I started writing a normal trip report and at about page 3 I decided I’d probably be boring people to death with all the detail, so I’m going to divide it up like another poster did and try to do more of a summary. Transportation Flew AA out of Austin with a plane change in Dallas. I don’t go direct because my days of going cargo class have long been over. No airlines have first out of Austin direct to Vegas. Every flight that serves a meal I try to send back to someone in cargo class since I don’t eat while I fly. It’s running about 50% whether they’ll do it or not. Since I brought a box of chocolates for the flight crew they were amenable to sending it to the back, I told them to pick someone that looked like they needed it. On the flights back from Vegas I got the new planes with entertainment which was rather nice. The flight back had a lousy lift-off time probably do to the merger with USAir. 2:30pm is just a tad unwieldly of a time for me. The limo was waiting on time, that happening is about 50% because my host seems to have trouble with details. Hotel Staying at MGM as usual. This is my home base and my host treats me well (other than his amazing lack of attention to details). I got a room for myself and a room for my mother (who was flying in from Philly at midnight). There are no more smoking rooms at MGM, which my mother seemed to handle okay as I didn’t get charged the cleaning fee for her room. Hard to teach an 85 year old Jewish mother new tricks. Food Ate at Craftsteak, Jean Georges, Tenders, and Gallagher’s 3 times. I got the filet every time. I think all the chefs had the night off at Craftsteak since the meat was overcooked, first time I had a bad steak there in the dozens (100s?) of times I’ve eaten there (our whole party was unimpressed). Had the most fun at Jean Georges, but I think it had to with me being up $100K at that moment, that will make any restaurant great! Food, like the rooms is all comp’d. Lunches were all pizza in the food court because I love my pizza and try to refrain from it unless I’m in Vegas. College Donations Saturday: $2500 (1 college professor overnight) Sunday: $1500 (1 college professor overnight) Monday: $3000 (3 college seniors at the same time, was celebrating my winnings!) Tuesday: $350 Wed: 0 Thursday: 0 Friday: $750 (2 college sophomores, back to back not together) Gambling Gambling consists of mostly craps (about 10 hours or more a day) Some Pai Gow (Tiles and Poker) Some BJ Some UTH A little bit of baccarat (this is new). Non craps gambling is to get off our feet for a few minutes. Saturday: Craps and one short losing session of UTH: + $3500 Sunday: Craps, small amount of BJ, Pai Gow Tiles & Poker, small amount of baccarat: +$3000 (As of Sunday night company time I had yet to have a losing session in craps – this is a first for a 24 hour start of my vacation). Monday: Morning, early afternoon: craps and some Pai Gow Tiles: Even (had some small losing sessions of craps). Monday late afternoon, buddy rolls an 81 hand in craps (1 hour 10 mins). [For those of you that don’t believe in dice influence he was very lucky, for those of you that do, he practices many hours a week and owns his own craps table.] 1 hour 10 mins is very fast for that many rolls. We’ve rolled > 90mins many times and barely got in 50 rolls. But this table wasn’t too crowded and not a lot of prop bets. After that hand: +$100K (well 98K to be exact, I brought in 2). Yes it was a clean round number after the tip, and no, I had no idea that was what was on my tray. For those of you that like details: only 1 small and 1 tall and no alls. He hit all numbers, there was almost no crap at all (not sure how many thousands I wasted on the horn thinking crap had to come up some time!). I had 4 numbers maxed. My buddy made $3k and has been kicking himself ever since on his lousy betting. The rest of table didn’t even make it to black although they all seemed to be happy. I went across for the dealers about mid-way, they managed to hit black and were very happy. Tuesday: Craps, BJ, roulette, Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat – I call this Terrible Tuesday as not a single winning session in craps. And I was playing like I had all the money in the world. Did hit my number in roulette with $25 on it in a drive by, didn’t help much: -$50K (yes half my winnings ). My friends quote was that I should have stayed in my room all day shtooping (it’s Yiddish – look it up) myself to death. It would have been cheaper and I would be happy. (although would be very sore) Wednesday: Craps, roulette, Pai Gow Tiles (hit my same number again in a drive by!), Pai Gow Tiles, Bacarrat : -$5000 Thursday: Craps, BJ, Pai Gow Poker: $-18K (Still betting rather stupid trying to recover my winnings) Friday: Craps, Pai Gow Tiles, UTH: +$7K Saturday: Craps: -4K. All the daily numbers are rough estimates as I came away $28K up which includes any expenses (college fund donations) that came up. So it was a winning trip which ranks up there with one of my better ones, but not my best. But I had a f!@#$ six figure win at one point (which would have been my best by far). So while I am both happy and kind of upset, truth be told I’m more happy than upset now that I can reflect. And my buddy is still reprimanding himself for his lack of betting skill during that 81 hander. I’m way to aggressive a better and he is way too conservative, so somewhere in-between is a really good better!