This is pretty long so I will post in 3 sections, one for each day. This was my 14th trip to Vegas with one of my old college roommates. Three comped nights at Bally’s, reserved a room in the Jubilee tower. The offer I was playing on included a $75 resort credit and $75 in free play. Hunter (for those that don’t know he is a host at PH) was nice enough to increase the free play to $250 even though I am not a big enough player to have a host assigned to me. My gambling budget was $2,000 per day, I use a modified version of the envelope system to manage my bankroll, more on that later. I am strictly a BJ and Craps player. We never have much planned for our trips. No fancy dinners or shows. Gambling, beer and some pool time is about all that is guaranteed on our trips. I tried to figure out how to post pics here…I really did. But for some reason even though they show up normal on my phone and computer the end up rotated 90 degrees when I post them here so sorry no pics. Day 1My flight (JetBlue JFK to LAS) arrives just after noon, luggage comes reasonably fast and there is virtually no line for a taxi. I usually let the taxi driver know I have been to Vegas several times so they won’t tunnel me. Leaving the airport the driver asks if I mind if he stops to go to the bathroom. Um…sure if you gotta go you gotta go. There are restrooms in a little building leaving the airport for the drivers to use. I never knew about that. You have to kind of double back to get to them and get back out of the airport so it adds a little distance to the trip, plus he was a little generous (in his favor) as to when he turned the meter off and on so the fare was maybe going to be a little higher than normal but whatever. Get to the hotel and it was $21.90, I gave him $30 and he said “you don’t need change do you?” I was planning on giving him the $30 anyway but felt like I got hustled a little especially when you add in his piss break but again whatever…I’m in Vegas. I had checked in to the hotel back at JFK and they said I would get a text when the room was ready. I got the text as soon as I got out of the taxi…perfect timing. My friend arrived a few hours before I did and like any good friend met me at the hotel with a cold beer. The woman that checks me in hands me the keys and asks if I have ever stayed there and know where the elevators are. I say yes I have stayed there before but not in the Jubilee tower. She says “oh I don’t have you in a Jubilee room”. I show her my confirmation and am given the standard “that is just a request for a Jubilee room not a guarantee” response. Again, whatever, the room is free so I am not going to argue with her. Although I don’t understand how she could have not given me a Jubilee room at 1pm. I could see if it was midnight and all the rooms were accounted for, but 1pm? Get up to the room and it is a typical dated Bally’s Indigo room. It is fine but I was looking forward to the newer room. The safe looks like it is about 75 years old and took me a few minutes to figure out how it works but I put 2 envelopes with $2,000 each in it and we were off. First stop was the Tequila bar at Bally’s for $2 tacos. Not the best tacos in the world but for $2 not bad at all, 6 tacos and a pitcher of beer between the 2 of us $30. One of the best bargains on the strip. Then off to the cage to get my free play. After a few minutes the woman prints off 3 $25 vouchers (which is what my original offer was before Hunter added more). Like it is going to matter even a little I show her the email from Hunter saying that the FP was going to be $250. So she makes a few phone calls, talks to someone else then comes back a few minutes later with the $75 she printed the first time and an ADDITIONAL $250. Not wanting to mess with karma I tell her I don’t think it’s right and that I think it should be $250 total not the $325. She kind of shrugs and was like “well that’s what printed so you have to take it”. Ok I guess if I have to take it I am not going to argue with her. Knowing that giving me an extra $75 free play could likely lead to the financial ruin of CET I double check with Hunter to see if I misunderstood or if someone else made a mistake. He confirms that it was supposed be $250 total but that it was my lucky day and to enjoy the extra FP! I didn’t realize it but the offer I was booked under also included 2 free high roller tickets. I had been on it before and wasn’t planning on doing it again but since it was free and my friend hadn’t been on it we figured we might do it. So a double bonus, extra free play and high roller tickets. We wander around a little and end up at O’Shea’s buy in for $500 at a $5 craps table. It’s choppy as usual but a fun crowd. Drink service is excellent and the CW’s were attractive and dressed very nicely. Protip: It is much closer to walk outside and go into the Flamingo to use the bathroom instead of going all the way in to the one in the IP, Quad, LINQ or whatever it was called the day I was there. Play for an hour and a half or so and cash out even. Off to Flamingo, buy in for $500 at a $25 BJ table. Drink service is horrific. When I finally get my first beer I ask the CW to bring me another one her next time around. I get a mini lecture that I can’t have 2 beers at once so I will have to have finished the first one before she can give me the second one. I tell her don’t worry I WILL be done with the first one when you come back. There was a super good looking woman playing at the table that had no idea what she was doing. Those players don’t really bother me, I am of the mindset that their bad plays can help me as much as hurt me. Go on a nice run and get up $750. I tell my friend I am going to cash out and go play at the Cromwell, my favorite place to play. He says he may or may not meet me there (he was pretty tired/drunk at this point). We had both been up since about 4am east coast time and we were both pretty tired. Buy in for $1,000, play heads up against the dealer, a super nice, super attractive Russian woman. I don’t think she realized the cold war is over and manages to extract my money from me as fast as humanly possible. One thing I love about the Cromwell is that the dealers really do act like they feel bad if you lose. But I did win 2 more free high roller tickets for suited BJ’s that I couldn’t use! Anyway, manage to cash out down $25 for the night. All things considered not a bad result but feels like a loss after leaving the Flamingo up $750. My friend never shows, I get to the room at 11 and he is in bed passed out.