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Ivan - LIVE (maybe) - tale of 3 trips!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by IvanBeausky, Mar 13, 2011.

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  1. IvanBeausky

    IvanBeausky Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    First trip report. Going to Vegas for 11 *count 'em * ELEVEN days! Since II'm not scheduled to arrive until 10:45ish tonight shouldn't count, but wife says it does. :nono:

    First three days: (PH) 36 holes of golf a day!
    Next 4: (PH) MARCH MADNESS!
    Next 3: Rio for a convention.

    My ride will be here in about 2 hours to get me to airport. SWA thru Denver. Connections suck, but the times were right for me! Just hope they don't lose my golf ball bats. I paid the $10 for the "early checkin" both ways. First time for that, we will see what that nets me. I also bought 8 drink coupons on Ebay (4 for each way) for $14. Here to hoping for an uneventful flight!:cheers:

    Ivan - OUT! -
     
  2. IvanBeausky

    IvanBeausky Low-Roller

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    OK. Not live. Coudn't hack it. But I will try my best to remember throught the haze....

    SWA thru DEN to LAS. Scored the left side window exit row twice! Ka-ching! Being 6-2 and a touch on the, well, let's say ROBUST side, I call this a major victory. Got into town at 11pm, buddy picked me up at airport, and went right to PHO Westgate tower. 3 bed suite on the 28th floor. nice view, really nice room.

    First three days were heavy on the golf: Day one, went up to Coyote Springs to play the Chase golf course. You can't believe how far out in the middle of nowhere this place is. They still run on generator power, and it has been there for over 5 years. That being said, what a terrific and scenic golf course (cheers KEN for the recommendation! :beer:) Played 36, the first 18 we played in under 3 hours, the next, well, let's say that one thing the Chase could do is invest in some damn marshalls to keep the pace of play moving. Damn near 5:45 for the 2nd 18. Took 164 blows, and drank about 30 beers.


    Day two: Sleep off major bender, wake up and drive to Mesquite. Got a 2pm tee time at Wolf Creek, one of my very favorite golf courses in the world. We get there early enough to go to lunch at the Eureka casino, drop a buy in at the craps table, and get over to the course. As usual, it is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Scenic as hell. Hard as hell too. smoothed it around in only 93, with a major comback on the back nine. Condition of this place is unbelievable.

    Buddy #2 got in and we all met at The Flame for dinner. Really enjoyed it, but I don't know if the food was that great or I was just ravenous. I at a bowl of french onion soup, a shrimp cocktail, and then had the recommended ribeye. No dessert though, I'm trying to stay at my fighting weight!

    Day three: Drove to Summerlin to play at Highland Falls. Very average course. Great people there, though. The golf shop/restaurant people were awesome. Even still a little off kilter from two consecutive kidney thrashings, I played pretty good: 78 in the morning, and then 38 on the front nine for the afternoon round. As usual the afternoon round was slowing way down, and my buddy didn't seem to want to abuse himself further. Add to it the 50+ MPH wind gusts, and suggesting that we blow off the last nine was an act of mercy on my part.

    That's it for the golf.

    On way back, went to Orleans to check out their poker room. What a nice place. Huge! full of locals like you would imagine, but still very nice. Also one of the only two losing sessions I had a poker. Hurried back to PHO to collect rest of entourage, 15+ strong! We all head downstairs, and I proceed to get torched again at craps, then BJ.

    Next four days: Sports book central. Will NOT make the same mistake next year. There was a damn 1 and a half hour line to make our bets in the morning at the PHO book. Shoulda made themn the night before. Ah well, medicated coffees in hand, we toughed it out. Day one, 11-5 against the spread! I RAWK! Day two against the spread (avoided 5 games all together) 0-11. Yep that's right OH and ELEVEN. I suck ass. Day 3 major rally! 6-2, with a 4 team parly! WOOO HOOO! Day four - 0-4. Sensing a trend.

    In the middle of all that, I managed to get over to the VMB party at Cosmo. I really had a nice time meeting everyone, and I still can't get over the view. They shouldn't have views like that, because I wouldn't ever go down and play. I'd just stay on the balcony with a smoke and a cocktail! Thanks again for the invite MURPH!

    Also got rolled the next day (the only other losing session at poker) in the VMB tourney at Binions. Congrats Van. Came out a winner though because I signed up for a Binions' card, and based on my play, I got a $3.25 chili/cheese dog and fries at the cafe for only $350! :rolleyes2: Not a total loss though, because then we went over to MSS for some delicious 777 brews and some of the best dealers in town. Love that place.

    Last 3 days, not so much on the gambling. Had to maintain for convention at RIO. Convention was great, got to meet up with some people I haven't seen in ages, and then I scored (again!!!!) on my SWA trip home! Left side window exit row! I can't emphasize enough the Early Board option ($10 each way, but ya know!)

    Over all: As usual I drank way too much, didn't really eat enough, and burned the candle at both ends and in the middle! Some general observations:

    1.) PHO and the Westgate were awesome. Had no problems at all, except for them taking my money at the tables with shocking regularity. And this apparently is one of the major stalking grounds for the professionals. THey seemed to be everywhere.

    2.) Rio, while I still think their casino sucks moose, appears to have done some sprucing up of their rooms, or at least the one I was in. It was nice, smelled nice, the hallway didn't stink. So there ya go.

    3.) I should stick to poker. I was up a considerable sum over my sessions playing cards, and down an obscene amount doing everything else. BUt poker is something I play at home, so I get the call from the craps table and I am unable to contain myself. Poker rooms: PHO was rocking 8+ tables during the NCAAs, and 4 or 5 the other nights. RIO normally had about 4 tables (with some of the grouchiest dealers in LV). Orleans was great. Huge! Palms was dead. Gold Coast is gone entirely. MGM was good.

    4.) The Flame was the best meal I had out there. Going to go back with the missus next trip when I'm not willing to eat the south end of a northbound horse because I'm so hungry.

    5.) FAT TIRE! They now have Fat Tire on tap/in bottles at most of the casinos now. Major upgrade!:thumbsup:

    6.) THe VMB people are all swell. Seriously. Thanks for letting me be part of your special weekend. Cheers!

    Ivan - out!
     
  3. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    Always nice to have golfing adventures included in a TR. Good job.
     
  4. Cowgo

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    Fat Tire!! That is a major upgrade.
     
  5. Reed

    Reed High-Roller

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    Sounds like a great trip! Thanks for posting.
     
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