This is the time of year when I do my "longer" trip to Vegas, because it usually spans Super Bowl and Chinese New Year. This year the plan is to hit Wynn, CP, Cosmo, and Palazzo. Why no MGM properties? Let me explain how they've lost a customer permanently. After the last disastrous trip to the MGM, where they took away my private table mid-day, and lowered my credit line for no apparent reason, I naturally wanted assurances if I was to return. I asked the local country office host what the new policies regarding promotional chips were, and they delayed telling me until a week before my trip. The old policy for MGM casinos is you get 2% promo chips at each casino based upon your highest rated play for that year. This is an once a year promotion and they usually give it out in November. So for instance if your highest rating was 250k theo points (1m level) on a trip to the Bellagio in May of 2012, you would get 20k in promo chips for the Bellagio in November 2012 before you even started playing. Since this is based upon the previous year's play, it is a recurring draw for customers who have good loyalty and go back repeatedly to the same casinos. This year, the policy has changed to giving you the promo chips once you hit the rating for the current trip, therefore wiping out your loyalty for basically the entire 2012 year. Another development is they've lowered my betting again. If you had read my previous report, my betting was lowered from 175k/hand to 70k/hand. I try to maximize my airfare rebates that's why I usually stop play at one casino once I hit 125k theo (500k line), which gives about 22k worth of airfare. The next level is 250k theo (1m line), which only gives 50% more, or 33k worth of airfare. So it really makes more sense to leave at 125k theo. This year they lowered my betting limit to 35k/hand (500k) level because they've reviewed my action and realize that I would only play to 500k line at the MGM before jumping to Bellagio, and so on.... It is their casino group and they can do whatever they want, but since there are much better deals out there at their competitors, why should I stay at the MGM. I've noticed a reduction in their quality in terms of customer service, room cleanliness, player treatment, so will take my action elsewhere. Thanks for putting up with this semi-rant, I will now continue with the TR. The first stop will be the Wynn/Encore, have 175k betting limit there, plan on playing Craps, Baccarat, and Roulette. Why Roulette this time? I read Beejay's report and got all excited on 17....which is also my favorite heavy betting number along with 20. Hopefully this will be a fun trip!