I've told this story on other message boards, but seeing as how I'm relatively new to this one, I thought I'd tell you about my first trip to Las Vegas as an adult. It was in the summer of 1977 and was a gambling junket I didn't deserve to be on. The reason was that I had no gambling track record and only knew the rudiments of blackjack. No Basic Strategy knowledge and I don't even know if basic strategy was published back then. These junkets out of Columbus, Ohio were run by a mob connected guy by the name of Louis (Louie) Asmo (I've heard he's now a pro poker player living in Vegas). He ran junkets for the old Aladdin, the Dunes, the Stardust, Flamingo and Riviera. Even though I was "vouched for" by a junket regular, Louie had one rule for first timers. He had to physically see a minimum of $500 cash before he would even let you on the plane. And you'd better not leave it in your wallet when you got there. You were expected to gamble. We checked in at the Aladdin and in addition to our room key (yes, a real key) we were given food vouchers for the buffet and one voucher for either a steak or prime rib dinner. We were also given our "gambling card". Not the plastic players card we're used to seeing today, but a little folder, slightly bigger than wallet size. You had to give it to the pit boss at the start of table play and he would enter the date and start time of your play, then initial it. At the end of your session you again gave the card to the pit boss and he would enter the stop time of your play, average bet, initial it and give it back to you. The pit boss jotted down all of this info on a pad. No computers back then. You've got to remember, this was the end of an era in Vegas. I don't think VP machines had hit the casino floors. The importance to the bottom line of slot machines hadn't been realized yet so any play on them wasn't tracked. They were there merely as a fun distraction for the "little lady" while the men did the "real gambling" on the tables. Also, Louie expected to see all first timers' gambling card at the end of the trip to see if you'd qualify for other trips. I did and went on 2 other junkets through him until I started to book solo. So this was my introduction to Las Vegas. I did gamble and surprisingly held my own for 3 days. In between gambling sessions I made it to the Dunes, Caesars Palace, the Stardust and Flamingo and I was hooked. Enough so that I've been going out to Vegas 2-3 times every year since.