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Seven Stars, Sky Suites, Stupid Slots, Six Night Sojourn. A CaptainJack Trip Report.

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  1. CaptainJack

    CaptainJack Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    (one note...I don't play slots...mostly video poker with some table games sprinkled in...but I couldn't pass up the alliteration)

    Just five weeks after my previous visit, it was time for a much-anticipated six night visit to The Meadows. Three nights Caesars, three nights Aria. Joining me would be my lovely wife and not one, but two, Vegas Virgins. My wife's sister and her husband would be making their first ever trip to Las Vegas and since they were newbies, they opted to only stay 3 nights. The last 3 nights would be my wife and I living the high-life at Aria Sky Suites, but first came our due diligence as tour guides to the uninitiated. It's been about 4 years since I escorted Vegas Virgins around town...and since that was probably the last time I was in some Strip hotels, I was looking forward to the task.

    Flights
    Caesars was kind enough to pick up the tab for my airfare from the east coast as part of my Seven Stars Annual Trip perk. The perk comes with limo transfers and a $500 folio credit for the stay. I usually bump up to First Class with miles or at least procure exit row seats with my airline status, but since we were travelling with friends we got four seats together in the back of the plane. Luckily wifi made the flight go by fairly painlessly, but the eternity to deplane from the back of the cabin reminds me why I prefer to sit up front. Our flight landed on-time at 10am, and by 10:30am we were in the limo on our way to Caesars.

    Caesars Augustus Tower
    One room was in my name (for us), one room was in my wife's name (for the Virgins). She's Diamond. Check-in went smoothly and both rooms were confirmed to be even-numbered and facing the fountains. My room was ready, hers was still being cleaned. I was glad Caesars doesn't attempt to nickel and dime the Seven Stars and Diamond guests with the early check-in fee they've been charging lately. The room was nice and exactly what we've come to expect from Caesars.

    I've heard others remark that they believe quality of service has improved at Caesars in the past year or two. I'll add that I've experienced that as well. Employees are much more friendly, engaging, and helpful. Minor housekeeping annoyances have all but disappeared. There wasn't a single thing I could complain about regarding service during our stay at the Palace.

    Let The Tourism Begin!
    Carefully reminding them not to trip over their jaws, we started to lead our virgin friends through the expansive Caesars casino and out towards the Forum Shops. Jimmy Choo, La Perla, Cartier..."let's take a picture in front of the Trevi Fountain;" look at the painted ceiling, it changes color throughout the day to simulate sunrise and sunset; that's Leon Spinks, he beat Muhammed Ali; circular escalators!?! look at the size of those statues! Finally it was out onto the strip for a brief walk to Mirage and lunch at California Pizza Kitchen.

    After touring Mirage for a while, it was time to teach the Virgins the number one most valuable skill of any Vegas visitor...how to get a free drink. Armed with a $20 bill and some singles, we bellied up to some bartop video poker for some sloooow playing and fast drinking. Play one or two hands every minute or so and tip liberally and the drinks will flow faster than the VP gods can take your money from you. After about 30 minutes, they definitely had the hang of it. They even cashed out up $7 after tips...getting paid $7 to drink for 30 minutes had them declaring that Las Vegas was heaven on earth.

    Dinner at the Caesars Buffet
    Since I had a $500 folio credit, why not blow $180 of it on a buffet dinner for four at the Bachanal Buffet at Caesars? The reviews have all been stellar for the new offering at Caesars...and I do not offer a dissenting opinion. The variety is just awesome. There are 16 different types of salsa...and I never even got to the mexican food. Crab lovers will enjoy the Alaskan King Crab legs, both chilled as well as steamed. The carving station offered an incredible array of meats. Be sure and save room for the cheeseburger slider, its small, but it was quite possibly the best burger I've had in a long time. Don't even get me started on the dessert selection. Mint Watermelon ice cream? three types of Creme Brulee? It was pretty amazing. My advice is to get it before they begin to cut back on the quality and selection. After dinner, we showed the virgins some Bellagio Fountain Shows...they were, of course, dazzled.

    Oh yeah, Time to Gamble
    You don't get to be Seven Stars without being willing to give the casino more than your fair sure of gamble. My first day/evening in town things were running well for me. I gave Caesars $35k coin-in of $5 video poker and ended the first day ahead just shy of $1000. My wife and our guests were each down less than $100 by the end of the day. I told them to be prepared to be wide awake at 5am as their body clocks won't be adjusted.

    It's 6am...Time to Gamble
    Sure enough, I was up and ready to roll by 6am on the second day. I found out later that our guests were also wide awake, but rather than possibly wake us, they chose to have a little walk down the strip on their own to McDonalds for breakfast. They commented later how many people who looked to be still up from the night before. Yes, "Just up or Still up" is a game my wife and I like to play. Meanwhile, I was ready for my usual morning attack of the high limit machines in the Palace Casino. This didn't go too well, and by the time my wife was up and ready, I had dropped $2500 in roughly $50k coin-in. Now down $1500 for the trip, I was a little dejected, but there were five more nights to come. Never give up.

    Tourism Day 2
    We set out southward this morning, admiring the Bellagio Conservatory and the unique sites of all the casinos down to Mandalay Bay and back. Many pictures were taken of everything from chocolate fountains, to egyptian replicas, to the Statue of Liberty. There were also plenty of bars along the way to ply our video poker/drink hustling skills at, needless to say, we stayed well hydrated. We took a nap break back at our home base for a few hours and then continued our strip-trip on the eastern side of the strip, going north from Flamingo up to Encore. Ah the distinct smell of Casino Royale; the awe of the painted frescos of Venetian; and the befuddlement of the Lake of Dreams at Wynn. We may have skipped the Sirens of TI show, but at Encore, our friends fell victim to a different kind of sirens' song. I've long told anyone who listens that the worst thing you do on a slot machine is lose...the second worst thing you could do is win. Our friends decided they wanted to play some $1 Wheel of Fortune slots...and as luck would have it, they won. About $900 between the two of them. From that point on, it was WHEEL.....OF.....FORTUNE all-day, all-the-time. Everywhere we went, they wanted to find WOF slots just like the ones at Encore...and when they inevitably lost money at them, they wanted to return to Encore to play "their machine" again. Oh well.

    The Losing Continues
    Meanwhile, while our friends chipped away on various slots on the northern part of the strip, my luck had gone considerably south. By the end of Day 2, I was down $4500. Still optimistic, but a tad annoyed that I was on-pace for a 5-figure loss. On Day 3 I woke up early again to have my morning battles with Jacks or Better. In $40k coin-in I was only down $500...and after meeting up for breakfast at Payards, we decided to kill a couple more hours gambling in the casino. I decided to play a new game, Build a Wheel Video Poker. It was 3-line $1, but a bonus bet of 5 coins is needed, so 3-lines is $20 per round. At first things were going well and I made a quick $800. However, then came something which I had always feared would someday happen...

    Losing So Much in One Session That Even a Royal Flush Doesn't Get You Back to Even
    I had heard other players tell a similar tale of woe; playing games so poor that even a much coveted Royal Flush doesn't guarantee a winning session. In my case, I never thought it possible because I tend not to play the high variance games like DDB or TDB. However, in the space of 3 hours at this single machine, I lost $4500 before mercifully or mercilessly connecting on a 4-to-the-royal draw. Worse yet, this machine is in a high traffic area near the self-park, so I had plenty of people remarking at my fantastic $4000 win. It wasn't worth trying to explain that I was down for the session. Surely the slot attendant didn't want to hear it either. So I tipped $20, stuffed the bills in my pocket, and kept on playing. I tried to explain to our friends just how rare a royal was and that normally it gives you a solid short-term boost above expectation. They didn't seem too impressed. I was now down about $6000 for the trip and in need of some Love.

    Love is Sweeter the Third Time Around..and Time to Name Drop
    Even though we wouldn't be checking into Aria until the next day, I had arranged with my Aria host for four tickets to Love. This would be the third time I've seen the show and by far these were the best seats I've had. Section 209, just above the soundboard, dead center. It was quite magical. It was my wife's first time seeing the show, she really enjoyed it, our guests were genuinely stupified by the whole experience. During the closing of the show, I noticed that a lot of performers were looking right at me while taking their stage bows. I thought that was pretty cool...and maybe just part of the VIP experience that comes with getting your host to get you good seats. When we stood up to exit I looked behind me and realized that Dave Grohl, lead singer of The Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana, was seated directly behind me. I guess they had been tipped off and were all looking at him. It was kind of cool to exit the theater with a rock legend, he was with his daughter, so we didn't want to bother him. He slipped out of the theater into the casino completely unrecognized.

    Mesa Grill
    After the show we had dinner at Mesa Grill at Caesars. My wife and I are big fans of Bobby Flay and this was our third time at Mesa Grill. The meal was, as always, excellent. The Goat Cheese Queso-Fundido is a favorite appetizer of ours. The damage from dinner finished off the $500 folio credit, which was fine by me as the next day we were due to check-out. My wife and our friends went to have some drinks at a bar while I decided to take another shot at some VP.

    Gambling Goes From Bad to Worse
    I just couldn't catch a hand on the machines. No matter what I played the results were dismal. By the time I called it a night, I was down another $3000, and now -$9000 on the trip. It hadn't been a good day for gambling...I had managed to double my losses on the day. On the bright side, during the course of the day I passed over 100,000 tier credits on the year. That means another year of Seven Stars treatment for my wife and I. Free trip to Vegas, free cruise, free $500 dinner, free gifts...I guess that's my silver lining on what is quickly becoming a miserable gambling trip.

    Transition Day...But Before I Go, Here's Some More of My Money
    Our friends were departing for the airport at Noon today, we planned to meet up for breakfast at 10am. I was up at 8am and ready to get back on the horse gambling-wise. Unfortunately, I should have stayed in bed. Another $3k of losses...and by the time I check out of Caesars, I'm down $12k on the trip. Ouch. Hopefully a change in venue would bring a change in fortune. My final numbers for Caesars were -$10,400 in $210,000 coin-in. I guess old Gary Loveman knows what he's doing after all. I probably wouldn't choose to stay at Caesars if not for the free trip for Seven Stars, opting for Wynn or Aria instead. So they managed to get roughly $1000 of expected value from me in exchange for $600 in airfare and some room/food comps. Variance swung in their favor and I gave them $9,400 more than the math dictated. We bid farewell to my wife's sister and her husband. They ended up winning a little over $100 on their trip...and considering my comps covered all their meals and entertainment they couldn't have been happier about the whole experience. I'm sure they'll be back.

    It's Time for a Cliffhanger!
    In part two, my wife and I move over to Aria Sky Suites and all the nice comps that come with it...here are some tidbits left to write about...
    - Ridiculous corner Sky Suite...with pictures
    - 5-diamond quality that means something
    - Damn the torpedoes! I gamble enough to accrue 1,000,000 mLife TC's in one 3-day stretch
    - Snow in Vegas in November?!?
    - The losses mount
    - Meals at Jean Georges, Javiars, and Lemongrass
    - Zarkana at Aria
    - Finally a pic of a win
    - Final results and analysis
     
  2. chess

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    Captain: Love the TR so far... cant wait to hear more of the Cliffhanger aka part 2
     
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    Great writing style - ready for part two!

    The description of your in-laws was great - now I want to take someone who has never been to re-see it all fresh.
     
  4. TheHangover

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    Can't wait to hear more!!! Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
     
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    Captain: great report.
    My wife and I just got back from Vegas and had tickets to Love and I think we were sitting in the same seats was a great show.

    Joe K
     
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    Great TR

    Cant wait for part 2
     
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    :beer:Edge of my seat.
     
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    Nice TR, very easy to read! Can't wait for the rest.
     
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    Always enjoy a TR from a highroller. Keep it up!
     
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    Always great reports. Looking forward to the Aria portion.
     
  11. boo

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    Enjoying the report. Do you get a lot of W2G forms playing $5 VP?
     
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    I'm looking forward to part two too.
     
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    Based on his report, I doubt it. Also, at $5 with $25 max, the only times playing jacks or better that one would get a w2 form is if you hit a straight flush and royal, which in my experiences have been extremely hard to get.

    So, I would guess that even at $25 max bet, the frequency of a w2 is very very low or infrequent.
     
  14. LAV

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    Your report is very reminiscent of my recent experiences, except for me it would be at the tables.

    To be honest, I don`t think 7 stars is all that it`s cracked up to be any longer. You more than pay for it handsomely for the perks, etc.
     
  15. CaptainJack

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    Part Two should be up later today.

    As for the W2G question, I do get quite a few, approximately $200-250k worth per year. They are infrequent at $5 single line Jacks or Better, but they're much more frequent at multi-line games and I've been known to play $10 denom as well. This unfortunately pushes my Adjusted Gross Income artificially high, to the point where I no longer qualify for many standard tax deductions and credits. If I were to file the normal way of using Schedule A for gambling winnings, I'd end up paying taxes in excess of 40% of my non-gaming income. To work around this, I file Schedule C and declare my gaming income as self-employed business. It requires me to keep very exact accounting and records, but in the end it is well worth it.
     
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    Great start so far, I'll look for part 2 later :beer:
     
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    I too await!
     
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    Me too!!!
     
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    More!! More!! :popcorn
     
  20. CaptainJack

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    Part Two...

    Aria Sky Suites
    This would be the first time my wife and I have stayed in the Sky Suites section of Aria and to be honest I didn't expect it to greatly surpass our normal experience of a standard Corner Suite. I knew of the amenities of limo transfer, private entrance, complimentary lounge, etc...but none of these things really appealed to me. Little did I realize, it is not the major perks that Aria does well in the Sky Suites, it is the minor things that they do extraordinarily. First let's start with some pictures of our Aria Suite on the 55th floor.

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    Nicely remodeled and a corner unit, as a result the floorplan differed from the standard Aria Suite offering giving us a lot of windows in the bathroom. We had a view that spanned the southwest corner of the valley up through the northwest section. The first thing that struck me about the Sky Suites is that not only did we ever have to wait for an elevator, there was always one waiting, doors open, on the floor. Everytime we left our room and walked to the elevator lobby, it was just sitting there waiting for us to walk in. Almost as if they saw us leave our room and quickly raced the elevator into place for us.

    The level of attention to detail in servicing the room was amazing. They even cleaned the gunk off of the toothpaste cap! One night I trimmed my beard with my electric razor before we went out and when we returned the nightly turn-down service had disassembled my razor and thoroughly cleaned all the hairs and dirt out of the razor. We've stayed many times in Wynn Tower Suites, but never experienced service like this. The complimentary lounge, now without alcohol, was more than adequate for us. By the way, the chocolate dipped macaroons are delicious. Grabbing a water on our way in or out was always valuable.

    Time to Rethink The Gambling Strategy
    I had planned to give Aria roughly $100k per day in coin-in. I'm a Noir cardholder and was wary of how the recent changes in mLife would affect my Express Comp accrual rate. I planned to charge everything to the room and then battle it out with my host to see what came out of EC vs. my discretionary comp fund. I was $12k in the hole for the trip when we checked in, but had sufficient credit resources on-hand that I could still comfortably play at my level for the remaining 3 nights of the trip. However, the constant string of losses was starting to grind on me. I decided to stick with $5 single-line 9/6 Jacks for a while, it would take 5 hours of that a day to reach $100k coin-in, but I figured I'd at least be safe from losing more than $5k per day that way.

    Dinner at Javiars
    One of the new restaurants at Aria is Javiars, a mexican place with other locations in California I'm told. My wife and I aren't big fans of Mexican, but a high-roller local I know swears it is excellent. He's spent some time living in Mexico, so I valued his opinion. He offered to guide us through the menu and we took him up on the offer. The meal was very good. Simple taco and enchilada combos are very well done. The salsa has a nice kick to it. The guacamole was excellent. All in all, it seems like a solid choice for the future.

    The Great Gambling Options of Aria
    I give Aria a lot of credit, if you have the bankroll, they have an endless array of low house edge gambling options for you to choose from. Some casinos can't stand to offer anything with less than a 2% house edge. Meanwhile, Aria gives you some very strong blackjack options with plenty of available tables; plenty of craps games at various limits; tons of 9/6 Jacks at denoms $5 and above on everything from single line to Triple Spin Poker (27 lines). One of my favorite machines is Five Star Poker, which offers Quick Quads, STP, Double STP, UltimateX and others in single line format. I've been known to play quite a bit of $5 denom on this machine, which results in some wild roller coaster rides. After dinner, I started out playing $5 single-line just as said I would. After an hour though, I got the itch to move onto other games.

    The Best Laid Plans...
    For the next few hours, I jumped between various machines. The W2G's were starting to accumulate even if my trip bankroll was not. By the end of the night, I was down another $2500 and had given them $150k coin-in on the day. The night ended with a few cocktails at the sportsbook bar and the determination that TOMORROW was going to be my day. If my $15k hole couldn't be completely overcome, I could at least trim it down by a third each of my remaining days.

    So This is What Hell Freezes Over Looks Like?
    It's not exactly a once-in-a-lifetime rarity, but the next day we watched as the hills in the southwest section of the valley were slowly painted white by a passing snowstorm. The white dusting didn't last more than the day, but it was very neat to see snow in Las Vegas for a change. The high today was 49, a far cry from 86 the first day in town 3 days earlier. After having breakfast at Cafe Vettro, this day would be almost exclusively dedicated to gambling since it was entirely too cold to walk around the strip. According to my notes, I had a good start to the day, winning about $1500 fairly quickly on some 3 and 5 line $5. However, a little later a fast $2000 drop on $5 UltimateX single-line had me tilted. By the time I came up for air, I had burned through another $5k and my loss on the trip had reached $20k.

    Then I Found You.
    It was around this time I applied the brakes and decided I needed to stop my current pace. I noticed a couple Build a Wheel Poker games, the same game that had in Part One dubiously hurt me so bad that even a royal couldn't dig me out. I noticed that the top progressive prize on the one wheel was $19,350...which was significantly higher than any other Build a Wheels I had seen this trip (typically it was $11-13k). I decided to give Build a Wheel a go for a few hours. The game requires you to complete six slices to a wheel before you can spin the wheel and possible get the top prize. The other prizes aren't too shabby though and I calculated that although it would on average cost me $900 to complete a wheel, the wheel prizes were sometimes much higher. Especially true if you're dealt a Full House or Four of a Kind. Over the next few hours, I played this machine enough to complete 12 wheels. Unfortunately, the end result wasn't anything better and by the time my wife came to tell me it was time to get ready for dinner, I'm down a whopping $24k for the trip. (I know the gambling part of this trip report is starting to get monotonous...but hang in there)

    Dinner at Jean Georges
    Dinner tonight was with our high roller local friends. I knew I couldn't act too disappointed in my $24k trip loss with him, he's endured much worse and wouldn't give sympathy. What I could get from him is an idea of what to ask my host for in return for my large loss. Only $12k of it was at Aria, but a discount on my credit repayment might not be out of the question, and certainly any and all room charges would be taken care of. Jean Georges was great. Although since it was the 3rd time in 5 nights that I had steak, I admit to being a little jaded. Everything was expertly prepared though. After dinner my wife wanted to do a bit more gambling, it was enough of an arm-twist to get me back to the Build a Wheel.

    Well, It's About Time
    My records show I completed three more wheels at the trusty Build a Wheel, when the wheel spun on the third completed wheel, I was probably rooting for it to land on $1200 or one of the other amounts that I considered the attainable top prize. Instead it landed on that 19350 that had been staring at me for the past few days. BOOM! A $19,505 handpay on a $1 3-line machine...now THAT is something you just don't see that often.

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    After the handpay, I went in and paid down some of my markers and then met my wife for some celebratory drinks at the sportsbook bar. Only in Vegas can you celebrate being down ONLY $5,000...well, I guess you could celebrate that anywhere, but it's more fun in Vegas. I guess when it rains it pours, because sitting at the bar I won another $2000 and my wife and I moved the celebration back to our suite.

    When It Rains It Pours
    The next morning I woke up and decided to head down for my normal morning coin-in. I now found myself down only $3k for the trip and its amazing how much sweeter the casino smells when you don’t have the heavy weight of a large loss on your back. With roughly 24 hours left in my trip, there was a good chance I could get back to even…but even better there was very little chance I could give back all of my recent hit. I opted to play at the Sportsbook bar where Carlito works the day shift from 9am to 5pm. He’s a very good bartender who had treated my friends and I very well during our marathon sessions at the bar for college and NFL football five weeks before. He instantly recognized me and asked how my friends were. He gives that extra level of friendliness and service that makes Vegas so much nicer than other gambling destinations. Anyway, I zoomed along, playing $5 single-line 9/6 Jacks when I mindlessly held 3 to the royal and up popped the other two cards. BOOM! A very unexpected $20k winfall:

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    After the handpay, I tipped Carlito a hundy and sat there enjoying the feeling of having turned a $24,000 deficit into a $17,000 win in the space of less than 12 hours. I’ve had winning days where I’ve won more money than this, but pulling off such an epic comeback with just two lucky hits made it feel surreal. The wife and I had a late breakfast at the Bellagio Café overlooking the Conservatory (Bananas Foster Waffle is excellent!) and then took a stroll up the strip to take a break from the gambling for a few hours. It felt good to be king.

    Zarkana…A Step Above Elvis
    Later in the day when we returned to Aria, I figured it was a good time to meet with my host. She was going to be off the next day when we checked out. She had visited me at a machine the day before when my luck wasn’t so hot, so she was quite surprised to see the turn-around as well. Of course, showing a loss is much better than showing a 5-figure win, but considering I had given Aria over $700k coin-in over the course of our stay and over 1,000,000 tier credits earned…she was still happy to comp me for almost all my charges. She mentioned she was going to need to take an arbitrary $200 from my Express Comps but the rest was covered by my discretionary comp fund. I was a little disappointed in this because I know plenty other players report their hosts don’t even touch the EC’s if their play warrants. However, my mood changed when she offered tickets to see Zarkana for that evening. Zarkana, as you may know, replaced Elvis at Aria. It is a Cirque show that had been travelling but is now in residence at Aria. Once again, we had incredible seats. 5 rows up, dead center. Having seen all the Cirque shows in Vegas (except Believe) and having seen a couple travelling shows…this felt very much like a travelling show. Definitely not as impressive as Love, Ka, or O. It felt a lot like an episode of America’s Got Talent. There were a lot of talented acts, and the usual Cirque clowns tying it together with the live band and vocals, but very little wow-factor. I don’t think we’ll be seeing it again.

    Lemongrass
    After the show we had a light dinner at Lemongrass. I feel this restaurant is very under-rated in Vegas. This is the kind of place people normally go off-strip to find. On par with Lotus of Siam in my opinion. Prices aren’t too bad for mid-strip either.

    Last Day
    Our final day in town was bittersweet, after 6 nights it was feeling like time to go. As luck would have it, as bad as my luck was earlier in the trip, now I couldn’t seem to lose. I managed to win another $5k in the last night and morning of our visit. I wasn’t gambling hard, but all $5 denom and things fell my way. As a surprise to my wife, I had upgraded our seats to first class for the trip home. I found I prefer first class on the way TO Vegas rather than the flight home. Invariably you’re worn out on the flight home, a lot of the excitement and anticipation of the trip has waned. The food was decent though and I stock-piled four mini-Jack Daniels for later use.

    Summary
    All in all, I gave Caesars and Aria $925k coin-in and came out ahead a little over $22,000. Definitely an unexpected result, but well within range. I like to price out my comps according to the utilitarian value they gave me. For instance, they may list a room at $300/nt, but its really only worth $100/nt to me if I could stay elsewhere for that price.
    Flights: $300 x 2 (Caesars)
    Hotel Rooms at Caesars: $100 x 2 for 3 nights (Caesars)
    Meals Caesars: $500 (Caesars)
    Drinks Caesars: $200 (Caesars)
    Love: $150 x 4 (Aria)
    Suite at Aria: $300 x 3 nights (Aria)
    Meals Aria: $800 (Aria)
    Zarkana: $150 x 2 (Aria)
    Drinks Aria: $200 (Aria)
    PointPlay Cashback: $500 (Aria)

    That comes out to roughly $4300 in comps for $925k coin-in. If we assume my return rate is 99% (which is a safe average considering that my 9/6 Jacks play is sometimes mixed with some shorter pay games) and my theoretical loss rate is 1%, and assume casinos will generally return 35% of theoretical loss in comps, then $925k of coin-in should yield about $3237 in comps…so getting $4300 in value is definitely a bonus.

    Hope you enjoyed reading…next trip probably won’t be for a while as I have some other commitments which will prevent me from getting away for more than a couple nights.
     
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