Cast of Characters Buzz – Trip number 45 for the Buzzarito. I realized this trip that I am migrating back to the Strip because of Mississippi Stud. Buzzette – she took her sister to Key West this week after winning $15K at Mississippi Stud last year (see my December report). So I came to Vegas solo. Ted – my farmer friend whose wife is starting her third year teaching in Las Vegas. He spends as little time in Iowa as possible. They arrived by car just a couple hours before I arrived by plane. Tuesday, August 19 My Delta flight out of MSP arrived 30 minutes early to the D gates at 6:42 pm. Flight was $125 plus 15,000 miles and free bags with my Delta AmEx. Ted picked me up and dropped me off at the fabulous Flamingo Las Vegas where my home will be a Go Deluxe High Roller View 2 QN, four nights comp with $50 free play. My original booking did not include the High Roller View. I will end up paying the resort fee. Tonight’s dinner would be the Whiskey Girl Wings and a Miller Lite at Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar. I then played Mississippi Stud for two hours at the Quad before losing a ton of cash on a Wild Panda back at the Flamingo. Not a good start to the trip. Wednesday, August 20 I was up early as usual in Vegas and walked to the Mirage to use a MyVegas award at Cravings. I was too hungry to wait an hour for lunch so I went ahead and ate the breakfast basics: bacon, sausage, French toast, and hash browns with a little fruit and a couple small donuts. I drank a couple of Coke Zeros before trying a Goose Island IPA with my cookies. Not a fan of the Goose. I did give the Mirage a little slot play but not much. I grabbed a Hurricane at the Fat Tuesday in front of Casino Royale and then played off my free play on various dollar machines: $50 (offer) into $57 at Flamingo, $5 (Flamingo coupon book) into $5 at The Cromwell, and $15 ($10 CET mailer, $5 Flamingo coupon book) into $2 at Bally’s. I then picked up a six-pack of water and two Pepsi Max’s at the ABC in Planet Hollywood, and trudged back to my room. Oh, I had a fridge in the room. After the Hurricane wore off a little bit, I went to Harrahs where I played Mississippi Stud for over three hours. I actually banked a win after hitting a $500 full house (QQ-Q99). And after the waitress said they had no Bud 55, Miller 64, or Michelob Ultra, she managed to find four 64s. I drank Harrahs out of low cal beer. I spent most of the rest of the evening at Planet Hollywood also playing Mississippi Stud. They had plenty of Miller 64s! I dug a pretty big hole here but managed a small profit after almost four hours. No big wins, as least that I remember. (I played some drunken blackjack back at Flamingo but we won’t talk about that.) Thursday, August 21 Again I woke up early (with a slight hangover) despite the Hurricane and 2/3 of a case of Miller 64s. The plan was to eat dinner at the Monte Carlo Buffet (MyVegas) later today so I had a quick slice of pizza at the food court. I played a few hit and run quarter and penny slots for a friend at the Flamingo and Bally’s as well as another disaster on the Wild Panda at the Flamingo for me. I often had to search for an open Mississippi Stud table in the afternoon and today I found one at Margaritaville. I had a good short session playing with a couple that had just arrived in town. They were betting $25-$50 each and not winning. I would see the husband again Friday, again not winning! After a short break in the room, I was getting ready to walk to Monte Carlo for the buffet but Ted called. Instead, he picked me up and we went to Ellis Island to eat. I had the not so good prime rib and Ted had the excellent salmon. I paid the $30.00 bill and he paid the tip. Cheaper than cab rides! After returning to the Flamingo, we walked around The Cromwell and The Linq. Ted had not seen either one yet and said he needed to bring the wife to The Linq. Ted left without gambling. He had been helping his wife at school and would do so again on Friday. I, on the other hand, played Mississippi Stud for a few hours at The Cromwell and Planet Hollywood, booking small wins at both as well as drinking several more Miller 64s. Friday, August 22 The plan today was the $25.00 Dining Credit at Nine Fine Irishmen but not before I actually won $240 on the Wild Panda at the Flamingo. I hit a bonus for $324.00. Of course, I gave most of that back later in the day. It was a long and HOT walk to New York New York but lunch was free. I had the Fish & Chips and a Michelob Ultra to use $23.75 of the $25.00. I then walked over to the MGM to find the Lion’s Share. Apparently I was about 12 hours early but it was being played anyway. A lot of walking and not much play this afternoon. My last session of Mississippi Stud was at the Quad just like my first session of the week. While down for the trip, I was slightly ahead at Stud when I sat down. As per the norm, I dug a $400 hole before hitting a few nice hands to get some of my chips back. I then bet $5 for myself and the dealer on the 3CP side bet. (I had not been playing the 3-card or 6-card side bets all week.) She dealt me a boring Jack-Five but made $10 for herself and $305 for me with a board of Five-Jack-Five. Drink service was slow here but I managed a few Miller 64s and a small win. Saturday, August 23 My play does not warrant a host at CET but I received an email from a Casino Sales Executive after our May trip and another from a Flamingo Hospitality Host a few days before my trip. In May, a pit boss at Rio said he put me in for $65 per hand for my 8 hours of Mississippi Stud. It may have got me a few extra TCs and RCs in May and a couple of emails since, but it is not my normal play (or my play that night). In the end, my 1604 tier credits and 1657 reward credits did nothing extra for me. I did not charge any meals to the room so I only had the resort fees and they would only apply the reward credits to my balance as I expected. After breakfast at the McDonalds between Harrahs and Casino Royale, Ted took me to the airport and I was on my way home, well actually to a hotel as I booked a reverse Stay and Fly package. Total trip cost was about $1700.00 including a $1256.00 gambling loss on 3500 coin-in, 18 hours of Mississippi Stud, and 1 hour of blackjack. My slot return was way below expectation but my small profit at Stud was well above expectation with a few straights and two full houses over four days. Buzzette and I return in October with four members of her family for two nights at Flamingo and three nights at South Point. Thanks for reading.