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Just back from great time--MGM/Hilton stay Tuesday 9/1-Monday 9/7

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by pumpkinfish, Sep 7, 2009.

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  1. pumpkinfish

    pumpkinfish Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    And we had a blast!!!

    I can't even begin to do a play by play per day as they seriously ran into each other. It wasn't until I was standing at the craps table last night that I realized it was Sunday and I was leaving in the morning!

    Here's a recap starting with the areas of interest everyone wants to hear about. The first leg consisted of my husband and parents. The last few days my husband had to come back to work so it was just my folks and I. They come to Vegas all the time...and for being older, they are pretty hip.

    First, this really was my 2nd Vegas trip although the first wasn't a "true" experience. I went into it lightly and not armed with all the info I have now. How could I have ever played table games or slots and not used a player's card?! :rolleyes2:

    Hotel: MGM Grand--I had visited the lions and buffet during my first trip. I liked the area as we could walk over to NYNY which helped remind hubby of his home. I don't know if we'll stay here again unless we get a REALLY cheap deal and then it would only be for a few nights. We did the PRIMA deal but didn't get the room upgrade. I hated getting screwed out of that. I know it wasn't a guarantee but c'mon! We took the $50 activity credit pouting all the way to the room. Or at least I was pouting. Hubby could have cared less. We had a basic room 13-134 that overlooked a roof (and in the distance the pool area). It was at the end of the hall but the hike back to the room at night wasn't that bad. Overall the whole layout of the hotel wasn't as bad as I thought.
    Hubby and I took advantage of some massages to start the trip and I LOVED it a lot. She worked me out and I left feeling high as a kite and soooo relaxed. The spa area is awesome. It was quiet and I struck up a convo with a female from Oregon. The only bad part was the guy who took my massage ressie on the phone screwed up the treatment I wanted but the spa made up for it.
    The pool area rocked! We took advantage of all the areas and I have to say the main academy pool was my favorite. Too many ******-bags over at Wet Republic for my taste. The lazy river wasn't all that great either. Then again, we have that "thrill" at our local waterpark. Every morning we'd head down to the pool first thing (yeah, hubby and I woke up at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 every day....just couldn't get the east-coast time out of our systems....not good after getting in a few hours prior) stopping at the 'bucks to grab him a coffee and me a hot green tea and croissant. We'd stay down there until noon or so, go back and shower/rest/ect and then hit the casinos/hotels/strip. As the week went on the pool filled up quicker each morning. By Saturday the pool was mobbed at 9 am.
    Casino: I wasn't feeling the table games here as I never got ahead. Had fun times with the slots though. It was mixed between being loose and tight. Poker room was always busy...even when walking by at 7 in the morning.

    Food: Nobhill was nice. Buffet was "eh". I'm a big breakfast lover as it's hard to screw that up. Had the smoked salmon, watermelon/honeydew, bacon, and waffles any time we ate breakfast there. Only had dinner there once and lunch once. My parents were also along this trip (on their own trip that happened to parallel ours) and they had the buffet free as part of their package. Studio Cafe hit the spot at 2 am although I was dragging major butt that morning and had no idea how I ate the waffle. Prices were a little ridiculous but it was convenient. Hubby loved his eggs benedict.

    Like I said, if they don't cut me some deals we won't be back there again for awhile. Too many other places we'd like to stay. Paris is on our list along with Wynn/Encore. LOVED the theming at those places. Right up our alley. I'll also be staying downtown for a few nights along with a strip stay. We did that the 1st trip and I loved being able to hang downtown without cabbing or driving back to the hotel on the strip. Plus I got some of my big wins playing down there this trip
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    NYNY had some really loose slots. Favorite slots this trip were Monopoly (omg I loved those slots! Give me $40 and a few hours and I am in love!!), Indiana Jones (made $100 after 1 spin during one session), and Wizard Of Oz. Made a few bucks on blackjack and craps but it stayed pretty even. Ate at 9 Fine and enjoyed the atmosphere and fun table sitting next to us upstairs.

    Shows: Parents treated us to LOVE and then surprised me with Phantom. LOVE was the only show I really wanted to see. I love the Beatles and one of my favorite movies is Across The Universe. I had tears streaming down my face within the first 10 minutes of the show. We will be back to see this again and again. I think we had section 1 row K. I'm not sure but I know they were perfect seats. It was the 3rd time for my parents and they had sections 1 and 2 before and said our seats beat them. Phantom was beautiful. We were up in the balcony (last minute tickets) but it was awesome special effects. Next time we'll get gold circle as my folks had them before and they want me to have that experience too.
    Side note that's non-Vegas related--I just have to say I have the best parents. They know I appreciate the arts and theater. I've been acting since I was in middle school and it's in my blood. So cool they took me to a few shows.

    Ok, back to Vegas.
    Other hotels/casinos we visited I hadn't mentioned were Luxor, Excalibur, Tropicana, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Mirage, and all the downtown ones. The last few nights of my trip were spent sans hubby (had to go back to work, duty calls) and at the Las Vegas Hilton vacation units. I've stayed here before and it's nice that the hotel/staff isn't just as good...it's gotten better! I like having different types of vacations in one and moving from the MGM to the LVH definitely gave us that. Where the MGM is busybusybusy and inyourface, the LVH vacation units are quieter and a little more serene. It's just a quick walk from the vacation units over to the Hilton and the gaming. Sadly I lost money at the craps tables here. I knew walking up I would lose out and I was right. The slots were loose for my parents though. Not so much me here, but they both walked out ahead. Saturday night we had fun playing an area of Monopoly slots with a group of people. We were cheering each other on and carrying on. Good times! Also got to see *GASP* Barry Mannilow (does Barry Mannilow know you raid his wardrobe?). He was up-close-and-personal playing the high-limit slots. :rolleyes2: The best part is my dad detests him for whatever reason yet my dad has a billion pictures and video footage from that 10 minute stalking session. Really dad?! Really?! I'm glad the bodyguard finally told my dad "enough".
    Speaking of enough....if anyone is in need of pics of every single hot scantily-clad female walking around Vegas the past week...let me know because my father has them. Seriously, I thought this chick's one heavily armed (you should have seen this guy's guns!!!) boyfriend was going to come after my dad after taking pictures of her at the pool. :faint: So funny though!! I'm like "Dad....they're not the last set of boobs on the planet!"

    Ok, back the the vacation units. Love the pool (although it got full...of kids during the day and their one large hot tub was under construction). But staff brought around cold watermelon spears and popsicles while we lounged by the pool. I just loved that. Besides the kids it was quiet and peaceful. There's a mini-food store that also sells fresh sandwiches/fruit/pizza/salads inside and a new pool bar. A family was taking advantage of the large gas grills one evening...I was so close to asking if they could spare some ribs. Yum!

    Downtown: LOVED my trips downtown. Went twice. Both times were good to me and my bankroll. I'm definitely a low-roller so for me to walk away $100 up is a good day. Had a blast at Golden Nugget, Fitzgeralds, and Freemont. Vegas Club ate my craps money on 3 rolls and I walked away so fast. Freemont held my attention last night for 4 hours at the $3 craps table. That really was my favorite night (even though hubby wasn't around :cry:). The table was hot, the drinks were strong, and the people were FUN! I had Tom (from Hawaii) on my right and Brian (hot drunk, stinky, frat guy who just moved to Vegas 2 months ago) on my left. Tom and this old asian guy made my money for me each taking turns with 20+ rolls. I walked away $800 up after buying in for $40. I didn't want to leave but had to catch my plane this morning. My legs were jello and I was in a winning-streak daze! I still can't believe that run. We also took advantage of Golden Gate's yummy shrimp cocktails. Crowds were packed in last night for 3-Dog Night which my parents said were pretty good. They had to fight the crowds out there and saw some good fights (says dad) break out in the crowd. I didn't go out there as I was on my craps game. Made out with a few good blackjack streaks too at Golden Nugget. The dealer was so thankful when I tipped her a nickel chip. I mean, it was a $5 table and I played a few hands, won my blackjacks, and walked away...but I couldn't believe how she wasn't expecting it.

    So that was my trip in a nutshell. I know it's muddy and runs together but I wanted to knock it out before real-world life takes over tomorrow. Oh, got to meet the infamous (or is it famous?) beeeeeeeejay. Good times having a drink and teaching him the tricks to playing slots. Sorry you were sick Chuppa but NEXT TIME!!! I'd really like to attend the next big meet and wish I could make it out to the one later this month.
    Did get to have a few fun nights doing nightlife but that stays out of this report!! rofl
    Did a few touristy things like Titanic (kinda cool/kinda sucked) and wandering/photo ops. The upgraded volcano show at Mirage was a lot better than last visit. I really enjoyed it. The weather got better as the week went on except for some overcast skies Saturday...or was it Friday?!
    The people I met around the tables and slots were fun!! Only a few bah-humbugs...everyone else was great and added to the experience. I have more fun gambling when the drinks are coming around and everyone is winning. Oh!!! The two best pick up lines I had used on me this trip "You know you're a cutie. Did you know that?" said the one tablemate at blackjack. It was not funny the 50th time he said it. Seriously....every other minute he would lean over to me and say it. Then, while at Paris I was waiting on my parents picking up the rental car when this old drunk guy walks over and said I looked like I Dream Of Jeannie. Nice. Must have been the blonde hair and hot pink skirt. He was in awe. And drunk. And stinky. Drunk and stinky was a running theme this trip too. It was nicer when hubby was around and I didn't have the strange men approaching me.

    I can't wait to go back. Maybe in the Spring. I'd like to try out more things mid-strip staying at Paris maybe. Still didn't see the stupid Bellagio fountains. Next time I plan on having a better bankroll and less slot time so I can spend it at craps. I've finally realized how good I am at the game and do a good job judging the time to walk away and make the right bets.
     
  2. ez369

    ez369 High-Roller

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    if it makes you feel any better.. i've stayed in the Bellagio and didn't even watch the fountains while a guest there. lol
     
  3. PokerrNutt

    PokerrNutt High-Roller

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    Sounds like a great trip - and what a win at craps! I played craps at Fremont on my last night there too....only I lost! :cry:

    Glad you had a great time.......now - you need to make plans for the next!
     
  4. VegasBJ

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    PF,

    Sounds like your trip turned out great!
     
  5. pumpkinfish

    pumpkinfish Tourist

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    Thanks to everyone here at the board it was a great trip. I should have stated that in the begining :thumbsup:.

    I'm still laughing about my $700 craps run at $40 buy-in. And shaking my head about still not seeing the fountains. Actually I saw some of them as they shot through the air above Caesar's Palace, but that is as close as I got.

    I really want to go back bad but have to work on our trip to disney next month. I was looking at a possible weekend in November but the rates aren't as cheap as during the summertime, what's the deal with that? Maybe in the Spring if November doesn't work out.
     
  6. Mowsee

    Mowsee Low-Roller

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    Sounds like a great time! Congrats on the win!
     
  7. VegasBJ

    VegasBJ VIP Whale

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    PF, November has some busy weeks. Weekend of Nov 18-19 is the Pacquiao / Cotto fight, week after is Thanksgiving of course which is also a busy weekend. Maybe a convention as well which I did not check.
     
  8. VegasDiva

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    sounds like a great trip and you did lots of stuff , even finding time to roll them dice a few times wow up all them $$$ well done :nworthy:
     
  9. RWDPeanut

    RWDPeanut Low-Roller

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    Great TR!

    Next trip you should for sure stay at Paris or Bally' and throw the check in person $20 to get a view of the fountains - You will be sick of them by the end of your trip! :haha:
     
  10. pumpkinfish

    pumpkinfish Tourist

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    Ahhh...that explains it! The 18-19 was when I was searching. Oh well, guess next time will be Spring!



    *I had a dream last night about throwing those dice...
     
  11. gotavegasjones

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    Well done TR. Thanks for posting. We've seen LOVE twice and will probably see it again.

    later, GVJ
     
  12. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Congrats on that $700 craps run!!! Fun report!
     
  13. michigander

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    Great Trip and Report. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

    Now can I bother you to post some of your dad's pictures?​
    :evillaugh
     
  14. hockeykhan

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    Bump

    ^ What he said :cheers:
     
  15. BeeeJay

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    Hey!

    I must have missed this when you wrote it and luckily it got moved back up and I got to read it tonight. AWESOME trip report, it was really cracking me up, especially your dad and his pics. My dad is the exact same and its sooo embarrasing. I must say my buddy Jason is able to get all these same pics and somehow its totally unnoticable.

    I really like those Bellagio fountains and have stayed there a bunch of times, but hmmm seems like I've actually watched like half a fountain show once maybe...:evillaugh.

    It was a blast getting my "monopoly training" at Mandalay Bay and meeting you and your husband....but next time make sure I'm included in the huge craps run!
     
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