Day 0: (Aug 13) I get to town a day early which is usually what happens but no complaints since its better than being a day late. I make my delivery at around noon and head over to the Rio for some "lunch" and by "lunch" I mean craps. Since I was in town for my brothers birthday (who doesn't arrive til the next day so I only have a few bucks to play with as I don't want to blow my bankroll before he even gets to town. I start with $400 at the craps table and its up and down for about an hour. No complaints there as everyone at the table had a good vibe and we all were having fun. I was betting the pass and when the table went cold hit a few $200 don't pass / "no 4" to keep my bankroll in tact. Eventually the table turned to shit and I busted out. I took a break and had some lunch at All American Bar and Grill. I like their french dip sandwich and mashed potatoes. After lunch I hit the ATM since I forgot to go by the bank and they are now closed til tomorrow. ATM fees suck but thats the cost of being forgetful/lazy. I decide to play some slots and hit nothing of note and im now down another $500. Goddamn I didn't want to be down $900 on the first day! I wasn't going to book a room but since I had been using my card I booked 2 nights just so I could take a nap and a show. I drove in from Albuquerque and had been up and driving since 8:30 the night before. I went up stairs and took a shower and a short nap....or so i thought. Next thing I know its 6:00AM! Day 1: (Aug 14) I got up and took another shower (I only get a few showers a week so when they are free I'll take all I can get). I watch some news and then some Law And Order or something on USA/TNT til about 11. It was my moms birthday so I call her and chat for a bit. Since I didn't have any dinner I decided to hit up the buffet while, hopefully, they still have breakfast. I was staying in the Masquerade tower in one of the newly remodled rooms and it was fine. The beds are nicer then the beds in the PetStay rooms. The pillows still suck ass. I never made it to the buffet. The gravity of Mississippi stud pulled me in. I had a few 2 pair and even a 3 of a kind but eventually I was down to the felt. Down another $300. I walk back over to the craps table and finally have a quick decent session for +$300 to win back my Mississippi Stud money. I wonder around playing various VP and really don't have much luck. I see some empty Pai Gow Poker tables and decide to low roll for the next few hours til Michael lands around 7PM. I actually start winning so I press my bets and end up with a few hundred win. Now Im feeling good so I move to baccarat and lost 6 or 7 hands in a row...down $600. So now I'm down to my last $500 for the day and down nearly $1200 between today and yesterday. I sure am glad I got that "FREE" room! I call my bro and hes about to get on the plane from Atlanta to Charlotte for a short layover then on to Vegas. Hes picking up the rental and will go check in to the Golden Gate when he picks me up. I decide to give craps one more shot. $500 buyin and a few shooters cant hit any repeaters for anything. Then it happens...the guy before me looks like a shooter and his girlfriend has AMAZING boobs and shes drunk and showing them off to everyone. Boobs are good luck right? I'm down to my last $150 or so and I put $10 on the pass, $135 across and a whole $5 on the odds. He goes on a mini heater and hits the 4 and 10 twice each and from the 4/10 profit I pump up all my numbers and give myself full odds. I won about $500 on his roll so I'm feeling good. Its my turn. $5 on the fire, $10 on the pass, I roll a 10. $135 across and full odds. I roll and 5, and another 5, and another 5, and more 5s, a few other numbers, more 5s. I had my 5 pressed up to $450 from an initial $25! I've got my 6 and 8 up to $270 and $300 and the rest of my numbers pressed up to $150 or so but I've yet to make my point. I've even pumped my pass line up to $25 so I can have $100 behind it. A few guys on the other side of the table are throwing out $10-$25 hard 10 on the hop and not even that helps! At the beginning of my roll I told the dealer that he needs to get out a stack of purple since hes going to need them. I was about 1 or 2 more 5s away from him paying me purple but I've got a shit ton of black in front of me and Im taking up 2 full sections of rail and working on the 3rd. I finally throw the 7 with about $1000 on the table and $3300+ in my rack! All those numbers but not another 10! Next shooter comes out and again $5 fire, $10 pass, and $135 across. He doesn't hit any repeaters for me but he quickly hits 4 points and I won $125 on the firebet but lose about $100 on his roll since I've pressed up my bets rather aggressively. I then color up tip the dealers about $150 and go from being down $1200 to being up nearly $2000. Hell yeah now thats how to get the trip started. I cash out have a little snack at the deli next to the sports bar since my brother is landing soon and I'm sure he will be hungry. I play some bubble craps and some slots. Nothing really happening for me so I call it a day and go back up stairs to watch some TV. I thought about seeing a movie at the Palms but nothing was worth walking over there for especially in 100+ degree heat. Michael finally calls me and tells me hes landed and getting the rental car. 30 min he picks me up and we head downtown. We get checked in to our room and head over to DuPars for some dinner. I have the prime rib and he gets the spaghetti. Both of which are fine but not quite as good as it could have been. Half way through we switch plates and I finish off his spaghetti. I get my players card printed and hit the craps table. Its pretty damn busy in there for a Thursday. Not having any luck and feeling full from dinner we decide to call it a day.