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Benefits of 7* membership 10/14/2015 banquet at Mayflower in Milpitas, CA

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  1. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    OK, I've been asked to "chart" and keep track of benefits to offset the cost of my Seven Start membership.

    This is the event that I will start with:

    I was invited to a Las Vegas/Reno Asian Marketing banquet held at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant in Milpitas.

    There were about 17 tables and 150 people in attendance. Every person there was Diamond Aspiration Level 2 or Seven Stars.

    When we checked in, I received a red envelope which had an $8 chip. Mine was from Bally's 2011.

    The tables were $700 tables (10 people) that consisted of the following:

    Roasted Suckling Pig platter
    Pan Boiled surf clam

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    Baked Stuffed Whole Conch

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    Braised Supreme Swallow Next w Crab Meat Soup
    Whole Abalone in Oyster sauce

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    Roasted Squab
    Sauteed Lobster w/Noodle & Enoki Mushroom
    Steamed Whole Fresh Fish
    Deep Fried dumpling w/soup
    Dessert of the day and double happiness cookies

    I dragged Les along, and I was the only "English-only" speaker at our table of 8. Since we had a table of 8, there were two extra servings of the clam and conch, and the Laotian lady next to be put dibs on them to take home "for her mother".

    There were 2 Laotian couples and 1 Cambodian couple at our table. It was interesting that the Laotians didn't know that the bird's nest soup was, and wouldn't touch the squab.

    In the older Laotian (younger than me) couple, the man was the gambler (Pai Gow player) and the woman didn't travel with him to Reno. In the younger couple, the woman (table game player) was the gambler. With the Cambodian couple, the woman (not sure of her game) was the gambler.

    I let the Laotian lady take the conch and clam, and then spoke up that I would like to take something home for my Dad. She seemed surprised but acceded to my request.

    Things were kind of "quiet" until the squab came out. The Laotians and Cambodians passed, and I saw two squab heads on the serving platter. I mentioned to the table that since I was a little boy, I was known at family banquets for putting on a puppet show with poultry heads on chopsticks. I then proceeded to demonstrate. After that, the table "loosened up"

    I told a story that about 15 years ago, when my brother was still alive, he had a Caucasian Vegan girlfriend, and brought her to a family banquet. That was the night that I did a puppet show with a chicken head and duck head. She got ill, and left the banquet and spent the rest of it in the car. She told my brother that it was a "Vegan's nightmare".

    Anyway, when the hosts came around to toast the table, I showed them the puppet show, and Les told me later that some of them seemed less than amused. I emailed my host later and told him that I hoped I wouldn't be excluded from next year's banquet.

    When I got home, I saw that Les had packed the squab heads in one of my take out boxes since one of the Laotian ladies egged him on to do so. I will make sure to thank her the next time I see her.

    Here they are. They have "secret" names, but you can know them as ""L" and "M""

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    Of course, they had raffles, free play at Reno and Las Vegas. Only the invited guests received tickets. I won $500 FP in Reno. My "aunt" won $1000 FP in Reno. $500 FP in Reno and $500 FP in Las Vegas were also won at my table.

    At the end of the meal there was the traditional "look under the tablecloth covering your chair" event. Les got a $5 chip.

    So, I got to meet the Las Vegas hosts, and they have Asian Marketing at all the Las Vegas casinos except for Caesars Palace.

    So, I guess I can start the tracking with a $700 credit against the cost of Seven Stars membership. ($500 FP plus $100 each for 2 dinners)

    The Free Play will com in handy in Reno this weekend. It is "First 100" weekend. One entry per invited guest, and everyone wins a prize. There are 11 cash prizes, with top prize of $10,000 cash. So, I have a better than 1 in 10 chance to win $10,000.
     

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  2. mrstealth

    mrstealth High-Roller

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    @DaiLun - thanks as always for an excellent review and to highlight some of the benefits of achieving the higher tier levels. If CET continues their current bonus structure and offers the matching 50% at the beginning of the year, am going to shoot for diamond aspirations level 2 next year for sure.

    Thanks again and have a great time in Reno (And good luck on the machines!)
     
  3. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    DAL2 is not a bad level to be at. Depending on your local casino, you get invited to a lot of cool things.

    My aunt is a DAL2 that made it by going twice a month in the Reno/Tahoe VIP bus. She plays "minimum bet" for several hours a trip. I think the made it through forty 1000 TC days.
     
  4. grosx2

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    Cool post, thanks for sharing!
     
  5. VegasinApril

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    Really enjoyed your post about the banquet.
     
  6. CaliWes

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    DaiLun great post. Seems too fancy for me, but it looks like an experience.


    Did you also know that for Seven *'s that Tahoe or Reno will Limo you up to them in and around the bay area? I live in El Dorado Hills and this last Saturday I just felt like Gambling and they had a limo at my house in 30 mins (they contract out the limo service for last min trips I guess and they are in the Sacramento area) and took me back home on Sunday at 9pm when I wanted to leave. I dont know if this is just based on the tier status or level of bet, but its very nice to not have to drive and be able to drink on the way up and your last day there.
     
  7. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Thank you. Unfortunately, I live in San Jose, so they'd probably just refer me to the VIP bus (which they have already).

    My son has visitation with my ex-wife in Carmichael 2 weekends a month, so I can drive him up and pick him up on the way back.
     
  8. meyers67

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    Dailun -

    Did you have any losses on that particular trip? That should probably add to the cost. Unless you are just eating and leaving. Also did you convert all of the free play to cash?
     
  9. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    This particular banquet was in California, so no play. I am holding all Free Play that I can to 2016 and cashing it in in Reno, since Reno still allows TC on FP. This FP cannot be converted to cash . . . .

    Which brings me to a conundrum of sorts. If I'm calculating the benefits of 7* vs the cost, how do I differentiate between bonuses that I got because of 7* vs. bonuses I got for play (ADT).

    For example, I got offered a 55" TV for January, with no play requirement, so, was that based on my 7* level, or my ADT. Sincere there is no play requirement, can I add this to the "benefit" of 7*?
     
  10. Gamesman

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    That's an ADT benefit. Different folks were offered different sizes based on their play.

    Why would you think that there is a no play requirement?
     
  11. DaiLun

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    Because there wasn't a "earn xxxx points and get this xx inch TV" on the offer.

    I just re-read the entire fine print and there's nothing about a play requirement. Of course, if I gave them two no-play days, I would probably not get invited back next year . . .
     
  12. Gamesman

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    Right. Do any of your offers for free stuff say that? Mine never do.
     
  13. DaiLun

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    The ones in Reno will occasionally say (earn xxx TC and get an additional prize, or a premium value gift)
     
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