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Trip--- Dec. 18 to 24, 2013

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Patripman, Dec 26, 2012.

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  1. Patripman

    Patripman Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Having to use my vacation time I was not really planning any winter trip unless it was to Florida but after looking at what the hotels in Florida were charging it was back Las Vegas. This will be my second solo trip out of 5.

    Flew out of Pittsburgh on SW non-stop 6:10 a.m. flight. I really like this flight time because it gets me in Vegas by 8:15. Plane was pretty empty for this flight with most rows with 1 open seat.
    Taxi line was a breeze. Told the driver Ballys no tunnel, so what he tries to do is stay on Tropicana to LV Blvd, traffic on Trop was backed up beyond Koval. I asked him what was he doing? He said I thought it would be better this way, I said no take Koval to Flamingo. Fee was $13.50 with a $3.00 tip, I was going to give him a 20 but he only can blame himself for the other $3.50 loss.

    What can be said about Ballys, this will be my 4th stay in a matter of 12 months and they didnt disappoint. Nobody in line and I got this lovely lady who checked me and my son in this past September. She actually remembered me and upgraded me NT 25th floor. I am not one for any sort of view, I had a pool view. This stay was $15/night for 4 nights and comped weekend nights. This room was in better shape than the one had on the 23rd floor in September. Housekeeping was spot on throughout the trip.

    After setting up shop time to visit The Stage Door for supplies. I had no coffee maker in the room but with proper planning I brought a hot pot with plenty of Tasters Choice Colombian instant coffee.

    Gambling

    I am a slot player first then table games with some 3/6 poker thrown in for good measure.
    Slot machines were tight for the first 2 days. I will play certain penny machines but prefer 3-reel games from .25 up to $2.00. Say what you will but the casinos know what they are doing with the programming of machines. For 2.5 days I did not see any hand pays not even in the high limit limit rooms until Thursday night and early Friday morning.
    My best wins came on Friday with my budget set at $200.00, by 10:00 am I had well over $1,100.00 in my pocket and a $450.00 voucher. It just seemed any machine I touched in Bellagio paid. Friday afternoon through Sunday night everything was cold.

    Gambling observations: How in the hell does Cosmo stay in business? There was a time on Thursday night when I was the only person on the slot floor near the blvd. entrance. It was actually spooky because there was nobody around. To be honest every casino I visited was DEAD empty. Starting Friday night there was much foot traffic throughout the weekend but hardly anyone was gambling, this cannot be good for the casinos.
    Table games, got on a craps table in Ballys and the table was hot. Started off with $150.00, pocketed $475.00. I am a newer craps player so I was limiting to pass line bet backing up odds, laying 6/8. One older lady who I swear was not much taller than the table threw the dice for at least 10 minutes. One player had 3 blacks on box cars and she hit the roll, the table exploded. Was one of the best series of rolls I ever seen, I wish I was brave enough to drop more cash on her but I will take my wins. The rest of the trip was basically win-lose-win-lose.

    Drink Service: Though this may not be high on many peoples list it is one mine. My personal ratings on drink service is 1 star poor to 5 stars as non stop liquor. My ratings are based on gambling time and consistency of service.

    1 Star: Wynn, Palazzo, Mirage, Paris and Aria. Piss poor service. There was a time when a bunch of us players were in the $1.00 slot area of Aria for over an hour with not 1 drink.
    3 Stars: Orleans, Gold Coast and NYNY. The servers were around but few and far between.
    4 Stars: Flamingo and Ballys, strong drinks with constant service especially in the table game and high limit area.
    5 Stars: Cosmo and Bellagio. This may have been the best drink service I witnessed for the 5 trips I have made to Vegas. I think Cosmo's service was good because there was nobody in the casino area. I kept tipping the drink server $2.00 and before I could finish a drink she was bringing another, can you say stumbling drunk. Bellagio was far superior to any other this trip. It did not matter the time of day or how busy the casino floor was the servers were spot on.

    Food
    Mainly buffets nothing special here to report. I will say I had the Lonestar burger at Holsteins in Cosmo, which I thought was very good.

    General comments:

    I love The Stage Door bar:nworthy::beer::drunk:. I sat with a bunch of locals late afternoon Saturday downing ice cold Mic. Lager and doing shots. Then it happened I starting to see things and sure enough Captain Jack Sparrow was at the end of the bar taking a break from his strip work. After 2.5 hours and 10 lagers and 8 shots I stumbled out onto Flamingo Blvd. towards The Westin, why dont ask me I had no idea where I was going. All I know I ended up in the Flamingo high limit room feeding dollars into a poker machine. How I got to the Flamingo is anyone's guess. The next thing I knew I woke up Sunday morning in my room in Ballys not knowing how I got there, I could of been in jail for all I know.

    Will someone please remind people that the buffets will not run out of FOOD nor will they limit you to what you can eat. What I witnessed in the Orleans and Gold Coast is beyond belief. I watched this older couple and others eat so much food so fast that I thought they were in a contest. I started to laugh because I could not believe what I was witnessing. I asked the waitress if this common, her replay was "this goes on everyday with the locals". She said come back for dinner if you want to see a show.

    I was really surprised to how busy the strip got starting Friday night, the funny thing was the casino floors were basically empty other than the table games. In my opinion there was way to many people with very young children and strollers throughout the strip and hotels :nono:.

    Not much more to report other than another very fun trip to Vegas. I plan to return in April for my birthday and I am thinking of changing things up with hotels but I am so use to Ballys that I am fearful of the change. I could stay anywhere I want but I dont like the idea of fees and I still have not found any offers that come close to Ballys. And for what its worth I like the Ballys pool area since I know they will be open in late April.

    Time to start watching Southwest and the hotels for April offers.
    Thanks for reading.

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  2. oldarmy

    oldarmy Low-Roller

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    Glad to see Ballys is good on drink service going on the 27th staying at ballys.
     
  3. sybgal

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    Thanks for posting. We've had good drink service at Bally & Bellagio the last few trips too. We have seen what you witnessed at the buffets....we wonder why??? Some need to just take their time - they can have all they want.... lol. We do the buffet of buffets once each trip...It is a good deal for us since the offerings are varied. Also, we can eat several smaller meals and never stuff ourselves. We've found that even in any of the restaurants, we real need to just share a meal since the servings are so big. Good luck on the airfare, haven't seen any deals for our March trip yet. :)
     
  4. dw2121

    dw2121 Low-Roller

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    Great report. The drink reports will come in handy. I hope i can find a hot craps table in February.
     
  5. TMAN

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    Great report.....glad to hear you won some money
     
  6. dfalk

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    I've read the week before xmas is the slowest time of the year in Vegas.
     
  7. Patripman

    Patripman Low-Roller

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    When I was checking in they told me they me it was slow up until Friday night and through the following week. In fact if I am not mistaken Ballys was close to being sold out starting this past Sunday night through New Years. I know Sunday around 5:00 p.m. the check in line was the longest I ever saw at that property and car and foot traffic along the strip was heavy.

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  8. nikerbokers

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    Great report! Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. pass line man

    pass line man Low-Roller

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    Nice TR, thanks
     
  10. dmr

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    Exactly opposite of my observation a couple of days ago. Cosmo/Bellagio/PH had ZERO drink service, at least in certain low-limit slot areas.
     
  11. Patripman

    Patripman Low-Roller

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    I must be slipping because I just noticed I dated the report 2013. To much alcohol and very little sleep will do this every time.

    Yes I did notice that in some areas of the casino floor drink service was way better than others throughout Vegas. Example being in Bellagio if your playing machines near the exit area walkway towards the fountains and the area near the hotel desk your drink chances are greatly diminished. The same hold true in Cosmo near the blvd. entrance/bar area, Mirage near the buffet area, PH anywhere near an entrance. If I can recall on one trip a drink server stated they have been getting many people coming in sitting down at a machine putting in a dollar or two, playing a few penny's a spin ordering a drink not tipping then leaving. The casinos dont want this and the servers know where the real money is to be made on the casino floor.

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  12. Tree DA

    Tree DA High-Roller

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    Seems to me that any place can be hit or miss. It depends on where you are in the casino, how much the waitress wants to hustle instead of chatting with her friends, whether you happen to sit down during one of their breaks or shift change, etc, etc, etc. I've had both great and terrible drink service at all of those hotels listed at various times.
     
  13. gongoman

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    Thanks for trip report..:beer:
     
  14. Sam in Ut

    Sam in Ut High-Roller

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    Great report! I especially appreciated all the Bally comments for we'll be staying there for the first time in April. You mentioned the pool will be opened by then but wondered if we could alternate with Paris's pool during our stay? Also we'll be staying in the South Tower, is the North comparable better or worse in your opinion? Thanks for sharing.
     
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