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Bellagio report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Vegasvics, Jun 9, 2012.

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  1. Vegasvics

    Vegasvics Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Checked into a lake view suite on 6/3 for five nights. Really looking forward to the stay.

    Check-in & Room impression
    Check-in was fairly smooth, although the clerk was obviously very ill and had to step away to sneeze/cough/blow nose twice during the check-in process. Suite was nice, but his and her bathrooms layout is a little unnecessary (since "hers" doesn't have a shower). Bell Desk and housekeeping service were very good.

    Property
    We were extremely disappointed to find out that the Fontana Bar had been replaced with Hyde. On many previous trips we had spent countless hours at that bar and had planned to do the same on this trip. Ok, let's go look for the other VP bar. Ugh, that has been replaced with Lily. This effectively means that our video poker options were reduced to the floor machines (die of thirst option), the sports book (dodge the hooker option), or the small bar mid casino (can't find a seat option). Things weren't looking up. Strike One.

    We decided to catch the tram to Aria. I actually think the walk to the tram is longer than it is to exit the casino and walk. The tram station is outdoor and shielded from any breeze. It had to be 120 degrees up there for the 10 minute wait for the tram. Not great when in casual dress, would hate to do this in evening wear. Strike Two.

    Cage
    I deposited front money upon arrival. I do this for several reasons; a) I don't believe in Casino credit, b) safer than transporting cash, and most importantly c) it usually results in some VIP treatment. This has worked flawlessly for me for over a decade at many properties, including the Bellagio. This time they really made it hard to get cash. As a Video Poker player having to go to a table to sign a marker then take chips to the cage is a huge hassle, especially when they don't want you to leave the table without playing. I actually had a heated conversation with a Pit Boss over this. Strike Three.

    We checked out after one night and moved to The Cosmopolitan. Very sad to see this once great property scratched off our list.
     
  2. JillyFromPhilly

    JillyFromPhilly Tourist

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    They wouldn't let you just take out a marker & then issue you a slot ticket(s) at the cage?
     
  3. RPMCanes

    RPMCanes High-Roller

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    I was there this weekend and thought the exact same thing. Such a nice place to sit outside and have drinks, watch the fountains, meet women, etc. That atrocity might just cause me to cross Bellagio off my list too.
     
  4. Cracker

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    This is why I never deposit money with a casino. They are not a bank and don't have the same interest as a bank. They don't charge interest for credit and using casino credit puts the collection of cash on them. If you give them cash and try to get it back, you have to deal with collection. Same reason I use credit cards and never use my debit card. Someone steals your credit card, you dispute the charges and you are out of pocket nothing. Someone steals your debit and you have to convince the bank to put the money back which is never an instantaneous event.

    Let the big boys carry the risk.
     
  5. JillyFromPhilly

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    Well said & exactly why I play on a LOC instead of wiring front money - as long as you have the discipline to not gamble over your head, a LOC just makes so much more sense for so many reasons.
     
  6. samsadan

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    I always to a front money--cashier's check copy emailed to my host for verification at the cage and deposit the check upon my arrival with a instruction to hold until one day after departure.

    ARIA and Bellagio are two properties in MGM that I use this arrangement, together with the Caesars, and do not have any issues pulling cash out from the High Limit Slot Cage in any combination with the TITO tickets, or just cash alone from the main cage or high limit slot cage . It is your money and even if it is your first time with the casino or the front money is very small, one should not have any issues.
     
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