I will be doing a TR later in year when we embark on a guy’s trip for the second time, this report is from a couple years back when I joined them for the first time. The Players Myself The Veteran aka The Vet Newbie Vegas first timer Poker guy No explanation needed J.a.d Just add drink We flew from Manchester on a Saturday morning with AA, we were going via Chicago and after landing in the windy city a little late after the pilot had been given the wrong runway, (yeah I know.) We left the plane and the Vet and J.a.d were walking very quickly, we were near the middle of the plane so there were a few people in front of us, eventually we get to immigration and the Vet and J.a.d are a few people ahead of me, newbie and poker guy. The queue is quite long and it becomes clear after a short time that there aren’t many staff working and it’s not long before we realise that we are not going to make the connecting flight. Eventually we are all through and we collect our luggage and go through customs before making our way to the AA desk to see what our options are, it is suggested by the Vet that we may not all end up on the same flight, the desk attendant looks and we are offered a route via Texas before we are given a direct flight and all on the same plane, we re-check our luggage and head to the terminal for our next flight. The Vet gets on the phone to the limo company while we drift around the shops before reconvening in a bar for a couple of drinks. The flight is ok and on time although technically we are 2 hours late and this is why I don’t like going via Chicago although 12 months after this trip I ended up taking the same route. The limo is waiting for us and we make our way towards Downtown while drinking champagne and the Black eyed Peas blasting from the speakers, we reach El Cortez and because I had never been Downtown on my previous visits I didn’t know what to expect and judging by Poker guy’s comment neither had he. “Look’s a bit dodgy” he remarked We park up and get our luggage and make our way inside and it is a bit different from the Strip hotels but I realise that this is old style Vegas, we get checked in and agree to meet back in the casino in about 15 minutes, we go to our rooms and I get changed and unpack before heading back down and seeing who was already there. No surprise that J.a,d was already there with drink in hand, he must of opened his hotel door chucked his luggage in and shut the door. Soon the rest of the gang turn up and we head to the café to get something to eat and after that a couple more drinks before we all head to bed as it’s been a long day. Sunday I was awake fairly early and after a shower I was down in the casino for about 9am, the Vet was already about and no surprise J.a.d was also there and with drink in hand. The rest soon turned up and we went to get breakfast before heading out onto Fremont Street for a walk round, newbie had his camera and was taking a photo of anything that moved or didn’t, we slowly made our way round and ended up in the Plaza for a while before eventually settling in Binion’s where the Vet introduces me to Keno, it’s straight forward and is basically bingo and I plod on with it while getting my comp drinks. We pretty much spend most of the afternoon there before I tell the Vet I’m heading back to get changed as I’m off to watch Rod Stewart that night, we all head off to Cortez and I head to the café for something to eat before getting washed and changed and heading onto the Strip. The Vet decides to head to the Strip with me as he wants to do some gambling there and we catch the Deuce bus to Caesars and I have a drink with the Vet before heading to the show and we agree to meet outside Casino Royale after I get out. The Rod Stewart show is great and he can still belt out the songs although he never sang Sailing which I thought was a bit strange, after the show I meet up with the Vet and newbie and Poker guy turns up as well, the Strip is busy and it’s decided that we are going to head back Downtown so we grab a cab and head back. The cab drops us at El Co and the Vet and newbie go to get something to eat while Poker guy joins J.a.d at the blackjack table, I start playing on the Wheel of Fortune and I hit it for about $75 dollars, I then move machines and hit that for about$60 so not a bad few minutes. I get a bit bored and decide to head out for a wander about and I see for the first time the wonder of the FSE, I have a wander in and out of different casinos before ending up in Golden Gate and this my friends is where my love affair with this place started, the beer is good the staff friendly and the view is very nice, so I spend most of the night here before heading back to El Co, there I only find J.a.d at the table and I just head off to bed.