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My Trip Report from May/Jun (mBay, GN & Luxor)

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  1. StuartUK

    StuartUK Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This is my trip report from Memorial Wkend to June (10 nights)

    UK member, hence the £, not the $ ! :D :D

    Here goes nothing!!!!
    Budget: £750 each (to include flight/hotel/Resort Fee)
    At time of booking, prices had remained high for over 2 months (booked Feb).
    Booked flight/hotel with expedia, flying from Amsterdam via Philly to Vegas staying at Excalibur for 10 nights, booked seperate flight with KLM, Bristol to Amsterdam. Total Cost: £748 total.
    (KLM flight booking had 2hr transfer gap, so if that plane were delayed, holiday would have been ruined!!! )

    Through my usual wheeling & dealin, blaggin and bluffin, i cancelled the Excalibur booking, and ended up with 3 nights Mandalay Bay, 2 Nights Golden Nugget, 5 Nights Luxor, total price now changed to £716 each !!!!

    Day 1: (22nd May)
    Left Bristol OK, got to checkin desk for US Airways OK at AMS, McDonalds breakfast sucks a$$ at Amsterdam! tasteless and overpriced!! Got on the plane and asked for Big seats if avail , got moved to exit row seats (sweeeeet!) Landed OK, got myself a nice Philly Cheesesteak at the airport, mmmm mmmmmmmmmm! Now the fun begins, were delayed 1hr 20 for our flight with US Airways to Vegas, get onboard, got exit row seats again.... Now were delayed for 1hr ON the plane, sat on the taxiway! grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!

    Got to Mandalay Bay around 9pm, lady says i can pay the final balance with no incidental hold, no probs. Then says all she has is a Queen room?!! I asked if that were a standard room, as i had blagged us a 660spa suite! She says standard room (as hotel well busy due to upcoming Memorial wkend)!!
    Show her the email which shows i got a suite upgrade, she talks to boss, comes back and says we'll have to have the 750ft Great Suite! Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!
    Room is awesome and big, partial strip view! Jacuzzi bathtub is awesome!
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    Went straight out for munchies and went to 'Slice of Vegas', had R.com voucher.... We had pizza and wings, i asked for some of there 'Atomic' sauce.... So left my chicken wing to soak in the sauce, wife said was i gonna check it first, but no, i just took a big bite! OMG!!!! I like mega hot stuff, but this was like pure extract, i drank my beer in 1 go, tried to eat pizza to make the pain go away!!! haha!!!! eventually had to go mens room to stick mouth under tap!!! The guy said the sauce is waaaaaay hotter than Ghost chilli!!! Pain felt like i had chewed a sea urchin!!!

    Day 2:
    I have carpet burns! Not good for sunbathing, and worst part, its on my foot, not knees!
    Sunbathed all day on the beach, pure bliss! Pure burn't too!
    Had Buffet at Monte Carlo for evening tea (myVegas), it was OK, nice and so on, nothing to rave about though!
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    Day 3:
    Sunbathed a little, but quite burnt from Day2!!! Went for Lunch at 'Fresh Grill & Bar' in PH shops using R.com, very very nice!!!!! Back to sunbathing, followed by 2 super good seats at the Criss Angel show (thank you myVegas!). Show was OK, some stuff impressive, did enjoy it!
    Went into the MIX lounge before the show, we were dressed up, so no charge, we come down after 20 mins, lots of peeps paying to get in! haha!!!!!
    We played slots and tables in Luxor/M Bay for past 3 nights, little wins and losses, played 3cd Poker, BJ, and Ghostbuster slots, and wheel of fortune!!! (more wins for me than the wife!!)
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    Day 4:
    Had booked a convertable for 1 week with Alamo, got a super deal for £170 inc Fuel & wife to drive!. Used the SaveTime option, so went straight to the garage.... 6 cars to choose from at the time, 5 mustangs and 1 200.... went for the Mustang
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    Got to exit gate and gave my visa debit card, guy didnt like it, so gave my pre-paid FairFX $ card, he took that and billed $1 to it (Auth ?) strange as Dollar never did this when i booked the same package! oh well, at least he accepted a pre-paid card!
    Checked out of M Bay (total bill £208), and went upto Golden Nugget in Old Town...
    Its now Memorial wkend, its also the Punk Rock Bowling wkend in GN! Busy is an understatement! Got room key, all is good, normal room in Carson tower.
    We hit the road and went to Primm...... Got voucher book and spent some $$$ ! Went to the lotto shop just over the border, got a $5 scratch card, won $50!! but as queue was massive, gave the card away to a couple in the queue....
    Stopped at North Premuim Outlet until 8pm!

    Time to go out and get munchies, so ended up in Market street cafe (in downtown), nice T-bone for $15!, this is around 10:30pm, so no queue anywhere... by 10:50pm, there was a massive queue outside due to the 'graveyard menu'!!!!!!
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    Left there and went to the 'California' to do some gambling, WOW, WOW and WOW some more! Best hand was 3 of a kind on 3cd poker, won $800 total!!, by the time we left there, i had over $1200 in my pocket ($1k profit!!) left there very happy!

    Day 5:
    Plan is to goto Santa Monica for the day, so we got as far as Primm, stopped for a bite to eat (oh and the rollarcoaster is closed ), and then headed on our way....
    Got as far as 100 miles outside of Vegas, got bored, so we come back! haha!!!!! Late afternoon now, so hit the south premuim outlet again!!
    Then went for a cruise around Red Rock Canyon
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    Evening time now, had buffet dinner in GN, was OK i guess for $45 for 2.... Went back to the California to gamble, not so lucky, only came away with $420 profit
    Stopped at 'Gold Digga's in GN, cool place but feeling well p!ssed, so got a 2for1 drink and then went on the BJ table, walked away with $80 profit! Need sleep now, as we been going to bed at like 2am every night so far!

    Day 6:
    Check out of GN (total bill = £108) and headed for Luxor, stopped by 'TheGunStore' on Tropicana, $300 later and i did the MP5, M16, M4, Colt 1911, Beretta & USP! YEAH!!!!!! missis did 2 handguns and AR15 rifle! Gambling and shooting are both the same, u see your money dissappear in a flash!!
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    Got to the Luxor, masssssive queue around 2pm, got to the desk, tried a $40 sandwich, but she just put the money on the counter and said no comp upgrades available... I guess given her next words were "5 nights full comp with nothing to pay at all" probably means the sandwich trick wont work!!!!
    We got a queen room on 21st floor in the pyramid, happy with this, nice room and big shower!
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    Went for walkies and look around some shops/hotels, and for evening munchies, we went to 'Memphis Championship BBQ'..
    Lets just say, after wanting to go here, i wasn't impressed! Granted the chicken was awesome in flavour, but value sucked along with size and the pork/ribs were like they had been sat under a lamp for 10 hrs Oh well, i did other reviews to say it had gone downhill a bit
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    Back in Excal/Luxor for some gambling, more wins for me!!

    Day 7:
    I consider this our Aniversary Day (pressie for wife!) (although not till 7th june), sunbathing most of the day, hit south prem outlet for quick shop, along with wings at Buffalo Wild Wings (got my Blazin hot sauce!) for lunch, more sunbathing....
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    7pm, we got 2 awesome seats to see Zarkana (4 rows from front, myVegas!), WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!! what an amazing show, we are totally amazed by this show!!!
    After that, onto our aniversary meal at the Harley Davidson (we went there for our wedding meal 2 years ago on 7th june Tuesday)... Used an R.com voucher, great food, great evening!

    Left there and grabbed the 11:15pm showing of 'Hangover III' down at TownSquare... Back to Luxor for some wins on slots and tables, bed by 3am!

    Day 8:
    We hit the VIP part of Luxor, nice pool with super nice comfy beds, etc, was 2 beds for $50 Awesome, just an awesome day sunbathing!!! Burn some more burnt skin!!!!
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    Quick lunch at 'Fresh Grill & Bar', back for more sunbathing!
    Tournment of the Kings show tonight at Excal (myVegas), good laugh, good fun! Out of there and onto some more gambling,
    After there, we hit NYNY around 11pm, i won a few $ hundred on the BJ tables, so come 11:30pm, we went to the Dueling Pianos in NYNY, with $150 worth of free drinks (myVegas).....

    Now this bar is amazing fun, cocktails are $10, beers around $7 and shorts/mixer around $10.... Used first voucher and barman knocked 1 drink off bill to make it tally up, left him a good tip... Then started with 2nd voucher (x2 $75 vouchers).....
    Now, singing, dancing, drinkings, its all good mega fun!!!!
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    We leave just before 2am, however, this is what i was told the following day.... We leave the bar to which i dont remember, the Bridge between NYNY and Excal, well, lets just say i was emptying my pockets onto the bridge (had nearly $1k on me!), room key and all, wife puts all back in my pocket, i then stick my head in the bin on the bridge, and puke around $90 worth of spirits!!!!! hehe !
    I hugged the bin, so all the crap then went onto my polo shirt! not good!
    Then after that, wife made me walk behind her as we made our way back to Luxor, peeps walking by me going "VEGAS BABY!!!" haha, and few groups of girls were wanting to have there pic taken with me cos i looked a super mess/state!! haha!!!!!!
    Dont recall getting to the room, but wife says she washed me cos i was a dirty wreck, i puked more in the loo, and then stumbled into the spare bed!! hah!!!!!


    Day 9:
    Woke up at 9am wondering where i was, and who i was! hah!!!
    Followed by the worst hangover feeling ever!!!! Crikey, all day i felt like i was gonna puke or crap myself!

    VIP Sunbathing at Luxor again all day, quick stop to McD's for BigMac&Chicken as my hangover cure, then more sunshine...
    Roll on early evening, went to see BeeGees tribute act (myVegas), was OK for free, nothing special...
    Went to Taco's & Tequilla for tea (R.com voucher), not impressed, not the usual type of mexican food, rather dry for some of there stuff! More gambling, more wins for me!

    Day 10: (Friday)
    Our last day, feeling rather gutted, go out to sunbath, but VIP pool closed due to Jabbawockeez party launch, so we get VIP beds in the other pool....
    Lunch time, we goto the Bellagio for buffet lunch (myVegas), WOW, WOW, WOW and WOW!!! Food is awesome here!!!!!!!
    Back to Luxor for 3:30pm, get told all the pools are closing cos of this party launch, but told we can use Excalibur pool....

    I was like, erm "just spent $50 on seats!", 5 mins later and after a call, someone is waiting for us at the Excal... We get to Excal, get taken to our super comfy loungers directly in the sun, free munchies and usual bottle of waters/ice
    sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Nice pools in the Excal mind.....

    Fri evening, walk around hotels, went to Stripburger with R.com voucher, nice burgers, walked round shops, casinos, bet in each, walk out a winner!, etc... Back to Luxor for some late night gambling (got back around 1am), plan was to stay awake due to early flight......
    Sooooooooooooooooooooo....
    I've got $1047 left on my last day (only took $2300 with me and i spent a LOT on clothes, ammo!!!) , figure i would try my luck and win more..... Bad move, lost $500 in 30 mins
    Didnt help placing $245 on blackjack in 1 hand in anger and losing that! doh!!!!!!

    Day 11: (well, 6 - 8am)
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    Were in Airport, theres a Ghostbuster slot, in goes a $20, out comes a $141 ! Go into the departure area, few more slots, out comes $90 ! On route to pHilly tired, cant sleep on plane, then plane from philly to amsterdam, night flight, still cant sleep legs swell up on this flight too !
    Land in Amsterdam, we got 6 hours to do some sight seeing.. we get onto the train (stupid conductor put us and others on wrong train), we end up in Amserfoot!!! Back on train to AMS central, get there, walk round, look at hoochies in the windows, munchies time, back to airport, home!


    WOW, is all i can say !, we had a super awesome time in Vegas, sooo many good moments to mention, it is by far the best place to go, and as we missed so many things again (including NYNY coaster), we have to go back next year!!!! It truly was an amazing holiday.....
    And best part was: We paid £716 each for the hols (well £801 if you include the hirecar), and we did a joint kitty for food/drinks/tips/fuel and that cost us £255 each for 10 nights..
    Amazing value using myVegas and R.com and other vouchers i picked up!
    Feel super down to be back home as it was an amazing holiday, but, seeing as i came back with $490 and money in the bank, we just booked 8 nights in Gran Canaria in a nice hotel for £277 each, via Stuies wheel n deal of the day.ltd holidays! hehe !! That helps to take away the downer part!!!
    I made Pearl Tier on my mLife card in the days we were in Vegas due to the amounts and time gambling!!
     
  2. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Great report...thanks for sharing. Sure sounds like you both had a good time!
     
  3. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Great report and fantastic pictures!

    Sounds like you had quite a bit of success gambling and a lot of fun. I don’t know if I could survive that long in Vegas! :beer:

    Thanks for sharing – that was a lot of fun reading.

    (Loved your wife’s pink gun at the GunStore – hilarious!)
     
  4. fabriano

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    Fun report---thank for sharing. I like how you "cleaned-up", too! I never understand why a few men(usually older ones) wear T-shirts---usually with writing on the front---& their dates/wives are nicely dressed. Cute couple---great photos!
     
  5. skinny malinky

    skinny malinky Low-Roller

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    Sounds like fun, and a lot of sun. I love that you were such a mess that people were taking pictures of you. Good of your wife to clean you up.
     
  6. bearnana

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    Awesome pictures. That mustang must have been great to drive. Ten days in Vegas? Nice!
     
  7. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Sounds like you had a blast! You were a trooper to sunbath with a hangover. I really enjoyed your TR and photos!
     
  8. StuartUK

    StuartUK Low-Roller

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    Cheers all!!!
    was an awesome holiday!!!!
    I cant wait until we come back next year, although will have to watch how much I drink this time!! :D :D :D :D :drunk:
     
  9. bshowell

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    Great pictures! You all really maximized time/money. And I think you came out better w/your split of hotels vs just Excalibur.
     
  10. pebbles

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    Well done Stuart UK. did you post this on MSE and I missed it? Enjoyed the ride with you and we will have to meet up in May next year.
     
    First trip of 2017.
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    anton73 Low-Roller

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    great TR. Hope your Philly Cheesesteak at the airport was legit. I know they have a Chickie and Pete's there now, so it might have been close to authentic.

    I did 10 days in Vegas once, but now I hold myself to a strict 72 hour limit if I am going with "the guys" and a 96 hour limit if I am with the wife. Anything else could cause permanent damage.
     
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