I have been a downtown guy for a while now. So I've getting rooms for less than $50/night or even free. I haven't stayed on the strip probably since Harrah's bought the Imperial Palace. I loved the IP pre-Harrah's. In retrospect, the IP was basically a downtown property on the strip. Anyway my friends invited me for an October trip (10/16-10/19) and are staying at the Monte Carlo. I would like to stay there or close to there. However the prices seem very high. The MC is nearly $600 (tax and resort fees included). And the Excalibur is close to $500. Are these normal prices for the strip? I am a $10-$15 BJ player (but will increase bets if winning), $5 Craps player pass with full odds, place 6 & 8, and at least 2 or 3 come bets with full odds. Will they even rate me at these levels? I also play $0.25 video poker (JOB or Bonus). If I had to guess, I probably cycle through $2,000/day. I know I wont find full pay machines at this level. What are the pay tables at $0.25 on the floor or bar? I also play 2 hrs a day in a poker room. Based on my play, would I even qualify to get casino rate at one of the lower end MLife properties like Excalibur, Luxor, NYNY, or Monte Carlo? What would casino rate be? Do I just contact a host on one of their websites? I assume Excalibur would be my best bet since it is their lowest end property. Where would you try to stay? Thinking outside the box, is there a poker rate at one of these properties? How many hours would be needed? I do not have a MLife card. How much comps (if any) will I earn? Should I wait until I get there to sign up in case they have any bonuses for getting a card. Or should I just sign up on line. Thanks in advance.