Just a brief summary of our trip. First off, it was ugly, ugly gambling for me. I had to hit my line of credit twice. I dumped over $3,000 in addition to winning two $1 straight flushes ($500) and one quarter Royal. ($1000), all at MSS. All gone! So I guess that would be over $4,500 depending on how you keep track. Worst trip ever, gambling-wise. We put 53,000+ coin-in on my card. Looks like I’ll keep Emerald for one more year until Oct 2016. Uneventful flight from Milwaukee. Non stop and we arrived at McCarren at 1 PM. Hotel limo driver was waiting. Luggage took a little longer than normal, but we still were unpacked and were at the Boar’s Head about 1:15 after touchdown. Hot in Vegas. Over 100 every day. The 5 new machines at Boar’s Head. Still not changed back and at 8/5 on DDB, but still 9/6 on JOB. Old machines are still 9/5 on DDB. Unfortunately for me, I discovered the new machines have Super Times Pay. 8/5 on DDB. I am addicted to that game. Thanks a lot for that Flusher. We were triple booked on this trip at Plaza and Grand. One night each. Curt matched our 4Q $200 in free play and I thank him for that. The problem is that you have to either play the machines on the 3rd floor, or play at the bar near the sporstbook. At that bar, JOB is 6/5 and iirc, DDB was also 6/5. That sucks. The Plaza odor has been greatly reduced. Very nice! The entire Plaza beer garden area was ripped up. I have no idea what they are now doing, but it was not open. Machines at the Omaha Bar were 9/6 on DDB and 9/6 on JOB. But, everything served in plastic. Other changes. The Redwood…the 1.5 # crab legs is now only a pound. They still have the porterhouse special which includes soup or salad and desert, BUT, for the rest of the entrees, soup or salad is now ala carte. Good news for me is that they eliminated the won-ton potato and now have a decent garlic mashed spud. One afternoon we walked down to Hennessey’s to have lunch outside and people watch. We were the only ones outside since it was 104. Dumb Tourists! Lunch was OK, but you can’t beat the people watching on Fremont at that end of the canopy. Saturday I tried to check in at Downtown Grand at 1 PM. No rooms available but they prechecked me in and said they would call me. OK, so I went to use my $105 in freeplay and wait for the call. I get the call about 2:30, so I head back to the desk. Now there are at least 25 people waiting in line to check in and there is no special area to just get a room key. Stupid! Two reasons I checked in there was the freeplay & my wife wanted to use the pool. She was over-served on Fri & Sat, so the pool never got used. One of our new favorite things to do is go to Banger Brewery, sit on the patio and wager on the weight of the people who use the outdoor scale at Heart Attack Grill. It’s just a change of pace from pounding VP machines. Anyway, I walked there with a plastic cup of wine from MSS. I went inside and bought my wife a beer. Not 5 minutes later, an employee comes out and tells me their license doesn’t allow me to be drinking a wine in a plastic cup on their patio. C'mon on! I bought her beer. We leave there and head over to Fremont to see the new bar they just built. Beautiful, but then we checked out the paytables on the VP bartops. OUCH! 6/5 on JOB & DDB. And the bar doesn't open until 2 PM. All the VP machines and big screens are on, but they have it roped off and a guard watching. What the hell good are big screens good for? NFL football in Vegas starts at 10 AM, not 2 PM. I have to think that having those machines open for play would pay for a bartender's wages. On the way back to MSS, they had to send a guy out to retrieve a girl on the highest zipline. She just stopped. He went out hand over hand and retrieved her and then she just hung on to him as he went hand over hand back to the finish line. He was in a harness. The Main Street Bar at Cal has also installed 5 of the new machines, but they didn’t screw with paytables. $1 DDB is still 9/6. Quarter JOB is 9/5. We left on a Friday and on Wednesday I was just checking our flights and didn’t see EB on our return flights. I always book that. So I went in and booked EB for our return. In the end since it was so late we ended up with B1 & 2. This trip was supposed to be Milwaukee to Seattle, but we had to change that and booked MKE to Vegas on different dates, but I never cancelled the original, just changed it. The entire trip I kept thinking how could I have forgotten to book EB on the way back. I always do that so I don't have to worry about an internet connection on vacation. When I got home, sure enough, I found the EB for the return flight from Seattle. Somehow it never got transferred, but after a 26 min hold with SWA, they refunded the $12.50 x 2. Played one afternoon at 4Q to use my $200 in freeplay. We had a couple of their Chicago dogs for lunch and watched the Brewers lose to the Cubs. More losing at VP. Plaza and 4Q have the same card system. Can someone explain what “countdown” and “session” mean? And…if you quit in the middle of a countdown or session, do you lose your credits? Sorry if the TR is disjointed, I just usually make some notes in my room at the end of the night and alcohol is very involved by then. EDIT Just got an email from my bartender friend at MSS that 3 of the 5 new machines were just changed to 9/5 on DDB today.