I lost, I lost again, and then lost again again (and for good measure, lost again, again, again). Iâ€™m using this report as a form of gambling therapy â€“ a release of the inner demons that are also known as cards. My games of choice: Pai Gow Poker, 1 / 2 NL Cash Poker Ring Game My locations: who cares â€“ I lost everywhere! A little warning â€“ this will not be a pleasant reading â€“ in fact, please remove the forks from my eyes that were placed there after 3 horrendous days of unlucky cards (and I even stayed for almost 5 days â€“ before running out of money). Also â€“ gambling (with a little food included) will only be included (along with the dreaded â€˜chasingâ€™ phenomenon â€“ Beejay would be proud). First night â€“ Poker 1 /2 NL â€“ Imperial Palace - it took about 2 Â½ hours to lose initial buy-in and re-buy â€“ this turned out to be a â€˜long sessionâ€™ for me. Hot chocolate as my night cap was the only highlight (other than aces cracked three times â€“ and, no, I did not limp in - $15 raise â€“ heads up â€“ flush draw, set of 10â€™s and kings beat me). Little did I know, that my luck only got worse as the trip went on. Second Day/Night â€“ Pai Gow Poker - sit down with $500 buy-in â€“ lose 8 straight hands â€“ yup, $50 a hand until my chaser-bets of $100 lost. - At least I got a really good rating â€“ for 10 minutes of play! - Also appreciated a pleasant $500 beer â€“ good and cold! Food - South Point â€“ yum good Prime Rib special $12.99 Poker - Ballyâ€™s â€“ 45 minutes before rebuy today â€“ todayâ€™s beats include set-over-set and better flush â€“ I especially like how we slow-played our huge hands before the all-in call â€“ oops â€“ I am a loser! - Imperial Palace â€“ a bit snake bitten â€“ I make a great laydown â€“ top 2 pair vs. set, then proceed to (more slowly) donk off rest of stack (you know how it works â€“ lots of A-J, J-10 suited â€“ raise, two callers, flop misses, continuation bet, other player re-raises, then I fold â€“ bleeding off chips basically) Food â€“ BLT Burger â€“ Mirage â€“ perfectly cooked medium burger w/bacon Third Day/Night Pai Gow Poker - Actually lasted for a bit before losing buy-in (about 2 hours) â€“ fun hand â€“ quad 2â€™s and 3 aces â€“ too bad no bonus on table â€“ and, yes, I did win that hand - I had, at one time, a total of 8 consecutive Pai Gowâ€™s â€“ yup â€“ I suck! - Was eventually called the â€˜Worst Pai Gow Poker Playerâ€ of all-time â€“ quite the distinction â€“ Pit Boss was very good about reminding me about my new moniker! Food â€“ KGB Burger (Harrahâ€™s) â€“ yum burger â€“ disorganized place (maybe due to the new opening Poker - Harrahâ€™s â€“ memorable hand A-9 suited (spades), flop comes 9-5-4 two spades â€“ I go all-in â€“ instant calls (oops, Iâ€™m beat â€“ set of 5â€™s) â€“ I failed again! - Oâ€™Sheaâ€™s â€“ tried playing â€˜right on the stripâ€™ with last remaining funds â€“ - ********** Warning â€“ Chase Alert ***************** - getting a bit frustrated at this point â€“ so much so that I played Sex and the City slot (I never ever play slots, let alone this one â€“LOL and was max betting for a quick $100 loss â€“ that was fun!) o Look down at J-10 suited, raise, 2 callers â€“ flop gives me an open-ended straight (rainbow),â€“ river completes my straight â€“ go all-in, 2 callers â€“ one guy hits his flush (runner-runner), other guy has J-10 â€“ I muck, not realizing that there is a side-pot and proceed to lose my Â½ of the pot. o I took this as an omen to leave gambling behind â€“ a stupid mistake made â€“ time for a walk â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.. soâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.. At this point, Iâ€™m outta money â€“ so, there are two possible routes â€“ either hit up ATM or just SHUT ERâ€™ DOWN. I choose the latter â€“ yah, maybe watch a show, but done for gambling (with 2 days left). Yup, Iâ€™m pretty proud of my ability to just quit gambling â€“ and take in some freebies. Final Observations: I really donâ€™t understand the idea of gambling â€“ I view it as entertainment, with the remote chance of losing money slower. With more than 25 trips under my belt, I have yet to have a profitable one. Iâ€™ve done well in poker, but it merely allows me to lose more money on other table games. Slots donâ€™t like me â€“ we have a very one-sided relationship (kinda the same I have with my right hand.) So why do I keep coming back (especially after such a beating I just took on this trip) because Itâ€™s Vegas (and no other place can match it).