During my stay at Bellagio last weekend, I spent a fair amount of time at Cosmo. And while I’ve been pretty lukewarm about the place the past several times I’ve been there, it really started to grow on me this time around. I don’t know if I had simply interacted with the “wrong” employees on earlier trips and got the “right” ones this time. But, it seemed that they’re getting the hang of the whole customer service thing. The craps dealers I played with were a lot of fun – despite the fact that I couldn’t catch a hot streak to save my life. They didn’t show quite the same level of professionalism that the dealers at Aria, Bellagio and Wynncore do, but they were very friendly and extremely appreciative of tokes. So appreciative, in fact, that they paid me the full amount when I took odds that exceeded the maximum (I thought I had $20 on the pass line but actually only had $15, they paid me $120 on the $80 odds I had bet when I should have only had $60 on the odds) – even after checking with the boxman. I also had a great blackjack dealer in the HL area (not the Talon Club, but the area downstairs). And, all the bartenders were first rate – extremely friendly and comp’d me premium booze at the $.25 level even when I hadn’t specified a brand. I also did the $100 rebate deal. And let me say, it couldn’t have been easier. I don’t know if I’m a cynic or just a realist, but I assumed that there would be plenty of hoops to jump through or for one crazy reason or other, I somehow wouldn’t qualify for the promo. But, nope. It is as simple as going up to the Identity desk, showing them your id and telling them you want to do the promo. Then go lose $100. Then back to the Identity desk to get them to load the $100 on to your card. Piece of cake. (I cashed out up $250 with my freeplay, too.) Unfortunately, I seem to have picked the wrong time to take a shine to Cosmo. The video poker that I found at the bar tops was even worse than the last time I was there (at which time it had already been downgraded from the time before that). And, the $100 DD game in the HL area had been changed to H17 – it had been S17 when I played there in January. The six deck game was still S17, with DAS, surrender and RSA. So, they still have playable games at that level. But, I do like to have the choice of a DD or shoe game. I assume that they still have the S17 DD game up in the Talon Club. But, when I walked through the place, everything was $500 mins – too rich for my blood - and it was the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday. They’ve finally started to send me a few offers. I might just have to take them up on one of them sometime. Anyway, this post is neither here nor there. I just don’t feel like doing a TR from my trip, so I thought I’d post a few different thoughts/observations I had in their respective forums. Kyle Oh, and the burger at Holstein’s was fantastic!