DISCLAIMER!! **** This is going to be a long trip report since it covers 6 days in Vegas I am going to try to break it up and post a little each day, since I have a lot of pictures and daily commentary. ********************************************************** Well folks as the title suggests, this was my first outing to Vegas in 2014 and it was fully encroached upon by the lovely Mrs Funkhouser a non gambling Vegas visitor and her family. The plan was to spend 6 days in Vegas with just over half the trip with family, and two days solo by myself. We arrived late Friday at McCarran airport due to all the weather problems on the east coast Friday causing numerous flight cancellations. Delta managed to get us into a 8pm flight to Vegas via Detroit and we arrived around 11pm. I was thankful, but kept us waiting outside the gate on tarmac for 20 mins waiting for the boarding ramp to be moved. Once at the gate we were able to make a quick hop off the flight and our bags were waiting on us when we reached baggage claim. Walked to the cab stand and found no wait. A short ride 10 mins later found us in the lobby of the Palms Place where we had booked one night. I wanted to take a crack at their full pay VP and the suites looked pretty nice online. We were upgraded with out asking to a 1 bedroom corner suite with views of the south strip and a view of the Orleans. I found the suite very spacious although it did show some slight wear after 6 years of use. All and all a bargain for the $80 dollar a night priceline rate + resort fee. We dumped the luggage in the room and took the long walk via Palms skytube over to the casino floor for a quick late night bite at the food court. Earl of Sandwich did not disappoint. Wife was tired but humored me by playing some penny play on Phantom of the Opera slots while I walked over and ordered a round from the bar. Cocktail service was no where to be found at 12:30 am in Palms! We managed to get a few small hits, wife ran her $20 I gave her up to $60 with a few small bonuses, I dumped a $100 on various penny slots until I caught a good bonus on Lord of the Rings which brought me back and and I finished up $80 dollars. Wife was crashing hard so we headed up to bed around 1:30am. She knew I would be hitting it early on the casino floor. I woke up around 6am Vegas time on Saturday and hit the casino floor for coffee and VP. I Found a bank of quarter near full pay 9/6 Boner Deluxe and burned thru $100 in short order with no Quads and very few full houses. I had managed to pull 4 to the Royal 5 times on the draw and then bombed out each time for crap low cards upon holding AKQ10. Frustrated I swore off VP and moved over to an electronic craps game where I managed to win back my earlier VP losses. I screwed around for another 30 minutes and went back to 9/7 DDB only to dump $100 again with no quads and very few three of kinds, straights and flushes. I drew 4 cards for the flush around 10 times only managing to hitting one flush draw. Very frustrating to have premium VP pay-tables before you and walk away with crap after about 500 hands of VP. The Lord of The Rings slot machine appeared to be my savior again, $50 in I clawed back my losses in 15 minutes finishing even at $200. Wife buzzed me on cell that she was awake, so I grabbed her a red bull from the bar and headed up to the room. We ordered room service and enjoyed the room till our check out at 11am. We grabbed a cab over to Bally's, and used diamond check-in where we were giving a room in Bally's Jubilee tower with great view of south strip and Bellagio Fountains at 11:30am. After settling into the room, the wife headed over to the Qua spa while I hit the quarter progressives at Bally's. I got a few hits, making three 4OAK but nothing worth mentioning. They kept me alive on my $100 buy in for two hours and the drink services was good, before I busted out. Again I missed two Royals, where 4 cards were dealt for the Royal in Diamonds but the Jack failed to appear. I had lots of 3 card dealt to Royal (at least 10) which resulted in nothing as well Wife got back around 3:30pm which gave us time to clean up and hit the Paris Diamond Lounge. Our evening plan was drinks, followed by dinner at Mon Ami Gabi, and then we had tickets for Divas at The Quad.