Three trips so far this year, first with an old friend, second with the wife, third with my father and brother. Always trying to figure out if someone other than myself is having a good time. Really wanted a solo trip, been almost two years. My wife asked me where I wanted to be on my birthday, I said I don't want to go to my favorite restaurant, it is too crowded with holiday entertaining, I wanted to go to a bar with a little more action. She said which one, I said all the ones that I really like are in Las Vegas. She said okay so I am on it. Southwest free flight on points I got from a credit card deal. Where to stay? Comped at Four Queens but the first night, Saturday, is gonna cost about 80 dollars because NFR is still in town, second night free. I have been getting the crappy casino rate offers from El Cortez since they downgraded me about six years ago, still dreaming of getting back on their good list so 85 dollars for two nights with some food credit. My brother asked what's wrong with me paying for rooms downtown? Thought about it and hadn't seen any Downtown Grand offers. Call to check and leave my name and number with the host, Marty. She calls me back and said four nights is fine. Sorry Four Queens, maybe next time. Arrived twenty minutes ahead of the WAX, so I started playing with the Lyft app. Never used it before and I was having a hard time getting a price estimate. It asked me to approve five bucks and I did, still no estimate. I was ready to give up when the driver rang my phone. I told him I was just going to take the bus and he turned on his best salesman pitch. I said no and he said I have to cancel the ride on the app. Since the phone was at my ear I just gave up and told him I would meet him. Left the terminal near the elevator to the WAX, pretty good signage, 2nd floor elevator in the parking garage. Sat in the front seat and he talked my ears off. At the DTG I said I am trying to find a discount code, entered the one posted here on VMB and got twenty dollars off a twenty-two dollar ride. Five dollar tip for Tiko and a highly recommend. I change hotels a lot, learned this trick here. I told my wife this was not going to be one of those sad, can't win, don't know what I'm doing did I forget how to play video poker trips. I told her I was going to hit a quad with my first beer. Didn't get the beer because someone was questioning the bartender, but I did get this on my third spin in Vegas. Finally got that beer and decided to play a multi-play. Been inspired by all the high roller pics, thought I could step up my game a bit. So it's eighteen quarters a hand on three play Super Times Pay. Bought in several times at various craps tables, DTG, 4Q, GG, each time surviving or winning a hundred. Time to get some food and I think I still have time to catch the happy hour at Chicago Brewing. Check the menu, order the Prime Rib Sliders, was going to get some skins then I found out that happy hour was Monday to Friday. I almost always travel midweek. Then I remembered I had about eighty dollars worth of comps from playing there on previous trips. It might have been some of the beer talking, but they were the tastiest sandwiches I have had in a while. Saw Allan at the 4Q Kings bar, played a lot but no hits. Then bought in at the ten dollar craps table at Binions cause I wanted to see the pretty girls. Me and one other shooter, I could not stop throwing come out sevens. Turned two hundred into three hundred. About time to call it a night I head back to DTG. Look at this, I am up about two hundy. Apparently I still had some wind in my sails because I'm back at the Furnace Bar, DTG. Now I always make a note on my phone when I hit a quad, where, what card, and how much. I was scratching my head the next day about J's DTG 187.50. I had to pull the calculator out, that is 750 quarters. How did I hit a quad for 750 quarters? Later I found this pic. Back to the room and another count, I'm up about four hundred cash in the wallet, I don't keep count of spending and tips (they are plentiful), just the cash count. Excellent first night in Vegas and it gets better. More later.