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Dewey's 25 days in Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by dewey089, Nov 24, 2014.

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  1. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    My Trip Report

    Well, it was a losing trip.
    25 days from October 21 to November 14, 2014


    However, it was a cheap trip.


    When I start with an average hotel rate of $9.25 cents a night, I have some flexibility in gambling bankroll.


    I stayed at the Orleans, Monte Carlo, Mandalay Bay, Planet Hollywood, The D, Four Queens, and The Gold Coast bouncing from deal to deal, but being in one of these three general areas for large blocks of nights: The strip, Downtown, The Boyd places. This made the check in/ check out fairly easy.


    I don't get too excited about the rooms. Mandalay Bay and Planet Hollywood put me in upscale rooms. The D room was actually better than the Monte Carlo room. The worst room was one visit to the Four Queens. At the Gold Coast I paid an extra $10 so all three nights would be in a “premium” room and that seemed fine to me. I have never caught a scruffy room at the Orleans.






    However, for the next trip I may choose to increase my nightly hotel expense, and have more breaks from where I feel I have to push the video poker in order to seed for the next trip.






    I did cut back a bit on gambling half way through the trip, and still managed (with my son's help) to effectively seed my usual places and a few new ones.






    I traveled with a 30 day all access RTC pass at the senior rate of $32 and added in free shuttles and trams when I needed them.






    The weather was perfect. Summer held on in Vegas for a long while. A few nights I needed a light jacket or warmer shirt. Some nights just an extra tee shirt pulled out of the cargo pant pocket was plenty.


    I was home before it turned cold.


    On November 14, I was swimming outside at the Orleans.






    The people I met, poker buddies, old friends, board friends, and strangers gave me much pleasure.


    The highlight was some father/son time with my oldest son Frank. Really a magical time.


    Also I enjoyed an unplanned reconnection with my old gambling buddy Lucky Pete and his wife Carol after a year or so or no communication. That was especially nice as well.






    I went dancing at the NiteKings lounge on Wednesdays at the Orleans and at Marilyn's Lounge for the Claudine Castro act on Mondays at the Eastside Cannery.






    The gambling was fun if sometimes a bit nerve wracking. In quarter 10/7 DB VP the whole trip I never caught 4 Aces, Deuces, Treys, or Fours, a straight flush or a royal except for 3-3-3-3 at the Eastside Cannery once.


    Dry.


    Nickles were better.






    The poker was not very satisfying.


    I lost $928 in the gambling, ate on under $12 a day, and saw 14 shows, lounge acts, comedy, etc. for $178, a figure skewed by an $87 ticket to go with my son to Chris Angel.






    The shows were fine. I best liked seeing Kelly Holmes at the Italian Social Club, 40 is the new 20 at the Riviera and MacKing at Harrah's.






    The only downside is that I was perpetually tired and still had trouble sleeping. It is an issue at home, but in Vegas where I am not always around my hotel for a nap and have at times to consider the schedules of other folks, it was crippling.





    Otherwise, until the very end, I was healthy. At the end I ruined one foot hiking and dancing and caught a cold I'm still fighting.






    What is magical is the diabetes numbers. Ironically, Vegas is a virtual health spa for me. The buffets let me make reasonable choices and the constant walking, the swimming in lazy rivers with no tube or in heated pools, all of it dropped my blood sugar to normal levels and gave me a 6.0 on my A1C at the doctors when I came home.






    I can't do a 25 day trip report in sequential detail or I'd lose the few readers I have. I do Snippets. They follow this introduction and are labeled TR Snippet and titled so that a reader can skim and follow by topic the issues that might be of interest.

    http://vegasbirthdaybash.blogspot.com/
     
  2. Turtleman

    Turtleman VIP Whale

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    Dewey: Thanks for the entertaining and informative TR; and as always, I enjoyed reading your blog. I understand your frugality and find it downright inspirational! Hope to run into you again – on the bus to Laughlin or otherwise!
     
  3. kiwiboy1

    kiwiboy1 Low-Roller

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    Loved the report Dewey. Sorry about the loss. VP can be hard work sometimes.
     
  4. PayTriple

    PayTriple The Cucumber King

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    Thanks for sharing and glad you were able to spend quality time with people who are important to you.
     
  5. Ty

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    Thanks for sharing Dewey.
     
    Christmas Trip. Sam's Town & MSS
  6. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    Awesome read Dewey! But it seems access to the blog is restricted.
     
  7. Jordan

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    thanks for the report fella!
     
  8. queentata

    queentata High-Roller

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    Great report as usual, Dewey! Thanks for all the great tips.
     
  9. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    Access to the blog should be open to the public. Comments are moderated before being published. Try it again
    http://vegasbirthdaybash.blogspot.com/
     
  10. Simmy

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    Thanks for the great report. I do enjoy your frugal ways.
     
  11. wigwam_salesman

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    Best bit of the report :)
     
  12. massiets

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    Great TR. And I thought my 10 day once a year stays were long :eek:) Of course, I can't walk into a casino without some type of gambling. Ha-Ha.
     
  13. breanna61

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    I wish I could find the discipline to limit my gambling to do a long stint in Vegas....well done!
     
  14. cards4ever

    cards4ever Tourist

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    Great Trip Report!

    I also stayed at he Monte Carlo with a MyVegas reward, did you have a loud toilet too? I jumped the first time I flushed!

    Also, if you like 3-6 Limit, the aces cracked at Mirage between 9-2 is a pretty good game, I usually play it every day I'm in Vegas.
     
  15. BayouBengal

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    Impressive. Only about 30 years until I can do that, well unless I win mega millions before then or some of my investments really come through. Haha. I'd probably be something between this and what Royal Flusher does. I appreciate a good value as momma didn't raise no fool but I do have expensive taste sometimes and enjoy a bit of the casino action. With my current 5 day trips I can at least stop the bleeding.
     
  16. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    Love the detail of this report. I need to come to your "school of frugality"......really I need to send my wife for the course.

    Despite the bad luck on quarter video poker, the loss seems pretty reasonable for the length of trip, especially given the comps earned.
     
  17. pokerbum

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  18. booker

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    Once more, an excellent TR. I so feel your pain about being tired. Sometimes I just do too much in Las Vegas and it takes forever to recover. Oh! And your comments about the Flamingo resort fee and poker room is right on.
     
  19. aaisack

    aaisack High-Roller

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    I enjoyed the report.

    Just an FYI that the point multiplier at Sam's Town must be activated on a kiosk before you play. Also the FPDW and a few other games aren't eligible.
     
  20. The Fixer

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    Comped to the heart
    you play this game


    you give cheap,err frugal
    A good name
     
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