My husband's first trip to Vegas and my first time in 30 years - we left our local 2-gate airport on Feb 5 - had drinks at 11 am and a couple on the plane. Arrived to Vegas with niece and nephew (who had arrived the day before) picking us up in a Cadillac Escalade limo. They had had luck in poker the night before and were each $1000+ up. We enjoyed drinks on the way to our hotel, Aria. Walked into Aria and could not believe how huge it was. We went up to n&n suite, which was gorgeous. They had been upgraded to a suite due to a mess-up at the front desk on their reservation. We weren't as lucky but still scored 27th floor with a beautiful view of Bellagio and the mountains! Loved how you walked into the room for the first time with the drapes opening up revealing your view. The room was beautiful, but I was ready to get my video keno on! I had a lot of luck at Aria - hit 5 out of 5 for $200 within the first 10 minutes. I had been practicing 4-card keno online for a few months as there was no such thing 30 years ago - just the plain old video keno on one card, but I loved the 4-card concept and developed what I felt was almost a foolproof way to win, and it proved quite successful and was $1000 up my first day. Of course, I put a lot back in to win, but continued to win and was up. I hit multiple 5 out of 5s for $200 each, hit 2 $750 pots, and a $435 pot - these were all at Aria. I actually hit $200 pots everywhere we went but had no more $750 hits but kept on trying. I had a long list of places I wanted to go after months of research on these boards but our computer crashed the day before we left and lost everything - was so upset!! I didn't get to do half of what I had on my list and couldn't remember which hotel had this restaurant or that one. We did make it to Pink Taco which I remembered had a good happy hour; however we went too early and just ordered lunch. Have to say we were quite disappointed in our meal, though. Husband was upset at Aria because barmaids were so hard to come by, and he couldn't get his drink on. I told him to hit the video poker at the bar, and he should get free beers that way. He went to the bar and put his money in, started playing, ordered a beer and was charged $8 for the beer so that pissed him off more. He finally ended up having a good time at Monte Carlo and MGM and definitely got his drink on at those places. N&N had scored a reservation at Top of the World on Friday night after meeting a host from there, so we went Friday night. Scored a table right by the window. Prices were a bit steep for us, but we shared a lot of food. N&N got the $90 four course tasting menu, and hubby and I shared the Surf and Turf gnocchi. I had a chocolate drink to start the meal, which was $15 and delicious!! N&N had dirty martinis and DH had his Heineken. We tried seared scallops, beef carpaccio, crabcake, lobster bisque, center cut of tenderloin in mushroom reduction (melt in your mouth delicious!!), and duo of desserts (pot de creme and fruit and vanilla mousse in white chocolate cup). It was a wonderful meal and beautiful view. I went to bed early that night while the rest partied until 3-4 in the morning. I was up at 5 every morning hitting the video keno. Saturday, we checked out of Aria and headed to the Downtown Grand for the last 2 nights of our stay. Totally different atmosphere but have to say I enjoyed the vibe much more downtown. The Grand was nice for $38 a night and will stay there again. We hit Hash House on the way there and enjoyed the meal there. I had the french toast with banana and cinnamon and eggs and bacon. Pretty good food. N&N shared the chicken and waffle, which they enjoyed and DH had the club. Good food for the price. We hit Fremont Saturday night and enjoyed the sights. N&N and DH ziplined and loved it. N&N left that night at 10, and we continued on by ourselves. Hit the MSS buffet Sunday morning, which was good for the price. Forgot to mention we had Bellagio buffet Thursday night, which was quite good - used the 2-for-1 MyVegas reward. I continued on with my video keno and hit multiple $200 pots at Downtown Grand. We ended up spending about $500 out of our spending money for the trip , so I consider that a win, went home dollared up and bought a new computer. Sucked coming back to 15 degrees from 78, but we're already planning our next trip.