I was reading another thread where someone quoted an average gambling budget of $578 per visitor and someone responded they have lost that much before lunch. I know from experience that I have lost more than that before checking in on a few occasions. I find it a very dangerous time to gamble, the time between dropping bags at the bell desk and the time I throw my extra cash and cards in the safety deposit box. Slightly fatigued from travel and often quickly girl drink drunk due to refusal to pay airport prices for food and love of fruity cocktails early in the day, I have often spent my first afternoon in Vegas "napping". I'd be curious to hear others stories of starting off the vacation with a bang or a bust.