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Celebrating 33 years of marriage - Vegas Trip - Rio - Sept 16-20, 2012

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  1. paramont

    paramont Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Sept 16 2012 -- Westjet direct flight from Victoria.

    We had a free room offer from the Rio, and upgraded at home to a Premium suite ($136 total for 4 nights)

    When we arrived we were offered an upgrade to a Masquerade Suite for $100 per night. Said no thanks at first. Then we found out that all Premium suites with King beds were gone, so decided to take the upgrade after all. Thought we misheard the clerk when he said it was 1600 square feet.

    Got to room – 34001 in the Masquerade Tower. Clerk wasn't wrong – the place was huge. It wraps all around the end of the tower (so we had no neighbours across the hall – our suite continued across the hall) You enter through the main entrance hall (with a bathroom and closet off this area) to the seating area (couch, recliner, armchair, entertainment center including flat screen tv and stereo ). To the left is the large dining room (table and 4 chairs, serving table, sink and counter, mini fridge). To the right of the seating area you enter the bedroom (larger flat screen tv (55”?), king bed, another couch, desk and chairs, bedside tables, mini bar). From the bedroom there were 2 exits to the main bathroom area. The main bathroom area had a jacuzzi, enclosed shower, toilet with privacy door, dressing area/closet/dressers/room safe, long counter with double sinks, and a makeup counter.

    Since the suite wrapped around the end of the tower, we had a different view from different areas of the suite. There was a view of the north strip (Stratosphere , etc) and Rio pool area from the bathroom area by the jacuzzi. From most of the suite we had floor to ceiling mountain/valley views. From the dining room, we could see the south strip (Excalibur, etc). We were just a few floors below the Voodoo Lounge, which has the best views in Vegas. We certainly felt spoiled!

    Lineup wasn't too long for Rio Carnival buffet so we bought a Buffet of Buffets (24 hour multi-buffet) pass.

    Played blackjack, video poker and slots at Rio that first night. The BJ dealer has lived in Vegas since 1959 when he moved there as a child. His Dad had been a convicted felon in Chicago because he ran a gambling operation, but his Dad was welcomed with open arms in Vegas because the Casino industry was in its infancy and they needed people who understood the industry.

    Monday September 17

    Next morning, had Carnival Buffet for breakfast and caught shuttle to Ballys. Walked through Paris to Planet Hollywood – Rod found a batman (Joker's Wild?) game with a giant screen and had a lot of fun playing that. We played video poker in the bar and while Rod went back to Joker slots I shopped the PH “This and That” store and found a zipped fleece PH jacket on sale for $15. We then used the Buffet of Buffets pass again for lunch at Spicemarket Buffet. They had deep fried shrimp which Rod enjoyed, and a better selection of desserts than Carnival Buffet.

    We wandered over to the Cosmo and saw the multi-story Chandelier and larger than life shoes (high heeled pumps that many women were climbing into for photo ops). A clothing store had a matrix of 1910 era sewing machines all lined up floor to ceiling in their shop windows. It looked really amazing (took some videos because a photo just doesn't give you the idea of what it looks like). Wandered upstairs to the convention area and the halls are lined with framed blow-ups of really neat old b/w photos, including Robbie Robot playing craps and a shot of Louis Prima, Keely Smith and Elvis together. Returned to Planet Hollywood for “Party Pit” blackjack play. I doubled my money that night on blackjack - we had a fun table. Rod played a few hands, watched for a while, then went back to slots. I played for hours!



    Tuesday September 18

    We wanted to try out the new Superman game, and Rod noticed that the Gold Coast behind Rio had a sign up about the game. We decided to try the lunch buffet there (we wanted breakfast but slept in). It isn't as easy to get from Rio to GC as it looks– we had to walk out to Flamingo Road then quite a ways past the GC parking garage to front entrance. We signed up for the slot club and saved quite a bit on the buffet. They had clam strips and soft serve ice cream, which thrilled Rod! We tried GWTW and some other new slots, and Rod played for a long time on Superman. I played some video poker and a lot of $5.00 blackjack.

    We crossed the street (again, another long walk) to the Palms. Joined the slot club and got an even better deal on early dinner buffet at Palms. Amazing selection, not as big as Rio but more things that I liked, including Prime Rib cooked to your liking, turkey, whole baked yams and amazing desserts including creme brulet and delic. chocolate cake.

    Had tickets for Wicked so couldn't stay and play but looked forward to coming back later.

    Wicked was at the Smith Center, featuring Nicole Parker from Mad TV. The entire cast was great, especially Galinda/Glinda.

    Bought the flying monkey for Jeanette and a T-shirt and program for myself.

    Taxi back to Rio, changed into Wicked shirt then over to Palms. Palms also had Superman game, Joker game, etc. Had a good long Blackjack game – friendly table.

    Wednesday September 19

    Breakfast at the Palms buffet – I had mini waffles in the shape of card suits (diamond, heart, club, spade).

    More blackjack and slots, back to Rio for a rest. Rod slept for about 3 hours while I showered then went I went down for blackjack at a very loud table (all girls – we cheered for any win, big or small) Single deck hand dealt, you couldn't double down after splitting and only 6:5 on blackjack but it was fun to actually hold the cards.

    Caught free shuttle to Ballys, this time played BJ at Ballys with another bunch of girls and we were even louder (I swear, it's not me starting this!!!) Mostly Canadian women – we're well behaved and polite women at home but get us in Vegas and well... Rod enjoyed Alice in Wonderland game; lots of different fun bonuses, great graphics, really neat moving parts banner overhead. Had a nice plate of cheeses and grapes from the deli.

    Decided to check out the Flamingo - hadn't been there is years. Still lots of pink neon everywhere, but they have added a party pit with dealers in pink bustiers right by the entrance. I lost quickly on blackjack there. Checked out Margaritaville casino but tables were too busy (this part of the strip was crowded Wed. Night) Over to the Imperial Palace, which was under construction but still open. Rod played the Monster Jackpots progressive while I played $5 blackjack. Dealer was just too hot and even at $5 a hundred didn't last long. We blamed the guy who cut the deck (8 decks out of a shoe) and then left after only one hand! Saw the dealer-tainers including Stevie Nicks, Kid Rock(?) and Michael Jackson, but didn't get a chance to play with them because their tables were full.

    We were getting hungry so looked around Harrahs and then across to Mirage but didn't see anything which appealed to us, so back across the street to the Outback Steakhouse above Casino Royale. My grilled pork chops were surprisingly good.

    On the way out we were just going to look for a taxi, but from the staircase I spotted the reflection of a giant Wheel of Fortune. I thought those were all gone! My mother-in-law and I used to have a riot playing those at the Rio. She's gone and we miss her now whenever we go to Vegas. We think of her every time we see a Wolf Run game – that was definitely her game – if you heard a screen full of wolves howling and the sound of a slot machine going wild with a big win, you knew Mabel was at it again! Well, weirdest of all things, we sat down at the Wheel of Fortune and it was a hybrid game with Wheel of Fortune and Wolf Run. We kept winning the bonus and got to spin the giant wheel over and over – nobody else at the wheel was getting the bonus and one lady was giving us glaring looks. One of my wins was $19.60 - my birth year is 1960 coincidence – I think not! Mabel was saying Hi to me. On one of our spins, it looked like we won 1000X per line bet (our line bet was 4 cents) so we watched as it approached $40.00. It kept right on going so I stood up to have a closer look – I couldn't see the bottom zero from where I was sitting – it was 10,000X so we won $400.00. I quickly did what Mabel would do – cashed out, took the money and ran! What a great way to end out last night.
     
  2. Dpin300

    Dpin300 Low-Roller

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    Another detailed tr! I like these :) thanks for sharing
     
  3. luvvp

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    Thank you for your tr, sounded fun!!
     
  4. jerseyguy

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    You didnt have a nice dinner in the suite?

    Celebrate your anniversary in style.The sad thing was when we were given one of those mega suites(inside deal) we didnt know anybody to invite over for cocktails and to enjoy the place.
     
  5. Candy Apple

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    We love the Palms buffet, too!

    Your suite sounds fabulous! What a way to spend an anniversary!
     
  6. Buddha

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    Paramont ....

    Congrats on your 33 year anniversary !!!! :thumbsup:
    What better place to celebrate than in Las Vegas.

    We just celebrated our 46th, and we're hoping to make it to 50, for a real blow-out trip, with all the trimmings. :beer:
     
  7. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Wonderful!
    Love the message from upstairs on the Wheel of Fortune.
     
  8. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

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    Nice report. We upgraded to a Masquerade back in 2008...we loved it. Hubby was just joking about doing it again in a few months.
     
  9. Reed

    Reed High-Roller

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    Sounds like it was a great trip! Thanks for the tr.
     
  10. vegas3

    vegas3 Low-Roller

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    Congratulations on your 33rd anniversary!
     
  11. LTA

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    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the report.
     
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