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Roller Coaster of a Trip Cut a Bit Short

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by UKFanatic, Jan 10, 2011.

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  1. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    My Trip Report

    This past weekend was my first trip to Vegas in nearly three months, so I’d had enough time to build up some good anticipation for the trip. No single specific reason for the trip, but plenty of good excuses: one friend in town for the CES, another there for AEE, and for me, NFL playoff wagering. Packed my bags the night before and, to my surprise, got a good nights sleep.

    Woke up in the morning Friday and drove to BNA for my four day/three night trip. Flight was packed with Auburn fans. I guess the flight continued to Arizona after stopping in Vegas. Titans coach Jeff Fisher was sitting in the row in front of me. I should have seized the opportunity to glean some inside NFL knowledge on the playoff teams. It certainly would have helped me on Saturday (keep reading….).

    Napped for most of the flight and landed in Vegas on time. Grabbed my bags and caught a shuttle to the Aria. Breezed through the invited guest check in and confirmed my comps for the weekend. I asked for a Cityview room and they gave me one unlike any I stayed in on previous stays at aria. The room had a very narrow window, but spread out from there like a fan. So the room layout was different from the standard Aria room and, I think, slightly larger, but I didn’t like it as much. The desk and TV are farther away from the bed and I like to watch sports news each night as I go to bed. Still, I like Aria’s rooms generally and I try not to complain when I get things for free.

    Stuffed some cash in my pockets, grabbed my notes on the evening’s basketball games, and headed out for some lunch. I strolled over to Dragon Noodle at Monte Carlo, sat at the bar, ordered some decent vegetable fried race, and planned out what sports wagers to place that evening.

    The weather was overcast, but warm, so I decided I would walk to the PHo after lunch and place some bets. From my experience, the CET books have slightly better lines than the MGM books, so I always try to place bets there when its convenient.

    Walked down to the PHo, grabbed a seat in the book, and finalized my action. Now, so far this year, I was up on NFL and NBA wagers (although I wasn’t picking nearly as well as I had the past few years) and I was up on college basketball picks, after coming off two straight years of having a losing wagering record. Looking back, I wish I had paid a little more attention to my notes and reached the obvious conclusion; I should be sticking to wagers on college ball and avoiding NBA and NFL bets. But its playoff weekend!!! And I thought I was a lot smarter than it turns out I was :ssst:

    Placed several NBA bets ranging from $75 to $200 each, and then decided to go ahead and place some NFL bets. I liked where the lines were at, thought they might shift on Saturday or Sunday, so I decided to go ahead and jump on the bets I liked most. And the wager I liked most, everyone say it with me now…..the New Orleans Saints. I wagered $6k on the Saints. Yes, I am, in fact, that dumb.

    A bet that was made even more dumb because I ignored one of my cardinal rules of NFL wagering: avoid betting against home dogs. That rule has always served me well, but I had watched Seattle play three poor games this year and I knew Hassleback’s playoff performance history had been mediocre at best. So I went ahead and plunked down the money and got my ticket. I left the PHo ignorantly happy that I would be rolling in easy money by dinner Saturday night.

    After that, I decided to check out the Cosmo. I had read many of the reviews online of the opening weekend and was very intrigued to check it out. Overall, I was not impressed. The giant chandelier is a cool feature, but I just don’t understand the ooing and awing over this place. Maybe the rooms are nice, but the casino wasn’t very special to me. IMO, it’s poorly laid out and nothing special. Still, I signed up for a players card so I get their mailers, popped $50 in a VP machine and lost it all in under ten minutes. Thanks Cosmo.

    Walked back to Aria and decided to get down to the business of some serious table games. Started at craps, playing $35 dark side line with full odds. Made $300 in half an hour and switched over to a mini bac table. Bet $50 per hand for an hour and walked away up $200. It was getting later into the afternoon, so I decided to clean up and rest a bit before meeting my friends for dinner.

    Cleaned up and walked over to Belagio. Met one of my friends, but our other friend called us to let us know she was running late. So he and I grabbed seats at a mini bac table and played for a while to pass the time. An hour later, I’m up $170, he’s down a few hundred, and our friend finally shows. We decide to try Olives for dinner, but after reviewing the menu, we all decide its not for us. We decide to head back to American Fish at Aria. We decide to take the tram from Bellagio, which also takes us by the conservatory. The current display has very cool lighting, but not as interesting florals as other displays I have seen. Go at night, it looks better.

    At American Fish there is a private party going on that takes up half the restaurant. We decide to grab seats at the bar and split a bunch of appetizers from the happy hour menu, After that, we head downstairs for more craps. Again, dark side comes out ahead for me, my friends lose playing the pass side, but we all drink salty dogs and have a good time.

    Midnight approaches the my friends bail as they have to get up for their respective conventions in the morning. So I fly solo for the rest of the night and hit the bj tables. Play $50 per hand while I sit next to a nice lady that works for AT&T. She keeps wanting to tell me about their U-verse product and I politely listen because the alternative is to talk to the drunken buffoon sitting at first base. He was your typical obnoxious, drunken bj player. No matter what decision I made it was the wrong one….even when I was playing exactly as he suggested. So after one shoe of that, I’m up $75 and it’s time to go.

    I walk down to the book to check my NBA bets. I’m down a little under $200 on the day’s sports bets, but I’m not sweating it because I know, KNOW, the Saints are going to come through for me tomorrow.

    Start to head back to my room when the high limit area catches my eye. I’m wearing a decent suit, so I figure I won’t stand out too much if I simply decide to stroll through and check out the action. To my surprise, they have one Bac table set up with a $100 minimum. It’s next to a table with a $1,000 minimum and across from a reserved table where a group of asian players are betting $10k per hand! With that kind of action, I was surprised to see the $100 table. Normally, I play green chips, with the occasional black chip thrown in. But I’m still buzzed from the salty dogs, up for the day, and figure I might as well give it a shot. At the very least, it will make for a good story to tell my friends the next day.

    The staff in the high roller room was great. Super friendly, laid back, and fun to play with. My dealer and host chatted with me casually for an hour while I played. At the end of it, I find myself up $800 and decide to cash out. They seem generally happy for me. I tip them a couple greens and head up to bed.

    Wake up early Saturday because the college games start at 9am local time. I sit in the book, review my notes and the lines, and drink some juice. After an hour or review, I place a dozen bets ranging from $75 to $200 each. I decide I’ll place some NBA bets later in the day, probably when I am back at the PHo cashing in my big Saints win (bwahahahahahaha).

    Head to the Spa after that. I won’t bore you with all the Spa details, but the Aria Spa is one of my favorites in Vegas. Message me if you want more details on why.

    Three hours later, I walk back over to the PHo to eat at Earl of Sandwich (first time, very good), place some NBA bets, and watch the start of the Saints game. Saints go up ten nothing and I have a very high opinion of myself. I decide to take a walk and eventually head to Bellagio to meet my friends that evening.

    I stop off at Flamingo to play some craps. Play for an hour and I’m up another $300. Feeling great, I stroll over to the Bellagio sportsbook.

    What in the blue hell happened?!?!?! Seahwaks??? Really???? They were down ten nothing!!!! Arghhhh. I find a bar to settle in and watch the fourth quarter, all the while silently berating myself for betting so much on the Saints. Definitely not happy, but I know I can make it up on the next NFL game. See, I’m smart like that.

    So I wager $4k on the Colts minus 2, feeling good, but not nearly as confident as I was in the Saints (and that worked out so well!)

    I don’t want to watch the game so I find a mini bac table and play at $50 a hand. Fifteen minutes later, I am down a grand. Stupid Player bet must have hit a dozen times in a row.

    So my friends arrive just in time to find me miserable. I act like I’m not (and really, it is only money and I can afford to lose it, but still its more fun to win than lose). We head toward the Bellagio buffet line and it’s a mile long. We decide to walk over to Paris, find a shorter buffet line and pretty soon we are chowing down.

    I’ve liked the Paris buffet in the past, but it was flat out bad this evening. Bad service and bad food. Very disappointing.

    I tell my friends my tale of playing in the high roller lounge last night and I can tell they don’t believe me. So I suggest we head back to Aria and play there tonight. I check my college ball bets (8 wins, 4 losses, so I am happy) and I see that the Colts are ahead and in control.

    By the time we get to Aria, the Colts are down. Then they are up 2 with a minute to play. Good, I’ll take a push. Then they lose on a last second kick. Oh crap! Why did I chase one bad bet with another stupid bet?!?!? Worse, I start checking my NBA bets and I am getting creamed! Although I’m up approximately $2k at the tables, I estimate that I am down almost $12k in the sportsbook. Not good. So what’s my solution: another large bet!!!! The Aria book is about to close, but I get in an $8k bet on the Ravens minus 1.5 for the first half against the Chiefs in the morning. I figure if I am going down in flames, I might as well go down big. The friends and I then head over the high roller room.

    I play bac at $200 per hand and they watch. More people at the table this time. Very friendly players. One guy betting multiple yellow chips per hand thought I was his good luck charm so he kept following my bets. The table is up and down, but after an hour I walk away up $400. Yellow chip guy tried to get me to stay, but I was tired. As we left, my buddy informed me that yellow chip guy is a famous poker player. Whatever, I don’t play poker and don’t know the stars, but my friend seemed to like it. Yellow chip poke guy was cool and we all had fun.

    Drink with my friends for a while longer and head to bed at 1. here’s where the story gets weird. Not sure why, but I wake up at 7 am on Sunday with the feeling that something is wrong. Check my email. Sister had emailed me telling me to check the weather channel. Big snowstorm headed to the South Sunday evening. Uh oh. My flight is Monday and I absolutely have to be back at work on Tuesday (telling a judge that gambling in Vegas is why I missed Court on Tuesday doesn’t make the best impression!). So I jump on the Southwest website and, remarkably, find a flight home at 1pm. I’m stunned, thought there was no chance of getting home before the snow. So I make the change, realize I need to leave the hotel by 11:30, and throw everything in my bags. It’s only 8, so I figure I have a few hours left to gamble. Besides, the tables will keep my mind off the Ravens game.

    I but in for $1500 at a craps table and bounce between craps and mini bac tables for the next three hours. By the time I’m done, I’ve doubled my money. Realize its time for me to check out. Run upstairs to get my bags and see the Ravens score: Chiefs 7, Ravens 3. I’m actually ok with that. I had already come to terms with the fact that I was losing a ton of money on this trip.

    I check out and decide to walk to one of the bars to check the halftime score on the Ravens game on my way out. There’s one minute to go, Ravens still down seven, but they are driving. They cross midfield. Big catch by heap puts them in the red zone. QB runs the ball down to the seven. Twenty seconds left, Flacco to Ray Rice, walks into the end zone, Ravens up three. I am ecstatic!!!!!! Half ends and I run to see my casino host to see if she can get me paid quickly without waiting in the line at the book. I’ve get to get to the airport! My host wasn’t in yet, but another host took me to see one of the book managers. He opened a line for me, has one of the employees count out almost $15k as the manager invites me back for SB weekend. I ask him to hold that thought until March Madness, stuff the cash into one of my bags and run for the airport!

    Made it home, ready for Court tomorrow, and already planning my next trip to Vegas in about six weeks. Sorry to have my trip cut short by weather, but thrilled with the huge hit at the end. Now, I need some sleep. :Þ
     
  2. letsgo2vegas

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    WOW is all I can say...you sir did very good, especially considering all the huge downs.
    thanks for taking the time to write this!
     
  3. bighead1970

    bighead1970 High-Roller

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    Great trip report

    Great trip report. Loved the gambling stories. If you are going the first weekend of march madness the board has a big get together. I can't wait for the madness to begin!!
     
  4. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Have gone to Vegas for March Madness each of the past four years, but only joined the board this past July. Already have my plane ticket for MM this year, so I will definitely keep my eyes open for the get together. Thanks
     
  5. zerofan

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    Great report, Sick losses on the NFL though......at least you have the guts to bet out like that!

    Sounds like you didnt come home as badly bruised as you could have. :peace:
     
  6. Tuna

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    Do you think the earlier losses had something to do with how bad the Paris buffet was? I find that when I'm losing, everything tastes like shit.
     
  7. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I probably would not have bet out like that, but I felt very good about the Ravens. In the end, I just got lucky. Only left town down a couple thousand, which was fantastic since I woke up Sunday morning staring down a $20k loss.

    Unfortunately, the food at Paris was just plain bad that evening. Worse than the gambling losses, my dinner was probably more ruined by the fact that it took a server twenty minutes to come to our table and get our drink order. I know it was a busy Saturday night, but twenty minutes was kinf of ridiculous.
     
  8. Jinx

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    Enjoyed the report a lot. Definitely a wild ride, and nice call on getting the early flight home, I've been stuck in Vegas due to snow with no flights out for three days, total nightmare depending on the job.
     
  9. techie223

    techie223 High-Roller

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    Good to hear you recouped a portion of your losses. Guess you can also count beating the storm as a win :beer:

    Thanks for the TR.
     
  10. frank5465

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    how did you get $15k you said you chucked it in and bet $8 on Ravens but lost $6k on Saints and $4k on Colts? i also didnt count the Basketball losses did you bet a Parlay? to get the $15 k anyway you slice you have huge nuts to chuck it in but thats waht Gambling is isnt it?
     
  11. pass line man

    pass line man Low-Roller

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    ahhhh.... chasing losses.

    So healthy

    And...... So familiar!!!

    Nice Comeback and thanks for the report!!
     
  12. TrekTiger

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    Nice TR and very nice hit on the Ravens

    I think he means he got the original 8K wagered plus the ~7K+ he won for a total out of ~15K
     
  13. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Actually, I did round up a bit on the Ravens win just because round numbers seem like a better flow for a story. I was laying -120 on the bet, so the win netted me my original $8k back plus approximately $6700 for the win. And I was approximately $20k down at the book when I woke up Sunday morning because I got hammered on several $200 NBA bets Saturday night. Definitely my worst night of NBA betting in the past five years :(
     
  14. Totti

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    That's awesome. I would have tried to chase it back on Roulette =)
     
  15. Ice Tray

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    Awesome and gutsy SB action, DANG!! I know what teams I like in the NFL and which ones I don't but when you middle the outcome with a spread that blurs it up for me to the point where I never know what to do. I need a SB expert to educate me while I am right inside the sportsbook so I can fire off questions. I suppose its easier to learn about sports betting in the sportsbook than to learn about craps at the table since its more of a "buy your bets and wait" environment.
     
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