating anything (Vegas IS a celebration, of course) and said that she would set up champagne for us. So…the $20 got us at least a bottle of champagne and likely a room improvement.

    The room is very nice. It is about average size and it is clean. The bathroom is nice. I have read all of those TripAdvisor reviews…I am not sure what those people want for this type of hotel, but I am more than satisfied. This place is in the running for our new home in Vegas.

    The “resort fee†is not charged for comped rooms, but that doesn’t mean you can access the internet for free…the fee is waived but you still have to pay for the services if you want to use them… I am not a fan of “resort fees†or “pay to play internetâ€â€¦that is a negative point for TI.

    Down to “Businessâ€

    It took about 10 minutes to get player’s cards and get the free slot play they offer—we ended up with $5 each plus $15 between us from the free spin wheel. They also have a slot tournament you can play—two minutes to get as many points as possible. It was fun, it was worth the two minutes, but we did not place very well…

    My wife lost $60 in a variety of machines. Airplane gave her the best play—she was positive there. I’m trying to get her to give up more info on the machines she played, but I still have some work to do!!

    I lost a bit on craps. I started out “up†a bit and threw it away chasing. Lesson #1—don’t chase when the table turns. The good news is I took my lumps and moved on…not buying into losses this trip!!

    After the hour or so of play, we headed to Walgreens, got some snacks, and headed back to the room. I also had the champagne delivered…
     
  7. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Great to read of the upgraded room. Better luck gaming. Can't wait to read more.

    Sent from my EVO via Tapatalk pro.
     
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  8. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    The Rest of The Trip...

    We played at a few more casinos than normal...

    Venetian/Palazzo--we had a pair of $25 free plays and used them Thursday morning at the Venetian. Played Wolf Run and a couple of others...turned the free play into $68 with no money out of our pockets. This is a nice place but the table game limits are out of my range. I noticed the fragrance...it was not that bad, but some people hate it... We did eat at the food court--it was expensive but adequate.

    Treasure Island--TI is close to a lot of things and has a good variety of slots. Y'all will have a great time!!!! Our gambling here just wasn't successful and the table limit on craps went to $10 each evening. I just have never done well on a $10 table--no good reason, the dice don't know it is a $10 table!!

    Casino Royale--This was out favorite place to play on the trip. They had $3/$5 craps all the time, a decent selection of slot machines, and great drink service. Unlike some other places, the cocktail waitresses were visible each time we visited. We probably played there 6-8 different times during our stay. I am sure we were not "winners" at any casinos other than the Venetian (above) and one I will get to in a minute, but we had some great fun here. The dealers were good on the craps tables. We ended up with enough comps on my card to do breakfast at Denny's and my wife has $42 or so left on hers for our next trip. They have a pretty lame $50 free play (selected machines) for new players.

    Sahara--this was our worst trip to the Sahara. The casino was actually much busier than normal but we just had no luck. I have won here in the past but my wife reports she has never really done well on the slots there. We did not check in to our hotel room because the line was too long. I think our mistake was playing here too early in the day--it just wasn't as good as usual...

    El Cortez--this was third on our list for the week. We had a great dinner at The Flame Wednesday evening ($25 off via ACG coupon) and enjoyed a few hours of play. We had so much fun playing here that we ended up not hitting the rest of downtown. They had $3 craps that evening; it was $5 when I went back Saturday night. I did a solo downtown trip Saturday--my wife was not feeling well...I didn't really enjoy going solo all that much... The one thing that was bad about Saturday night is that they were running a craps table with two dealers...just weird...

    Westin Causarina--my wife's conference was at Bally's. After I dropped her off one morning, I decided to walk back to TI. The first stop was the Westin. They offered free play if you lost (I think it was $25 or $50). I played a $20, was up $30 and decided to continue my walk. This is an unimpressive casino--nothing bad about it; but nothing great, either...

    Bill's Gamblin' Hall--I had four $1 chips from a previous visit and decided to play EZCraps or whatever the heck they call the stupid game with a craps table and video screens for betting. If this is the future of gaming, count me out!! It was just way too weird for me. You bet on a touch screen and a single dealer runs the table. I lost $25 and left...

    Plaza--this place is next to closed but they say they are remodeling and reopening more of the casino and hotel soon. It was way past dead and they took 20 minutes to find the slot players club guy. I did have $25 in free play (I had $5 from ACG; I have no idea why there was $25 on my card when I put it in the machine...but I sure as heck played it!!) which I turned into $20 cash.

    Vegas Club--the music in here was not to my liking. I had free play on the slots ($5) from an ACG coupon. I played "Wheel of Fortune". Nothing. I did win one match play on the roulette table turning $10 into $40. I turned it all into $0 on the craps table. I tried one big bet to see if I could double up.

    Golden Gate--$10 craps? Really? This was a disaster for me...I learned a lesson here that I won't often forget by buying in at $200 and hitting a stone cold table. My new rule is $100 buy-in and out if it isn't working. No re-buys. I did not re-buy one time on this trip which was a huge help. Anyway, I didn't like the dealers here and I darn sure hated the results!! I liked this place a lot better last year...we'll see how it is next trip...

    Tropicana--this may just be our new home in Vegas. We went up for a morning and just had a blast. Fun dealers, friendly staff--we just liked the whole vibe. They offer up to $200 in free play to cover your losses ($100 now/$100 later) but we didn't cash in on that one because we won a little bit here. They seem pretty good about comps--we earned $40 in less than three hours of combined slot/craps play at pretty low levels... We only got one card here--we'll get my wife a card next time so that we can take advantage of whatever newbie offer they have. I just knew we weren't going to play enough to lose more than $200, so why waste an offer...well take a chance on there being something offered next time in...

    I think that is all of them...we had a lot of fun, lost a few bucks, and can't wait to get back!!
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  9. ronc

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    Non-Gambling Highlights

    Non-Gambling Highlights
    Bill Engvall--very good show @ TI. We learned some "new" text stuff...COL (chuckle out loud) and PMP (poop my pants) from one of his bits on texting...

    Margaritaville--we had a great night here Saturday afternoon. That is the great thing about Vegas...good times are available all the time!!

    Fremont Street Zip Line--a lady wearing a short skirt got halfway down the zip line and stopped. She was frantically holding her skirt to keep from providing the crowd a peek. They rescued her pretty quickly...but she dangled there for way longer than she wanted to...

    Nascar Weekend--Wow!! There were a ton of NASCAR fans in for the race. It was a very big weekend for Vegas.

    Nascar Hauler Parade--Thursday night at 6 p.m. they drove all of the car haulers for the NASCAR teams up Las Vegas Blvd with a police escort. It was neat to see all of the trucks headed up the strip!!
     
  10. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    I Should Have Listened To You Guys on this...

    Supplies...
    Wherever we stay next time, we'll ask our driver to stop at one of the liquor stores at Harmon and Paradise. We'll load up on a few snacks, some wine, and a bottle of crown. I am so tired of $3 sodas at hotels.

    Our cab driver on the way out said that there were two places he stopped at this intersection. The cost for waiting is $7.50 per 15 minutes; you can save that on four little bottles of wine ($17.30 at TI; about $7 in the real world).

    (I have seen this kind of advice posted here many times...why don't I listen???)
     
  11. Mikey Morris

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    Loved it

    Great job. I do the $100 buy in and try to walk away when that is done too.

    until nex time
     
  12. rayrat

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    Same here. $100 should be enough to test the waters.
    Nice report. I have never tried the E craps at Bill's and never intend to. I like the real thing.
     
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