The why - I turned 40 in July and the wife offered up a choice for the big present. I could either get a new phone OR she'd take me to Vegas. That would be the equivalent of asking a hockey player if they'd want new skates or to win the Stanley Cup. I picked the Stanley Cup. Sorry for excluding most of the country with that Hockey reference. Being from Buffalo basically means that we are Honorary Canadians and as such have hockey in our blood. The who - just the wife and I The when - August 17 - 20 The where - initially booked at the Flamingo (my favorite), but, after reading about some of the sewage issues, we made a last minute change to Bally's. Having the bladder of a 3 year old does not bode well if there is only one bathroom available on the casino floor. It was either move to another hotel or pack another package of Depends. The how - couple of things made the trip extremely affordable. First off, used a bunch of southwest miles to pay for 1 of the 2 flights. Second, I signed up for the Total Rewards Visa which offered free Buffet of Buffet passes for 2 plus equivalent of $100 in reward credits. All card holders are also automatically bumped up to Platinum. Being low rollers this didn't seem like anything too special when I first read it. More on this to come... and Third, Caesars properties are very liberal with their room comps. The mission - to hit that ever elusive Royal. Ever since I can remember I've been on the hunt for the royal. People much smarter than I have figured out that a royal is on average hit about every 40 thousand hands. Using my ridiculously accurate quantification skills along with the Pythagorean theory and a touch of basic quantum physics I estimate that I've played over 80,000 hands with nothing. Hopefully, no one sees the title as any sort of foreshadowing.... The epic trip report is to follow soon. Ok it's not so epic, but, it is a trip and a report of said trip so what better place to share than my favorite forum on VMB.