Hey everyone! Just got back...we took our son for his 21st birthday. Got three nights comped at the Rio, and really enjoyed our stay. Our flight was about 5 hours late leaving Bellingham, so we didn't arrive until about midnight. We had rented an economy car from Alamo for $10 a day, but got upgraded to a mid-sized PT Cruiser...much to the delight of our 6'5" son. Got to the hotel in record time...where the desk clerk apologized for our room not being ready (weird, considering we said we'd be there at 7 pm)...but it didn't matter much to us...our son just wanted to hit the casino floor. Just the same, they gave us a $50 food credit, which paid for all of us to have breakfast in the buffet the next morning. It turns out, our boy's favorite part of the trip was when a go-go dancer got up on a platform right in front of him at the Rio, and started singing and grinding right in front of him...(my husband didn't seem to mind that, either. Hmmm...) We did the strip the next day...went to the car museum at the Imperial Palace...gambled a bit and took in the sights. We went to the Price Is Right at Bally's that night; I ended up winning 1000 Harrah's points when they drew names in between games. It was very close to the TV show, with very funny clips of past shows...mostly bloopers and funny contestants making fools of themselves. The prizes were no where near as expensive as the show...but the host and announcer were good and it was thoroughly entertaining. If you like the TV show, I think you'd enjoy the Vegas version. Ended the day back at the Rio, didn't win...but seemed to play an awfully long time on what we put in. The next morning I suggested we go to the Palms across the street. I had read good things about the buffet there on this board, and I had seen advertisements saying that the slots were among the loosest in town. The buffet was very good, and I spied a "Happy Days" machine from my chair as I was eating. I said that I just wanted to give it a try, and we could continue on in our travels after I tried it. Well....my son discovered the "Star Trek" machines...my husband discovered the "Dirty Harry" machines....and we when we left the casino...it was dark out! Another place I wanted to try out was the El Cortez downtown, another place we'd never been in our twelve trips to Vegas. Definitely an older crowd...but we found the slots quite loose and the people very friendly. For sure it was a taste of vintage Vegas....coins clinking from the older slots, and people packing around the old plastic containers to put them in. We had to leave the next day, so we headed to Caesar's Palace to do the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. The orange chicken was to die for...and the portions were huge (I asked for the "lunch size", and found that hard to finish!) We ended with a little gambling at Caesar's, I won about $80, which was a nice way to end the trip...and headed to the airport. Of course, the flight going home was on time...unlike the beginning of the trip. All in all...we had a blast.