Here's a little report on our three-day stay at The Flamingo this week, in acceptance of an invitation from that resort to stay there and receive our choice of $1,000 in table-game promotional chips or $500 in cash. We checked in through the VIP Services desk at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Our room was a very nice one in Flamingo's newly remodeled tower, on the 22nd floor, directly overlooking the lovely pool area. The room was about 400 square feet, with a king bed, two chairs and a writing desk, a comfortable sofa, and a coffee table. The bathroom was small, but met our needs. Once we got settled, we drove over to The Greek Isles, the former Debbie Reynolds hotel-casino, to meet another Travel2Vegas subscriber and enjoy the Wednesday night comedy show, which always features female comedians. After the show, we returned to The Flamingo to collect our promotional chips and put them to work. There is an online friend to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude (and more) for suggesting a strategy to use the promotional chips on one spin of a roulette wheel. At about 10:45 p.m., I collected the 10 $100 chips, which required me to counter-sign for them in a book at the cashier's cage, and strolled over to a roulette table. I bet one promo chip on each of 10 three-number combinations, $100 of my own money on each of the remaining two three-number combos, $50 of my own money on 0, and $50 of my own money on 00. At this point, the dealer called the pit boss over, and he looked at the bets I had placed and went straight to a telephone to call someone higher up to verify that my bets would be allowed. Moments later he returned to the table and gave the dealer the go-ahead. She spun the wheel, the ball dropped, and the number came up 7. This paid me $1,100 for the promo chip bet on the 7-8-9 combination. I lost my $300, but walked away with a net gain of $800 to put to work during our stay. No more gambling for the first night. Our strategy had worked, and we were happy to end day one ahead $800. Early the second morning, we sat down for our first blackjack session. All our sessions during this visit were at $25-minimum tables, and the most we bet on any hand was $75. This two-hour session was a bad one, and we quit with just a little remaining from the $800 we had collected on the spin of the roulette wheel the previous evening. I had to take Roz back to Anthem for a meeting, after which I drove to Treasure Island and a scheduled rendezvous with two other New Englanders who are subscribers to this board, Don and Bill. The three of us drove to Salvadoreno, a restaurant featuring the cuisine of --surprise, surprise-- El Salvador. This place, one of many on Bill's ambitious "to-do" list for his visit, was a revelation. Located on North Main Street, just past downtown, it is an excellent restaurant with dozens of menu items, including combination plates, at very reasonable prices. I will definitely be taking many of our friends there in the future. After dropping off Don and Bill at Treasure Island, I drove to The Stratosphere and picked up a cousin who is visiting from New Hampshire. I brought him over to see Mac King at Harrah's, and then hurried to Barbary Coast to catch the last 90 minutes of Peter Vallee -Big Elvis- in the lounge. Pete had already received mention in the previous afternoon's Las Vegas Sun, and a photographer from the Las Vegas Review-Journal was shooting some photos for the next day's paper while we were there. One of the photos appeared with a brief story in Norm Clarke's column in Friday's R-J. And as I telegraphed a couple of weeks ago, Vallee receives major coverage in the new National Enquirer, the one with Nicholas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley on the cover. After Peter's show ended, my cousin and I drove over to Jerry's Nugget in North Las Vegas, where we met Rosalyn and a group of our neighbors for dinner. The coffee shop at Jerry's is offering a prime rib special all this month: For $5.49, you get your choice of soup or salad, an eight-ounce slice of prime rib, potato, vegetable and bread/rolls. Several of our group had never been to Jerry's Nugget or tried the prime rib, and all were very pleased with their dinners. After dinner, Roz and I returned my cousin to his hotel, then we went back to The Flamingo for another blackjack session, which turned out really well. In fact, we did not know at the time that we had already experienced our only gambling losses for the three-day period. We slept in our own home Thursday evening so that it would be convenient to attend an early morning meeting. Then we went back to The Stratosphere and picked up my cousin, bringing him to Samuel's Deli in Henderson so that he could enjoy one of their famous sandwiches he had heard about. Most sandwiches at Samuel's cost $9.95 or thereabouts, and they are huge. My favorite, which comes with a choice of sides, is a combination of corned beef and tongue on light rye. If you folks think Stage Deli, Jason's Deli, or some other sandwich place in Vegas is the place to get a great sandwich, you should try Samuel's, which will, as Mac King might put it, "blow your funky mind." With lunch out of the way, we spent a few hours back at the house with our cousin, which included the heartbreak not of psoriasis, but of watching Pedro Martinez lose a game to the Minnesota Twins. Then we brought our cousin back to his hotel and said our good-byes. Returning to The Flamingo, we played more blackjack, winning a modest amount, then called it a day. On Saturday morning we started with breakfast in the Flamingo Paradise Garden Buffet, the second time we had begun our day with a visit to this venue. The cost is $9.95 plus tax, and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the room and of the food selections. Because this is actually a breakfast/lunch buffet, you can have such items as pork chops and fried chicken for breakfast if you want. The food is tasty, and a seat by the outdoor area, next to the koi pool, floating swans and pink flamingos, makes for a very relaxing start to one's day. We had already checked out and brought our bags to the car before going to breakfast, so all that remained was to play a little more blackjack before returning home. This session, which I thought would be a brief one at best, yielded our best results of all, and it was three hours before we left the casino. One problem we had with the casino was the ventilation. It seemed very smoky most of the time, and both of us were bothered by it at various times. A most enjoyable sojourn for us locals, and very lucrative to boot. I am willing to share more of the financial details with friends who are interested in e-mailing me.