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Three weeks in Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Karen B, Feb 21, 2010.

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  1. Karen B

    Karen B Newbie

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    My Trip Report

    After being away from Vegas for over a year due to real life reasons, my friend Jackie and I booked a trip from January 21 to February 11. We would be staying at eight different hotels ranging from Sam's Town to Aria and try to make a little cash by playing advantage video poker and have a little fun by playing slots and non-advantage video poker :evillaugh.

    Prior to leaving for this trip (our eleventh) I extensively browsed this site and read many great trip reports written by you guys, so I wanted to give something back and post my own. Warning: this is going to be a very long, detailed and chronological report, so if that's not your thing, you have been warned! Also, English is not my first language, so please forgive any spelling and/or grammar mistakes.

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    January 21 flight out

    We wonder how the Christmas Eve incident in Detroit will affect security at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, but it's minimal. We have to stand in some sort of cabin that tells the security officers exactly where to frisk us. Another officer goes through our hand luggage. He digs up my friends players cards and makes a comment that makes us realize later he thought they were all credit cards! She carries around over twenty of them, so that's kind of hilarious.

    The pilot tells us it's 8.5 hours to Memphis and we settle in for the duration. I hate flying, but thankfully there's very little turbulence and we secured exit row seats as soon as we realized the plane would remain half empty. We spend the time watching two movies ('The Time Traveler's Wife', which is okay, and 'Love Happens' which kinda sucks - far too long and boring), preparing our agenda for the upcoming three weeks and practising video poker on the computer. We have heard that since Christmas Eve you are supposed to stay in your seat from one hour before landing and are not allowed to have anything in your lap - no blanket, no book, nothing. Maybe the information is wrong, because nothing of the kind is enforced.

    In Memphis there's the mad rush to the other side of the airport. Talking to customs, getting our luggage, dropping it off again, taking off half of our clothes, putting them back on again etc. When it's done we find our flight to Vegas has been delayed for almost three hours. McCarran has shut down because of heavy rain fall. This sucks big time. By the time we'll be touching down in Vegas we will have been awake for nearly thirty hours and still have to get the rental and drive it to the Orleans.

    We decide to grab a bite to eat. There's an Elvis performer on the stage who can be barely heard but still comes by everyone's table for a chat. Very cheesy, I love it. One by one all the shops at the airport close and all the flights disappear from the monitors until ours is the last one left. A lady at the check-in desk calls for someone to be bumped. The offer is very good - $ 400 cash, a first class ticket for the first flight out the next morning, accommodation for the night and a free breakfast. I don't catch everything she says the first time around, so we go up to the desk and ask her colleague just exactly what she just announced. The woman looks at me and says, "Nothing concerning this flight." Oh well, okaaaaay... Must have misunderstood then. However, the offer is repeated and the lady says she's desperate and will honor the offer for two people now. Of course, now we are too late and two other people rush up to the desk and get it. I am angry, tired and frustrated and not looking forward to another four hours on a plane. Eff you, Northwest/Delta. Oh well, at least now I'll be on time for the slot tournament I signed up for at the Orleans. I'd better win it to make up for this shit.

    Finally, we're off. Jackie goes to sleep almost instantly and I am forced to face the demons of a nighttime flight by myself. I try listening to my iPod, but the noise of the plane is so loud I can barely hear it. Apart from that, Jackie's window-seated neighbor also has her iPod on and I can hear her music over my own AND the airplane noise. She's very young and I can't help but wondering at what age her hearing will give out. I take out a magazine, but my reading light doesn't work. I try reading by my neighbor-from-across-the-isle's reading light which turns off and on at will. I hope everything up in the cockpit works better than down here in Economy :confused2:

    After three hours and fifteen minutes we finally land. I get out on shaking legs. I am so tired, but very happy to be on solid ground again after so much time in the air. And in Vegas, no less! All stores are closed and since we are in a different section of the airport than usual, I'm not getting accosted by the smell of cinnamon from the Cinnabon store. I miss that, even though I loathe cinnamon.

    We make our way up to the luggage carrousel and stick the obligatory $ 20 in a $ 1 slot machine. It's tradition, no matter how tired we are. We either double it or lose it. This time we lose and we leave to get the rental car. First thing we notice is the cold. Thankfully the bus to the rental car facility shows up fast. The Hertz Gold desk upstairs is closed so we have to wait in line downstairs. While we are waiting, an angry guy comes storming into the office, smashes his car keys onto the desk of the stunned attendant and shouts: "What kind of a place is this?! The car doesn't have even licence plates!!" :rolleyes2:

    When it is our turn, everything goes smooth as sailing. We get a free upgrade and leave with a Toyota Camry which we keep for the entire three weeks so that must have made it the only Toyota they didn't recall. We check the car, put a Nickelback CD in, crank it up as loud as we can and leave to see just a little bit of the Strip before we turn off on Tropicana for the Orleans. That first sight of the Strip at night is worth millions - we are 'home' again!

    TBC
     
  2. sabrina

    sabrina Low-Roller

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    Great start! Don't keep me hanging toooo long.:cheers:
     
  3. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    More.

    More please.

    More please now.



    Will be interested to see what you thought of 3 weeks in Vegas. Have done 2 weeks as my longest trip.
     
  4. VegasDiva

    VegasDiva VIP Whale

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    Nice! 3 weeks in Vegas :) but I dont' blame you , after coming from such a far away place

    Looking forward to the rest of your report
     
  5. redzone

    redzone Low-Roller

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    I haven't had this feeling since I was a young child going to the movies and watching the serials that always continued next week. Don't make us wait a week Karen :cheers:
     
  6. jpw711

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    This has the makings of good stuff. English may not be your first language, but you've got it mastered right down to: "I'd better win it to make up for this shit"

    I'm with Royal Flusher, MORE NOW!
     
  7. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    :faint::kiss::banana::popcorn
     
    Here we go again!
  8. zerofan

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    Get to the good stuff!!! Thanks for sharing! :peace:
     
  9. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Looking forward to the rest of the trip report!:eek:
     
  10. BeeeJay

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    mas, mas rapido por favor!

    :nworthy:
     
  11. pebbles

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    Looking forward to the next installment.
     
    First trip of 2017.
  12. Lorraine

    Lorraine Tourist

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    Can't wait to hear the rest!
     
  13. sam_marques

    sam_marques High-Roller

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    OMG!! I cannot wait for more, I like your writing style, this is going to be gooood!
     
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  14. dle1004

    dle1004 Tourist

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    anticipation is making me wait....more please
     
  15. Courtney

    Courtney Low-Roller

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    Your spelling, grammar and writing style is superior to MANY trip reports I have read that were written by people who CAN say English is their first language!:eek:

    Love it so far..type faster please!!
     
  16. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Low-Roller

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    Good stuff . . . can't wait for more!
     
  17. ttom

    ttom Low-Roller

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    Three weeks in Vegas - I would need 911 on speed dial. After that I would look like Joan Rivers coming off of a 3 day meth bender.
     
  18. slotbonuschaser

    slotbonuschaser Tourist

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    Just checking in to say that I am really enjoying what you have written so far and looking forward to the rest. Thanks for sharing with us!
     
  19. kitson

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    so, after that, they went dutch...hard to type when you have one of your fingers stuck....

    sorry, been up way too long.
     
  20. Karen B

    Karen B Newbie

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    Hi guys, thanks for all the enthusiastic responses!

    @ Royal Flusher & ttom: I know three weeks in Vegas is a lot. If I lived in the US I'd probably go for a long weekend and pig out like everyone else, but it's too long a flight to do that!


    Here's the next part:


    January 21-24 Orleans

    Check-in goes fast, which is no surprise since it's 1.30 in the am. I am handed my tournament schedule and low and behold, they put me in the last round. I am happy, at least now I don't have to get up at an ungodly hour like 8 am. We dump our luggage in our respective rooms. I am pleasantly surprised, my room is large and has a coffee maker! It is also at the end of the hallway, away from the elevators and (hopefully) noise. There is a note on the table that warns me of surprise window cleaning in the morning. Must remember not to open the curtains before putting on my make-up then :haha:

    We go downstairs again to get something to eat at the Cafe. I opt for chicken noodle soup, salt crackers and hot tea. It's probably just average fare, but it tastes incredible even though I feel a little weird being in Vegas eating stuff I'd normally only eat when I have the flu. I actually perk up a bit, which is NOT good since I now need to sleep otherwise I won't get over the jet lag until I go back home. We make a little detour past the two triple play 9/7 Double Bonus 0.25c progressives to see if they're in positive territory. They're not. Maybe tomorrow, but it doesn't look likely. I crash.

    After six or seven hours of being comatose I get up again. The shower has daylight! A small window shows that it's a beautiful day, no rain like yesterday. When I get dressed I realize I completely forgot about the window cleaners, but since I actually saw something when I looked out of the window they'd probably already done my floor before I got there.

    Breakfast consists of orange juice, hot tea, a bagel with creamcheese and fresh strawberries, at the Cafe again. Jackie charges it to her room. We hope to get the room charges comped at the end of our stay. My room is already free and Jackie has only paid for the third night.

    After breakfast I go to the tournament area. I have no idea where to find it and I ask directions from a floor person. She directs me to the lost and found. Now I KNOW I have an accent, but I didn't know it was THAT bad. I find the tournament just in time. There's free coffee and tea and the ladies behind the desk are very pleasant. I sit down, pound away at the buttons and hit... an average score. I'm not courageous enough to try the free coffee, so Jackie and I decide to drive over to the Rio since they have a Starbucks there. It might seem a little excessive, but even though they have a Seattle's Best at Orleans I remember from my last visit their coffee tasted like dishwater. Not that Starbucks is much better. I've been told they have a Lavazza coffee place at the Palazzo. We hope to try that one out later this trip. Jackie enjoys her Starbucks, but mine is lukewarm. We won't bother driving over again.

    I have about two hours before my second session in the tournament, so we finally are ready to give the Orleans some play. Neither one of the triple play progressives are over 100% yet, but we're going to play them anyway, hopefully free rooms and comps will make up the difference. We settle in and start playing. I hit nothing, but Jackie hits four of a kinds aplenty. Finally I get a dealt straight flush that brings me out of the hole a bit. While I play I engage in people watching. So much fun, there are quite a bit of interesting characters roaming the Orleans. Drawback is that most of them smoke. The Orleans must have been the smokiest joint we visited during the entire three weeks, even worse than Sam's Town. What never ceases to amaze me is how many people carry oxygen with them AND STILL SMOKE. One time they'll blow us all sky high.

    When it is time for my second tournament session I am just about even and Jackie is up. She goes with me for moral support but it doesn't work as I have another average score. I am sitting next to an old man who keeps chattering to me but he doesn't have his teeth in and I can't understand a word he's saying. I nod and u-hum a lot. Now there's free soda and water at the tournament, which is nice. It's not a big deal, but later in the week we're doing a slot tournament in the Venetian and they have nothing for the players, hardly a kind word and certainly no free drinks. Ditto at Wynn/Encore, but at least the set-up there is a lot classier compared to the Venetian and everyone is very friendly and polite.

    We go back to the progressive, but one of the royals has been hit so we move over to the other one in an even smokier part of the casino. I play for about an hour and then have to go upstairs to exchange my contacts for my glasses. Another hour of play and it's time for dinner. We both finish in the black, but not by much. At least we put a lot of points on the cards.

    Dinner is at TGI Fridays and it's a once of a lifetime event - meaning, never again. The food simply sucks. I had the Chicken Alfredo pasta. The pasta is severely overcooked and the chicken is dry. Oh well, what can you expect, TGI is hardly fine dining. Back to the progressive, which is now in positive territory. I finally nearly nod off at the machine (that's what jetlag and no oxygen does to you) and decide to go up to sleep. I am $ 86 down and Jackie is about $ 100 up after she hit four jacks on the deal.

    The next morning I have a chat session with a friend on the computer in my room. In-room internet is pretty steep - $ 12.99. When I go down I find that Jackie has been at Seattle's Best where they have free wi-fi. And the coffee didn't even suck all that much either.

    We have the same breakfast again at the Cafe. After eating I run towards the tournament for my last session which is again average. There were supposed to be 200 entrants in this tourney, but the score sheet shows there are 275 now. They announce that they will adjust the prize money by adding some more $ 25 prizes. Not completely fair, but again better than the Venetian where they always overbook their tournaments and never adjust anything. The ladies at the desk urge me to come back at 2pm because there will be free cake and champagne during the prize distribution. They really are very nice, but I don't think I will make it. We plan drive to the Fashion Show Mall and visit the Cellular Superstore to get US prepaids so we can stay in touch with each other when we are in different hotels further down the trip without going into cardiac arrest when we get home and look at the phone bill. First we play for an hour at the triple play progressive. I hit a few four of a kinds and make back my loss of the day before.

    The Fashion Show parking garage has a sewer problem and the smells are out of this world. I barely make it into the building without my breakfast making a guest appearance. :vomit:

    At the Cellular Superstore we opt for the T-Mobile $ 1 a day plan and get some simple Nokias. The attendant is very nice and offers to get both phones ready for use and upload the money. Something goes wrong and I end up with $ 5 extra which is always nice. After getting the phones we go to Lady Godiva and get some chocolate-covered strawberries. YUM! Then back to the Orleans, pick up the $ 25 I surprisingly won at the tournament and play some more on the progressive. Nothing really exciting happens and I finish up $ 176 for the day. Jackie is a little down, but nothing to get depressed about.

    We go and have dinner at the Cafe (I promise our food choices will get more exciting after The Orleans! We are not foodies but do appreciate good food even though it doesn't seem like it now). I have another cup of that delicious chicken noodle soup. The staff knows us by now and ask where we're from. I get the feeling they must think we are a sad case. Flying all the way from Amsterdam (which many people think is a country instead of a city), but staying at the Orleans and eating at their Cafe all the time.

    After dinner we've had enough of VP for a while and decide to get Heinekens and play slots. When we play slots we usually pull our money together and sit at one machine to have more fun. We don't expect to win, but if we do, it's a bonus! We start with one of the new Queen machines. It gobbles up our first twenties at an amazing rate, so we decide to put in a $ 100 bill. That's better - the Greatest Hits bonus comes along and we quickly double the $ 100 and make back all the twenties too. There's an animation of Freddie Mercury at the top of the screen that definitely has an R-rated act going on during regular play. The more Heinekens we drink the funnier it gets. Finally the machine turns cold and we move to a Star Trek machine. This one takes $ 3.50 a pull at max bet, but what the hell we are ahead and we have beer :drunk: (drink service at the Orleans is pretty good). I remember reading on this board (at least I think it was this one) something about logging in with Kirk1234 to be able to choose from all the bonuses, so I try that but the code isn't accepted. So I try Spock1234 and later Scotty1234. My friend is amazed that I know all these Star Trekky names. What can I say, I am a nerd at heart. Fun! We get many bonuses but still leave the machine about $ 300 down. Now we are drunk and it's probably wise to go to bed, so up we go.

    The next morning I get a text from Jackie, she's downstairs waiting for me. Apparently she got everything comped, including gift shop items and tips! At check-out they told her that her third night will be refunded. I hurry downstairs, wondering how she accomplished that. Apparently she went into the Emerald Players office (even though she is only a Sapphire player) and charmed the first guy she saw into comping her entire stay. He gave her his card. Jackie hands it to me. It says 'Sam Boyd, Director of Relationship Marketing'. Well done girl! :clap: Also, classy act of mr. Boyd.

    Taking a leaf out of Jackie's book I also go into the Emerald Players office. There's a woman sitting at a desk when I come in and she asks what she can do for me. She's very polite and comps all my food, but not the internet access, tips or gift shop items. I am aware that tips never get comped (except when you are Jackie) and internet and gift shop items are difficult, so I take what I can get, thank her and leave.

    Next up: three days at Wynn/Encore. Thanks for sticking with this even though it has no hookers and blow ;).
     
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