Well my first time in Vegas was awesome to say the least. I cannot wait to go back in the winter hopefully. We left Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) on Thursday at 8am. Got into Vegas at 10:20am after a rather uneventful flight (good thing). Got our bags quick and headed for the cab line which was empty and moved real quick at 10am. Told the guy we were staying at the MGM and he went up Paradise and west on Tropicana. Fare was $13 and change. Not bad I guess. I was honestly amazed with the massive size of the MGM Grand. Never seen anything that big down here in Miami, and we have some real nice hotels, just nothing that size! There was already a 3-4 person line at every check-in station, but we were real glad to check in early as we found out later the lines are up to an hour long! Didnt feel like wasting $20 so I didnt try the trick. Didnt see anyone else doing it either. My room was a Grand Tower Room that was good size, the view sucked as it was only of the PH Westgate, Monorail, and MGM Signature. We got into the room right away, went down to eat. The MGM Buffet was pretty good. Nothing spectacular really. We ate there checked out the pool and shops. We then went by the Luxor to check it out, nice outlay but old hotel it looked like. On the way back to the MGM we passed by Tix4Tonight and got tickets for Fantasy. Then we went back up to take a nap. At night we ate at Diegos mexican restaurant in the MGM. Real nice place with decent Mexican food. We used the $50 dining credit we had here. Paid the bill and off we went to the Luxor to watch Fantasy. The show itself was nice, as there isnt much you can say thats bad about boobs and women dancing. My wife was not real impressed though. We would have rather seen Carmen Electra at the Crazy Horse or Holly Madison at Peepshow, but the Tix4Tonight tickets were $27 so we went with it for our first night! Saw the show at 1030. Walked around the Luxor, Excalibur, and NYNY some more and called it a night. Friday morning we ate at the MGM Buffet again. Not to bad but not as good as another one we went to later on. Pretty pricey to be honest. I would just walk down to the Planet Hollywood which has an AMAZING buffet for $14.99. After we ate we headed down to pool, which we did every day of our stay. It was SCORCHING hot every day. With temps in the 105-110 range. Pool was great each and every day. Friday afternoon we decided to walk to the north part of the strip. We saw the Mirage, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Paris, Ballys, Casino Royale. All nice but the CP for US was the king. Great looking pool and shops, so we will be staying here next time for sure. The Forum Shops was awesome as expected. Lots of stuff out of our price range but its still nice to gawk at! We made reservations at Mon Ami Gabi and went back to the MGM to rest a bit and get dressed. Mon Ami Gabi was one of the best restaurants we went to. I had the steak with blue cheese sauce which was awesome and my wife had the steak bernaise which was equally awesome. We had an escargot appetizer and some wine and the bill was with tip $100. Not bad at all. We highly recommend this restaurant. Lots of food, which I noticed was a theme in Vegas. Everyone serves a good amount of food! We went to the CP to gamble at some slots and at the Big 6 wheel. We won some cash and then proceeded to lose it all! Saturday was a good day. We woke up and went to the MGM Grand brunch Buffet. $50 for two people and not that good. Went to the pool till 100-130 then we headed off for the Mandalay Bay. Got to the MB and the atmosphere was UFC as the fights were that night and we were attending. We got there around 200 and headed for the Shark Aquarium, which was real nice. By the time we were done we grabbed a couple pizza slices and went into the MB Event Center for UFC 100. Fight was awesome, but the seats in the MB are very tight with little to no leg room. Not an issue really, we still had a lot of fun. We didnt leave the fight until about 10-1030 and we headed to the casino there, where we won some and lost some of course! Sunday we decided to head to the PH Buffet in the AM. Our strategy so far was to eat like kings in the AM, skimp on lunch, and eat a nice dinner. Worked for us. The PH Buffet for us is right up there with the Bellagio buffet. Maybe even better. The breakfast selection and freshness was awesome. The price was awesome also! $14.99 on sunday before 1030. We ate there, headed back for the MGM pool. After some pool time we headed way to the northern strip. To see the Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn, and Encore. These are Top 4 I think in terms of decor. The Wynn/Encore was my wifes favorite of course. We rode the gondolas at the Venetian, which was nice. Played some Big 6 at the Palazzo and Wynn. We ate that night at the Bellagio buffet which was real nice with a BIG selection of food! We ended the night playing slots and Big 6 at the Bellagio and CP. Monday came and it was time to say goodbye. We packed our bags in the AM and headed down for one more MGM buffet! My wife had blisters so we didnt want to keep walking and go down to the PH buffet. We ate, grabbed our bags, checked out, and grabbed a cab for LAS. Flight wasnt till 4 so we had to hang out at the terminal for a bit. Overall the trip was a BLAST. I loved LAS and we definately both said we will be back SOON! Hopefully once a year trip! We agreed also that staying center strip is important.