Iâ€™m backing out of the driveway heading to pick up L from work to head to Vegas when I back into our daughterâ€™s car. Her car is more or less fine mine has $1200 damage. The irony here is she stopped by out of the blue to mooch a free lunch otherwise her car wouldnâ€™t have even been here. For some bright idea I decided I wanted to pay to stay the 1st night at Imperil Palace. When I say I paid, one nightâ€™s worth of accommodations at the IP ran me $19.04 with tax, yet it still seems like I overpaid. I wonâ€™t rag too much on the place as I know several of you like it there, but I wonâ€™t be staying there again. On the bright side, Hash House a Go Go was better than expected for breakfast. The photo was taken from 1 foot deep balcony looking hard to the right. We moved to TI for the next 3 nights. We were supposed to have a suite but there was a mix up and they downgraded us to a regular room. After the way the trip started I was half expecting something else. The room was a freebie courtesy of our friend, v3gasjunkie so it was hard to be disappointed. The only negative about the room: We had a strip/pool room view which overall was awesome. However if you are a day sleeper (Noon-5pm) they play insanely loud hip-hop type music at the pool, which rattles the windows and light fixtures in the room making it nearly impossible to sleep. Boom Boom Pow! The pool was quiet early in the mornings. We finally met Friday morning at Aria around 11 am. He arrived on Thurs as well but he didnâ€™t know they were hiding free hooch inside the cabinet in the Sky Suites Lounge. We walked in and there was a nice lady working that seemed a little shocked when he asked her to â€œfill em up pleaseâ€¦..no, no all the way to the top.â€ Parts of the rest of the day are still foggy. I remember tipping the lady for the scotch and later taking a $25 chip off my friend when he dared me to down one of the mammoth glasses of scotch, sucker! I never said we acted like adults. We did however have a good time. There is photo evidence I was at the Diamond Lounge at Caesarâ€™s later that afternoon. I remember playing a little baccarat and then roulette where I picked 3 winners in a row for him to win a quick $4500. I am told that I smoked that Montecristo cigar in the photo, although I honestly donâ€™t recall. The scotch in the photo is from Caesarâ€™s not Aria so you can kind of see where my day was going. By about 5 pm he made sure I made to the room. He was kind enough to call my wife to let her know where I was. She had been shopping all day while we were out drinking and being degenerates. I remember him needing change for a hundred dollar bill because he was counting $20â€™s out of my wallet like I was going to call security on him or something. Too funny! Lynne arrived and she napped while I slept it off. By about 9 pm we woke up and we grabbed some food. I donâ€™t know how, but I didnâ€™t feel all that bad. I met up with another friend (Darko) after dinner for what was supposed to be more drinks and cigars. Oddly enough, I wasnâ€™t really in the mood for drinking but we did some damage to a couple of nice sticks and he had some comped Macallan 18â€™s from the high limit salon. I knew we were going to have a great night we he showed me this photo. I posted this photo earlier and some of you may have misconstrued that it was me that hit the $20,000 RF. Ehhh, my apologies if I mislead anyone. Early on that evening I won just under $1,000 while Darko won about double that amount. After we finished our cigars we played a little in Gilleyâ€™s new gambling pit. The girls arenâ€™t super hot but BJ does pay 3/2. This session ended when I double my 10 for $100 against the dealer six. Of course I got junk and she turned over like a 9 card 21. I went upstairs about 3 am and took a shower before going to bed. We had reservations at Tableau at Wynn the next morning for 8 am. I have been hearing that Tableau rivals Bouchon for breakfast and finally decided to check it out for myself. The restaurant is quite nice and located adjacent to the pool area which creates a perfect atmosphere. Our party of 5 ordered 2 orders of French toast, 2 omelets and 1 locks and bagel. The omelets were good, the Tableau potatoes were awesome, and the French toast was to die for. The locks and bagel looked good but I didnâ€™t ask. 3 of us ended up splitting a chocolate chip soufflÃ© for dessert. I think we were to full to really enjoy it as the portions are quite large. White Chocolate Orange French Toast Omlet, Tableau potatoes and Croissant. Chocolate Chip Souffle Souffle serving. The bill was $115 before tip which included a glass or two of juice. They serve made from scratch jams and marmalades which I smeared on my huge croissant. Wait, that didnâ€™t sound right. They make awesome croissants there and I smeared the jams on the one I ordered. I give the place 2 thumbs up and plan to return to order the French toast and a side of Tableau potatoes. My only complaint was our waiter seemed to be having an off day. Service was fine just not overly informative or friendly. V3gasjunkie thinks Bouchon is better, but he also drinks coconut rum and diet coke. After breakfast we drove out to Valley of Fire which is just shy of an hour away from the strip. It was pretty hot so we didnâ€™t wander to far from the car but I did manage to get a few photos. Door to door this was a 4 hour day trip. Next time Iâ€™ll allow another couple of hours for hiking because as you can see this is one beautiful piece of land. The dark spots on the sandstone are called desert varnish. The drawings are approx 4000 years old. After the trip we had lunch at Mesa Grill. I was pretty wiped out and didnâ€™t take any photos of food. It was just sandwiches and fries anyway. Everything there is done with a Southwestern flare and done quite well. I thought it would be more expensive since Bobby Flay is a TV celebrity but it really wasnâ€™t that bad. I bet we go back here next time. Service was in the B+/A- range. After cleaning up we drove over to MGM to play baccarat in the Mansion and see our favorite bartender. We grabbed a seat at an empty baccarat table and proceeded to lose $500 over the next couple of hours. We decided to lick our wounds by grabbing a few items off their complimentary buffet for dinner. By the time we left the butlers, bartender and waitresses made sure Lynneâ€™s purse was full of Desage Chocolate and MGM melt away chocolate mints. After dinner my score included a bottomless glass of Macallan 18 and a Davidoff cigar for later. Quite a bargain for the meager cost of $500. Bob had called in sick so I was drinking as he calls it, â€œbar scotchâ€. Lynne had to drive back to TI where she went to bed. I was on a mission to get my $500 back plus the other $300 I was down for the trip to this point. I bounced back and forth between the Gilleyâ€™s pit and the high limit room with an occasional stop at the Breeze Bar. By about 4 am I had won back all but $100 of the lost funds. I made 3 or 4 more tries to win back the $100 but every time my bet lost. I finally gave up figuring $100 down after 3 nights in town was better than $500-$1000 down. Sunday was Lynneâ€™s big shopping day and I agreed to drive her around. I wonâ€™t bore you with the details other than to say she bought a new Coach laptop bag and I bought 3 bottles of scotch to add to my little collection back home. The best thing about shopping is it kept me out of the casino all day. By 9 pm Lynne was getting ready for bed so I headed down to play a little. No matter what I tried I couldnâ€™t get anything going. My average bet was probably $50 but ranged from $25-$200 a hand. It seemed like I lost all the big bets, doubles and splits. By the time I gave up I was down another $500.00. I hated quitting without getting my money back and apparently the start of this trip was just too much to overcome. I was in bed by 1 am, slept 3.5 hours and was on the road home by 5 am. He called me as I was driving home to give me the low down on how his trip ended gambling wise. Cell phone pics from the car V3gasjunkie was down around $40,000 for the trip and hour or two before leaving town. His play gets him about Â½ of that back in under an hour. Then he loses a $20,000 spin on the roulette wheel. Needless to say that was a dagger so he goes to plan B. Plan B almost never works because the idea is based on a super parlay. He starts out by betting just $1500 on red. It wins, so he presses to $3,000 and wins again. He presses the $6,000 still on red and wins again. What else is there to do but press to $12,000, and somehow it wins again. Like the true degenerate gambler he is he pushes (gulp) $24,000 on red and guess what, it wins. If I counted right he turned $1,500 into $48,000 in 5 spins. He played another spin or two and yes red hit one more time. After tipping the dealers he left town up just shy of $10,000. I asked him to write a short review for you all on Guy Savoy which I copied and pasted from his email. We didnâ€™t join them for the swanky meal, mainly because he didnâ€™t invite me and I doubt they would have let me wear shorts in there, snobs! View from the bed-Yowsa Yowsa! The end!