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june 2-8, the non-robbery part

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chef, Jun 11, 2008.

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  1. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    My Trip Report

    Just a few other thoughts and sounds from our recent trip.
    Lodged 2 nites each at the Strat ($34/weeknite), MGM ($49/weeknite) and Plaza ($49,weekend rate). Other than hard beds at Plaza South Tower rooms, very satisfied with value. The MGM also included a $25 meal credit, making it the best plan of the bunch.
    Thanks to all that posted these offers on the T2V.
    Took in the Wynn, MGM, Fremont and Fitzgerald buffets. Nothing much to report, other than the Wynn is as good as the Fitz is bad. The only reason for doing the Fitz is that I've never tried it and like to try at least one different buffet, no matter how questionable it is, on each trip. I guess I need to experience first hand how bad some of these places are.
    One funny thing about this buffet was they had a potato bar, but no baked potatoes. I thought maybe they were out, but they really don't serve them at dinner.
    The MGM has improved since I ate there last about five years ago, but still has a ways to go before catching up with the big guys.
    Did the $12.95 all-you-can-eat Steak Nite at the Fremont using a 2-1. They served an 8 oz. Strip, cooked to order. It appeared to be a select (a notch below choice) cut of meat, but not too shabby.
    Also did Roberta's at the El Co, using the LVA $25 off coupon and Ellis Island $6.95 sirloin special. Can't go wrong with either.
    Not a single line at any place we ate at. Slow week in Vegas.
    For entertainment, we took the extreme low budget route for shows. Saw Bobby Slayton at Hooters and the World's Greatest Magic Show at Greek Isles. Both were free - Slayton with a player's club sign-up and the Magic act by being one of the first 100 callers daily to ask for tickets.
    Slayton was brutally offensive and profane to every group of people imaginable. The place was packed. This is a good deal for free, but maybe leave grandma back at the room.
    I actually enjoyed the kinder, gentler Magic Show better. I thought the emcee (Rob Hobson) was hilarious and the 5-6 magicians performing that night did a nice job. All ages would enjoy this and the price (free) is right.
    By the way, you also receive a $25 MP for signing up for the Hooters card and $100 of promo slot play.
    For transportation, used Allegiant out of Rockford, IL ($99 each way) and the CAT bus system. Very pleased with both.
    However, I hate riding the DEUCE - too many jagbag customers on it. God bless those bus drivers for putting up with it. And, that 6:00 am return flt on Allegiant is a pain.
    Did a Las Vegas 51s baseball game one night at Cashman Field. It was nice to get out of the casinos and hang out at the ball diamond. For $8, you can sit virtually anywhere. Very relaxing.
    Most of the gambling was done at the Wynn outdoor BJ tables. I can't think of a better place in Vegas to play. Great atmosphere, friendly dealers, much camaraderie and topless women, to boot.
    Speaking of topless women, we were at the Strat regular pool the first day we got into town. There was one woman laying topless, not bothering a soul. There weren't even any children nearby.
    All of sudden, a women came up and began berating her for having naked breasts exposed. This bitch, I mean lady, told the topless woman in no uncertain terms to put her top back on.
    Reluctantly, the woman did.
    My guess is that she didn't want her husband or whoever he was sitting next to her to be looking at naked women.
    Needless to say, she ticked off a lot of the rest of us.
     
  2. thestugot

    thestugot Low-Roller

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    Were you able to just walk in to the WYNN pool to play? I've stayed there and they weren't letting anyone in for any reason without a card. Let me know because I'm going in August and would love to hang at the pool and play some BJ myself.:poke:
     
  3. gmoney590

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    Those BJ tables are they $25 minimun? We never fly out of Vegas that early; we did it once and vowed never again. I have to admire the courage of someone who has to try something (Fitzgerald's buffet) that is that bad. From both these reports it sounds like you and your friend had a great time; except for the debacle at the MGM and, hell, that can be just a wealth of stories.
     
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  4. Thor

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    topless chics rule!!!!! especially, when you aren't expecting them!!!! it's a shame that other woman had an issue with it...oh well...that's uptight america!!! glad ya had a good time, other than the other issue!:beer:
     
  5. chef

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    As I understand it, any casino that has gambling in a pool area (Wynn, Trop, Hard Rock, etc) must allow non-guests into that area for said purpose of gambling. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable could clarify this.
    For example, I went to Hard Rock last summer to gamble at the outdoor tables on a Sunday during REHAB and was buzzed right through. I did leave a few minutes later, though, as that environment was not conducive to gambling for this 50-year old.
    At the Wynn, security is tight. Do not expect to get in under the guise of gambling. They will check to see if you are plopped down in those $15/$25 minimum seats at the BJ tables. Wynn also has an outdoor crap tables ($10 minimum).
     
  6. gotavegasjones

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    chef - thanks for the TR. Good info.

    later, GVJ
     
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