Me and My wife went to Vegas this past weekend. A quick background, I used to play blackjack anywhere from $25-$100 a hand, and craps dark side $50 with odds with the 6 and 8 $30 each. Would have a budget of about $3k a trip. If I lost it all it would not ruin my month or anything like that, it was disposable income that I chose to gamble. After a few brutal loosing trips I would get mad, not that I lost money, but that I lost. I guess its the coach in me, the losses are harder then the wins are good. A few years ago I went with my wife (GF at the time) and she liked to play slots, so I thought I would play some with her. It was pretty fun, getting bonus, etc. I also tried some Video Poker and liked it. My short attention span prevents me from pulling marathon sessions. But I had a good time, and risked about 1/8th my normal bankroll and still had a good time. Because the money was so low to me it didn't matter if I lost, it was just a fun activity I looked at the slots like video games in an arcade. So not I play mostly slots and VP and don't play nearly as much as before but have fun. I started playing some black jack at $5 a hand and it is still just as fun. My heart pounds a little quicker on a $5 double or split as it did with $100 so its all good. We had the choice of a 3 night stay at Excalibur all free, even resort fees, or 2 nights at Mirage or Mandalay Bay and pay for the third night. The wife said she wasn't going to be by the pool much as the weather didn't look to nice and since we just spent $2,300 on a new washer and dryer, Excalibur on the house it was. Ou flight was fine, our bags got to the carousel before we did, it was just one wheel was missing from the roller. I found it rolling behind on the carousel. I went to the Southwest bagage claim office. I got some corporate runaround and they said they aren't liable and that they were sorry. O well it still wheels, wasn't going to let this stop me from having fun. We got a room in the turret of the castle. It had a tub. It had been a while since I stayed there and the room were pretty good. You can see in one pic the now crippled bag. The room is ok, it is no Bellagio, but no one is paying Bellagio prices. The bed is comfortable. Wife took a nap, I went down and gambled some at Video Poker. Did piss poor, never got anything going. I know its a small sample size, but I have the Super Times Pay. Never works out in my favor. I then played at their video back jack machine. This game is amazing. You can surrender, double after split. I never had the chance to see if I could result aces or not so can't comment on that. The only drawback was you could only split once. But it pays 3:2 and stays on S17!!!!!! The game moves at a little slower pace then a dealer game, but not that much to drive me crazy. You do get a bunch of uniformed players making all kinds of dumb choices. I saw splitting 10's or face cards a lot. It was insane. Even against a 10 or an Ace. I saw doubling on 12, and 13. I saw hitting on 14 against a 5. I saw staying on 13 and 14 against a 10 a lot. There was one stretch where this couple was doing everything wrong, like Costanza when he was doing the opposite, and like Costanza it was working out. It was annoying, so I just moved to the other side and played by myself for a while. It was fun and profitable. I had a good progressive betting strategy I started betting $3, if I won I bet $5, won again $8, then back to $3 again until I lost. I would then start the pattern over. Wife came down, we gambled some at the slots did mediocre. Went to the Mandalay Bay buffet for dinner. It was good. Phone died so don't have any pics. Had a few drinks after dinner then went to bed. Ill post more later. Thanks for reading.