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Live Trip Report (10/8 - 10/12) - Insert witty thread title here.

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by akhoya362, Oct 7, 2015.

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  1. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    After having read so many trip reports on this forum over the last few months, I figure it's high time for me to return the favor. Putting in a placeholder TR now -- I will update on Tapatalk as I go along. I'll apologize in advance for the delays in posting. Flight is in T-8 hours or so.

    Cast of Characters:

    Three guys in their mid-to-late twenties (all college buddies). I had originally planned on going with R, who is really an old-timer at heart when it comes to Vegas. (Each trip is capped off with R sitting at the blackjack table the morning before we leave, bleary eyed because he's been sitting there since 3am.) Not your typical millennial Vegas visitor -- R dislikes Vegas nightclubs.

    About two weeks ago, L decided to join the trip. L is not a big gambler but loves everything else that Vegas has to offer -- the fine dining, the entertainment, and yes, Vegas nightclubs. Despite having been to Vegas twice now, L has not seen the Bellagio Fountains. The three of us have agreed that this trip is going to be a classy one, so L is less inclined to go to a club this time around. We'll see if we can keep things classy.

    I am getting in a day early (hence the Thursday departure). It's mostly due to operator/calendar error on my part. But it actually worked out for the best, because I'll be able to meet LT, a friend who lives abroad whom I haven't seen in six or seven years. He announced on Facebook that he was in Vegas at the same time I was (our trips overlapped by a day), so we'll have a chance to catch up.

    Location:

    We'll be at MGM. I know I made a fuss before about where to stay, but logistically, keeping the entire stay at MGM made the most sense.

    On the Agenda:

    • Michael Mina @ Bellagio
    • Sinatra @ Encore (following the example of VMB greats)
    • Veranda Brunch @ Mandalay/FS
    • Sterling Brunch @ Bally's
    • Craftsteak @ MGM (we're being lazy)
    • O @ Bellagio
    • Frank, The Man, The Music @ Palazzo
    • Watch the Patriots crush the Cowgirls.

    Trip Goals (mostly aspirational, some not):

    • Make it to one or the other: Mob Museum or the Neon Museum (at night)
    • Pinball Hall of Fame (this one's for you, pphold)
    • Win a parlayed sports bet. (Parlay suggestions welcome.)
    • Come home with five figures. (Trip bankroll is $8K with a $2K reserve, so this isn't impossible.)
    • [STRIKE]Don't go to the ATM.[/STRIKE] Go to the ATM once at most.
    • [STRIKE]Swing on the chandelier.[/STRIKE] (Cosmo probably frowns on this, so I'll settle for a Verbena at the Chandelier Bar.)
    • Learn how to play baccarat.
    • Smoke a cigar in Vegas. (I've smoked plenty of cigars; none in Vegas. We've talked about doing this for a while. Suggestions welcome.)
    • Have a good time. (This one I'm reasonably certain I'll accomplish.)

    Nothing's really set in stone except for the restaurant reservations and the show tickets, so any and all suggestions welcome.
     
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  2. broncofn

    broncofn VIP Whale

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    Have an awesome trip! You will love Sinatra. Get the osso bucco and veal parm. Delicious.
     
  3. pphold

    pphold pp Park Place Degenerate

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    Looks like a great plan. I was almost in Vegas this weekend too. If I was I'd do the four above with you.

    looking forward to the Pinball HOF.

    Have a great time in Vegas. I'll be in Shreveport.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good luck!!!

    And remember, the POF doesn't open til 11am! ;)
     
  5. Imperial_Palace_King

    Imperial_Palace_King High-Roller

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    Good luck! Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops is a good spot to have a cigar. A little pricey but sometimes they run specials.
     
  6. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    [​IMG]

    "'cause I'm leaving on a jet plane ..."

    DCA was a cluster this morning. They're trying conveyor belt luggage screening for the first time today. (Normally you take it to the X-ray machine yourself.) Let's hope my bag makes it!

    Headed to the Admiral's Club and decided to grab a small breakfast (muffins, bagels, and yogurt). Did something I don't usually do, which is grab a Bloody Mary before the flight. (I normally don't drink while flying.) I realized I had five minutes before boarding started -- I downed the Bloody Mary and sped on over to the gate. Sitting in FC now -- probably going to sleep the whole ride over.

    See you when I land, VMB.
     
  7. Tbone3336

    Tbone3336 VIP Whale

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    Have a great time akhoya, looking forward to all the action this weekend! Thanks for reporting and safe flight!
     
  8. Jordan

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    Good luck fella, hope you get lots of massive hits and have a shit-ton of fun......VEGAS BABY!!!!
     
  9. LandryBalla9

    LandryBalla9 High-Roller

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    I had no idea Vegas has non stops out of Reagan, I'm clearly behind as I'm stuck flying out of Dulles next week (hopefully metro has a bus to take me there from the end of Silver lol). Have a great time looking forward to reading along!
     
  10. Packer

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    Have a fun time and lots of best luck and positive variance..
     
  11. Suekel

    Suekel VIP Whale

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    Wishing you an awesome trip, looking forward to following along. I'll be at the Pats/Cowboys game on Sunday, so look for me on TV, ha ha.
     
    Vegas Just Because...
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    Have a great time!
     
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  14. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    Tried to check into my suite at MGM, but it's not yet ready. Doing some work in the Stay Well Lounge to avoid prematurely hitting the tables.
     
  15. B S

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    Good luck!

    Post some pics of the cigars, when it happens.
     
  16. vegasvette

    vegasvette Low-Roller

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    Totally understand your concern about premature blackjackulation.
     
  17. ineedbeer

    ineedbeer Low-Roller

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    Blackjackulation! I love it

    Have a great trip man, looking forward to the updates
     
  18. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    What an afternoon. One of the Stay Well folks suggested that I try for a better suite location than the one I had assigned to me (Marquee with South strip view). Changed suite locations so that I have one facing the North strip. But there was a longer delay. Room wasn't available until 2 or so, so I had to engage in some premature blackjackulation.

    But first, craps. Bought in for $1,000, very choppy play. Colored up at $700. Tucked my tails and went to double-deck blackjack. Started with $50 a pop - real choppy. Went up to $100. Colored up for $2800.

    Went back to the craps table because my room still wasn't ready (it was 3:30 by this point). Floor called someone, and my host (whom I had never met before because I didn't reach out in response to his cold call until before this trip) showed up. Told me things would be taken care of within 15 minutes. I'd bought in for a thousand (if I lost it, at least I would've booked a $800 or so win). Went down to my last $300 or so and said what the hell. Despite betting the inside, I was hitting point after point after point. I PSOed after making four points. New shooter walks up to the table and hits a series of fives. What would've been a $700 donk turned into a $80 or so win. Colored up with this. (A black chip went rogue in my pocket.) [​IMG]. Went back to the craps table after a short break at Starbucks -- lost a little less than $200. Another roller coaster.

    Trip so far is +1,700 or so, give or take a few bucks. (I've been tipping pretty liberally.) Next up is dinner at Michael Mina and the O show at Bellagio.
     
  19. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    Here are some poorly illuminated photos of the Stay Well floor's Marquee suite. [​IMG]

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  20. Richard Alpert

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    Enjoying your TR so far! Good luck!
    -Richard
     
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