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Golden Nugget/Ballys Wed 7/30-Sun 8/3

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Mango68, Aug 4, 2014.

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  1. Mango68

    Mango68 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    :beer:Day 1-2 Wed-Th
    Mid-forties couple, both have been to Vegas about 8 times. Flight out of Seattle left at 9am so we arrived around 11:30. Taxi downtown. Took the tunnel but since we were going to the GN I didn’t complain. Went directly to bell desk thinking we were way too early to check in and wanted to drop our bags and get to drinking and gambling. Bell desk guy says, go check in! Rooms are ready! I think, ok, this is fortunate. Get in line (short) and yup, our Gold Tower Smoking King is ready. Unbelievable amount of kids running around the lobby and pool area. Listened to one young mom telling her 4 sons all under 15 to “quit making poor choices” while she was checking in. Got a laugh on that one! Freshen up a bit and hit the bar for some cold beers and VP. Yeah, the paytables aren’t great, but we did alright for our first session.

    Out to the street to check out the freaks and geeks. Definitely less street performers than our last visit 2 years ago. Over to MSS for some gambling and drinking, wander through California, then head to Golden Gate. Nice vibe, note the Dupars location for later and ramble onward. Listened to a great Elvis Impersonator from the Whisky Licker Patio, watching the crack heads dance up front. Saw a contortionist who was hard to watch. Headed over to the D for some “vintage” gambling upstairs, played a bit of Sigma Derby. We liked it up here, quieter than downstairs for sure. Stumbled over to 4 queens later and picked up some Subway food. Strolled around a bit more, made it down to El Cortez in time to see the cops throwing a guy on the ground at the front door and cuffing him while he screamed bloody murder. Good times! Played a bit at El Cortez but got irritated at the bartender for telling me I had to pay for my 2nd beer as I only had put a 5 dollar bill in the VP. This was after 2 or 3 twenties rolled through the machine and I only had 5’s and 10’s left in my pocket. Jeez! So I paid for the beer and we headed back up Fremont to watch the dancing on the bar gals. Decided on Dupars for a midnight dinner. We’d never eaten there and had read recommendations here on VMB. Wow, their shrimp cocktails are huge and great! I’m from the Pacific Northwest and am a bit of a “fish snob” according to my hubs. These are really good, and the cocktail sauce is on the spicy side, which I love. Made the mistake of ordering them as appetizers with tri-tip French dips for entrée. After the shrimp I could only eat a few bites of my sandwich. Place was pretty packed for a Wednesday at midnight. If you’re not a huge eater, just get the Shrimp and you won’t need anything else.Got our extra food wrapped to go, and then headed to bed after a few slots at GN.


    Next morning up at 7, downstairs at Floyd’s Bar by 8:30 for our coffee and Bailys. Got a few quads to keep me going for a while. Walked over to the pool to spend some time here today. Holy Kidfest, Batman! It was 9:30 and the place was packed. No chairs to be had. We went over to the stairs to the adult pool but they don’t open until 10am. Back to the bar for some more coffee and Bailys and the hubs took care of a few phone calls. Back up to the Tank. 25 dollars to rent a lounger. We rented 2 as the pool host said there were only a few chairs not prebooked. Had a nice day drinking buckets of beer and chatting with our neighbors. 107 degrees means a lot of sitting in the pool! And quite a few beers. This pool is perfect for us..laid back music and mostly a “mature” crowd here. Stayed at the pool until 3 and then up to the room for a nap!

    Decided after the nap to go check out the Stratosphere , which we had never been to. I really liked their casino! Too bad they are so isolated. We totally got long hauled on the cab ride over there. I should have said “surface streets” when we got in at Golden Nugget. The guy took us up on the freeway and all over the place before we arrived at the Strat. Ended up a 29 dollar ride. No tip for you!!
    Went up in the Tower, saw the view then hung out in a bar downstairs with a really great live band. Decided to head back downtown so got a cab. Said “surface streets” this time, guy complained a little bit but the ride was only 9 dollars.. WTF! We casino hopped all night, found ourselves sitting at Mermaids around 1 am discussing how pooped we are. A nice looking, well dressed older man sits down next to us at a bank of machines that we weren’t playing and keeps telling me to put 20 dollars in my machine, its “lucky”, its going to hit now..blah blah blah. He has a gift bag with him..weird. I’m kind of drunk so I play along for a while. Finally I give him the 20 bucks and tell him to go get something to eat. I’m onto his scam at this point and don’t feel like wasting time with him. I don’t mind a little charity and he didn’t seem to be on drugs or very drunk, if at all. Of course my hubby ribbed me about being a “softy”. I just said, who knows, good karma? Of course the next day we saw him at The Grand doing the same schtick to other people. Oh well. We went to Dupars for late night pancakes. Place was packed and they were down a server! These poor 2 guys and the cook were out of their minds busy. Felt bad for them. We sat at the counter and watched the whole show. Excellent pancakes and warm syrup sent us off to bed.

    Day 3 Fri
    Decided to go check out Picnic Pool at the Grand. Hence seeing Mr 20 dollars right away. We went up to the roof and went into the food area. We were asked for our room key but after we said we are just here for lunch they let us in. Had some great Mushroom Asiago Sliders, chips and fresh guacamole and a few drinks. Pool wasn’t crowded but we didn’t go in. Bartender said we could as long as we had a 2 drink minimum. We did like The Grand, would probably stay there in the future. 1 block from Fremont, nice pool, nice casino but, as others here have mentioned, pretty dead.
    Decided to head out to the Strip to check in to Bally’s for my promotion. Free tablet and 2 free nights. Why not? We were already paid through Saturday at the GN but we were ready for a change of pace, so packed everything up and cabbed it over. . I was meeting a friend that night at Mandalay Bay who was going to see Journey/Steve Miller so it was best just to stay on the strip. Checked in around 2 and signed up for my tablet over at Paris. They’ll mail it in 6-8 weeks. First time staying at Ballys. 22nd floor in Indigo Tower, overlooked The Cromwell and the High Roller. Rested a bit. This drinking and walking stuff is exhausting!

    Made it out to Mandalay Bay via Monorail, walking and tram. Too damn hot for a lot of walking. I was a hot sweaty mess by the time we hooked up with our friend. Had a few drinks, caught up and she was off to her show. We took the tram back to Excalibur and wandered through NYNY, played a little at Planet Hollywood, people watched all the way back to Ballys. Porn Slappers are out in force, as well as large amounts of drunk/passed out homeless. They must have all moved out here from Fremont Street. Sat at the bar in Ballys for a bit for some VP then off to my sleepless night in the Indigo Tower. From the 22nd floor we heard police/fire sirens almost every hour. Was up at 5am staring out the window at all the beautiful young people stumbling out of Drai’s Nightclub. Must get earplugs! But they were hilarious to watch anyway. Final 2 days ahead!
     
  2. Ty

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    Enjoying the TR, looking forward to Part 2.
     
    Christmas Trip. Sam's Town & MSS
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Yeah being along Flamingo Rd, you'll hear that every time since their cheap windows let in tons of noise. Our first night there ever I was out late playing poker and my g/f wanted to strangle me after hearing all the sirens. We finally learned to ask for a pool view there. I would rather take a crap view for quiet.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. ajp

    ajp High-Roller

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    I never seem to get pestered by the beggars or hookers, so what was the guys deal with the gift bag? I guess I don't see his schtick.
     
  5. Mango68

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    I didn't get it at first either. He kept telling us to play 20 in the machine, he had a feeling it was lucky. First it was the machine I was sitting at, then he changed it to the one my husband was sitting at. I considered just playing it. Maybe he figured if it hit something I'd give him something? This is Mermaids, it's gonna be all quarters! Does he want to see my purse opened? I couldn't figure it. He just wouldn't give up, we were tired and not into gambling at Mermaids any longer so I figured he was asking for money in a round about way. When I saw him the next day he was wearing the same exact suit and was carrying the same tissue paper filled gift bag. A new scam on Fremont? Who knows.
     
  6. ajp

    ajp High-Roller

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    Hopefully someone can explain it, as I agree it does seem like he is trying to scam cash, I just don't see how.
     
  7. LVHooked

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    Pretty simple, you play the machine he says. And if by chance you hit, he will tell you to split the win with him.
     
  8. ajp

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    Seems like a weak scam, way to easy to just tell him no.
     
  9. Mango68

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    Saturday/Sunday

    Going back to sleep didn’t seem to be an option so we decided we needed Egg McMuffins and coffee, stat. Showered and walked across the street through The Cromwell. Very nice here! We’ll have to come back. Through the Flamingo then Harrahs to the funny little McDonalds on the North side near Casino Royale. Treated to more sketchy people hanging around the tables here. Enjoyed the show of one guy trying to get his friend up from sleeping on the sidewalk, looked like Weekend at Bernie's. After breakfast we decided 1.00 Michelobs sounded fabulous so into the Royale we went. Played around on some slots here for a while then decided we’d take the shuttle out to Sam’s Town. We’d never been there before. Caught the shuttle in Harrah’s parking garage. Not a long drive, maybe 20 minutes through some parts of Vegas I’d never seen. Pretty beat up neighborhoods. There were only 4 of us on a giant charter bus so no problem needing a room key for the shuttle! Bummed around Sam’s Town for a few hours. We were too early for the Mystic Mountain show, but did like the atrium. Lots of scooter and walker action here. Hubs won some money on Kitty Glitter! :eek: Decided we’d head back to the strip for lunch and made a mad dash for the next shuttle. Glad we made it, the next one was 1.5 hrs in the future!

    Decided to eat lunch at Toby Keith’s upstairs in Harrahs. Not really impressed with this place. The service was horrible. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, not really crowded. Food was ok, I had a chicken chipotle wrap and hubs had a Turkey Club and fries. We had the giant 32 ounce Coors Lights in mason jars. We were finished with our meal and our server was nowhere to be found. For 20 minutes. After we were finished. We watched other servers come and go around us, but no sign of our guy. I finally went up to the hostess and said we’d just like our bill! Looks like they were discussing this problem for another 15 minutes before another server finally gave us our bill and offered to go bags. No thanks! Gotta go! Not sure what happened to our original guy. Went out and wandered around the new Linq area. Pretty nice! Stopped in O’Sheas for some 2 dollar beers, went and watched how they load/unload the High Roller. It doesn’t stop! Granted, its moving pretty slowly but you have to step in while its moving. We decided against riding it as we’d had quite a few ounces of beer and were afraid we’d need to pee while at the top or something.

    We kind of hit the wall about 5 so went back to the room for a siesta. My friend in town had 2 extra tickets to see Aerosmith that night at MGM Grand at 8pm but we weren’t really up for it. Lack of sleep, sun, 4 days in Vegas caught up to us so we turned down the free tickets and relaxed in the room for a few hours. I’m kind of kicking myself for that now! We strolled up to the Venetian and crossed to the Mirage. Gambled a little here while hubby was mesmerized by the giant screens in the Sports Book. Watched the Volcano show and meandered back across the street. We ended up walking down to Ellis Island as I wanted to check it out before we left town. We had a blast here! Money seemed to last a lot longer in their machines. Place was pretty busy. Lots of colorful locals to chat with. Signed up for the players card and at the end of our night we thought we’d try out their steaks. Unfortunately it was 11pm and there was a 45 minute wait at the cafe! We had to get up at 6 am for a 9am flight home, so we decided not to wait. Next time for sure. Hoofed it back to Ballys and hit their food court for some Pan Asian take out that we ate in the room.
    Great time as usual, and actually hit some of the places that we always mean to but get sidetracked somehow. Stratosphere, quick visit at the Container Park, Boars Head at MSS and Sams Town were some of those we accomplished. The rest of our time was spent wandering, gawking, laughing, gambling, drinking and enjoying each others company with no kiddos around! Thanks for reading, here’s a couple pics of our view from Ballys and the giant shrimp cocktail already half demolished. Edit: I loaded big pictures, apparently, so just enjoy the thumbnails unless you want a huge pic!
     

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    Maybe someone else has seen him down there. Well-dressed, Latin-American, spoke with a slight accent. Dark suit.
     
  11. RockyBalboa

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    I have seen people doing that before and you're right...the catch is if you win then they will hound you for a cut.

    Good report!!

    I had one dude pestering me when I was doing those free spins at Casino Royale on our first or second trip. They have the special bank of machines where you don't win anything unless you hit the top prize. I nailed some combo that rewarded me with a ton of spins but it was awful since you don't really win anything. I could not lose and that's all I wanted to do! So anyways this dude walks up and offers me something like $20 for my spins. I ended up telling him to take a hike but in hindsight I should have sold them off lol.
     
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    Nice report.
    I am heading to Vegas in a few weeks. Care to toss me a $20 or two. :evillaugh
     
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