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Roulette, Shows, and and the Caesars Palace Bathroom, a UKFanatic TR, July 2-5

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  1. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    My Trip Report

    Just got back form a three night stay at Aria and I realized that I haven’t written a proper TR in a while, so here goes ….

    Friend and I flew out to Vegas Wednesday morning on Southwest. Flight was uneventful and we landed right before 9AM. The plan for this trip was a couple shows, some pool time, great meals, and fireworks on the evening of the Fourth. We had so much planned, I wasn’t sure how much gambling time I would get in. And that would be fine. I’ve played less than usual my last couple trips to Vegas. And considering I was averaging over seven hours a day there for a while, playing less would not be a bad thing. But as with most plans, it didn’t go exactly as expected ….

    Limo takes us to the SkySuites and it being a Wednesday, the suite was ready on our arrival. It was a city view on the 36th floor. I swear, it might have been the exact same room I had back in January. Anywho, we quickly unpack, I cahs my Spurs ticket, place a few MLB bets, and then walk over to NYNY. The friend really wanted to ride the roller coaster and I wanted to get a tour of the NYNY suites. I have never seen them and since I go to Vegas so much, finding new ways to mix it up can be fun.

    We go to the VIP lounge and wait on a host I met this past April. She is very friendly. I think most of the staff is that way at NYNY. They know they don’t have the luxury to compete with the mgm sister properties, so I think they strive to pay attention to what their higher rollers want and try hard at customer service. The host and another staffer give us a tour of three suites: the Plaza, The Ritz, and I cannot remember the name of the third one. No matter, the first two were the only interesting ones.

    The Plaza suite is nice. It was on the top floor of the tower just next to checkin and it is the only hotel room on that floor. It had an art deco design and was ginormous. The setup is very different than any other suite I have seen in Vegas. Huge living room, two bedrooms, two baths, a long hallway, a full bar, and great views of the Tropicana/Strip corner down below. The Ritz suite, but decent as well. It has a spa tub in the bedroom, which is always kinda silly and kinda fun. It’s only one bedroom, but it connects to a two bed standard room.

    After the tour, we rode the roller coaster (me once, her twice) and headed back to Aria for our favorite lunch: Julian Serrano. The lunch menu has reduced the number of tapas and added more stuff like burgers, but I have been there enough to know what additional tapas they have on the dinner menu and the restaurant just let us order off that. Tremendous meal as always and great staff!

    One thing I noticed, the bar in the middle of the casino and about four craps tables are gone! Construction boarding is up and you could hear the sounds of significant work taking place behind the boards. No idea if they are just renovating the bar or if its something entirely new. Stupidly, I never thought to ask my host or anyone else what was going up there. Oh well.

    After that, we hit the blackjack tables in the high limit for a few minutes. Played DD, won some hands, and headed upstairs a few grand richer. We decided to rest up a bit before our dinner and show Wednesday night because we left home so early that morning. I chilled at my computer, did a smidge of work, and she passed out on the bed. After an hours, she was still sleeping and I decided to hit the tables again.

    Went back down to the high limit and bounced between mostly blackjack and a little baccarat. Won a little bit more and then decided to head back up and start getting ready for the evening. Good thing, because my MLB bets were not going well.

    We head to dinner at Javiers and eat some excellent food. Then its limo over to the Rio for Penn and Teller. I use my TR points to buy us a couple tickets at the reserved tables and we still have an hour to kill so we check out the WSOP. What a madhouse of people. The friend loves it, as she is a recreational poker player back home. She buys some WSOP souveniers for her and her friends and then we’re off to see Penn and Teller.
    I saw this show seven years ago. It was great then and maybe even better now. I was really impressed that in an almost two hour show, only two of the bits were recycled from the performance I saw seven years ago. I know they say they are always adding new stuff to the show, but that was proof for me. Great fun and we got our picture with Teller in the hallway afterward.

    We limo back to the Ari and I am exhausted. No more gambling tonight. Even with the MLB losses, I am up $7k for the day and I’m happy. Hell, I was only hoping to win between $8k and $10k for the entire trip! So I’m already almost there. I crash, but set an alarm for our spa appointments in the morning.

    Next morning is the spa. I have written on here before how the Aria spa is my favorite in Vegas. Slightly disappointed this time, but only because my masseuse was below average. I got an 80 minute signature massage and then hang out and use the amenities for another hour. I realize I still have an hour to kill before my friend is supposed to meet me. So I head downstairs, place one silly four team parlay on baseball (which promptly gets ruined by the early game, lol), and then head back to the blackjack high limit. A dealer I like is working, so I sit down at the only open DD table with two other players.

    One of the other players is betting a black chip a hand. Clearly, he has been there since early in the morning because the limit is now $500. The other guy at the table is playing three spots at anywhere between $500 and $5k per spot. As soon as I sit down, they both look me over circumspectly. I’m sure I look like some punk in shorts, sandals, unshaven and an old t-shirt. But after they see I have a Noir card and take out a $20k marker, they seem to relax. I have no idea why. They haven’t seen me play a hand yet. But after that, for whatever reason, they immediately seem more comfortable.
    The first shoe is pretty cold and I am down $4k pretty quickly. Fortunately, the second shoe is much better, I won or pushed every hand. Felt awful for the bigger player next to me. He must have lost $30k on that shoe alone. After getting up a few thousand, I reduce my bets and win a little more. My friend shows up earlier than expected, which is perfect. I color up and we walk over to 550 for a slice of pizza.

    We down the pizza in the sports book and then catch the tram to Bellagio. We stop in the conservatory for a few minutes to look at the finches on display and then walk over to Caesars. We buy tickets for Absinthe that evening and then head into the Caesars high limit. We grab seats at an empty baccarat table and start playing $300 a hand. It’s a solid shoe to start, a lot of bankers, and after sixty hands, I am up almost $4k. Another player sits down and starts slowing down the game, so I color up and cash out.

    Funny aside, while I am cashing out at the cage, my friend goes to the ladies room. When she comes out, she is laughing. I ask what happened and she said there was only one operational stall in the high limit ladies room, so there was a line. As she waited in line, she struck up a conversation with the woman in line behind her. Somehow, the conversation turns to the bathroom amenities and my friend comments about having mouthwash in there is a nice touch. The other lady then proceeds to tell her how she can’t use regular mouthwash because of her receding gums. My friends says nothing and the other lady then decides to pull apart her lips and show off her receding gums. So for the record: Caesars Palace, one functional potty in the high limit where you can also get an unsolicited dental exam. Stay classy, Caesars. Stay classy …..

    Aftr that we head to the forum shops because the friend has never been there. We walk through a few stores, but don’t really want to buy anything. She decides she wants a vegas style novelty drink so we head to Paris and get her one of those ridiculous frozen drinks in a foot tall Eiffel Tower glass. She’s sick of it before we can even make it back to Aria. But hey, she had the experience, lol.

    At Aria, I head over to Jean Phillipe and buy some chocolate for me and my office. Considering I have only put in a couple hours of play and I’m confident my average bet is less than $1k, I begin to think that my host is not going to cover any of this stuff. Doesn’t matter, I have the express comps to pay for it. But still, free chocolate is better than EC chocolate. Then again, both are better than paying for chocolate. Of course, a few hours after I had that thought, my gambling on this trip would change where I wouldn’t need to worry about getting everything comped.

    After chocolate, we stop in the high limit again. The same guy who was playing black chips at BJ that morning, is still there playing black chips. The second DD table is now open, so we jump on there, do a hit and run to the tune of $3k, and decide we will play that money together at roulette. We go to the bac rom and jump on the roulette table in the back corner. When I pick the numbers, we lost. When my friend picks the numbers, we win. So finally I wise up and just let her pick. We leave table up another $1k. Sweet. Time to rest up before dinner and Absinthe.

    We don’t have a dinner plan on Thursday, so I ask the friend what she wants. She wants Julian Serrano again. Did I mention she has excellent taste? So we go back down there and get different tapas this time. Another excellent meal and we’re off to Absinthe.

    I saw Absinthe last summer and loved it. The show still good the second time around. Even though my seats were closer this time, I liked my seats last year more. Personally, I prefer sitting close to the stage where the Gazillionaire and Pinny do most of their bits. A few changes form the show last year, but pretty much the same. Fun, raunchy stuff.

    We get back to Aria. I’m kind of tired, but the walk wore me up a bit. So I tell my friend, why don’t we play thirty minutes of BJ and then call it a night. And by “we” I mean why don’t I play some BJ and you can get some high end drinks. She loves that idea and everyone is happy. We grab seats at a DD table and I get $10k in purple chips. She gets a Manhattan. I proceed to lose all of those and decide to take out a marker of $30k in yellow chips. She gets more Manhattans. Playing the yellow chips and betting $1k to $3k per hand I am able to win my $10k back. Once I get back to even, I switch back to playing $10k worth of purple chips. And again, I lose all of them. Switch to yellow, win the $10k back. This pattern repeats until I realize I have been playing for three hours. For the life of me, I cannot win playing purple chips, but fortunately I am getting lucky when I play the yellow. So after fighting to get back my $10k for the umpteenth time, I decide to play one more show, but this time stick with yellow chips. Great choice! I win several thousand and we color up!

    My friend is drunk on Manhattans so we stop by the roulette wheel again and start playing $500 per spin. This time, both of us pick winners and losers and after an hour of play, we are break even at the table and decide to go to bed. We get back to the room, it’s 2Am and I count my chips. I realize that I am up about $20k for the trip! Sweet! And I know I got more hours in today than planned, so my host should be happy too.

    We sleep until late morning and then decide to hit the pool. We get down there about 10. It being Fourth of July, we expected it to be packed. It really wasn’t all that bad. The temperature is perfect and we relax for a couple hours. After cleaning up, we talk about paying a little high limit roulette before lunch. Four tables are open in the bac room and the one in the high limit BJ room is also open. All but one, however, are reserved! A dealer I made friends with the other day tells us that there are a lot of Brazillian high rollers in town for the World Cup game and they love roulette. The one open table has too many smokers at it, so we just decide to go to lunch.

    We tram over to Bellagio and eat dim sum at Noodles. The food is excellent. I have no idea what is in those sesame balls, but they are delicious. If I had to guess, I would say ……… sesame.

    After that we each lost a little at vid poker at Bellagio and then head back to Aria. When we get back, we head over to roulette and promptly lose $1500 very quickly. We were only betting a couple hundred a spin, but we only had one winner the entire time at the table.

    After that, she decides she wants to go upstairs and rest and I decide to keep playing. I head back to BJ and its like déjà vu. Lose $10k in purple chips, win it back with yellow chips. That happens a couple times, so I decide to stick with yellow chips. An hour later, I am up another $10k! For the rest of the afternoon, I bounce between baccarat and BJ and keep winning. As soon as I abandoned the purple chips, it was like I could not lose. There were losing streaks, but I did not leave any single table down.

    After the Brazil game, the Brazillian high rollers descended on the high limit room in a very good mood. I then observed something I have never seen at roulette. One of the high rollers starts betting black and purple chips across every number on the layout! And not just a single chip. He is putting stacks out, as well as some splits. But he is seriously covering every single number with at least $200. He’s betting upwards of $50k a spin and for the life of me, I could not figure out what he was doing. I mean, I guess he was hedging his bets significantly, but the odds of him actually profiting on any spin was almost zero. I figured out that with the splits and different amounts on some numbers (he really like 1), he would make a very small profit if those bigger numbers hit. But I mean, I estimated that he would only make a couple thousand if he hit his biggest couple of numbers. And instead, he was losing a couple thousand and virtually every spin. He started mid afternoon and I saw him still playing at that table five hours later. Just unbelievable!

    Eventually, I head back upstairs and get ready for dinner. We eat at Sirio and have an excellent meal. The ricotta dumplings are a killer appetizer! After that, we decide to head down to the sports book and watch the end of the baseball games I bet that day. I won all of them on Friday! Which made my total for sports betting for the trip was down a whopping six bucks (I’m not including my big Spurs victory that I cashed).

    After that, we talk about going outside to see fireworks, but the sky opened up. One of the bigger rains I have every personally experienced in Vegas! So we end up staying in and playing baccarat, BJ, and roulette. After losing a couple thousand at roulette, I decided to chase the loss at baccarat. I lose $15k pretty quick. Of course, $8k of it was one banker bet that missed. Whoops. So I take out a $30k marker and fortunately the bank hits seven in a row! I make my $15k back and then some. After that, we decide to call it a night and pack up before our early flight this morning.

    I go upstairs and collect all my chips. They total exactly fifty thousand. It was probably being tired after three days of fun, but I cracked up at that. A big win is always fun. But I have never had my chips by the end of a trip equal such a rounds total! Including my other wins, I finished the trip up almost $57k. I cash out the chips, confirm with my host that she will take care of all the spa and miscellaneous charges, pack, and collapse. Slept half the flight back today and now I am at home already thinking about my next trip out there in about six weeks. Overall, a great time! Hope you enjoyed reading.
     
  2. sindustry

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    Awesome quick little trip! I'm still waiting for a trip where the chips keep flowing to me and stay with me.
     
  3. jamesxnj

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    Thanks great TR !!
     
  4. floridavegas

    floridavegas Low-Roller

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    Thanks for posting! Great trip report!
     
  5. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    what a dream trip! almost every session a solid win. I hear ya about those damn purple chips....I don't think I've ever won a bet with those, or many bets where I do a stack of 20 greens on roulette. $500 bets must be like $50 bills---bad luck.

    Anyway I enjoyed the hell out of your trip report and I'm happy for you on the extremely nice result!
     
  6. VegasDave

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    awesome trip! What a win!
     
  7. blackjacker2

    blackjacker2 Low-Roller

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    Contrats and what a great TR, thank you. You packed in a great deal in such a short time and won big overall. Surely it can't get better than that?!
     
  8. WHITEJACKET73

    WHITEJACKET73 Low-Roller

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    Congrats on going home in the "chips". I witnessed a similar situation at the roulette table a couple of years ago(Rio casino). A couple of middle aged ladies were betting on every number on the table every spin with various amounts on each number. I watched this phenomenon for about ten minutes before shaking my head and hopping the shuttle for the Strip. A couple of hours later I saw the same two ladies doing the same thing at a roulette table at Harrah's..incredible. They seemed to be having a great time, but their betting strategy left me scratching my head in bewilderment.
     
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    natedog666 17 and 20 Expert

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    Hey Great Win! Always best to win 5x what you expected :)
     
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    kevstf Low-Roller

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    Great trip report UK! Got me psyched up for my own trip now :)
     
  11. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    lol, never thought about it like that. But since you wrote it, I remember now that Thursday night in the high limit I reached into my bankroll to get a tip for the server and noticed I had a fifty in there. I even remarked to my friend, "where did that come from??" :confused2: Now I know where my bad luck streaks came from
     
  12. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    It was just unbelievable. The only explanation I could think of was that he just loved action or that he was doing it for comps (because, essentially, every bet was one giant hedge to minimize his losses). I would estimate that his theo for Friday afternoon was over 125k. But I would also estimate that his actual loss was over $300k. I think he lost a couple thousand every spin. even if he hit one of his good numbers, his actual profit on those spins could not have been more than $10k
     
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    Great report! I love Julian Serrano also - my favorite is the mushroom risotto. Congrats on the wins!!!
     
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    Loved the trip report... well done sir.... I hope to take LV for half that when I go :) :)
     
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    Great TR and it is always better to come home on top. Congrats!
     
  16. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I agree 100%! It's no longer on the lunch menu, but they will still make you some if you ask
     
  17. KellyLovesVegas

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    Congrats on your awesome winning trip, UK!

    The Caesars HL restroom experience was funny - what is it about standing on line that compels (some) women to over share?

    Thanks for the entertaining TR!
     
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    thanks for the TR. I think I'll stick to the normal bathroom where people avoid direct eye contact.
     
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    Congrats on the win! Trips where you're up from the beginning are so much more fun.

    I'm surprised you didn't play craps. I didn't know they had DD in the Aria HL room. I only remember shoe games but my memory is a little hazy and maybe it was there but no one was playing it the times I've gone in.
     
  20. UKFanatic

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    I have played less and less craps over the past year. Seems like I go through phases where I primarily focus on one or two games. But this is the first trip in many years where I didn't play craps at all.

    There are two DD tables in the carta privata high limit (or as I call it so my friends can find me, the big room next to the cashier with the brown glass walls). One of them is across from and facing the roulette table. The other is across from and faces the bar. During the week, only one of the tables is open. Starting Thursdays, they open the second one in the evening and usually both run all weekend. There are also seven shoe games in that room and usually at least three are open.

    In the bac high limit, they had two shoe games set up, but Friday night was the only time I saw them open. Seems like they alternate between two and zero BJ tables in that room
     
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