Hi all-- I'm writing this as much for myself but glad you're tagging along. My wife and I leave tomorrow (Saturday) morning for LV. Nothing unusal there as I get to go out 3 or 4 times a year. I've written a trip report or two but often don't (sorry--when I get the pleasure of reading them I know it's only fair to reciprocate). Anyway the potential issue this trip (and why I want to say this NOW instead of later) is because I'm mixing up where I'll be staying/playing. For 20 years I've been a loyal MLife and before that MGM Players Club member. The Mirage was the first place we stayed and it and MGM properties have always held a special place in my heart (and wallet). When we'd go to other properties to eat/see shows we might play $100 or so here or there but it was highly unusual for us to gamble significant money or time at non-MGM properties. That loyalty has paid off for us over the years too--I can't recall the last time I paid for a room; and many times food and freeplay are tossed in as well. My typical 3 day trip will involve about $3-$4 grand in play; decent but not huge. So I've always felt pretty good about my offers. OK--cut to this trip. I'm booking it for a convention and have 15-20 other employees/spouses going. I waited too long and couldn't get a good rate at the Mirage. Wanting to be a good steward of company funds I chose Venetian as they offered rooms for all of us (some at the conference rate too). I stayed once at V a long time ago when an America West flight was cancelled and they gave us $$ to stay somewhere and we thought we'd give it a try. It wasn't long after it opened and it seemed nice enough. I've gotten more sophisticated with my tastes and gambling since those days (if America West was in the picture you know it was a while ago!) so we'll see about this time. The bottom line is I'm cutting the apron strings of MLife. I know there's been alot of complaints on here about them but I feel they've always treated me fairly. But I am curious to give V/P a real spin (no pun intended). I will do my gambling there and see what happens. I've not heard much good about Grazie but we'll see. So if I win big and have a crush on V/P when I get back and write the real trip report I want it in writing that I have my reservations/concerns going in. Likewise if the trip is a complete washout then I want it written that at the same time I have some reservations I'm also excited to break free of MGM for a trip and test some other waters. Lastly after a couple of days (Sat-Tue morn) my wife and I are going to take a side trip to Vancouver returning to LV on Friday afternoon before we head back to OH on Saturday. Not wanting to completely cut the strings I am staying at Mandalay Bay on Friday. More to come...Grazie opinions welcomed! Good luck everyone.