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Royal Flush, Shows Shows Shows and Hooker count. IP 4/11-16/11

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Cowgo, Apr 17, 2011.

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  1. Cowgo

    Cowgo Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    FLIGHT
    Took Delta's circuitous route from KC to Minneapolis and then down to Vegas. Weird but cheap. Orbitz deal, RT from KC, 5 nights at IP and car rental for $700 bucks. I had to drive when landing and when returning so no pre or post gaming for me.

    HOTEL
    The Imperial Palace is, well, the Imperial Palace. Basic bedding in a great location. Instead of the $20 dollar trick, I tried the “Cowgo trick” i.e., a smile and a request for a complimentary upgrade for a repeat customer. Score! Kinda. Went from back tower room to front tower room.

    Here's the room:

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    and the wonderful view of the roof top HVAC units:

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    FOOD
    I tried to hit many of the suggestions from this site. The Ellis Island steak deal really is a great deal. A bit of a walk but plenty of food and a fantastic micro brew. Did the Earl of Sandwich (really hyped by the 5 Hundy by Midnight podcast gang) in the PH Miracle Mile shops... ehhh, basically a Quiznos that serves beer. MSS burger and brew was another great deal. Did the Hash House a GoGo, since I was right there at IP. Decent value and food for the money, but nothing to rave about.

    It's not food (though they did serve chips and peanuts) but I spent most mornings at Fuentes Cigar bar in Ceasers Forum shops. Usually had the coffee or a neat single malt with a nice Fuente Maduro or Robusto.

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    SHOWS
    This was the year of the shows. On Monday it was the BeatlesShow! At the Saxe. They're always a fun group to see. It was a different “Paul” this year though. He played the bass right handed, bleh. The “George” was completely over the top awesome. Looked and sounded just like the real deal. Although the sound is extremely crappy (much much better live) here's my Iphone video of him doing While My Guitar Gently Weeps:

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    Monday night it was Zumanity at NYNY. Plenty of acrobatic boobage and a few laughs, but I was disappointed. It was just missing that unidentifiable entertainment factor.

    Tuesday night I took in Absinthe at Ceasars Palace. They have a big beer garden for pre-show fun.

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    Excellent beers on Tap. Kronenberg, a Belgian Wit, and several others. Real beer, not the stuff that's brewed through a horse...you know, Bud, Coors, Miller, the stuff beer drinkers drink when they're not drinking beer.

    Absinthe is billed as Cirque de Soliel channeled through the Rocky Horror Picture Show. So true. It was easily the best show I saw that week. Gut wrenching funny and awe inspiring acrobatics and stunts. I thought seriously about skipping another show that week to see it again. 2 thumbs up high in the air.

    Wednesday was a painful reminder not to break the number one absolute iron clad rule of seeing shows in Vegas...stop drinking beer 2 hours before the show. I saw Carrot Top and for the first 20 minutes I had to go so bad the fillings in my teeth hurt, I was muttering “stop making me laugh” hahaha, ouch, hahaha , ooooooo, ha, I GOTTA GO. I had a 3rd row seat in the middle so this wasn't going to be unnoticed. I hopped over my seat to the wider handicapped row behind me (stepping on a lady's foot who was in a wheel chair, sorry ma'am) I heard the usher speak into his lapel mic, “we got a jumper in 3” When I got back I received the stern “we don't let people climb over seats” speech by the usher and directed to a little chair by the door. Small theater so it was still a decent seat. The guy is truly an unexpected laugh riot. Highly recommended.

    Thursday I took in the Vegas Mob Experience in the Trop. Not a fan of the interactive actors experience, but it was an interesting and entertaining way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon for not much money. Thursday night I saw Beatles LOVE for the 2nd time at the Mirage. Despite the general opinion that there isn't a bad seat in the house, I proved the exception to that rule. My steeply discounted ticket turned out to be the very last row at the very top of the theater. Sec. 304, row ff. It was a completely different experience this time around. I was able to closely view the performers use little pen lights to harness up before flying down to the stage. The show was still wonderful and I enjoyed it, but not near as much as last year when I was closer and much lower.

    Friday night I used Tix4tonight to get a 2nd row seat to KA at the MGM. Much of the action was overhead and behind me, so I did a lot of neck craning, but it was cool to be so close to the performers when they were front and center. The staging and mechanical aspects of the show were a marvel to see. KA's story line was disjointed and not very interesting (at least to me) but it was a very entertaining CDS experience, one that I would recommend just for the theater itself.

    GAMBLING
    I didn't play much BJ, but I should have. The 3 times I did (at EL Cortex, O'Sheas and Golden Gate) I doubled up. My rule is that once I double up I leave the table ahead. Up $300 on BJ. The few times I got pavlov'ed into playing slots I lost. 20 in, 20 handle pulls, zilch, next, 20 in, 20 handle pulls zilch, and so on. I mainly do VP at Casino bars to enjoys cigars and easily reached beers. I was up and down all trip on VP till Thursday night at the Flamingo circle bar, my first Royal!

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    HOOKER COUNT
    I was traveling solo this year. As a solo traveling middle aged guy who spends a lot of time playing VP at casino bars, I was prime hooker bait and the bait was good this year evidently. I shoo'd away at least 6. My favorite shoo away involved an assist by the bartender. This one hooker sidled up next to me and asked all the usual questions, “having fun?” “staying here?” “where are you from?” When I got asked the last question I pointed to my ball cap that had KU on it (Kansas University) She said “I don't get it, where's that?” The bartender, amused by all this, said, “she wants to know what province you're from.” I said Quebec, but I'm not a frenchy, we real Quebec'ers spell it with a K. The hooker, thoroughly annoyed, moved away saying, “you all be tripping.” The bartender got a high 5 and a tip.


    THE TRIP PURPOSE
    Like previous yearly pilgrimages to Vegas, I head out every April 15 to Red Rock Canyon, where my dad's ashes were scattered. I get out my pipes and play Amazing Grace to his memory. Since it was a solo trip, no action shots this year:

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    This was my longest trip yet so it took awhile to get out of the Vegas mindset. After the plane from Vegas landed in Minneapolis, I tipped the pilot a buck and said “nice landing” while deplaning. He looked confused, but I got a chuckle.

    Already pining for next year.
     
  2. VegasDiva

    VegasDiva VIP Whale

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    Fantastic Report

    awwwwww lovely tribute to your Dad :)

    lol @ Kuebec , too funny
     
  3. Jinx

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    Very nice report, enjoyed the details on the shows and congrats on the royal hit. Also enjoyed the hooker report.
     
  4. macker69

    macker69 Canadian Ambassador for Sully's Bar

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    Great trip report! Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. booker

    booker High-Roller

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    Loved the photos, the food/cigar bar info, the hooker count and especially the tribute to your father. About half of my mother's ashes are also in that area. I wish I was there for the Amazing Grace.
     
  6. marcianofan

    marcianofan Low-Roller

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    My wife lets me go once a year on a solo trip so my head doesn't explode and the only time I've felt awkward was at a show, (the cirque one that was temporary in a tent next door to the Monte Carl.The show had horses in it. I can't remember the name of the show).The lady at the ticket counter asked how many tickets I wanted and I said one. She asked again how many and I replied one again and again she asked how many. After the forth time I started to get pissed and then she finally got it.Anyway thats a lot of shows to see in one visit and I'm glad you had a good time.Tks for the report.....
     
  7. marcianofan

    marcianofan Low-Roller

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    Oh yeah, forgot to add that that was cool what you did at Red Rock and I'm with booker that I wish I was there to hear it also, and I bet it sounded neat echoing thru the canyon.
     
  8. BackInVegas

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    Nice touch with the Bagpipes

    Very nice.

    Nice Royal Flush.
     
  9. techie223

    techie223 High-Roller

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    Nice TR. That's a really nice tribute to your father.

    I've been thinking about taking in Absinthe, so good to hear you enjoyed it. Definitely on my list now :wave:
     
  10. Emerald

    Emerald Low-Roller

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    Funny trip report congrats on the Royal. That always looks pretty. Nice tribute to your dad. I actually got misty eyed.

    My question is, since I am going solo too next month. Do you buy your tickets for shows when you get there? Do you get a "discount" even when buying one ticket? I want to see a couple of shows but don't know where and when to buy the,

    Thanks
     
  11. Beef

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    You all be tripping
     
  12. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Dealt Royal, almost sequential...


    soooo sweet!
     
  13. Sheltie Lover

    Sheltie Lover Low-Roller

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    Great TR Flusher.

    Amazing Grace was my mothers fav. hymn. I'm sure your dad heard you.

    I think we are going to go see Love this trip

    Awesome on the royal too...Where were you sitting..LOL
     
  14. loonytoony

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    Thanks for posting. Congrats on the royal!!!
     
  15. Cowgo

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    With the exception of KA (which I used Tix4tonight to buy) I bought all my tickets online prior to arrival. I just googled cheap Vegas shows and used a few sites to find codes. I was usually redirected to Ticketmaster. I think a solo traveler has a better chance to score tickets because there are always stray lone seats here and there even for sold out shows.
     
  16. Emerald

    Emerald Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the info
     
  17. gotavegasjones

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    Cowgo - thanks for the TR. The annual Red Rock Canyon visit in memory of your Dad is good stuff.

    later, GVJ
     
  18. Gino

    Gino "The King of Inappropriate."

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    What kind of pipes are those, Cowgo? I'm a piper as well.
     
  19. Cowgo

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    Hardies. I'm just a fair player. The Simon Fraser band was in town for the Downtown Celtic festival. I was in great fear that one of those fantastic players would be at Red Rock that day. Fortunately, just me and the shrubs.
     
  20. Film-Noir

    Film-Noir High-Roller

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    Nice

    Cool Story
    Grts on yr Royal

    View from backside of IP, Eep

    last time we Stayed at IP, the 1st room was Smokey,
    & the door was still broken from being Kicked in, Oo,
    the last straw was the Snowy TV. :cry:

    We went to the Desk & they Made it better.

    They Upgraded us to a OMG bathtub Room.
    Not realy a Spa, but a Huge 500 Gal. bath tub?
    Took 4 Ever to Fill up, but was an Experience.
     
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