just a quick little trip report, went down for a trade show, without the bride, and for me, that is just not as much fun. got to play on tuesday, trade show wednesday and thursday, and then a little play and shopping on friday before the plane ride home. gambling: though i like the hilton, and now that i have ridden the monorail, and know that the monorail station at the hilton is much more convenient than most of the other stations to their designation, the video poker there is horrible. when i did find a machine with a decent pay table, it took my buy in so fast that i never got a chance to spend much time playing. the race book had a tournament going, and it was crowded there the week before the kentucky derby, so never got to spend much time there either. had one winning session at pai gow, three guys playing and tipping the dealer and having fun, when a bitter old woman sat down at first base, threw out a couple hundred without a smile or acknowledgement of the dealer or us other players...ok, maybe she was having a tough day... dealer makes change, deals the cards, i see the player say something to the dealer, but cant hear it. the dealer turns over her cards, her high hand is an ace-6! ten-8 up. i am pushing chips forward for the commission, i had the hand won. she deals with the old lady first, then the dealers hand goes in the muck, and old ladies hand winds up in front of the dealer! she had barged into the game and decided she would be the bank hand. turned my winner into a loser, i colored and was gone. when i went back by the table a few minutes later, all the guys were gone, and the dealer was frowning, and when she caught my eye just gave me the little shrug, sorry, look. it had hurt her tips too, when old lady sat down. pretty much the story of my trip for gambling, good thing the trade show was successful. dining: by myself, dont eat as fancy, but did wind up at palm steakhouse at lunch time on friday. had the businessmans steak, and for 19.95 got the primest steak, a filet of 6-8 ounces, that i have ever had for any meal in las vegas. cooked perfectly, included salad, and relish dish, and bread and potatoes, both au gratin and homemade chips! and coffee or tea. if i had not had the 12 dollar glass of wine, or the cheesecake after...what a bargain. service was great, i highly recommend this restaurant, particularly for lunch special for the price. the meal i had would be ala carte at dinner, and probable about 42 for t he steak, 9 for the salad, and 9 for the potato! hilton steakhouse, just ok. hilton buffet, adequate for breakfast one day. nothing else even memorable enough to list. i like the hilton hotel, and will stay there again when the price is right, monorail really does make it easy to get over to the back of the flamingo and then over to caesars,etc.