April 10-14. We flew Southwest from Milwaukee and because the airport is about a hour drive and because the flight was at 7:15 AM, we got a hotel near the airport the night before. We arrived in Vegas a few minutes early, but just late enough to miss the 9 AM Wax bus. So we just enjoyed the sun waiting for the 10:16 WAX. Just a note…the on-line schedule and the ones on the kiosk are different. In our case, the bus was scheduled 5 minutes later than on-line schedule. No big deal, but I don’t know what other route times changed. The bus arrived, we showed our WI driver’s license and paid $1 for the over 60 rate. Several times during the trip, they did play an announcement about needing a RTC approved ID. The Suncoast free shuttle wasn’t scheduled for another 40 minutes, so WAX it was, there was money waiting to be won! It took us 55 minutes to get to Suncoast, not bad for a buck! Skipping ahead to departure day we were waiting for the free Suncoast shuttle to the airport and a cab arrived and dropped people off with luggage. I walked over and asked the cabbie what that fare was. $55.10 and he said he took Paradise to I-15, which would be the most direct route. But jeez, $55! Checked in at Suncoast, they had a room available with a beautiful golf course & pool view. These are from Feb, when we just checked in to see a standard room. The room we had this trip was a king bed and had a couch, but other than that very similar. There is a pocket sliding door that separates the tub and toilet area from the vanity. We were unpacked and in the casino by noon. That’s when the hemorrhaging of cash began for the both of us. We couldn’t win a thing. I was playing $ 9/6 DDB and my wife quarter, 8/5 Bonus. Now this really pissed me off. At the bar by the crap tables, the machines have different paytables for Bonus. Some are 8/5 and some are 7/5. To me that is very deceitful. The bar next to the Sportsbook was all 8/5 Bonus. We played until around 9 PM that night and never won a thing. We gave up and went to the room. I averaged out to losses of about $100 per hour. My wife lost several hundred playing quarters. The room on a comp have free 1 MB WIFI and all the rooms have a frig and coffee maker. Resort fee is $10 per day if not on a comp and the WIFI is then 10 MG. Friday, we walked over to Angel Park Golf Course (~.5 mile) and played their 12 hole, par 3 course. We rented clubs & pull carts and it was about $90, but they did include 2 sleeves each of logo balls. I know it’s just a par 3, but it did have some challenges. After this winter, it was just nice being outside in sunshine. Friday lunch was at TGIFridays inside Suncoast. We were meeting a couple of Vegas friends. One is a bartender at Palms and the other a cocktail waitress at various places. We brought the WI cheese curds, they brought the stories. Man, we lead a boring life back here in the Midwest after listening to their tales. Conversation great, food awful. I can’t believe how bad our meals were. When we lived in Vegas, we probably ate at this location once a week. We’d go to the senior discount day at the movies, and then stop in there for either appetizers or a meal. Never again. Anyway, after a very enjoyable meeting, we hit the bartop VP again. After Thursday’s beating, I was playing quarter DDB. My luck was much better! The rain of quads began. I had aces, I had a straight flush I had numerous 4oak. I worked my initial $100 up to $1,000 and cashed out the ticket. I then started back with another $100 and was still doing well on quarters, so I stuck with it. I had the $100 up to $340 and then bang-A ROYAL, holding 3. $1,000 and no W2G! Now Suncoast is different than MSS in several ways. $1,000 is not a hand pay and with the Royal, my total was $1,340 in the machine and I was able to just do a ticket. At MSS if you build up the total on several quads or whatever, once you go over $1,199, it spits out the difference. If you keep playing and go over $1,199 again, it spits out another ticket. Very nice walking up to the cage with a $1,000 tito and another for $1,345. My wife continued her losing ways. Thur & Fri we racked up 30,000 coin in, playing on my card and the next two days, Sat & Sun we played kind of conservative. 17,000 coin-in. Suncoast had drawings on Friday & Saturday. Your play earned entries into the drawing. I got skunked on all three drawings on Friday, but on Saturday they pulled my name. $200 and to my surprise, they paid in cash. You could only win once each drawing, but you could be called in all 3 drawings and win. One woman’s name was called for all three on Friday. If you were there, you collected $200, if not, you had until the next day to collect a $100 prize. Saturday night we ate at SC Steakhouse. We both had the Tomahawk Ribeye ($54) and 3, $7 sides that we split. My wife thought hers had way too much fat and grizzle on it. Mine was OK and I understand we are in a resort town, but back here if somebody charged me $54, plus sides they would be out of business. Total cost of meal $160 with a couple drinks. Sunday we took the WAX downtown. Paid the $1 each way and showed our WI DL, never a question. The plan was to check in to Downtown Grand in order to collect my $75 free play and $25 in food credit. We were planning on trying Pizza Rock, but it turns out they are excluded from the food credit offer. So, we checked in, split the free play and headed over to Chicago Brewing inside 4Q and had pizza there while we watched the Brewers win their 9th straight. We had a nice surprise at 4Q. I had $80 in free play loaded on my card and my wife had $20. Didn’t have to check in, it was already loaded on the cards. Glad we stopped. I’m sure I got a mailer, but I get so many every month, I just missed this one. Before we left to catch the WAX, we stopped at the deli area at Grand and used our food credit to pick up a couple of sandwiches to take back to Suncoast for the room. We ate at the Suncoast Mexican restaurant Sunday night and that was very good. Amazing that Slotzilla is still not open. The Grand is nuts with their paytables. Quarters: DDB = 7/5 Bonus = 6/5 JOB = 8/6 Dollars: DDB 9/5 JOB 9/5 And I couldn’t find $1 Bonus. Total food charges to the room for a 4 night stay= $373. I tipped everybody in cash. Now I’m waiting to see if my host comps it all. I can’t imagine at less than $100 per day, he wouldn’t. UPDATE: He would only comp us $200 on $47,000 coin-in on 4 days. Bye, bye, Suncoast. You’ll never see another dime from me. MSS, we're coming back home. End result, I ended up about $1,300 playing a mix of dollars and quarters and my wife playing only quarters lost about $750. I’m not sure if we will stay at Suncoast again. The rooms were very nice, but some of the bartenders seemed a little surly. I know we are spoiled because we walk into MSS and everybody knows us and greets us with a smile. The walk to the golf course is very doable and the 5 mile walking trail next door to the hotel is great. It is not a loop, so you have to turn around and walk back. Going back to the airport, we used the free Suncoast shuttle. Non-stop and it took about 25 minutes. A tip…if you are flying out of terminal C and have a low gate number, there is an unmarked bathroom at the end of C1. The topper was we got back yesterday night and it was snowing $*! Wake up temp today was 17 F. This fu*king winter just won't end.