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Brief trip report: 4-25 through 4-30, Orleans and downtown (FSE) mostly

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  1. raisingoo

    raisingoo Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Will keep this somewhat brief. My other trip reports were too wordy and I rambled on and on with too many insignificant details, so I'll try to fit this in on a page or two...

    Had a 5-night stay in Las Vegas last week, had a great time. Paid for my flights with Southwest points. They were all either on-time or within 15-20 minutes of scheduled arrivals. No issues with the flights. I was comped 2 nights at The Orleans, then went downtown (comped 2 nights at Downtown Grand overlapping with 3 comped nights at Main Street Station). Meals were 95% paid for with comps or with slot points (also a way of being comped). So basically no $$ spent on the flights, or hotel rooms, or meals, or drinks (which were also comped), meant my gambling dollars went a long way... I was with my friend "T" for most of the trip, but he prefers to play live poker more than anything else, so we spent only maybe 50% of the time together.

    Budget for gambling was about $400 a day, give or take $100. I used the envelope system and wasn't 100% strict, but this prevented me from going overboard...

    These days, I play 70% video poker, 15 % blackjack, 10% slots, and 5% other games (craps, sports betting, let it ride). I don't do pools or shows or attractions/touristy stuff. I prefer to gamble 15-20 hours a day, but usually at low levels. When I'm not gambling, I'm usually sleeping (maybe 6 hours a day) or either walking to or on a bus to another place to gamble...

    Video poker wasn't anything to write home about. I got a total of 20 quads the entire trip. Most (14) were at the quarter level. 4 were at the 50 cent level. 2 were at the dollar level. I don't play higher than dollars. Unfortunately, there were no royals. :thumbsdown:

    Blackjack: I came out $330 ahead overall with blackjack. Mostly I played $5 or $10 blackjack downtown. I used matchplays here or there. I especially had fun at The Golden Gate and The Las Vegas Club with the party pit/lingerie girls. I took a definite liking to one particular dealer at The Las Vegas Club who kind of had the "girl next door" look. Maybe a cross between Kirsten Dunst and Heather Graham. No idea what her name was, but she was gorgeous.

    Live poker: Didn't do very well at $2/$4 limit at The Golden Nugget and also at The Orleans, came out behind each time. Played cheap tournaments ($3 buy-in) at The Plaza and also Sam's Town ($23 buy-in) and lasted maybe 1 1/2 hours in each, but didn't cash in either.

    Other games: Lost all 3 sports bets I placed. Let It Ride I broke even, due to a final hand being dealt 8-8-8 (but no quad, though). I played 3 Card Poker once at Binions, but lost my $60 buy-in. Ho hum.

    Basic happenings per day below.

    Saturday:

    Spent it at The Orleans. Played a lot of 25c 9/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe. Love this game because any quad is 400 coins, so that's $100 at the quarter level. Ate at the buffet. NY Strip steaks there were just OK. Buffet was OK overall, I suppose-- not great but not bad. My cost for the buffet, after my meal credit and points, was a whopping $0.74. Finished the day about $325 down.

    Sunday:

    A.M. spent it at The Orleans, more video poker. Around noon, took the shuttle bus to The Strip. Ate at Ellis Island (steak special), very good as always. Walked down to MGM Grand to bet on Manny Pacquaio (he lost after my trip was concluded). Had to be at The MGM Grand because "T" wanted a souvenir sports bet slip at the actual place the fight would take place. Went across the street to Hooters, came out $40 ahead between using slot freeplay and BJ matchplay. Then I decided to visit The Riviera... It was such a nice day that I decided to walk. ALL the way there. This is something like 5 miles. I made it! But boy, were my legs tired....

    Interesting story, I went into The Encore to use the restroom and seemingly got lost. Somewhere around their beach club place, I took a wrong turn and ended up in an employee-only parking garage. Well, no problem, I'll just find the exit and get back to The Strip... Wrong! I ended up at a locked gate. I kept trying to find my way out of there, with no success. Finally, I decided to take an elevator with hopes to get to the casino. Nope. Employee elevator. I rode it anyway. I was clearly out of place with all the employees wearing name tags. I ended up in the basement and there was a security checkpoint, clearly labeled "show employee ID to the guard." I had been "lost" for about 25 minutes at this point! So I explained to the guard that I am NOT an employee, just a lost tourist... The situation ended up being treated professionally and with respect, but I was asked to show ID and I was escorted through this HUGE subterranean employee complex (meeting rooms, a cafeteria, etc.), up an escalator, and escorted all the way to the Strip exit. I think they thought I was trying to do something evil, but the reality was, I was just lost and trying to get to The Riviera, and took a wrong turn... Anyway, this was the only "bad" thing that happened to me the entire trip. And nothing against The Encore, the staff there were overly polite and accommodating.

    Anyway, I ended up at The Riviera after that. I was disappointed that the dollar blackjack table was full. I sat down at the $5 table and noted, with disappointment, that it was 6:5. Oh well. I played for an hour or so to wish The Riv goodbye. Got 1 blackjack (at 6:5, ouch). Used my matchplay. Came up $39.

    Walked all the way back to Caesars to take the shuttle bus to the Gold Coast. (My iPhone said I walked a total of 11 miles that day. Wow!) Played blackjack and video poker. At one point, even though I was betting $5 a hand/2 hands, the woman next to me was betting 2 black chips. Amusing. She got aces one hand and split and won both hands, and gave me a fist bump. She switched tables shortly after that. Won a whole $22 at blackjack, but lost $150 at VP. Ate at their buffet. Had a lot of steamed crab legs. Very good, but my one complaint is that they didn't have any tools to crack the legs (I asked my server for something, but said nothing was available)-- I had to use my hands, and ended up cutting my thumb on one.

    Took the shuttle bus back to The Orleans. Lost $60 at $2/$4 limit poker. And almost another $150 at VP. Down about $500 for the day.

    Monday:

    Checked out of The Orleans and "T" and I went downtown. We visited *ALL* 14 casinos downtown to play and drink, one after another. (Didn't stay long at each.) We call this the "downtown loop."

    No issues with either downtown room. No issues with The Orleans room the day before, either.

    "T" hit a 200-1 bet on Sigma Derby at The D. Besides that, nothing notable... lost $20-30 here, won $15-25 there... Again, 14 places. Ho-hum. Finished the day $180 or so down. Had fun visiting everywhere.

    Tuesday:

    Took the free shuttle to Sam's Town. A cocktail waitress remembered both of us, from two previous trips. Funny. They took out our two favorite machines upstairs, though (9/6 JoB quarter progressive). We played downstairs instead. Still 9/6 quarter, no progressive though. Lost $37.50. Played the $23 10am poker tournament. Didn't cash. Played $1 9/6 JoB (up $95) and 50 cent 9/6 JoB (up $115) then 25c 9/6 JoB (down $67.50) and also ate at their buffet. Liked the buffet.

    Shuttle bus back. Put in a long VP session at Downtown Grand. Wish they had something better than Bonus Poker (I don't play deuces at all, and they don't have full-pay JoB or BDlx). Up and down there... Played at MSS, too. Down $200 in one session with 3 scratch cards, but the scratch cards were only $2 each. Played BJ at The Golden Gate and Las Vegas Club.

    End of night, at The Fremont, I decide to play $1 WOF slots. Usually I get mad at these because when I finally get to spin the wheel, I get only a $20 or $25 hit. Well, this time, I got a $400 hit. See picture 1 (attached). This made me happy.

    I then decide to call it a night and head back to The Downtown Grand. On my way to the room, I decide to play BUFFALO STAMPEDE slots because 1) I live about an hour away from Buffalo, NY, and 2) I had never played these before. I throw in a $100 bill and max-bet. On my maybe 6th spin, I hit for $700! WOW!! See picture 2 (attached). Very nice! I'm not complaining, but I'm still not sure "why" this is a $700 hit. Sure, the Buffalo (Buffalos?) are wild and all, and there's a 2x in there, but...? Hmm. Maybe someone can explain it to me further.

    With these two sizable slot hits (YES!) plus a $1 quad on Bonus Poker that day, I'm actually up about $1,000 for that day.

    Wednesday:

    So, being behind only about $100 on the entire trip at this point, I decide to try and see if I can make a profit. Nope. Can't do it. Spent 15 or so hours playing VP at MSS and The Cal today, mostly at the 50c level, but nothing to write home about. Played more BJ in the evening at The Golden Gate and Las Vegas Club, too. Love the fact that these 4 properties are really close together and I bounced between all 4 over and over again, depending on my mood. Down about $500 for the day. Fall asleep around 1:00am. Wake up at 4:00am to shower, pack, and hit the 5:19am WAX bus to the airport.

    Trip totals: I lost about $450 gambling overall. Tips were about $104. Airport parking $42. Ground transportation (buses, cab rides, etc.) and various incidentals made the grand total cost of trip add up to only about $700, all included. Well worth it for 5 days in my favorite city. Considering how much I gamed, ate, and drank, it was certainly worth it. The cocktails came fast and furious just about everywhere, too.

    I forgot about other meals to mention: 777 Brewpub (comped), good as always. S&O at The Downtown Grand (comped) was also good.

    Bonus pic, number 3: Walking down Fremont Street these days is quite a treat. I know some people hate them, but I enjoy the costumed characters. It seems in the past few years, they've multiplied... And now, it's gotten to the point where there's roving packs of "boob girls" letting it all hang out nearly-topless (with pasties, of course) looking for tips. Here's one picture of a pair of them.

    Hope you enjoyed my report.

    Next trip, I hope to have something to "write home about" regarding ROYALS... :evillaugh Thanks for reading!
     

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  2. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

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    Nice report and thank you for the pic of the boob girls, that was an unexpected bonus, Cant wait for my trip.
     
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  3. raisingoo

    raisingoo Low-Roller

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    A few more things to add:

    - I gamed at five (5) different Boyd properties this trip. Their website bconnectedonline.com reports my coin-in for the trip at a little over $19K. So that's about $3,800 per day. Not huge by any means, but enough to keep my Sapphire status from expiring, when combined with my $16K coin-in on my Dec. 2014 trip, when it's up for renewal in August.

    - Unsure about my coin-in at The Downtown Grand. I gamed there on machines maybe only 10 hours the 2 days I was there, combined. I did spend an hour playing blackjack, but only at low levels. One thing I found odd is that there were a bride and groom at the blackjack table, dressed in a gown and a tux. They had gotten married that day. When it came time to share "where ya from?" at the table, I found it funny that there were from... get this... BUFFALO, NY! Ha! No wonder I hit it "big" at the Buffalo Stampede slot.

    - Mermaids casino is now 100% TITO. No more coins. This made me a little sad. It appears that, downtown, only La Bayou (certain machines), the upstairs portion of The D (most machines), and scattered machines at MSS/Cal/The Fremont are now coins. Sometimes I like playing with coins...

    Thanks again for reading.
     
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  4. Mooda

    Mooda Low-Roller

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    Great trip report. Thanks for sharing. Love the Orleans!!
     
  5. raisingoo

    raisingoo Low-Roller

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    Here are 3 more pictures to add... Pic 1: A decent hit on MegaBucks (but, of course, NOT the top prize). Pic 2: A 1200 credit slot hit... too bad it's only nickels. Pic 3: Two other "boob girls" on Fremont. :)

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  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report!
     
  7. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Thanks for the trip report! Boobs are good.....:beer:
     
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  8. Wedgefromhere

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    I enjoyed your TR. I'll be there on Sunday and will make a point to look for the "girl next door" at the LVC!
     
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