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Terrified of Vegas Jan 02 - Jan 06 - Hopefully Live*

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by IHeartDancers, Jan 1, 2015.

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  1. IHeartDancers

    IHeartDancers Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Headed to Vegas for a few days with my GF. I've been there a few times before, haven't been back since 2012! A long time ago, I know. A lot has changed since then. This will be the first Vegas trip for my GF.

    We're both students making minimum wage, so don't be expecting NateDogg, pppleus, paytriple, pphold, Gaggles, BeeeJayyy, RoyalFlusher, VegasChic (and many others, pardon the misspellings of the name and left out names) kind of play.

    Although it would be awesome if I could sit next to a VMBer and have them show me the ropes on VP or just stand there and watch them play at the $1 or $5 level!

    We'll be staying at the Vdara. Since there is no casino there, i'm guessing that there is little hope for them to waive the resort fee? Although I will be trying the $20 trick!

    Our plan? Drink, Pump n’ dump, Hit n run. Casino hop and take advantage of the new players clubs for their freebies, low roll and with lots of freebies!

    I’ve read many live TR’s, so I wanted to try and emulate that experience as well, I know it’s a lot of hard work, and i’m not sure if i’ll be able to keep up with it all.

    And of course i’m gonna try to hammer out a full TR when I get back, but between school and work, i’m not sure how long that will take.

    Why did I title this report “Terrified of Vegas”? Frankly because i’m worried that I might go broke.

    I first started playing blackjack at the $5 per hand, then as time went on and I gained more confidence in my ability to play, i moved on to $10 a hand, then eventually up to $15 a hand. I’ve played $25 a hand before, but it was a bit nerve racking playing at such a “high” amount for an extended period of time.

    I know it’s all in my head but, I can’t seem to win anything at $15 a hand, I seem to have better “luck” at $25 a hand. So i’ll be trying to play $25 a hand. I’m terrified that this will now be my regular level of play from now on and I won’t be able to go back down ‘cause the “thrill” just won’t be there.

    We’re planning to walk from Vdara to In n Out burger, I’m hoping that I don’t get killed making that trek.

    We’re planning to walk to Ellis Island, i’m terrified that i’ll become a meth addict before I step foot into that establishment, walking through that sketchy path.

    I’m also terrified that i’m going to take the statement “go big or go home” or even YOLO a little too seriously and blow all my money there trying to chase a hand pay or a pic of a winning VP hand for the board. I’ve never had a hand pay or let alone a royal flush, so here’s to hoping for one!

    I’ve always wanted to sit in the high limit slot room, deposit a $100 bill and play through it. Maybe i’ll do it this time. Maybe i’ll even ask the GF to go 50/50 with me and we each deposit a $100 into the machine. But i’m sure she’d much rather spend that $100 shopping.
     
  2. pleasemum

    pleasemum Low-Roller

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    Hi there

    We are also heading down the same dates as you from Toronto on AC. Staying at Cosmo and trying some VP - although we are certainly novices at VP we are not novices to Vegas - 19th Trip for me - 18 for Hubby.

    Have a great time and bring home some cash!!
     
  3. guapoxxx

    guapoxxx High-Roller

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    Good plan and wish you lots of luck. I don't recommend walking to In and Out Burger from Vdara... It's a little shady walking that area. Be safe!
     
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  4. sindustry

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    I believe comps at Vdara are tied to play at Aria, so play there and you can see about getting the resort fee dropped.
     
  5. pphold

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    Rent a car. if you are going to In and out and ellis island it is worth it to rent a car. Car rental is one of the cheapest in Vegas.

    and on betting Green chips. That is what got me. My first Black chip bet the thrill of betting Black then Purple then Yellow. I can't bet less than a black chip or I would think I'm wasting time. The excitement is not there.

    That is not to say I don't bet red and green chips I do when I'm drinking and just betting with friends to get drunk and have fun. I expect to lose so I bet as little as possible to have fun.

    But Winning is still more fun than losing.

    I"ll be there the same weekend.


    Play what you think will win.

    I was at the baccarat table once that I would only bet black chips every time i bet a purple or yellow I would lose so I keep betting black. At one point they ran out of blacks but I would not change and had the pit order more blacks while i waited.

    So At most just have fun. I do recommend that you rent a car then walk to in and out and Ellis island.
     
  6. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    No fear. Stick to a budget and have fun!
     
  7. IHeartDancers

    IHeartDancers Low-Roller

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    Awesome! We might even be on the same flight!
     
  8. IHeartDancers

    IHeartDancers Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the advice about renting a car. I understand that the walk could be a little bit sketchy.

    But we're doing this in broad daylight, so I'm hoping that will make things a bit better.

    We plan to hit in n out around 1-2 PM.
    We plan on going to Ellis Island for their Steak and Eggs special.
     
  9. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    You will be fine in daylight. I have made similar walks during the day and never been bothered
     
  10. firstkill

    firstkill High-Roller

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    doesnt seem like areas you would be walking too haha j/k

    for the walk to ellis island, I think a lot can be protected indoors. vdara to cosmo, bridge over to PH. cut through to bally and out the side.
     
  11. TheCooler

    TheCooler Professional Gambler and the Best Football Handica

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    One piece of advice I would give is don't play at a level that makes you so nervous that you make poor decisions. What I mean is, if a black chip bet is enough to make you nervous about winning or losing, you may be prone to playing overly cautious. When I first moved up to the green chip level years ago, I was so nervous playing blackjack that I would stand on hands that were obvious hits for fear of busting. Although it felt like the safe play, I was ultimately losing money. The more you play at higher levels the more comfortable you will get. But the key is to always play the hand according to book, regardless of bet size. I'm now a black and purple player and I'm just as comfortable as I was when I was red chipping. Anyways, best of luck. Have a great time!
     
  12. tringlomane

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    The sketchiest part to Ellis Island isn't protected though, which is beyond Bally's to the destination. Its amazing what undeveloped land can do. Probably walking on the opposite side of Flamingo is less sketchy in comparison since there is actually developed property on that side beyond Bally's, but that's also a longer walk. My g/f is not a fan of walking to Ellis Island at night. Part of the reason I haven't been there in over 2 years dammit...
     
  13. IHeartDancers

    IHeartDancers Low-Roller

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    Maybe I am naive, but I don't really think the walk to Ellis Island is that scary/sketchy. There were a few tramps about, but mainly people heading to and from Ellis Island/Platinum. If you walk on the opposite side to Bally's you've got Barbary Coast, then Stage Door then The Westin the the petrol station with the Port o' Subs. It's pretty well lit and there are plenty of places to duck into if you're not happy with your surroundings.

    I suppose the slightly sketchy bit is when you cross the street and head onto Koval but from the front door of the Westin to the front door of Ellis Island is about 3 minutes walk. For our OP, you could walk over to (I think) Reno Ave and jump on the 119 Bus which drops off right outside Ellis Island.

    All those things aside, hope you have a great trip.
     
  15. fresnofishfan

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    Dont stress that walk . Usually a good amount of people going back and forth anyway. Just walk with their group. Or as suggested walk the "long way" . Im always with a group of rowdy drunk dudes so I guess thats different than just you and your lady, but IMO , not sketchy . Have fun !
     
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    kingpasty High-Roller

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    THIS. Don't play above your means. At the end of the day, odds are you're going to lose rather than win. If you have a smaller bankroll, play at a level that will allow you to play for a longer time and have FUN! Remember, if you play expecting to win money, more times than not you'll be disappointed.
     
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    If you go broke, I highly recommend the Stage Door, I've spent the last day of a trip there being a drinking degenerate having tapped the bankroll already. Not sure it will be a cup of tea your GF will enjoy though, but for a small town Wisconsin native it almost feels like a slice of home. Heading out Sunday night myself (pending Allegiant on time), can't waitttt
     
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    Don't chase for the sake of impressing the board. Gamble at a level and a game that you're comfortable with and enjoy yourself. I think the members would much rather you have a good time than chasing something to show off. As great as the membership is, I don't anticipate them reimbursing losses any time soon.

    Have a few drinks, take it easy and slow to start and enjoy!
     
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    Good luck. Don't over extend yourself. Nothing is more miserable than blowing your budget and rent money in Vegas half way through your trip. We've all been there, or been along for the ride.
     
  20. IHeartDancers

    IHeartDancers Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the tip guys!

    Currently on a cab ride to in n out burger, the walk was too confusing to navigate
     
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