My dad booked a trip to Vegas to visit his parents (who had moved out there from Brooklyn years ago), and brought me along for the purpose of keeping him company (I'm the only one of my three brothers of legal gambling age) as well as celebrate my starting grad school. We were between the Mirage and the Aria, and chose to stay at the Mirage, as there was no point spending $40 a night extra when we were barely going to be in the room. I had a few specific goals for the trip, some realistic and some far less so: 1. Maintain my lifetime winning gambling bankroll. (I entered Vegas +$147 lifetime, thanks to a few good blackjack sessions during a pair of trips to Atlantic City with my fraternity brothers. 2. Get a $1 chip from as many casinos as possible. 3. Take a picture with Steve Wynn. (Wynn and I share an alma mater, and he's donated millions to the University. He was even a brother of my fraternity's rival.) 4. Test out a few simple card counting systems at the El Cortez. 5. Try my hand at poker in a safe, low-limit game. 6. Get my money's worth of chicken wontons at Lotus of Siam. 7. Play at the Pinball Hall of Fame. (I'll attach a few pics at the end).