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Electroguy's Solo DT Trip 3/24 to 3/29/13

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  1. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    My Trip Report

    Electroguy’s Solo Downtown Vegas Trip

    This is the first time that I’ve gone solo. All of my past trips were with my wife, family, or in-laws. It was a short trip, only 5 nites, from 3/24 to 3/29. Needed to get away from a potential stressful job assignment before it get’s so busy that I can’t run away. Wanted my dear wife to join me but her job could’nt allow some time off.:cry:

    Booked a Vacations Hawaii package and stayed at the Fremont. The package includes bus transport from airport to hotel both ways. Luggage is handled from airport straight to your pre-assigned room so there is no need to handle luggage upon arrival. Just get on the bus and go. Your bags will be delivered to your room, so you can essentially hit the casino floor upon arrival. Package also includes a meal voucher book good for meals at specified eateries at all the Boyd Hotels downtown for the duration of your stay.

    Not sure if this is the cheapest way to go ( I paid $825.00 for the pkg.) but it sure is convenient. If all you want to do is gamble, this pkg. provides everything you need to get there and back, including food. Transportation to and from airport is provided. It works for me. Only downside I could think of is these Vacation Packages do not extend beyond 5 nites. On longer stays my wife and I book hotel and air separately. Vacations Hawaii do offer longer stays but it becomes a custom package and in my opinion not a very good value.

    I’ve played at the Fremont casino many times and consider it one of my favorite places to gamble, but I’ve never stayed there, having stayed at MSS, Cal, and Golden Nugget when in Downtown. I must say that what I’ve read on this board about the rooms are true. The bathrooms are very tiny, with little room to put toiletries. But the rooms are clean and the bed is very comfortable. The room I was in (314) seemed recently renovated and close to the canopy but for me the noise was not a problem since I never came back to the room earlier than 3 a.m., lol! Lots of hot water for showers but make sure if you share the room with someone else you lock the bathroom door. Otherwise when you use the toilet they might open the door and wack you in the knees! (The bathroom is that small, lol!) Lucky for me I would’nt have that problem since I’m solo.:thumbsup:

    I arrived Sunday nite around 11:30 and by the time I got my room it was close to 1 a.m. No sleep for this guy! I wandered around the casino and checked out the action. Fremont was very busy, packed to the gills with lots of gamblers, a good portion seems to be college students on break. I checked out some slot machines and played a little VP but nothing great came out of that. I’m a die-hard craps player and was watching the crowded tables for an opening. As soon as an opening came I jumped in. Played for 4 hours and had a great time! Finally quit ahead a measly 25 dollars , but man, it was fun!

    It was now around 5:30 a.m. so I headed up to the room, showered and got ready for another day. (Sleep? What’s that? It’s Vegas!!):beer:

    Next segment to follow soon.
     
    Going to Hawaii's 9th Island!!
    Going to Hawaii's 9th island!!
  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Arrrright!!
     
  3. bigwill

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    An easy start to your trip enjoy .
     
  4. uli_1515

    uli_1515 Low-Roller

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    Solo trip.. Some day
     
  5. robert m.

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    So far, so good!

    Thanks for details on Hawaii package. I always wondered how those worked. Sounds sweet!
     
  6. Joe

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    Nice report so far!:thumbsup:

    Years ago I won a drawing at MSS for a trip to Hawaii using Vacations Hawaii. It was funny because on the flight there my wife and I were very excited about our first trip and the plane was very quiet with tired Hawaiians worn out from Vegas. Just the opposite on the flight back to Vegas, a plane full of very excited people heading to Vegas and we were worn out.
     
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  7. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    lol!! How true that is!

    In Hawaii we consider Vegas our "9th" island besides the 8 islands in our State. People here consider the "9th" island our second home....:thumbsup:
     
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    Going to Hawaii's 9th island!!
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    Looking forward to the rest of your TR.:eek:
     
  9. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    It’s now Monday morning and I started trekking over to the Cal. Didn’t feel tired at all after arriving last nite, as the excitement of being in Vegas keeps me going. I wanted to play a certain machine at the Cal that my sis-in-law played the last time she visited. It was a 50 cent DDB VP machine located by a bank of 25 cent reel slots close to the Cal’s crap tables. She got a bunch of 4OAK on this machine and swears it is fairly loose as far as 4OAK.

    Found the machine, sat down and talked to it. “O.k., machine, I heard you’re a loose son of a bitch, so I’m here to see if they’re right.” Or something like that. Maybe it was more along the lines of “Hello Mr. Nice machine, please give me money….” I dunno. Can’t remember.

    I slipped a twenty in and started to play. A whole shitload of junk hands followed. Getting close toward the end of my credits I was dealt a 3 of a kind 7’s. Took a deep breath, held the three 7’s and pressed the draw button.

    And got this.

    [​IMG]

    Yay!! I did my little Victory Jig ( Imagine John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever only replace John Travolta with a middle aged slightly pot-bellied Filipino with glasses. Yeah. Not too pretty, I know, lol!) I cashed out my TITO and proudly texted my wife on my “Big” win. Things are looking good on my first day in Vegas!

    I then went over to the Main St. Station buffet for breakfast, and used my food voucher book. I enjoy eating at this buffet, as the dining room is bright, airy, and attractive with their chandeliers and Victorian theme and décor.

    I sat at my table alone and watched the people watching me. They must be thinking “Poor old man, he’s eating all alone in Vegas by himself, the poor thing” And I’m thinking “Look at all these poor people not being able to do what they want, when-ever they want, or go where-ever they want, poor things….” Lol! I’m such the paranoid. I’m pretty sure they don’t give a rat’s ass about me. But I really enjoy watching people in Vegas. It’s my favorite entertainment past time that’s second only to gambling.

    I failed to mention that although I am solo this trip, it was planned in conjunction with my friend Jon and his wife’s trip. They were in Vegas 3 days earlier and we had planned to hang out when I arrive. They are staying at Suncoast and they have a rental car. So after breakfast they picked me up at MSS and we went galavanting over at the Premium Outlets North, with my friend’s wife shopping while my friend and I shot the breeze. We ate lunch at the Makino Chaya restaurant. If you love sushi this place is great for all-you-can-eat fare. They also have a wonderful hot food section. Prices for lunch is around 20 bucks and imho is a great value. After stuffing ourselves we shopped a bit more then headed to the Suncoast. I wanted to see the casino and also view their room.


    The Suncoast reminds me of the Orleans, which I am very fond of. My friend’s room overlooked the Golf course and the room itself is awesome. I would stay at the Suncoast on future trips. The Hotel/Casino has great eateries, and the casino floor looks fun and inviting. (Also being a Boyd property helps). Jon’s wife went about playing slots while us guys sat at a bank of DDB dollar machines and tried our luck.

    No luck. Couldn’t even get three of a kinds. Sad. Pathetic. A hundred dollars in and “poof!” it was gone in short order. Sadly could’nt do my Victory Jig for all to see…..

    After playing other slots here and there it was decided that I should be heading back Downtown. My friend and I are not spring chickens anymore and our eyes, among other (ahem)… things… are not what they used to be. I didn’t want my friend driving at night, so they dropped me off at MSS with plans to meet again tomorrow.
    I am alone. And it is now time to gamble. Really gamble. The game of my choice. The game where fortunes or poverty can be had with one single roll of the dice. Yes. The game of Crap!!. I mean craps. Yes!! Craps!! I will play craps at MSS!!! I did my Victory Jig right then and there by the valet station entrance to MSS, noticing this young couple with toddler veer away (far away) from me. I didn’t care, I was in Vegas and full of high spirits! I did another half jig and away I went.

    The MSS crap tables were packed like sardines so I headed over to the Cal to check out their crap tables. So sad. No one at the tables, the dealers were just standing there looking dejected. No way I’m playing here I told myself so another U turn and back I went to MSS.

    With the tables still full I decided to play a 5 dollar slot machine. I chose a Red, White, and Blue 5 times pay machine, slipped a hundy in and prepared to do my slot strategy. I played 1 credit at a time with the notion of if I hit a substantial win then I’ll play max credits. Pressed the button. Nothing. Pressed the button. Nothing. Pressed the button. Yep. Nothing. Then a win of 2 credits. Woop dee doo. Next thing I knew I was looking at zero credits on the meter. Sigh… I looked longingly at the crap tables and lo and behold, there was a spot at the end of the table, my favorite spot to play!

    I feverishly dropped 3 hundys on the felt and mentally prepared my strategy for this session. I placed a min. passline bet and backed it only with double odds, trying to get a feel of the table. Shooter made his point. Yay! Feeling that it was too soon to do a Victory jig, I went 52 or 54 across (can’t remember the point) with min passline but this time took 6x odds. Ugh!! Seven out. Tried again, same bets. Seven out. Oh no, I thought to myself, what do I do? Think, THINK, Electrodumb-ass, Think!!

    The Sister system! Yes!! I will incorporate the “Sister” system, where I will place the sister number of the point . If a 5 is rolled I’ll place the 9. If a 6 is rolled I’ll place the 8. And so forth. You know what? It worked! After about two and a half hrs. of play I cashed out 800 dollars profit! I did a little Victory jig while the boxman was counting my chips and the dealers were smiling at me with the smile reserved for gentle idiots. I was now hungry….

    I headed over to the Market St. Café at the Cal and used my food voucher. I ordered ox-tail stew. I love this shit. Back home in Hawaii the local eateries has taken this humble ingredient and brought it to new culinary heights. Unfortunately the one I had tonite was sadly lacking. Probably due to the huge demand, the meat was hard, stringy, and bland. But the stew broth was delicious so I ate that, trying not to be wasteful . The food voucher made it free so what the heck.

    I played several 25 cent reel slots at the Cal with no luck then decided to head back home to Fremont. I always go through Binions on my way to Fremont so I can catch a few views of the hot lady dealers at the craps tables. (Hope my Wife is not reading this… I luv you dear!)

    I went up to my room and called my Wifey to recap the day’s adventure. I then went down and jumped on the first opportunity to play craps. Had a great time playing till 3:30 a.m. where I just couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. I cashed out with 140 dollars profit. It was a good day. I went up to my room and crashed, too tired to do the Victory dance but happy none the less….

    Next segment: The winnings continue…!!
     
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    Going to Hawaii's 9th island!!
  10. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Waiting....

    One of the best times at TheCal craps tables is when noone is there. You may run for an hour!
     
  12. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    My Solo Trip continues….


    I never could sleep well in Vegas, no matter how tired I am. Seems like if I sleep long I’m gonna miss out on something. Well, as tired as I was I got up Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. Showered and groomed and I was out the door by 6 or so.

    I walked around the casino a bit, checking out the machines and tables, then headed out to MSS thru Binions, and entered the Cal. I played that 50 cent DDB machine that gave me a 4 OAK yesterday but this time it just ate my money. Played some 25 cent slots with no luck either. Looked at the crap tables and saw the crew standing there again, looking dejected like before. Must be Cal’s double odds on craps. Why play here when 20x odds are right next door. I do enjoy playing craps at the Cal, though. Just not now. No fun playing by yourself.

    At MSS one crap table was full and the other was empty. Not wanting to play alone, I decided to eat breakfast at the Buffet again. Filled up on eggs, bacon, potatoes and fruit and I was out of there. My friend Jon will pick me up in about an hr. so I bought in at the craps table for two hundred just to kill time. Did the “sister system” like yesterday with less than stellar results but still managed to squeeze out a 50 dollar win. I was pleased. It could have been worse!

    My friend picked me up at the valet entrance of the property and we headed off to Silverton to visit the Bass Pro shops. Jon and his wife had checked out of the Suncoast this morning and will spend the next two nites at the M resort. So the plan was check out the Bass Pro shops, then visit South Point on our way to the M resort. We’ve visited the Bass Pro shops on recent trips so we checked out what’s new then headed on to South Point. All of us have never visited this property but have heard many positive things about it. It’s a huge property and has many interesting eateries, bars, and entertainment venues. The casino is huge with all the popular table games and machines. The CW’s are hot and so are their uniforms…lol! (I’m a dirty old man but believe me, I’m harmless…) We all decided that we would consider staying here on future trips. We applied for players cards and encountered our first negative. The players club employee working there is a 1st class b…ch. An 85 or something yr. old grumpy b…ch. Wish I could find some redeeming quality about her but I can’t. So the South Point scores an A- because of her.

    We stopped by 5 Guys Burger on the way to the M to have lunch. Great burgers and you get to pick your toppings for free. I’m glad my friend brought me here as I’ll recommend this place to my family next time we visit Vegas. All you fellow VMB’ers if you haven’t heard or tried this place you’re in for a treat. I wish I could tell you how to get there but I forgot how my friend found the place. It’s in the same area as the M.

    We continued on to the M Resort. We all have visited this property before and liked the Casino and of course, their ever popular Buffet. My friends checked in and got their executive suite on the 11th floor. The room was stellar as expected. There was a fully stocked bar, T.V. in the mirror in the bathroom, his and hers vanities, and a soaking tub with a view of the mountains in the distance. Pretty neat room I must say.

    We went down to the casino and Jon’s wife immediately disappeared in her quest for Stinking Rich slots and Sex in the City slots. Jon and I sat down at a bank of dollar DDB VP machines. I managed to wrestle a 100 dollar profit after an hour or so but Jon just kept feeding his machine money. I did my Victory jig in front of him but understandably he did not think it was funny. (I did…lol!)

    I planned on taking a taxi back to Downtown but my buddy insisted on taking me back with their car. I was grateful and offered my friend and his wife some cash to have dinner on me later in the evening. They declined and insisted they bring me back to my hotel. Such wonderful friends. I am truly blessed! They dropped me off at the usual place, the MSS valet entrance. We agreed that since tomorrow was their last day in Vegas that we would part our ways at this point and they can relax and enjoy their last day together in Vegas at the beautiful M Resort. I would have the next two days to myself. As my friends made a U turn to return to the M Resort they took one last look of me doing my Victory jig in front of the valet entrance. My friend grinned and shook his head.

    I made a bee-line straight to Fremont (but thru Binions so I can look at the…you know). I Planned to eat the Fremont’s Seafood Buffet tonite but was debating if I should go early or late, so I can avoid the crowds. I decided to go early even though I wasn’t quite hungry. Good decision as when I was done and leaving the lines to eat were out the door and halfway to Mandalay Bay. Well, not that long but you get the picture. Anyway the Seafood Buffet, in a word, was…junk. The crablegs were small, spindly, with very little meat. A lot of hard work to get what little meat is in those skinny legs. The cold crab legs were not only cold, THEY WERE FROZEN!!!, lol! They offered hot legs at another station but they were small, dry, and sadly, tasteless.

    The raw oysters were o.k. and the shrimp was pretty good. They had two baked fish dishes that were great so I guess it wasn’t a total wash. Oh, and the desserts were awesome and huge. I noticed that there was a sign at one end that said “Line starts here” then on the other side there was a same sign only this time it’s pointing toward the first sign. Had fun watching people banging into each other, each with a face saying that the other doesn’t know how to read……hilarious!

    I went up to my room and called my dear Wifey and reported my adventures today. Made sure all is fine and good back home then proceeded to head down for some gambling. I jumped on an empty space at the craps table and played for hours, having a great time, going up and down like a roller coaster. Finally around 1 a.m. or so I colored up 225 dollars profit. Yay! Victory jig!

    I was getting tired so I ventured over to a dollar 5 times pay slot. Put a hundy in and halfway thru hit this:
    [​IMG]


    Yay!! Victory jig!! Got so excited that when I took a picture of the win I didn't save it on my phone. But I managed to take a picture of the TITO. Texted my wife and sent her a picture. Went up to my room and turned on the T.V. In short order the T.V. was watching me instead of me watching the T.V. I was out cold.

    Next segment: A little luck early in the day then…nightmare….!
     
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  13. wndrwmn71

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    Great hit on the slot! MSS has the 20x craps odds? What was the table limit?
     
  14. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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  15. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Wednesday, 3/27/13

    Woke up around 7 a.m. or so and decided to hang around in bed for a while, watching T.V. I drifted in and out of slumber and was actually half asleep when I heard someone at the door knocking. I had the Do Not Disturb sign on the door and was startled when a housekeeper actually opened the door and came into the room. When she saw me she muttered “Oh, excuse me” and shut the door. WTF??? Has this ever happened to you, dear readers? What the f##ckn hell is the DO NOT DISTURB sign for? Decoration? Pissed me off….:grrr:

    Anyway I showered and got ready for the day. It was already mid-morning so I decided to skip breakfast and have lunch later on at the MSS buffet. You’ll notice by now that I’m eating most of my meals at the same place. Since I’m by myself the dining is kept simple. If I was with my Dear Wife then we would explore the wonderful dining offers available in Vegas. This solo trip is just a gambling trip to satisfy my craving. Nothing fancy. Full use of the food voucher. Eat and gamble. When-ever I want. I love it!

    Went down to the casino and relaxed at a bank of 25 cent reel slots. I’m a sucker for Red White and Blue reel slots so I sat at a 5 times pay slot and slipped a twenty in and slow played it, just enjoying the moment, happy just to be in Vegas.

    Boom! Hit this for $240.00. Yay!! Did my Victory jig sitting down. Lady playing 3 machines down looked over for a second then nonchalantly went back to her play. [​IMG]

    Texted my wife the win then played a quarter slant top. Two spins later I hit this for a $60.00 win.[​IMG]

    I know. $60.00. Big deal. It’s just that a few hrs. ago I hit for $1,089.00 plus the winning sessions at craps yesterday has put me in euphoria! I’m actually ahead as far as bankroll for the trip. For a low-roller like me it is a big deal. I’m in Vegas, I’m Happy!, and I’m winning money!:banana:

    I wanted to savor this winning moment in time so I just walked around Downtown, visiting all the casinos under the canopy. I still think the D is too loud for me. I never played craps there for that reason. I know I wouldn’t be able to hear the dealers call out the numbers. At the Four Queens I watched some people play craps for the first time. They looked confused but the dealers were patient. It was entertaining to watch them short roll and then when told to hit the back wall they would throw the dice off the table. It was the same when I first played, lol!

    I watched this Asian gentleman go on a super monster roll at the Golden Nugget. He was betting greens and black chips and his rails were full. Wish it was me! For some reason I’ve never had the desire to play craps at the Golden Nugget, just don’t know why. My Wife did very well on a Texas Tea machine on our last trip so I took the long trek down to the Carson Tower area to play it. Unfortunately there was a lady playing it when I arrived and from the looks of it had no intention to leave at the moment. Aaagh! Maybe I’ll come back later.

    I wandered around, weaving in and out of La Bayou, Golden Gate, then across to Vegas Club. Boy, is Vegas Club so depressing…. so much that I skipped going to the Plaza. I even walked by Mermaids and politely declined the beads that the homely girl offered me. Just didn’t want to go in. I didn’t want to play coin machines and wasn’t sure if they had TITO.

    So eventually I entered the Cal. I once again sat down at the DDB 50 cent VP machine that gave me a 4oak earlier but $40.00 went thru it without even a 3 of a kind. I looked over at the craps table and saw several old Hawaiian men playing so I figured what the hell….

    I bought in for 3 hundred and it wasn’t pretty. Seven-outs galore. Managed to play for close to an hour or so and it was an enjoyable session. Love playing craps with fellow Hawaiians, especially the old farts like me. They just have a genuine love for the game and take their hard luck well. We all left the table together after realizing that the table sucks. I colored out down two hundred or so. Ack….

    I slowly wandered over to MSS and watched the crowded craps tables for a while. I jumped in when an opening became available and bought in for $200.00. Just couldn’t get anything going, as much of my buy-in was lost due to me loading up the table when it was my turn to shoot. I was just shooting terribly. I lost my confidence on my last roll and only had a few red and white chips left. I gave them to the dealers and left the table. Another couple hundred down…..Ack….Ack……

    Time for lunch. Where shall I go, I asked myself. Hmmm…MSS buffet it is, lol! So with my trusty food voucher book in hand I entered the buffet and was given a table at the edge of the room back to back with the Boar’s Head bar. Perfect people watching since I can see the whole room and the buffet stations from my standpoint.

    Three young women were given a table next to me. Seemed like an all-girl Vegas trip for them and they looked like they were enjoying their trip. Boy, could they put away some food! I did a pretty good job of not staring and being obviously observant. They were not big women either, just average size, attractive women who looked to be in their late twenties or early thirties. I enjoy people watching and I do it in a good sense, enjoying the sight of people enjoying themselves. I do live for the occasional blooper or comedic moments, also!:thumbsup:

    Anyway, I ate. Anything exceptional to rave about? No. Left a 5 dollar tip to a very nice waitress and meandered out of there, stomach not overly stuffed, just content.

    You know, I never noticed this observation until now. I don’t recall winning anything worthwhile at slot machines or VP at MSS. And the trend continued. I just couldn’t win. I put a hundy in a dollar reel slot and brought it down to 40 dollars before I even registered a paltry 2 credit win. This is bullshit. I stopped playing machines at MSS.

    At the Cal I messed around with some dollar and quarter slots with nothing to brag about as far as wins. I did have quite a few coronas to enjoy though. That’s another thing. I never mentioned my drinking so far in this trip report. Throughout my trip I almost always had a corona or a screwdriver in hand, even when walking back to Fremont. Just never mentioned it so I’m mentioning it now. Only I don’t drink until I’m falling down drunk. Not my style. I just drink until I’m shit-faced, but I’ll never fall down. Might be a little cross-eyed too, lol!:drunk:

    I finished my gambling night at my home base, the Fremont. I had a craps session with the first ass-hole craps dealer I ever encountered in Vegas. He would talk to the boxman and completely ignore the players. I think the boxman is an ass-hole also for allowing him to act this way. When we ask to place numbers he would put them on the wrong numbers and we have to remind him, with no apology or acknowledgement, only more talk with the boxman. I lost another 2 hundred or so on that session and when I colored out I planned to give the odd red and white chips to the dealers. This ass-hole pushed my color out chips to a player 3 positions away from me, not even paying attention to who the chips belonged to. When I reminded him the chips were mine he said “oh” and pushed them to me. No apology, no “thank you for playing”, nothing. I met his eyes, playing with the odd number of red and white chips in my hand. Then I slowly backed away from the table and walked away, making it quite clear I had no intention of leaving something for him. In retrospect I wish I handed the chips to the other standing dealer since we all know they pool their chips. I just could not hand HIM any tip money. Asshole…..:Þ

    I figured to call it a nite since it just wasn’t happening for me. Just before the elevators I sat at a quarter DDB machine and slipped a hundy in. I played a few hands then decided, f##ck it, I’m calling it a nite. I pressed the cash out button fully expecting a TITO but got a shitload of quarters instead. I had sat down on a coin drop machine. SIGH…..

    My last day report coming up next…..
     
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    Going to Hawaii's 9th island!!
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  17. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Last day of trip.

    I hate the last day. Every trip I dread this moment. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to going home on the last day. Even on losing trips. And if I’m not careful this trip might end up a disaster. Well, not really. Up to yesterday morning I was actually ahead about 3 hundred dollars or so until I started to slowly do a downward spiral.

    I got ready and headed out the door around 7 a.m. Had my breakfast at MSS buffet again. This time the nice waitress from yesterday stopped by to chat with me when things were slow. She lives in Henderson and likes to hang out at the locals casino, especially Sunset Station and the M. She and her friends would hang by the pools while their husbands and boyfriends would play poker. It was nice to chat with a Vegas local for a change.

    My plan for this last day in Vegas is the same for all my Vegas trips. I will stay up all night. My flight is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow but I need to be at the rally point for bus pick-up at 5:30 a.m.

    I bought in for 4 hundred at the MSS craps table and totally bombed. My shooting was terrible. I would load the table, shoot pretty good, make some money, then on the next go-around I would shoot like shit. The other players weren’t doing any better. I went on full tilt and bet all my ammo until I was holding only 1 red and 3 white chips in my hand. I dropped them on the table and said “Sorry guys, not much, I’ll catch you next round”, and left. Yikes…. :eek:

    I walked over to the Cal through the mezzanine bridge. Halfway between the casinos is a wall where they hang all these plaques with names of those craps players who achieved “Golden Arm” status. Golden Arm status is for players who rolled for over an hour at Cal’s craps tables. It’s something I secretly wish I could achieve. I came close in my 2011 trip where the Cal had me clocked for 52 minutes or so. Anyway I came across a middle-aged gentleman and his wife. The man had placed his hand on one of the plaques and was quietly contemplating. I asked him “Is that you?” He replied, “No, he was my Uncle….” I smiled at them and walked on. They must be remembering all the wonderful memories with their Uncle in Vegas.

    A whole bunch of Old Hawaiian men were playing at the Cal’s crap table so I decided to jump in. I bought in for 3 hundred and played conservatively, just wanting to play for the sake of playing and enjoying the game. I played $10.00 on passline and double odds on the point. Betting $10.00 on passline enables me to bet a green chip if the point is 6 or 8. Cal and Fremont allows 2.5 times odds on these numbers.

    The table was a dreadful choppy one. To survive I counted up to 5 rolls and if the point was not rolled at that time I would take back my odds. Seemed to work in my favor more often than not. Once in a while if I “felt” it I would buy the 4 or 10 for $25.00. I just wasn’t shooting consistently. And no one else was too. I eventually quit about $60.00 or so down. But I had fun, and drank a bunch of free coronas along with it.

    I was too full to eat lunch so I headed back over to Fremont and rested a bit in my room. Did a little shut-eye for a couple of hrs. then proceeded down to the casino.

    Made a bee-line straight to MSS again and played craps for a couple of hours. One session had me playing next to a don’t come player. He positioned himself at the last slot next to the standing dealer. I was next to him and unaware that he was playing the don’t come ( the don’t come bar is right below him, hence his reason to play at that position.) It was really uncomfortable for me to place a passline bet only to see him place a don’t come bet nearby after I have set the point. Satisfaction came when I made two consecutive points in a row and seeing him grab his chips and walk away.:Þ

    As evening progressed I fell back to the Cal and saw the craps tables too full to squeeze in. I wanted to eat Prime rib so I walked to the Cal’s Market St. Café and sat at their counter. The Prime Rib was awesome. Sometimes the Cal’s Prime Rib can be hit or miss but tonite it was delicious. Last time there was waaay to much fat and gristle and didn’t taste good. I ate it all and was happily satisfied. (Plus with the food voucher it was free…)

    The Cal’s crap tables were still full so I bid farewell to the Cal for this trip and headed over to the Fremont to finish my last nite in Vegas there.


    I decided to play roulette. My wife gave me two hundys, one to play roulette and the other to play 5 dollar hardways at craps. I took her hundy and bought in at roulette. She wanted me to bet black consistently and gave me some numbers to play which I wrote down. I got killed. In short order I lost her buy-in except 3 chips which I put aside to give to the dealer as a tip. Texted her and apologized for my hard luck.:cry:

    I played a variety of DDB 25 cent, 50 cent and dollar machines. No luck. Shit.:grrr:

    Played another session of craps, avoiding the table with the ass-hole dealer I encountered yesterday, but lost half my buy-in so I quit. I went up to my room and called my wife, re-capping the days activities and discussed my arrival and pick-up at the airport when I arrive home tomorrow. I rested a bit, watching T.V., and packed my bags for the 4:30 a.m. pick up. Then I headed down for the last hurrah.

    Bought in at the craps table for 6 hundred and played for hours, playing next to a lot of fun players who came, fizzled out, and left. I was drinking my coronas and enjoying my last nite in Vegas. Around 1 a.m. or so an elderly Hawaiian gentleman bought in next to me for a thousand. We talked a while and I learned he just arrived in Vegas a few hrs. ago. He was shooting pretty well and I got up a substantial amt. from his rolls. He bet very aggressively and was doing very, very well. I rolled and we both did well on my roll also and I eventually sevened-out. So now it was his turn to roll and he went balls to the walls. He put like about 500 on the passline and backed it with a thousand. I told myself “If he’s that confident then I’m going all out also”. I bet 100 on the passline and 200 in odds plus green chips on all the numbers and bought the 4 and 10 for a hundred each. The Hawaiian gentleman also had all the numbers covered with green chips plus hardways for 50 dollars each. He was going for it. Balls to the walls. No Guts, No Glory. This is where, if everythings turns out, you make a shit-ton of money.:banana:

    All I remember is that he set the point, then rolled twice. On that second roll he sevened-out. :eek:


    Ugh…….

    I looked over at him. He looked serene, calm, quiet. He looked at me and I smiled. I said, “Oh well, that’s how it goes…” A slow smile crept upon his face and he said “We just needed to get over that hump, and we would have been looking good.” I acknowledged wholeheartedly and mentioned it’ll happen next time. We decided to quit then and there. We shook hands and I wished him luck for the remainder of his trip. As for me, my trip is just about over. It was about 4 a.m. or so. I looked at my chips and saw that I had 500 dollars left from my 600 dollar original buy-in. Not bad for that fun, wild river ride that , if it went the other way, would have put me way, way, over as far as winnings for my trip.

    I sat at a 5 dollar RWB reel slot and put 40 dollars in. I slowly played 1 credit at a time but nothing happened. I hit the max play button and registered what I thought was a mediocre win. I looked at the screen. I won 80 credits. Wait a minute. This is a 5 dollar machine. 80 times 5…. My drunk mind did the math and my eyes lit up! Yay!! 400 dollar win! Not much but good for the spirits as your trip winds down!:thumbsup:

    It was now 5 a.m. The tour group is supposed to meet in front of the closed Tony Roma’s at 5:30 a.m. I’m bored. Wait! I forgot to play my wife’s hundy on 5 dollar hardways at craps! I headed over to the tables and found that the morning crew has replaced the previous crew. So I dropped a hundy on the table and when a hardway appeared I would bet that hardway for a nickel. Lost….it…..all. Not one hardway hit. Not even one. So sorry, Dear Wife.:eek:

    Off to Tony Roma’s, boarded bus, off to the Airport and 5 hrs. or so later I’m home. And thinking when I can go on another trip to Vegas!

    Final thoughts:
    I enjoyed my first Solo Trip. I would do it again, however I much prefer to go with my Dear Wife.
    I ended up down 400 dollars or so for the trip as far as gambling. Factor in the entertainment and drinks, I consider it a win!
    Vacations Hawaii is an alternative to consider instead of separate bookings. It is non-flexible in a way but very convenient if all you wanna do is get there, get free eats, simple room, and gamble.
    5 nites is enough for Solo Trips. I now wonder if I would’ve gotten bored if I didn’t hang out with my friends for 2 days…

    Anyway, planning my next trip for Thanksgiving Weekend (Wed thru Mon.) if not sooner. Thanks for reading!!

    Electroguy563:wave:
     
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  18. Joe

    Joe VIP Whale

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    Thank you for an enjoyable report!:thumbsup: Hell, $400 for a trip-that's a win.
     
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  19. Hawaiianmark

    Hawaiianmark Low-Roller

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    Love all the craps tales. Nothing like the old skool 'boys' at TheCal.

    We used to appreciate Vacation Hawaii; just got to the point where herding didnt fit our way, if it works for you, terrific.

    As a Sapphire; you should be able to get Comps rms no prob almost all the time, fork over a few to Hawaiian Air + a Car Rental + some Comp chow...I reckon' youd be saving some coin for da tables!

    Thanks for the tales!
     
  20. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    You're right on, Hawaiianmark; separate bookings can be a better value than the Vacation Hawaii gambling junket. My Wife and I usually book separate when going to Vegas together. More flexibility also.

    I chose Vacations Hawaii because everything is taken care of and I was going solo. I wanted the convenience and probably paid for it, lol!

    Thanks for reading my TR. Good Luck on your next trip!
     
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