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TR Downtown June 3 to June 6

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by piper72, Jun 11, 2013.

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  1. piper72

    piper72 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    This was my first trip downtown. My flights out on AA were pleasant and uneventful, even scoring a whole row to myself on the connection in Dallas!

    This was also my first real solo trip-I met no one out there-and it was wonderful. I did what I wanted, when I wanted. And what I mostly did was gamble, eat, gamble, drink and god damn if I didn't gamble some more.

    I arrived around 5:30pm on a Monday evening with a wonderfully stacked 2g in hundos in my wallet and needing a smoke after the long flight. I hurried outside to the taxi line and enjoyed a delicious smoky treat with my fellow degenerate smokers. I then headed back in and went to level zero to look for a bus downtown. This didn't last long-I was confused and said fuck it and went back to the cab line. It was not worth my precious time in Vegas to save a few bucks.

    I hopped in a cab to my destination. The D Las Vegas.
     
  2. ValerieJo

    ValerieJo Low-Roller

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    More! More! I want to hear More!
     
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    At level zero, walk out the door and go right ~50 yards. Look for the benches and that is where the WAX to downtown picks up. Just go past all the limos.
     
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  4. piper72

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    Day One Starts!

    No wait in cab line (thinking about this-I never have had to wait in cab line at airport. Just lucky I guess). A quick drive downtown-he took the freeway-and with tip it came to $40.00. Yowza!

    Check in is a breeze-$20 dollar trick gets me a corner King on floor number 29. I head into the casino.

    First impressions of The D:Nice. My last trip in November I stayed at Planet Hollywood and this reminds me of PH quite a bit. Dark, loud, dancing girls etc. I dig it. I hit a couple slots before heading to my room-as I only have one small piece of luggage so no hurry right? I think I played Wof and Cheers. I burn through a quick fifty. I spy the escalator to the second floor and "vintage casino". I begin my ascent up to a wonderful place that I would spend a lot of my time over this trip. The Vue bar.
     
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    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    LOVE downtown trip reports!
     
  6. breanna61

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    I returned from my first real solo trip at the end of May; there's definitely something to be said for doing what you want, when you want but I did miss having someone to share in laughs over all the crazy shit that happens in Vegas. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!:eek:
     
  7. piper72

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    More Day One

    So I had read online that Vue Bar upstairs was a nice alternative to the noisy club like atmosphere downstairs at The D. Well-it is. The music is older pop and much more mellow. I took a seat and threw a hundo into a video poker machine. Drink comps were excellent(grey goose!) and plentiful. The machines would prove to be very friendly too.

    After a few free Goose and gingers I headed upstairs to my King Corner room. One thing I did notice is that the elevators at The D kind of blow. Pretty slow. I was there mid week so things weren't too bad. I would hate to see it on a busy weekend though.

    The room was pretty nice. A big fat King bed that was comfy as all hell. Almost too comfy-as I tended to linger in the morning not wanting to leave this masterpiece of springs and stuffing. The view was crap-but who cares. Everything else was standard-would def stay in this room again.

    After cleaning up and unpacking I sought to fill my belly. Not wanting to venture far-I headed back down to floor 2 to Andiamo's steakhouse and grabbed a seat at the bar. I started with a big bowl of Loudmouth Soup-also known as a very dirty Martini. This would prove to be a decision that greatly influenced the rest of the evening...
     
  8. bostonvegas

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    Loving your report!! I'll be solo downtown in less than a month, can't wait!!
     
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  9. piper72

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    Dinner at Andiamos

    Settled in at the bar at Andiamos. Its a pretty cool little space-little being the operative word. Food was meh- I actually sent back my Gnocchi entrée. It was clearly a shitty shelf stable mass produced product and not home made like the menu stated. I probably wont be back here again.

    But-the bartender was pleasant and she made one hell of a Martini. After 3 or 4 of these delicious treats I paid up and headed down to the casino floor.

    Whoo hoo! I have a beautiful buzz going at this point and I proceed to go on a good four five hour tear of drunken gambling and casino roaming. A true Freemont experience to be sure.

    It dawned on me the next day that the whole Freemont thing is great for the sort of night I had. It is tailor made for drunken fun. When you are good and liquored up as I was-the smallness of everything compared to the strip is a huge plus. I was able to stumble into 5 or 6 casinos without having to try and walk for miles. Pretty sweet!

    I remember playing Craps, Three Card Poker, Black Jack and Video Poker. I hit just about every Casino on Freemont and had a fucking blast. The people were fun everywhere-dealers too. The girls in the Party Pit at The D were very hot and a lot of fun. (although later in the trip in a more sober state-I would realize how incompetent a lot of them were. More on that later)

    I ended the night at my new favorite place: The Vue Bar. After some VP and 4 or 5 comped Grey Gooses- I attemped to get to my room to pass da fuck out. I drunkenly tried my card in the door but could not get in. I then somehow made it down to the front desk to bitch about my key. Slapping the key card down on the desk I informed the lobby clerk my key did not work. Said lobby clerk then informed me in her best "oh great, another drunk asshole" voice-"Sir-that is your players club card.Not your room key.

    Doh!
     
  10. breanna61

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    You aren't the first person to try to get into their room using their players card......or so I'm told.:wink
     
  11. Traveling1

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    Thats funny about the player's card. It happend to me too.
    I once grabbed my room key and went down the hall to get ice. Came back and my room key wouldn't work. Darn it... I had grabbed my player's card instead. I had to wait for security to come and let me back in the room.
     
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    I confess. I too have had to get assistance from the front desk to gain entry to a room!
     
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    Yep, me too. Funny thing was I said to my friend that my key wouldn't work and to use hers. You got it, we both were using players cards and felt very silly when we went to the front desk to complain neither was working, lol.
     
  14. Smo

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    I hear at Wynncore they are one and the same.
    *whew* I'll be ok next month!

    Good report so far.
     
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    They are, but I never use the room key players card combo in a machine as I leave them behind too frequently; I use a players card only in machines.
     
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    Fun report so far....keep it coming. :evillaugh
     
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    Day 2. Dupars

    Day 2 began very slowly as a result of my indiscretions the night before. I had a pretty good hangover kicking and didn't make it out of bed till about 10:30.

    My pre trip research indicated that I was only a couple of blocks away from "the best pancakes in the universe". Dupars at the Golden Gate. I took a stroll down there as soon as I was able.

    I sat at the counter-which was nice-you could see the cooks doing their thing(mainly rolling their eyes at the inept waitresses) and it really had that retro diner vibe. I ordered the short stack of blueberry pancakes and some eggs and toast. I do have to say-they really might be the best pancakes I have ever had. Tasty as all hell. I will def be returning here for breakfast on future downtown trips.

    I then meandered through all of the casinos on my way back, playing some slots and video poker a long the way. I dropped a hundo at the Golden Nugget on roulette-my only roulette play of the entire week. Every trip I blow a hundo on roulette-but no more. I stop playing after losing a c-note. Its a fun-but stupid game to play.

    I ended up hanging around the Nugget for a while-then decided to play in the 3pm poker tourney.
     
  18. piper72

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    More Day 2-Poker Tourney, Le Thai, etc

    So I entered the $65 buy in tourney at the GN. They were holding all of the tourneys in the big ballroom I guess because the WSOP. The tourney was uneventful-I got knocked out around 6th-no money. It was an enjoyable way to kill a couple hours though.

    On the way out I tried Red sushi because their happy hour menu looked pretty good. I tried the pork belly app. It was not good. Tasted like old, dry hard bacon. Very disappointing.

    Some more gambling back at the D Las Vegas. This is when I hit the first of many quads at The Vue Bar vp machines. In what would become a great routine-I would hit for anywhere between $150 to $400 at the Vue bar while enjoying Grey Goose warming my belly. I would then take my winnings downstairs to hit the table games. After losing some at the tables-I would go back up the escalator and boom-quads usually within 20 min-playing mostly $1 max bet.

    Later in the evening I ventured to Fremont east to try out Le Thai-a small hole in the wall joint that was getting some good reviews on the interwebz.
     
  19. Gem

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    Enjoying your report. We'll be there next week. Definitely want to go to the Vue at the D. Can I ask, how much were you betting to get Grey Goose comp?
     
  20. piper72

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    I think I started at max bet .25c. I later played a lot of .50c max bet and $1 max bet. The bartenders didn't seem to care though-and often poured me one before I even put my money in the machine. I tipped anywhere for $1 to $2 bucks a cocktail. They pour them nice and strong too. Vue bar rocks. The strangest thing was there was never more than one or two people at the bar!
     
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