I don't leave for two days, but to understand the dynamics of this trip, I need to explain how I got here. For those of you who just want to read about the action in Vegas, skip ahead a few posts and I promise it will be there. But some of that won't make sense unless you understand the background. Backstory: It started two trips ago when I got a host. My play isn't at a level that requires a host, really -- it's on the borderline. The reason I got a host was because two trips ago I didn't have any offers. My play merits offers, but I'd been in Iraq for a year so everything had kind of dried up. When your story starts out "Hey, I come to Vegas quite a bit and I gamble at a pretty decent rate, but I've been deployed for the last year and I don't really have any offers..." Let's just say that that's the kind of story that you want to tell to a human instead of relying on a computer to spit out a number. I contacted two hosts, one at NYNY and one at Monte Carlo. The one at NYNY said they'd give me a room for 3 nights. The guy at Monte Carlo said 'What dates do you want to come? We'll take care of you.' And they did. They put me up in a Spa Suite for two weekend nights. That's a pretty low end suite, but not knowing what it was worth, I asked my host what kind of play he was looking for and he said they'd like to see 8 hours at about $100 average bet to cover the two nights. $100 average bet is higher than I play, mostly, but not much. It was a short trip where I got in late on Friday and left early on Sunday, but Saturday I went on a nice run playing two $50 spots of blackjack where I won the first hand and was never below my buy-in. I cashed out after 3 hours playing solo at a table up $700, but did a good job increasing my average bet with the play. I finished the trip breaking even with 7.5 hours of play averaging $84 a bet. When I talked to my host, he said my numbers looked good, which surprised me a bit, but hey, I'll take it. Last trip in March, the same host put me into a Monaco Suite, which is in the same class and gave me $300 in Free Play. I went in with my biggest bankroll that I've ever brought, at $6000, and promptly lost $3000 in the first 45 minutes. I dropped 2 grand on blackjack and then another grand on craps. It was heinous. So I took a break, cashed in my freeplay, and started playing craps at a lower level. I got a bit back, but was still down. Then Saturday I went on a long craps run. I didn't win anything, but it was one of those runs where everyone hits about one point and you just stay level. I started at 11:30 AM and next thing I know it's time to meet my wife for dinner at 5 PM and I'm still at the same table. Basically, I broke even for the rest of the trip and finished down the initial $3000. I call my host after the trip and he says I played 13 hours at an average bet of $92, and that I lost about $5000. The difference between what he thought I lost and what I actually lost is because I stash chips when I hit any kind of run at craps. Am I fooling anyone? Probably not. But I tip well at the craps table and I'm very sure that when the pit guy is filling out my paper, sometimes it goes in my favor. Which brings us to this trip. I called my host and told him the dates I wanted -- I had almost no decent MLife offers -- go figure. I want the spa suite, and I'm pretty sure I'll get it based on my play the last trip. He tells me that he can put me up in a studio in Hotel 32. I have no idea what that is, so I ask if it's better. He says 'It costs more. You should try it one time.' New is always good, so what the heck. I take it along with some freeplay and RFB. It's my first time getting RFB. Only $150, but along with express comps I'll be eating mostly free. Good deal. My assumption is that my host is expecting a relatively similar level of play as last time. Even thogh that play exceeds my bankroll by a bit, I wasn't too worried about that. If I underplayed it a bit, I can always go back down a room level, or even just pay for a suite. And then a bunch of things happened, most of them forseeable, that cut my bankroll down. I bought my son a car, and my stepson needed help with his wedding. Then I lent my father in law some money. All of a sudden, I'm low on cash going into my trip. Oops. Please, no lectures on gambling more than you can afford...I have money...it's just a short term cash flow issue. The bottom line is, I'm off to stay in a room that would cost $800 for two nights if you booked it and eat for free, all with exactly $4100 in my gambling pocket. Should be interesting. Edit: Sorry, I didn't read the sticky about not posting pre-trip reports before I wrote this. Won't do it again.