This trip took place in December. Sorry it took me so long to get this report up. As soon as I got back from Vegas work decided to explode! Starts off with lots of prologue to set the stageâ€¦ Anyway, here it is: -------------------------- None of my normal buddies (or the gf) could make this trip. So I thought why not invite some old buddies from Michigan (I live in Texas now). I havenâ€™t seen these two guys in years and was very surprised they both said yes. While Iâ€™m friends with both of them, they donâ€™t know each other. Even at my age you hope your friends will get along - if not like each other. While I know they both gamble at casinoâ€™s (Windsor & Detroit have had them for a while), neither has been to vegas before. So, the players: Josh is one of these guys that women throw themselves at. They have his whole life to the point where he doesnâ€™t pay much attention to it anymore. Best described he is the kind of guy that when wearing jeans and a t-shirt still gives the impression that he is in a tux. While he has a good job his bankroll is about half of mine. Robbie has never worked a day in his life. Not that he isnâ€™t very driven, he just never had to work a day in his life. I think he spends his time day trading because he likes beating other people at the game. A few times he told me what he lost before breakfast, itâ€™s more then I make in a year. After making my plane reservation, Robbie said why doesnâ€™t he just pick me up on his way to vegas? So I said â€œYOUR DRIVING TO VEGAS?!â€. To which there was a rather strange silence followed by â€œI have my own planeâ€. And silly me now has in his mind something like a Cessna, which was clarified to be that he has his own private jet. Yes, Robbie and I live in different worlds (his seem like a lot more fun!). So Robbie is going to give Josh a lift and as the mutual friend who doesnâ€™t have the opportunity to introduce them to each other or be a buffer Iâ€™m slightly worried. But nothing to be done but wait for the day! So the day arrives and Iâ€™m dropped off at the private hangers here in Austin. Iâ€™ve been on 2 private jets in my life and they were both corporate. They were miserable little things, and although the trips were very short I would rather have been on commercial. Letâ€™s just say Robbieâ€™s jet is nothing like those. It was huge and had itâ€™s own stewardess! And my trepidations about Josh and Robbie getting along were laid to rest. It was pretty obvious that they were getting along. Considering it was noon they both seem fairly looped. Needless to say this was the best flight to vegas ever! We went through a lot of expensive Champaign and way too much good Vodka (note to self, avoid this combination in the future!). The stewardess was trying (very subtly) to flirt with Josh (of course), but he didnâ€™t even notice. Robbie and I were almost hysterical with laughter because of it (ok the bottles of Champaign might have helped). Robbie had a very large stretch limo waiting for us, which for an 8 minute ride seemed like a waste, but heaven forbid if we didnâ€™t have a glass of Champaign in our hands at all times! We all checked into our rooms at MGM. First time I actually checked for bed bugs in hotel. Didnâ€™t find any that introduced themselves to me. Had everyone meet me for some craps before dinner. I took out my standard $500, Josh did $300 and Robbie did $5k. About 30 minutes later we all had zilch, it was a really bad run and a nervous start to the trip. It went so fast we still had plenty of time left before dinner, so Robbie suggested a re-buy. So I took out another $500, Josh another $300 and Robbie asked for a HUGE marker. I was surprised at the amount and Josh had that WTF look on his face. The pit took back his players card and asked for his license, asked him a few check questions, and voila a whole lot of chocolate chips. (Well voila took about 15 mins.) No longer confusing Joshâ€™s or my chips with Robbieâ€™s anymore. Still on our bad streak Iâ€™m almost down to zero again when a bunch of ladies showed up to our table. Robbie said our luck is about to change and handed Josh and me a bunch of yellows and said lets make some money. I wonâ€™t put you through the whole conversation of â€˜what are you doing giving us moneyâ€™, but after a brief discussion we took his yellows as stake only. Besides the fact that he gave us more then I had brought for the whole trip I was now betting blacks as my smallest chip, which is a bizarre feeling for someone whoâ€™s base chips are usually red, sometimes green, and if I have a black one on the table my heart is usually pounding and Iâ€™m drunk! While Iâ€™m still betting like I always do, except the chips are black and purple, Josh is now very conservative in his betting. Our luck really didnâ€™t improve much and Iâ€™m starving, so I say lets go. Robbie says lets do one more bet all in. I still have more money in the rack then is in my safe, so it was a little surrealistic and hugely scary to put that much money out there all on the PASS line. Josh took some convincing and I was pretty sure he was starting to turn green from lack of oxygen â€“ so I yelled over to him to breath. The girl that was now the shooter looked really nervous too, didnâ€™t blame her. She rolled so that I could only see one die which had a 1 on it, I immediately thought oh no, itâ€™s gonna be a craps. The stick man couldnâ€™t see the other die either as it was hiding behind the dealer stack, he said call it and the dealer said 7! Iâ€™m sure I did some sort of yelp, Josh was breathing again, and Robbie was whopping it up. As I was reaching for my vast amount of winnings Robbie said we should let it ride. Iâ€™m like are you kidding! I convince him to pull back half, well I pull back half and Josh follows, Robbie lets most of his ride, he did pull back some. My heart is pounding with excitement now, at least I can give Robbie most of his money. So after about another up and down hour I had made back double my buy in, Josh about 4 times his and Robbie got to tear up his marker and still have chips - we finally got to go to dinner! [As an aside: I was curious to see what the staff was going to do when Robbie handed Josh and me a handful of yellows each, so I kept my eyes on them. Iâ€™m absolutely sure the box kept track of exactly whoâ€™s money was whom as he not only typed a bunch of stuff into the computer as this was going on, but also started writing a bunch of stuff down on some paper. When we went to cage there was a supervisor there, and Iâ€™m sure she was waiting for us. It took a while to get the cash this time with a bunch being written down. I assume they are looking for some foul play. But Josh and I had given Robbie back all his chips except for about 2 times our buy in. I think the supervisor looked relieved as this basically went on in front of her.] We went over to Craftsteak for a leisurely dinner, during which my host comes over to say hi and introduces another host to Robbie. It was a very bizarre thing as there were now 2 conversations going on and I was trying to eaves drop on the other one! Anyway Josh and I got offered suites and as it turns out Robbie was already in a suite and got offered an even nicer one. It ended up that Josh was going to be in Robbieâ€™s new suite since it has plenty of room while I was happy with my previously asked for room (I wonâ€™t go into all the boring details of that). As it turns out Robbie gambles quite a bit at MGM Detroit, so getting that marker no doubt triggered a bunch of flags and my host doesnâ€™t handle players that big. This is all guessing on our part, but made for a lot of interesting dinner conjecture. It must have been the big eye in the sky watching us because we didnâ€™t even know where we going for dinner and the hosts managed to find us before the meal was served. After dinner we went back to the craps tables until early morning. We were up and down all night but I ended down about $200. On the way back to our rooms we met a few nice women that couldnâ€™t wait to keep us company. I being the gentlemen I am decided that I must help the young lady with her college fund. She was a very nice girl and sometimes nothing beats sleeping cuddled up to a warm body. I woke up the next morning with the young lady coming back into the room, she went and got us some coffee and muffins! (This was a first and a surprise.) Had a nice breakfast with her before we parted ways. I did the long trek to the MGM gym (why did they have to put it so far away from the room?). Worked out for an hour or so, Still canâ€™t believe they charge for it (I charged it to my room, hope it gets compâ€™d). After showering, met the guys for pizza at the food court. Pizza was really good, if somewhat expensive. We played some craps for a few hours at MGM, then decided to walk over to NYNY. Played a few hours of blackjack there where I cleaned up. I was playing a modified progressive betting strategy and had some nice streaky runs. Been a long time since Iâ€™ve done that well. Went to Luxor and played Pai Gow poker for a long time. Josh came out way ahead. Robbie and I lost a bit. We ate dinner at Tenders. Had some great steaks. Service was wonderful. There was a large table not far from us that was a wedding party and Robbie bought them a round of drinks which they seem to appreciate. Robbie has an interesting etiquette for tipping. If heâ€™s in a good meal he tips a large whole number, Iâ€™m sure we made those servers day. After dinner we played some craps at Luxor and got on a pretty good run. I turned my $500 into about 4K. Robbie was fluctuating huge amounts as his timing was off. A host came over an introduced himself (I wonder when they are signaled?). We walked over to the Mandalay Bay and played a few hours of Pai Gow before heading back for bed. Along the way back to the MGM I was approached time and again by the young working ladies. I must look like I really need to get laid as my buddies werenâ€™t approached. It was becoming a joke to us. I of course took one lady up on her offer to contribute to her college fun. We played most of the night, but the girl from yesterday evening still clicked better with me. I must stop here as this will get real boring. The next 6 days were pretty much identical to the past day. We ate at different fine steak places but played and stayed on the south strip. Just more craps (majority) with some black jack and Pai Gow thrown in. I did play a bunch of holdem while waiting for my buddies to wake up every day. Playing holdem at MGM is an interesting experience. Itâ€™s a huge mix of people. A bunch of kids that are very aggressive who think they know how to play, a bunch of tourists, some locals, and what appears to be some pros. It was pretty easy to take everyoneâ€™s money. With the kids you play tight then aggressive and take all their money. The tourists and locals you have to play carefully because most donâ€™t know what hands they really should be playing, just take advantage of them when you have good hands. Lastly, just try to stay out of the hands with the pros for the most part. So each day I played waiting for my buddies I won between $200-2K each day. I did end up contributing to my favorite girlâ€™s college fund almost every night. One night she brought a friend, but I still liked just snuggling with her. The trip home was very nice but way more subdued. We were all barely alive. I have to say Iâ€™m going to miss the private jet more then just about anything. I think getting a taste of that might be worse then to just know it exists but not experienced. After having so much time to reflect on this trip itâ€™s become one of those very pleasant memories. Some of it was really surrealistic, but all in all another great time in Vegas.