I had the good fortune of a last minute vendor meeting/conference coming up out of the blue, so not a lot of vacation type fun to report on, but a decent trip nonetheless. Arrived Sun 11/7 on USAir's direct Boston-Vegas flight - a former America West route down to the A320 still having the AW logo embedded in the carpet! This is a good flight, leaves 6pm and gets you to Vegas by 9pm local time, similar to JetBlue's lucky 777 but lacking the amenities. As I'd be at Encore for the week working, no need for a car, quick cab up Paradise to Desert Inn had me at Encore for $20 with tip. I'd booked a red card offer for $129/nt with some resort credit, 50 bucks a night cheaper than the 'convention rate'. Was able to get 62nd floor just by asking... of course they now have the (taxable) $20 resort fee tacked on as well! Even though in this case it's my employer's travel budget, I still want the most bang for the buck dammit! I attached a couple of photos looking East towards the Hilton and NW up strip and across to Echelon's skeleton. First night made a few bucks on the craps table, some guys' hot wife rolling equally hot. First time I've ever bet - and won - a three way Yo! Monday 11/8 had most of the day to myself as the events didn't really begin until that evening. Another co-worker had arrived so we wandered around the WynnCore complex a bit, nothing too exciting. Business dinner at Switch that evening, food was good but nothing fantastic. I'd return just so others could see the schtick but I wouldn't consider it a destination steakhouse (wanted to try SW... maybe next time!) Tuesday 11/9 had some time inbetween sessions to wander downstrip with my co-worker, who hadn't seen any of City Center. Walked to Bellagio, tram to Aria, laughs at the empty-pricey shops, decent food at the Skybox, walked to MGM to worship the lion - $2.2M progressive still intact! Then back to Encore for the afternoon. Finally found the $25 Stand 17 BJ table at Encore and walked away with a purple chip, nice... Evening event included Le Reve which was a decent show. Late night craps weren't so lucky this time around, unfortunately. Wed 11/10 another full day of meetings for the most part. Host was able to comp me what was technically the fourth night of my stay, but I was leaving at 8pm for a red eye flight anyway, along with some mini bar charges. Enjoyed an excellent dinner with co-worker at Bartolotta that evening. I will certainly return there. Off to the airport for USAir's 10:15pm flight, scored a first class upgrade to aid my sleep and a seemingly quick 4.5 hours later we were back in New England and I still managed to stay awake for a regular day at the office. Overall everything seemed relatively busy, other than Crystals. Noticed several larger convention type groups wandering around, lots of large touristy type groups (mostly foreign) and just based on casino population and table limits, it seems properties believe they are in an upswing. No more ghost-town as Aria was on a Tuesday back in April/May with $5 craps tables empty. Cheapest double deck stand 17 3:2 game I could find at WynnCore was $100 minimum. The S17 shoe game was $25 early, $50 late. A couple of $15 H17 Shoe games paying 3:2 but mostly $10 6:5 crapjack all around. CAN'T WAIT FOR NEW YEAR'S !