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Dec 14-22 Paris, Rio and Palms

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by BobLasVegas, Jan 12, 2009.

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  1. BobLasVegas

    BobLasVegas Tourist

    Jan 30, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    The annual before Xmas trip for myself and my sister Mary. We bought the airfare back in Sept.
    The most I ever paid, about 425 each roundtrip. I pulled the trigger then because with uncertainity of
    oil prices I thought they might even go up. That was the first, but not last bet of the trip that I lost.
    8 nights, 2 at Paris at 60 a night, 2 at Rio at 50 a night, and 4 at the Palms thru 3rd party Tripres.com
    about 350 but it included an upgrade to the Palms Fantasy Tower.

    Hotels: Paris was a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, still nice, but not the WOW factor
    that I expected. Rio was great as always, probably the nicest rooms. Nice view of the mountans.I was very happy with the Palms Fantasy Tower Rooms way up on the 35th view. A really fanstasic view of the mountains to the left and the Strip on the right.

    Food: Bellagio lunch buffet was a highlight, as was the Prime Rib Loft at the Orleans. Ellis Island steak
    special was great as usual. Golden Gate Shrimp Cocktails awesome as was the Bread Pudding at Carson
    City Cafe in the Golden Nugget. Rio Buffet was great, especially the Gelato for dessert. Peppermill great.
    Blueberry Hill for pancakes was great. Also had Garduno's in the Palms and a real great place for
    breakfast, pricey, but fantastic was Bouchon at the Venitian. Finally got to experience Mon Ami Gabi at
    Paris, and of course La Creperie there and the always wonderful Paris Buffet.

    Shows: Jubillee, La Cage, Blue Man Group, Jersey Boys, and Love.
    My sister did not realize Jubilee featured bare breasted women until we were seated. SURPRISE!
    I showed her the ticket where it said " topless extravaganza ". LOL! It was good.
    La Cage was great. Joan Rivers kills! Blue Man Group, my third time, I loved it, and sis Mary I believe
    was okay with it. The hit of the trip for both of us was Jersey Boys. Frankie Valli was maybe a little before my time, and his music was never cool enough for me to go out and buy a CD of his, even though I always liked most of his songs, until I saw this show. Double CD now mine. LOVE was great but we both
    ranked it third of the Cirque show we had seen behind Mystere and KA. They did feature the music which
    was good, but I felt for a lot less money I could have put on a Beatle CD and smoked a joint and got
    the same effect!

    Movies: Seven Pounds, Bolt, Yes Man, Slumdog Millionaire, Caddilac Records, Nothing like the Holidays,
    and Four Christmasses. I liked them alls with Yes Man on the bottom and Slumdog at the top.
    Caddilac Records was good. Very interesting. Bolt was cute. the 2 Xmas movies were entertaining and
    Seven Pounds was good too. Liked them all.

    Gambling: Well, bottom line, it was the worst loss tripwise ever for me. I had some good runs, but you have to know when to quit and I have evidently not learned that lesson yet. My last bet of the trip I stuck 50 bucks in a video BJ machine intending to play 5 or 10 bucks a hand when I hit max play. Uh...it said I bet the whole 50. Okay. Fine. 16 agaist the dealer 3. I liked my chances. Dealer 17, lose and time to go home.
    Video Poker minus 615.00
    Football minus 189.00
    Blackjack plus 25.00
    Craps minus 156.00
    Video Blackjack minus 25.00
    Video Roulette minus 100.00
    Slots plus 95.50
    Basketball plus 15.20
    Included in the above was 9 matchplays resulting in a 50.00 loss for match play
    at the Palms I had a 10 dollar MP out, pushed out 10 more in a double down situation, my one card
    was a face card resulting in 21 for me. The dealers flips over several cards to also have 21. PUSH.
    I play it again and lose.

    Total Gambling Loss: minus 949.30 A new personal record for me.

    Food 380.72

    Tips 85.50

    Souvenirs 165.25

    Misc 66.66

    Movies 71.50

    Shows About 600.00 ( estimate but really close )

    Car Rental about 155

    Gas 18.00

    Coupon Saving at least 141.70 and there may have been some I forgot about.

    Keeping track of my expense as I went along was easier than ever. Instead of the old paper and pen
    method, I simply whipped out my new shiny handy dandy Iphone 3G and voice recorded it.

    Thoughts and Musings:

    Missed Circus Circus Steakhouse yet again.

    By far and away the fewest people ever there. NO lines for anythng including Buffets.

    I need to play more BlackJack.

    The Palms is still my favorite casino.

    The more I go, the less enthusiasm I have for making coupon runs. After a few days of running
    around, I just want to relax and driving miles for a 5 dollar match play does not excite me.

    I am still looking for my first Royal. There were no 4 Aces hit on DB this trip. Lots of 4 of a kinds for me

    My sister, who only plays VP just about, only hit ONE 4OK the WHOLE freaking trip. Incredible.
    What a drought. Oh yeah, she had her first losing trip I believe. Welcome to the real down and dirty
    world of gambling honey!

    I still love Vegas.

    Bob in Cleveland
  2. blackjacknut

    blackjacknut VIP Whale

    Nov 26, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great report...very entertaining...sorry for the losses...but sounds like you enjoyed your Vegas trip just the same.
  3. gotavegasjones

    gotavegasjones VIP Whale

    Jan 16, 2004
    South Texas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for posting your TR. Better luck next trip. Going to shows and movies may have helped you all save some money.

    later, GVJ
  4. texas_aggie_girl_93

    texas_aggie_girl_93 VIP Whale

    Mar 9, 2006
    Katy, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Enjoyed your report. Thanks for posting. Hope your next trip brings better luck.
  5. Leeza14

    Leeza14 VIP Whale

    Mar 4, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great TR. Better luck hopefully awaits you on the next trip. Got a big giggle out of the Beatles comment. :evillaugh
  6. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

    Jun 12, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice concise report. Thanks for posting it.
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