My wife and I both work long hours, and often weekends, so we try to get away several times a year for break from the demands of work. Vegas is one of our favorite destinations that we try to hit a few times a year, now that we are at a point in life that allows such diversions. Vegas is just a short flight for us that takes us to a place we never get tired of; gambling, food, shows and sights seen nowhere else. This trip report includes quite a bit of gambling, food, but perhaps most significant is the travelogue aspect that reflects my wife my interest in travel and gambling, “killing two birds with one stone,” as it were. As much as I enjoy gambling, as a rule it’s just not enough to motivate us to go to Vegas without something else as an enticement for a trip. Often we combine an antique show of some sort with our gambling trip, but in this case we chose a multi-state journey with different regional casino destinations starting and ending in Vegas. When we take time off I won’t even take a phone, so real time reporting just isn’t gonna happen. I’m not too much of photo guy, but I do have a few shots, and I’ll try to post if I’m able. Now that we are home I will write and post this saga over the next few days as work allows. When in Vegas we frequently double book for free play and various offers, we had extra rooms available this trip, so for the umpteenth time I offered one of our old friends rooms and some board. Now this friend, I’ll call him D, has been to Vegas before, and as a matter of fact he was just there a couple weeks prior, but was there to meet family, and claimed not to have gambled once on his recent trip despite trying, as family commitments took priority and it just never happened. Because of our planned short time in some locations and the abundance of offers in Vegas, I specifically offered D rooms on the return to Vegas leg of our trip which would be our longest time in a single city during the trip. I didn’t consider it a better than 50% chance D would show, because I’ve offered him more than a dozen times before, but one never knows. The wife and I worked the day we traveled, so we didn’t fly until 6:30pm. The plane was late and by the time we got into Vegas it was too late for complementary M Hotel shuttle. I was a little disgusted, because I had seemingly planned everything but the plane being an hour late. In addition I particularly have issues with Vegas cabs, as I have about 500 lifetime average of being long hauled or somehow ripped off some way or another by them. Anyway we took a cab out to the M for about $45; seemed about right this time and the driver was an ok guy, so all good for this ride. It was heading toward midnight when we went to check in and I was just hoping there wouldn’t be any issue with the room as we were both tired. It turned out the hotel was near full, not too unusual as I believe they don’t have but about 400 rooms there. Initially the clerk informed us she had given our comp standard room away, but quickly followed that we would be given a suite. Sounds like our first win. We dropped our bags and were duly impressed with the room. We were hungry and headed down to the floor for something to eat, but it was late so we just split a club sandwich at the Vig Deli; it was great as usual. After eating we played machines, as I was too tired to stand at a craps table. They have the Dream Card Poker there that is a high variance premium VP game. It costs double coins compared to regular VP, but you can really hit some hands if things go your way. I played for about half an hour and then hit 4A w/kicker dealt on three-hand 50 cent, boom, a nice $3k win. I played a bit more and then went to bed a happy winner. The next day the wife was tired, so I played a little and got a buffet comp. We don’t eat at many buffets, but the M is exceptional. We had leave about noon to catch our flight to New Orleans, so there wasn’t much time to play. I decided to leave a couple grand of winnings as front money, so I would be sure to have some cash left for the last few days after the south leg of our trip and we returned to Vegas. After eating I went back to the room and brought a snack to the wife and prepared my things for our next flight. About half an hour before the M complementary airport shuttle we went down stairs with our bags. I checked out and thanked them for the nice suite. The wife sat in the lobby and knitted for a bit and I went back intending to play Dream Card again for a quarter hour. I was plodding along hitting enough to stay within a couple hundred either way; and boom I hit the exact same hand as last night for another $3k hand pay. By the time I got the hand pay it was just a couple minutes until time to leave. I stopped by the cage and fortified my front money with my hit money from moments earlier, and then I hustled over to the wife. She was not amused at my lateness after missing last night’s shuttle, but got over my tardiness when I told her I hit again. We made it to the airport without incident only to find the plane was running late again. But hey, late flight, smate flight, the only flight that matters is a safe flight, so we were good and we made it to New Orleans without incident.