This will likely take a few days, but I better get started or it'll never get done. Day One Saturday Both flights late, arrive in Vegas almost 2 hrs late. Pick up car at Alamo, no problems.. $111 for 8 days with ACG coupons. Lot was full of cars so no luck on a free upgrade, sporty little Grand Am.. don't like them but it was the best they had in Intermediate. IP check in, no problems, got 18 floor renovated room, strip view complete with the music from Carnaval Court. One surprise, you can actually go out onto the balcony, that was nice and I enjoyed a few minutes of watching some drunk people down there dancing, wishing I wasn't too tired to join them. As others have reported, the rooms are nothing special but clean, large enough. The view was a lot better than I expected even though you could see the roofs of some buildings.. you could also see pretty far south on the strip and the mountains beyond. I may stay again, if the price is right mostly for the location. (casino rate $89 & $69 for Sat/Sun of Mem Day weekend). We had steak dinners at the Rib House in IP. Service was great, food was very good. I think it was about $60 for 2 with drinks. We played a few of the new slots... (-$60) and some BJ (-$75) and I just couldn't take it anymore after having woken up at 4am and a long day of traveling. So.. I'm off to bed and the music didn't bother me a bit. Day Two Sunday Awake and ready to go by 7am. I spent some time at a VP bar, played assorted slots and just walked around IP mostly. (+$15). I was expecting SHF to land anytime so decided to catch monorail since I hadnt been on it before, and because i really didn't want to get the car out of that STINKY garage, UGH. While I'm on the mono, SHF calls and is at the airport waiting for luggage so we agree to meet at BC. I get off the mono at Flamingo, get my free $5 slot play with my ticket stub, play it.. win nothing and continue on to BC. Played a few nickel slots near registration (-$5), then SHF sends a msg that he has arrived. I go up to check out his room. I think it is 'ok', but the saloon type decor was not my thing, nor his. I would take my IP room over BC because although both are great locations, IP has a pool and the room isn't so dark. Bally's Sterling Brunch It was good and I got to try some things I'd never eaten. But I wasn't overly impressed. Maybe my expectations were too high. I learned I didn't like caviar and that sushi wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but not very tasty either. I loved the cheeses, lobster gazpacho, cheese dinner rolls, lobster, champagne, a few other things I tasted but don't remember the name of, the company and the desserts, but the lamb was too rare and the filets were overcooked and room temperature. I enjoyed the meal ok, but doubt I'll go back. I think we played some BJ at BC at this point and won a little. Then we walked to IP so SHF could see the rooms there. At some point SHF suggested we go play VP at the GINZA bar there. We sat down and ordered a few drinks.. and I put in a $20 bill. I wasn't really in a gambling mode.. just put the money in for free drinks.. while chatting with SHF. I'm only playing one coin. SHF noticed at some point and woke me up to the fact that i needed to play max coin. So I did. About 15 minutes later I get 3 little cards, Ace of hearts and 10 hearts, I decide to hold those 2 hearts, and what do ya know.. up pops my first ROYAL! I don't think I was too sure that is what I had. I had been talking more than paying attn to the game. But, sure enough.. $1000!! Nice way to start the trip.. and thanks to SHF for the max coin suggestion. It made the difference between $65 and $1000. http://owis.one-world-is.com/tjw/rf.htm So we drink a few red bull and jagers, hang out a while then decide I need to get freshened up and ready to head over to MB for the GoGos. SHF goes back to BC to do the same and meet up with HSC. I met Ken back in the room and after changing/showering etc we decide to cab over to MB. Two guys behind us in the cab line were going to MB also so we shared the ride. We gave HOB a second chance (didn't like our burgers we had there last year), and shouldn't have. Once again my 'medium' burger was charred all the way around and on one side. I didn't have time to make a fuss, so I cut off the burned part and ate the rest, good thing it was a big burger or nothing would have been left. The service was worse than the burger. I won't go into details.. but we waited for service, waited or drinks, waited for our bill and he got a very small tip. I'm usually pretty patient with waitstaff, but he was very slow, inattentive and abrupt. He put the drinks down and ran, threw the bill down and kept going. I guess he had someone more important to deal with. It's now about 7:45 and gates don't open until 8 so we go to the Island lounge for another Long Island Iced tea then meet up with HSC and SHF at the concert. They saved us a spot, coincidentally almost exact same spot we sat in last year for the B52s. The concert was fun, the drinks weak and expensive. Belinda and the girls looked great and I wished it could have lasted longer. After the show (HSC and SHF cut out just before the end to beat the traffic), ken and I took the tram to Excal and cabbed from there to IP to avoid the long cab line at MB. We decided to check out Tequila Joes and have a few drinks in there. There was a celebrity Impersonator convention at IP that weekend.. so we had some fun hanging out with the Osbournes, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Anna Nicole and a few other celebs. We had a great time dancing, singing and smoozing Ozzy and Anna Nicole, then off to bed.. some time LATE. Day Three coming soon..