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First trip report - part II

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Buckguy, Jun 9, 2002.

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  1. Buckguy

    Buckguy Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Wednesday of our trip, we just grabbed a quick coffee and roll at the Aladdin, and sat at a couple of video poker machines right outside the Starbucks. My wife and I each put in a 20, and in less than ten minutes I hit a 4-of-kind and she hit two more, and we walked away after cashing out $265. Nice way to start the day. We spent most of the day traveling from casino to casino to casino, gambling a little and just seeing the sights. Had a good lunch at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. We found an empty $5 Let It Ride table at Excaliber, and decided to give it a try. We bought in for $100 each, and quickly lost it all - each of us only hitting a winning pair once or twice. A young kid who had to show his ID to prove his age sat down and only played about 10 hands and won big with a couple hands of 3-of-kind, a two pair, and a couple pairs. Next we went to Luxor and sat at a $5 blackjack table. We were the only two at the table, and again bought in for $100 each. I was doing pretty well, though my wife won for awhile, she eventually lost everything. The dealer was really pushing us quickly and was a bit intimidating, and wife didn't enjoy that at all. I was quite abit ahead and increased my bets to $10, and was dealt a pair of 8's with the dealer showing a 5. I split the eights and was dealt another 8. I resplit, and was dealt another 8! Before I knew it, I had 4 $10 hands going. I stood on each with anywhere from 13 to 19, but with the dealer showing 5 with a good chance to bust I was pretty confident. Wrong! He drew a bunch of low cards and finished with 21, beating every one of mine. I walked away after that hand, ahead about $50 from where I started.
    We took a cab to Treasure Island, where we met a friend who just moved to Vegas a month ago. We watched the Pirate ship battle, and then wanted to go to dinner. The closest place she could find to park was at the Frontier, so we walked there and decided to try the Prime rib and shrimp dinner as advertised on their sign for just $10.95. (I think that was the price.) Big mistake! Easily the worst meal we had all week. I think the entire staff there was working in Vegas when Sinatra was still a kid. After eating, our friend dropped us off in front of the Bellagio, where we watched the fountain from up close. Wow! What a difference to see and hear it up close as opposed to from our room.
    Thursday was the last full day of our trip, and we ate breakfast at the Aladdin buffet. Another great breakfast - with lots of fresh fruit, freshly squeezed OJ, and hand-carved baked ham that was delicious. We took a cab downtown to see the older casinos, and played from a while in the Golden Nugget, Binions, and a couple of smaller ones. My wife did OK in Binions, and we downed a couple of margaritas before heading back toward the strip. We stopped at the Palms first, and were amazed at the number of video poker machines. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a hot one. My wife wanted to try her favorite machine at O'sheas again, so that was our next stop. Sure enough, it was empty so she sat down and dropped in a twenty. I sat a couple machines away from her a also started with a twenty. I was quickly up about $60 and was feeling pretty good. She was down to about $6 left, and said that it didn't look like her machine was hot today. Not a minute later she yelled, "HONEY!" I looked over, expecting to see another 4 of a kind. Instead, she had the Ace,K,Q,J,&10 of hearts! A royal flush for $1,000! On the exact same machine that she had won big on earlier in the week. Needless to say, O'Sheas is now her favorite place to gamble!
    We didn't hit much else that day, but had another wonderful buffet dinner at the Aladdin. We spent the evening relaxing while listening to the band at the Aladdin lounge above the casino. They really had great entertainment all week there. Our entire trip was great, but then came the ride home.
    We had a 8:30 flight the next morning, and the airport recommended we get there 3 hours in advance. It wasn't busy, so we were through security by 6 and had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the plane. We were supposed to fly into Washington DC, switch planes, and then be back to Columbus, Ohio by 6:30 Ohio time, where my parents were waiting to pick me up. All on United Airlines. We would then have a 75 mile drive to our hometown. At Washington, we got bumped from our flight. They only seated 26 passengers, and 17 people got bumped! We were upset. The best they could do was send us to Atlanta to catch another flight to Columbus from there. We reached Atlanta and had another 2 hour wait for our final flight. Just as it was about to board, they announced that there was a mechanical failure and it would have to be taken to the hanger. Luckily they found another plane in about half an hour. We finally reached Columbus at 1:30 AM after going from Vegas to Washington, to Atlanta, and finally home!
    On top of that, our luggage was on the original flight from DC that we got bumped off of. It was waiting for us in Columbus, but was locked in the United office and all of their employees were gone. (Our new connecting flights were all Delta) So our luggage wasn't delivered to us until the next day.
    In spite of the awful trip home, it was a great vacation and we're already wondering how soon we'll make it back. After all, we now have 2 free round trip air tickets for being bumped off that flight!!!!!
     
  2. buckeyetodd

    buckeyetodd Low-Roller

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    sounds like you guys had a great trip. just wanted to tell you that i also fly out of columbus for my vegas trips and always use america west. they have a hub in columbus and offer several non stop flights out and back. since 9/11, they have scaled back the number of flights available but there usually is one flying out around 9 am and i always take the red eye back so i can leave more of my hard earned money in vegas. i get online when i am planning a trip and check the america west website. if you check often enough, you can find some nice rates, i usually pay around $200 for a round trip flight. go bucks!

    todd
     
    gonna be a two royal trip!!
  3. cruiser

    cruiser High-Roller

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    Nice trip report. I enjoyed reading it and it's too bad you trip home wasn't very enjoyable but what trip is when you have to leave Las Vegas? Glad they gave you vouchers for a couple future round trip tickets. Are they for a round trip anywhere in the USA or is it a cash voucher good towards future air travel? My Wife and I just returned from Naples Florida and while in Atlanta waiting for our second leg down to Naples (actually, we were flying into Fort Myers), we decided that if they ask for folks to get bumped we would jump on it. Well, not only did Delta bump us both, they bumped us TWICE in the same day. We each got a voucher for $450 for the first bump and another $500 each for the second bump. Now we have $1900 in vouchers that we are planning to use towards two round trip tickets to Ireland in December. We did have to hang out in the airport for an extra 9 hours but hey - that's over $200 an hour in vouchers!!!
     
  4. KathyinNY

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    Sounds like you had a great trip and won good too. Sorry to hear about your flight back home. At least you made it home safely and now you have free tickets to get you back there again.
     
  5. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Was that hot O'Sheas VP machine full pay? I'm keeping a list :D for our trip in August--and we're staying at Flamingo right next door. My husband likes the low table limits at Casino Royale; I don't know how their VP is.....Sounds like you did really really well, though!!
     
  6. Buckguy

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    To answer a few questions, we were flying United when be got bumped in DC. They then found us a flight on Delta. We we given a choice of a free round trip to anywhere in the continental US, or $400 in vouchers. We took the free round trip. As one other guy who got bounced too said, "After getting bumped, I really don't want to fly United again!" But it's free, and next time I'll only make a direct flight.
    The hot VP machine at O'Sheas was one of those multi-games (quarter) where you have several options. She was playing the double-double bonus. I believe it was 8/5 and only paid even money on JOB and 2 pair. But it paid extra for 4 aces combined with a 2,3,or4. She was hitting enough 4 of a kinds in various amounts that she didn't mind giving up the lower payouts on the smaller hands.
    I was doing pretty well on the machines nearby too, but nothing like her!
    Places where we couldn't seem to win anything on the slots were Harrah's, MGM, & Rio. Still, if we go back (I mean WHEN we go back), I'd consider staying at Harrah's since it seemed to be in the center of the things we enjoyed the most.
     
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