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TR - CET Biggest Slot tournament, Reno, NV 4/15-4/17

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by DaiLun, Apr 19, 2016.

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  1. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    My Trip Report

    It was billed as "Caesars Biggest Slot Tournament"

    Went up to Harrah's Reno to participate in Caesars Biggest Slot Tournament. The tournament was held over 17 CET properties.

    Each site had a qualifying tournament and the top 8 scores won entries into the grand finals on Sunday. There was a wild card drawing held on Saturday night for a 9th entry into the finals. They used the same machines at all 17 sites.

    Every invitee had one entry into the tournament, and addl. entries could be earned by earning 400TC between 5:30AM and 4PM Saturday

    I rolled in too late for the Friday night pre-tournament and since my strategy was to only have one "gambling day", I got dinner at Joy Luck Noodle Bar and hit the sack.

    I got up early to start my day. At 800TC, I was about $500 up, due to hitting a number of small ones:

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    but, as slots go, when you're not hitting bonuses . . . .

    Anyway, took out a 2nd marker and hit:

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    Oh yeah, that brought me back to down about $200 or $300, and I'm going to LV next week.

    I now had three entries into the tournament, and they scheduled them back-to-back-to-back

    I won the first squad (tournament session) and received a t-shirt, and that was all I got from the tournament. I scored 130,000 points. The touch screen wasn't working on the second machine and cost me about 18,000 points, and the third machine was blah as well. Oh well, hoping for the second chance drawing. They eventually paid 25 places and low to cash was 146,000.

    At about 11AM I had 2500TC, but wasn't "done" gambling, so I played around, had lunch at the buffet.

    At about 2PM I came back for the "meet and greet" in the High Limit slot area, where the table games manager tried to entice me into switching from slots to table games.

    Went over to Atlantis and lost. I think I'm giving up playing at Atlantis. I have over $300 in comp dollars over there, so it makes for a convenient place to eat on Sundays before I leave and not rack up a gaming day at Harrahs.

    So, I come back to Harrahs around 5PM and play some more, and then realize that I have about 3400TC, so I determined that since I had $550 in FP at Harrah's Tahoe, and $500 FP at CET, I would attempt to make a 5000TC day at Harrahs Tahoe, so after the drawing I would take off and head down there.

    Ate at the Steak House, sitting in one of three "lonely guy" tables. I had a $90 food comp to use.

    I had:

    1/2 dozen oysters
    Lobster Bisque
    18 oz. Prime rib
    three cheese pasta
    Creme Brulee'

    The bill came to $86 and change.

    It was prom night for a local High School and there were a few prom couples eating at the Steak House.

    After dinner, there was a guy from New York that I was supposed to meet at Harrahs Lake Tahoe , so I texted him and told him that I was driving down and would be there about 9:30PM.

    Got down there and met "M". He's a VERY high roller. He has already made 7* for 2016 and we're slightly into Q2. A "pure" craps player. (I just read his post. He may be a baccarat player now . . . ) He stopped and we (he) had dinner at the cafe downstairs. I had Cheesecake. It was a good introductory meeting. We shared about as much as one can in 45 minutes over dinner and we decided that we must meet again soon. We decided that since I will be in AC in late June, and staying at his home casino, he would try to make it down.

    We separated and I told him I would check in with him as I was leaving, I was going to try to rack up a few more TC before I left.

    So, I have $1050 in FP and thought that I would make "short work" of it in the High Limit slot lounge. No such luck.

    As I was sitting at the machine that I hit a hand pay on last trip, who should come out of the Diamond Lounge, but my "aunt". I'm Asian, so close friends of the family are known as Aunts and Uncles even though there is no blood relation. Aunt Doris was married to one of my Dad's best friends. I knew that my Aunt was going to be there, playing in the same tournament as me, but the Tahoe version, and thought that I might run into her.

    I met her and her "crew", a group of 80+ year olds that ride the VIP bus to Reno/Tahoe. I told her what I was doing there but would be leaving soon. After a bit she and her crew moved on.

    So, I sat and played and the $1050 was almost gone. None of the $1 multi-line slots were doing ANYTHING. I put $400 into a Wolf Run machine and didn't get a single payout, worse yet, I wasn't accumulating much in the way of TC. Finally, I found a Wolf Run that was hitting and I made back about $700. I decided to downshift and grind out the remaining 1000TC. I stopped by the craps table to say goodbye to "M", I looked over at his chip stack and he had "a lot" of chips, probably several thousand.

    So, I sat down to a new IGT machine Wierd, Wicked & WIld slot machine. After about an hour minutes I had earned about 800TC and was left with 200 remaining, but I was now about $500+ into my cash again, the FP having been spent.

    So, wandered back to Inari Riches, Dragon's Mistress, and Reel Rainbows and earned the remaining 200TC, plus a few to make sure. Wrote down my total, and left.

    The drive back was uneventful, I got back at 2:30AM and immediately went to bed.

    Didn't stay for the finals, no reason to, so I got up at 8AM and prepared to leave.

    Picked up my son at his Mom's house and then proceeded home.

    Next weekend, I'm driving to Las Vegas and back for the GGWU event. I "plan" to slow roll that weekend, one, maybe two 1000TC days.

    Thanks for reading . . . .
     
    New Orleans 7* retreat. Food, food, and more food . . . .
    Tentatively Tahoe or LV . . . .
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report! And a networked slot tourney? That's a new one to me...
     
  3. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Well, networked in the respect that they were using the same machines at each site, and all running the same tournament software.

    They played a qualifying tournament at each site, then the 9 finalists from each site played off and they compared scores from each of the 17 sites.
     
    New Orleans 7* retreat. Food, food, and more food . . . .
    Tentatively Tahoe or LV . . . .
  4. rycelover

    rycelover Low-Roller

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    I can attest to DaiLun's story - well a part of it that involved meeting me at Tahoe! It was cool meeting a fellow VMB'er. But, I must protest his classification of me as a "VERY high roller"; in truth, I'm just a middle-aged degenerate playing negative expectation games for leisure and entertainment with some discretionary income :beer:

    We'll catch up in June when you head East to AC for your 7* trip.
     
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  5. melbedewy

    melbedewy Low-Roller

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    Don't feel bad, us middle-aged degenerates keep the casinos running.
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