So this time it’s a lad’s trip and there are 5 of us, so the players are. Myself Vegas Vet: A veteran of Vegas visits. Poker Guy: No explanation needed. Jnr: The youngest of the group but a few Vegas visits under his belt. Newbie: A first time visitor. Saturday 17th October So we all meet up at the airport, I stayed at a hotel at the airport so I didn’t have the earlier start the rest of the guys did. We were flying American Airlines and going via Chicago which after previous experiences I don’t really like. The flight over to Chicago was pretty uneventful and we arrived there on time. It’s been a couple of years since I have changed over here and it is much better now as they have machines for people who have visited the U.S.A before. We went down that route but unfortunately Newbie had never been here before so he had to join the queue for first timers. After we got through we reconvened and went to get something to eat as we had allowed ourselves 5 hours at Chicago for the changeover. After a couple of drinks as well we got ourselves to the gate only to find the flight was delayed for about 40 mins. Eventually we board and we leave the gate and taxi around then after a few mins find ourselves back at a gate and we are greeted by vehicles with flashing lights. At this point no announcement has been made so nobody knows what’s going on. The gangway comes across and next thing the police board the plane and walk towards the back, very soon after a woman is escorted off the plane. Eventually we find out what has gone on, apparently the woman was lighting a lighter and making threats to another female passenger. After a further delay we then take off and have a quiet flight into Vegas. We are about 1 hour and 20 mins late, we collect our luggage and get into the limo and take the drive to El Cortez with newbie gazing in wonder at the lights and tall buildings. We arrive at the Cortez and check in and agree to meet back up in about 30 mins, I get to my room and unpack and get in the shower to freshen up as it’s been a long trip to get here. I’m the first down and I grab a beer and wait for the others, Newbie is next and gets a beer as he looks around the casino. The rest soon follow and they are going to hit the machines, I decide I’m starting my gaming tomorrow so I decide to head out to Fremont and I eventually get to the Golden Gate, this place always feels like home when I’m Downtown. I have a few drinks before heading back to El Cortez and hitting my bed for an overdue sleep.