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South Point and 4 Queens - Feb 24-28

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by gambler, Mar 2, 2013.

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  1. gambler

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    My Trip Report

    My husband and I have been looking to change our regular downtown routine a bit so decided to go for 4 nights this time, staying at South Point for 2 nights and then 4 Queens for the final 2 nights.

    We got a direct flight from home and landed around 6 pm. Only a couple minutes wait for a cab and $35 later we were at SP. Since we’ve only visited SP for a couple hours last trip, we had no comps or room deals coming to us. We had reserved our rooms over the internet for $49 per night. After reading these boards, I was pretty sure at that price that we’d get a room looking over the parking garage. Hubs and I debated whether to pay for an upgrade but decided not to. We agreed that we’d "pretend" to be happy with whatever room we got since we’re not in our room much anyhow. We were the only ones at the check-in counter and we were in our room in no time. We got a room on the 18th floor overlooking the pool. We didn’t have to pretend to like it – it was great. Spacious room, nice big bathroom with separate shower and toilet area and nice enough decor. One bonus at the South Point is the safe is in the closet so we didn’t have to get down on our hands and knees to deal with it. Small things sometimes make a big difference!

    We played VP (Hubs is a dollar player and I play quarters but did pump it up to a dollar - too often as it turns out) and $10 BJ for about 3 hours and called it a night.

    We started slow the next morning and had the awful coffee provided in the room. Smart on South Point’s part – one cup of their room coffee and we quickly showered and got downstairs for something decent. We used our 50% off coupons at the Garden Buffett and paid about $3 each. The buffett was pretty good and included free bloody mary’s which we wisely said no to.

    We wandered around the hotel a bit and then tried some more VP and BJ. We each had quite a few small wins and we’re able to walk away with some money. We skipped lunch but had dinner at the Coronado Cafe. It was good food and reasonably priced. We played a little more and my husband got 4 2’s playing deuces wild and won $1000. On his way up to the room to deposit his winnings, he stopped by the gift shop and bought a bottle of "Sin City" whiskey for our sons upcoming birthday. He’ll be 19 soon (legal drinking age here) so we thought he’d enjoy it.

    By this time, we were getting anxious to move on. I would say 2 nights is just about right at South Point unless you are doing day trips somewhere. We are used to casino hopping so we did get a little stir crazy by the final night.

    Something to note at this time of year - There was a convention going on at SP and lots of men in suits. I noticed a few guys in need of static guard spray as their pants were clinging to their socks. I put on a light weight blouse one day and the static was wicked. If your going to Vegas soon, it might be wise to throw a small can of static guard in your luggage. They don’t sell it in the gift shop.

    The next morning I called the front desk and asked to be transfered to the host’s office. I gave her our player’s card numbers and asked it they would take care of our room charge. We had already paid for the first night when we booked so I wasn’t asking for much. She said no problem and added that they would also refund the first night to our credit card as well. Another win! We left SP up about $500.

    We took a cab to 4 Queen’s for around $35. We had 2 comped nights there and took the room they gave us. It was in the south tower overlooking Fremont so we knew we’d have to stay up a little later to avoid the music. That’s not really a problem for us when we’re downtown though. If it was Friday or Saturday night I might have asked for a room on the other side but during the week the music usually ends by 1.

    We did the circuit of 4 Queens, the D and Binions. We were having reasonable luck and then we hit the Golden Gate where I had $50 in free play. After playing for half an hour, I won 14 hands in a row playing $10 blackjack. That’s a new record for me. My progression was 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 and finally $140 when I lost after a split. I usually push my bets much more (10, 20, 30, 40, 55, 75, 100, 130…)but had decided to tone it down this trip since my bank roll wasn’t as large as usual. Bad timing on my part but I still won plenty. I played a few more hands until losing 4 in a row and walked away a winner.

    We were up $$ for the night and headed back to our room. Our daughter had what she thought was a crisis at home so we came back to find 4 messages from her. An hour later we had her convinced that the sun would still shine in the morning but neither my husband or I slept well that night. Worrying about your kids is one of the fastest ways to put a damper on a trip to Vegas!

    Since we weren’t operating at 100% the next morning, we decided to go for a walk around Fremont East. We took a walk through the El Cortez but didn’t gamble. It felt dark and dreary, just like the way we were feeling. Then we wandered by the Gold Spike and since we haven’t played there in 5 years, decided to check it out. Walked in and WOW!! I haven’t been paying enough attention to Dewey and the others when they talk about this place. We were about 2 steps in when we both knew we wanted to stay and play. The place is really bright and clean. It was also not hectic because hardly anyone plays there. We grabbed a seat at the bar and decided to take "numeno’s" advice from the drink thread and order Black Russians. Served in a tall glass with half vodka and ½ Kahlua, we were feeling happy in no time. The entertainment at the bar was pretty good too…a couple guys having a lover’s spat, another guy trying to stay upright in his chair and some off shift staff members telling us stories about the things that go on. We spent a couple hours playing VP and laughing with the staff and had a great time. We didn’t make money at VP though and since it was now 3 o’clock, 2 of the four BJ tables were open. They had a 2 deck $3 pitch game with H17, DAS, double any 2 cards and 3 :2 payoff. Hubs and I played about 10 hands with the dealer getting blackjack or 21 on about 6 of those hands. Then I moved to the other table where just about the same thing happened. I didn’t stick around long.

    The staff were really friendly at the Spike and even though we lost, we had a great afternoon. The 3 tall Black Russians helped alot. They still have only hand pays on all the machines though so I can’t imagine it ever gets busy there. Too bad because it seems like a nice small casino.

    The rest of the night was spent doing the downtown circuit. The D has a couple new restaurants that look promising and they did not have the music as loud as usual downstairs. LV Club was rough looking and they were digging up the street between the LV Club and the Golden Gate. I think they are getting ready to install the tower for the new zipline. The weather was cold outside mostly because of the wind but the casinos where quite warm. We did fine without jackets since we were only outside for brief periods while switching casinos.

    We never caught the wave that day and by the end of the night we both knew our bankroll was down so we decided to crash early. Hubs wanted a bagel so we headed to Dunkin Donuts at the Fremont Casino and while he was ordering, I said I’d go have a couple hands of $3 BJ. On the way there, I passed a $10 table with a smiling dealer and 3 happy players who drew me in. Five minutes later when my husband had finished his bagel, I was up a few hundred. Stayed about 5 minutes more, lost 4 hands in a row and left with $250. A great way to end the trip.

    We didn’t fly out till noon the next day so we were able to catch up on our sleep and head to the airport in the morning without rushing. We took a hair raising ride to the airport with a speeding, lane changing, tailgating cab driver and paid $35 for the privilege. While in line for security, the officer was hollering to everyone about the liquid rule when we suddenly realized we couldn’t take that bottle of rye with us. I can’t believe we never thought of that before buying it but I guess we had other things on our mind. Since we only take carry on, we had no choice but to drop it in the garbage can. SAD, SAD, SAD!

    By the time we got home our daughter was laughing about her "crisis" and everything was just fine. After getting our car out of the lot, we were about $800 poorer than when we left. That’s our greatest loss in 15 trips so it was disappointing but still not bad for four days of Vegas and all the food and drink we could handle. I’ve been thinking about it and realize I played too much VP this trip without knowing the correct plays well enough. I’m gonna work on that.

    And in 10 more days, we’re heading back again. The next trip is a family trip though. We are renting a car and going to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. We have 3 nights booked on the strip when we return and after 15 trips to Vegas, it will be my first time ever staying on the Strip.

    Pics 1 and 2 - Southpoint
    Pic 3 - Freemont Street East
    Pic 4 and 5 - Gold Spike
     

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  2. Crazycrue

    Crazycrue Low-Roller

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    Very nice trip report. Bet your looking forward to your next trip. I have never stayed on Freemont always on the strip one of these times I am going to try it.

    Good luck with the family trip hope they enjoy it.
     
  3. Terry Benedict

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    Great report.

    Your positivity is remarkable and commendable. My lady and I decide (when we have low hotel expectations) that we are going to be in the best room EVER. It puts us in a good frame of mind immedidately.

    I spent a little time in the South Point on my last trip and think I may spend a night or two there sometime. It looked like a nice place.
     
  4. Buddha

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    Nice report. The South Point always has a comfortable feeling to us, with the large rooms, a roomy casino, a great buffet (including the bloody mary's at breakfast), and lots of good video poker.

    We have also stayed a number of times at the Four Queens ... good location, easy dining at Magnolia's, and a great cash-back percentage on VP (even better than the South Point).

    You said you were in the "south" tower, overlooking Fremont St., but that would be the "north" tower ... ???
     
  5. Tammy58

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    Enjoyed your report. South Point is our favorite...will be there for 3 nights comped in May. You are right about 2/3 days is enough there due to the isolation. We have yet to stay downtown...we keep saying we are going to, but the hubby isn't ready to give up the strip and I am not ready to give up SP. We stay in 2 hotels each trip now.
     
  6. Viva Las Vegas

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    Excellent trip report, thanks for posting. I'm glad your daughter's situation turned out OK.

    I stayed at South Point for the first time las year. I really liked the room and cocktail service. They have decent VP and an OK poker room and BJ tables.

    If you plan on staying there again, they have a free shuttle for hotel guests from / to McCarran airport and a $8 round trip shuttle from South Point to Treasure island / Aria and/or Excalibur.

    Four Queens are pretty generous with their comp offers for VP play, even when you play 9/6 Jacks or Better or 10/7 Double Bonus. They generally only run one or two decent blackjack tables, the rest are crapjack (6/5). I like the Chicago Brewery Co. for drinks and food.
     
  7. gambler

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    That's a good reminder about the shuttles Viva. We landed at the airport about 1/2 an hour before the scheduled pickup so we went for the cab. Being thrifty though, we did think about taking the shuttle to the strip and then cabbing from there. We figured a cab would be about $30 from SP to the 4 Queens. It's $16 for the two of us to shuttle to the strip (they don't sell one way tickets) and we didn't think we could cab from the strip to downtown for $14. But it is nice that SP has the hourly shuttle to the strip. It's a pretty good price too at $8 return.

    Buddha, we were in the south tower facing Fremont. The tower is set back further from the street than the north tower but you can still hear the music loud and clear. Also, the noise from the bandstand between 4Q and the D really blares. I'm sure you'd still hear it if you're in a room facing away from Fremont but maybe not quite as clearly.

    I'm adding a few more pics. I have to say that the view from our 4Q room in the evening was really nice. Lots of twinklings lights.

    Looking out our window, you can see where they are rebuilding the Lady Luck. It's supposed to open sometime this year as the Downtown Grand.

    Pic 1 - Gold Spike bar (not a great photo) Oh look! We were waiting for another Black Russian!
    Pic 2 - The Downtown Grand
    Pic 3 - Gold Spike in the distance
     

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