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Next trip is officially booked!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by cruiser, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. cruiser

    cruiser High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Well, the wife and I are officially booked at the Tropicana through our host for our next trip in June. We had booked the airfare on Southwest months ago but it was too early to book the Trop. We'll be there for the 'Rumble in the Jungle' Slot Tournament, staying five days/nights in the Paradise Tower. We have dinner reservations set for that Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday evening. I won't worry about Comedy Show tickets until we'll settled in and gambling a few days. It's still something like 51 days away but it'll be here before we know it.
     
  2. vegasgrandma

    vegasgrandma Tourist

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    Can you tell me about the slot tournament ? What days in June and how much. I'll be there the same time. Thanks
    Dorothy
     
  3. cruiser

    cruiser High-Roller

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    The $75,000 Rumble in the Jungle Slot Tournament is by invitation only unless you wish to pay the $1000 entry fee. You can go to the Tropicana website below and then go to 'special events' to read about their upcoming slot tournaments.

    http://tropicanalv.com
     
  4. cruiser

    cruiser High-Roller

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    Tropicana's $75,000 'Rumble in the Jungle' Slot Tournament info is as follows:

    Date: Thursday, June 17, 2004 - Sunday, June 20, 2004
    Entry Fee: $1,000
    Grand Prize: $30,000

    There's usually four 15 minute sessions spread over four days. The first day (afternoon) is registration and there's a welcome dinner that first evening. The next two mornings, you get a breakfast buffet and an awards dinner on the third and last evening of the tournament. Days 2 and 3, you play your two 15 minutes sessions each of those days. There are usually something like 75 slot machines roped off that are used for their slot tournaments. They're a lot of fun and you also get a gift when you register. First place cash prize is $30,000 that I'll be trying to win for Wifey.
     
  5. Robin

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    Cruiser-

    It looks like you are a regular at the Trop.

    If so, have you ever had dinner at Tuscany? If you have, how was it?

    We are staying at TI but plan to dine there in May prior to the BMG show at the Luxor.

    Thanks!
     
  6. cruiser

    cruiser High-Roller

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    Robin,

    My wife and I dined at Tuscany in June of 2003. Dinner was okay but nothing like Pietro's or Savanna's Steakhouse. There was really too much food. We both ordered the Cocktail Di Gamberi (Shrimp Cocktail) and the Spaghettini w/ bolognese sause. We split a dessert (toffee cheesecake).

    I guess we're a bit spoiled in that I love dining at Pietro's while Wifey prefers Savanna's. We do not believe we'll eat at Tuscany again since we simply love their other two restaurants so much more. It helps when the Tropicana picks up the tab. [​IMG]
     
  7. KathyinNY

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    In my opinion the Trop does not give incentives to their card hold members unless you gamble a lot or frequently at their establishment. Again this is only my opinion.

    I was there 2 years ago with my husband and another couple. I do not receive any promotions, incentives at all in the mail or by email. Neither does the other couple we went with. My hsuband and I gambled max bet on quarter machines and I even did a 50 cent machine. A friend where I work at went to Vegas in October 2003 and stayed at the Stardust. She was playing nickel slots and received cash back and free rooms and went back in February 2004. So if I ever get back to Sin City (which I am hoping by my 40th birthday) I want to stay somewhere else where I the comps are a little easier to get.

    Enjoy your Rumble in the Jungle and good luck.

    I am glad to see that other people get
     
  8. cruiser

    cruiser High-Roller

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    VegasKathy,

    I don't know what the minimum is that you have to gamble but you could always call the Trop and ask them what you were rated during that trip to the Trop. They rate you 1 - 9. The lower the rating, the better and they average your last 6 trips.

    In the case of my Wife and I, we gambled a lot. Me playing blackjack at the green chip tables and the Wife playing max coins ($1.25) per spin at video poker. We each have been averaging over 8 hours a day gambling at the Trop. Also, when playing the machines (slots or video poker), the number of hours is tracked but also the average $ through the machine per minute. So it does matter how fast you're playing. In other words, playing the machines, it's more a matter of how much $ you're putting through the machine per minute than the total time you're sitting there and occasionally pulling the handle.

    I'm not implying you weren't playing as many hours as you think you did, only that they look at the average $ put through the machines along with your total time you play at the machines.

    And at the Trop, you could always check those numbers at the promotions desk during your stay to see how you're doing. For example, if you play quarter slots, they will track two numbers: total minutes played and a second $ amount. This $ amount is the average $ put through the machine per minute. From those numbers, you can calculate on average how many spins you made per hour (assuming you played the same $ amount per spin).
     
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