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Has Your Las Vegas Requirements Changed?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by blackjacknut, Feb 10, 2013.

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  1. blackjacknut

    blackjacknut VIP Whale

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    We all remember our first trip to Vegas. Has your Las Vegas trip requirements changed? Are you a restaurant snob now compared to your previous trips? How have your requirements changed?

    Then

    • First Trip - Luxor - Lots of Buffets and Cheap Restaurants - McDonalds, Nathan's etc.
    • Second Trip - Luxor - Lot of Buffets, Food Courts etc.
    • Third Trip - Paris - Buffets, Cafe's, Food Courts
    • Fourth Trip - Flamingo - Food Courts, Buffets, cheap meals
    • Fifth Trip and the next two trips - Paris - Couple nicer restaurants, meals under $65 for two

    Now
    Back to MGM properties

    • Eighth Trip - Monte Carlo Deluxe Room - Nicer Restaurants under $100 for two
    • Ninth Trip - Monte Carlo - Monaco Suite - Nicer Restaurants under $150 for two
    • Tenth Trip - Monte Carlo - Diamond Suite Comped - Nice Restaurants, $200+ for two, RFB
    • Eleventh Trip - Hotel 32 - Suite - Comped Full RFB, Show tickets comped, Very Nice Restaurants, ranging from $200 to $600 for two meals.
    • Twelfth Trip to Fifteenth trip - Hotel 32 Loft Suite/Penthouse once - Comped, Full RFB, Show tickets comped, Very Nice Restaurants comped
    • Sixteenth - Coming up - Hotel 32 Penthouse, Full RFB, pretty much anything I want within reason.

    Keep in mind these trips have spanned 8 years therefore I have been fortunate enough to have my financial position improve over the years that has allowed me to luckily enjoy the finer things in Vegas and I'm truly grateful for this. I'm not bragging just interesting when you think about it. I didn't really know how to work the "host" thing until about my 9th or 10th trip....then I got hooked up with a good one who treats me very well.
     
  2. dunebug81

    dunebug81 VIP Whale

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    My brother and I came out the 1st time in 07 to see Tool play back to back shows at the Pearl. We stayed at Las Vegas Club for somewhere around $26 a night with a gambling budget of $200 for the 4 nights, I remember betting $25 on black and thought we were whales betting a green chip. Goddamn those were the days! I believe we ate at McDonald's at Plaza and if we were feeling fancy we would go over to DuPars at Golden Gate.

    Now, I still could care less about where we stay or the type of room we stay in, but my avg bet is over $200 a hand at baccarat, craps, and Pai Gow with an occasional $1000-$1200 max bet at baccarat. Despite it being comped I still cringe at a $400 check at Strip Steak for me and my wife. They do have some amazing sour cream and onion mashed potatoes!
     
  3. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    My first trip I had a bankroll of 2000 dollars for 5 days.

    Now I "require" at least a 1000 dollars a day for every day I'm in Vegas.

    Still low roller standards but as you can see my "requirements" to enjoy my stay has gone up, lol!

    I also don't care too much about the accomodations but now I'm thinking of spending at least half my vacation time there in a nice hotel like Wynn, Bellagio, etc.
     
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  4. C0usineddie

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    My requirements are the same.

    If anything i take less and spend less money now because i know more what i want and what to do and what not to do.
     
  5. Bo333

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    That is pretty close to my progression. Although I think I started out in fine dining.
    The gambling changed so much over the years that the younger me would be freaking out as I now go up to a table with what my whole budget would have been years ago.
     
  6. Iu25

    Iu25 High-Roller

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    10 years ago I stayed at Ballys, now I stay downtown. I used to take about a 100 a day, not sure how I did that. I still only take about 300-350 a day now, and I am sure alot of people still wonder how I do it. I play alot of slots and make it last, its plenty for me!
     
  7. smartone

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    Good question... I gotta agree pretty much with Cousin Eddie, I now know pretty much what I like and since most of my visits are solo, I know where and how to do it, so not a lot of "wasted motion" explorin' these days. I still meet people at their locations, etc. so am out and about to a certain extent and of course always like to check out the remodels and new construction, but my "requirements" are drastically simplified these days.
     
  8. stackinchips

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    When I first started going to Vegas, I was in the "who cares about the room" camp. Then I started getting comped at the Wynn and other nicer properties and suites, and I found myself realizing that it really does make my trip more enjoyable. It's nice to be able to go up to my room and relax at night before bed, and maybe watch a game that I've bet on. Also having a nice bathroom to get ready in is a nice little luxury I've come to enjoy. Plus if my wife's with me she enjoys it a lot more.

    I still have no problem getting a basic room on a guys trip at a lower level property, but I prefer staying in a nicer property. It really makes you feel like you're getting more value for your gambling dollar too. If you're staying at the Bellagio, or a nice suite somewhere and you have a losing trip, it makes you feel like you got a good value for your money. If you drop a couple grand but get some nice meals, and a great room, and overall great service, it feels like those things offset your loss as you would have had to pay for them anyways. I've stayed at places like Harrah's before too and while there's nothing wrong with the rooms (their small and basic, but clean), the room and any food or free play they throw at you doesn't ever take away any of the sting of a loss.
     
  9. djcoach

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    I am going to go with my trips have become more focused. I have been increasing my bankroll since my first trip but I also have tried many of the places i would ever go to food-wise. i am not a foodie in the least bit and i will never be so I have a pretty good idea now of where i will go eat at any given point on the strip.

    I have tried almost every game at the casinos and have been developing my strategy so now my gambling money is focused towards the games I want to play and the ones that I have spent the most time developing strategies in so it feels like i am gambling with a purpose to have fun and also make some money
     
  10. thenuke1

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    Ive also increased my bankroll. Don't mind losing as long as it stays in my budget.

    Hotels have changed for me as well... a fridge is a must so my old go to hotel (Circus Circus) is no longer an option.

    next trip will be my first for shows as well.
     
  11. tvon

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    first trip: sightseeing on the strip.

    currently: gambling downtown, not going on the strip.
     
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    Fisrt trip: 93 Stayed at Lady Luck standard room, 300BR for 2 days buffet almost every meal, maybe every meal most gambling was downtown on the first day second day was going to the Strip and visiting the all new Luxor and gambling at some of the old classic places

    Trip 22 this May: Comped 3 nights at THEHotel, Comp meal at Aureole, 300 FP, BR most likely 750/day each.
     
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    First trip 1987. Since 22 more trips.


    I usually bring 3k-4k.
    I too stay away fom the strip for the most part now.

    I also stay longer now(average trip is 10 days).

    Not in as big a rush to gamble. I can actually enjoy things in LV that don't involve me hanging out in the casino all the time. I was always in a big rush to hit the tables. But I've realized that they will always be there. Never go without a couple LVA books.

    Learned to stay and play at the locals casinos.

    And learned (from many on the board over the years) how to stay, eat and see entertainment for free or next to nothing. Basically getting comped for my action at a casino.
     
  14. leo21

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    The main thing is the food. I ate at the IP buffet a lot the first trip and hit alot of 99 cent specials at the Boardwalk the second with way too much McD's sprinked in. I find vacations go much better when you eat well so that is a priority. As for rooms, Rio has spoiled me. I can't go for a tiny room anymore. But my bankroll hasn't changed that much. I just don't see shows as often so that money goes to the casino.
     
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