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Labor Day week trip 2012 - Mirage & Cosmo

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ams722, Nov 14, 2012.

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  1. ams722

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    My Trip Report

    I’m bored at work and decided to start typing up a trip report for my last trip, which was Labor day week 2012 (9/1 - 9/7). Some of the days really blur together now so I won’t be as specific as I could have been had I typed this up earlier. I do remember the first couple of days very well though:

    Day 1- Arrive early afternoon. Flight was a breeze. Nonstop Delta flight from Detroit to Vegas, the flight I always take. It usually arrives around 1:00 or 1:30 Vegas time. Take a shuttle from airport to The Mirage (I don't remember what shuttle company I used. It seems like I pick a different one each time. This one was alright. The driver had a bit of an attitude with me when I wasn't sure which shuttle they were directing me to, but other than that it was smooth sailing. The company I picked on my last trip in May was a complete disaster. Disorganized as hell.) We had to stop at The Trump and The Venetian first, then they took me to The Mirage.

    Get checked into my room without any hassles. Got a nice two queen room with a good view of the pool and dolphin habitat. Two queens cause my friend would be joining me here for the first two nights, then we were going to separate to different hotels for the other four nights. We usually do this to split the cost of the room on the weekend nights when it’s more expensive, then we can have our own space during the week when the rooms are cheaper.

    Went to get my new MLife card since I had long lost my old one (apparently this makes The Mirage my “home casino” now, even though I had originally gotten my MLife card at the MGM Grand). I have at least 5 hours til my friend gets to Vegas, so I kinda wandered around for a while. Started off playing JoB at The Mirage since they have decent pay tables. I believe I broke even for that session while enjoying a few margaritas (which is pretty much all I drink in Vegas).

    Then I wanted to play some at TI, since they have 9-6 JoB. So I wandered over there (I did not know where the tram was, so I walked the back way to TI, which was hot and awkward cause it was 95+ degrees and there was no one around back there except for taxi drivers). Finally made my way into TI and wanted to get the players card. The line was a complete mess. Computers were down. Self serve kiosks were broken. After a bit of a wait I finally got it and searched out the 9-6 JoB machines (which are RIGHT next to the players club, BTW). It’s weird that some of their machines have HORRIBLE pay tables, and then there’s also some that pay 9-6. I think I put $100 in and played max on $1 coin. Lost that in like 5 minutes. This was the beginning of my newfound animosity towards TI.

    After that I was hungry so I walked across the street and ate in the Venetian’s food court, which is one of my favorite food courts in Vegas. Had pizza, it was alright. After this I went back to my room and chilled for a while, as I was a bit jet lagged.

    My friend (Michael) was supposed to be arriving around 7. Well, 7 came and went without a word from him so I figured his flight got delayed or something. He had texted me pictures of him on the plane earlier so I knew he was on his way. So I decided to go back to TI (I can’t remember what for). I had finally found the tram and was on it on the way to TI when Michael blew up my phone saying he was waiting for me at the room. So I immediately turned around and went to find him waiting for me on a bench in the hallway in The Mirage. He was already a bit drunk. He likes to fly first class so the complementary drinks had taken their toll on him. The reason I hadn’t heard from him was because his iPhone died on the plane and he couldn’t recharge it til he got to the hotel.

    Apparently his taxi driver was a real creep and was telling him all these really inappropriate jokes and all this over the top sex related stuff. Some of what he said to Michael would have really weirded me out. I don’t even want to get into some of the stuff the guy said. Thank God I didn’t have to sit through that. We later wondered if it was because Michael seemed drunk that the guy felt it would be okay to say some of the stuff he said, or if some taxi drivers talk that way to all the 20-something single guys…?
    Anyway, we were both exhausted from our flights and we didn’t do anything else that night other than sleep.
     
  2. PreciousMissy

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    Great start! I hope work is slow again today!
     
  3. ams722

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    Day 2 Morning - I can never ever sleep very well in Vegas. I don't know if it's adrenaline or what. But I'm lucky to get 3-4 hours a night. Also, I never adapt to the time change very quickly so, being used to getting up around 7 am EST, I usually find myself wide awake around 4-5 am Vegas time. Michael, on the other hand, can sleep like no one’s business. So I think I went down to the casino around 6 am wearing shorts, sandals and a T-Shirt.

    Headed for a BJ table. I don’t like to play alone cause I lose my money way too quickly, but I think I found a good $10 table at The Mirage with at least one other guy playing. It was an ASM table, which I have no problems with since I wasn’t using my MLife card (I wasn’t planning on betting the necessary $25/hand) and I’m a basic strategy player, which is good for an ASM table. Had a nice little session. I think I doubled my measly $100 buy-in pretty quickly so I decided to leave ahead. Decided to play some JoB. Got a 4 of a kind pretty quickly for an easy $125. So I was up $225. Decided to put $100 on a slot. I typically HATE slots and never have any luck with them, but I thought, what the hell, why not try one while I’m up?

    When I do play slots I like to pick the generic looking ones. No Wheel of Fortune for me. Those ones hate me more than anything. So I picked a random $1 generic-looking slot, and played the max bet of $3. I don’t think I won anything even once. I can’t remember, but it was a quick death to that $100. Once again, I hate slots.

    It was approaching 7 am Vegas time and I decided to leave the Mirage and venture out into the Strip. The Strip at 7 am is kind of neat. No one is around. Very calm and serene. I walked across the street and checked out Casino Royale. Despite me being kind of a hotel and casino snob, I actually enjoy the vibe at the Casino Royale. I can’t really explain why. I’d never play their awful 6-5 BJ there, but it’s a fun place to hang, IMO. I discovered a Cinnabon there near the back that was just opening for the day and got a nice fresh Cinnabon (I’m obsessed with Cinnabons BTW, and I typically only eat them in Vegas (usually in the airport)).

    So after that it was still early and I knew Michael wouldn’t be waking up anytime soon so I had to decide what to do. I decided I had heard enough about the Lion’s Share slot machine at the MGM, and it was time to try it for myself. Walked through Harrahs (blecccch) to the monorail and bought a day pass. I also found a pass that someone had bought the night before, but left in the machine. This came in handy later.

    So I went to the MGM and couldn’t find the Lion’s Share. Had to ask a slot attendant and she pointed it out. Put $100 in and went to town. I was there for a while. Made a ton of MLife points (I wish I would have played just a LITTLE longer, as I discovered when I got home that I was very close to making Pearl from this trip). I stopped playing once I was up to $205. While waiting for the attendant to pay me, I got approached by some creeper asking for money. He gave me the usual sob stories and mentioned his girlfriend was having feminine issues. I was just kind of staring blankly at him nodding and waiting for the damn slot attendant to come bring me my money. I was hoping that they would realize this guy was a bum and kick him out but they didn’t, so I just kind of slinked away from him after they paid me.

    Hopped back on the monorail and headed back to the Mirage where Michael was still sleeping. It was time for him to wake up though so I opened the curtains.
     
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    Day 2 Afternoon – I told Michael about my luck on the Lion’s Share and how much I enjoyed that, so we decided to head back down that way. I gave Michael the pass for the monorail that I had found earlier in the machine and we went back to the MGM Grand.

    The machine had cooled. I put another $100 in and it didn’t last nearly as long as my first session that day. Michael put like $40 in and barely hit anything. So we headed from MGM to NYNY, another place we like to play. I think we played some BJ there. This table was another ASM table and I ended up breaking even. The dealer wasn’t very friendly if I remember correctly, and she seemed annoyed whenever I surrendered. I was happy to leave the table once I broke even. We always eat at the pretzel place in NYNY every time we go there. It’s like a tradition. That place sells a lot of pretzels so they’re always fresh. Ours were right out of the oven and tasted great. Then we were still kind of hungry so we ate some pizza from the little pizza place right there as well. Typically, we eat at food courts for lunch and only eat at nice restaurants or buffets for dinner. Michael’s not a breakfast person so I’m usually on my own for that, hence the Cinnabon earlier in the day.

    So we decided just to make our way back down the strip and eventually end up at The Mirage. First we stopped at the Monte Carlo. I enjoy playing here, Michael makes fun of me for it and compares it to a nursing home.

    To my knowledge, Monte Carlo is the only MLife hotel that still has a Caribbean Stud table (in Vegas, that is. I play it all the time at the MGM Grand Detroit). I enjoy CS a lot. I know we played it once at the Bellagio, but I couldn’t find it there when I checked during this trip. Anyway, I played CS for a while. Doubled my buy-in and left. Michael had even more luck than I did. After this nice little session we headed to the Aria.

    We both love the Aria a lot. In fact we were going to stay there this trip after we left the Mirage when we split up and got our own separate rooms. But Michael ended up getting a comped room offer from PH for that Monday-Friday of labor day week and I found a Terrace Studio at the Cosmo for the exact same price as an Aria room, so I picked Cosmo instead (because I LOOOOOVE staying at the Cosmo). Anyways, we played BJ at the Aria and had a nice little session. I might have doubled my money again, can’t remember. This was followed by a not so good JoB session where I think I lost about $200. I played JoB several times at the Aria during this trip and it really beat the crap out of me there. I had much better luck at The Mirage.

    We journeyed on down to the Cosmo. I never really gambled much there during this stay. During my last stay in May I gambled almost exclusively there and didn’t earn jack on my Identity card so I decided to play at more MLife properties this time. The only gambling I did at the Cosmo this trip was playing quarter JoB at the one coin level just so I could ride out a $20 bill for as long as possible while drinking, cause Cosmo has THE BEST free alcohol in town.

    I think I mentioned earlier that I’m not a big drinker. I hate beer. I have a really high tolerance for alcohol so it’s not even really fun for me cause it just takes so much to feel anything. That can get expensive! That being said, I love margaritas very much. I drink them at every casino I play in, and I like to judge them based on their margaritas. Cosmo has far and away the best margaritas on the strip. Surprisingly, the margaritas at the Aria are nothing special at all. I’m always very disappointed there with their drinks.

    Anyway, we drank a bit there while pretending to play video poker. After that we headed back to The Mirage (while stopping at Bellagio and Caesars on the way, nothing eventful happened at either of those places).

    Now I wanted to check out the pool at the Mirage, but Michael didn’t for some reason. I can’t remember why. So I did. It was nice. I’m not a huge pool guy, but I enjoyed it for a half hour or so. There were some d bags there who were clearly trying to show off. They were wearing speedos and flexing for the ladies and clearly just trying to impress everyone. It was kind of fun to watch them make fools of themselves for a while, but that got boring and I went back to the room.

    After the pool, it was nap time.
     
  5. RodneyK

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    Thanks for the good read!
     
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