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BeeeJay's Welcome to Summer Vegas Blowout!!!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by BeeeJay, May 17, 2009.

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  1. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    My Trip Report

    Well my wife has made it clear in no uncertain terms that I have seen the last of Vegas for some period of time, and given my work schedule it will be at least 6 months, but could be much longer so it is a good thing this trip was an all-time classic.

    I haven't got too much time to share in the details but a quick overview by catagory:

    CAST OF CHARACTERS

    Bart aka BeeeJay
    Borat we'll call him
    Jason & Cheri
    Tanya & Gabe
    Krislin & Jeremie
    Will & Erin
    Eddie & Rebecca

    a lot of friends had to cancel due to layoffs, those who did come seems like brought their wives to make it more salable as a trip. The wives who came are all a blast though so no worries.

    TRAVEL

    I sprung for limo from my home to O Hare and back again, aisle seats on AA, Wynn house limo to Encore tower suites. Rented a Cadillac Escalade from Avis in Encore for drive to golf.

    HOTEL

    Stayed at Encore with buddy whom we will call Borat, in a resort panoramic view double queen room while putting sister and bro-in-law up in resort king across the hall. my room was RFB for 2 and we were given rooms on the very tower suite end of the resort tower with our access granted via the tower suites lobby and our keys had the stars on them allowing line passes and access to the tower suites invited guest lounge. the whole Encore tower suites setup is outstanding. It is the best hotel I've ever stayed in. The double rooms are nice, I like them better than the kings as they are bigger and more open.

    DINING

    McDonalds---usual stop at O Hare airport
    Wynn buffet lunch---with Rebecca and Eddie, fantastic as always
    Botero Dinner---with Eddie, bone in filet with crab was truly amazing
    Room Service late nite---drunken order of general tsos chicken hit the spot
    Pool Lunch---$16 chicken wrap had microscopic amount of chicken but good dipping sauce
    Sinatra---Filet was ok, gnocchi ok, fun watching old lady in white blouse spill red wine on herself and chair.
    Zoozacrackers Sandwiches---awesome deli food we took to golf in a cooler
    SW Steakhouse---Filet with crab oscar and many side dishes were outstaning, better service this time.
    McDonalds breakfast---old school breakfast burritios were edible.
    McDonalds Lunch---false advertising on double big mac shown on video screens, available only outside US.
    Drug Store @ Wynn Cafe---nothing open late on tuesdays so had a chicken panini--pretty good!
    Wynn buffet breakfast---awesome meal to finish the trip
    Burger King---usual stop at the Vegas airport.

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Hatton-Pacquiao fight----back row seats provided comped by luxor, was fun for one time thing, glad free.
    Le Reve---did luxury VIP package. it was just the right amount of show. seemed good, not my thing.
    Golf at The Chase @ Coyote Springs---Best $100 golf round I have ever enjoyed, outstanding course.

    GAMBLING

    Just ridiculous results for the amount of play. Two $4,000 W-2's. A couple huge runs on craps and blackjack. Lost $3,000 in first 15 minutes in Vegas, then flipped to the positive for about $15,000 over the remainder of the trip, returning with $11,700 net profit for the trip. Could not have had more of a horseshoe up my ass for the minimal level of play.

    SHENANIGANS

    Security was required for our party multiple times due to people passing out in the lobby, wandering into multiple restricted zones, etc. There was a wallet cleaned out by an aggressive female/grifter....lots of shower and hot tub pics. LOTS of time spent at the European pool. Rode elevator with Ashton Kutchar who asked about our golf clubs, I did not figure out who he was for a minute as I was pretty cashed out from the golf.

    SUMMARY

    This final Vegas trip of the cycle was one of the best yet. Despite minmizing exposure, I was able to stay well within budget and hit two video poker jackpots, 20 blackjacks, and numerous hard ways and high-lows on craps yielding a nice low 5-figure profit. As the room was up front RFB, we tagged Wynn/Encore for $4,500 in room, food, and beverage...thanks primarily to a real pounding of the pool and the $18 drinks there. Wynn comped ALL of it, except $420 in tips and $90 my sister charged to her room, which was not RFB.

    The Chase at Coyote springs is well worth the drive and I can't see playing anywhere else in Vegas as long as it is $100. I'll probably skip the shows and fights in the future as they are grotesquely overpriced.

    The Encore Tower Suites is the best hotel in Vegas. We got to be friends with a lot of the staff.

    The general overall service in Vegas, even with the birght spots taken into account at Encore, makes me sick for the amount being paid. The companies are already gouging you with overpriced products, then add in service charges, and included tips, plus the expectation of additional large tips for very slow service with a poor attitutde and it all spells a big turn off for me. We spoke with some Europeans about this issues and they travel a lot to Asia and cant say enough about how good the service is there and how bad in the US. Again there are lots of bright spots outside this norm, but the norm over 12 vegas trips for me is an "entitlement attitude" among the service staffs. The worst offenders are the pool sluts, then the restaurant staffs, and finally the room service staff. They are far too often slow, snooty, and incompetent. The bellmen, security, taxi, cashiers, etc are as a rule extremely efficient and also appreciative of even small tips. I would never pay to eat or drink at any of these gouge high end pools or restaurants or room service. I hate to even do it for free because i have to tip some A-hole for sucking. and remember I am talking about high end places, the service and quality just goes down from there. We saw a coin-op ice machine at IP! Have they no shame?

    Due to a great group of friends i had one hell of a time this trip. I got 3 hrs of sleep max per night and was probably one night from a hospital check in and loved every minute of it. Getting a lot of free crap and winning a ****e-load of money helped a lot. Still this was a wild and crazy group and luckily we stayed out of the backrooms and jail cells.



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  2. REX

    REX Tourist

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    Kool Video, I watched the whole thing. I played craps a couple of weeks ago with some guys from Chicago, I don't know what it is about folks from there but they know how to have fun !!!! Great TR :beer:
     
  3. gmoney590

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    Loved the report and video. Glad to hear that someone is leaving Vegas a winner. One thing I've learned about tipping is that if the service is bad, slow for no reason or unattentive you get no tip.
     
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  4. michigander

    michigander Tourist

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    BeeeJay, I'm one of your biggest fans and love your lengthy Trip Reports.:nworthy:

    Since this was one of your better trips, I'm hoping that at some point in the future, you'll get to writing a more detailed report for us poor suckers that live vicariously through. PLEASE.:cry:

    Sounds like a lot of good things happening, would love to here about the wins, and you're usually great with the pics. A few hot tub ones would fit the bill.:evillaugh

    Congrats on your wins anyway, but please find the time to dish the dirt.
    :licklips:
     
  5. zerofan

    zerofan VIP Whale

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    Good job!
     
  6. jayperiodsmith

    jayperiodsmith Low-Roller

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    I have a question BeeJay. Is there any website u didnt post thist trip report at? LOL. Nice report, and those blondes arent too bad either. :eek:
     
  7. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    tripadvisor---would be nice if someone could at least throw that video link up on there for me as I am banned.
     
  8. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Low-Roller

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    i love reading your T.R.'s. Good job on those big wins! why did you get banned from Trip Advisor?
     
  9. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    i was really bored one day and started asking how to get comps at in-n-out burger and similar shenanigans, also I believe I may have had a few drinks one night and come home and made a few propositions to gabby gambler
     
  10. gotavegasjones

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    Thanks for posting your TR. Looks like y'all had a great trip.

    later, GVJ
     
  11. michigander

    michigander Tourist

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    That's fine Bart, answer everyone but me.

    Throw a dog a bone will ya?
     
  12. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    sorry and thanks for the note. I will try to see if I can find time and/or remember what happened so I can write up a proper trip report....I still need to do a few others to be honest, maybe I'll get around to all of them now that 24 is over and jack bauer did not RECONSTITUTE the PATHOGEN!
     
  13. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    actually I am 5 trip reports behind:

    Feb 2009
    Mar 2009
    Mar 2009
    Apri 2009
    May 2009

    there is no June trip planned as I am retiring and taking at least 6 months off from Vegas, possibly much longer cause I am so sick of it.

    That said I currently have reservations for:

    June 2009
    July 2009
    August 2009

    ....geez, need to spend a trip doing trip reports!
     
  14. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Low-Roller

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    I'm a little confused on the above. So are you going to Vegas anytime soon?
    Or do you have a different trip planned for those dates mentioned?
     
  15. breanna61

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    Great trip report and video!! Congats on the wins. That "no trip in June 6-month hiatus" is the shortest damn six months I've ever heard of, lol. Know anyway to make the what seems like 6 months of winter in Canada fly that quickly?:eek:
     
  16. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    i was joking around about all my attempted retirements....the same forces keep conspiring to bring me back to vegas. but yes....I've got 3 booked and pretty much planning on going every month or two in perpetuity
     
  17. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    yeah, i tried, but one friend insisted, one casino tempted, and so i am i'll be headed out early and often this summer
     
  18. teambeam

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    :ssst: LMAO...thats great
     
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