wasn't planning on doing a trip report, but since I don't see much about SLS, ive decided to give some pointers on how it is now. Drove up on 1/1/16 from LA area, took about 3hrs 45 mins with 1 pee break at Baker. No traffic no fuss, tons of CHP and NHP, mostly all of them had someone pulled over. At least 8 cars. 2015 was a bad gamble year for me, so as much as I wanted to take up Natedog's invite on 12/31 I decided not to. (thanks for the offer for the KP tickets) Glad you got to use them anyways. Self park was painless, the guard was not at the station, so drive right in. Parking on the same floor right by the stairs that leads you into the lobby. There is no direct access, you have to walk outside for 30 feet before getting the covered valet entrance. Not a big deal, easy to get to from Paradise blvd. But since I'm from so cal, if there is rain, its not worth going in if I have to get wet. Main desk check in had no line, around 2pm. My room was not open. I went to the VIP check in, guess what my room was ready. VIP check in is a separate room on the LUX tower hallway. That is where the limo/house car pick up and 2 desk for "comped" folks I guess. Theres no food or drinks. Its a big comfortable room with some hip décor. But guess, what my room was ready from the VIP check in. Lux Tower 22420. End of the hallway room. Non smoking but had smoke scent. No pictures of the room, but it has wear. King bed, long couch that spans the whole wall. Its not deep, so only a skinny person can sleep on it, otherwise high chance of rolling off. The "closet" is inside the bathroom, its basic open closet bar system that you would see at ikea. It has drawers and the safe is in there also. Of note, this room has no door to separate the sink area from the living space. There is a curtain that has a metal rod to manually open and close it. I hit my head on this rod many times in the dark. Poor design. Amenities are decent. It has free bottle SLS water. Tooth brush and toothpaste, slippers, bath robe. Everything you would expect from a higher end hotel. Minibar is the pressure sensitive kind, so no touching. I did not have any phantom charges at the end. They have 2 high limit pits and a small casino. Dealers are friendly, many are "training at the lower demonination" 1-2 tables of 5 dollar black jack, a few 10s and many 15s and a few 25s. 6-5 BJ, hit soft 17. on their 5-10 dollar games. They have single/double/8 deck (I think 6 deck is only HL) 15-25 limits have 3/2 BJ, hit soft 17. surrender, split x 4, double on anything. Pretty typical. High limit is 100 min, and has "the good rules" 2 tables in HL for 100 dollar BJ, 4 baccarat tables. Other HL pit, or separate "hidden" pit is near Bazzar Meats. I saw 3 blackjack tables and craps table. When I was there Sat night, 3 blackjack tables were open, one single deck (bad rules as above) and 2 6 deck shoe games with "good rules" Other carny games, 1 table of Let it ride 5 dollar min 2 tables of UTH. One is actually hand shuffled with just 1 deck, other is the typical machine shuffle that switches between 2 decks. up to 4x pre flop. They also have a 1 dollar super bonus that the progressive looks like its linked to the paigow table. 10 dollar min. 4 craps table at 10 min, has small, all, tall and 3/4/5 odds Dancing gril pit with bad rules 21. girls 7-8.5/10 (my subjective taste I guess). Not enough to keep me around at bad rules. Plus theres space for others 1 three card poker 10 dollar min 3-4 double zero roulette 2 black jack switch table many baccarat tables, from 15-200 min. They also have no commission one that if banker wins on 6, you only get 50% of your wager. at the 25 dollar level they let you touch the cards. I had no issues with free hands at the 50 dollar level. No free bet blackjack, carribean stud, other poker varients I did not look at slots of video poker this trip. Sports bar shares the space with Umami Burger. I think its pretty nice and comfortable environment, but not many lounge type of seating. Mostly restraurant tables and chairs. A few booths, but those seem to be for the burger joint. Betting is with William hill. Overall, this trip was to test the waters of 2016. I was there on an upfront comp. I played hit and run style this trip. I was lucky, only had 1 losing session. Each table, I was able to rebuy my marker after coloring. (except that losing session) Bazzar Meats is a great steak place, but overpriced IMO and service kind of sucked. The food there is great. We ended up getting 2 large bone in ribeyes to share and some assorted sides. Bill was 500, no alcohol, and a sode is $6 for a small bottle. The whole hotel is a Pepsi hotel. Their meat says it takes 1 hr to cook, I did not time it, but impossible for steak to take 1 hour. I'm not sure if there is just their speech. At anyrate I ordered. The restaurant bathroom actually is shared between on the HL pits. I decided to play there as I got side tracked from using the bathroom (and being told I had 1 hour to wait for my steak). Played 1/2 a shoe 100 min. I was down a thousand or so, but the I felt the streak coming. Pressed up my bet. Delt 8/8 on one hand and 18 on the other. Dealer shows a 6. I split the 8s, one was a double down (I had 8+3). I had the card face down. Other split card, I got a 10, total of 18. So I have 3 hands out there, 2 hard 18s and an unknown double. Dealer flips over an Ace. She "accidentaly" hits her soft 17 and gets a 2. I throw a fit, pitboss was already watching as I was the only customer the whole time that pit was open. He was on top of it. He stopped the game, burned the 2 card. She officially has 17, I win the 2 hands that have 18. My double card flipped over was a 7, So my 18 beats her soft 17. YAY for good rules and the pitboss that was on top of that. After this incident, he says I can reshuffle if I wanted, but since I was waiting for my meal colored up 800 bucks after that hand. Impressions $ 234 average bet x 5 hrs total win 3400 - I did not ask for my Theo - upfront comp 1night - only took off 100 of the meal I guess that adds up about right for a Friday night, but I was hoping SLS would clear more of the meal off. I feel I get same or better comps at Cosmo/CET for that level. I think even the smaller hotels are tightening comps. SLS does not have enough for it to be a "home base" casino. I don't see how starwood will help out the hotel side at all. The casino is fine, dealers are nice but nothing special for the black chip player.