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PHo Solo Trip 6/11-13

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Steran12, Jul 5, 2013.

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  1. Steran12

    Steran12 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Hello All,
    Had some time to kill this evening and decided it would be a great time to share my Trip Report from last month. I had planned a trip for May but something came up with work and I had to cancel at the last second. Fortunately I was able to take a last second trip. I booked 2 days before departure and couldn't have been more excited for the trip. I was able to book a comped Mountain Luxery room for the 2 nights.

    Day 1
    I was scheduled to depart RIC at 1pm with a 45 minute layover in Newark. Unfortunately there was a bomb threat that morning which delayed flights throughout the day. My flight was delayed an hour which of course caused me to miss my connection. I was pushed to a flight 3 hours later and landed at 8:30 instead of 5:30, eliminating my dinner plans for the evening, though I invited my friends who were in town to meet in my room for drinks after their meal.

    Checkin line was short at 9pm, it took about 4 minutes to get to the counter. Due to entertaining that evening I really wanted to get a suite upgrade. I slipped the clerk a $50 and he hooked me up with a Boulevard Suite, huge suite with a fussball table and bumper pool. 1400 square feet it said on the brochure. I grabbed some booze at the gift shop and headed up to the room to get cleaned up.

    My friends were quite wowed by the room and we knocked back a few drinks and played some pool. They were in town for a conference and not much of gamblers so we parred ways and I headed down to the casino. I was very surprised to find a $5 craps table at this time of the night. Being a max odds pass line and come bet player I enjoy the $5 dollar table. I played for a bit and won about $100. Then I moved over to a roulette table, hit a few $5 numbers and made about $200. At this point I realized that I never had dinner and had a delicious Earl of Sandwich, Chipotle Chicken Avocado was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. Next I sat down at a single deck blackjack table and played for about an hour with the nicest dealer I've ever played with. I broke even to the dollar on this sitting which left me with a nice start to the trip. Up to the suite I went for a nice 6 hours of sleep.
     
  2. DBear

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    Nice upgrade. Did you specifically ask for that suite or just any upgrade?
     
  3. Steran12

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    Day 2
    I woke up at 10 and walked over to Paris to start my Buffet of Buffets for breakfast. The line took about a half hour and I got in at 10:55, right before the switchover. The breakfast food on the line was fairly cold and not terribly appetizing. I instead ate some delicious coctail shrimp. I followed that up with the highlight of the meal, the caramel apple crepe. I should have just started the meal with a savory crepe instead of the breakfast line items.

    I then went over to Gustavs and paid $200 for 2 Old Fashioneds. No quads to speak of on $.50, and to make it worst I forgot to put in my card. Next up I crossed the street over to Bellagio and sat down right away at a 4/8 hold'm table. The thing I love about playing low stakes at B is there are a lot of inexperienced players who don't mind dropping a few hundred to give a real game a try. I felt pretty good reading the table and won a quick $200. Time to head back to PHo for a shower. Of course I had to stop be a $5 dollar craps table. I landed for a nice little roll and made a quick $100.

    Next up I hopped in a cab for my first ever visit to Rio. I wanted to give their buffet a shot for a late lunch. I found the buffet to be quite good. Great selection and good quality food. Great crab legs and a hibachi which I always enjoy.

    I played some 25 cent bartop and hit a few quads for about $100. Then I roamed the casino and found a $25 double deck game. Went in for $600 planning on starting at $50 a hand. My betting plan was to increase $25 after every win and decrease $25 after every losing hand. This table was incredibly cold to start. The dealer went 17 straight hands without a bust or a hand lower than 19. Luckily I was at the minimum and only down to about $300. The rest of the table was playing 100-500 a hand and took a total beating. The table then took a 180 degree turn and I didn't lose a hand for 3 decks, using the strategy I described earlier lead to me quickly coloring up for a 2k. 1,400 profit, my best black jack sitting ever. Feeling good I hopped over to a craps table and quickly gave back $400. Took a cab back to the Cosmo and decided to give $1 DBP a shot. I didn't hit a thing and quickly lost $300. I walked over to PHo and sat at a black jack table and slowly went down $350. Dinner time hit and I put my last $150 in the circle. I got a blackjack which left me just down $125 for the sitting.

    I wanted to try Bachanall so I took a cab over to Caesars. Due to my earlier meals I wanted to eat as late as possible. There was no line at the buffet so I had some time to kill before entering. I sat down at a game king and hit quad kings on my second hand. In a gambling mood, I put the winnings on black and lost them. Now time to hit up the buffet. Bachanall was quite good. I do love split crab legs because I'm lazy and they had great shrimp and oysters to go along with it. Ribeye at the carving station was a pleasant and tasty surprise. The dessert station was solid, but not outstanding.

    The craps tables were packed at Caesars but I saw they were opening a new one. I took my preferred spot next to the stickman. A family of 5 stands next to me. The family was foreign and gave DLs instead of passports. It took the boss forever to verify the IDs and of course only 1 of the 5 played. The thing that annoyed me about most about this is the other 4 blocked spots that could have been used by players. I like a full table with lots of action and this table didn't have that because of these folks. Lots of 7 outs until I hit a nice roll, just barely missed the fire bet and made about $600 for myself and colored up for a $300 profit. Went over to a roulette table and quickly dropped $100. Walked over to flamingo and dropped another $100 on roulette.

    So I knew the club at Paris was open on Wednesday and I love club people watching. I took a spot at a poker bar over there and paid $200 for a few drinks. No quads at all on 50 cents. On top of that the talent was lacking at Chateau, but it was a Wednesday night so that should be somewhat expected. Headed over to a craps table. Played a long time, awful drink service. The table died with me down $400. The table across was very loud and exciting so I headed over there. I quickly realized the reason for this was the excellent coctail service from a different CW. I had 3 patrons in front of me by the time I finished my first. After 5 patrons I busted out with another $500 loss but at least it was a lot of fun. Stumbled back to PHo and I realized the purpose of the pleasure pits. It's quite hard for a drunk man like myself to walk by some of those dealers and not play. 2 more patrons and a $300 dollar loss but the dealer was a sweetheart. Hammered, I headed up to passout.
     
  4. Steran12

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    I asked for any suite. The clerk really hooked me up.
     
  5. Steran12

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    Day 3
    I was scheduled for a 1pm departure time on United. My plan was to wake up at 9:30am, hit up Spice Market for breakfast then pack up and checkout. Being that I got to bed at 5 am and had 9 tequilas after midnight I was feeling like hell when my alarm went off. I stumbled down to the buffet, ordered a water, an OJ and a coffee. I got my drinks and hit the buffet to find some food. The omelette was very good, the other offerings in the buffet were nothing special.

    I got back up to my suite and still felt awful, not looking forward to my flight. I go to check on my flight and the flight is delayed 3 hours already. So no chance of hitting my connecting flight in Houston. I look on United's site and that was the last flight from Houston to Richmond so I need a different flight. There are plenty of other options for afternoon flights but I have no interest in getting on a flight and realized I had a free out. I push my flight to a red eye through Newark and call the front desk to add on another night. They can't do the suite but can do a standard room comped for another night. I go down to the FD, get my new room and head up to sleep a few more hours. At this point something clicked for me. I was planning on driving up to NYC the next day to visit friends. Instead of driving up I can just skip my connecting flight and take a 20 minute train into the city. So that ended up working out quite nicely.

    Not budgeting gambling for this day I planned on taking it pretty easy. I woke up from my nap around 3 pm and headed over to The B to play some 4/8 poker. The wait for the table was 1.5 hours and I grabbed a snack at the snack bar a few feet over. Very good clam chowder. I played for a few hours and made about $120. I had a nice conversation with the gal sitting next to me. Her and her friend had been staying at the B for 3 weeks. This low stakes gambling must have been a break for her as she was talking about her sessions from the day before. She then told me she bet fifty five on the heat for that night. I said wow you are taking it very slow today. She says "no $5,500". I say "go heat" as I also have fifty on them (which means $50 for me).

    So I've got an unplanned $120 and decide that I need to get a good steak to finish off my trip. I ask my high roller neighbor at the poker table for a Reccomendation and she says Prime. Unfortunately I was underdressed for Prime and went to Strip House at PHo. Took a seat at the bar so I could watch the end of the NBA Finals game. I had 2 glasses of a delicious Pinot Noir, the Ribeye and a side of Mac and Cheese. The bill came out to $95. Being that the bartender Johny gave great service and conversation I left him the whole $120 from poker. The steak was cooked perfectly and I'd rate it as my second favorite steak in Vegas so far. Behind Vic and Anthony's and ahead of Carnevino, The Range, and Brand. Very good experience.

    Finally I checked out and headed to the airport for my red eye to Newark.

    Overall it was a great trip. Here are some ratings for the aspects of my trip:
    Gambling: Down $1000 for the trip
    Planet Hollywood: 9/10. Great service at FD and casino. Only gave a 9 because I had to chase down housekeeping to get my suite cleaned.
    Paris Buffet: 6/10
    Rio Buffet: 8/10
    Bacchanal: 8/10
    PHo Buffet: 5/10
    Strip House: 9/10

    Thanks for reading my report!
     
  6. brit2vegas

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    Thanks for taking the time to post your report. What did you think about the Rio casino, we are staying there in October and I`d be grateful for any opinions.
     
    Trip number 6, Christmas in Vegas!
  7. Steran12

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    The casino was huge. I think only 1 of 3 table areas was open in the early evening on a weekday. it didn't seem like there was much of a party crowd, more laid back for sure.

    One interesting thing was the CWs used iPads to take your order. Then a different server would bring you your drink.
     
  8. LV_Bound

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    Not much prep time but at least you aren't staring at the countdown everyday wishing for the day to come.

    We have been staying at PH and would like more info/feedback on these rooms.


    I find PH has plenty of $5 Craps. The problem is finding a spot. This is one place where the Craps table is packed 24x7.

    Over all, not a bad trip to only be down $1000.

    I will be there next month and try to spend time at PH and Paris at their Craps table.
     
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  9. smartone

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    Ha! We've all been there with ya!:cry:
     
  10. spicole

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    Thanks for the great trip report! It sounds like you had a great time.


    I stayed at the Rio about 8 years ago so I cannot comment on any renovations. The room was huge, though.

    We visited the Rio this past April to pick up tickets for Penn & Teller. We had lunch at KJ Dim Sum restuarant. It was fantastic and cheap. The place was full of locals and busy. The two of us stuffed ourselves and the bill was something like $18. I absolutely recommend it.

    Apologies for the thread hijack!
     
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