Got home yesterday from a (surprisingly) low key Super Bowl weekend in Vegas. And now I would rather write a TR than work. So here goes …. The original plan was for the gf and I to spend three nights at Aria. At the last minute, however, one of my degenerate gambling friends decided to tag along. That’s cool because we all get along. The downside, though, is that he is a degenerate gambler and that can sometimes make for odd trips together. This trip did not disappoint on that front. We all fly out of Nashville on southwest Friday afternoon. Following an uneventful flight, we land at the airport and find a limo waiting. Aria has a new fleet of limos, all of which still have that new money smell! Seriously, they are much nicer than the old fleet. We get checked in at the Skysuites and the gf and I get our usual one bedroom penthouse. My host calls me as soon as get to the room and sends up some yummy fruit and cheese snacks that we munched on all weekend. After we quickly unpack, we all meet downstairs and hot the tables. I walk up to a shoe BJ game in the refurbished high limit and grab a seat. The table is empty and the dealer begins her shuffle. My gf and buddy sit down beside me. The buddy is debating whether he wants to start gambling yet as I reach for my players card. The dealer asks if we are all gambling and I tell her I am playing and the others are watching for now. She then rudely says they cannot sit at the table if they are not playing. Mind you, nobody is at the table, there are people watching and not playing at other tables in the room, and the floor supervisor knows me and knows I often have friends watch me play. But hey, it’s a big weekend, so I understand the tables might fill up later. So I assure the dealer not to worry, that my friends will stand up if anyone else wants a seat at the table. She proceeds to actually stop her shuffle, sigh, and announce that nobody else will come up to the table if my friends are sitting in two of the seats. My friends start to stand up and say they will stand behind me while I play, but I was kind of pissed at the dealer for being rude and trying to call me out in front of other people. So I pick my players card up off the table and tell the dealer not to worry, we will play somewhere else. Realizing she has made a mistake, the dealer glances over at the supervisor with a look of surprise, and starts saying she will find a way to accommodate all of us. Too late, I’m peeved, so we walk back to the corner of the room and find another table. I ask the dealer if my friends can sit and watch and he says no problem. I take out a marker for $40k and play at $2k a hand. After half an hour, I am up $8k and color up. Then we walk over to the baccarat high limit and find an open table there. My degenerate gambling buddy only plays BJ and roulette, so he is curious about the rules of baccarat. The dealer and I explain the game to him as I play. Half a shoe later, I am up a few thousand more. We move over to a roulette wheel. The gf likes that because we can play together. Play for another half hour and make another grand. Any time I don’t lose big at roulette, I consider it a victory! The gf and I have dinner reservations at Julian Serrano and we are about to head out. I invite my buddy to join us, but he says he might just go up to his room and rest. I tell him we are going shopping after dinner and he tells me to text him to see if he feels like joining. JS is great as always. As dinner ends, we text my buddy to see if he feels like going to the Linq with us. He quickly texts me back and says he decided to play BJ and is up $10k! We swing by the high limit to see him before we leave. He is buzzed and sitting at the same BJ table where I won my first $8k. He is indeed up $10k and taking a break for a couple hands. He ponders aloud whether he should take a break and quit the day up. I encourage him to either come shopping with us or go take his nap. I know him. Too well. He is a degenerate that we call the Tim Tebow of gambling (he usually makes the wrong decision, but it works out). He always starts small (a couple hundred a hand) but can never resist ramping his bets up to the table max (or close to it). So I have seen weekends where he wins huge. And I have seen sessions where he loses huge in a matter of minutes. After a quick chat, the degen friend says he will go take a nap and we head over to the skysuite limos for a ride to the Linq. Five minutes after the gf and I get in the car, I get a text form the degen. He says he gave back the $10k, plus $10k of his own money. Sigh. I text him back and encourage him to come join us. Ten minutes later, just after we have arrived at Linq, I get another text from him saying he is down $40k, which was his entire bankroll for the trip. Oh well, hope that was fun for him. My gf is in disbelief that he blew his whole roll so quickly. She is more accustomed to watching my betting, which isn’t quite as reckless! Anywho, its her first time at the Linq, so we walk through it and stop in some shops. Here are some pics: After that, we decide to talk back to the hotel. Play a little more BJ after we get back. Up $18k for the day and we decide to relax in the room and go to bed. For some reason, I cannot get to sleep. And we have spa appointments in the morning so I can’t sleep in and do that. So after two hours of sleep, I get up and go to the spa. Spa was excellent. We decide to walk over to Bellagio and eat lunch at Noodles. I text my friend to join us, but he is seriously depressed after losing so much the night before. Worse, he has a $58k wager on the Super Bowl and he is starting to stress about it. So he tells us he is going to go shopping at the Forum Shops for some retail therapy and to relax. After lunch, I decide to do a quick hit and run at Bellagio. Last summer I wrote about my bad experience there: http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?110762-UKFanatic-TR-Live-from-the-Strip-8-15-to-8-21. Haven’t stayed there since, but have done a few hit and runs. My hit and run turns into a longer than expected session of BJ and after an hour, I am even. The gf and I go to the gallery to see the fabrege exhibit. It was a bit disappointing. Fortunately, it was free for us, because I would have been disappointed had we paid to see that display. By that time, my Bellagio host has caught wind that I was playing at the hotel and starts texting me. He is trying to make nice and win my business back. I tell him let’s talk about it next week. I do need to plan my march madness trip …. After the gallery, we go back to Aria and win another $12k at BJ! The degen friend shows up with his shopping bag. He shows us the new shoes and rolex he bought at the Forum Shops. I am not into watches, but his looks pretty sleek. We make a plan to head back up to the suite and watch the UVA/Duke game and get my buddy some food. Its an hour til the game, so I decide to play some more BJ until the game starts. It goes poorly. I start at $1k a hand and the shoe goes back and forth. At the end of the shoe, I am down a couple chips. After the shuffle, I stat the next shoe and start getting killed. I am down $10k at the table. So I decide to bump my bets up a little bit. I continue to lose and give back another $10k. Finally, the hour is almost up and we need to go watch the game. So I decide screw it, bet $10k. And I bust. Booooooo. Just gave back all my winnings from the day before and that morning. Still, at least it was house money. We all relax and watch the game. Once it is over, my degen friend heads back to his room to relax while the gf and I hit the tables again before dinner. We decide to talk over to Cosmo. I perform a great hit and run. Win $8500 in ten minutes. Cash out and then we head back to Aria. Perform another BJ hit and run and get another $10k in twenty minutes! Now we’re talking! We eat dinner at Tetsu. Dinner is excellent. Afterwards, we go back to the high limit and I win another $12k at BJ! Boom! Got back all the money I had lost that afternoon. We decide to slow it down and the gf and I play some vid poker together. By 8:30 I was dying. Since I had only slept two hours the night before, I was starting to feel like a zombie. I tell my gf that I have to go back to the room and rest or I might fall asleep playing VP. I give her a hundy and encourage her to stay up and play or drink or whatever. I head back to the room and collapse. Next thing I know, its 1am and I hear my gf come in the suite. I wake up and ask her how the evening went. She literally almost jumps out of her shoes and tells me she just came from hitting a royal flush at VP!!! She shows me pictures she took on her phone and we celebrate!! It ended up being her night not to sleep because she was wired after hitting the royal. Awesome way to end the night. The next morning I wake up early (shocker since I went to bed at 9). There are a bunch of early morning texts on my phone, My degen buddy has left town! He moved his flight up to Sunday morning because he was still depressed about losing his roll the first night and all his other money being out on a large SB bet. I shake my head in disbelief. But whatever. I can’t say I am entirely surprised. The few degen gamblers I know really ride those waves of happiness and depression. The gf and I go downstairs to play. The BJ luck continues! I win 8k at BJ. Next, I decide to play craps. Hadn’t played any on the trip so far and wish I never did. I walk up to a table, buy in for $10k, and place my usual bet on the don’t. The new shooter goes on a heater! Six points in twenty minutes! Oh well, there goes that $10k. so I head back to BJ and win …. 10k! Nice. Then we walk over to a baccarat table. Nice little banker run to start. Should have stopped there. But I didn’t and leave the table down 4k. So I walk back over to BJ and win …… 4k! BJ is saving me this trip! Finally, we play a half hour of roulette and leave the table even. Time for some shopping before the super bowl! The gf buys some dresses at the Miracle Mile shops and I look at some shoes, but don’t end up buying any. We walk back to the Aria and head to the SB party! I had placed my bets the day before. All my bets were prop bets! My thinking was that if the game were as dull as the game last year, at least I would action throughout thanks to the props! The Aria SB party is fantastic. And since by degen friend bailed, my gf and I have a four person couch to ourselves. He are some pics of the room: Good stuff! You all know what happened during the game. And I posted my prop bet winners in that thread, so I was very pleased to come out ahead. The most exciting part for me was the prop on Wilson’s passing yards. I wagered that he would throw between 233 and 250 yards. That total seemed out of reach until that crazy last drive. When Wilson hit the 20+ yard wheel route to Lynch, I realized I still had a chance. So I checked the game stats. I needed Wilson to throw for at least 30 more yards, but not more than 47. Seattle had the ball at the Pats 49 yard line! So I am dying! I want Seattle to move the ball, but I also can’t have them throw for every yard the rest of the way. One huge completion down the field and my prop bet is in play! Then ….. a running play! Winner!!!! I think I was the only person in my seating section going nuts BEFORE the final play, lol. Then, of course, after the final play, I get a jubilant, frantic call from my degen buddy going nuts because he won his $58k bet! Great gambling game for both of us. After the game we had dinner at Bardot. I wasn’t really hungry, so I only had a side. It was good and the décor is fancy, but cannot really say too much else about the place yet. After dinner, we cashed our SB bets (I made $7200) as well as a bunch of smaller bets I won on basketball from the day before. Then I paid my markers, cashed out and packed up. Early flight Monday morning and now I’m happy to be home. Like last year, I have had three gambling trips to start the year and I am up a ton from the three of them. My next trip to Cosmo is already scheduled. I made the same trip to Cosmo last February and left $88k behind. Really hoping for a different result this year at Cosmo. We shall see …..