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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself!' started by bakervscarrr, Jan 4, 2014.

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  1. bakervscarrr

    bakervscarrr Newbie

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    First time poster here, although I have read for a couple of years now. This is where I learned about the $20 Trick and gleaned lots of great info for my last trip to LV in 2012.

    Very excited to be going back from 1/20-1/24 in 2014. Staying at the Aria, and this will be my first trip to a luxury-style resort in Vegas. Have previously stayed at Circus Curcus, NYNY, and PH.

    My wife and I LOVE Vegas, and our upcoming trip will be to celebrate our 5th anniversary and her 30th birthday simultaneously. We celebrated 5 years in August, and her gift to open was a pair of Aria slippers and the news that we'd be celebrating her 30th there in January. I also recruited another couple to join us, and this will be our first trip with friends instead of going solely as a pair. Looking forward to that also.

    Most people from Arkansas run to the beach for vacation, but we love bright lights and big cities and lots of people. If we could afford to alternate Vegas and NYC every year as vacation destinations I don't think we'd ever go anywhere else.

    We honeymooned in Vegas and had the most wonderful experience all around. People are so very nice when they find out you're newly married. On that trip, we:

    1) had a local (young mother with an infant!) we met on our flight in from PHX offer to save us transportation to our hotel by driving us directly.

    2) had a very nice older couple dining next to us at Cheesecake Factory secretly pay for our meal upon finding we were newlyweds, and

    3) had a gentleman at the Let It Ride table in GN TWICE refuse to let me get up after exhausting my chips. He instructed me that we were newlyweds and that as long as my wife had chips, I needed to be playing and not watching. So he gave me some of his own on two different occasions. The second time, he instructed the dealer that "these are nice kids, why don't you trip this guy out?" And damn if the dealer didn't listen! Three 7s down, and the fourth flipped as the first community card made for a $900 payout on the kindness of a stranger. Have I mentioned that we LOVE Vegas?

    Anyway, we usually go in August because it's cheaper, so I'm wondering what the vibe is like in January and also what to pack. Seems like it might be a time when one might need to dress one way during the day and another at night. Thank goodness we are flying SWA.

    Our last trip we really enjoyed gambling at Bill's, and the wife and I both are very sad to hear of its demise. I don't suppose there are any comparable places left on the Strip outside of the extreme north spots?

    I'm sure I'll have lots of other questions. We love Vegas, but we like researching it almost as much. Sorry for the super long post... I get a little carried away sometimes.

    Thanks for having me!
     
  2. nickle

    nickle Low-Roller

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    You had a great first experience! With Bill's gone, you can try Casino Royale (next to Harrah's) and of course there is the new version of O'Sheas. Otherwise a trip to Freemont is probably your best option.
     
  3. sybgal

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    Welcome to the board. Sounds like your honeymoon trip was fantastic....hope you have one as good this month!!
     
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    Welcome, welcome... you sound like a cool couple! Best wishes for a fantastic upcoming visit!
     
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    Welcome to the board and as we will be going out the week after you, please leave some cash behind for me!

    I as well as you miss Bill's and as another member noted, Casino Royale is an option and the new O'Sheas will be interesting to visit as well.

    Regarding the weather, when we were there last January, all that I needed was a light sweater during the day and then added a windbreaker at night.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Welcome to the board. :wave:

    Sounds like you had an amazing and memorable first trip.

    We used to go in Aug all the time and were one of the few walking around with jackets.
    The weather outside was really nice even though it was hot, but the casinos were freezing.
    Last year we were there in February and was just the opposite. Wearing jackets outside and burning up inside.

    As far as crowds, the time of year is only a small reason for the crowds. More seems to be related to events and conferences going on. I believe January has some big ones like the Electronic show and SHOT show among other.

    We are actually planning another Feb trip as it is after the Superbowl and wasn't too crowded last year.
     
  7. bakervscarrr

    bakervscarrr Newbie

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    Thanks everyone!

    I knew we were avoiding CES, but after a check it looks like it's a pretty light convention week. Some concrete convention at LVH that's 50,000, but only a couple thousand worth of conventions at Aria. Hopefully a slow week will help my chances of success with the $20 Trick. We've never stayed at anything other than a basic room in Vegas.

    Although, truth be told, with the fantastic windows at the Aria, I'm not sure my wife wouldn't prefer a basic room on a high floor with a Strip view over a suite with a lesser view. Gonna hope for good luck with the double-barreled approach of celebrating our 5th anniversary and her 30th bday simultaneously.
     
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