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Retirement Trip 3/31- 4/6

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  1. Rick1323

    Rick1323 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I turned 62 on March 23rd, so we planned this trip thinking it would be after my retirement. But as it turns out, they offered a retirement package that I took, it means I have to stay till the end of april, but I get a years severance pay! So this trip was a double celebration. We left on United from Rochester, the players are myself, my wife and my sister. We met up with some other folks who I will introduce along the way.

    The flight out was good, easy connection in Chicago. The only glitch was the movie. We knew the Blind Side was the scheduled film, so we avoided renting it to make the trip out faster and more enjoyable. I read as they showed a few re runs of TV programs like The Office. The film began and the flight went quickly. So quickly, they shut off the film 15 minutes before the end! Oh well, the good news is that it is only 10 AM and we are in Vegas! The bad news is we have been up since 3:30....but a small price to pay!

    Our bags came quickly and we cabbed it to Harrah's. Diamond check in had us in adjoining suites! The problem is they were both non smoking, so my sister switched to a regular room. She doesn't smoke a lot, but she likes her morning coffee with a smoke. We were going to be in the old tower. My first stay there since it was called the Holiday Inn and had a showboat out front. I was a little concerned, but turned out to be a beautiful room, recently refurbished. They had combined 2 of the old small rooms, and used one as a living room and the other as a bedroom/bathroom.

    We were in room 1962 and directly overlooked the Mirage. I knew the view of the volcano would be great at night......and it was.
    I had my Blackberry with me, but I generally left it in the room. It makes it too easy to run me down. We headed down stairs for some play. I hit a few VP machines with little to no luck. I stopped by a machine named "Buffalo". I had a good run going starting at $2/spin , so I went to max which was $4/spin. Pretty soon I got a bonus round.....and kept getting the bonus symbols during the round. Each added spins and I ended up with 25 spins! At the end of the deal I had $1308!. The attendant came quickly and did the cocktail waitress. Do you want a drink to celebrate? I told her I would, but I would kill for a cigarette. She came back in about 2 minutes with a drink and a Marlboro! I could have kissed her! As the attendant was taking my info who shows up but my wife, neice ( who was staying at the Flamingo) and my neice's husband. My wife got so excited about the win she didn't notice I was smoking. In fact, I didn't even try to hide it since I was in shock from such a quick win. Now there are hugs all around for the new arrivals till finally the slot attendant asks.....do you want this money? I quickly signed the W2 and he counted it out for me. I handed him $60 and my wife took $1,200. I ended up with $48. That is just so wrong! But that is the deal we have for all signers.


    We played around at Harrah's for the rest of the afternoon. I found my new favorite slot game. A newer version of Top Dollar. It has 2 games of 3 reels. You play 3 quarters on each reel, a total of 6 per game. To get into the bonus round, you need to hit the top dollar symbol on the last reel of the first game. If any other top dollar symbols come up anywhere on the second game, it increases the potential jackpot. One symbol is a potential bonus of 1,000 credits, 2= 2,000, 3=3,000....if you happen to get all 4, the bonus jumps to 5,000 quarters. I had a great run of luck and on a single 20 managed to play for over an hour. I got several bonus chances, till finally I hit one for 2,000. I played it down to $500 and cashed out. I was having a good first day! We took the kids and my sister to the 46 club at the Flamingo. Nice quiet dinner with plenty of time and peace to have a conversation. Of course Uncle Rick bought. We played some more slots that night over at Paris.

    As we are crossing the pedestrian bridge, we notice the "Why lie, I need beer" guy now has a franchise. There was one at each end of the bridge! We saw no less than 6 or 7 different guys using the same gimmick on various bridges. There are almost as many of them as Cirque shows. Nothing stays unique long in this town.

    We had fun over at Paris. My wife and neice became addicted to the Goldfish game that has a community screen. They literally played it the entire night. Anytime we checked on them, we had to save a seat while one of them ran to the bathroom. My neice and her husband are working hard to pay off over 100K in college loans between them, so every time I had a chance I slipped a hundred into her machine. She wouldn't let me near it once she caught on, but it kept her going all night. We headed back to Harrah' and bed a little after midnight. Over 24 hours after we got up at 3:30 AM back home. Overall for the day, I ended up over $700 in my daily bankroll.... and my wife had $1,200 stashed on top of that.

    Thursday April 1

    I woke up at 3:30....tied to go back to sleep. Layed there for hours, looked at the clock and 5 minutes had passed. I got up showered, started a pot of coffee and went down for a paper. I closed the bedroom door and sat by the window drinking coffee and reading the LVRJ.....I'm so glad that feud with HET is over. I love the local paper out there! I managed to kill enough time that I didn't get downstairs till 5 AM. the first insane person I see is my sister who is playing her favorite video Keno machines. My sister will be 80 next year, but she works out 4 times a week and few can keep up with her in Vegas. She loves her some VP and video Keno. Easily 14-16 hours a day on various machines. I decided to try some quarter Spin Poker which is probably the game I play the most in any casino. It is essentially just like VP, except you have 9 games going on at once. I started out at 2 quarters per line for 18/play. I hit some nice hands like full houses, and flushes and gradually increased my bet. Within 30 minutes I was playing max which is 45 quarters/game. I never got a big hit, but I did cash out $200 ahead over an hour later. Amazingly I had amassed over 1,100 points in just this session! Since I did less than 3,000 the entire prior day that is a huge number for me. I will warn you though that this machine can eat up a hundred really fast, even at just 9 per spin. I went up to get my wife knowing we were headed to MAG for breakfast. It seems lately we eat breakfast there nearly every day! Except she fooled me. She wanted to take the kids there for dinner so they could watch the fountain show. So we did the Harrah's breakfast buffet. Plenty of food, and most of it pretty good. Great service, and I never had to ask for any refills for any of us. I think it helps that they have a separate Diamind area in the buffet.

    We met up with our neice and husband over at the Flamingo and I parted ways with everyone to play the horses. I like to handicap the entire card, and concentrate on how I want to bet, rather than who to bet, once the races start. I went through the cards for Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Keenland. I also had come with the intent of betting the NCAA basketball tournament. My key bet was Butler under the total points as long as it was not less than 120 total. The total was up at 129, so I bet $600 on the under before the first race even went off. Cocktail service is very good in this sportsbook, but I stuck to diet coke and bottled water since it was still a long day. I had an okay day at the races, I didn't come out ahead, but lost less than $200, plus the $600 bet which wouldn't take place till Sat. I intended to play more on that game, but decided to wait because I expected the total to go up a little more before game time. In general people like to bet the number over, simply ecause it is more fun to root for teams to make baskets rather than miss them. Which is exactly why I bet the under a lot!

    I found the ladies playing thier favorite Goldfish machines and gave them both a bathroom break. I asked my wife how our neice was doing and she said not so good, so I slipped in a hundred while she was away. I left before she saw it and missed out on her wrath till later! I played some BJ with her husband for a while. But I made him agree to sticking to $10/hand to make sure he didn't get hurt too badly. Of course he went on a great run and won $300, but he could have really cleaned up had he not listened to me! We moved over to roulette and he went on another greatr run and won $200 more. I dropped a fast $300, and as we walked away number 25 hit. Which was of course the number I had boxed every play prior. I hate roulette!! The good news is I never played it again this trip. We wnet our separate ways to clean up for dinner. It was the kids last night as they had a early flight home the next morning. We met back at MAG, with my sister with us. We had a great dinner and funny enough with no discussion, each of us ordered Steak Frites. It was kind of funny actually. We got to see the fountain show a few times. My sister headed back to harrah's, and the rest of us went across the street to see the fountain show up close. It turned out to be "Time to Say Goodbye", which made my neice cry, which made my wife cry. I got something in my eye.....it was windy. No matter how many times I see it, I remain amazed, impressed and can't wait to see it again.

    We headed over to Flamingo and played the night away. We said our goodbyes around midnight. That seems to be the time I usually crash. Getting up in the middle of the night will do that to you. We took the walk home really happy to be able to share Vegas with those kids. We don't have any children of our own, so each of our neices and nephews is special to us. I have a feeling this will always be their special place as it has been for us. For some reason, that really pleases me.

    April 2

    Up again at 3:30 with the same routine. Shower, start the coffee and go for the paper. I opened the drapes and sat by the window looking out as I read the paper and had my coffee. Even at that hour, I stick to decaff....I wire easily! I went down to the casino about 5:30 for a little play. I again hit my Top Dollar machine, but with no luck lost a quick hundred. I played some VP and BJ also with no luck and lost another $500 between them. I went back to spin poker and hit that for $300 to the good. Feeling a bit better, I went back to find my wife. We found my sister and went to MAG for breakfast. I know, we are creatures of habit. But to show my versitility, I did have steak and eggs. I actually ordered crepes with fruit on them. I know....crepes! I might add that I find I now retain water and get a little irritable once a month.

    After breakfast I headed back to the Flamingo to my usual spot in the horse room. I added another $300 to my Butler bet before I even began my handicapping. I had a really good day with the horses. The downside to betting the horses is you have to sign for any win over $600, unlike slots where it is $1,200. The good news is I had 2 signers. $700 on a trifecta and a little over $1,500 on a pick 4. To win the pick 4 you have to pick the winner of 4 consecutive races. The way you bet them is to play a few horses in each race, the combinations can get expensive to bet, but the payoffs are often good as this one was. Going into the last race, I had 3 different horses in play. One broke poorly and was out of the race, another just didn;t have it and dropped back quickly, the third was stuck on the rial with horses all around him. From 2,000 miles away I was telling the jock how to ride. I can't explain the thrill, but it is unique in all of gambling. He finally got clear and was gaining ground on the leader, they hit the wire together with me leaning so far I almost fell out of my chair. Photo finish!....I had to agnonize as they showed the replay over and over.....one time it looked like I won, the next time I was sure I had lost. Finally they put up the photo and I had in fact won.....and of course acted like I knew it all along. I love the horses!!

    I headed back to Harrah's and found my wife, handed over the 2 new W2s and $1,000 for the stash. Once that money leaves my hands it is never coming back.....but the system seems to work for us. My wife loves to gamble, but she has way more common sense than I do. I went over to my Top Dollar machines while she went off with my sister to play some VP. Top Dollar was good to me again! I hit another top prize of 3,000 credits meaning my total bonus money was now $1,250 an it was now official....I am having a VERY good trip. Even better, no W2 and not enough to go into the stash...unless I told her......which I didn't....lol. I took my winnings and headed for some $5 WOF. I was going to be a millionaire today! It was a sure thing....no way I was not hitting that progressive! Yea right....I lost $500 faster than you can say "just how stupid are you?". Back to reality and back to spin poker. I did get a ton of play, and points out of a hundred dollar bill. During this play, my slot host stopped by for a chat. He of course knows I am having a good trip so far and wanted to congratualte me. Even better he reminded me that this was the time to slow down, not to bump up my play. I like the guy....really like him. Even better he invited my wife and I along with my sister to dinner at the Range. We have eaten all over and it is by far my wife's favorite spot. So we met him for dinner. Caught up on his kids, my retirement, my sisters grand kids. I just can't say enough about the guy. He picked up the tab which was not cheap, but his company actually ment a lot more. After 200 trips it is hard to believe, but I love going to Vegas more than ever.

    We headed back to the casino and played around on various penny machines. I kept my hosts caution in mind and didn't push my bets at all. In fact I stuck to exaclty $2/spin for the rest of the night. Overall it was another very good day. More money in the stash and I increased my bankroll as well. Its funny, but when I'm winning I stop counting, but if I am losing I can tell you within a penny how I did. I think I ended up $500 to the good plus the $1,000 added to the stash....and I now had $900 going on tomorrow's game.

    Last 3 days to come...............
     
  2. Rick1323

    Rick1323 Low-Roller

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    April 3rd

    Saturday is the day of the NCAA final 4 games. I was up at 5:00 and downstairs by 5:30. I played some spin poker for a while and dropped a quick hundred. Moved over to dollar VP and lost another $200. Not a good start! I played some BJ at a quarter a hand and managed a $100 profit before heading back to pick up my wife for breakfast. Over to MAG for my ritual of steak and eggs. Then to my next stop at the Flamingo sportsbook. It would be a busy day there with the final 4 games, so I decided to go over the form, make my horse bets and leave. We had decided before the trip we would watch the game in our room, and there was plenty of time before the first game at 3:00. I made a bunch of horse bets. There were a couple of Derby prep races this day and I bet them along with others.

    I went off to find the last remaining Super Cherries machine at the Flamingo.....horrors! The entire bank has been replaced by VP machines! I love Super Cherries and the jail break bonus, now, apparently the last one at a HET property is now gone. I tried my luck at a Super Times pay machine....and I did pay, lost $200. That machine remains a curse for me, but I give it a try every so often to remind myself that I hate it......kind of like roulette. Which by the way, as I was headed back to harrah's I passed a roulette table where 25 had come up 3 times in a row...I have dreams of that happening while I play....but it never happens.

    Back at Harrah's I low played some quarter VP, some more Top Dollar and a few dollar reels. No big wins, but no real bleeding either. Survival is critical when your ahead and I was trying to survive. Headed back to our room to watch the games. We ordered room service, twice in fact....lol. The first order was wings and munchies, and of course beer. The second order was sandwiches a salad and more beer. The Butler game went according to plan. The under really never was in doubt and I knew by the middle of the second half my bet was safe. I also knew I would take them in the finals......just a tenacious team! The second game didn't end till close to 9:00. I debated staying in the room and going to bed early...for like 2 seconds. Then I headed back into battle. No good news to report in the last session, but I did manage a nice wolf run win of $200. It was more than offset by other losses. It was still a good day with the Butler game going my way. I did end up back in the room by 11:00.

    April 4th

    Easter sunday. I'm not sure we have ever been there for Easter before. Usually we go for one of the first 2 rounds of the basketball tournament. If we have done Easter there before I don't remember it. My first concern as I woke up was...I hope my wife doen't want to go to church. Okay...stop with the judgement....I'm in Vegas. I went down to get the paper around 5:00 and had my coffee. I debated waiting for my wife to get up, but I decided I needed to go wish a few degenerates Happy Easter. I found my sister already playing duces wild and gave her my first greeting. Followed by a cocktail waitress who traded an Easter greeting for a Bailey's Decaff. After 2 hookers also wished me happy easter and a loss of $200 on spin poker, I went back to our room. On the way I practiced excuses for why we should skip church.

    -I don't know where the church is

    -We are on vacation

    -We only go 4 or 5 times a year so why bother?

    -I'm really hungry

    None of them sounded good to me, but I was ready to improvise if necessary. I practiced grabbing my chest and acting like it was the "big one" but I was afraid someone would taser me. As I walked in, we exchanged "Happy Easters" and she said...."you don't really want to go to church do you?". Notice the "wife phrasing"......phrased to make "no" an easy answer...also phrased so that if anyone asks.....we didn't go to church on Easter because Rick didn't want to. But I had an out...and will happily take the blame if asked. My sister also had an out when my wife informed her that "Rick doesn't want to go to church today". She responded with a smile and a "well, if he doesn't want to go I guess I will skip it too" She immeidalty went back to her dueces wild. It was still only 7:30. My wife got up early "in case Rick wanted to go to church". See how this all comes full circle? She brought a dress and shoes, and got up early...but I didn't want to go. It all fits so perfectly and demonstrates the superiority of the female species. Men are here stictly for reproductive purposes.....and even that is iffy.


    Anyhow....we went to MAG again for breakfast. I did skip the steak and had ham and eggs in honor of the holiday. Everyone seemed in good spirits. Vegas manages to put a little of each holiday into the day. Today there were Easter brunches all over town. Of course it helps that the holiday is held on a Sunday. It was chilly, but we were dressed warmly, so we sat outside in case the Easter Bunny hopped by. Oh, before I forget.....after one of the MAG breakfasts, I don't remember which, we saw a Johnny Depp pirate being arrested. He really did look like him, but he was carrying a real sword and a flint pistol. The pistol was probably fake, but that was a real sword. Anyhow, poor Johnny was draped over the hood of a police car in cuffs. Funny, I always thought that if he got busted, it would be for drugs.

    From there, the ladies dropped me off at the Flamingo. I checked my horse bets from the day before and not one winning ticket! It was a good thing I didn't stay for the races because I would lost a hell of a lot more betting live. I went over the form for the day and played around a little. Nothing hit and I went through $300. A little after noon, I went off the play some BJ there. lost another $300. Okay, it must be the Flamingo's fault....so I headed across the street to Ceasars. More BJ....lost another $300. Some spin poker.....lost another $200. From there I decided I need to take a stab at more VP. But when I reached in my pocket, there were no more hundreds. I had gone through my days allocation. I looked at my watch and it was 1:00. How does this happen? Am I being punished for not only missing church, but "making" my wife and sister miss church too? That has to be it....heathens can't win in Vegas on Easter sunday......okay, I asked you already not to judge me.

    Back to Harrah's for more funds. I passed my wife along the way and she asked me to join her in some VP. I told her I would, but I was on my way to get more funds. She said more funds? It is only 1:15. I have a $%&(#@ watch thank you. As I was walking away, she said...you should have gone to church! There isn't a jury in the world that would have found me guilty if I killed her, but since I do love her, I let it pass and went for more money. Freshly recharged, I went back into battle. But first I had to pass by the twin killers known as my wife and sister. My sister landed the first blow with "she was right, you should have gone to church". And my wife countered with "it is bad enough you didn't go, but because of you none of us went". The trap had been set, I knew it, but as a male I had been powerless to resist. I thanked them for the Easter blessing with a single finger and left to play more spin poker. No real luck there, unless only losing $100 is considered lucky. I decided on another round of Top dollar. At least a hundred will give me some play there. Nope, sorry...not today. I looked at my watch, it is all of 2:30 and I am spending Monday's money.

    Time for a strategy session with the smartest man I know....so I went to the Men's room to wash my face and look in the mirror. Damn, do I look like shit! That is what will happen at my age when you try to get by on 3 hours of sleep a few nights in a row. But the talk with myself did reveal a strategy. Tonight was the opening baseball game. Yankees Vs Red Sox......I the lifelong Yankee fan, my wife the lifelong Sox fan. I would bet the game in the sportsbook, and I would shame my wife into a personal side bet as payback for the bad easter karma. Then I could kill 3 hours or so watching the game. So I made a bet of $220 and went hunting for my wife. I spotted her again sitting with my sister this time playing goldfish. She saw me coming and the first thing she says is "how much do you want to bet that my Sox kick ass tonight?" We settled on $20 as a side bet. Of course this bet would be way more important than the one at sportsbook, even though it was for $200 less. I wandered around a bit, killing time before the 5:00 game. My wife volunteered to bring something back from the Carnegie Deli so we could watch the game without interruption. It was a great game......really great game....but the Yankees lost!! I tore up my ticket, but it didn't hurt nearly as much as handling that $20 to my evil wife. I should add that part of our side bet included that we had to play a game of the others choosing, I had planned to make her play spin poker since she hates it, so I had to endure her choice at some point.

    We went back down to play for a bit. She made me suffer and told me I would have to wait till tomorrow since she still hadn't decided on a game for me to play with her. I wandered around, and tried to play light, but still managed to drop another $300 over the rest of the night. I had a ball this day, but lost my ass...only in Vegas huh? And let me remind you I asked you not to judge!


    April 5th

    Monday...our last full day. I sat by the window with my coffee and paper amazed at how quickly the time passes here. Today we planned a lot of walking around to see the sights. We hadn't been to City Center yet so that was on the adenda for sure. It was overcast and looked like rain, but I had a fleece jacket that would be warm enough. I avoided going downstairs before breakfast after the bad day on Sunday. The three of us walked to MAG and I had my customary steak and eggs. My sister went to play at Paris and my wife and I set off for the Bellagio conservatory. The spring display was cool, but the olive trees were most impressive. They looked transplanted live, but I have no idea how they managed that. We took the tram over to the Monte Carlo stop (thanks HM for the tip!) Wandered around the Aria casino. I expected a dungeon, it is dark, but I didn't think overly so. We stopped by the French guy chocolate place. We each ordered a pastery, my wife a hot tea and me a decaff. I had a 20 in my hand....yup, had to dig for more. They were yummy, but not worth the price of a midnight steak dinner.

    We decided to walk all the way through and see the sights. I don't have any unique impressions, just that it is simply too big. I just don't see any personality anywhere. The various pieces of art and sculpture lack any real theme. It is as if each element of the complex was individually designed with no though as to how it would transition from one spot to the next. We are obviously not MGM folks, so it doesn't matter much anyway. But I doubt I will venture back till we are ready to see Viva Elvis. We had planned on spending a lot of the day at P Ho and working our way back for dinner at Sage. But my wife decided she wanted our last dinner at the Range where she knew she would be happy.

    So we did head over to P Ho. I was busy playing dollar VP when my wife came over and announced ..."I found it". I asked...what did you find? She said...The machine you are going to play with me...come with me. Off we went...I could see it looming ahead of us. Pink....spangles...girly. Yes....sex in the City. I pleaded....begged...offered a coach purse. Nope....she intended to collect her bet. So I sat next to her. The deal is play and either lose $100 or double it...which ever comes first. I am playing max...I want out. The worst possible thing happens....not only don't I lose quickly and painlessly.....I continue to get little hits that push me close to $200, but never over it. I have no trouble dropping $100 when I am trying to win, but I can't lose $100 when I want to. This is still some sort of payback for skipping Easter mass. Then it happens....I get a bonus round! My wife squeals...look you get to choose a dress! I could have died...I knew that every man in the place was looking at me....I could feel my penis retract. I was no longer a man. But I sucked it up....I choose well enough to finish the bonus round at $214. I told my wife....cash it out for me please and walked away fast. I could hear her laughing as I made tracks.

    She caught up with me later and said...now wasn't that fun?? Yea I answered, but my voice was a little squeaky. I was busy drinking a beer to regain my male instincts. We played away the afternoon at P Ho. It adds a few more options for Harrah's players. We intend to try some of the new places to eat next trip. I didn't do too badly there. I think I won around $200, half coming at the expense of my masculinity.

    We had our last dinner at the Range. MY sister didn't join us, she doesn't like a big meal before an early flight and we were on a 6AM flight tomorrow. I headed back for my Top Dollar bank. Again I had a great machine. Playing well over an hour on a $100 buy in. No JP this time, but I more than doubled my money. A couple last spins on some penny machines with little luck. A nice win on the Monkees slot and on spin poker. Overall a good day finacially.

    We left Vegas right on time and everything went smoothly on the way home. We spent most of the trip home talking about the next trip on May 25th when we take 2 of our neices as a college graduation present.

    A good trip for me overall. I lost like $800 out of my bankroll, but my wife stashed over $2000 for our next trip. My wife did okay, finishing a bit ahead. My sister didn't have a winning trip, but she loved every minute of it.

    Thanks for reading!

    Edited to add....I also have a $900 ticket on Butler +7 1/2 to collect next trip.....Shuuuush....don't tell my wife!!
     
  3. MNHornet09

    MNHornet09 Low-Roller

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    Nice report.

    My instincts are crying foul on your decision to change your morning routing on easter morning, not so much on the wife guilting you to not go to church.

    Either way it sounds like you had a blast
     
  4. Thor

    Thor Beer Drinker

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    fabulous read and very funny!!!

    but, one question...what dress did you pick?!?!?! :beer::beer::beer:
     
  5. Rick1323

    Rick1323 Low-Roller

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    I honestly don't remember....I just hit buttons as fast as I could!
     
  6. atcmurph

    atcmurph Watcher Of The Skies

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    That was a really enjoyable report....thanks for taking the time!
     
  7. LA2VegasTrekkers

    LA2VegasTrekkers High-Roller

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    Ham

    Wow! I loved reading your report. It sounds like you all had a great time and it's so great how close you are with your neice! I think you jinxed yourself on Easter by having ham instead of steak!
     
  8. michigander

    michigander Tourist

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    Congratulations on several points.
    Retiring at 62, a years pay, having a fun and winning trip, a winning ticket stashed in your wallet where you used to keep condoms, and writing an excellent report.

    Thanks for taking the time to write it, I enjoyed reading it.
     
  9. Skyy

    Skyy High-Roller

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    Awesome, awesome read. I love the subtle sarcasm and this particular paragraph made me laugh right out loud. Congrats on the retirement!
     
  10. Carol1113

    Carol1113 High-Roller

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    :wink2: What a fantastic report--I really enjoyed it--especially the part about you and sex in the city--just love that game.
    Thanks for the laughs
     
  11. 40boys40

    40boys40 Low-Roller

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    Just LOVED your report, great story.

    Too funny that your wife did not notice you smoking but took the cash and left you with $48.

    Really enjoyed the post, looking forward to your May TR.

    Question, you mentioned your host reminded you to slow your play.....did he suggest this so you don't give it all back or does it have to do with your level of comps?
     
  12. alexanbo

    alexanbo High-Roller

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    Nice report, we probably crossed paths at some point as we spent a little time in the Flamingo book over the weekend meeting up and such.
     
  13. Jinx

    Jinx VIP Whale

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    Great report Rick, congrats on the retirement and some of the basketball bets.
     
  14. Tonez78

    Tonez78 Low-Roller

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    I enjoyed reading your TR. Thanks for taking the time and writing a detailed report. Enjoy that well deserved retirement and have have a good trip next month.

    Tony
     
  15. Motorhead

    Motorhead Low-Roller

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    Great TR!
    -- Loved this line, lol!
     
  16. Rick1323

    Rick1323 Low-Roller

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    Thanks everyone for the comments.

    40boys....He was reminding me to slow down. I have had this same guy for over 5 years now, so he knows me. I have had way too many trips that started well and ended badly because I just keep upping my bets as I win. He knew I was coming back in May and wanted me to "protect my lead" so to speak. I went into a 4 corners the last 2 days.
     
  17. VegasDiva

    VegasDiva VIP Whale

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    Great TR , enjoyable read with wit and humour :)
     
  18. DinarPoker

    DinarPoker Tourist

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    Rick1323,

    Thanks for the excellent trip report and I laughed a couple of times especially the loosing baseball bet and having to play Sex in the City.

    I think you should of stayed with Steak and Eggs on Easter and not ruin your routine.

    Thanks again.
     
  19. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    That host knows which side his bread is buttered on and has confidence in his regular customers. It is better for him (and the casino) for you to win some trips and then be even more committed to your regular trips. If we go out and lose all of the time, the whole thing loses some of the appeal.

    I hope when I get to a higher level of play I have a host who is "in the game" instead of one like I have now @ P HO :grrr: It doesn't make too much difference now, but it will when I am getting more than just "marketing offers"...oh...and I will ask for another host when I go back out to P Ho (if we stay there...).
     
  20. Rick1323

    Rick1323 Low-Roller

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    This guy has his act together. He knows all of his players preferences and their limits. Over dinner he told us about an earlier conversation with one of his clients who was way over his normal limit. He talked him into a round of golf and a show so he basically wouldn't be playing much his last day. His goal is to keep everyone coming back. He knows the house has an edge, he just needs to get us there time after time.
     
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