Getting around to posting my trip report from my recent trip. This trip we decided to move around and check a lot of places out instead of staying close to our comp hotel and casino. My following report is not in any particulate order or preference just wanted to share what we experienced at each placed we played at and hope the report helps others out on deciding what to do or not do for their trip. The Rio. Love the Rio. Easy to get to and from the strip for free on the 2 shuttles. One picks up and drops off at Harrahs and the other at Ballys. They run about every 20 minutes. Some of our best gaming was here. The right end of the Shutters bar and Masquraid bar were both generous. Played .25 cent VP. Never hit over $250.00 at one time but hit often between 62.50 and 250. the bar tenders were great. The casino wait staff stop and get on various small stages to sing and dance in their skimpy outfits. Some are pretty talented with their singing but all do not sing. The buffet is still really good. B+ to and A. Still a bit pricey but you get a discount with your players card. The American Grill is very good and the burger king is quick. Did not hit any shows or the pool. Overall I give it a B+ for a cool place to hang out and gamble. The Gold Coast was a nice laid back change. A little older crowd here but not a nursing home crowd. The buffet was very low cost with the players card. 5.99 for breakfeast. They have an all day pass for 24 bucks but I think it would be cheaper to just pay the cheap prices each time you eat. The have a hotdog stand by the sports book which is good for a fast meal and a TGI Fridauy that has good food. They have a showroom that had live bands and it stayed packed. It was always a hopping place. Bowling alley upstairs. A free VP tournament on Saturdays but takes a score over 2000 to and lot of free stuff from their Kiosk. As for VP at the bars could not win anything. Not even small wins. They were few and far between. The wheel of fourtune slot was good and it even hit for over $200,000 but it was not me. They have a free shuttle to the Orleans and Ballys and back. It's about a 30 minute loop. The Palms was very small but lively. The bar tender at the VP bar was great but the machines did not pay. Didn't stay too long. The Cosmo was a blast. Played mostly at the Bond bar. The bar tenders are great and comp some awesome drinks. We did the 100 deal where the first 100 is on them. How this works is you get their card and play your money until you loose 100 ( as apposed to playing 100) so it can take a long time ( which is good) to loose 100 because they could your small wins as money back. Played a very long time at the bond bar before we lost 100. Then got their money loaded on the card and ended the night only 18 bucks down. So I played all night for 18 bucks and lots of comp drinks. Went to the Plazzio. Walked by the new Rock bar and it looks really cool. It wax very dark and very loud but not many people in there. Went thru the Ventian and Plazzio and to be honest was disappointed. The place is very nice but was very absent of people. The bartenders show little interest is serving us and many of the VP machines were 2 bucks. Not many options. Did not stay long. Went to Cearars Palace. Was a blast. The Seahorse bar was the best. Great bar tenders great drinks. You have the option to double up every hand on their VP machines. Cleopathra's was a blast. A nice place with no cover, music and they let you sit down at a table. Crowd was middle aged and nice. Dance floor gets a little crowded. Lots of fun. The single men on the dance floor are a bit frisky while your out there crammed together. Must be the booze. This place is huge so be prepared to walk a lot. Downtown. Wow it's picked up. Had a wonderful time. Tried the long bar at the D. Very nice but no big wins. Very lively there with big party atmosphere. Did really good at the rear bar at Binions. The bar tenders are great there also. Came out a head on coins. Same thing at the rear bar at El Cortez. Everyone really nice. Lots of bands on the steet, vendors and people zipping by overhead on the zip line. The new mall was not as lively with still emplty places waiting on new places to open I guess. Downtown is just a fun party place and everyone should experience it at Leary one night on their trips. Jury's gives you a small taste of the Vegas of the 70's and 80's. Ballys and Flamingo were fun. Won a 1,000 bucks at the Flamingo bar playing 1 buck VP duces wild. The Indigo lounge at Ballys is top notch. You really need to give it a try. Hope my info helps you.