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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by maxdaddy254, Aug 15, 2014.

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  1. maxdaddy254

    maxdaddy254 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Long ago, when my buddy and I used to go to Vegas, whenever we saw a bum we would shout out Downtown baby, downtown. I've become that bum, preferring to play downtown than the strip. In honor of the Royal Flusher, I have played more VP this trip and hit a quad on a vintage coin DBVp (or something like that) for 400 units at the El Cortez. Later playing at the bar @ MSS, I followed the strict rules of parlay, started playing JOB VP for 50 cents for the first time ever. I've always only played VP as a break from blackjack, never playing it seriously. I've had pleasant results so far this trip. However, the highlight so far was playing BJ @ MSS I spotted a dealer that looked familiar to me. Her name is Carol and I asked if she use to deal @ the Stardust. Well, yes, she did for 29 years until it was imploded.
    This woman has been dealing from the mob days. The reason I remembered her was because even though back in the 80"s she was what is now known as a MILF, she still looks the same (or close enough). So she has been a dealer for 38+ years, still loves it and still looks fine. Don't get me wrong, I would still take my girl V from the GG over her, but I seriously doubt V will look as good in 30 years. I also noticed @ the GN a bartender by the pool, but inside (don't know the name of the bar). She use to tend bar graveyard in the sports book. Think her name is Allison. Back then she also worked as a surgical assistant. Noticed her today, but think she has had some enhancement (or one helluva of a push of bra).
     
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Decent start! Good luck!
     
  3. maxdaddy254

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    Nothing like a 4AM fire alarm (false, thank God) to start your day. Good thing I had only recently used the bathroom and was jolted from a deep sleep. Probably the reason why I was able to calmly dress, grab my cash, computer and phone (did leave behind my wedding ring, but I'll leave that part out when I speak to the wife) and guide my fellow Overlook guests away from the elevators and down the stairs. The German family across the hall from had to be saved from going that way. After a couple minutes standing outside, I decided to go around towards the front to find out if they knew anything. From the parking garage entrance, I can see it looks like business as usual in the casino (although very sparse). Anyways, I found the security desk in the casino and she assured me it was a false alarm.

    Since I'm up, I little recap of yesterday. Biggest win was the quads @ EC, cashed out for a whopping $86 profit. IMG_0950.jpg

    Gave back $25 on BJ @ EC. I cashed out profit of 32.50 playing the bar top JOB @ MSS, using the Royal Flushers strict rules of parlay. It was the first time I ever strayed from playing quarters. For dinner, I had considered going to the Flame, but instead settle for something closer, the 2nd Street Grill @ Fremont. I had the t-bone special, which was too much for me to finish. IMG_0953.jpg
    Maybe when I was younger, but these days I don't eat as much red meat (at least not large portions). In fact, in Vegas, I usually eat only breakfast and dinner. Guess booze makes up for the third meal.

    Went to Deep Purple concert, but didn't stay for the whole show. We were packed in and it was just a little too hot for me.
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    After that, made my way back, stopped @ GG and talked to Jackie for awhile. Will drop in on her again today, if I'm not napping.
     
  4. Royal Flusher

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    Thanks for the shout-out on the SRP and glad you are enjoying your VP play I know just who Carol is at MSS - she's dealt to me a number of times and does indeed have a lot of cool stories.

    But the question is... did you eat the flower or not?
     
  5. maxdaddy254

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    I must admit, I passed on the flower. Think I was sick from devouring all of the mushrooms. Been thinking of going to 4Qs and asking for the Flushie pants special. I did have breakfast at Magnolia's (not the throw up), prefer DuPar's. Came back to the Plaza after breakfast and played the full pay JOB.
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    was able to run it up to $75 and cashed out for +50. Since then, playing again and giving back 45. Would like to play more BJ, if not here, might go back to MSS or CA. At some point, will need a nap. 4AM fire drills not conducive to good nights sleep.
     
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    Enjoying your report.
    I love how people base their decisions on what to do based on Mr Flusher's experiences.[​IMG]
     
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    I have only recently discovered The Royal Flusher and have found his accounts to be most enjoyable. would love to actually meet the man, the legend, but until then, I must just live in his immense shadow. I'm having a great time. Personally, Vegas to me is about having fun, not as much $$ or scoring comps. I've made some friends who work in the town and spending time with them is just as much fun as winning. I'm happy to report I'm doing both. I find the Texas Holdem" Bonus to be a fun game, that with a full table, can usually be played for hours on end with little loss. so far, only the Fremont still has the game. Must have played at least an hour or more and almost doubled my buy in to +$100. (cashed out at +95). Left there to go to the GG where my friends Jackie and Valeria were working. Spend some time with both and just having more fun than should be allowed.
     
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    that steak looks really good I've have not eaten at any steakhouses downtown in years. I usually eat at SW or Old Homestead but for that price the steak looks good. For the price of the Grauitiy i can get a meal.


    very nice 4OAK.
     
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    Looks like a good start. I'm planning on going up and down the street a lot more this trip out. I would go over and get that steak, but I've made reservations at The D to try them out. Maybe next time.

    But, I might have to go to Freemont for the seafood buffet on Tuesday.
     
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    For the price, it was a very good steak/meal, but it wasn't awesome. Keep in mind, it was only 22 or 24 bucks. Thats not to say the more expensive cuts on the menu weren't better. Next time maybe I'll spring for the ribeye or the filet.

    Last night I tried Binion's BBQ, I had hoped for better. I had the half rack of baby backs, the sauce was spicy hot (fine for me, but would have been a deal breaker for the wife), the meat not as tender as I would have hoped for. The bbq beans and corn cob were delicious, the corn bread, eh. Couldn't give an opinion on the cole slaw, I never touched it. What annoyed me was here's a meal that you're eating with you hands and all they have is a roll of paper towels at the table, no finger bowl, no wet nap. So when you're finished with your meal, you are left with sticky hands. Oh, and no toothpicks to be found. First thing upon leaving, I head to the restroom to wash my hands, then I head back to the hotel to floss and brush my teeth. I mean, come on, just because we're downtown it doesn't mean our knuckles are dragging on the ground. We're not heathens.

    The gambling was great last night, I don't think I had a losing session. Not big wins, some were even hit and runs. I played a six deck shoe @ the Plaza, played a decent length of time, walked with a huge $8 gain. There was this gorgeous Korean girl at the table, not playing basic strategy, which normally would have bugged me, but she was just such nice eye candy. I seriously thought she might be a high end working girl, but she was playing 25 a hand. Anyway, she just couldn't resist my charms (this is what made me suspicious of her profession), she was constantly making eye contact with me and smiling. The whole time this is happening, I'm getting texts from the wife about how things are going (guess they had a sixth sense about these things). So we had four players, suddenly two cash out and leave, it's just the two of us now. Her drawing and busting when the dealer has a 6 showing has taken it's toll and she is now only betting nickels. She busts a hand and gets up and leaves only to walk ten feet and come right back to the table. In the meantime, I decide to go too. Not crazy about playing a six deck shoe on my own, thought book a profit and move on. She gets back to the table as I'm coloring up and coo's "oh, are you leaving?" In my mind, I'm doing my best Bogart routine, telling her it wasn't meant to be, cracking myself up while I'm at it. Cashed out, headed back to the Fremont for more Texas Holdem' and BJ. When I got back to the Plaza later in the evening, she was no where to be found. Believe me, I looked.

    So, 4AM fire drill, no nap, massive quantities of high roller ale from MSS, assorted other newcastles and coronas later, I finally made it upstairs to bed around 11:45.
     
  11. Royal Flusher

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    The shadow is immense because the sun is low... ;)


    Thanks!
     
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    "Last night I tried Binion's BBQ, I had hoped for better. I had the half rack of baby backs, the sauce was spicy hot (fine for me, but would have been a deal breaker for the wife), the meat not as tender as I would have hoped for. The bbq beans and corn cob were delicious, the corn bread, eh. Couldn't give an opinion on the cole slaw, I never touched it. "

    Oh no! You are the first person I have seen review Binion's BBQ. I am very disappointed to hear the sauce is "spicy hot!" I would not like that either. I was hoping this would be my new GO TO BBQ place so I could stop dragging myself to Ellis Island every trip.
    Wonder if you can request an UN-hot sauce?
     
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    Enjoying your live report! Any photos?
     
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    Didn't take photos of the BBQ, if that is what you're referring to.

    I also want to point out that I did enjoy my meal, I think I just had too high of expectations going in. Probably a more accurate description of the sauce would be tangy with a bite. I'm so used to saying spicy hot because of the wife's contempt for things that aren't mild. The half rack was perfect portion size for me and the bones looked like they had met up with some piranha (once I was done with them). My main complaint, and one that could be easily fixed, would be to offer wet naps (possibly toothpicks too) so your guests don't have to immediately use the restroom just to clean up. Its possible they do and my server just missed it. The price was right, 9.99 for 1/2, 13.99 for full (using players card). If my wife was with me and a different sauce available, we could easily had been satisfied sharing a full order. So I hope I cleared that up, please give the place a try if your downtown and want BBQ. I've been spoiled by a local outfit where I live (Chicago for Ribs), I've never found a place I like better (nor do I usually go looking).
     
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    Yesterday morning I boasted how I'm good for only two meals a day while in Vegas. That came to an end yesterday when I took advantage of the coupon for 2 slices and a soda (diet of course, got balance those calories!) at Pop up Pizza. Its 11:45 and I'm stuffing my face with pizza when this cutie comes walking by very fast. She looks up from her phone, smiles and gives the nod hi. Being the aging adonis that I am, I'm quite use to this and reciprocate. Then, in a moment of clarity (or reality), I think she may have been directing that to the good looking young guy working the counter. Sheepishly, I go back to stuffing my face. Moments later, I think, hey wait a minute, I think that was Jackie. She had told me she was working 12-8 today (yesterday), they probably have their employee parking at the Plaza, she was making her way to work. Later, I made it over there and confirmed my suspicions (the aging adonis still has it)
     

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    What a fun day today has been. Roller coaster ride, started out good, then it became opposite day. No matter what I did, I was getting pummeled. Then, little by little, things turned around. I remembered that I wasn't necessarily playing for comps and started taking little victories, booking the win and moving on. For awhile on one machine, it seemed like every fifth hand was a full house. Think I had only two quads for the day, on JOB 9/6, but each time I booked at least 80% of the win. I found the CA to have several $5 DD BJ tables open, they also have Texas Holdem' Bonus that I enjoy so much. Ran across that bartender that used to work the sports book bar years ago. I didn't approach her due to the stink eye vibe she was giving off. Did some uncover work on Binion's BBQ, quite an expose that I will reveal maybe with a separate post in the restaurant section. I still think the food was a good value, but nothing extraordinary.

    So tomorrow will be my last full day, I'm undecided if I will try to play more BJ or VP. Comp wise, VP would be the call. Think my largest BJ bet was 40 (double down with 20 original bet), I need that to be avg. to get noticed. I don't need the comps. Live in So. Cal, 4 hours by car or 1 hour by and 3 1/2 getting through security, getting trans. to the hotel, etc. So I will see which way the wind is blowing tomorrow and go with that. I promised my friend I would keep her company on her shift to 2AM Monday, will see.
     
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    Guess I only had one quad yesterday, best so far today has been full houses. Breakfast at DuPar's was great but think I overate. I'm sure I've put on 5 lbs on this trip.
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    I quickly adhered to strict rules of parlay going to .50, but after about 5 losses I went back down and then later cashed out for +30. Low rolling, but I'm enjoying it.
     
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