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It's cold outside! (7/12-14/12)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by shobi, Dec 21, 2007.

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  1. shobi

    shobi Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    As with my previous TR from Oct, please excuse any drabbling or incoherence. This was originally meant to be a Christmas shopping trip, but in Vegas it'd be rude not to join in the party. So here goes...

    Arrived in Chicago (O'Hare) at around 230pm on fri 7th, missed our earlier connecting flight by 20 mins!!! We had to wait in the airport for around 3 hours to get our flight to the promised land. Finally arrived at McCarran at about 9pm (flight took 4.5 hours!!!)

    Checked in at Caesars at about 10pm, $20 trick time. It worked a treat, we had booked the classic room using the holiday shopping package (Thanks to SHOCK), got a palace tower room. Unfortunately no fountain view. We had previously stayed in the Augustus Tower, with a great view. We had a good view of the pool though and the room was pretty much the same as the Augustus room, maybe slightly smaller. However compared to the pics I've seen of the classic rooms this was definitely my first win of the trip :).

    Saturday, we ventured down to MGM, to pick up our tickets for Tom Jones (Monday night), and to try and organise tickets to the telecast of the fight.
    The lobby was absolutely packed with fellow Brits. Now I don't want to sound snobbish, but one of my favourite things about Vegas, is that there usually aren't that many Brits around, but we always knew this was gonna be the case for this weekend. Anyway we got tickets to watch the telecast in The Mirage. Incidentally we also saw Floyd Mayweathers Dad, who was wandering around with a posse of hangers-on, but he loved the attention. Got our photos of the boxing ring built around the Lion, went to see the lion habitat (AGAIN!!!), and headed back up to Caesars.

    Around 430 with our tickets firmly grasped we joined the que in Mirage, and by 5 o'clock when the doors opened it was just like being in a football (soccer) crowd back home, not rowdy at all, but very boisterous, loads of chanting. Most of the Americans in the crowd (mostly Brits it seemed to me) seemed a bit bemused by it all. Anyway by the time the Mayweather/Hatton fight started the waitress service had disappeared and the bar was almost drunk dry. I have to admit a bit of admiration to the Americans coming to their feet for the national anthem (no such thing for "God save the Queen" - I'm Scottish not British). So the fight got underway, and I thought Hatton had the upperhand for the first few rounds, but alas it was not to be (as a post note - we'll be back for your next fight Ricky)

    Next day my sis's friend arrived, and was amazed at our room in Caesars (she'd only stayed at IP on her only previos Vegas trip). We headed up to Wynn to see the Christmas Decorations - very nice, and had a few drinks overlooking the Lake of Dreams. The rest of Sunday is a bit of a blur, it involved some slots and som Jack Daniels.

    Checked out of Caesars on Monday morning (after emptying the minibar - for free!) and headed down to MGM. I was a bit wary of how successful the $20 trick may be, because of all the fight fans still in town. I had booked a room with one of the promo's found here (thanks again to SHOCK), but thought i'd give it a go anyway. I'm glad I did, we got upgraded from a Grand tower room to a bungalow suite, 3 doors from the elevator, strip view on 14th floor, overlooking NYNY. The guy at checkin seemed genuinely apologetic that he couldn't do more, so give us VIP room keys to let us avoid any que's - double result in my eyes.

    Monday night we went to see Tom Jones, an absolute blast (see my post in the shows forum)

    Tuesday became a shopping day - YAWN!

    Tuesday dragged into Wedneday, and we headed down to Primm and the shopping outlet in the morning - DOUBLE YAWN!

    But, on Tuesday night we headed Downtown for the tree lighting ceremony.
    I gambled a bit - I love the Top gun slot by the way, walked away with $75 on a 1c machine with a $5 start. Not the best result compared to some other posters winnings, but good for me.


    Wednesday Afternoon we headed to Bill's to see Big Elvis, this guy has to be one of the best free atractions/shows on the strip. This time I managed to get my pic taken with him

    The rest of Wed we wandered around Bellagio looking at their decorations, with a little slot play, no big wins I was about even

    On Thur my sis's friend headed home (same flight as Ricky Hatton).
    We went to dinner on our last night at Wolfgang Puck's bar and grill in MGM using our $25 credit and had our 2 free drinks at the west wing bar. Neither were particularly memorable, but were OK, wouldn't have used either without the credit and prob wouldn't again. As I said they were OK but nothing special. A little more gambling on the Thur night, played the Indiana Jones slots in MGM, and won maybe $20, guy sitting next to me won $2500, straight after my win, so after congratulating him decided to call it a night.

    Fri we headed home feeling depressed, that's 3 trips this year, but no more Vegas until at least April :cry:

    PS I should add, the reason for the title - I've never been to Vegas after the start of October, so the temp was colder than I'm used to , BUT much warmer than sunny Scotland
     
  2. doctor_al

    doctor_al VIP Whale

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    Nice little TR. Seeing a fight in Las Vegas is still on my "to-do" list. And the pic with Pete Vallee - :thumbsup:
     
  3. hanoscf

    hanoscf High-Roller

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    Great report! How did you empty the minibar for free?
     
  4. DonD

    DonD Super Moderator

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    Nice report, thanks for posting.
     
  5. shobi

    shobi Low-Roller

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    Hans, when we first got to the room there was a note in the minibar saying that it hadn't been cleaned or replenished for the last guests, so I tetatively helped myself to a minituare or 3, when uit came time to check out we still hadn't been billed for it :drunk:. So being a true Scotsman I emptied it of booze, and still no bill :thumbsup:
     
  6. Beach Crazy

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    Very nice report, Shobi. So what's the problem with shopping? :evillaugh

    Sounded like a good trip and don't worry, April is only 4 short months away :wink
     
  7. Coaster Kikky

    Coaster Kikky Tourist

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    Many of us find that sort of day in Vegas to be our favorite!

    Congrats on the room upgrades!! :thumbsup:
     
  8. peanutmnm

    peanutmnm Scotchy

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    Nice recap shobi. I was there for the fight as well. Ricky did well in the first 2-3 rounds but Mayweather dominated after the early rounds. Great fight action wise.
     
  9. btodd

    btodd High-Roller

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    Great report and great pic............wow Big Elvis has lost some serious weight.............looking good!!
     
  10. shobi

    shobi Low-Roller

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    Honestly, has he lost weight? I saw him for the first time in Oct of this year and his pal made a point of teling the audience he had lost several hundred pounds(how big was he?)
    If he's lost so much weight really, I say Kudos to you Pete, keep up the good work

    :nworthy:
     
  11. IllMarty

    IllMarty Orangutan

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    That was awesome you made it over for the fight. Thats also on my list of TO DOs. Nice TR.
     
  12. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    Nice write up Shobi and a (slightly) belated Happy Birthday :thumbsup:
     
  13. VPmiracle

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    I'm glad to see that Big Elvis has dropped a lot of weight, he looks a lot healthier...Way to go Pete.
    Good trip report, glad you had fun.
     
  14. gmoney590

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    Great TR.
    You sir, are a true Scotsman.:nworthy:
     
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