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Poker Playin Weekend

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by jefferson66, Feb 7, 2007.

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  1. jefferson66

    jefferson66 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    This quick weekend was all about poker. We (well, Miss Chips, anyway) had gotten a free Luxor weekend from her wonderful employer, Starwood, for a job well done. We were given a spa suite for two nights, (couple pics coming soon) and since we haven't been to LV in about 2 years (thanks to a 9-month-old son), we were on a serious poker jones. Anyway...on to the semi-brief report.

    We live in Phoenix, and flew US Airways. Not the best of airlines, but for a 45-50 min flight, who cares. Flight was on time, and quick, and no problems. Got our bags, and jumped into the ginormous taxi line. Waited about 20 min in line for a taxi, and were at the Luxor in about 10 minutes. (Incidentally, I used the "don't use the tunnel" suggestion, but it was unnecessary for the Luxor. Zero traffic that way, and we were very surprised how light the traffic was for Super Bowl weekend. If you're at Luxor or Mandalay, the tunnel method is unnecessary)

    At the pyramid, check in was very slow. Even though we were third or 4th in line, still took about 10-15 min. Nice service, though, and were checked in quickly. Got our little Luxor map, and our room, and were on our way to the "inclinator." We had heard about the luxor elevators, but there's really nothing to em. There are no windows, so other than a slight feeling, you don't even know you're on an angle. Overhyped.

    And then "They" came. Yes, the time share sales-scum. Wow, they were bad here. They attacked us when we walked in, on our way to check in, after check in, on our way out after dropping our stuff off, on our way to MGM, inside MGM, etc etc. Really bad. I honestly have never seen the time share curse so strong. The same people actually attacked us on our way to the buffet, and then again as we were on our way out. Horrible. Lines used by us to deflect the gnats:
    "Excuse me, this isn't my wife, and I really don't want anyone to know we're together."
    "We're actually on our way to sell the 12 timeshares we own."
    (before they could say anything)"Hey, wanna buy a timeshare??" (this one works great! they just laugh and get outta your way)
    "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!" (Works well, but annoys you as you say it)
    It amazes me that these hotels give these morons free reign to come and go wherever they wish....registration, casino, restaurants, etc.....this was the worst.

    Anyway.....

    We got to our floor, the 19th, and turn the corner to walk to our room. Sign says 19001 (our room #) this way --> So we walk....and walk.....and walk.....you get the picture. The elevators there only go to certain floors...and only one of the four goes to each floor. Our room was on the exact opposite corner from the elevator, as far as it's possible to walk, and it was a royal pain. I think we lost every pound gained from the buffet, just walking to our room. Probably, other than the horrible mattress, our biggest complaint about the Luxor. Definitely wouldn't go back, with all the other choices in LV.

    We were starving, and unsure where to eat, so we walked over through the Excalibur (man...people watching there is so prime), and across the street to the MGM, to (just smack us now) the Rainforest Cafe. (I know, I know) Our excuse: It was already 8 pm, we were STARVING, it was semi-close, we wanted something quick, and we've eaten at other R.C.'s before, so we knew we liked the food. Well, as Gomer Pyle, USMC, says, "Surprise, surprise surprise!" The food was HORRIBLE. Tasted like, at best, microwave dinners. Service was good, and got some good poker suggestions from the help, but the food was awful. Oh well, it's poker time. Done and done.

    We decided to go a little "old school" and on the advice of the R.C. waiters, headed off to the Orleans. We missed the big tourney by about an hour (275 people in a $60 buy in with $1500 top prize...DAMN!), so we sat at a 2/4 table and played for about 2.5 hours. I ended up about even, Miss Chips up about $75. We had a BALL playing there, though. The dealers were hysterical, (and yes, we tipped accordingly) and most of the people were a ton of fun. It was what a 2/4 table should be...fun, great conversations, and a good time. High marks for our Orleans time.

    But, we were ready for some new blood, (and the drinks were coming VERY slowly - due to the huge turnout for the tournament - 2 waitresses for the whole room) so we headed off for the Mirage. (by suggestion from a couple of the orleans players) This was the highlight of our trip. Miss Chips and I proceeded to play for the next 9 hours...straight. Between Orleans and Mirage, we did 12 hours straight of poker....and loved it. There are definitely poker gods, and they were happy with us at the Mirage. At one point, we were up about $500 between us (at a 3/6 table) and walked away up over $300. (we started with $200 cash, and still had over $200 cash in our pockets when we hit the airport headed home, including meals, tips, etc)

    I had two four-of-a-kinds myself, 9s and 4s, in our stretch at the Mirage, the second one netting me an enormous pot as two others had full houses and kept raising my raises. The other people we played with were awesome, and I can't stress enough how important a fun table is when you're playing 3/6 or 2/4. The a-holes are quickly weeded out by everyone, and we now have countless stories from that night.

    The Mirage poker room really made our trip, and we would definitely consider staying there, the casino and hotel are beautiful and still to this day hold their appeal. We left there at around 9am, and headed back to the Luxor.

    Now, our intention was to take a nap for a couple hours, then be downstairs at the Luxor for the noon tourney. Intention is the key word. During our 12 hour poker binge, we must have had 20 drinks, at least. For me, it was vodka and red bull (although the vodka content was bare mimimum, at the most) and Miss Chips had chardonnays. I've learned my lesson - from here on out, it's beer or something that I can actually taste the alcohol in. At least for the first 12 drinks or so.

    Anyway, our quick nap turned into an 8 hour sleep. We were exhausted, so we finally woke up around 5 pm, and were starving once again. We had heard so much about the Burger Bar, and there is a sweet walkway to the Mandalay from Luxor, so we headed off. Major props for the burger bar. It's not that expensive if you get either the regular burger or upgrade...it only starts getting 'spensive when you (like we did) upgrade to the kobe beef. (and well worth it) Great stuff, quick, yummy, big burgers. Sweet potato fries left something to be desired, but the burgers rocked.

    We finished up, and headed back to the Luxor, where, in the space of 5 combined hours of poker between sat night and sunday morning, I proceeded to win (drum roll please) ONE HAND. One. As in, one more than zero. I have never had such a putrid run of cards as I did at Luxor. I will never step foot in that place again, as the power of the pyramid sucked. Fortunately I only lost...as I proceeded to fold 90% of my crap hands... $280 bucks out of my precious pockets over two days. Miss Chips fared a little better, up about $40 after several hours of play.

    We finished off our trip with a venture to the Luxor buffet, which was surprisingly far better than expected. Everything was fresh, the sunday brunch buffet was only $32 for both of us including the $5 per/off coupon we received at check in, and we were very impressed with the quality of the food there. Nothing appeared to have been sitting very long, and we really enjoyed it.

    The taxi line back to the airport was about a :30 min wait from the Luxor, and we actually came out up $20 after a little slot play at the airport. Quick 45 min flight home, and all is well.

    Things learned:
    1. If staying at the Luxor, get a room within 10 miles of the elevator
    2. The power of the pyramid is real! And it likes your cash.
    3. Burger bar....kobe.....yum.
    4. Best response to a time share salesperson, before they can say anything...."Hey....wanna buy a time share???"
    5. Rainforest Cafe at MGM: just buy a Swanson Hungry Man - same quality.
    6. Orleans has fun dealers, and even funnier players
    7. Mirage is our personal gold mine
    8. If you get a vodka and red bull at any casino, it's actually just red bull.
    9. When the time comes for me to become a time share salesman, I will gladly play russian roulette with anyone who asks
     
  2. gmoney590

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    Hey not bad for a free trip. I agree with you about the power of the pyramid it sucked my money away when we stayed there; and, when we take friends to see it I refuse to play anything. So do you want to buy a time share? Love it....going to use that line myself. Hey, maybe you could charge a user fee for that line and finance your next trip and stay at the Mirage.
     
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    Nice TR Jeff. Glad u and the "Chips" had a good time.

    MM4 will be here for u know it.

    Marty
     
  4. Falcon_Rob

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    Thanks for the report Jefferson. I've always heard that the Orleans and Mirage are a couple of the toughest poker rooms in Vegas. Perhaps I should rethink that theory and give some of their low-limit hold 'em tables a try sometime in the future, especially if the dealers are as fun as you describe.
     
  5. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

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    Hey Rob...

    Mirage isn't tough at all, at least not their 3-6 games. Sticky and I both did very well there, and you know we got no game...

    Mikey
     
  6. StickyFingers007

    StickyFingers007 Namer of T2V Gatherings

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    Excuse me? Back off B*tch! :cuss:

    Sticky.. Dammit!
     
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    Saw that coming a mile away
     
  8. jefferson66

    jefferson66 Tourist

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    Absolutely. We had a ball playing there (of course, winning at least every other hand between us helped...), but big props to the dealers for controllling the action well and having good personalities to boot. From everywhere we've played, when you're at 3/6 or 2/4, there's never going to be that tough of competition. And it's extremely hard to bluff someone out of 6 bucks.

    No offense to the septugenarian crowd, but around 6-7 am, there was a bizarre effect at our table. from 9 pm til 6 am it was all 20 - 40 somethings playing. Fun people, including the requisite one or two drunks who may as well just hand you a blank check for their chips. Dontcha love the infamous "can i bet twelve here?" tell? Then, at 6 am, the first "life experienced" fellow sat down. Then, about every half hour or so, another elderly statesperson would join. At 9 am, when we finally cashed out, the entire table was minimum 65 plus. Needless to say, the banter had ended at that point, as well.
     
  9. jefferson66

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    Just a couple of pics added

    Just wanted to add these. Nothing spectacular, but if anyone wanted to see the amenities of a spa suite at the Luxor, here t'is. There's a separate tv watching room, and hot tub by the window (ours faced the MB).

    The other two pics are taken from the walkway over the strip between Exc and MGM. As you can see, this was super bowl weekend around 9pm, and not exactly bumper-to-bumper traffic. Enjoy.

    <img src="http://www.clayhawk.com/images/vegas/luxor2.jpg"><br>
    <img src="http://www.clayhawk.com/images/vegas/luxor3.jpg"><br>
    <img src="http://www.clayhawk.com/images/vegas/luxor4.jpg"><br>
    <img src="http://www.clayhawk.com/images/vegas/strip1.jpg"><br>
    <img src="http://www.clayhawk.com/images/vegas/strip2.jpg"><br>
     
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