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Semi Live Trip Report @ MGM and Monte Carlo

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by zNaturaL, Apr 2, 2015.

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  1. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Hey all - I've never done a trip report before but wanted to try one this trip. . I plan to try to keep it semi live with pictures of Vegas, slot wins, cheap food, and pretty much anything and everything. I will try to post pics/updates twice a day.

    A little background about myself and the trip..

    I'm a 26 year old single male and I've been to Vegas 4 times - stayed at MGM the first trip and Mirage the next 3. This will be my first solo trip and I will be staying at the MGM Grand Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then moving to Monte Carlo for a Myvegas night Sunday before checking out and flying back home Monday evening. I usually stay at Mirage because of the offers I receive from them but wanted to move back down to MGM and the south strip this trip. I decided to email a host at MGM and asked them to match my Mirage offer, which is 3 nights, $150 FP, and $50 RC and they said no problem, so that was good news! To go along with the $150 FP and $50 RC, I decided to spend my loyalty points on $50 FP at MGM and a ticket to Ka for Saturday night.

    Gambling

    I mostly plan to gamble (slots and a little BJ/3 Card Poker and a few sports bets) probably about 10-12 hours a day and the majority of the time will be spent on the south end of the strip at MGM, NYNY, and Aria. I'm usually a 40-80 cent player so I won't have any massive wins, but hopefully some 200x-500x wins?! Currently Mlife Gold with 72K tier credits and am hoping to MAYBE! make a run at platinum if my bankroll allows and I have some decent wins. I think I will probably fall about 30K TC short but who knows, and if I don't get to platinum, I have an excuse to take a smaller trip before October. I have a bankroll of $3500 this trip which equates to approximately $700 a day. My plan with the FP I have is to run it through one of my favorite machines at a bet of somewhere around $2-4 a spin and hope to hit something big to start off the trip! I also have ~$300 set aside, not included in my bankroll to make some futures sports bets and intend to bet on some longshots in MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA.

    Food and Other Random Things

    As far as food, I will be eating pretty cheap, with mainly food court meals and maybe a stop at Mon Ami Gabi and some other casual restaurants. Usually try to get a meal in at BLT Burger and Bubba Gump as well so we'll see if I can accomplish that with staying on the south end of the strip.

    I've recently taken up collecting $1 chips from every casino I gamble at and hope to add to that collection this trip. Currently have Mirage, Venetian, Linq, Bellagio, Aria, Cosmo, NYNY, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Flamingo and plan to add Monte Carlo, Planet Hollywood, and Tropicana this trip.

    Hopefully this isn't too long winded or boring and I hope everyone enjoys the pics, slot wins and anything else I can get myself into!
     
  2. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    First Update!

    Got into MGM this morning at 9am Vegas time and they let me check in to my Grand King room right away. Also the front desk said I have $100 a day in food credit?! Awesome! I was expecting $50 total as the host told me..?

    Decided to head straight down to the casino and start slotting. Didn't really hit anything at ALL for almost 3 hours. Lost about $300, it was a pretty brutal start with no bonuses. I then went to use my freeplay on Bier Haus which is one of my favorites! I was betting $2.40 which is HIGH for me and I hit 2 quick bonuses, one for 25 spins with 2 locked wilds ($156) and one for 20 spins with 1 locked wild ($276)! Sorry no pics, my phone was in the room charging! Ended UP a little after my FP.

    Decided to get lunch at TAP in MGM because of my food credit and got some chicken tenders and fries with a beer. It was pretty good.

    Went back out to slot some more and made a ton of futures sports bets and a few bets for tonight. (Blazers, Raptors, Rockets, Blues, Cardinals, Rams, Capitals, Penguins were my futures)

    After my sports bets I came back up to the room to find chocolate covered strawberries in my room - I really feel like my play does not warrant $100 RC a day AND strawberries but hey I'll take it.

    Went back down to slot a bit more and hit some beauties on Buffalo within about 5 minutes of each other. First one was in the bonus and ended up at $340! Didn't get a pic at the end of the bonus, just the best hit.

    I'll be gambling all night at MGM/NYNY/Aria. Hopefully I'll have more pics and HOPEFULLY my sports bets win as I have no clue on NBA/College Basketball LOL.

    Here's some pics. I'm going to guess that these will not post upright.

    View from the room:

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    Buffalo Wins!

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    Lunch:

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    Sports Bets for Tonight:

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  3. Elf70

    Elf70 Low-Roller

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    Congrats on the wins so far. Love the slot porn. Good luck for the rest of your trip.
     
  4. breanna61

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    Off to a great start with the wins and unexpected food credit. Looking forward to your updates.
     
  5. Mooda

    Mooda Low-Roller

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    Love the trip report so far. Love the food porn. Keep us posted.
     
  6. Tbone3336

    Tbone3336 VIP Whale

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    Buffalooo.... thanks for taking us along and great start! Hope you get many more Buffaloooo calls this weekend!!
     
  7. Char1

    Char1 High-Roller

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    Nice report, good luck and lots of hand pays.
     
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  8. gpenguins67

    gpenguins67 High-Roller

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    Hey natural. Some tips for mgm. Try Wolfgang pucks if you need a late night meal. They have a really good meatball wood oven pizza.
    Pub 1842 has pretty good burgers and an awesome bbq chicken drumstick appetizer.
    If you play vp. Whiskey down is nice.... better than the regular casino bars and they do have 25 cent bartop vp.
    Good luck. I wanna see some pics of big wins
     
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    parti_73 Low-Roller

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    Good start! Good luck the rest of the trip!
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good start!
     
  11. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    Thanks I'll definitely try the pizza. I love me some pizza
     
  12. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    Just got back from NYNY, dropped $300 into a Bull Elephant machine, betting max bet. :thumbsdown:. I was chasing the progressive - It was at $487 when I sat down and I got it to $492, but I couldn't do it anymore LOL. Someone else is gonna sit down and hit it on their first spin:vomit:

    I won one of my sports bets so far. Paid $160. Needed Stanford to win by 1 more pt! One last bet going now. Over 209.5 on Suns/Golden State game and Suns +12.5.

    Grabbed a quick slice of pizza at NYNY before Bull Elephant, nothing special but did the job.

    I had some nice slot hits, nothing amazing but good! Overall I'm doing ok, only down maybe $100-$200, so not bad!

    Thought about heading over to Aria to play some Castle King but I'm not sure I'll make it over there tonight. Pretty tired from getting up at 4am central so I'll probably hang around MGM.


    Slots:

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    Lion/Strip

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  13. sam_marques

    sam_marques High-Roller

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    Great start! Loving all the food and slot pics! Hope you're winning big.
     
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    WHU66 Low-Roller

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    Great start, well done. I will be doing basically the same trip (but with my wife) in October, 3 days at MGM followed by 4 at Monte Carlo - sounds like we have a similar gambling budget/approach so will follow with interest! Go get em!
     
  15. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    Already up. This is about the time I wake up for work in the Midwest so it makes sense - might have to take a nap later.

    No big slot wins to report last night BUT my last sports bet did win, I think it pays like $80. Not sure how they got over 209.5, I think when I checked my phone it was 95-94 with 3:00 left. I figured I was done but somehow it ended 107-106.

    Also, MLife has not been working properly since I've been here. My tier credits haven't changed yet but the Mlife desk assures me they will shortly, apparently they did some sort of System upgrade yesterday so it's all getting worked out. I'm hoping I made about 25-30K TC yesterday.

    Gonna shower and head down to slot, then grab some breakfast somewhere in a couple hours.
     
  16. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    Forgot to mention, I lost a few hundred $ last night so I'm probably down $400 now. Gonna head to NYNY and see if anyone hit my Bull Elephant progressive, which they probably did.

    Also the water pressure in my room SUCKS, plus the tub doesn't really drain properly.
     
  17. vegasvette

    vegasvette Low-Roller

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    Good luck to you this weekend. Last month, I had great luck on the $1 five line reel machine adjacent to the $25 BJ table at NYNY. It's the last one in a row of three. Go get em.
     
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    GL to you....don't forget to grab a $1 chip from the Riveria....this will be your last chance!
     
  19. Thor

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    great report and pics so far...keep it up!

    don't forget to head to the riviera for a chip...
     
  20. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    Back in the room for a bit to charge the phone - been out since 5am and it has been a great morning.

    Started off going over to NYNY to cash in my sports bet from last night but the cashier doesn't open until 630, so I gambled there for a bit. Had a nice Bier Haus bonus I'll post below but otherwise probably lost about $80 at NYNY. Cashed in my ticket around 7am and headed over to Mon Ami Gabi to get some breakfast on the patio.

    I'm pretty easy to please and just got a waffle, bacon and some coffee. It was all pretty good. Always an enjoyable experience there.

    I then got my $1 chip from Paris and headed over to PHo to do the same. Decided to buy into a 3 Card Poker game with $100 and won a few hands and got a straight, Decided to cash out with $150 and gave the dealer a $2 tip. You'll see my version of chip porn below LOL.

    From there I went to Aria. Played some Monopoly Bonus City which sucked $50 from me pretty quickly - I had 2 bonuses, one for $5 and one for $5.50..lol.

    Then onto Alexander The Great attached to the Castle King (My Favorite slot in Vegas). Started off slow, then got a nice bonus! (Pic Below) After that bonus, it started eating my money quick and I got down to $60 and some change. Literally said this will be my last spin and the Castle King Bonus decided to show - It was awesome timing.

    Hit 2 Jester's progressives ($13? and $8?), then the Knight's Keep popped up and I picked the correct one out of 3 and won $128 total from the Castle King Bonus. What a nice ending! Ended up with about $150 profit on Alexander the Great. Then played Hangover, won $50 and made some more sports bets back here at MGM.

    Side Notes - Walking through Monte Carlo was brutal, it smells like sunscreen and was giving me a headache. Think I'll stay out of there on Sunday/Monday besides when I'm sleeping.
    PHo seemed to have better futures odds for the bets I made. That was a mistake making them at MGM.

    Gonna go back down to slot and make a few sports bets soon, then may end up napping for a bit. Also gotta use up my Food Credit because I haven't really yet.

    One last thing besides the pics. Sort of annoyed that my TC aren't showing up yet. Does anyone think the MLife Desk may know where I'm at?

    Ok that was a long update! Now pics..

    Breakfast:
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    Chips!

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    Slots:

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    Sports Bet:

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