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Gregrio, Sept. 3-7, All RIO

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by GREGRIO, Sep 9, 2006.

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  1. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    I got in around 9am. Checked in at registration and got
    my favorite room around noon.
    There's really nothing special about this room...it's actually
    a bit smaller than their average Standard suite...it's the two
    full walls of floor to ceiling windows that makes it work for me!

    Room service filled my refrigerator with carrot cake and milk,
    weather was great, pool below was full of scenery and the
    gaming was fare...$2,000.bankroll for cabs and gaming, played
    all I wanted/when I wanted/brought $820.home.

    Cab rides for me still average aprox. twelve bucks (including $3.tip)
    each way give or take a buck or two, I used Harrah's shuttle a couple
    times to go to the Strip, but cabed back (that shuttle can be a real zoo)
    RIO to Ceasars is pretty slick...just over the Flamingo hump, it hangs
    a left just before the Strip into Caesars new Tower...it's the Harrah's
    destination that takes you on a tour through all the backside bowels of
    the casinos until you finally end up at their backdoor/front door...
    ...it's such a tacky/tourist property!

    The RIO stayed busy after the holiday crowd left with a Hawaiian themed
    Slot Tournament. Still no Show in the Ronn Lucus/Scintas Showroom,
    the Sportsbook is tatally up and running, the Poker Room has been glassed in now and seems to work real well, and 'Bikinis' is being turned
    into a BOWLING ALLEY...no date when construction will be finished, but
    the old 'Rosemary's' restaurant is still vacant...if they hurry, Harrah's
    could put BINGO up there too and have one big event opening!
    ......poor RIO, the rooms are still some of the best, but bit by bit, Harrah's
    continues to cheapen the rest. SUPER WHEEL OF FORTUNE is rumored to
    be coming soon to their KENO area.......

    I took in one of Bob Dancer's little seminars at the Silverton one day...
    Quite entertaining, but just reinforced the fact I SHOULD NOT be playing
    video poker! lol
    (aww, what the hell does Bob know...damn propeller head) it WAS fun!

    The session was begining/advanced 9/6 JOB. I mentioned to Bob before
    'class' started there weren't any 9/6 quarter games at the Silverton...8/5.
    For his classes (different games through the rest of the year), the casino
    has placed 8 machines on the floor (together) which reflect the games and
    pay scheduals that Bob prefrers for that day's class. I don't know if they
    stay up until the following weeks 'new game' or if they shut them down at
    the end of the day...I didn't stay and play afterwords.

    McCarran was a breeze both coming and going, several new fast food
    joints now open on the 'C' Gate' side.
    Pretty uneventful trip, SOS but lots of fun!
    JUBILEE, LOVE, CLINT HOLMES, LEGENDS IN CONCERT filled out the trip.
    I put some 'repeat' Show thoughts over in Entertainment, next trip
    December 3d thru 7th.
     
  2. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    Greg,
    Do you ever stay anywhere but the Rio?
     
  3. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

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    .........once in a while Chef. If I fly in for a 'quicky' as I did
    for the Steely Dan Show at Aladdin a couple months ago...it
    was a weekend, RIO rates way too high, Gold Coast is my usuall
    first choice to beat the spur-of-the-moment-trips high rates...but
    even they were too much. I stayed at Barbary Coast for $97.
    I like to stay a night or two at the PALMS each year when they
    have a reasonable rate...(hopefully this Dec.) and then use my
    50% coupon on top of that from LVA...
    The RIO over all, still works the best for me.
     
  4. keno

    keno obsessed with countdown timers

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    Hence the appropriate name on T2V :) (even though it took me like 8 months to not see Gregory... hehe)
     
  5. wizard950

    wizard950 High-Roller

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    Don't feel bad Keno. It took me a while not to see GREGORIO. Probably need new glasses.

    Thanks for all the good info Greg. Glad you had a great time!
     
  6. proudaunt

    proudaunt Low-Roller

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    I thought I was the only one to see GREGORIO. :wiggle: It wasn't until the response to my post asking about the Rio that I figured out what it REALLY was, LOL. I need a new brain at times. And thanks for all your posts on the Rio, Greg. I'm really looking forward to staying there!
     
  7. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

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    .............lol!
     
  8. Dean Martin

    Dean Martin VIP Whale

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    Greg...I always enjoy your TR's... I always get a chuckle (in a really good way) about your carrot cake and milk. We're all creatures of habit and like what we like... some people are just open enough to say what flips their switch and could give a damn if anybody else thinks it's odd or not...kudo's to you my friend for being you:)

    You know... an observation: It seems I read more and more about the two main corporations (MGMMirage & Harrahs) that own the majority of the strip these days and all of the changes they're making to cut quality and bring in more tacky gaming and ruin good casino designs, restaurants, etc... It is beginning to look like a trend in Las Vegas. I love this city but it will be interesting to see where it all is 10 yrs from now and if they keep the great spark alive or kill it off by dumb ass management. As far as I'm concerend, Wynn will be remembered as an old school guy that did it right while these guys will have the legacy of fu**ing something up that was working great when they got it. ~ Dino
     
  9. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

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    lol....I know just what you're talkin' about. It WILL be interesting
    to see how Vegas grows/changes over the next ten years.
    And HEY!...in re. to my carrot cake. The RIO has the best frosting.
    Cake is cake...it's the frosting on the cake that floats my boat!
    Real cream cheese, not too sweet, big healthy slices late at night with
    David Letterman...wash it down with some ice cold milk...WONDERFUL!!! LOL!
     
  10. Dean Martin

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    Actually, I've always loved carrot cake too.....I feel an addiction coming on:licklips:
     
  11. sailor53

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    Great report Greg. Thanks for posting.
     
  12. Beach Crazy

    Beach Crazy Hostess With the Mostess

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    Thanks for the report, Greg. The more I hear about the rooms at Rio the more I'd like to stay there, just wish they were on the strip...of course then the rates would probably quadruple. But I don't know, the carrot cake makes it very tempting. :)
     
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