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Lowrollin' on Fremont, July 6-8. Day #1

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by mdk63, Jul 8, 2014.

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  1. mdk63

    mdk63 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Everyday, normal life pressures were getting to me and I knew there was only one remedy. A few weeknights on Fremont street disappearing into the chaos and enjoying a great break from reality. That's why we all go isn't it? Whether we're going big like NateDog or going small like me with three nights comped at the luxurious Golden Gate (non-suite) two bed standard overlooking Fremont band stage.

    Grabbed my Vegas buddy, (Mr. $5), and he was up to the task and as is usual he's always game when I'm buying the gas and paying for the room. Couldn't leave until 1:30 from LA on the 6th but Mr. $5 promised me there would be a cold beer in my hand by 5:30 if he could drive. He's a great driver if you don't mind risking your life. The payoff was worth the risk. And sure enough, after receiving earplugs from the Golden Gate check-in gal the bags were thrown in and I headed for the VP bar and arrived at 5:25. I only brought $400 with me, but was prepared to do double that. Two days of gambling with $400 a day risked is good enough for me.

    I play some Bonus something VP for quarters and the bartender is taking great care of me. Started with a $5 tip and he keeps the Blue Moon drafts flowing (I don't know why I like this beer, but I'm man enough to drink beer with an orange slice in it!) and a couple of stiff shots of Maker's Mark. After a 30 minute session I'm somehow up about $120 and several drinks. I have a picture or two that I'll post later - perhaps that will refresh my memory.

    Sunday was one of those nights. No huge wins, just modest ones that kept adding up. Played the Gate, Queens, D's, California and Mainstreet. Won something everywhere we went. We fit in dinner at Magnolia's for some prime rib. Played $10 blackjack and would progress some bets slowly if I got a streak going. Enjoy playing MVP Holdem' at the Cal especially if there are some people with that friendly aloha spirit playing. Just had fun, laughed, drank and gambled the night away.

    Landed at Golden Gate at about 11:00 p.m. I like the dancing and the dealers and the atmosphere of that place. People watching is great and the girls are pleasant if you're not inappropriate and creepy. At just past midnight, my middle aged body just told me I was "done". The alcohol, stress of working through the holiday, food and pace of the day just caught up with me. Told my buddy I was "tapping out" and absorbed the good natured ribbing that went with that. Mostly several derisive comments regarding my masculinity and I've had less than 15 drinks and I'm already "done".

    I took it like a man, but I would get even.
     
  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    My kind of trip. :)
     
  3. gambler

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    Sounds like a good start and you can't really go wrong staying at the luxurious Golden Gate. Love your positive attitude!

    Looking forward to hearing about how you get even!
     
  4. Mango68

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    Great start! Can't wait for the rest and some pictures...we're 3.5 weeks out and are joneseing for some Fremont!
     
  5. mdk63

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    Day 2, 1st half.....

    Still working on the pics. Most have to be destroyed to protect the guilty.

    So after sleeping with earplugs and a not very air-conditioned room my loud buddy, who does not drink because it makes him beat people up, is not appreciating my need for a little more sleep and a little more Gatorade. He's jonesing to gamble all day, $5 at a time. We get out quick and walk down to the D to try the grill. Great service, good food and a little separated from the slot machine chimes.

    Mr. $5 proceeds to tell me that I must be up "big" from day 1 because I was winning most everywhere we went. He brings back with amazing detail how much I won or lost at each table, each VP machine, with obnoxious detail. He figured up I was up $500+, I figured maybe 2 bills. After digging out all my cash, cards, coupons, vouchers and sorting it out I discovered he was right! While I was watching for the cocktail waitress he was watching my bankroll. Sounds creepy to me!

    So now I have a dilemma. I'm rarely up $500 so all the practical things went through my head, like, "Lock in a profit", "Quit now!", and "Stick to your original $400 a day". With a moderate amount of degeneracy I come up with a better solution. If I lose it all I'm still under my budget of $800.....so, "Let it ride". You know what happens next. The day is full of ups and downs. Win a hundred, lose $150. Hit for 2000 at a 10 cent 10 play super times bonus poker game, then lose a hundred of it sipping beers at the Boars Head. But, I'm not keeping that close of track.

    Played mostly BJ and VP, with some of that other Hold-em carney game that is not Ultimate. In the afternoon I played some poker at Binions. Just some 3-6 holdem limit. BORING. Dang, people take that game so serious and they all watched too much poker on TV. Super slow paced and just irritating. Binions was saving money on air conditioning as well. Humidity was at 30% and older systems were not keeping up.

    But, most importantly, just having fun on Fremont, enjoying laughs, drinks and gambling.

    Took a break for a couple of hours to get caught up on those annoying smart phones and ESPN back at the gate.

    My revenge is coming....I won't tap out first tonight.
     
  6. mdk63

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    Day 2.2

    So, now it's getting close to dinner and it's time to close this party out. Didn't want to wait on dinner so just grabbed some slices at Pop Up in the Plaza. The pizza was fine for what it was but I'm afraid I have to join with others in being a Plaza Party Pooper. This place has no vibe and I had no inclination to gamble there. I liked the sport book and would enjoy it for a weekend football thing, but not for a Monday in July. Employees looked somber and the place is just depressing. And what the heck is up with that outdoor thing with the benches? Did someone think it would be enjoyable to sit outside in the heat of summer or wind of winter and sip drinks out there with no shade from the sun and listen to the traffic of Main Street? I'm sure it was somebody's "good idea" that no one else in the organization was brave enough to say it was stupid.

    So, on to Main Street station. I was probably about even when we started in the evening. I promptly lost $160 playing VP but got a proper start on my evenings drinking. I sat down with Mr $5 to play blackjack and scored an almost triple up of a $100 buy in. Was progressing my winners and at one point had the bet up to $40, going up a nickel each time I won. That was a fun 30 minutes. Moved over to Pai Gow because the slower pace of the game helps me slow down a bit. Played there for about 45 minutes enjoying the slow pace.

    Hit California (lost), the Grand (lost) and headed back to the Gate when 4 Queens was so packed you couldn't get a table.

    Semi inappropriate behavior: While walking past a bar outside of 4 Queens a lady and her lady friend were trying to get a picture of her other two friends where there are dozens of people walking through. I'm photo bombing the picture which is no big deal, but becomes one when it infuriates the photographer. She points for me to leave. I point for her friends to leave so she can get a good picture of me! I keep "misunderstanding" her non-verbal cues and she gets more irate. Her girlfriend is cracking up behind her as she sees I'm just messing around. She is cursing but I can't hear her because of the band. What I can hear is the people laughing who can hear her! I'm really not that good with the ladies, but apparently I'm really bad with the ladies who like ladies (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    Considered the Nugget but when I walked through there I noticed people were not having fun. Even craps tables were hushed. Maybe the clientele was more attractive, but they weren't having fun looking good. Heading back to the Gate was a great idea. The girls were dancing, the crowd was upbeat and I was ready to go big or go home.

    Started off on a game I've never actually played, Roullette. The non-CSM BJ tables were all packed. Decided to play dollars on 17, 17/14 split, 20/17 split, my birthday and 0/00. I would play for 8 spins and see what happened. About 5 spins in a get the magic 17 for a nice little payout. I lock in $20 profit and play the rest and then split. Played some craps as well - what a disaster. My first and only two rolls were..... Point, (double odds, come bet, buy the six and 8), 7 out. Enough of that! Also lost close to $100 on BJ. So, at this point I'm down $100 for the trip. I've lost 600+ today. I'm not bummed, but I go to the bar to re-assess.

    It must be about midnight because I lot of players drift outside to see the midnight light show. I notice the tables and dancers are overstaffed and players are dropping like flies. In a flash of genius I see two cute dealers at the Ultimate Hold-em table. I never played this before but decided to stumble my way through it and try to remember what I've read here about some basic strategy. There were two dealers at this table because one young lady was teaching the other how to deal the game. She was nervous and cute as hell with a little bit of an attitude for those who had a problem with her pace while she was learning. The trainer was cute and sassy. A secondary trainer was smart, crazy, hot and hilarious on the dancing table.

    I say all this not because I'm some kind of a perv but because the interactions between a multitude of younger ladies dressed to entice is just, well....enticing. I decided I was going to settle in and watch this show at the table. They must have been overstaffed or somebody made a scheduling mistake because their were almost twice as many people working in the pit than there needed to be. Gamblers are drifting off and the girls are just getting each other ramped up and having "dance offs" and being outright silly.

    This scene was just shaping up when Mr. $5 decides he's going to call it a night. I look at him like he's crazy. He knocks off about 30 minutes in to the scene. I stay and enjoy the party. It was the "Quad B Slumber Party - Beer, Boobs, Butts and Bets" (Sorry ladies, I'm a gentleman, but men are really simple creatures) This goes on for another 2 hours before I knock off. I just laugh, chat, bet, drink, win and enjoy. The girls are passing the time chatting and entertaining each other and the only patron who seemed to appreciate the beauty of this girl fest. I really don't know how to describe it - but it was really fun and it seems to one of those "only on Fremont" experiences.

    I finally go to bed and knucklehead friend is still awake. I ask him what the hell he was doing awake and sitting in the room watching MSNBC while he just left a 4B party that was starting up when he left. He's like, "What, really, you mean that just wasn't a shift change...blah, blah, blah."

    Then he asks why I didn't text him and call him back down.

    You have to see an opportunity for revenge when it knocks. Last night he gave me some good natured male bonding ribbing for tapping out early. This night, I just said, "Well, since you were so respectful of my decision last night I thought the least I could do for you tonight was be polite about your decision tonight."

    Ugly $5: So you didn't call me just to get back at me?

    Me: Yup!

    Ugly: You, MF, J$ #@#$&*(b @@^$*# &^ @^&*$@ #^* ^&* (!@&!!!!!!!! SOB!
     
  7. mdk63

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    Day 3

    Wake up this morning pretty late. Slept fitfully but managed to get down 32 ounces of gatorade throughout the night. Woke up and had 32 more.

    Took a couple of aspirin, shaved my tongue, showered and got dressed. Felt pretty good. Did a count to see where I was at. Finished up $250 including meals, tips, etc. I'll book it as a win and not go through the casino today.

    $5 was up earlier and had breakfast at DuPars with Gallagher who is playing at the Nugget. He was with a leggy blonde was what was reported to me.

    Got the car and drove back in four hours with Mr. $5 complaining the whole trip home that he missed the best part of the trip last night. :thumbsup:
     
  8. Iamrice

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    Yeah, that's got to be more than a little odd.
     
  9. tringlomane

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    Great report! And awesome title for your friend!
     
  10. tdhoier

    tdhoier Low-Roller

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    I like those dealers at the Golden Gate....when you walk in there they're mostly 6's and end up being solid 9's after a couple hours.

    I've never heard of anyone watching MSNBC before. That is a new one.
     
  11. Drambler

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    Quad B Slumber party...classic stuff. Thanks for a great report.
     
  12. maxdaddy254

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    Great report, good job booking the win! I love the Gate (DuPars and the girls), but don't really gamble there much anymore. When they had Texas Holdem Bonus, I would play for hours on end. I've stayed there on solo trips, but can't imagine having two people in those rooms. I love to finish the night there playing (nursing) VP at the bar, drinking, meeting people and taking in the sights. My favorites are Valeria and Jackie, they bartend and also dance out front.
     
  13. LoveDowntownVegas

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    Great report. I love Golden Gate and the atmosphere! The ladies are very fun as long as you're not obnoxious :)
     
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