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Pre-trip Notes 2013 Version (long)

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by jasonargo, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. jasonargo

    jasonargo High-Roller

    Jan 21, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Well it's time for another Vegas trip, so as I have done many times before here are my voluminous trip notes for your enjoyment.

    For those that don't know me I'm a coupon user and promo chaser, red-chip BJ and quarter VP player. Most of my meals cost $10 or less per person before drink, tax & tip.

    Before my last trip in 2012, I decided to forego posting my notes on the board. Well 2 days before the trip my computer crashed, and due to the high cost of repair vs replacement and the timeframe, I'm afraid the notes were completely lost. Never again!

    So anyways, what I do is after booking a trip, I catch up on trip reports, and look for promos and other things that catch my attention, or are new (to me). I type them all up, and organize them by casino. They start with downtown, then Strip, then off-Strip.

    This will be my longest trip in quite some time - 8 nights, all comped downtown. Paying for 1/2 the flight using points, and cheap return. Rental car for the whole trip is down to around $150.

    My new job in 2012 has allowed me to increase my budget somewhat, but $2k in recent dental work has "eaten" into it for this trip. I played a bit more $1 level VP the last few trips, and hope to do so again.

    I'm looking forward to the meet-up at MSS next Sunday, and hope there's a good turn out.

    So, on to the show! I hope anyone who is traveling this month can use some of these tidbits. Have fun & good luck!

    Disclaimer: This is information I have copied from trip reports, blogs, casino websites, and even more unsavory sources of information. I take no responsibility for the accuracy, and the typos are NOT mine!


    Plaza - $10 matchplay, $5 freeplay, $10 off $25 Hash House (good all locations) (ACG)

    Las Vegas Club - $5 freeplay, $5 matchplay (ACG)

    Golden Gate - The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D Las Vegas are giving away one car each month between the two properties. The drawing for the car is held at either the Golden Gate or the D Las Vegas on the last day of each month at 9PM. Drawing barrel closes at 8PM on drawing day. Players earn one ticket for every 500 points earned playing slots. Earning Period is from 12:00AM to 11:59PM. Tickets may be redeemed within 24 hours of being earned. Winner need not be present. Free shrimp cocktail coupon. $10 freeplay, $15 food comp (mailer)

    Golden Nugget - LAS VEGAS, NV • February 15-17, You and 3 guests will enjoy: Tickets to UNLV vs. San Diego State Basketball, 2 Nights in a Spa Suite at the Golden Nugget, Dinner at Vic & Anthony’s – Las Vegas location, Limo transportation to and from the game, Tickets to Gordie Brown, Complimentary entries to our $100,000 Heads-Up Slots Tournament, Spa Treatments. Earn Tickets: Monday-Wednesday JANUARY 1-23, 2013, Drawing: January 23, 2013 at 9PM. (Must be present to win) $60-4-50 poker chips, 2-4-1 drink Rush, 2-4-1 breakfast/lunch buffet M-F (ACG)

    Binions - Swipe promo: free swipe at 5, 40, & 300 points each day. 2X points up to 500, 2-4-1 burger (ACG)

    Four Queens - 20% off Hugo's, Magnolias, Chicago Brewing (Club 55). 2X points up to 500, 2-4-1 lunch/dinner Magnolias (ACG)

    El Cortez - $10-200 freeplay for jackpots $200 or more. Earn 500 points in a single day, become eligible for the next day's free slot tournament. Noon Sat table games drawing. $1 Bud & hotdogs at sportsbook Sat & Sun 10 AM - 6 PM. $5 burger, chips & beer 24 hours at Cafe Cortez. Check players club for 5X points for a day (online). $5 freeplay, check for 2X points Tues & Th (newsletter). $10 freeplay, 50% off Flame Su-Th (ACG)

    Gold Spike - Hot seat drawings $50 freeplay, every 1/2 hour 7:30 - 9:30 PM Fri & Sat. $10 freeplay - $5 each 1/18-24 & 1/25-31 (mailer)

    Hennessey's - 2-4-1 burgers or breakfast on Tuesdays coupon (internet)

    The Mob Museum $2 off coupon (internet)

    Mandalay Bay - Win Cards

    Excalibur - 2-4-1 drink Lynyrd Skynyrd's (ACG)

    Tropicana - Win Cards, $40-4-25 slot play (Slot Play Coupons)

    Hooters - $10 slot matchplay (ACG)

    Planet Hollywood - 10% off Pinks, 25% off Spice Market buffet, 2-4-1 drink (ACG)

    The $20.12 lunch special in Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan serves a three-course meal (with options) weekdays from noon to 2:30 pm. Receive one complimentary dining experience at Wicked Spoon when you earn 500 Identity Points in one day on your favorite select reel slots, video slots, or video poker, 1/2 - 1/31.

    Westin Causarina - Gambling happy hour $.25 roulette, $3 craps, $5 table games, 5-8 PM Mon - Th.

    Flamingo - 2-4-1 frozen margarita Carlos & Charlie's (ACG)

    Battistas Hole In The Wall - 15% off total bill coupon (internet)

    Venetian - 2-4-1 menu item at Bella Pannini & San Gennaro (ACG)

    Wynn Las Vegas/Encore: Lucky 8 drawings now through March 31. Play table games or slots with your Red Card to earn points. Redeem points at any Red Card desk for Lucky 8 drawing tickets. Each night eight lucky numbers will be drawn at the Encore Red Card desk at 6 p.m. Match all 8 numbers and win $500,000 in private jet travel. Match 6 numbers to win $5,000 in free slot credit. Match 5 numbers to win $1,000 in free slot credit.

    Riviera - $10 table matchplay, 2 free comedy club tickets, 2-4-1 drink, 2-4-1 buffet (ACG)

    Circus Circus - Win Cards. $6.99 breakfast or lunch at Rock & Ritas coupon (internet)

    Palace Station - Senior Wednesdays: Free $3000 slot tournament 10 AM - 7 PM. Thursdays Noon - 8 PM $2.5k VP tournament. Sat 1/19 Noon - 8 PM earn 300 points for mystery cash pick up to $1000.

    Bonanno's Pizzeria - 2-4-1 menu item (ACG) - Palace Station, Flamingo, MGM, Luxor

    LA Subs - 2-4-1 sub/salad (ACG) - Flamingo, Luxor

    Nathan's - 2-4-1 menu item (ACG) - Venetian, Ballys, MGM, NYNY, Luxor, Palms

    M Resort - Up to $1000 for new members. 50+ Tuesdays: 6 PM drawing.

    South Point - Senior Thursdays: Free slot tournament 10 AM - 4 PM. Sat, Sun, & Mon earn 500 points on penny slots to get prize of up to 100k points. Dennis Bono 2-3 PM Thursdays, free with players card.

    Silverton - Senior Mondays: Drawings at 2, 4, & 6 PM, 50% off dining all restaurants 10 AM - 8 PM. Wednesdays table games drawing 8 PM, earn 2X entries 3-7 PM Wed, dealt any blackjack gets an entry. Free Starbucks coffee while playing.

    Orleans - 7X points on VP Mon Jan 21. Young At Heart Tuesdays: Drawing at 4:30 (4:00?), 8 AM - 4 PM kiosk game, First game after earning 10 points, second after 100 points and third after 200 points. Thursdays 11 AM - 7 PM VP tournament, entry with 200 points. Fridays Hot Slot promo 10 AM - 10 PM, see rules printout. 1/26 Earn 50 points for free gift. Enjoy a Complete Steak & Lobster Dinner from 7pm–11pm every night in January for only $7.11* with your B Connected card. Valid at the Courtyard Café at The Orleans. $5 slots matchplay (B-connected), $10 table matchplay (ACG)

    For $7.99 lunch, the Palms buffet is best value in town. Rode the new shuttle from Palms to Caesars Forum Shops that started 4 months ago. A very welcome change is the new promotion area where the poker room used to be, less crowded than the old food court location. “Play, Earn, and Win” promotion continues 10 am-10 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mini earn-and-swipe promotions run every Tuesday and Sunday. Earn 10 base points on slots or 100 base points on video poker and then swipe to see what you get – slot play, cash, or a “stuff” item. And seniors have an extra swipe-and-win promo on Sterling Advantage 50+ Thursdays, with the same base points needed. Senior Thursdays: $4 movie tickets, 1/2 price buffet. Free coffee & donut M-F 8-11 AM. Drawings 8:15 PM Fri & Sat. For the weekly drawings at the Palms, you receive tickets based on the lowest denomination available on the machine you play. The formula differs a little each month, but basically if you play on machines where 5¢ or lower denominations may be found, you get one ticket per $100 of coin-in. If you play on machines where 25¢ is the lowest denomination, it takes $250 coin-in to earn a ticket. If you play on machines where $1 is the lowest denomination, it takes $500 coin-in to earn that same ticket. $40-4-25 slot play (Slot Play Coupons). $10 table matchplay (ACG)

    Gold Coast - Senior Mondays: 5X Points on Video Poker, Free entry into Video Poker Tournament from 1pm-8pm, Only 50 points needed. 7X points on VP Mon Jan 21. Monday, January 14, 21 & 28: Earn 10 base points, and then swipe your B Connected Card at any kiosk for up to $1000. Young At Heart Tuesdays: Drawing at 4:30, 8 AM - 4 PM kiosk game, First game after earning 10 points, second after 100 points and third after 200 points. Hot Seat Grab every Thursday in January from 3pm-8pm, $1,000 in cash & prizes every hour, 10 winners every hour! 5X points on VP every Friday in January. Free video poker tournament every Saturday from 1pm-9pm, 100 points for entry. Roll the dice for your chance to win up to $3,600 in cash: Drawings every Saturday at 8:15pm on January 5, 12, 19 & 26, Earn entries for your slot and table games play, 10X entries on Tuesdays & Thursdays. $5 table matchplay, free buffet for 200 points (ACG)

    Ellis Island - Be sure to stop by a kiosk to print out a voucher before you go to the coffee shop if you want to get the special reduced price on their famous steak dinner – $7.99 instead of $10.99. 50+ Club for seniors, with drawings every Tuesday and Thursday. $5 table matchplay, $10 slot matchplay (24 hrs later), 50% off menu item (ACG)

    Tuscany - 10X points Mon & Fri. Hot seat promo 12:30-10 PM Saturdays, $200 freeplay. 1/23 earn 1000 points for pulltab freeplay or cash. $5 table matchplay (ACG)

    Hard Rock - A rare opportunity for double points on Wednesdays throughout the month of January. Also, on Thursdays, earn 250 slot points or 500 table game points for FREE Hard Rock collectible items. $10 table matchplay (ACG)

    LVH - Hot seat promo 1/21, 50+ club members get additional prize, see slot club for details.

    Longhorn - Suited blackjack in diamonds gets a $5.00 bonus with a $5.00 minimum bet on live blackjack. $9.99 NY steak & lobster. $5 BJ matchplay (ACG)

    Eastside Cannery - Earn 300 points every Thurs & Sat in January for a free scratch card worth up to $250. Wise 55 3x Mondays all games for age 55+.

    Sam's Town - 7X points on VP Mon Jan 21. Young At Heart Tuesdays: Drawing at 4:30, 8 AM - 4 PM kiosk game, First game after earning 10 points, second after 100 points and third after 200 points.

    AZ Charlie's (Boulder) - Single Deck Blackjack Pays 3 to 2. All month long enjoy a $5 buffet every Wednesday. Breakfast 8am – 10:30am, Lunch 11am – 3pm, Dinner from 4pm – 8pm. 2-4-1 buffet (ACG)

    Boulder Station - Senior Wednesdays: Free $3000 slot tournament 10 AM - 7 PM. Win Up to $1,000! Earn 500 Points and Grab for Cash! Fridays, January 11 & 25, 12PM - 8PM.

    AZ Charlie's (Decatur) - All month long enjoy a $5 buffet every Wednesday. Open for lunch from 11am to 3:30pm and for dinner from 4pm to 8pm. $3.99 steak & eggs. 2-4-1 buffet (ACG)

    Jerry's Nugget - 50+ Tuesdays: 5X points, $5 matchplay at kiosk, 4 AM - Midnight. $5 matchplay, free drink (ACG)

    Bighorn - Suited blackjack in diamonds gets a $5.00 bonus with a $5.00 minimum bet on live blackjack. $5 BJ matchplay (ACG)

    Opera House - 40 coin VP quad bonus up to $1 (ACG)

    Lucky Club - $10 matchplay, 40 coin VP quad bonus up to $1 (ACG)

    Cannery - Wise 55 3x Mondays all games for age 55+. Win cards?

    Silver Nugget, Lucky Club, and Opera House: Launched new “My Points” players club. $1 coin-in = 3 points. 1,000 points = $1.00 cash back, comp, or merchandise (.30%). Pit players now also earn actual points for play. New members receive $3- $100 in free slot play upon first carded play automatically.

  2. trooth

    trooth Low-Roller

    Nov 21, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Wow nice round up. You have a lot of food on your plate. Looking forward to how the meal goes.
  3. tmaas21

    tmaas21 Low-Roller

    Dec 2, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Where did you find the Battista's coupon online???

    It's a ritual for my crew to hit up Battista's upon arrival. Never have seen a coupon though.
  4. jimboguy

    jimboguy My sloppy joe is all sloppy and no joe.

    Nov 15, 2010
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Looking forward to seeing you at the meet on the 20th.

    Just one thing about your notes: From what I've read, Lynyrd Skynyrd's in Excalibur is closed. Perhaps someone else can confirm or refute this claim?
    Thanksgiving Weekend
    I like fall
  5. jasonargo

    jasonargo High-Roller

    Jan 21, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Found Battista's at City Coups: http://www.citycoups.com/lasvegas.html


    It's iffy that I will even hit the Ex this time around, the only reason in the past was to run a set of Wincards chips. Still, as a Southern rock fan I was thinking LS's would have made it worth a stop.

    I took a look at the Ex website & couldn't find it listed, so maybe it has been wamboozled.

    Double-checked on the ACG site & it's verified. Gonzo. Too bad, one less reason to hit the Strip.

  6. Backagain1

    Backagain1 High-Roller

    Oct 14, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    That is great. I am not a regular at Vegas and would not even know where to begin.

    Great work!
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