1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Ever wonder what 12,000 nickels look like?

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by wpete, Mar 3, 2016.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Messages:
    727
    Location:
    California
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    37

    My Trip Report

    Last week, my wife and I had to go to Dallas for a funeral. We decided to drive. Our plan on the way back was to get a hotel room in Winslow or Holbrook or some other podunck town in Arizona. However, on the way out to Dallas, I noticed a whole bunch of Casinos dotting I-40 throughout Arizona and New Mexico. One of them is called Twin Arrows and is located about 25 miles east of Flagstaff. So, I thought we could push the drive a couple hours longer from Dallas and check it out. I highly recommend this hotel/casino to anyone looking fo a place to stop along I-40 in Arizona. The room rate for a basic king size was $77 after taxes and the room was beautiful. The best room I stayed at in Vegas was the 1 bedroom and studio at Cosmo, and the room at Twin Arrows was just a notch below that. Wish I took pictures of the room, but didn't. Did take a pic of our desert view though.

    20160229_084205.jpg

    After we got settled into our room, it was almost 9 PM and we were pretty pooped, but decided to brave the Casino floor for a bit. $100 each. Glad we did as we ended up playing until 2:30 AM. The Casino was pretty small, but had all of our favorite games. Also, since it was a Sunday night, it wasn't too busy. They have one of my favorite games that's almost impossible to find, Cool Jewels. I started playing and everytime I got a good hit, I'd take a picture and text it to my wife. I had a massive hit for about $250 as we were calling it a night, but by then she was right next to me so I didn't take a picture. I was also very tired by then and probably would have forgot to take one anyway. Here's a sample.

    20160228_213838.jpg 20160228_215114.jpg 20160229_004559.jpg 20160229_010447.jpg 20160229_014615.jpg

    When all was said and done, we called it a night up about $450. That pretty much paid for out food and gas for the entire trip.

    Next morning we got up, headed down for breakfast and checked out. I had to go back to Cool Jewels and try again, right? So I did and lost $40. Back to the highway.

    A couple hours later we were getting closer to Kingman and I knew we would be needing to gas up before entering California. I dropped a few hints at stopping in Vegas "since it's on the way home". Didn't take much effort to twist my wife's arm. We stopped for gas and called Total rewards about getting a comped room. A few minutes later we were all set in the Flamingo, but then my wife asked how about Laughlin instead since it's only 30 minutes away. Plans changed, we got a room in Laughlin instead.

    Now, we have no luck whatsoever at Harrahs Laughlin. Time after time it's like getting kicked in the nuts. The only reason we stay there in the first place it to make our drive to Vegas a short 90 minute jaunt after a restful sleep. So we decided that we wouldn't play at Harrahs, just crash. We arrived in Laughlin 30 minutes later and strolled into Edgewater, got a couple almost big hits, but basically blah.

    20160229_131605.jpg 20160229_134217.jpg

    Went next door to Aquarius for an hour or so. Played some video poker (STP). Got this.

    20160229_162356.jpg

    By then we were getting tired and we always have the Reuben Sandwich at Tropicana across the street. So we went there and again, was not disappointed. Ended up losing half my ass there, but did have this on STP.

    20160229_164436.jpg

    Went over to Harrahs about 9 pm to check in. While checking in, we half joke to the check in lady if the room we were getting was for handicapped, because the lsat room we got there a couple weeks earlier was for handicapped. We didn't really notice it until very late at night and didn't bother getting another room since we were just there for the one night. So she assures us that it was not a handicapped room. Great. Get the key cards, head up to the room, go in, check the bathroom, handicapped. WTF? Screw it, we'll just keep it and hope that we weren't keeping somebody who really needs a handicapped room from getting one.

    Even though we knew we would lose half our asses if we went down to the casino, we went anyway. An hour later we went back up to the room, each half an ass lighter.

    Next morning, go up, checked out, grabbed Starbucks, headed out to car and got on the road heading south, (Vegas is north). Got back on I-40 heading to Cali. A few minutes later I mentioned that out last chance to go to Vegas is coming up. All we needed to do was hop on 95 north and we couple be there in 90 minutes. Took a little more arm twisting, but 95 north we went. Got to Vegas, parked in the Flamingo parking lot and called Total Rewards. Several minutes later we had a base room with habitat view booked.

    Went to Platinum check-in. Our room wasn't ready, but we were assigned a room and all we had to do was come back later to pick up the card keys.

    Went to Casino. This happened next. First machine, 50 play with STP. Got on the board.
    20160301_123109.jpg

    Had a feeling about a 25 cent STP, but at $5.25 a shot, 20 bucks isn't going to last long. On my 3rd pull, got this.
    20160301_125725.jpg

    Was starting to feel pretty good about things. Was up a couple hundred within our first hour or so. Decided to play Gigante 7's. I played this exact same game a few years ago in Flamingo and hit the big jackpot for $944. So after about 10 pulls or so, I got 3 large 7's, started the bonus, got 2 green and a red. Held the red. Respin....Red 7 pops up, so now I have 2 red 7's and the 3rd real continues to spin, and spin and spin. Finally stops, red 7. Cash out homey.
    20160301_133700.jpg 20160301_133932.jpg

    Now, I'm pretty freakin giddy. Up over 1K. Go find the wife who is playing PaiGow. Walk up to her with a bummed look on my face. Show her the ticket but with only the cents showing. Slowly slide my thumb back over the numbers, revealing the amount. Now we're both freaking giddy.

    Head back to 50 hand penny STP. Got dealt 4OAK for a cool $125.
    20160301_153024.jpg

    Jump to nickel Ultimate times. 4 aces w/kicker, X 3. 12000. Took a few seconds to figure out how much that was. BOOM $600.
    20160301_164942.jpg 20160301_165124.jpg

    Back to 50 hand penny STP. Another dealt 4OAK for another $125.
    20160301_215542.jpg

    Played a game nearby that I see everywhere and play from time to time. I forget the name of the game but when you get the bonus, 4 to 6 wheels above the game will spin revealing how much you win, with the top spin being a multiplier or jackpot chance. I put in $20 and after a few spins wanted to get back to STP, so I started playing max. Couple spins later I got the bonus, ended up with the mini jackpot which was only 10 bucks, but when multiplied with my free spin wins came out to a pretty nice amount.
    20160301_221140.jpg

    By now it was getting late and we still hadn't gone back to get our keys. So we went back to the Platinum check-in and was told that we were upgraded to a Go-room with strip view. Nice. Here's what it looked like the next morning. I think our room was in Donny's nostril.
    (hmmm, picture not uploading.)

    The rest of night, about 6 hours, we managed to stay pretty even. I think I lost just over $100, but by the time we called it a night, I was still up over $1500.

    Next day, got up, checked out, coffee, steered car towards 15 south and went home.

    My best single day in Vegas was over and the oddest part of it, was that all of the winning was in the same Casino, Flamingo. Although I did win the 12000 nickels in Margarittaville. Same same.

    Hope you enjoyed it.
     
  2. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,803
    Location:
    Ontario
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    35
    What a fabulous Vegas day! Good for you!
     
  3. Ty

    Ty ?

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2013
    Messages:
    2,383
    Location:
    Mid Ga
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    22
    Very nice.
    Congrats!
     
    Christmas Trip. Sam's Town & MSS
  4. HurricaneBuckeye

    HurricaneBuckeye Tourist

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2014
    Messages:
    71
    Location:
    Cincy, OH
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    25
    Classic! Sometimes your the windshield, sometimes your the bug! Nice Vegas day. Flamingo never has paid me, good to know it's possible.
     
  5. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,566
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    001
    Nice hits!
    Funny thing about I40 East...wife and I drove back to Mississippi last year...you're right..MANY casinos..and you're ALSO right that Twin Arrows looked like the best one...but MAAAAAN! It's LITERALLY an hour in EITHER direction, to civilization!
    I tried to get wife to stop...but only managed to get her to go to Albuquerque casinos (cuz we were staying the night there)
     
    Palace Tower Suite!
  6. BreakEven

    BreakEven Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    456
    Location:
    SEA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    11
    Congrats! Love the pics + the story.
     
    Only 2nd trip for year :(
  7. Lovegas95

    Lovegas95 Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2009
    Messages:
    470
    Location:
    East Side
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    7
    Great run.
     
    Must...Go...To...Vegas!
  8. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    9,886
    Location:
    Missouri
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Nice hits and awesome run at Flamingo! Did you visit any other casino in Vegas? Haha Love 10X quads!
     
  9. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Messages:
    727
    Location:
    California
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    37
    The only other casino was Margarittaville. We were there for just the one night and since I was was winning, didn't want to jinx it by going someplace else.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.