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nine nights, eight hotels...

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by jenaphir, Jun 17, 2005.

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  1. jenaphir

    jenaphir Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    yep.

    as always, this will be VERY long, so if that isnt your cup of tea, do yourself a favor and back out NOW.

    soooooo. i left nyc on friday, june 3 and headed to chicago/indiana for arlington heist, which is an annual benefit to raise money to bring deadbeat dads to justice, that features some of my favorite hardcore bands.

    sunday, june 5 - we wake up in chicago and head to the airport. i am leaving from o’hare to vegas, my friend is leaving from midway to go back to nyc. we cab it to o’hare, have lunch, and she takes off to midway. i now have a bit over two hours before my flight.

    i am hung over and very, very tired. finally its time to smoke the last cigarette and head to the gate! oh no, my flight is delayed 18 minutes. uh oh, here comes the slumlords curse! see, every time anyone flies to anything that has anything to do with the band slumlords, they end up having a horrific flight. guess who i saw play in indiana? slumlords. this curse was all started by carlos the jackass, who’s first slumlords flight saw him delayed something like five hours when his plane was hit by lightning. it continued onto me when i flew to montreal to see slumlords. my friend who lives in montreal, called the airport to see if my flight was on time and they told her my flight was cancelled. so she doesnt come to pick me up, because she thinks i am not there. but i am there. waiting. and waiting. i sat at the airport for about an hour before i tracked her down, and boy was i surprised to learn my flight was cancelled, especially since hello - i took it and im now in montreal! the curse continued when carlos flew to baltimore to hang out with slumlords and then continued onto vegas. he hit major turbulence and had a flight with NO air conditioning. serves him right since clearly this is all HIS fault for starting this stupid curse. and now its my turn again.

    i call my friend, who is now at midway, and start whining to her about how i wished carlos dead and would make him this way the next time i saw him. come on now, EIGHTEEN MINUTES DELAY? i am so tired and i just want to go to sleep. im so whiny. im calling to complain about an EIGHTEEN MINUTE DELAY. this would eventually come back to haunt me.

    my flight went from 18 minutes delay to.....an hour.....to two hours....then a quick jump to five hours.....followed by some more delays. finally, after eleven hours of sitting at o’hare, we get on a plane! the door shuts. we are taking off! oh wait, no we arent. there is something wrong and they need to bring a mechanic on the plane. what?!? i sat there wanting to choke carlos. i still want to choke him. i am going to choke him. choke. him. dead.

    finally, after waiting twelve hours, we leave on a flight that is delayed over nine hours. i honestly don’t even remember the flight, so im guessing i slept through it. shocking since i spent 12 hours walking around in circles trying desperately to kill carlos...er.....i mean TIME. i was trying to kill TIME. killing time.

    i guess i should pause here to say im not really going to kill carlos (yes i am). its just shtick (not its not). we are friends and i love him (id love him even more if he were dead). carlos, i cant wait to see you again (so i can choke you).

    so anyway, we arrive at.....who knows what time it was. i took a shuttle to the san remo. i was the last of four stops. san remo. last of four stops. of course it is. i checked in by 2:00 am, for a flight that was supposed to land at 4:30 pm, and got room 1836 in the silver tower. basic room, nothing interesting. they have started hooters construction. its very loud in the casino in the day time.

    downstairs to gamble. win a bit on phone tag and uncle sam. im falling asleep at the slot machines, but i just lost a full night of my vacation so i try to stay awake, but eventually i have to give up and just let it go.
     
  2. jenaphir

    jenaphir Low-Roller

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    monday - june 6 - day two

    i wake up, exhausted and hey look - i have no voice. none. awesome! head to the san remo buffet. raw eggs, gross coffee, good bacon though.

    hit the slots again. won and put it alllllll back. typical.

    check out, grab my stuff and head to caesars. get room 5202 in the centurion tower. what a nice room. the bathroom has a separate shower stall and tub. it also has fancy schmany bottles of "artesian water from norway". since i didnt leave a credit card, i stole them. there is a television in the bathroom. there is a fake balcony outside my window.

    i head downstairs to gamble. i try the star wars slots I’ve read about and lose. maybe another $20 will do the trick. no. how about another one. still no? okay screw you. terminator slots! hey, why cant i get anything? not even a bonus? nothing? maybe even three dogs? please? no? well screw you too.

    i head over to a vp machine. as you may recall, on this trip i will be playing vp for my very first time. the pay table isnt that great, but who cares. i want to TRYYYYYYYYYYYYYY vp. so i do. i get up to a whopping $52. yay! i cash out and go back to the room. its about 2:00 in the afternoon. im still exhausted, i still have no voice and i feel like crap. i take a nap. that lasted for SEVENTEEN hours. i did not wake up until 7:00 am. so hey, now I’ve lost two nights in vegas. great!
     
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    tuesday - june 7 - day three

    so im up at 7:00 am. i go down and get coffee and a bagel, it comes to $9.19. why do i do this when i can get a buffet for less than this? i don’t know.

    i start playing vp again. i get up a bit, but don’t want to cash out. so i play it all down. and end up a loser. oh well. time to check out anyway...

    check out, store my luggage and hit the strip. first stop - bellagio. quarter monopoly. i get the bonus on my first spin and win $50. wooooo! head over to see the conservatory and the chocolate fountain. the fountain was not very exciting. i pictured it being out in the open, and not behind plastic/glass walls. i don’t know why i thought it would be like this, but whatever.

    to the aladdin. they moved my phone tag. its now behind and over one spot from where it used to be. and its no longer giving me lots of money. not fair!

    play a bit on gilligans island, get nothing.

    head to paris for lunch. comped buffet. so good. much better than my $9.19 coffee and bagel.

    head back to caesars, get my luggage and head to the hilton. get room 1331. i used the lva coupon for a $45 rate. the internet rate this night was $139 when i booked it. what a great savings. the check in clerk commented he was surprised he didnt see more of these coupons, he couldnt believe what a great deal they were.

    the room is nice, the hallways are a bit confusing. i have strip view.

    i head downstairs to try vp again! played for hours and hours and hours. i actually got bored with winning. i never won a lot, but it just seemed that maybe vp wasnt for me. play five, win five, play five, win five. zzzz. until i got my first four of a kind. now THAT was exciting. i played most of the night. hours and hours and hours. i never got up too high and i never cashed out. i didnt even eat dinner. i just played and played and played.

    i have no idea what time i got to bed, or what time i woke up.
     
  4. jenaphir

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    wednesday - june 8 - day 4

    up at ??? time? went downstairs and back to nickel vp. ill tell you, a $5 bill on nickel vp goes a long way.

    check out and head to the california. the cab driver starts to take me in circles downtown. i tell him “the california is the other wayâ€. he starts to argue a bit. i start to argue louder. he then apologizes and tells me that he is very upset. he heard on the radio that 100 people in his country were shot this morning and he is very worried about his family. i honestly don’t know if he was jerking me around or not, i don’t know. i told him it was okay and just to turn around and go back towards the california. he did and that was the end of that.

    i arrive at around 11:30 and go to check in. they don’t have any smoking rooms available so they are putting me in a suite. are you kidding me? most hotels would inform you “check in isnt until 3:00, try back laterâ€. the california puts me in a suite. yay! im here on an offer for $35 for the first night, second night comped. so a suite for $17.50 each night. i LOVE las vegas.

    what was interesting/annoying to me was that i did not have the keys handed to me, they were handed directly to a bellman, who immediately grabbed my luggage before i even knew what was going on. i was not expecting this and had no singles on me for a tip. luckily i did have a $5, but what if i only had tens or twenties?

    anyway, we get to my room. room # 1102. it has a living room with a bar, the bedroom and a bathroom. there were two televisions, and of course, less than ten channels. not like it matters since im not here to watch television. my windows faced fremont street and i could see the rio and the Stratosphere .

    went downstairs to gamble of course. i wanted to try a 10/7 dollar machine, but i was a bit scared so i stuck to quarters. i broke even. hit the brew pub for lunch. i love this place.

    hit the plaza and played some vp. never hit too much. decide to do a “jenaphir casino run†which is $5 in every casino. first stop - starbucks and golden nugget. i ended up at the golden nugget forever turning all my $5 bills into tens and twenties and in one case, $50! i played regular video slots, not vp. i kept winning on wild dolphins and some puzzle game - i think its called “it’s a puzzle� im not sure. i loved it.

    i leave up and hit the four queens. put my $5 into a triple star penny machine and hit for $25.77. i love downtown, i really do.

    by now I’ve abandoned my “$5 in every casino†rule and just keep playing. try some more new penny games, and don’t win.

    head to the fitz, and they have their penny/nickel section downstairs completely roped off. not too sure what was going on there. so i kept going and hit the el cortez. at night. by myself. i really don’t think it’s a bad walk at all. the el cortez is really being fixed up nicely. im not sure if this is good or bad. i happen to like the el cortez and have ever since that fateful trip where i was just losing like crazy. i was leaving vegas to go to reno and had three hours to kill. i chose to kill it playing pennies at the el cortez and ended up with $170 and i only stopped because my three hours were up and i had to go to the airport. luck was not on my side tonight at the el cortez though and soon enough, i was gone.

    hit binions for the snack bar burger. so good. didnt play anything here. there was just nothing appealing to me.

    fremont - nickel vp. every time i doubled a $5 bill, id cash out. left up $25. sweet!

    stop at lvc on my way back to the cal and lose. same with the cal itself. in bed at 1:00 am.
     
  5. jenaphir

    jenaphir Low-Roller

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    thursday - june 9 - day five

    woke up very sick again. head weighed 834783 pounds. but i force myself out of bed at around 7:00 am and go out to my vacation. mss buffet. great as always. play some nickel vp and win $70. why havent i tried this sooner?

    get back to the room and take some cold medicine and nap.

    go back out at 3:00 and get a binions burger. play a bit and just lose. lose lose lose lose lose. and lose. i am supposed to go to see blacklisted and folsom tonight. a well needed break from this afternoon’s losses. i take a walk to walgreens to buy mascara since i forgot to bring mine somehow. on the way back i stop at fremont to play $5 on nickel vp. i cant stop doubling my $5 bills. so i ended up here for hours and hours and hours and never did go see blacklisted.

    on the way back to the cal, i stopped at the plaza and played nickel vp and then started playing quarters. i got a straight flush! this was so exciting! i cashed out with $110. woooooo!
     
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    friday - june 10 - day six

    up at 9:00 and over to mss for vp. this is my new addiction, can you tell? won and lost and won and lost and then hit some 4 of a kinds (i hate to ask, but is this called a “quad� i am still learning the lingo) ended up with $110.

    today i am checking into both the riviera and the lady luck. the riviera for some reason, sent me an offer for free nights, which included weekends. i had to book two nights. but see, while the riviera is my favorite casino on the outside, i have stayed here before and i hate the rooms. so i don’t want to stay here at all. but its free, i don’t have room photos, and i get $25 food credit. so i kind of have to book it. but i can not spend two nights here. so i figured id book it for Friday and Saturday and just stay elsewhere. so thats what i did.

    cabbed over to the riv, checked in and dropped off my luggage in the room. while checking in, the check-in-ling (thanks to noahcat of the las vegas advisor boards for this new term) kept gushing over what a nice room i was getting. such a nice room. nice room. did i mention how nice this room is? okay. i go to the room. #6337 in the monaco tower. ugh, i hate the room. its not even a bad room. i just really have this thing with hating the riviera’s bathroom counters. whenever i touch them, i feel like there are nails scraping on chalkboards. i also think i am the sole person who feels this way. but i can not get over it.

    i go downstairs to eat at kady’s. bacon cheeseburger, comes without bacon. whatever. then i find a vp machine - double down stud. i play it. i love it. i win and win and win and win and win. cash out $210. the riviera also has a promotion where you play $20 and get $10 free slot play. i use that $10 in a penny uncle sam and turn it into $25. this is looking good!

    head to the room, pack a duffle bag for my stay at the lady luck and head back downtown.

    i check in and get room 307 in the east tower. the people checking in next to me were there to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary. the check-in-ling tried to tell them how to get to their room and the wife interrupted to very happily inform her that they have been here so many times that they know it like the backs of their hands. both the wife and husband had the biggest smiles on their faces. i couldnt help but smile myself. 24 years of marriage and celebrating it in “their†hotel in las vegas. just a very nice thing.

    head to my room. right outside the elevator is the buffet. oh man this smell - so gross. the elevator could not come fast enough. it smelled HORRIBLE. i cant even describe it. it was just gross. ew. no. no no no no no.

    get to the room. it seems decent. refrigerator, some nice looking toiletries, including some facial soap that i tried and it really made my skin soft. i nap and get woken up by people in the hallway. i began to learn that in the lady luck you can hear the people in the hallway, the people next door and the people upstairs. im also not too sure what happened here, but as i was getting ready to go out, i suddenly smelled a very strong sulphur smell. it was overwhelming. and then i heard the toilet above me flush, and started to think that it probably wasnt sulphur i smelled. i acted like this was not happening. and just headed out. oh and passed the buffet again. gross.

    hit starbucks and went to the plaza. did okay on vp, but didnt really win anything. visited phone tag and got a bonus for $51. hit las vegas club for a late dinner and lost $30 on my way to the upper deck. dinner was prime rib. it was good, but not the best I’ve had.

    hit four queens for some mindless penny slots. got $25 on a twilight zone and $30 on an easel money. headed back to lady luck where i lost $15.

    got to the room and realized that the alarm clock is on the dresser across from the bed, not next to the bed. its also bolted to the dresser so i cant move it. i accidentally hit the sleep button and now i cant get the damn thing to turn off. i had to unplug it and reset it, this was just so freaking annoying. it was like 4:00 am and this was the last thing i wanted to be doing. turns out i didnt even need the alarm clock as the people in the room next door had theirs set and that woke me up.
     
  7. jenaphir

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    saturday - june 11 - day seven

    up and head over to the fitz for a buffet. line is way too long. i decide to settle for mcdonalds. line too long. end up at krispy kreme.

    hit four queens. i wrote “vp win†but thats all i have and i certainly don’t remember it.

    check out of lady luck and head back to the riviera. i won $165 on my double down stud machine. hell yeah!

    i head out for a bit. first stop - the ho. try a new penny monopoly and go to cash out and realize its hand pay only. it’s a new machine, it should be tito dammit. wait forever. get my money and take off to the wynn. my first time here! i am excited!

    it’s a pretty long walk in the heat. i get there and there is just so much congestion outside. the walkway is pretty small and its filled with people waiting on the taxi line. this is not a good set up. no way no how.

    i walked around a bit. its really nice inside. i saw where the water show takes place. rode the circular escalator. then went to play. stopped for a card and discovered that they don’t take your name until you get 500 points. so much for having cancelled my reservation in hopes i could get some play and maybe get some offers. i never did make 500 points.

    played some vp and lose. played a nickel slot called “great scot†and won $125.

    walked back to the riviera. got to the room and showered and napped. woke up at 1:00 am. hey now - this wasnt my intention. i decided to not go out and just go back to sleep.
     
  8. jenaphir

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    sunday - june 12 - day eight

    woke up at 6:00 am and went downstairs. i know the buffet at the riviera is gross. its so gross. but i still have some food credit left so why not? ugh, why did i do this? why didnt i go to kadys? the buffet is so horrible. its just bad. really bad. nothing is cooked right. they had “potatoe skinsâ€. they cant even spell. i wanted to get a donut but my stomach forbid me to do so.

    check out and take a cab to the sahara. here i get room 2288 in the tangiers tower. nothing special at all.

    do a “casino crawlâ€. again, its $5 in every casino. i love doing this because it takes a lot of time and when you are not having a winning trip, its good to kill time.

    first stop sahara! get $15 for my $5 and head to the monorail. take it to MGM Grand and start here. here is how it went:

    mgm - lost on vp

    Tropicana - lost on vp

    Mandalay Bay - play lucky seals and get a bonus for $34.20 and then immediately hit for 600 credits (penny machine). cash out $40

    burger bar - excellent as always

    Luxor - lose on a penny kaboom

    Excalibur - lost on vp

    Monte Carlo - lose on vp

    tram to bellagio

    lose at the bellagio on vp

    aladdin - play gilligans island and keep winning. cash out $25

    Paris - win $15 on a penny uncle sam

    Ballys - lose on vp

    barbary coast - lose on a penny password

    Flamingo - lose on a penny puzzle machine

    i give up and take the monorail back. win $30 at the sahara on nickel vp.

    head back to the room and call it a night.
     
  9. jenaphir

    jenaphir Low-Roller

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    monday - june 13 - day nine

    sigh - last full day in vegas. im not happy.

    check out of sahara and head to the venetian where i have booked a rialto suite for $32.82 thanks to a travelocity mistake. the check in line is absolutely ridiculous. there is a fed ex convention and i am surrounded by fed ex employees who wanted to talk to me. i think the fact that i look very young makes people very curious as to what i am doing in vegas by myself. i always get spoken to very condescendingly and this was pretty typical.

    get to the check-in-ling and im so scared she will tell me they don’t have my reservation. oh but she does! she starts telling me about how great my view is, in a non-smoking room. oh no, SMOKING room. she tells me that if she gives me a smoking room, it will not be a good view. but if i take the non-smoking room, its an excellent view. i want the smoking room. she tries to persuade me again and i give in. i get room 28-205. this is a nice room. the foyer is enormous. i overlook the pool and treasure island. i have a very nice view. i want to see the sirens show from my room! of course i never did, but i wanted to!

    do a mini casino run on my way to paris for lunch.

    casino royale - get $15 from nickel vp

    osheas - new penny harley davidson machine - get $25

    flamingo - lose on phone tag

    barbary coast - penny password again, lose again

    hit paris and ate another comped lunch buffet. it wasnt as good as the other day.

    aladdin - lose and then decide to play a bit. end up taking $25 out of a monty python machine, but i lost way more than that on gilligans island and vp.

    go to walk back to the venetian and decide to hit the frontier. its hot as hell outside, and this walk seemed a lot longer than i thought it would be. win $15 on vp and head to treasure island. lose and take the tram to mirage. play flip flop and win $15.

    back to the room and shower and think i will catch the last pirate show, but i don’t. i pass out.
     
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    tuesday - june 14 - day ten - last day

    up at 5:00 am - last day in vegas! im so sad. i am out of the room at 5:30 am. head to stardust, with a stop at starbucks. lose and lose and lose. head to wynn. lose and lose and lose and have $20 left of my gambling budget. put it in a lucky seals penny machine and win $85. wooooo. head to the buffet. wow. $16.07. bacon was excellent, eggs were excellent, but other than that, i didnt find anything i liked enough to warrant that price. also, the entire buffet is non-smoking.

    i do not want to leave, but i have no choice. i am upset and sad and depressed.

    head to the airport. eventless flight. get home to nyc where its just disgusting outside. so hot and so humid. get home, find my apartment even hotter than it is outside. i get more depressed and hit the computer and start pricing airfare to go back to vegas in december.

    one last thing - i emailed american airlines to complain about my trip to vegas and the nine hour delay. they responded apologizing and telling me they are sending me a travel voucher to make up for it. i am using this travel voucher to spend my birthday in california for “sink with cali†fest. slumlords are playing this. i have told carlos that i am sure that i will be paying for being dumb enough to tempt the slumlords curse again. he has told me that he pictures satan himself handing me my travel voucher. this should be a fun adventure.

    estimated return to vegas? t-183 days.
     
  11. RamBill

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    For some reason your TR reads better over here than on LVA! LOL

    BTW, I don't deliver travel vouchers - that's lesser demon's work......:D
     
  12. Mia4071

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    Thanks Jen -- :) Your humor is great ;) I read it while "reviewing" my work report :) HA HA :) Thanks for the enjoyment :) can't wait to read about you going back!
     
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    great trip report. You must have had a blast! Thanks for sharing and for all of the wonderful hotel pics. I alway look at your site before picking my hotel. What was your favorite VP machine and where? I've wanted to play but have never tried it.
     
  14. Jacko

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    Great report!

    Nice to see another VP convert. I couldn't believe how much longer my money lasted when I first tried VP instead of slots.

    I hope you were using players club cards. You should be getting some offers.

    I think my wife would kill me if we had to pack and unpack so many times. Plus dealing with the noon check out and 3 PM check in.
     
  15. IWannaBeInVegas

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    Great trip report.

    Only question, you went to a concert that raises money to catch deadbeat DADS, what about the Deadbeat MOMS?
     
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    Video Poker......the crack cocaine of gambling.......hey, I've it three royals, does that make me a crack head?

    Grat report, Jen. Thanks for putting in the time.
     
  17. KathyinNY

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    Wow, I am amazed at all the places you stayed at during your trip. Sounds like you had a good time except for being ill but you seemed to have put that behind you and still had fun.
     
  18. jenaphir

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    thanks everyone for the replies!

    cterral - my favorite machine ended up being the double down stud at the riviera. but its quarter, and if you are playing for the first time, you might want to try nickel. im not sure how much practice you have, but if you know the basics, you should be okay. make sure to check the pay tables though. you may end up playing a machine that pays only 7/5 when there is a 9/6 right next to it.

    Jacko - i always use players cards! i think out of all my hotel stays, i only had to wait to check in maybe once. and then i just checked my luggage and went and got lunch. but im not trying to convince you to start moving, its a personal choice.

    IWannaBeInVegas - i have no idea if the charity the donations were raised for, also deals with deadbeat moms.
     
  19. milehiman

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    I'm glad you enjoy changing rooms every night. I've only changed rooms once while on a trip in March. It was OK, but I'm definitely a person that likes staying in one place the entire trip.

    Sounds like you had a great time though. It definitely sounds like this was better than your recent trips.

    Thanks for sharing not only your report, but your pics too.
     
  20. Candy Apple

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    Interesting report.

    That was smart leaving the best room for last. The Venetian must have looked beautiful. I don't understand how you got it that cheap though. Even if Travelocity made a mistake, wouldn't they catch it and charge you the difference?

    Which room from this bunch was your least favorite?

    Do you use cabs to get around other times during the day in addition to using one every day to change hotels? If so, wouldn't that negate your room savings? A rental car would cost less if you cab more than once a day.

    Thanks for sharing your report and photos.
     
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