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Monte Carlo 3/11-3/15

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by vegasvette, Mar 25, 2013.

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  1. vegasvette

    vegasvette Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Another trip to our adult Disneyworld has ended, and I’ll do my best at filling you in on the lowlights, highlights and novelties.

    Planning:

    After much shuffling of schedules, the dates above were decided on in early January. At that time, only my BIL (S) and I were going. I had made reservations at the Monte Carlo for a couple different weeks during March, depending on when I received the email offers. I knew March would be the month, just not the specific dates until January.
    I tend to over plan, but in some cases that’s worked to my financial benefit. For instance, I always rent a car. Thrifty is my choice in Vegas because of the simplicity and the little investment in my time in Vegas to consummate the agreement.

    After we set our dates, I reserved a car, then visited the Thrifty website each day to search for special rates. Low and behold, I found a rate of $19 per day early in my search and never one lower. The only trouble was, I needed the car for 5 more hours than 4 days. That equates to a weekly rate in the car rental world. I found the best financial solution was to reserve another car for one day, and return my 4 day rental early. The total cost for 4 days and 5 hours ended up being about $170 after taxes and fees. Not bad.

    I had similar success with SWA. I originally booked the nonstop MKE _LAS flight for about $400 per person. A couple times I rebooked and saved about $90 per person. For those not accustomed to SWA, they do NOT charge a checked baggage fee. I planned on golfing in Vegas, so I could easily check my clubs for free.

    Goal – Get my first Vegas W-2G. My original plan was to accumulate slot tickets, chips in excess of my buy ins, and my excess daily bankroll. I’d put this concoction into one of the bathroom glasses and keep it in the safe, then cash in my winnings at the end of the trip and be surprised by the fantastic total.

    Flights:

    Least important to readers, right? So the least space in this report. Both flights were a half hour early, comfortable, with a friendly staff. For $10 each way, I buy the early check in tickets and selected the best seat on the plane in both directions, in my opinion. Exit row, window, the one without a seat in front of you.

    Monday, March 11:

    Luggage came out early, and we drove away from the car rental facility about 10:00 am. S wanted to have lunch, and suggested Ellis Island, since it was a bit early to check in. We arrived the day after the NASCAR race and figured the hotel lobby would be busy. EI was the same as always, not crowded at that time, same machines in the same places, same smokey smell, but for whatever reason, a fun place to eat. I used an ACG 2:1 coupon, played enough to set up $10 FP at a future visit, won $1 and left.

    We got to the MC and planned to park in the lot between MC and NYNY, only to find it barricaded off due to construction. We valet parked instead, saw the crowded lobby, checked our bags, then surveyed the casino for about an hour. I like the openness of the casino, and found drink service to be more than adequate the entire trip. There were some new slots, some old standards too, but overall, had that home away from home, comfortable feeling.

    S and I ran into a mutual friend and the three of us proceeded to a BJ table. MC had plenty of $10 min tables with 3/2 BJ payouts. In addition, they were shoe games, not the continuous shuffle machines. My buy in of $100 disappeared as quickly as a David Copperfield elephant. I left and went on to lose another $70 in various slots, mostly quarters and pennies.

    The check in line was small, so I tried to check in. MC used to have an invited guest clerk, but that is gone. I was checked in quickly, and given a room according to my booking request. King, no smoking, strip view. The MC is really getting outdated. Nothing horrible, and they finally went to flat screen TV’s, but get this……..no HD. Really? My offer was 3 nights comped, one night for $60 and four nights of resort fees of $20. I also got $75 of FP at MC.

    After checking in, I visited NYNY and MGM. The afternoon brought another $150 in slot losses. Nothing was paying off. YIKES, so far.

    We went downtown with the mutual friend and his wife, ate at Binions café, and bounced around the Fremont St. casino’s. My MP at Vegas Club and Plaza went poorly, losing both. I made a couple bucks on FP at those two places. Thanks to ACG for the opportunity. I about broke even downtown.

    We really enjoyed the 3 bands and individual zoo downtown. Lots of laughs. If you get a chance, check out the menu at the Heart Attack Grill down there. The one item that made me gag was the addition you could make on your 8 patty burger. Forty, I said forty, slices of bacon. I like bacon, but wow. For those of you who might enjoy this feast, if you exceed 350 lbs, (and they have an industrial scale), you eat free.

    Overall, today didn’t offer me any opportunity for a “surprise fantastic total” contribution.

    Tuesday, March 19:

    I always rise early the first morning, because my body clock is two hours ahead of Vegas time. This morning started off better, +$30 on slots before we headed to the Orleans for their buffet. I did the young at heart program at the Orleans and got a 2:1 buffet. This week there are a couple NCAA basketball conference championships in town. I’ve never seen so many tall young people in one place before. It must be very cool and exciting for them to be here, but they looked soooooooooo out of place walking through the casino. I played slots, +$20 and my MP +$20 coupon here. On my MP hand, I was dealt 15 to a face card. I drew an Ace, then a 5 to beat his 20. We left and picked up S’s son and fiancé at the car rental place. They were staying at the MC as well, so we hung out with them and the couple we met the rest of the afternoon. We all walked down to Caesars, via PH. I won a bit on PH slots. I think it was the Kiss slot……….lotsa fun. We took the tram from Bellagio back to MC.

    A few of us played BJ for a while, +$80. I then rested for a bit.

    S, his son and fiancé and I then met S’s brother, who lives in LV, and his wife at the Silverton for dinner and hanging out. The ACG 2:1 buffet coupon there is actually good for up to four people. Pleasant surprise. This place is conveniently located for our annual meeting. The food is traditional buffet fare, but the place is clean and not very crowded usually. One funny thing happened there. We sat at a table for 6. We all got done with our meals and headed to the dessert station. Upon our return, we noticed our table had been cleared of not only our plates, but our silverware and drinks as well. I saw the look on the face of the server when he saw me come back to the table with a plate in my hand. He looked like a kid who’s parent just walked in the kitchen to see their hand in the cookie jar. He apologized, but we scarfed down our pie, left his tip, and hit the BJ table.

    We all went to an empty $5 table. In less time than it takes to drive through your local car wash, I was down to my last $25. The dealer had this smirk on his face the whole time, and there was just no good vibe there. I placed $10 into the betting circle. Pleased at my 11 against a 5, I placed two more chips in a neat row next to their brothers. Boom, I drew a 9. The dealer flipped his undercard over to reveal a 15. Perfect, I thought, just as I had expected. He then slowly, no, not slowly, but agonizingly slowly pulled his card from the shoe. Still smirking, mind you. He pulled the card to his face, hiding it from us, then laughed as he revealed a 6. It was his third 21 in a row. I made a rather loud remark about his demeanor and left the table with one last $5 chip in hand from the 20 I began with. I’ll show them, and get this all back from their slots.

    The only interesting thing that happened there was one hand on a deuces wild, nickel three play VP machine. I was dealt 2, Js, Qs, Ks, As. The wild royal paid a total of $15 for all three hands. Hey, I’m not here to win $15, I’m here to own the Silverton, and if I get three natural royals, by discarding the deuce, and drawing three 10s’s, then the $600 I’d win will make a good down payment. I ditched the deuce. Sadly, I then realized that the 75 cents I won on the one flush I drew, won’t even buy a ream of paper needed for the offer to purchase for this place.

    We all played various games for a while, and $60 later said our good bye’s, returned to the MC and lost another $45 on slots. Good night.

    Wednesday, March 13:


    This was going to be a good day. Tee time was at Tuscany Golf club at 12:15. This club is perfect for people like me that don’t know what global warming is and have 5 months of winter rust accumulated on their golf swing. Better than decent condition and pretty wide open. I’ve played most courses in Vegas, and even though it’s funny to hear a golf ball clank around on condo roofs, or listen for the distinct sound as a golf ball smashes into the stucco side of a condo, I still feel bad for those property owners.

    After an overpriced, poorly served breakfast at Denny’s, next to the Coke store, we descended on NYNY. I had a few hours before leaving for Tuscany, and that was plenty of time to chase this elusive W2-G, and perhaps make an offer to purchase NYNY instead of the Silverton. Well, $95 lost in that chase meant I was down for the day, again. But at least there we soon to be several hours spent not gambling, but rather, enjoying absolutely perfect weather. Sunny, no wind, and high temps the entire week in the mid to upper 80’s.

    Golf proved to be what I expected, too many strokes, but much more fun than a lot of other things I could be doing……….like work.

    I got back to MC about 5:30. S and I decided on food court pizza for dinner there, until we had to go to the Riviera to use our ACG 2 free tickets to their Comedy Club. My nephew and his fiancé had tickets to Chris Angel that night.

    We drove to the Riviera, arriving an hour before showtime. I lost my $10 MP, being dealt 17 to the dealers 15. He drew a 3. I did, however win about $20 playing various slots before the show.

    To my surprise, the tickets are actually full comps to the comedy show. Comedians rotate, and two perform every night for about 75 minutes. Each ticket is worth $20, and there is no drink minimum. The comedians were really very good. It was fun to laugh pretty loudly at some very original material.

    After the show, S had a text message from his son that he and his fiancé had taxied to the Riviera, and were playing the community slot Life. We found them and the four of us played that game for about 90 minutes. We all basically broke even, but had a blast with the bonus games.

    We returned to MC, where I played slots for about an hour because no BJ tables were available. It started to get more crowded on Wednesday already. One very noticeable change this trip was how quiet the rooms were at MC. Last year, I was surrounded by spring breakers. This trip, I never once was awakened at night.

    Thursday, March 14:

    Today was one of the most unique days I’ve ever had in Vegas. I first got going by 6 am to drive to the Wynn to visit my nephew. He has been a craps dealer there since they opened. I always make it a point to go say hi, and he works graveyard shift. We were able to exchange pleasantries for quite a while because his table was quiet. We did discuss one of the very best VMB posters, Natedog. It made for a nice connection.
    I played slots there for a few minutes and won $30.

    The winning continued after we all drove to Ellis Island for breakfast. I used my FP there, winning $35 on a Monopoly slot, and used my MP getting a Blackjack dealt. Our plan then was to visit the Pawn Stars store and the Rick’s Restoration store. It was still before 9 am and the Pawn Shop was not open yet, so the line was about 100 deep. On a sad note, as we approached the Pawn Shop, we noticed the police had taped off an area in an intersection and the hazmat team was cleaning blood from the street. There had been a fatal hit and run that night there.

    We drove over to Rick’s Restoration to get their free tour. It really is a cool place if you are impressed with the skill and care they put into restoring some very unique items. We were given a private 15 minute tour, said hi to Tyler and Rick, when we noticed they were setting up to tape a show outside. The place isn’t as big as it looks on tv but they displayed some beautiful, and very expensive items.

    We decided to try the Pawn Shop again. S and I had been there before, and most of you who have visited would agree, it’s nothing special. However, this time, they were taping a show shortly after we arrived. My nephew was approached by the director, who wanted to know if he and his fiancé wanted to hang around as background extras during the taping. So we invested the 45 minutes to stick around and learned a few things I cannot comment on until after the show airs. But it was a lot of fun.

    The kids wanted to see downtown, so we drove down there and parked at El Cortez. I won $24 on my FP there. We then walked up to the Vegas Club, stopping along the way to play various slots. No place took a lot of our time, but I ended up winning about $100 downtown.

    We returned to MC and I decided to try my FP there, because I was on a good streak. I went to a 5 way $1 slot and turned $75 of FP into $134 of real money. Another ticket in the bathroom glass, only this was the biggest one of the trip so far. Cool! I returned the 4 day car, walked 50 feet to where my 1 day car was parked and drove back to MC seamlessly.

    Our last night was spent at MC, NYNY and MGM. We ate at the deli in NYNY, again, using the ACG 10% off coupon. Overall, slots weren’t good on our last night. I lost about $150 overall, but tried dozens of different ones.

    Returning to MC, I tried one more BJ session, losing $95 in short order before we realized it was a 6:5 game. See ya. Even though it was the last night, I went to bed by 1 am.

    Friday, March 15:

    The dreaded last day. Little did I know this would be the best day. I took my cups of coins, tickets, chips and cash “surprise fantastic total” to the cage. $20 in coin, plus the others totaled about $700 to take home. Plus, I had $250 budgeted for today’s gambling.

    Virtually nothing I played contributed to the Casino coughers. I started at the new community Deal or No Deal slot. It’s a cool game in that it tells you how long the wait is until the next community bonus game occurs. The longest time between games is about 11 minutes. The object is to accumulate cases, which increase your multiplier in the bonus game. Well, I intended to get the multiplier to about 4x before the bonus game started. However, I was randomly awarded two mini bonus games netting me $12 profit within a couple minutes. I left.

    Next up, BJ. Within 15 minutes, I won $55 and left because the shoe went south. Same cashier I had left earlier, and colored up the cash to Benjamin’s. S and I ate breakfast at McD’s in the food court because the café in MC had a pretty long line. I was not about to spend my last day in any line of any type.

    He and I then sat at the same BJ table with the same friendly dealer. Again, within a few minutes, I was up another $60 and left. I told S I’d like to play 3 card poker after I had watched him play the other night. He “coached” me as I played. Get this, after about 10 hands of being ahead a few bucks, I was dealt three Jacks. I commented to the dealer that I’d like to “bet” my entire buy in on the hand, to which he made no vocal comment. He then turned over and Ace high straight and asked me if I still wanted to do that. I replied, “uh huh”. He turned over my hand and was pretty surprised. Apparently, it’s pretty rare to see 3 of a kind dealt in this game, because he had to reference the pairs plus payout on the table. Nice, 30:1. So, I left about $200 ahead in short order. Again, same cashier, same result.

    We then went to the Mirage for the first time all trip. Both of us enjoy this place, but I’ve never been particularly lucky there. I played a few slots at break even and decided to play PGP. To me it was a great way to spend time with very little risk for the balance of the trip. I won a couple bucks at the game, but more importantly, spent a couple hours doing so.

    We picked up my nephew and his fiancé at MC after he checked out. We decided to go to South Point for the first time, and waste away the balance of our trip there.

    S and I both played PGP, and I lost $5 in several hours. It was time to return the car and get back to the airport. Everything went smoothly there, and we ate our last
    Vegas meal at the airport. The worst part was pulling some long pants and a jacket out of my suitcase in preparation of my arrival to snow and cold.

    Overall, this trip was incredibly fun. I did a few things I hadn’t done, played some golf, enjoyed the beautiful weather and only spent $500 for the trip.

    I kept a log of a few things for the trip:

    MP’s: ($5)
    FP: +$219
    Food comps: $64
    Room comp: $394

    To Natedog and Royal Flusher……..thanks for the entertaining scripture before my trip. It sure helped me prepare mentally, by living vicariously through each of you.

    To quote a rather famous former governor, “I’ll be back!”
     
  2. sybgal

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    Enjoyed your report. Thanks for posting.... :)
     
  3. lucky13

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    great report ...thanks
     
  4. WrongWayWade

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    I had a dealer like this at the Stratosphere once. The dumbs**t couldn't understand my explanation that he is only supposed to slow-roll his or my card when it is GOOD for me, not when he's busting me. Sheesh, get on my side!!
     
  5. split10's?

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    nice TR!
    where'd ya play golf?
     
  6. LaRae

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    Enjoyed your TR. Make another trip reservation to Vegas soon. The snow & cold are not leaving us, this spring!!
     
  7. vegasvette

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    nice TR!
    where'd ya play golf?


    Split 10's........
    I played at Tuscany. Its east of Boulder Hwy and easily accessed from the 215. I've played there a few times before, and like the openness. It's a sister course to Rhodes Ranch and about $75 for tourists. The rate includes lunch and two beers though, so a real good deal for that course.
     
  8. jdub7

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    Thanks for the great TR, Vegasvette. I really enjoy when families include the younger members and everyone enjoys each others company. That is cool your nephew and fiance will appear on an episode of Pawn Stars. I bet they felt really special being chosen. Something they can go home and tell all their friends! Sounds like holding on to all your tickets was helpful. I wish I could do that, but seem to just put those tickets right back in the machines. I should try it though. It would be nice to have some money to cash the last day!!
     
  9. vegasvette

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    I agree totally. That's a major contributor to the proceeds I leave Vegas with. Otherwise, I'd do the same as you, play until the meter reads zero.
     
  10. sco5123

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    Great trip report! Reaally enjoyed it.
     
  11. breanna61

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    Enjoyed your trip report. It has been years since I've played golf in Vegas....really should put that on the list for a trip.:eek:
     
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