The Trip In just 48 hours I will be arriving in fabulous Las Vegas! Unfortunately, I'll only be there for about an hour before I catch my connecting flight to Not-Quite-As-Fabulous Reno! Yeah, I ran out of hundies so I had to paperclip the last bill in a circle. Need I remind you, this is a low-roller trip report. Now don't get me wrong, I love Reno. In fact, as far as gambling goes, I prefer it significantly over Las Vegas. I love the skywalk-adjoined downtown area, the sweaty Cal-Neva and Sands, and the wide array of people that they attract. But what Reno has in gambling it lacks in everything else that Las Vegas has to offer. But hey, I'll be in Vegas next month, so no worries. This will be my second trip to Reno. I make my annual pilgrimage to Mecca's neighbor to the north exactly once a year to play in the world's largest cribbage tournament. I'll be honest though, if this tournament was in a non-gambling city, I probably would be more hesitant to go. I do enjoy playing cribbage, but ever since I discovered the Biggest Little City in the World last year I have been itching to come back. The Hotels Apart from the fantastic gambling options, the best part of Reno is the generous comps by almost every casino. While I play almost every game, I usually just roll with 25c VP, $10BJ, $25 Pai Gow tiles. The level of play that wouldn't even get me on the radar in Las Vegas was met with free rooms, dining credit, and free play at my choice of Eldorado, Harrah's, and Sands. This trip I will be staying at Eldorado 2 nights comp, then Sands Regency for the next 3 days, 2 of which are comped. While I did have comped rooms at other places, there are several other people from my local grassroots cribbage organization who are all staying at the Sands, so it just made sense to stay there. I stayed at the Sands for 4 nights last year, and while it certainly wasn't any Vegas strip hotel room, it was very clean and had all of the necessary amenities. The Gambling I'm currently on a bit of a heater after the super bowl, winning my work's $5 winner-take-all NFL Fantasy Playoffs Pool for a cool $170 (remember, rolling low!). Coupled with my stash of two dollars bills and my REN° hundies pictured above, the gambling bankroll comes out to a cool $2k. Being an all-around gambler, I am an absolute sucker for promotions. Like, any promotions. Last year, the Sands was running a promo where if you got 15 blackjacks, you received an 'I *heart* BJs' t-shirt. One of my life's biggest regrets was only getting 12 blackjacks at the Sands last year. I've found that these cheesy type of promotions don't always make it to the casino websites, so I will be keeping an eye out. I'll definitely be hitting up Circus Circus for a free pair of dice/deck of cards with any suited blackjack: http://www.circusreno.com/casino/win-a-friend.aspx. Apart from that, we will just see what comes up. I'll be solo my first 2 days in Reno which will lend itself to proper degenning. My last 3 days there I'll be rooming with a poker dealer who I met at a previous cribbage tournament. I've heard good things about the poker rooms in Reno: low limits and non-NLHE games. Last year the only poker I played was some $2-$6 spread limit at the Sands. I'll see if I can't find an Omaha or Stud game going on while I there. I'm also going to check out the William Hill online sports betting app. I saw a promo they're doing, and while I don't normally bet sports, I think the 10% bonus they provide seems like a good +EV opportunity to expand my horizons. The Drinking I am literally 5 minutes away from my local casino. It's a great casino. It has $5 3:2 blackjack, a large poker room with several games, 9/6JoB, $5 craps, and the best horse track in Iowa. But the drinks are not free, so I don't go. Even though my wife doubts me every time I say it, my stack of freshly minted $1 bills are for one thing and for one thing only, tips for free drinks. I plan on doing some sleuthing around Reno to find where I can find a good comp beer selection. Lately I have been on an Imperial Stout kick. I liked Founders Breakfast Stout so much I decided to brew my own 5 gallon batch of it! I've been watching my carbs for 2 months now, but that is all going out the window for this trip. Get me a smooth cigar, an imperial stout, and 99.7%+ payback on bartop machines, and I'm good to go. I've gotten several good ideas from the What Are You Drinking thread here on VMB, and I intend to sample as much as I can on this trip. I'll be trying my best to get some live updates going, and should have no problem posting some pictures my first few days there. Let me know if anyone has some good suggestions on VP bars and/or promos going on in Reno this week!