This was a 4 night trip we planned for our 25th anniversary (not that we really need a excuse to go to Vegas!). We checked our offers and booked 3 nights comped at 4 Queens, 3 nights comped at Suncoast and 2 nights comped at MGM along with some freeplay and food. My sister and BIL were going to meet us there on the 2nd day so we offered them our room at Suncoast. Then we had some serious health issues with a family member and up until a week before we left, we had doubts we would even want to go away. In the end, the health crisis improved and since we had airfare booked and my sister was driving to Vegas, she said she’d stay home and look after anything that came up. I’m so lucky to have a sis like her! Then - the night before we left, we had an electrical fire at our house (husband and daughter do a Griswald Christmas light display every year – this year they obviously reached the breaking point), so by the time we left town we were ready for a break but not feeling 100% confident that things would go well. When we arrived in Vegas Sunday night, the Rock n Roll marathon was still finishing up. After a brief disagreement, our cab driver insisted that we go downtown by way of the tunnel since taking the shorter route would take between 1-1 ½ hours. I thought – ya right, we’ve heard this before, but as we drove down the freeway towards the 4 Queens, we could see vehicles backed up at least a mile long at every exit. There must have been some expensive cab rides that night for those that needed to get to the strip. (I read in the paper the next day that many residents were unhappy as well as they weren’t able to get to work). I must be the only person ever to be grateful for a $42 cab ride through the tunnel to downtown! The marathon ran down Fremont and the side streets were roped off, so we got dropped off about a block away and had to dash across Fremont between runners. Luckily we only had 2 small bags so we had no problems. When we checked in at the 4 Queens, the only request I made was for a south tower room. We aren’t ones to try for upgrades, we take what we get and hope for the best. We ended up with a room on the second floor and a view of the roof but that was okay because the thing we like best about 4 Queens is the location. Every time we stay I hope they have upgraded a bit but they rarely do. The coffee pot didn’t work the next morning but I left a note and it was replaced. But the thing that really got us was the toilet tank lid. They had replaced it not with another proper fitting lid, but I would guess some maintenance man found a flat piece of plastic from lord knows what and decided it would do as a replacement cover. In order to flush the toilet, the plastic lid had to be lifted. Seriously 4 Queens - how much would it cost for a proper lid? Anyhow, the room was clean with comfy beds so we just laughed about the lid and carried on. We needed a drink so we went to the back bar for VP. It was packed but we found some single seats and hubby got an $800 quad within 20 minutes of sitting down. Life was looking pretty good! Later we went over to The D for some blackjack and some more VP. By the end of the night, (after winning at BJ and losing it to VP) I was up $22 over my original $800 stake and hubby was up about $500. It’s such a great feeling going to bed a winner on the first night. But that was just the beginning….