Background: I'm a low-roller, seeing as I'm a college student. When I say low-roller, I mean it; I budget $100 a day for my Vegas trips. I try to conserve most of my bankroll for my trips, so I'll generally bring $40-60 to the local and write it off as the cost of scratching my degenerate gambler itch. This is my first TR, so I welcome any feedback/suggestions/questions/comments! My grandma is a big slot player, and has platinum status at Grand. She's 84 years old, and generally a badass. She plays primarily $1 3 reels in the high limits lounge, with a couple of max bet penny slots thrown in (she loves her Pompeii, which I've never had ANY luck on). Even though her bankroll pales in comparison to some of the gamblers on here, she's always seemed like a high roller to me; I vividly remember watching her hit a $400 on a coin dropper back before Grand got rid of them (maybe 2013), and she was pissed because that was the threshold for the machine dumping the coins. She offered me $100 to collect the tokens and cash it out for her, which I obviously accepted. Grandma is very generous at the casino, and enjoys boosting my bankroll with a couple of twenties, an extra cashout ticket, or even a Benjamin if she's doing well. Since I've got my 2nd annual Vegas birthday trip coming up later this month (January 13th-19th), I'd been trying to keep my degenerate urges at bay and conserve my modest bankroll for the big show, especially after two losses of about $50 each with my cousin at the tables at Running Aces (another local cardroom) with my cousin. I was lucky enough to go on a trip with Grandma in December and walk away with $115 to add to my gambling kitty, and I'd planned to add $100 to the Vegas pot. However, when Grandma called last night and asked if I wanted to drive up to Grand with her today, the obvious answer was an enthusiastic "YES!" I took $40 out from my previous winnings with the hope that Grandma would pad the bankroll. My dad even gave me a $20 and said to use it on a machine that "looks lucky." The Trip Up: I woke up at 7:45 (which was really early as a college student on Christmas break!) and double checked with Grandma to make sure we were still on. We were, so I shaved, showered, and got ready. I had went Christmas shopping with my mom earlier in the week, so I was excited to debut some new jeans and a button down with my trusty cowboy boots. I like dressing up a bit for the casino since I feel more confident, which in turn helps people take me seriously when I'm the youngest guy at the table. I also debuted a lucky charm my dad (a fellow gambler) got me for Christmas on his trip to Arizona: a silver bear necklace that my step-grandfather made by hand. Feeling confident in my outfit, of course I had a bad hair day. Oh well. I picked up grandma from her house, got the keys to her Lexus, and started on the 70 minute drive to the casino. The ride was fairly uneventful. A clear day made for good driving, and nice conversation helped the time fly by. Before we knew it, we were there. Grandma has a walker and handicap plates, so she can't walk too far. We drove around the parking lot for a good 5 minutes looking for a spot before I finally dropped her off by the back door and went to find a spot. Right as I turned the corner, I saw an empty spot very close to the entrance. Hopefully a good omen for things to come. I went inside to find Grandma in a panic; she'd forgotten her wallet, which contained her bankroll, ID, and iPhone. Luckily, it was on the floor of the car, so I got to play hero when I ran back and got it. The Gambling: After I gave Grandma her wallet, she pulled out a crisp $100 bill and gave it to me, along with $10 that she'd gotten in comps. We figured out our meeting time (1:00, at our usual meeting point near the entrance to the Grand American Grill) and she wishes me good luck and runs off to her VIP lounge. Usually we play a machine or two together, so it was a bit atypical to split up so fast. I swiped my players card at the kiosk and had a birthday offer. I opened it, and got to spin a wheel, where I won $10 of freeplay. My total bankroll for the day was set at $130. I also had my dad and stepmom's players cards, hoping to use their $7 of weekly freeplay. I went to the high limit lounge and picked out some $1 3 reels to use the freeplay on, hoping to get a good hit and convert it to cash. My stepmom's resulted in $2, and I couldn't get my dad's to work since the PIN wasn't enabled. I was able to convert my $10 of freeplay into $10 cash on a five stars machine. I pocketed the ticket, and looked around for a machine to use my dad's $20 on. I found one of those XTRA REWARD machines that has a jackpot round where you spin a wheel to get compartments for Jackpots and Bonuses. There's a video coin pusher on top, with different prizes that can fall into the compartments. Once one of the prizes falls into a selected compartment, you win the corresponding reward. My dad has had luck on those in the past, so I figured I'd throw his $20 in. I hit some free spins pretty quickly, which kept retriggering with lotuses. I probably had 30-40 free spins, and ended up making $63 thanks to random wild multipliers, for a total of $84 off of my $20 coin in. I decided I'd run the credits down to $70 and pocket the winnings. Then I hit a jackpot round. I just missed a mini jackpot and got a measly $5 bonus, which just angered me. There was a crown (the max jackpot) on the board, so I decided to chase a jackpot spin down to $65 if necessary. By this point, I'd amassed a cheerleader who was down $100 and walking by. We laughed at my pitiful bonus round and hoped for another jackpot spin soon. I was down to $68 and contemplating walking, and then I hit the jackpot spin! The jackpot compartment opened up in front of the crown, which was halfway back. It slowly moved closer, and it was right on the brink of falling into either an empty compartment or my jackpot compartment. The fateful coin fell, and pushed the crown onto the edge... from which it fell into the jackpot compartment! I hit the maxi jackpot for $292.98. This was my first ever jackpot, and not too shabby for a penny machine where I was averaging a 90 cent bet. My new friend and I celebrated, and I ran the ticket down to a round $360 to pocket. Riding high and knowing I'd be going home a winner no matter what, I went to the tables. I bought in for $40 at a $2 blackjack table. The rules are pretty good, seeing as there's no ante, BJs pay 3:2, and you can double on any hand and split up to 4 times. I had a lot of luck at first, but my attempts to increase my bets backfired and I ended up losing $15 before lunch. I met Grandma at the Grill right on time, and she shared the exciting news that she was up $500 on the day. We got a cheese curds appetizer, and Grandma got the prime rib special (16oz for $7.77). I got my usual steak and eggs, but I decided to mix it up with some over easy eggs instead of the typical scramble. It was filling as always, and I couldn't even touch the hashbrowns. Grandma comped the meal and we agreed to play for another 45 minutes. I went to a $5 BJ table in the hopes of quickly doubling up. No such luck. The table was cold, and the players were uptight and not fun. I blew through the $25 in less than 10 minutes. Two notable hands were a last ditch $10 all in bet that I won, and then a double on my 11 against a dealer 7 for which I got a 3 and the dealer flipped a 10. Ouch. Oh well, I could stand to play aggressive since I'd already locked in my win for the day! On a whim, I decided to give 25 cent Double Bonus Poker a try with my last $20 of cash. I hit max bet, figuring that my money would go fast. Within 10 hands, I hit this... Four 9s for $62.50, not too bad. I smiled and snapped a shot as the lady next to me gave me a death glare. My first quads on max bet DBP, so I was so excited I cashed on and went to show Grandma my $76 ticket. Then I felt the urge to go back to the same machine, telling myself I'd play down to $60. I didn't have to worry about playing to $60, since I hit this beauty in short order... My heart skipped a beat when I looked up and saw four As. It further dropped when I looked up and saw the 800 coin payout. I stared wide eyed and watched the credits climb and climb, and the guy next to me congratulated me. He also pointed out that I could have had twice as much if I was playing the variant he was playing - oh well, I was more than happy with my first quad aces and my $200 payout. I was so excited that I jumped the gun taking a photo. I wish I had one of the final payout, but alas I don't. I donked my $264 down to $200 before walking and calling it a day. I could hardly believe my luck when I cashed out at the redemption machine... $585. By far my best heater at the casino! $130 cash in, $585 out for a $455 profit! Grandma was up $600 at the end of the day, so combined we took them for over $1,000! Nice to start 2016 in the positive! Now my total bankroll is over $1,000... I'll probably bring only $500 or $600 to Vegas so I can preserve some of the roll (and hopefully add to it!). I will be taking a trip to Treasure Island (another local) with my Grandpa on Tuesday, so I will probably parlay the $85 into some VP.