Just returned home last night with $ in hand! :banana: We flew Allegiant. Flight was on time and comfortable. Although it really ticks me off that they charge for everything. We did manage to get seats together at airport check in even though we didn't pay for it. Arrived in Vegas about 11:15pm. Checked in at hotel at midnight. We've stayed at the Orleans many times. Room was very nice. We had a handicapped room this time (677) as I am still recovering from a car accident and needed something close to the elevator and with a walk in shower. It was nice and clean and maid service was good (although she never emptied the ice bucket which I found bizarre.) We emptied and filled it each night ourselves. A $3 tip and note got us a bunch of extra shampoo. As soon as we dumped the bags in the room, we were down in the casino. Played a bunch of slots and some VP. I have to admit, I don't want to have to think while I'm in Vegas. I enjoyed playing some VP but got tired of trying to remember how to play different hands. I ended up over $25 or so after an hour of play. We hit the Courtyard Café for $6.99 steak and eggs. It was really good. I budgeted $100 day for this trip. I'm very frugal by nature. I had lost almost all of it and decided to try one wild cherry machine on the way back to the room. Bam! $360 and went to bed happy. I always win at Orleans and I always win at night. I know it's a coincidence, but why mess with the mojo? The next morning about 11 we headed to Bellagio for the BOGO MyVegas buffet. A quick stop at the MLife desk and we were on our way. The buffet was EXCELLENT and is now our favorite. Wish we had gone back! We'll be sure to hit it next time. Played a few slots, lost quite a bit and then headed to Harrah's to catch the bus to Sam's Town. I wanted to go downtown the first day as I knew we would be too busy at the tradeshow the rest of the time. Definitely not the shuttle to take if you are in a hurry to get downtown! It took about 30 minutes to get to Sam's Town. The downtown shuttle pulled up right behind us so we never even went inside. Maybe next trip we'll check it out. The driver to Downtown was very friendly and gave us a little tour on the way down. She spotted out some of the oldest buildings and talked about some that were now missing. The bus goes through a very rough area on the way to Fremont St. There are some really scary looking individuals down there. Ride took about 20 minutes so we were well rested and ready to explore downtown. Played at the Fremont, Golden Gate and one other place I can't remember. Walked under the canopy and saw all the beggars and hawkers. By the time we left, the party had really started. There was a really good band playing. I'm not into the party scene and there was a lot of stuff I saw that I really wished I hadn't. I'm not planning on going back. I couldn't believe how many kids were there with their parents. I'd be embarrassed to take my kids there. We lost quite a bit when we were downtown and decided to head back to the Orleans with a quick stop at the Gold Coast for dinner. Took the Downtown Express bus which picks up right by Binions. For $6 each we got to the strip very quickly. The driver was a big, older guy that was extremely rude and got out to yell at several people on the sidewalk standing near the bus. We had quite the ride. He seems to like to test the brakes regularly! Free shuttle from Ballys to Orleans was full so we cabbed it over to Gold Coast for about $12. I had wanted to try the Chinese restaurant there but we decided to do buffet as we were pretty tired. Spent about an hour trying every stupid penny machine in the place and losing my money. I hate those things but my friend plays them so we're around them a lot. I swear they don't like me. She wins on them all the time. I walk around for a bit, find a bank of dollar machines by the doors and decide I'm going to try $5 in each and see if I can win something. Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing and then I hit $600! Double Bar, triple, triple (can't seem to get the photo to load). Caught the free shuttle back to the Orleans and went to bed a happy girl. Next day it was time to work. We had stayed up until 3:30 and had to leave the hotel at 9. Had a quick breakfast in the buffet and took off for the tradeshow. Spent the day networking with vendors and picking up literature, talking sales, etc. We took the show shuttle to the Paris afterwards and walked the strip a bit. Caught the free shuttle from Bally's back to the Orleans to rest for a while and dump off our suitcases and bags full of stuff from the show. Hit up the roulette table and played for a couple hours. No profit but played for several hours and had a great time. My friend went back to her penny machines and I hit the craps table. $100 buy in and it was gone in less than 15 minutes. Buy in for another $100, one good roll and I was up $50. There was a guy at the other end of the table betting at least $250 on each number and several hundred on the pass line. The drunk guy on the hook next to me kept deciding to throw his hard way bets out AFTER the shooter with all the $ out had the dice. Almost every roll! What a jerk! This shooter rolled for a while and made us all money. I cashed out and headed for bed, happy to walk away with an extra $50. Back to the show the next morning. Grabbed a quick breakfast burrito and OJ at the coffee counter in Orleans which also sells Krispy Kremes for $1. Coffee was horrible! Cabbed over to Bally's for $12 as we didn't have time to wait on the shuttle. Grabbed the BOGO MyVegas Monorail passes at the station there and headed to the Convention Center. After a long day at the show, we headed to MGM for BOGO MyVegas buffet. Buffet was okay, but not nearly as nice as Bellagio. I actually prefer the Orleans buffet over MGM. Not to mention the fact that MGM is so HUGE that you have to walk FOREVER to get anywhere. I don't think I'd ever stay there unless I didn't plan on going anywhere else. It will forever be remembered as the place that took way too much of my money. Couldn't win even $10 there on slots and never saw anyone win during the 3 hours we spent there. Headed back to the Orleans and ate in the coffee shop. They had a great prime rib special for $15. The prime rib was cut thicker than I like but still really good. Hit the roulette tables again. Couldn't hit any of my regular numbers at all at 2 different tables. I went to the 3rd table. She hit 4-6 black numbers in a row constantly so I started betting $25 on black and only black. Walked away with over $300 (started with $50). Headed to bed about 3am as we were leaving the next day and needed to be at the airport by 9:30. Grabbed a quick plate at the buffet in the morning and off to the airport we went. Trying to add a new bag full of crap from the show via cell phone on Allegiant's site is a royal pain. Ended up paying $50 extra to bring the bag home. Next year I'm taking an extra empty suitcase to bring all our treasures home in. Airport security was pretty smooth although I think it's funny that we get body scanned and patted down every trip. I don't know why, but those machines don't like me either! :Þ Pretty rough flight home due to turbulence but we made it. Glad to be home with my family again. Excited about new products I found for my business and the new contacts I made with others in the business. Learned some invaluable lessons and had a lot of fun. Ready to start making reservations again. Anxious to see what offers will come in the mail!