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Treasure Island (Red Wing, MN) -- 1/5/16

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by sergi0wned, Jan 5, 2016.

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  1. sergi0wned

    sergi0wned Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I introduced you to my Grandma in my Grand Casino Hinckley TR. She's from my dad's side. My Grandpa on my mom's side is also a gambler, so I guess it's in my blood! Anyways, Grandpa is exclusively a VP player. He takes two trips to Vegas each year (I was lucky enough to join him in November, and I'll be seeing him again in a week) to play Downtown, so he doesn't play too much at the locals since the machines are, in his words, "unplayable." Regardless, Treasure Island is about 30 minutes from his house, so he goes every third Tuesday with some of his retired friends on the senior points multiplier day.

    Grandpa asked if I wanted to join him and his friends on their monthly trip, and naturally I took him up on it. I parlayed $85 of my winnings from Grand Casino, keeping $600 to add to the Vegas kitty. I met him at this house, and his friend Ron picked us up at 10:45 sharp as promised. Ron and Grandpa are big on routine, so I just go along for the ride. We got to the casino around 11:20, and when I got out of the car I saw a driver's license on the ground by the driver's door of our neighboring car. I picked it up and put it under the windshield wiper, doing my good deed for the day.

    I went to the players club to get my card reissued (I always manage to lose my TI one for some reason) and redeem my birthday offers (a free birthday buffet, a free drink up to $4, and $5 of freeplay from a coupon book). My total bankroll for the trip was $85, plus a $20 that my Grandpa gave me. After earning 5 slot points, I was able to select a present. I picked a blue box which had $10 of free play.

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    I played some nickel DDB before lunch, and then went to the buffet with Grandpa and Ron. Another friend, Floyd, joined us and we ate your standard casino buffet fare. I wasn't particularly impressed by any of it, so I didn't stuff myself as much as I've been known to do in the past.

    After lunch, Grandpa and his friends introduced me to their VP contest. They play on a bank of progressives near the buffet first thing after lunch for 16 spins (which is a remnant of the coin dropper days -- they would use a roll of quarters) to see who can amass the most credits. They play 8 spins, compare, and then do 7 more. Everyone takes stock of the opponents and does their final spin. I was trailing after the first 8, but a 4OAK clinched my win before the final spin. I collected $1 from each of the players, and we split up. I cashed out for $40 and added it to my shirt pocket.

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    I went to a Sizzling 7s machine in the high limit room and turned my free play into $10, which I cashed out and added to my shirt pocket. I grabbed a Grainbelt Premium with my drink voucher, and headed to play some VP.

    I then played some STP 10-play DDB for .05, which subsequently knocked down to 5-play and 3-play before I donked my $20 buy in. No particularly notable hands, even on my dealt three of a kind.

    Next I hit the FreeBet Blackjack table with a $40 buy in. I quickly got up to $60 and pocketed $20, playing off of the house money. I hit a few lucky splits/doubles, including a hand where I split 8s, got a 3 on one of them, and doubled and the dealer busted. I tried playing two hands and that backfired, so I ended up walking with $35. I went to go play a pirate slot and when I got up after blowing $8 I realized that my vouchers weren't in my shirt pocket where I'd put them. I proceeded to retrace my steps twice before panic set in.

    Recognizing that my efforts were futile, I went to the cashier where I'd cashed out my chips and asked if she'd seen any vouchers. She hadn't, so she offered to call security. A guy in a suit came over after a 10 minute wait, and I explained the situation. He called a slots supervisor, who attempted to verify that I had printed a $40 an $10 ticket. He found a record for the $40 voucher and said that it had already been redeemed, and said that he couldn't find evidence for the $10 ticket. I was so bummed about the loss of my 4OAK winnings that I didn't think to ask to void the $10 receipt and get the cash. I put my last 3 singles into a Top Dollar machine and ran them up to $5, which I cashed out.

    After tilting $10 in VP, I went back to the cashier and asked to speak with the manager again. She said there was nothing he could do, but I wasn't gonna leave my $10 on the table after getting soaked for $40. It's a matter of principle, dammit! Anyways, a guy came down and introduced himself and I showed him to the exact machine where I'd cashed out $10. He went back to his computer and verified that I'd printed out a voucher for $10, and then told me that that one had also been redeemed. Some lucky duck found my $50 of vouchers and cashed them in! :grrr:

    I asked if there was anything that he could do to find out who cashed it out, knowing that the answer would likely be a no. Unfortunately I was correct. He told me that $50 is not big enough for security to look into, and that they don't have time to look into it further. I asked if there was any potential for free play or anything, and he said that because it wasn't the casino's fault and because the amount was small, there's nothing he can do. Ouch. He then said "I hope your luck turns around," which almost sent me over the edge.

    I was steaming, so I decided to call it a day on the gambling. I cashed out with $25 on the day. It really stings cause I should have had $75, so I went from a decent day to a really rough day. I stewed the whole way home. The logical part of my brain knows that it was my dumbass fault for losing the vouchers and that TI has no responsibility, but I can't help but be childishly frustrated that Treasure Island didn't fully value the money that I lost or do anything to keep me gambling; even though $50 may not be a lot to them, it's a huge amount to me and was half of my bankroll for the day. Oh well, I'll just vote with my wallet and stick to Grand when I come back this summer.

    This'll be my last trip to the MN locals before I go to Vegas. I may take a quick jaunt up to Cripple Creek when I get back to CO if I can convince my degen friend to join me for a free overnight, but most likely I'll just protect my bankroll until Vegas.

    I'm just hoping I got all of my bad luck out of the way before Vegas!
     
  2. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    Great report. I feel your pain. I lost a $100 voucher in Vegas. Sigh...... But you had a wonderful day with great guys & that is worth the world.

    Have a great Vegas trip!
     
  3. sergi0wned

    sergi0wned Low-Roller

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    Ouch, I can only imagine $100. Sorry for your loss!

    You know, you're right! It's priceless having some quality time with my grandpa and making memories and traditions with him... I'd gladly drop $50 to do that any day.

    I've also cooled down, and I'm rationalizing it. On one hand, I'm consoling myself that I still had banked $50 and that even though I didn't take it home, I did win it. The other consolation is that $50 is not a cripplingly huge amount relative to my total bankroll.

    Thanks for the positive thoughts! Hopefully the HL pull will make up for this and then some :)
     
  4. Richard Alpert

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    Too bad your good deed of picking up the license didn't come back around to you with someone doing the same with your TITOs.
    I've found cash and TITOs on numerous occasions and I always submit the items to security. Not just because I'm on camera, but because it's just the right thing to do.

    Best wishes for better results in Vegas!

    -Richard
     
  5. Raptor

    Raptor High-Roller

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    Sorry to hear about the loss, just pretend you lost it playing but still went home up a little bit! The other night we sat down at a machine and saw there was a $20 hanging out of it. I called an attendant and turned it in, I would never feel right about taking it unless I found it on the ground outside. Who knows if it was claimed but I could never cash in a found voucher or take found money at a casino. Good luck in Vegas and have a blast!
     
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Ugh. Sorry to hear about the voucher thing. I lost one for $10 once. And have been close to forgetting a few more times. And you did the right thing to report it, because if someone doesn't cash it out, then they can void it. I told someone in Tunica last year who left nearly $400 behind in a machine to get security on the phone, and fortunately for him, they didn't cash it yet. So he was able to be hand paid.

    Unfortunately they usually aren't going to do much if the voucher does get redeemed, otherwise people might end up testing security and tag team them for a quick buck. Sometimes there are exceptions though if your players card data shows that you are a "loyal customer" haha.

    And I'm jealous you guys have Free Bet BJ up there. It still hasn't come to Missouri or Tunica yet. Grrr.
     
  7. Minnesota3

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    Thanks for the great report! Sorry about the voucher. I accidentally left $20 on a machine at Hinckley last year and went back and it was gone. I see you played the same 6/5 Bonus Poker progressive I play all the time there. It is TI's best quarter game. Their DDB is only 8/5 and DB is only 9/6/4. Good luck!
     
  8. smerrian

    smerrian Low-Roller

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    Great trip report. Time to protect your bankroll...you don't want to be fighting for 'ownership' of a circle on Fremont Street so you can do an act for gambling money! :banana: I have similar diatribe...won a lot of money about a month ago and then kept losing. Stopped going to my local (Atlantic City) about 2 weeks ago to protect what's left of it for Las Vegas. Mmmmm, Las Vegas. :beer:
     
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