My wife had an opportunity to go to a business convention this weekend and the comps are in my name so I'm a conference escort this trip. Left a rainy Wisconsin and landed without incident. With EDC in town the taxi line was nuts, but we got to Mandalay Bay. I asked about Delano at check in with $20, and got an $50 day upgrade from my comped Mandalay Bay normal room to a Strip View Delano Suite. Now at Fleur eating and waiting for the room. Will try to get some pics of the renovated suite. Edit: So, we are up to the room. 37th Floor. Basically it is like THEhotel suites but everything is white and gold. Living Room and Bedroom have brand new minimalist furniture. .Bathroom is hardly changed. The electronic connections at the desk are really cool... and the TV has a ton more HD channels. The view is fantastic. Here are some pictures: DAY 2 UPDATE: Finished off the first day with some Pai Gow at Mandalay Bay. Pushed a lot. Then went to Luxor for $1 JoB in the high limit bar. They comped Maker's 46 and I ended up $200 with no quads or royals. Not sure why that place isn't more popular. Started Day 2 by dropping off the missus at the MGM monorail. Walked by the EDC return shuttle. All the fuzzy boots and tutus walked by like zombies. On the way back I tried the Lion's Share. Didn't hit, but a good social experience as four folks came by to chat. From there went to downtown for the first time. Took the SDX bus, which was a nice ride. After that I walked up and down Fremont. Here is theobligatory cowboy pic. I eventually stopped at the D for VP and a couple hours of Free Bet BJ. Hopefully they bring me back with a teaser. Ended the night with MJ ONE and foundation room. Seats were perfect. 6 rows back and on the aisle. Great show. Very immersing. I even got grabbed by a thriller zombie. I had almost bought crappy seats from MB website. So glad I called the casino VIP instead as I actually paid less for the best seats in the house. Foundation Room was great as usual. I could look at that view all night. Day 3 Update: Woke up the third day, and made the trek over to MGM Grand monorail. The EDC folks off the shuttle were even more zombie-like this morning. Nothing sadder than a zombie in a tutu. I got back to Mandalay Bay and signed up for the 10:00 a.m. poker tournament. Played a little warm-up blackjack, and actually came out a couple hundred ahead. Got there in time for the tournament, which had one full table. The dealers and drink service were great. My cards were crazy bad. Managed to hold on until 3rd place without showing down a hand--which was fortunate as I only survived by making some stone cold bluffs. Anyway, just two places got paid, so I was one out of the money. From there, went to the beach for a few hours (it was great as always) and then checked out the Beachside Casino. I was disappointed to find that they didn't have the craps table running on Sunday. Anyway, the Beach Casino was pretty dead, but there was a game running with normal 6 deck $25 shoe rules. The dealers were middle aged dudes. There were hot girls in bikinis dealing 6:5 across the room, but I chose good rules instead (though you still get the reverse angle view from the good rules table). Luck wasn't on my side though, and I blew through $1000 playing $50s. From there, went and played craps at the big Mandalay Bay casino. Had a very fun time, and went on two heaters. First roll I hit the all tall (by hitting a 12 with no points established), three points, and was a deuce away from the fire bet. Two times around the table later, I again heated up and hit the all small, this time by rolling a 3 and again losing my passline bet . The gentlemen on the other table betting blacks (I think I made them about $1200) bucks, each threw me down a quarter chip for hitting the smalls for them. First time I've ever had that happen. Anyway, in the hour and a half I was there I managed to make back the $1000 playing blackjack. Not wanting to push my luck in craps I moved to Pai Gow, and my wife joined me after she got back from her conference. Eventually a gentleman joined us at the table who was staying at the four seasons. He apparently enjoyed our table, as he started betting a couple thousand a hand, telling the pit he didn't care to be rated. In any case, he was a lot of fun. He said he "managed some investments" for a living, so I wonder what the heck he actually did. Ended up even for the night in Pai Gow. DAY 4 UPDATE: Woke up in the morning to the beautiful room. Hard to be in a bad mood waking up to that in Vegas. Anyway went down to get my daily breakfast shake at Citizens, and then headed to the blackjack pit. I picked a double deck $100 game. The dealer there was, for lack of a better word, just a bit off. She was missing hand signals, messing up the count, and eventually forgot to pay a blackjack to me. Eventually the pit started watching only our game, and corrected her two more times. He then made a call upstairs and they rushed down a new dealer. Never seen that happen before. Wonder what happens to the one who got yanked-she said she had dealt at Mandalay Bay for 8 years so I'm sure it is not an ordinary thing. Anyway, in addition to messing up a lot, she was also crazy lucky making most of her bust cards. After about an hour and a half of getting abused at black chip blackjack, I moved to some VP, and then two the beach with my wife. Sitting in the shallow part of wave pool was excellent-like laying out in the sun but way cooler because you're in the water. Tried to go to the Taco Shack at Mandalay Beach for lunch. As I walked into the Taco Shack I knew something was wrong. The Taco Shack attendant wouldn't make eye contact. After a moment, he says "Before you ask...we don't have any tacos today." I respond "What? But you're the Taco Shack!" He replied "Yes....I know...." Saddened, we went to the beach bar and grill and had a tasty turkey sandwich while watching Mexico advance to the World Cup round of 16. At 3 I signed up for Poker Tournament number two. My cards were still not great, but I played really well to avoid getting myself into trouble. Caught a bit of luck flopping a straight early against a full table and someone who had an overpair, allowing me to more than double up. Got all my money in heads up where I was a 60/40 (two overs vs. two unders), but he paired his undercard and I took second-placing one out of the money again. C'est la vie. After the tournament, had about an hour and a half of time killing pai gow. We ended our trip by going to the Border Grill to obtain the tacos. They were delicious. All and all an excellent trip, and I'm looking forward to coming back in September.