short version Got there on the 20th. Had fun, made a few bucks. Went nome.................... The end. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Slightly longer version.... Host made reservations for me for semi annual pilgramage. 1 room comped for 5 days, one room for 3 days at casino rate since it was convention week. (one of my friends came with me for a few days) Got in at 11 am on Sunday morning. While at the airport I called my host to find out if I needed to check in at regular check in, or could I check in at platinum. (they dropped my rating to gold). After an agonizing wait for luggage I hop a cab to Flamingo. I get there and head for platinum check in. My rom aint ready, my friends is. So I meet up with him, and throw my stuff in his room and off to lunch. Go back after lunch, room still aint ready yet. SO a little annoyed I head to find a nice 2 deck 50/hand bj table. Spent a couple of hours at the table and presto, I was up nicely. SO I figured it was good luck room wasn't ready. Now I go to check in and my room is ready. I got a new "GO ROOM". Very nice, spaciously designed. Bathroom pic posted in previous thread. On my desk I spot a flyer for the new go pool....... Now all the girls running around in bikinis at the entrance of the hotel and parking area make sense. Make a mental not to myself to make sure I go check it out, so i can make a clear consise report...... So that evening my friend had made plans for us to have dinner with some of his friens from somewhere else. They want to go to Ellis Island. We go over there and of course have to wait till our number gets called, so it's off to find a comfortable bj table. Well I'm gettin beat up pretty bad till I realize there is a couple there who hate tourists and are doing everything they can to get me creamed. Thank goodness it's time for dinner. Well most of us had the prime rib, and a few had something else. Total bill for the entire table 8 people I think was about 78.00. Now to get back to my good table at Flamingo......... I find my seat open at the table and plop myself down... Successfull night there, and at about 330 am, I am BEAT. I didn't sleep the night before leaving CT at 6 am, so I need sleep......... Next morning wake up and go have breakfast downstairs. We were gonna go to cafe luxe but decided it was too far to walk at that point.... So I ate a bowl of oatmeal (my dr would be so happy), and we decided to go to pool.. Well after about an hour of sitting at the pool we decide to go sighseeing.... Hello go pool.... Well after showing our key to the big guy at the gate we go in. It looks like they imported talent for opening week. My neck was like a hungry baby at a nudie bar... It was a poker players dream, so many perfect pairs... Ok, frozen margrita and nicotine time. Thank goodness for dark sunglasses. It's time for more of a walk around. Back to the bj tables. Damn, I'm good this trip. I might make the convention tomorrow.. Well the casino Gods were good. We had made arrangements to go to dinner with two fo the women frm last night, so it's time to go shower. Before that I asked the pit boss to make me reservations for 4 at the steakhouse. The shower in the go rooms is INCREDIBLE.... It has a hogh shower head, and two lower adjustable spray heads. Very comfy, bring a date. Dinner was great...... 4 shrimp coctails, 4 kobe beef steaks 2 with lobster tails, 4 salads, 4 deserts. KOBE beef mmmmmmmm . Funny one entree was more than an entire meal at Ellis Island. Deserts were fun, especially the chocolate tower. Actually the tip for the dinner was more than the entire bill from the previous night. Note to self, need 3 bowls of oatmeal to make up for dinner tonight. We bid our dining companions good night and headed for the tables. Well we hit a 50 table, things are going up, things are going down. I'm doing ok and then 2 ladies decided to join us. Well I'm thinking this is hillarious. They are making all kinds of suggestive comments. THe one that is hitting on me is prettey easy on the eyes, the one that is hitting on my friend is pregnant..... I lean over to him and say "well at least you know she does it".... After about 2 min the pit boss comes up to me and asks "is everything allright?" I lean over to him and say, "Am I the hottes thing in here tonight or are they hookers or what?"... He gets a huge grin on his face and asks if I am ok again. "Yeah, I'm fine, right now." He didn't move very far from the table. Somehow the one that was hitting on me asked if she could play with us and conned a chip from me. She sat down and tried to play, well wit htat the pit boss asked them for ID. They said they didn't have any, so he shoo'd them out of casino. oh well, looks like another lonely night. I still say I'm hotttttttt. There could be no other reason for them to have picked me out of a crowded casino. After a while I'm gettin beat up at the table, and my friend is up. Screw this I'm finding another table. Going to the Flaming a couple of times a year for a lot of years, i know lots of the dealers and pit bosses. I spot one of my favorite dealers in teh high rollers room..... Oh well, lets go in and say hi... I know the pit boss well too. We joke about "how hot i am" when I tell the m what happend on the floor. So the dealer asks if I'm up or down. I frown. "Well park your butt and throw some money on the table." 25 min and I'm up. YAHOOOOOOOO !! I love this lady. Pit boss says take your money and go. Good advice, too bad I didn;t take it. Well I like to have fun when I play and this dealer makes it fun!! I am now getting beat up pretty bad again, but at least it's enjoyable. I get a hand that I should double on, no more chips. I look at the pit boss as I pull my wallet and ask her what I should do. She loks at me and says, whay ask, you don;t do what I say anyway.... oops. Then she smiles. Ok, out with a few more 00's double. Bang I won. I win the next few hands and then it's time for the dealers break. With some chips in my pocket it's time for a walk around for me. I grab my friend and we head to one of the strip entrances and people watch. 30 min later I see "my dealer" at the 100 table on the floor. Hi Huney, I'm home. Park my butt and we're off. My friend is watching, not playing. He's never played a 100 table. Well I start doing great. One of the guys from the 50 table we were at befoer comes by and asks how I'm doing. I said great, you? He made a face said he was down big. I told him to sit down. Well we both made some nice hands. About an hour later my friend decides to jump in in the action. He gets killed. Time for a walk around. I hit the cashier cage and damn my wallet is bulging...... I'm happy, friend not. Play some more and at 430am, it's time for bed. Next day my freind is leaving at about 430 or so. I wake up, and call him to wake him. COFFEE, i need coffee. He goes and gets coffee. He drops my 3 cups off at my room and says he'll be back after his shower. Breakfast, what to do about breakfast???? hhmmmmm. Coffee shop, walk to lux cafe or gran lux or whatever it is. Walk to paris. Well it's almost noon. SO we walk to Paris to see what's there..... Mon Ami Gabe it is. No breakfast, but the balcony is beckoning us since it's beautiful out. Steak bordilaise is tremendous.... Well it's hiss last few hours there, so I ask him what he wants to do. Check out the go pool of course. Well it's a little cool so it's not very crowded. Still sightseeing is good. A frozen margrita and a chair, I'm happy. Time for my friend to leave. I go to the platinum area and check him out and have tehm combine it to my room so I can argue it later with the casino host. Hmmm, maybe I'll make the convention tomorrow. Ok, I go to my room to go shower, and remember I had a clyer for a free pair of Maui Jim sunglasses..... Worth a try. Well my names no on the list. A little while later I get my new pair of sunglasses. Shower time. Down to the casino. Play a little loose a little. Time for dinner, I hate eating alone. Nothing special, so nothing to write about. Time to go to Bellagio for some cards. OW that hurt. Maybe try Wynn. Not a good idea, as was Bally's and Venetion. Back to Flaming and finished getting crushed. Wallet empty, it's gonna be an early night. I'm back in my room by 1230. Next morning off to the convention. Saw some freinds, business associates etc. Nothing exciting. Still got to spen an hour by the regular pool (not go pool) I find it's easier being a letch with company than alone. Early evei ning I did well at the casino, then had diner at the Vintuno at Flaming. Dinner was great, then back to the tables. Favorite dealer there, I'm happy. I do well all night and am back to even for the trip. YAY !!! Sleep. Convention in the am, then back to the pool. Then some cards. Shower, pack, cards, dinner, more cards. Then off to hosts office to see what thy're gonna eat since I signed everything to the room. Well they ate the entire bill including the 2nd room except tips and told me to come back at check out time and they would get me a limo to the airport. A little more card action and time to go. All in all, free trip, free food, topless pool and go home with more money than I came with. Life is good.