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BigDubbs First Ever TR - "Hazy Recollections" - 12/1-12/4 - Venetian/Palazz

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  1. BigDubbs

    BigDubbs Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Well, I meant to do this live, but two bottles of red and a trip to the Salon at V&P had other ideas. This is my first ever trip report. It's hardly live, but will hopefully help in paying back all of the entertainment I've gotten out of reading other TRs on VMB. I was in Vegas from 12/1 to 12/4 solo (or "full degenerate" as my friends like to say). I'll post day-by-day over the next few days as I collect my memories.

    Details
    Bankroll: $5K, no fifties
    Lodging: Palazzo, comped
    Games of choice: baccarat, pai gow, BJ, craps
    Drinks: heavy red wine, scotch

    First day
    Wake about about normal time and head to MKE for an MKE-CVG-LAS routing (yes, it still exists). Drive to airport is non-eventful. Board a CR7 for CVG in first class. Get one Woodford neat before takeoff, and two in the air. Uneventful. Have an hour to kill in CVG, which is now kind of a ghost town after Delta de-hubbed. I fetch a quick bagel and board CVG-LAS, fortunately upgraded into First at the gate (woo hoo!).

    Now, here's where things get interesting. Dinner was a braised short rib (and Woodford). About 30 minutes after eating, I am not doing well at all. Cold sweat hits. I open the air vent to full blast. WTF is going on? Seconds later, the "dude, I need to get up" feeling hits. I unbuckle my seatbelt and head to the forward lavatory. OCCUPIED. Crap. This is coming out. I need a target. Sure enough, the flight attendant trash cart is sitting to my right. Target acquired, and...release.

    Suffice it to say, not the start I imagined to my Vegas vacay. I have to say, the flight attendant was amazingly kind. I wasn't drunk, and do have other health issues that could contribute to the sickness. So, whether the Woodford or the short ribs or the whatever, I was just glad to be feeling better and two hours from touch-down in Vegas. Switched to cokes and sat back down, dreaming of the natural nines that would surely come.

    Landed on time without getting sick again, hopped a cab to Palazzo (no tunnel). Checked in and was on my way. On my way up to the room/suite, I heard a frighteningly loud jackhammer sound (it was 6:30 pm). People were looking up around the elevator banks, and security didn't say anything, so we just continued. More on that later.

    I pitched some things aside, and grabbed a casual $1K to see where the night would take me. Where else besides Pai Gow?

    Palazzo had one $25 min table open. Usually Venetian has a couple, but at the same level, so I figured what the hell. Few minutes in, and drink service is FAST. But I sense a cold coming on. I call my wife during the change of cards and she notices I sound different. So, I order an orange juice and water. Meh.

    Get back to the table after the new cards. First hand back, I play $50 bet and $10 bonus. Straight flush! Hell yes! Get paid $500, plus the bet. A few hours later I win some, I lose some. Head back to my room up about $300, after some losses and tips. I go to bed happy, hoping tomorrow brings health and more fortune...
     
  2. VegasDave

    VegasDave Addicted

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    I had a buddy that had the same episode long ago, basically he got up and ran to the bathroom as the plane was leaving the runway (full throttle take off). Flight attendants yelling, but when you gotta go...

    I just canceled my trip because I started feeling sick and I hate going to Vegas with a cold, even on the down swing. Hurts to cancel, but rather enjoy it later than have a half-assed trip this weekend.

    Straight flush out of the gate! Want more!!
     
  3. Vtamanda

    Vtamanda Tourist

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    Great start!
     
  4. BigDubbs

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    Day 2 - Part 1
    I wake up at 3:55, fully rested. Got some deep sleep from being up for ~18 hours the day before. I didn't sleep long, but I felt great. What else can you do at 3:55 besides...more Pai Gow? I head down and get the same dealer who dealt me the straight flush. He remembered my from the start of his shift, which was "my yesterday." He left after a few hands. Played for about an hour. Things went south. Lost $500, very few bonuses. It was one of those boring grinds. Neither the dealer or me got anything noteworthy (nothing above a flush), but the dealer bested me by a little on most hands.

    It's a little after five, and I decide to hit the strip. I walk across the street to one of my favorite properties, the Mirage. (Just something about it. The smell? The colors?). I know I'll be back at lunchtime for BLT Burger. I've been to Vegas north of twenty times now, and I have always, every trip, gone to BLT Burger. It's something of a tradition. I love the place, but my wife doesn't think it's that great.

    Anyway, the casino is dead. Virtually no players. I find my own BJ table across from Baccarat for $25, 3:2. I play for an hour and am down $100. Get bored and go over the European roulette. Spend an hour talking to a very, very nice dealer and playing colors and thirds. I'm about even after another hour and say, "hey, I'll take $5 chips" and start playing numbers. I put ~$20 on 20 black and the four corners surrounding it. Second spin...HIT...fifth spin...HIT. I wasted a little more but colored out $1,600 at the end of the session.

    I decided to head out and walk south on the east side of the strip for what I call "circuit gambling" -- 30 minutes at each casino. After that, win or lose, you move on. Well, plan sounded fun but Caesars didn't have one open pai gow table (still my game of choice) that I could see. Finally wound up at The Henry for a corn beef hash, still riding high from my roulette win. And that's when things took a turn..
     
  5. sdbruin619

    sdbruin619 Low-Roller

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    Great trip report so far. Can't wait for the rest.
     
  6. queentata

    queentata High-Roller

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    WHAAATTT!!???? You can't leave us hanging! I hope everything is okay.
     
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