Two videos posted to YouTube, Scorsese they are not! Living room: http://youtu.be/zlIkTFCm8Tw View from balcony: http://youtu.be/b12KYXE-HxM Another 24 hour trip to Las Vegas for me. Flew out of Oakland this time. Buddy picked me up at the airport and it was off to the Riviera, we took Paradise and parked in the outdoor parking structure. I don't know why I have a place in my heart for this f'ing hotel. I've stayed there 7 times now since 2008 and I lose my shirt every time. I guess it's because I love the history of the place, from the Chicago mob and the demise of Gus Greenbaum to the fact that is was the set for the movie Casino. I stayed on a comp and paid $60 to upgrade to a one bedroom suite in the Monte Carlo tower, high up, overlooking the pool and facing South for a wonderful view of the strip. I have a video but I'm not sure where to post it. The suite was very clean and very dated. The bedroom was huge and the bed very comfy. The bathroom had the outer changing chamber and then the shower room with a jetted tub, sinks, shower, and not one but two shatphones. The bathroom was huge probably 100 square feet and looked pretty much vintage 1975 although it was relatively clean. A sign on the wall with innkeepers rights said something about max rental on the suite was $2000 which made me laugh a little bit. The living room had grandma's couch, a small dining room table, and a few chairs which we promptly took out to the balcony. It was 110 degrees out so a perfect balcony day, not. Anyways, the suite was great, I took the bed and my buddy got grandma's couch. Food: Queen Victoria Pub, I had the 20 for 40 Groupon, 1 turkey club, 1 steak sandwich, and two Blackthorn Ciders for lunch, left a ten dollar tip and the groupon covered the rest. I had the club and ciders and my buddy got the steak sandwich and a cup of imaginary good cheer. Food: R Steak and Seafood, I had another groupon, 50 for 100, we both got the steak and lobster and it was freaking incredible. Filet perfectly medium just melted in your mouth and the lobster tail was perfect as well. 60 for that. We split calamari and onion soup to start and shared a baked potato and creamed spinach with the dinner. I took leftovers since we had a fridge. The spinach sucked but everything else was perfect. Bread to start the meal with 3 kinds of butter. Final bill was 175 and I tipped on the entire thing so 220 was my total, 120 of my money and the 100 dollar Groupon. I HIGHLY recommend this place for a meal. It is VERY nicely done inside unlike the rest of the Riv which is about to implode. Gaming: Being the Riv I lost at everything I touched, VP, slots, 3CP, LIR, Blackjack. I've still never played craps and of course they took out the single zero roulette so I lost some more on the double zero variety. The only win I had was across the street and Circus Circus, Aces and Eights bank of VP I hit my one and only royal on last year. This time I hit 4 aces for $200 (400 coins). I know had I been playing DDB the hand would be 2000 coins. However this bank of VP is one of the best things around. Progressive for a sequential royal was up to 26K for quarters or half dollar, and 13K if you're playing nickels. I played a single 20 dollar bill for over an hour before I hit the 4 aces. It's so refreshing to have 2 pair pay double your bet, I'm not used to that as I usually play deuces games which of course pay nothing for two pair Weather: 110 degrees with high humidity, not much wandering during the day. Adventure: I went for a walk around 10pm, was still in the 90s. I walked down to Encore, through it to Wynn, played VP at each. Walked through Palazzo then Venetian, played there. Ended up at Harrah's playing LIR which yes I lost at, then 3CP, then roulette, cash gone! Every single gaming table at Harrah's was full and it was midnight on a Tuesday, very impressive. To get back to the Riv I took the monorail to the Hilton, played some Loose Deuces (did hit a couple royal with deuce actually) then walked back across the street to the Riviera. Final note: Riviera is not going to make it. The place was a ghost town even at night. There's simply no foot traffic now that that area of the strip is a graveyard. I have little hope for the Hilton or LVH or whatever the hell it is. That place didn't have a soul in it, especially back by the sports book where I was, save for one lone security guard who might have been sleeping in his chair. Center strip was hopping and bopping like nobody's business. I gotta stay down there next time and let the Riv just die it's slow death, it's really depressing. I did enjoy staying in the suite, and did have a nice dip in the pool, but that's it, no more Riviera for me. I apologize for the sloppy writing style, I'm trying to work from home today and run after my two year old at the same time.