It happened again.... I plotted out a fun outdoorsy trip going all over Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio and once I added up all the costs, I realized I could do Vegas for much less....so I'm heading back. One thing I love about Vegas is it's proximity to many cool national parks. So here is the game plan: 1. Gamble Friday morning until my friend gets off work for the day. Then drive out with him to Bryce Canyon in southern Utah. Place looks pretty impressive on google. 2. Return from the park on Sunday morning and meet my next friend who is a Vegas virgin. He wants someone who knows the town well to show him around. We're gonna hit as many casinos as we can with the LVA and ACG coupon books to get him a sweet little profit. The goal here is to visit 21 casinos for gaming or sight-seeing. He came to Vegas once pre-21, so he's already walked around Caesars and Venetian. Those types of time killers are out. Because I know live reports are tough, I'll throw up a check list of stuff to do and report back on our success. Step 1: Check in at Bellagio and try to get a free upgrade. Staying there Sunday and Monday,so I'm hopeful I can get a fountain view in the main tower. Right now I just have the basic room. Step 2: Meet up at Ellis Island. Always a great budget move. As a new member with LVA coupons, we've got a lot of freeplay, beer and grub to get through. That's probably the dinner stop. If we don't do that, he wants to walk over to the Rio for the seafood buffet. haha I think a cab will work. Can't wait for him to learn that a "block" in Vegas is really damn far. Step 3: Stroll down the strip picking up those win cards promo chips (and a few other deals): Mandalay, Luxor, NYNY, Tropicana, Hooters and eventually...Circus Circus. Step 4: Take in the strip views at night. I've got several of those platinum letters lying around, so we'll probably take in the aquarium and maybe the rollercoaster as we hop around. Step 5: Hit downtown! Breakfast at Dupar's Diner at the Golden Gate and then hopping into most of the other properties for some hit and run freeplaying. Either Main Street Station or Golden Nugget lunch buffet. (Advice please!) Step 6: Return to the strip for Murray the Celebrity Magician. My friend wants to see a magic show. The bigger guys cost money. Since I'm not a huge magic fan, Murray for free sounds better to me. Step 7: Bellagio Dinner Buffet! Then take in the sights! Step 8: Aria breakfast buffet and then a spa. Either Flamingo, Monte Carlo or Bellagio. We'll see! I'll do my best to update at each step. The real play for me will come Friday obviously. There's plenty of dudes on this trip, so hopefully Lady Luck will join me that day.