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Luxor Sept 25-28: Live, spontaneous working vacation

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Llew, Sep 25, 2012.

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  1. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I decided to get out of the house and head to Vegas. Booked a corporate offer for 3 nights of tower room and $75 of free play at Luxor. This is probably my last hurrah at the Luxor because of their godawful blackjack and perpetually closed high limit room.

    Flight at 6:15am. First run with the new Bose noise-canceling headphones - Quietcomfort 15. Highly recommend.

    Taxi to Luxor (not renting a car this time - I don't plan to be out and about much since I'll be working during the day, in theory). Bags at the bell desk, and I'm off to MGM for some early morning gambling.

    So maybe the trip wasn't quite spontaneous. I am close to Platinum at Mlife (about 35000 credits short), and they won't cut me any slack on the reset - which is BS considering that 95% of the TCs I have are 8 months old or less. Fine, MGM, you win. I'm getting Platinum this trip.

    My first stop is the lion hunt. No one around. Jackpot is north of $2,279,000 (I don't recall the last 3 digits). I put in $100 and get to work. A few spins later, I am at $200. That's usually where I stop, but I'm determined to burn $500 on this lion hunt. Then I pass $300. Cold streak, then I hit (7) (wild lion) (7) for $300 for the first time ever. Suddenly, I'm close to $500. I curse the machine for tempting me to cash out and grimly press on. After 600 spins, several $150 and $60 hits, and no double (much less triple) lion sightings, I finally cash out at $685, a tidy $585 gain.

    Then I walk a few feet over to the $25 S17 blackjack tables at Pit 17 and plop down my winnings. I lose it quite rapidly, $50 at a time plus a few doubles that hasten this depletion. My money pyramid (4 rows of $100 green stacks, with 4 stacks on the bottom row, then 3 above it, then 2, then 1 - at least, that is the goal) is demolished before construction even starts.

    Of course, on my last $50, I get a 6-5 vs dealer 7, of course (if you read my last trip report, you know all about how final hands always end up needing to be doubled). I acquiesce to basic strategy and put some more money on the table. Basic strategy repays me in kind with a win, and I'm back in business! With the additional $200 supplement from my wallet and a very good shoe, I end up $25 short of finishing my $1000 pyramid ($700 of which was contributed by me...but a stack of money is a stack of money). Naturally, this is when an uncontrollable string of 15s and 16s vs 10s hits, and I surrender my way down to $827 before leaving a $10 tip and fleeing with my $117 win - nothing to get excited about, but a far sight better than losing all my lion money!

    Then I hoof it to the Luxor, grab a lime refresher at Starbucks with express comps, and mosey over to the Mlife checkin, which seems to be doing double duty as the checkout line, because all the gold+ mlife players don't play here. So I wait for a bit, tip the clerk a $10 just to be nice (not an attempt at a room upgrade), and get a few extra free drink coupons in return. Sweet..

    Tier Credit Watch: 176,573 (23,423 to go)

    And now, I work!
     
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    A win is a win, even only $117. Take it and run!
     
  3. Reed

    Reed High-Roller

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    That is a good start! Good luck on your way to Platinum and we look forward to any updates.
     
  4. golfnut

    golfnut Low-Roller

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    Can't wait to hear how you earn the other 23,423 points. Nice start
     
  5. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    I love the pyramid idea, I will try this at Fremont some day with dollar chips. Pretty good hit on the Lion's Share - I've never won a dime on that thing and yet for some reason I go back... okay, maybe it's two point two million reasons.

    Looking forward to additional posts!
     
  6. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    Just got done with a gambling spree about 12 hours long.

    Craps at Luxor, round 1: waiting for the high limit room to open, I play some craps. Nothing special - I end up maybe $50 positive. I check my TCs. Craps give crap, maybe 1000 for an hour or so.

    Blackjack at Luxor: I sit down in the high limit room, take out a $3k marker, and quickly lose $2.5k in 100s and 200s. After an hour of grinding, though, I make it back to 3k and flee. I've put on another 8000 or so TCs.

    Craps at Luxor, Round 2: The Most Interesting Man in the World, on older guy with a beard, went on an epic streak, making up for the lackluster shooting of others. I made about $1000 during his rolls but lost about 700 of that while other people were shooting. Another 1000 TCs.

    I head back towards MGM for some more $25-50 S17 blackjack. It's up and down, but after a while I cash out up a couple hundred, betting mostly 50-100/hand. I foolishly head to craps and squander all my gains up to that point with a series of 7-outs with full odds - first at a $10 table and then at a $25 table. Total losses around $1200 or so.

    I go back to blackjack, chastened, and proceed to spend 6 hours, mostly with the same 3 people, a middle aged Asian woman who would haphazardly place large bets after losing and shout "money back", a Pakistani-looking guy who seemed to be betting half his bankroll most of the time, and a Korean guy who commented, after losing a few hands in a row, how he should be winning because the "deck was loaded with big cards." I think the dealer pretended not to hear.

    I blew through $1000 quickly and most of my next $1000 buy-in, but some aggressive betting got me back to even and even plus $400 or so before I gave back the extra over a series of 4 consecutive surrenders and some lost hands. I cashed out up $100 at 7am. checked tier credits - 198,500.

    So I went back to the Lion's Share to contend with it again. $100 went quickly, but the next $100 got me a (7)(7)(7) for $300. A few minor hits after that, but nothing special. Two lions on a position line once (not payline), and one instance where all 3 lions were visible (2 below the bottom position line, so the only pay was 6 for the payline lion). I'll add a photo later. Got into the high 400s (200 being my buy-in), played it down to 401 and cashed out for a $200 win and a Tc level of 207,000 - Platinum! Mission accomplished.

    All told, I seem to be up about $300 for the trip - exact figure is a little fuzzy because I don't know exactly how much cash was in my wallet to start.

    Can't wait to wake up in an hour or two for work!
     
  7. bubbamsu

    bubbamsu Low-Roller

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    NIce report so far, keep it coming. Glad "work" is going well for you so far.
     
  8. sammowhammo

    sammowhammo VIP Whale

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    :poke: That's what my husband says when he's down, lol.

    Congrats on making platinum! Sounds like you are having fun. Lion's share is a reverse ATM for me, nice to hear someone getting something out of that beast.
     
  9. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    Here's a picture of 3 visible lions:
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    Between sleeping and work, I didn't get out of my room until nearly 8pm. I grabbed my Platinum card at the Mlife desk and settled in for some blackjack in the Luxor HL room, which had just opened. After waiting for the new cards to be opened and shuffled, the tray chips to be counted and logged, I promptly lost $1600 on the first shoe at $100/hand. By now, this is a common occurrence, so I ignored it and pressed on. I flirted with playing two hands for a little while and then abandoned the idea after it gave the dealer a couple extra blackjacks.

    The second shoe was kinder, pulling me up to nearly even. The splits and doubles were working, even though I failed to make a hand on 3 different doubles and still won after dealer busts. Another shoe saw me gain a couple hundred, while the next set me back to -$300. The final half-shoe saw an epic split of four 8s vs a dealer 10, plus a 3 added to the final 8 to make it a double - my hands ended up as 21 (double) - 17- 18 - 17 in order of completion. The dealer went 2-3-7 for a much-needed bust, and I completed my money pyramid ($2000 in stacks of 5 black chips, 3 rows high) for a profit of $1000 (actually $1130 after tip) and cashed out.

    Then I went to play some craps (yeah, I know...) at an empty table, rolled myself 3 points and a couple numbers, then proceeded to lose all that profit as a bunch of other people joined the table. This time, I stopped when I had lost my winnings from craps, but left the blackjack win intact. After tip, I cashed out up $10.

    Total trip winnings now in the neighborhood of $1400.
     
  10. dfalk

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    Damn, so close to that $2 MIL jackpot!!
     
  11. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    Finished up some pressing work and then headed to MGM Grand. S17 blackjack was $100 and pretty crowded. Went Lion hunting, 3 lions on the periphery mocked me silently on more than one occasion as I dropped $200 over about 700 spins. Went to check the blackjack, still $100 and crowded at 3am! Now walking to Venetian, because the Wizard now works there and I've never played there.
     
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    Enjoying the updates. I would be interested in the BJ conditions at Venetian/Palazzo.
     
  14. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    Blackjack at the venetian is almost exactly the same as at luxor - no surrender or s17 outside high limit, $100 and higher for the s17 in hl. 50% pen on dd. No surrender on hl dd, no rsa on any dd. And no express comps. Basically no reason at all to play blackjack there other than the friendly staff.

    Too bad about the Wizard.

    I played the $25 h17 pitch game and win $150.

    Then went to my favorite casino except for comps, the encore.

    S17 outside hl was closed. I hit the hl room instead. Bought in for $1500 and played $100 a hand. spent 3 shoes up to almost $2500 and then down to almost $500. Very friendly staff, and I was having a good time even down a grand. Then something happened. 2 epic shoes to take me back to around $2000. Then epic shoe finished my 3 row pyramid at $3000 halfway through. I foolishly decided to keep going, yet finished at over $4000. I tipped the $65 remainder at colored up. I sat around finishing up the best bloody Mary in town and chatting with the staff. Then I foolishly decided to buy back in for $1000 because I was having a great time, and why stop? This time, I finished the shoe up $1450, tipped the greens, took the beautiful white 5k chip and ran. Total $3900 win after $200 or so in tips. My biggest session win ever!

    Btw, they said they're getting rid of the fire bet on craps because it was getting hit too often. I blamed Nate, and of course they knew exactly who I was talking about...

    Edit: Trip total now at +5300. Not bad for a considering that actually winning money was down on the list of priorities for this trip...some of this will be fed to the Lions, however...
     
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  15. UKFanatic

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    Who is getting rid of the fire bet? I don't recall Wynn or Venetian ever having it. Or do you mean the all small and all tall bets?
     
  16. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    Yeah, you're right. In fact, the Encore staff had to correct me on that as well, and in went in one ear and out the other. We were talking side bets, and I mentioned how Lucky Lucky was one of the best side bets on a table game (the table I was at did not have it, but I remembered the H17 tables outside the HL having it). They said they got rid of it because it was too good and said they had to get rid of one of the high-payout craps bets as well because lucky players were putting a noticeable dent in their bottom line. Fire bet? I asked, and they said it was the All Small and All Tall.
     
  17. dunebug81

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    How's the express comp earning at the $100 blackjack level?

    As someone thinking about playing at Luxor next trip how are the rooms and food? I've eaten at Tender but nowhere else. Are there quick/ cheap food options? Are there any rooms I should ask for or avoid trying to get? I'm usually good for $200/hand at baccarat, $75 / hand at 3CP, $100/hand at Pai Gow, and $125/$130 across on craps.

    I'm enjoying your TR. I'm not much of a bj player but I enjoy the nice wins!
     
  18. UKFanatic

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    Got ya. I didn't think Wynncore had fire bet, but thought I may have missed something
     
  19. Llew

    Llew Low-Roller

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    Tender's easily the best restaurant at Luxor. Tacos & Tequila is decent but a little overpriced, and there's a small food court as well. The Burger Bar between Luxor and Mandalay Bay is excellent. The buffet is subpar. Pyramid Cafe is not bad for a quick bite. Rice & Co. has cheap happy hour specials, but I didn't find the food specials tasty (the non-cheap food is pretty good, and so are cocktails, discounted and otherwise). There's also a larger food court over on the way to Excalibur with a Krispy Kreme. One of my main gripes about the food options is that they're not open in the wee hours - gotta go to FatBurger by MGM Grand or the pizza place in NYNY or the like. May be different on weekends - I'm usually there on weekdays.

    Avoid Pyramid rooms unless you're getting a suite. And try not to get an adjoining room in the Towers - which are quite nice, actually - as noise passes through quite easily.

    In terms of comps, I've gotten pretty much everything I've asked for, although my host is not the friendly or talkative type. I'm sure she'd take care of your rooms and more (f&b, show tickets) depending on how many hours you're putting in - probably up front if you have that kind of play history on your Mlife account.
     
  20. Llew

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    I'm not sure of the exact rate for express comps on blackjack but I'd guess around $20/hr at $100/hand.
     
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