Cast of Characters Buzz – Trip number 46 for me, first trip in 1995 and the 45th in August. Buzzette – Trip number 37 for my girl, all but two with me. If you remember from previous trips, we have been happily unmarried for 22 years now. Family – We started every other year trips in 2004 with various members of Buzzette’s family. This trip we have two brothers, one sister, and a 21-year-old Vegas virgin nephew. Monday, October 6 We flew Delta out of MSP for about $300 each with free bags with My Delta AmEx. We arrived on time and shuttled to the Car Rental Facility where we picked up a minivan from Alamo with Buzzette as the driver. On family trips, I let her drive so I don’t have to be the chauffer. Buzzette and I each had two comp nights in Go Deluxe Queens at the Flamingo. One brother had one comp and one reduced night in a Fab Deluxe Queen after someone played just a little on his card in August. I was able to get my room changed to a King and we ended up with a view of Drai’s pool and the Bellagio fountains. After settling in, we all met at Margaritaville. I had chicken wings and a boat drink while Buzzette shared the Volcano Nachos and another appetizer with her sister. I charged the $140 bill to my room to use up my $50 resort credit and collected cash for the difference! Buzzette and I gambled on our own the rest of the night. We spent almost three hours playing Mississippi Stud at The Cromwell and followed that up with a little slot play at Flamingo. I then played $25 double deck blackjack after she went to the room. Flamingo gave back just over half what The Cromwell took. Tuesday, October 7 Before lunch, Buzzette and I played off various freeplay. I think she won about $60 on the $50 that came with her Flamingo room and I won a total of $12 at The Cromwell and Bally’s. We crossed to the Bellagio where I low played a China Shores for $0.90 a spin. I got in the bonus on the 3rd spin and ended up winning about $78 on 108 free spins. Lunch was at the Bellagio Buffet but not before hitting the players club to cash various MyVegas offers. I had a 2-free and 1-free buffet while Buzzette and each of her brothers had the 1-free. I think it was close to 1:00 but they still had bacon out so I really enjoyed the buffet. I think we all did and it was free. Our rewards did not require a MLife stay and were purchased before the price went up. Great value. The family went to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay (MyVegas) and Buzzette and I went on our own MyVegas run. First we picked up Buzzette’s 2-for-1 drink award at Monte Carlo’s Big Chill. And then we went to New York New York to get my $50 credit at the Bar at Times Square. I was somewhat concerned that this award would be difficult to get because it now requires a MLife stay but it was no trouble at all. After picking up the award, we went to Planet Hollywood to play more Mississippi Stud. I lost again but I just can’t stop playing the game. We met the family back at NYNY where we easily overspent our $50 credit on six drinks and six jello shots. Buzzette and I split the extra cost and the tip. I’m not sure what Buzzette and the family did the rest of the night but I spent the next five hours at The Cromwell playing Mississippi Stud (often solo) and drinking many Miller 64s. I doubt I will ever stay at The Cromwell but I love playing there. It is quiet and relaxing, and full of “beautiful” people. At about 11:15 PM, I played K7 to a K77 board for $400. I cashed out a small profit and then won a drunken $60 on the Wild Panda back at Flamingo. At least I assume it was the Panda. The next morning I would cash out my 975 resort credits toward my resort fees and be just short of 5000 tier credits for Platinum. I am still waiting the ten days for my room charges to post to my account which will get me there.