Hi all - thought I would post a Trip Report on what had to be my favorite trip to Vegas so far. A little background on the players: Me: I've been to Vegas a few times since the early 90s...love to gamble (mostly slots and Blackjack), and I come into the Big Lights every single time with a view of cutting loose and just enjoying the ride. I really enjoy the atmosphere of the Strip - have never made it to Fremont street before this trip (I know, I know). Have stayed at the (old) Aladdin, Planet Hollywood, NYNY, Mirage and Palazzo. The Wife: She's been to Vegas with me once before, and really loves to vacation. Grab her a decent drink (or three), a good book, and a pool and she's set. Enjoys gambling. Stayed with me at the Palazzo. The Sister: Like me, she really enjoys to gamble. And drink. And smoke. She's been to Vegas once before. Doesn't know the meaning of Cashing Out. And the wins are NEVER big enough. The Brother-in-Law: Great guy, loves to gamble. Prefers cards to slots (especially a low-end Poker tournament). Second time to Vegas. The Brother: Gamble, drink and smoke. Y'know - now that I think about it - there may be a genetic disposition to Vegas that runs through our blood. His second trip to Vegas (I surprised him with a pre-wedding Bros-in-Vegas Trip in 2007). The Sister-in-Law: Amazing. In that she puts up with my brother. Enjoys the gambling, drinking and soaking up the sun by the pool. The Planning: I usually make a run to our local Canadian casino in Niagara Falls each year with my brother and brother-in-law. Last year, we decided that we would do Vegas this year to celebrate my 40th. We decided to make it a 6-some since we have 2 wedding anniversaries as well, and hey - makes it a lot easier to sell to the wives There were 4 things we absolutely decided HAD to be included in this trip. 1. A really really really great swim. Since we were going with the wives and this wasn't going to be a 24/7 gambling marathon with no sleep, showers or food - we decided to look at a hotel that had a really decent pool. 2. Shows. I'm notorious for going to Vegas and living inside the Casinos (except when I need to go for some fresh air and run the Porn-Slapping Gauntlet down the Strip). We decided to plan for something funny, something magical, and a Cirque show or two. 3. Fremont. Can't believe I haven't done it before this trip. And man....I've been missing SOOOO much!!!! 4. Limo Service. Since there were 6 of us, and the cost of 3 cabs was pretty comparable to the cost of a limo, we decided we were going to crash into Vegas in style. I've spent months on this Board asking advice and reading reading reading - wanted to thank you all for making the planning part of this trip so much easier. Great members, through and through.