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NYNY/Fremont Feb 5 - 11

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by cg123, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. cg123

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    My Trip Report

    Hey all,

    This is my first attempt at a TR so bear with me. First off, a little background information. I was travelling to Vegas for work and then my wife joined me on Thursday and we spend the weekend casino hopping, drinking, playing low stakes table games and pretty much taking it all in. We have done the strip numerous times and after we checked out or NYNY on Friday AM, we never set foot on it again. This trip was all about downtown and off-strip properties.

    We are both in our early 30's and have been to Vegas 3 times prior. I also went a lot when I was a kid as it was my parents favorite vacation spot so this was probably my 14th or 15th time in total.

    We are low rollers and play mostly blackjack or Pai Gow. Three dollar blackjack and $5 Pai Gow are a good time but we will up the stakes a bit if we are winning....which we did not on this trip. I also like to play craps but I ALWAYS have terrible luck at it so I played very minimally this trip. We also will play JOB video poker if we can find a good pay table and the drink service is good (I'm looking at you MSS). So here we go,

    Tuesday, Feb. 4th - I arrived from Cleveland via Charlotte on USAIR. Flights were uneventful but the luggage seemed to take forever to get the baggage claim. There were no lines for cabs so I hoped in one and said "NYNY, surface streets please." That got no reaction so all is good. $20/w tip later I am checking in at NYNY. I have a 2 day seminar that I am attending on Wednesday and Thursday so this is my home base until Friday AM. I am giving a smoking room which is no good but I was able to change it the next morning so no biggie.

    Once I got settled in the room I went down to get something to eat. I stopped at BLT burger and got a burger, fries and a beer (~$27 w/ tip). They were good, but nothing special. I much prefer the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. After eating I wandered around NYNY for a bit for a $5 table. I find a BJ table but it was 6/5 so no thanks. I walked over to Excalibur and found what I thought was a $5 BJ 3/2 table but it wasn't. I played one hand at $5 and completely confused the dealer. He said it was $10 but the sign that tells the table min. was off so he let me play the hand at $5. I lost. I wasn't going to get up after sitting down so I continued to play at $10 and after and hour and a half I walked away up $65. By this time it was 10:00pm and I had to be up early so I called it a night after grabbing one last beer at BLT Burger Bar. They have a beer I really like, Firestone Walker Union Jack.

    Wednesday, Feb. 6th - Up at 7:00am for my seminar at NYNY. Changed my room at lunch time with no problems except the towers were at the exact opposite ends of the property.

    For dinner, the seminar hosted a meal at Gallagher's that was included. It was shared appetizers (tomoto/mozzarella salad and bruschetta), Caesar Salad, choice of entree (filet, chicken or salmon) and chocolate lava cake for dessert. I went with the filet rare and it was very good. Overall the food at Gallagher's was very good.

    I was pretty tired after dinner and didn't want to go far so I bought in at a $10 Pai Gow table and pretty much broke even for the next hour or so. By then I had had it and was in bed by 10:30pm.

    Thursday, Feb. 7 - Up at 7:00am again and in the meeting rooms by 8:00am. The seminar lasted until 3:00pm and once it was completed I chatted with some of the attendees and then went up to the room. I laid down for a bit and then decided to take a walk down the strip. My wife's flight was landing at 7:00 so I had a few hours to kill. I walked through Monte Carlo and then Aria. I jumped over the bridge and went into the Walgreens on Harmon and got a beer (Coronado Idiot IPA 22oz ~$5.00) and then started walking back on the other side.

    Once back to NYNY I bought in at a $10 Pai Gow table and did very poorly
    (-$40). By that time it was close to 7:00pm so waited around until my wife got to NYNY. She showed up and packed our rental car (Kia Soul from Budget, less than $100 for 4 days).

    After she got settled it was off to Ellis Island for cheap steak, cheap table games and mediocre craft beer (I am a craft beer enthusiast and Ellis Island is just OK in my opinion). The restaurant had a wait so we played our free play on some video poker while we waited. My wife hit her first 4oak (Ace's) and was VERY excited. We walked away up about $40 from our free play. We still were not called for the restaurant so I decided to play some craps with out winnings. That ended up being a bad idea as I gave all but $8 back. Had dinner which was fine. Both had the steak and it was an $8 steak. We also got a shrimp cocktail and the total with tip was ~$35. Can't complain.

    After Ellis Island we decided to go to the Orleans as neither of us had been there before and it was somewhat close to NYNY. Once we arrived I bought in for $100 at a $5 craps table and proceeded to not win one cent and lose $70 in 10 minutes. At least we got our chip (we collect $1 chips). By this point it was after midnight and my wife was done. Back to NYNY, grabbed a slice of pizza and hit the hay.

    More to come....
     
  2. cg123

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    Friday, Feb. 8th - Up and out of NYNY by 9:30am. We went south to hit 3 casinos we have never been to, South Point, M and Silverton. We attempted to have breakfast at a cafe at South Point, but it was packed. They were hosting an archery exhibition/tournament or something and people were everywhere. Out backup was the buffet at South Point but breakfast ended at 10:00am so we had missed it. As we decided what to do we wandered by a $5 Pai Gow table and said why not, we'll kill time until the lunch buffet starts at 11:00am. We buy in for $60 total and have a blast playing with an older couple who were a riot! We got a couple bloody mary's, won a few hands and laughed a lot. By the time we cashed in it was 11:30pm we were up $10. We went and picked up players cards as they gave you a discount on the buffet. There was no line and we walked right in. I'm not a big buffet fan but when they are cheap and have a nice salad bar, I am satisfied. I tried a few things but mostly ate salad and soup. With tip the total was $25.

    After South Point, we drove down to the M. Wow! What a beautiful place! They have a craft beer bar (32*) that I wanted to check out so while my wife wandered in the stores, I bought in for $20 at the bartop VP and got a Sculpin IPA. Very good beer. I immediately hit a Full House so I cashed out and walked up ~$10 with my free bar. I found my wife and we cashed in the TITO and then bought at a Roulette table for $20. I more wanted the chip but figured lets play a few numbers and see what happens. Well nothing good happened and we walked with $6. The dealer rubbed my wife the wrong way as he was quite derogatory and almost rude in commenting how we were betting. That made it easy to get up and walk.

    Next on the agenda was the Silverton. This place was pretty cool with the big fish tank and Bass Pro Shop. We wanted to see the mermaid show and we had some time to kill so we wanted Bass Pro and then bought in at a $5 Pai Gow table. I did quite well and was up about $25 when a very large and obnoxious gentleman sat down next to my wife and I. He was chain smoking and not even trying to not blow the smoke at everyone so we left. By the time people were congregating by the tank for the mermaid show so we wandered over.

    The mermaid show was pretty damn boring. There was one and all she did was sit at the bottom and mess with all the kids. The show is a really cool idea but kind of lame in execution. Maybe we just saw a crappy mermaid.

    I wanted to go to a video poker bar called Money Plays as they are supposed to have an excellent beer selection so we wandered up there. It is just a bit west of the Palms on Flamingo. On our way we saw the Wild Wild West Casino and had never been (its near the In 'n Out Burger on Tropicana). This place was a total dive and there were probably 30 people in line at the cage. We bought in for $5 BJ and I asked the dealer what they were in line for. I should have known, but they were all waiting to cash their paychecks. It was pretty sad. After getting creamed at BJ, we finally made it to Money Plays.

    Money Plays was a cool little place with a great beer selection. We played some VP and ended up $30. We got a bit of our bill comped for playing and with tip our 4 beers were $15. Another really funny thing was they had a claw game in the corner with mostly stuffed animals. But in addition to the stuffed animals was some 'adult' prizes, such as porno's, dildo's, lubricant, etc. That was hilarious.

    By this time is was after 3:00pm so we went downtown to check in at the Freemont. We have never stayed downtown so were pretty exited. We dropped the car off at valet, check in was a breeze and we went up to our room. We had an 8th floor room that looked out the back of the hotel. The room was fine, the bathroom was small, but we expected that reading the reviews.

    After settling we walked over to Tix4Tonight and bought 2 tickets for Mike Hammer. Total with all taxes and fees was less that $30. You can't beat that price. We had some time before the show so we just wandered up and down Freemont hoping in casinos and getting our bearings downtown. The show was really good. A few tricks were a little obvious but the audience interaction was hilarious. He pulled up a woman that was being very loud and when she stood up she must have been 6'6''. I am 6'4'' and walked by here after the show and she was at least 2 inches taller. Mike Hammer's reaction to her was priceless.

    The show was down around 8:30 and for the rest of the night we popped in to all the casinos on Freemont. We played quite a bit of Pai Gow and BJ at the Cortez. We got a late night snack at a Gyro place down across the street from Insert Coins. After that the night kind of becomes a blur as we had had quite a bit to drink. I'm pretty sure we were in bed by 3:00am.

    Primm, Joker's Wild and North Las Vegas casinos coming up....
     
  3. cg123

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    Sorry, didn't intend to make this so long winded. I'll condense some of the details of out last 2 days. :beer:
     
  4. pgirl1

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    Please continue as you are. Details are good!
     
  5. cg123

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    Saturday, Feb. 9th - Up, dressed and out by 9:30. Over to Tix4Tonight to get 2 for Roseanne at the Trop. They weren't open yet so we grabbed a quite 2-4-1 breakfast and Magnolia's. Once done, grabbed the tickets and made out way to Primm.

    The only real reason to go to Primm for us was taht my wife had never stepped foot in California and since we were so close we said why not. Easy drive and we passed the Primm exit, pulled off and got a picture with the 'Welcome to California" sign. Turned around and spend a couple hours wandering Primm. Rode the roller coast (~$10/person) and started making out way back to LV at noon. Stopped at the Gold Strike to check it out. I did terrible at $3 craps but my wife won about $20 playing $3 BJ. After Gold Strike we drove to Goodsprings (about 10 miles west of Gold Spike) to the Pioneer Saloon. That place was unique. In addition, there was a biker poker rally going on so it was really busy. Interesting place and we ate lunch there and picked up a few souvenirs.

    Roseanne was at 7 so on the way back we detoured and went to Jokers Wild in Henderson for their high stakes $1 craps. Total locals place and we had a good time for an 1.5 hours.

    We ate at the cafe at the Trop. and the food was really good and reasonably priced. My wife had a BLT that we easily could have split.

    Roseanne was really funny. She was by herself and it was about an hour and change show. She was mostly clean and very enjoyable. My wife has a weird obsession with anyone this is considered a celebrity so this was a very high point for her. Plus we were in the front row so we were very close.

    Back to Freemont and casino hopped the rest of the night. Played some Sigma Derby and had a lot of fun doing that. Picked up a few late night snacks at the walk up counter in the Freemont and in bed around 3am.

    Sunday, Feb. 11 - Our last full day. Up and out by 11am. Today we are going to hit some North Las Vegas casinos we have never been to. Stopped and played at The Cannery, Wildfire, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, Bighorn, Silver Nugger and Jerry's Nugget. Didn't do very well anywhere but had fun playing $1 BJ at the Silver Nugget. Our dealer was a week and the job and it was fun helping her out on payouts and such. The clientele there was a bit sketchy, but fun either way.

    After all that fun we went to the Rio for the seafood buffet. At $50 a person it was expensive, but pretty good. I would have liked some more non-seafood choices and the salad bar was a joke, but they bill it as all seafood so I can't complain.

    Back to Freemont and casino hopped one last night. Ended up at MSS playing VP at the bar and I hit my first 4oak (6's, and it was dealt) and got a scratch off ($3). We stayed there for quite a while and my wife cashed out even and I cashed out up $50. Once last $3 BJ session at the Freemont but I was drunk and knocking my chips over and being a bit obnoxious. I tipped the dealer $2 after I got a BJ and basically though the chips into her tray. The pit boss had to come over and it was at that point I decided I was done. Off to bed again at around 3am

    Monday, Feb. 11th - We did not have a flight home together and I left earlier so I was on my way in a cab at 9:00ish. Lots of traffic due to an accident and $43 later I was at the airport with time to spare. My flights were delayed both out of Vegas and Charlotte due to weather and mechanical problems. I didn't get home until after midnight. My wife, on the other hand, had an uneventful nonstop flight from Vegas to Cleveland.

    Overall a great trip and I think for the foreseeable future we are downtown people. The strip is getting too expensive and it is just too spread out.

    Thanks and I hope you enjoyed the read! :peace:
     
  6. cg123

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    Sorry for all the spelling errors, I type too fast...
     
  7. The Great One

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    No long is good, I cant remember a time when people asked for a shorter report or complained that one was too long.


    I like to live the trip through the eyes of the reporter, so for me the more details the better,:beer:
     
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    I really liked the report and all the details! Sounds like you and your wife had a great time and didn't spend too much money! Seemed like you were just slightly down, even or up most of the time. No huge swings. That is the way to play and then you feel like you can always plan another trip because this one didn't break the bank. Thanks for sharing! Good luck in your future endeavors. BTW, if you can drink IPA's, you are a craft beer lover! Most are too hoppy for me. But, cheers! :beer:
     
  9. cg123

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    We were definitely down. I lost $165 the day my wife arrived. I told her I was bored and had nothing else to do. She wasn't impressed. For the whole trip we were down about $300. With playing as much as we did and the drinks it was money well spent.
     
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    Well, I would still call that a winning trip!! I am sure made lots of memories also! I don't think my husband and I have ever only spent $300 on a trip. Well done! :thumbsup:
     
  11. cg123

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    I guess I should clarify. We lost $300 gambling. This is not including other expenses such as food, shows, hotel, rental car, etc. Either way we had a great time.
     
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    "crappy mermaid"[​IMG]

    Fun report...thanks.
     
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    Thanks for Trip Report:beer:
     
  14. LaRae

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    You did a great job at your first trip report. I don't care how often you post, just as long as you post. It keeps us all connected in between trips!!
     
  15. eviliciouz

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    Great TR! Thank you for sharing & I always love "off strip" TR. We are planning out next trip after this one coming up to be strictly off strip. Thanks again!
     
  16. jerseyguy

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    Went to the Pioneer also.

    Was a biker benefit going on for an animal shelter or something. Normal type weekend biker's ,nice friendly folks.Lot of history in that place,the actress Carole Lombard's plane crashed somewhere out in that area and Clark Gable hung out there during that time.
     
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    Nice TR and I agree in that more details in a trip report make it a better read! :wave:
     
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    Wow nice report. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Great report:beer:
     
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    Thanks for your report:beer:
     
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