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nov 15-19, met steve wynn

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chef, Nov 21, 2007.

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  1. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    My Trip Report

    I've got to stop coming out to Vegas so much. I'm even running into Steve Wynn.
    This was Trip #7 for the year, beating my record of six, last year.

    On Saturday, I was visiting with some of the crew at the Wynn outdoor table games when Steve Wynn himself comes walking by. Actually, he wasn't by himself, as a personal assistant was leading him around by his arm. Mr. Wynn has a major problem with vision.
    Another problem he alluded to was recent knee-replacement surgery. As he was standing by the European pool (not a good place to be with bad eyesight), I went up and introduced myself and put the plug in for the dealers and pit bosses at the outdoor games.
    He was a pleasant chap, but seemed a bit out of touch with a reality. Not sure if that was the case, or just my perception. He also didn't seem to appreciate the employees at the table games.
    I also sensed the dealers didn't have warm feelings for him either. Again, just my perceptions as an outsider observing body language.
    But, it was fun to visit briefly with the person considered to be the most powerful man in Vegas.
    Speaking of celebs, I happened to be at PH later that day as the red carpet (literally) was rolled out for the big shots in town for PH's grand re-opening. What a circus. All I wanted to do was use up some free slot play. It was a struggle entering the casino as the red carpet and roped off areas extended at least 100 yards. Not only that, but people were lined up 10-deep waiting to get a view of the dignitaries.
    I got my play in and got the hell out as fast as I could. In fact, I walked right out through the red carpet onto LV Blvd. It was the easiest way to navigate.
    Besides meeting Steve Wynn for the first time, I also got to met T2Ver Denny for the first time. It was a 100 times for enjoyable meeting Denny (sorry Steve). Denny and I had so much fun we hooked up for social intercourse both Thursday and Friday night.
    One of my objectives on this trip was to make a profitable matchplay run from the numerous coupons I had traded for or had given me (thanks again steveb). Back in March, I started off winning my first 14 matchplay coupons and became hooked.
    My luck was opposite of March. This is hard to pull off, but I lost money playing matchplays on this trip. I never could get a break. It's a shame, because my expected payoff should have been at least $150-200.
    Oh well, I did save big bucks by snagging the 7-7-07 Allegiant airfare for $7 one way from Rockford. Flew back on SWA for $59 for my cheapest RT ever.
    We also were benefit of some value lodging: ElCo Tower $30 on Thursday, Terribles $30/night (using the LVA 2-1) on the weekend and Excalibur $36 on Sunday. There is no other big city in America where this is possible. For what we payed, we were quite satisfied.
    A big plus for me was having the UNLV track a stone's throw away from Terribles. The highlight of entire trip for me came late Friday afternoon on that track. The weather was perfect, there was nary a soul around and one could see planes flying directly overhead. I spent over an hour running wind sprints. Man, did that feel good on the body and the soul.
    Indeed, the weather was fabulous the entire time, nearly record-setting heat each day. The only drawback for me was being skittish laying around the pool. A month ago, I found out I have melanoma from too much exposure to the sun.
    Nothing new to report on the buffet front.
    Other than the gambling losses, a pretty decent trip.
     
  2. gmoney590

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    It's hard to say no to a trip to Vegas with prices like those even if it is your 7th of the year. Sorry to hear about the melanoma. Will they be able to take care of the melanoma with surgery? When you came down the red carpet did you make like a celebrity?
     
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  3. DonD

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    chef is a celebrity!
    Nice report Andy.
     
  4. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    I was going to make some comment about how odd to go to Vegas to exercise, but then I realized that the beauty of Vegas is that you really can do almost ANYTHING that makes you happy there!!

    Sorry to hear about the melanoma. Have you met our new friend Mexoryl yet??

    So 2008--gonna break the record??
     
  5. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    Great write up Chef :thumbsup:

    You better make it to MM5 buddy... I'm just sayin...
     
  6. Jack21

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    Actually it's pretty amazing to see all the runners up and down the strip at dawn. This may be the most peculiar time of day for Vegas- you get an odd mix of East-coast conventioneers and tourists in their cross-trainers and lycra mixing it up with the freaks, fleas, & general prehangover crowd stumbling to god-knows-where like an undead mob without purpose.
     
  7. Jacko

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    Thanks for the matchplay run idea.
     
  8. HoyaHeel

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    Yes, I've seen them. Sadly, not at the end of the night but on my way to work--as one of those East Coast conventioners.....Get to do it again in Feb '08:peace: I do like that time of day because you can actually walk on the sidewalks and not be harassed by porn slappers or run into stunned vacationers who just STOP in the middle of the sidewalk:grrr: I have to admit I haven't heard of anyone using the college track while in town until this report, though!
     
  9. Beach Crazy

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    Chef, you never cease to amaze me...7 trips this year :thumbsup:

    Steve Wynn, huh? Didn't sound like you were to impressed but it's nice to hear an honest observation. Take care of that melanoma. :peace:
     
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    Aren't most people with that much money? Nice report
     
  11. blackjack

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    I had to read that twice :blink:. Sorry Andy :evillaugh.

    Sounds like another great trip if you ask me. I heard about Steve's sight problems. I actually met a really nice old couple yesterday that used to live in Vegas & knew Steve. They talked about his "tunnel vision" and how it's getting worse. I won't threadjack but man did they have some stories about Vegas in the good 'ole days. We talked for about an hour (while I was supposed to be working) and actually exchanged numbers. They want to have me over to see all there old pics and talk more - hell yeah. I asked if I could scan some to post here and they were all for that. :thumbsup: It probably won't be till after the holidays before we hook up but I cannot wait.

    Anyway, sorry to hear about the melanoma. I hope all is well otherwise - thanks for the TR and Wynn encounter.
     
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