First: I'm posting this from the tapatalk app on my iPad. First time using it so bear with me. Thought I'd do a live trip report so I can actually remember what I did. Day 1 - 9/1 Flight from Detroit arrived on schedule and with no issues (unfortunately for them, the flight next to us on the runway had their cabin fill up with smoke as they were about to take off. I've never seen so many fire trucks in my life. That delayed us by about 15 min but we made up for it in the air). Arrived at about 10am. Figured my room wouldn't be ready so I'd bite the bullet, waste some time and save some money by taking the shuttle. It was one of those shuttle trips from hell you read about, just took FOREVER. The driver drove right past the Cosmo to go to Vdara, then right past it again to go to the Bellagio, I was like, "Hello. Can I go to the Cosmo please?" Room wasn't ready. I asked for a fountain view. He said he'd put in the request. I'd get a text when it was ready. Gambling time. Played some BJ here at the Cosmo. Why are their tables so expensive? Their rules are nothing special. I did find one $15 table. Made like $50 during the session. But got annoyed with the dealer when she harped on me about surrendering, "no one loves it when you surrender more than the casino!" She compared it to buying insurance. Wrong wrong wrong! I didn't feel like getting on my BJ high horse and setting her straight, so I just went to the Bellagio. Played a six deck $10 shoe game there. They do have some shoe games at low minimums early in the day. Made $125 during that session. Was this going to be a winning day for me? That'd be almost unheard of! Got the text my room was ready. Went up and relaxed. No fountain view. In the East Tower, facing the Aria. Went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, love it there. Don't usually like to eat at chains in Vegas, but we don't have any back home so it is a treat. Love love love the red velvet cheesecake. In the taxi back to the Cosmo I realized I left my credit card there. Grrrr. Came back to my room. Relaxed. Watched the new episode of Breaking Bad (I won't miss an episode, even in Vegas!!) Went back to the Bellagio. Played a $10 CSM BJ game. Had a good time. The dealer kept pointing out I was getting a ton of Blackjacks. A bunch of guys who were new to the game sat down and played. For newbs, they didn't make too many bad plays. And I ended up walking away with $80. The poor guy next to me said, "I still haven't gotten a blackjack! Not just here, ever!"