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March Madness Weekend

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by LV_Bound, Mar 27, 2016.

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  1. LV_Bound

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    My Trip Report

    Upon arrival, we checked in our luggage at PH and hit up our favorite Top Dollar and Pinball slot machines as our room wouldn't be ready for an hour. After a successful 30 minute session we headed to Walgreens to pick up our water and other miscellaneous items. Next we got our room keys, unpacked, showered and off to BurGR to eat.

    The one thing we noticed right away is that PH did away with the Platinum line at the cage as well as the CET prices on the menu.

    Since getting a good cup of coffee is hard to find I actually ground up some beans and brought them with me. Used the coffee machine to heat the water and used my press for a fresh tasting cup of coffee each morning.

    On to the report which is broken down into topics.

    BurGR
    This is usually our first meal of each trip. The place was packed and you can't cut to the front as Platinum unless you have 3 or more in your party. Not sure if this was just for the March Madness time or something new. This is a fail safe meal as well as they have awesome milkshakes although a bit pricey. They were packed and our option was to wait a bit longer or sit at the bar. We opted for the bar which was an excellent idea. We had a huge tv only a few feet away for watching the game and we pretty much had a dedicated server. At BurGR our waiter is so busy they barely get a chance to stop by frequently, but at the bar we got much more attention.
    On another day we ordered 2 shakes to go and it was $22 and took about 10 minutes. Expensive but still worth it. Make sure they still include the cookie with the to-go order.

    Craps
    Holy shit!!!!! Craps on the strip was insane. This was our first time going during March Madness and all casinos were taking advantage of it. That first day, PH had $15, $25 and $100 table minimums. Even Paris and Ballys were $15 tables.
    We took a trip downtown and even they all had $10 table minimum. Binions was the only $5 table downtown. There was a $3 table (I think at Fremont) but that was packed even early morning.


    Mob Museum
    I had high hopes for this and was disappointed especially for the price.
    This poor review is mostly due to my expectations as the museum has received mostly good reviews.
    When going to a museum, my expectation is to view numerous artifacts with maybe a note card with tidbits of information and not have to look at numerous pictures and spend my time reading paragraphs of information instead of admiring the different items. I felt I was re-reading all I heard on the History Channel.
    As far as the artifacts I felt they fell short here as well. If the wall was truly the same wall from the St Valentine massacre, why were there about 2 dozen fake inserts? This makes me wonder just how authentic it really was. Also, some of the other items were replicas or wrong time period as opposed to being authentic.
    I dislike the movie portion as its rare you arrive at the start. Its like arriving in the middle of the lecture. Part of the topic at hand is lost. The one shown within the courtroom was actually the most interesting, but not sure if its simply because we arrived at the start or simply because it was all new and interesting information.


    Downtown
    We have visited downtown twice and thought we wouldn't bother going back again but since we planned on visiting the Mob Museum, we figured about heading down early in the morning and give it another try. This time I did some preliminary research on the buses and places to eat. There was something different this time as we really enjoyed it and plan on revisiting next trip as well.
    We arrived downtown around 5:00am and headed to DuPar's for breakfast (based on feedback from this board). As with my usual breakfast I start with some oj. My first sip and it was some of the best oj I have ever tasted. I told my wife this tasted as if it were "just made" fresh. A quick glance around and sure enough they have a oj press behind the counter. Even with the bits of seeds, it was most definitely the finest glass of oj for a few bucks instead of the $9 crap oj from the strip.
    I ordered the eggs and my wife had the eggs, pancakes and bacon. The food was very good costing about $22 and change before tip.

    We visited only some of the casinos and I was hoping to find a few $5 Crap games but even downtown the tables were $10 and $15.
    After visiting the Mob Museum we headed toward Pizza Rock (based on feedback from this board). It was supposed to open at 10:30am. We waited until about 10:50 and they still were not opened. A number of other people were expecting them to be opened and left as well. We were too hungry to wait around not knowing when/if they would be open.

    Overall, there were little to no people downtown which made it nice. There were more people then we cared to encounter downtown asking for money. Granted there are more on the strip but they just have a sign. Downtown way too many will directly ask you for money which I don't care for especially that early in the morning and they are walking directly towards you.
    I acquired my first Silver Strike coin and also played Craps at 4 Queens and Binions which I saved a $5 chip each for my Vegas chip collection.
    We would have stayed longer downtown but opted to save more for next trip. Also, we needed to head to the Stratosphere as we were hungry and I planned on jumping off the top.

    Stratosphere
    As mentioned above, we were pretty hungry but no way was I going to eat then jump. My options were to wait another 45 minutes (20 minutes for the appointment and another 20 or so for the intro) or eat then sit around a couple of hours for the food to digest then jump. I was way to hungry to wait. Ultimately we decided to eat at Roxy's, play some machines and move on.
    It appears the jump will have to wait for our next trip.
    Roxy's provides good food at a good price. ($38 including tip) We have eaten here a few times and each time have had a good meal and their milkshakes are very good.

    Aria - Five50 Pizza and dessert
    Finally got around to trying out the Five50 Pizza. Ordered a slice and bottle of water. $10!!!!! Call the cops. I have been robbed. Oh, and the slice is small.
    Actually the slice was $5.50 and the water was $4.50. I will admit, the flavor was good, but the crust is soft and way too oily. It was insane how much oil dripped off. Glad I tried it but will not go back for that price. Better options at better prices out there.
    Next stop was a free dessert thanks to MyVegas rewards. My options were Intense, Imperial or Triple Chocolate.
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    I asked which is the preferred out of the three to which the lady recommended the Imperial. Wow. Awesome. Although these are expensive desserts ($8) I would come back as it is that good and unique. I know what you are thinking. I won't pay $5.50 for a slice of pizza but will pay $8 for dessert??? Well, I tend to each 3-4 slices of pizza and 1 dessert. As I mentioned, there are other pizza options for better price. If you know where to get these desserts for a better price let me know.


    Ringers
    Fairly new inside PH.
    Extremely small menu, but the food wasn't bad at all.
    We ordered the wings and sliders. The wings were breaded and nice size. Not the small meatless wings you usually find. Since the wings were breaded there was a hint of some grit (probably some cornmeal or something) but overall as mentioned they were meaty and very good.

    Shake Shack
    This place was packed. My wife really likes their milkshakes and debated about skipping it due to the line.
    It was then that I noticed an outside window. Apparently you can get a shake (no burgers) at this window. There was no line so we were able to simply walk up with no wait. Its a nice like tip for those not wanting a burger and want to skip the lines.


    I will be posting some slot information shortly.
     
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    This is the 25 cent Pinball Slot machine.
    In PH it sits next to the 25 cent Top Dollar machine. I will play this machine while my wife plays the Top Dollar machine.
    Usually the Top Dollar bonus rounds average 30-40 credits while Pinball will average 70-80.
    Although Pinball will provide a bonus average of twice that of Top Dollar, the bonus round frequency is half that of Top Dollar. We play these two machine frequently during our trips and usually the first machines we hit up when we arrive while waiting for our room. Starting off on a 25 cent machine avoids getting beat up even before checking in. Trust me as I used to start off on the $1 Top Dollar machine ($3/spin) and it sucks being only a few minutes into a trip and down a few hundred.

    Here is a video of the Pinball Bonus round.

    https://youtu.be/tvpoCtTCxxw

    Here are a few bonus rounds from Top Dollar. There is a slight glare due to the recording angle.

    https://youtu.be/ZD5sJBClSYI

    https://youtu.be/Pj5SH6VkQaE

    https://youtu.be/noj8d1fC4oM


    I enjoy the Monte Carlo slot machines and in Flamingo they have the ones where you can actually get multiple spins on the bonus wheel as normally it is a single spin.
    Each visit I will dump in a few buck and this is the first time I hit the bonus for more than a single spin.

    https://youtu.be/kwRVLhtZTFs
     
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    When encountering a new machine we tend to do the minimum bet to get an idea of the hit frequency and enjoyment. As a result, the bonuses and wins are minimal. These videos are small wins but are provided simply to share bonus rounds of some of the new machines we encountered.
    Here is Ted

    https://youtu.be/uvvHrGwKIHc

    The Iron Man machine seems to provide some nice loud bonus rounds.
    Normally I play the $1.50/spin but this trip I up the bet to $2.50 and this was one of my better bonus rounds.

    https://youtu.be/YvfuSrLI9LY

    I played the Iron Man machine twice and both times cashed out as a winning session with frequent bonuses.
    One night I made the decision to insert $100 and play it all at the max of $5 per spin.
    The machine decided to go cold. It was a consistent drain.
    With only a few bucks left and 0 bonuses a person sits down to the Iron Man machine next to me and hit the bonus round twice within the first five spins. Ahhhhhhh. This drives me crazy.

    Finally within only a spin or two left I finally hit the bonus. At $5/spin I am hoping to get back at least 1/2 my bankroll for this session. Well the bonus round ends and I won $7.00. Yes, that is $7 and no I did not leave out an extra 0 in that number. WTF. Winning $7 on a $5 bet should be a normal win and not considered a bonus win. Oh well, if have to make their money someway, right?

    Meanwhile the player on the next machine is still getting bonus rounds and I have to cash out the remaining 10 cents of my bankroll and do the walk of shame from the machine.
     
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    At least twice a day, I would play the MegaBucks machine. This machine was right near the entrance to the elevator we used to get to/from our room. The machine was begging me to play every time we walked by. Each session started with a $100 buy-in. This machine was pretty generous as I cashed out with a winning session more than half the time. Actually it may have been my wife with the luck. Normally we would play together alternating spins. Anytime I played this machine by myself I would lose until she came by and starting hitting the button which in turn would start my comeback.

    The last night I figured I would start with $300 and play it down to $0 in an attempt to win the $12 million. (BTW, someone won it the day after we left.)
    It appeared this machine also went cold on us like Iron Man. I don't recall having any winning for the first $100 and I am expecting to hear my wife recommend cashing out. When it got down to $145 without any win I was sure she was going to start giving unsolicited advice to cash out, but we have gambled enough together where she knows if I predetermine to play $X amount not to be that voice as it takes away some of the fun.

    We slowly starting hitting a few $15 wins and go back up close to $300. We hovered in the $250-$350 range for a long time. As we continued to play, the following hits occurred.

    https://youtu.be/-W4lpAROPPA

    https://youtu.be/V_9OjRMNF-I

    We got to about $800 and although my wife has yet to provide any advice I know mentally she is almost bursting on the inside as she wants to tell me to CASH OUT, CASH OUT, CASH OUT!!!! To put her mind at ease I mention this will be my last time playing and I will play down to $500 or cash out if I get above $1,000. My thinking is there is no way I am getting to $1,000, but eventually we hit this.

    https://youtu.be/Hm_DJwzkjbo

    This put us over $1000 and we played it down to exactly $1,000 and cashed out.
    We played this session for what was about an hour and resulted in about 355 Tier Credits would equates to over $1,500 total coin-in and a $700 profit.
     
  5. Sheil813

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    What is your YouTube channel? The links don't work.
     
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    Love the videos of the megabucks machine. Too bad it wasn't you that won the big one. I enjoyed your report - thanks for posting.
     
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    The YouTube channel is the same as my username "LV_Bound".
    There are numerous other videos uploaded from previous trips too.

    Try in another browser. Even I had trouble at first but after refreshing a couple of times the links that failed ended up working.


    Thanks. So do I. It surely wasn't for a lack of trying.
     
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    Thanks! Will do, I love watching vids
     
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    Love all the pictures and details!
     
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    Nice report and vids! Nice run with Megabucks!
     
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    Thanks.
    I need to post some videos of different machines as I tend to play the same machines each trip only because they seem to pay out pretty well.


    We call the Megabucks machine my ATM machine this trip. :thumbsup:
     
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