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Trip Report - 5/25 - 5/28 - Lots of Detail

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  1. Scottndindy

    Scottndindy Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I flew out of Indianapolis and into Las Vegas arriving Wednesday night around 10:30 pm. This is my 18th Las Vegas trip and 2nd for 2012. I traveled solo on this trip as I do about half the time. My plans for the trip were to Stay at Mirage Wednesday night and move to Caesars Palace for Thursday and Friday.

    The cab line at the airport was short and I quickly got a cab in which I was given the choice of city or highway. I chose city and got a reasonable fare that avoided being tunneled. The Mirage has changed their signage at the front desk . Previously towards the right hand side next to the VIP check-in there was signage indicating invited guests. The new sign says something to the effect of Mlife Gold or higher with no mention of invited guests. At the start of my trip I was pearl but tried using this line anyway. The front desk clerk was very friendly and didn’t say anything about my status being one rung too low and checked me in quickly and efficiently. I came in on a one night comp offer. My offer allowed additional days but at 39 per night plus the resort fee. For this reason I planned on moving over to Caesars where I was comped for Thursday and Friday.
    After putting my luggage into my room I headed down to the casino for what would be about a 20 hour gambling marathon. I started out at the Pai Gow tiles table betting 2 hands of 100-150 each and banking about 1/3 of the time. Most trips I spend a decent amount of time at this table and the same couple dealers always deal this game. I find the tiles dealers at the Mirage to be extremely efficient and friendly. After about an hour of play I was about even and decided to try out some blackjack. Mirage has changed their double deck tables by the cage to H17 and I refuse to play on these tables. They still have one on the main floor right outside of high limit that is S17($25 min) and obviously all of the tables inside high limit are S17. Being a weekday night they had about half of the tables open inside. There were several 100 minimum double deck games and I played here for about an hour or so. I spread about 100-300 per hand. I was the only person playing in the room during this time period. Drink service was not automatic but letting the pit know got a waitress over immediately. I believe I ended this session up about $200. I decided it was time for a change of scenery and headed over to the Bellagio.
    In the past it has always seemed that the high limit areas at Bellagio have players no matter what hour of the day. I was surprised to find that both the baccarat room and club prive had nobody inside of them. Whenever I play baccarat I prefer a fuller table. I have found playing 1 on 1 with the dealer results in me playing hands that I would normally sit out. I have no problem asking for free hands but after a few I start to feel a bit uncomfortable continuing to ask. The dealer was extremely nice about it and made the comment that I was the only one in the room and can do pretty much whatever I want. After playing a shoe I was about even after being down about 1000 and coming back. I headed over to Club prive and was surprised of the table limits. There was nobody in there and it was a Wednesday night and they had the limits at 300 or 500. I have no problem playing at a 100 or 200 table but 300-500 is a bit high for my comfort level. I ended up playing on the regular floor at a 50 dollar double deck table. I had decent success at this table and I think I ended up a few hundred bucks. I am not sure why but it seems that whenever I play at these tables the dealers aren’t the friendliest. I experienced the same thing on my trip in February playing these tables. They deal well but they seem to lack personality. My only other complaint about Bellagio is that I never seem to be able to find a bathroom in this casino.
    On my last trip I did really well playing in the Talon Room at Cosmo and decided I would try it out again. At this point in my trip I haven’t experienced any big wins or losses and was hoping going back there I would catch a bit of a heater.

    With the Cosmo being right next door I was hoping to find a way to get in between the properties without walking out the front doors and around the lake. I asked at the cage when I was cashing out the best way to get to Cosmo and the lady told me that it wasn’t an Mlife property. I told her I was aware of that but I still wanted to know the best way to get there. She told me directions that included about 5 turns and after following the first couple I ended up lost. I saw signs that said City Center and hoped that because City Center is on the other side of Cosmo I might be going in the right direction. I ended up getting to the City Center Tram and realized that I could either go to City Center or walk back towards the casino. The walk had already been quite a hike so I decided to try City Center out. I hopped on the Tram and watched out the Window as we drove by my original destination.

    I enjoy the Aria casino once inside but I have always had problems getting to it. Even taking the tram directly there still proved to be a challenge as I had to walk through the mall. I felt like the signage left a bit to be desired. I wish when they built the property they put Aria right on the strip out front and made it more accessible similar to the other casinos on the strip. After a bit more walking I did find the casino and decided to give Tiles another try. I have only been to this casino a couple times and I do not know the layout very well. I find that everything looks the same and I get lost in it. I eventually did find the Tiles table and had another breakeven session. My next stop was to head over to the high limit area and play a bit of BJ. I found a nice 6 deck shoe game in the back corner and settled in for a couple hours of play. The dealer here was extremely friendly and so was the Pit Boss. I was once again the only player in the room so I got plenty of attention. They did not have any waitresses in the room but there was a bartender on duty. He was pretty friendly and gave great service. I do like that the bar is located in the room. I enjoy getting good service at the table and the bartender did come over and do the normal waitress activities, but I kind of liked the opportunity to walk up to the bar and get away from the table for a little bit. Blackjack play here was decent for me. I never was down but everytime I would get a bit of momentum I would lose it again and ended up the session up a few hundred. At this point it was about 6 in the morning and I was up around $800 for the trip. I decided to change it up and find Cosmo.
    As I mentioned earlier I always seem to have a difficult time getting to Aria and leaving is the same issue. For this reason I took a cab over to the Cosmopolitan. I know it is next door but being set back and not having easy strip access I found this to be the easiest way. Upon getting to the Cosmo I headed up stairs to the Talon Room. This will be my 3rd time playing in the room and I have won on the past 2 sessions here. Upon getting to the room I once again was the only person playing in the room. I like playing at the front table right when you walk in. It has a great location in relation to the bar which is right across from it and the bathrooms which are right next to it. They only had about 2-3 tables open and my favorite one was one of them. Upon sitting down I took a look at the felt and noticed that they have changed their double deck game to H17. I looked at the dealer and asked about the change and she said they recently changed it over. After trekking over to Cosmo I figured that I will still give it a try even having a bit worse of rules, and it turned out good for me. I bought in for 3000 and was slowly but steadily building up more chips. I played here for about 2 hours. Their double deck is pitch and I really enjoy playing pitch. When picking up the cards I keep both of them lined up and I slowly reveal the under card. It adds a bit of suspense to the game. I have to say that the dealers at Cosmo are some of the most talkative on the strip. I imagine for them being up in the Talon room with no other players for hours on end they are excited for someone to come in. They are not concerned about game speed at all and I find this to be a lot more relaxing. I was spreading about 200-500 per hand and ended up coloring up $5200 for a $2200 profit. The pit asked if I was staying at Cosmo and I told them that I was staying at the Mirage. She asked me why I wasn’t staying there and I told her that I was comped at Mirage and there rooms were a few hundred a night. I told her if I got some offers I would consider staying there. She asked if I would like to speak to a host and she called one to come talk to me. A host came up and I talked to him for about 10 minutes. He was a really nice guy and offered to take care of my room on a future visit. He asked how long I was staying and I told him till Saturday and it seemed like he was contemplating asking me to move over there for a couple nights. He apologized for not having any cards on him but asked me for my email address and said he would send over his contact information to me. He typed my information on his phone but I have not received an email from him. He also put some foods comps on my players club card. After he left the dealer told me that I was lucky to have him as a host for the future. She told me that some of the other hosts there were really bad but he was one of the better ones. I was really surprised for a dealer to mention this to me.

    I headed back to the Mirage and stopped into the hosts office to inquire about staying there the next couple nights rather than moving over to Caesars. He told me that it wouldn’t be a problem to extend my stay and to check in with him each morning of my trip. I had a host at the Mirage in 2008 and 2009 but he had left for the M resort. Since then I have dealt with the host on duty but have never had anyone that I had a good relationship with. The gentlemen I met with was extremely nice and I feel that we will have a good relationship going forward. I grabbed a bite to eat and decided I should take a nap. At this point I have been up for over a day. I went back to my room and laid down but couldn’t fall asleep. I headed back down and tried out the craps tables. I played for about an hour and all of the rolls were decent but nobody had any extended rolls. Our table had filled up and then most of the people left and there ended up just being 2 of us at the table. The other guy at the table started rolling and he had a pretty good roll. I was playing 25 on the pass line, full odds, and come betting 25 with odds. I ended up filling all of the numbers on the top of the board and then pressed my come bet up to 50. I filled up a couple numbers with 50 come and odds when he hit a 7 during the come out. My odds were saved but I lost my come bets. It took me a little while to build them back up but I did and he continued rolling. I ended up making about 2500 on his roll. It was a good roll and I colored up afterwards. At this point I am up about 5500 on the trip and tried to take a nap again. Same as before I laid down for about an hour but couldn’t sleep.

    More to come...
     
  2. Scottndindy

    Scottndindy Low-Roller

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    Part 2

    Up until this point I was playing with cash that I had on me but my wad was starting to get pretty big. I made a front money deposit at the cage and was able to take markers for the rest of my trip. I headed over to the high limt room and decided that I was ready to play some BJ. I took a 3K marker and the table was good but not great. I was betting about $200 per hand and pressing it to $400 and then sometimes to $800. I was hitting a decent amount of the $400 hands but couldn’t seem to win the $800 hand. After about an hour I was up about 2K and switched to the other double deck table that was open. I had given back my winnings from the other table and then I started to hit a few of the $800 hands. After about a half hour I rewon the 2K and another 3K on top of that for a profit of 5K. I redeemed my marker and deposited my winnings in the cage. I now was up 10K for the trip. I decided to head back over to the Cosmo and have some dinner. I ate at the Henry which is right by the front entrance. I had a burger and tater tots which was really good. I was on my own and sat at the bar. There were a couple girls sitting next to me at the bar and one was having some type of emotional break down so I had a bit of entertainment while eating. After a good meal I walked back along the strip and saw a bit of the Bellagio show. It was extremely windy and everyone was getting pretty wet that was watching. I stopped into Caesars and played for a little while in their high limit area. I enjoy their high limit area but I find their regular casino to be too crowded for comfort. All of their BJ games had players on them and most of the baccarat tables were pretty full or reserved. I only play BJ by myself so I decided to play a bit of Tiles. I played for about half an hour and lost $1500 and decided to head back to the mirage. I stopped back into high limit and played a bit more doubledeck. I didn’t catch any super hot decks like before but it was steady and I made another 2K. This put me up 10.5K for the trip. I headed back to my room. It was about 7:30 and I went to sleep for the night.

    I woke up Friday morning about 5:30 vegas time. I am used to Eastern time here in Indiana so I always tend to be an early riser out in Vegas. I went down stairs and tried to find some breakfast. The only restaurant that was open was the Carnegie Deli. I prefer to eat in a nice coffee shop in the mornings but I didn’t have any other options. I got an omelete and hashbrowns. It wasn’t the worst food that I have ever had but I will only return if I don’t have any other options. After breakfast I stopped by the hosts office and talked to my host a bit. He made sure everything was going well for my trip and set me up for a reserved area by the pool for later in the day.
    I decided that I was up a good amount for the trip and that if I was going to win a lot now was my chance to go for it. I went back to high limit room and found one of the double deck tables. I took a 2K marker and couldn’t get anywhere. I would win, press, and then lose. I lost the 2K pretty quick. I moved over to the other double deck and took a 2.5K marker. Same thing again. Win, press, and lose. I did have one hand during this time period that ended up being my biggest hand of the trip, but even it wasn’t enough to make it a profitable session. I had a bet of 300 out on the table when I was dealt a pair of 2’s and the dealer was showing a 4. I split and of course comes another 2. I resplit and out comes an 8. I double down and get a 7 to make 17 on the first hand. 2nd hand I get a 5 and then a 10 to make another 17. I get to the third hand out comes another 2. I split again and the next card a 9 comes out. I double down on my 11 and end up getting a 7 on it to make 18. On my 4th hand I got a 4 and then a 10 for 16. I now have 1800 out on the table and I need some serious help from the dealer. A dealer 17 will win me 300. An 18 will cost me 1200 bucks and a 19-21 will cost me all 1800. Dealer flips the under card to show a 7. I am in disbelief as I feel the dealer is about to get a 10 for 21. 2’s came on my side and the dealer managed to find one also saving me and putting her at 13. Then comes the 10 to bust the dealer and for me to win 1800 on that hand. I jumped out of my chair and celebrated a little bit. That was my only excitement for the morning. For the next hour I was up and down and then ended up losing it all. When I had the splits and doubles I was all in and had to pull 300 bucks out of my pocket so I ended up losing 4800 on that session.
    I decided a change in scenery was necessary so I took a stroll down the strip over to the Wynn. I always play here a few times a trip but the past 3 trips I have been a loser every time. I went to the tiles table here and played for about an hour or so. I know the dealers and the pit boss here also and the dealer asked if I was staying there. I told him that I was staying at the Mirage and he asked why I didn’t stay at the Wynn. I told him that I am comped at the Mirage and Caesars but the Wynn wants 129 during the week and 199 during the weekend from me. We were talking about levels of play and that the Wynn requires a lot more play. The pit boss agreed and mentioned that getting comped rooms there was definitely tougher than down the strip. I bought in for 1500 was up and down and then left down 500. I took my 1K over to the craps table and couldn’t get anything going. I ended up losing my 1K pretty quick and headed back to the mirage. The pool was open and I headed out to relax and have some lunch. They have a smaller pool area that is roped off and not open to the general public. I found the setting to be excellent, and nowhere near as crowded as the general pool area. The attendant set up your chair and towels for you, and brought food and drinks. I will say that the talent level of the ladies in this area was pretty impressive. As this was a reserved section for higher levels of players there is definitely a correlation between having money and getting a hot wife. Service was pretty good and the server girl was in a bikini top and pretty hot. My only complaint was that the table next to chairs was a bit too small and not easy to eat at. I noticed other people who ordered food were having the same issue trying to figure out how to sit and eat. I spent about 3 hours out by the pool and got a bit of a sunburn. I have a fairly dark complexion and generally don’t use any type of suntan lotion and have probably been burnt 2-3 times in my life but the Vegas sun will definitely get you.

    I headed back to my room, took a shower, and then headed back to the tables for the afternoon. I played craps for a couple hours and never could get anything going. I was getting my come bets setup and hitting a few times but never really making any money. I ended up losing 1500 at the craps table. I went and played tiles and was getting great hands but the dealer was getting better. I didn’t lose much as I was consistently pushing but usually with the hands I was getting I would have a lot of winners. I’d have 7 pair or 8 pair and the dealer would pull a small low hand and a big pair. I went back to BJ and lost another 2K. At this point I decided to take a break and I went up to my room, watched tv, and got dressed to go to dinner. I ate at Onda which is the Italian restaurant at the Mirage. I had the Calamari appetizer and then Fettucine Alfredo for me entre. Their Calamari was really good. The Fettucine was just average. I think their sauce was a bit bland. Dinner was a good break and I was hoping that I could get back to winning at the tables. I played a bit of BJ and was up and down. I went to Baccarat and was playing with a nice Asian gentlemen. We started out doing decent but the patterns kept changing. I was doing decent with 100 or 200 hands but I was consistently losing 300-500 hands. I ended up losing 2K at Baccarat. I went back over to BJ and finally got a few winning sessions. It was definitely a grind session and I wasn’t pressing as aggressively as before. This probably hurt me as I had a number of times that in my earlier sessions I would have made 400 or 800 on the hands but was only making 200-300. This was a nice relief as I think at one point I was down 12K for the day. The high limit area was starting to get busier as it was a Friday night, and they had all of the tables open. I bounced between about 4 tables with a couple being shoe games. The big difference I notice between the shoe games and the double deck is the ability to surrender. I had a number of hands earlier in the day with big bets that I had a 15 or 16 that I had to hit that busted. I ended up making a few thousand back and headed next store to the baccarat room. I was playing with an older Chinese guy and his daughter. I enjoy bending the cards and the traditions that come with the game but the guy I was playing with took it to a new level. I bet the average amount of time for him to figure out what cards he had was about a minute to a minute and a half. It was almost to the point that it was getting ridiculous. I wasn’t complaining though as we were betting together and it seemed that after these long revealings he would look at my and say “You win my friend” and toss in winning hands. We also got some good laughs at him making fun of his daughter. There were a few hands that we were going to free hand but his daughter felt strongly a certain way. She would bet and I was giving her support. After a couple losses he let me know why I should never listen to a lady and that she should sit back and follow us. His English was poor but he was a pretty funny guy. It was at this table that we had a very large player come and join us. I included some details about this in my post in the Casino gaming section. The guy was betting between 60K and 120K per hand. After a bit I ended up leaving the table and went back to play a bit more bj. I took a 2K marker and doubled it up before losing all of it. I went to the next table over and caught a bit of a heater and made up the 4K plus another 1K. At this point I went back to the Baccarat area played another half shoe with my Chinese buddy and then cashed out. I headed to bed and called it a night.
    As a recap I started out the day up 10.5K lost all of that plus about 3K more and then made back up the 3K and won 4K. There were definitely a lot of swings.
    I woke up the next morning and decided to play a bit of BJ before it was time to head to the airport. It was up and down and I ended up winning about 750. I stopped by to see my host who took care of all of my charges. He also arranged to have a limo take me to the airport. I had about 30 minutes to kill so I played a bit of tiles losing about 200 or so before heading to the airport.
    I ended up the trip with a profit or $4651. When I arrived for my trip I had 62K Mlife Points. After the trip my new balance is 155K Mlife points. I made 265 express comp dollars. My host told me that I played 18 hours with an average bet of 186 dollars.
     
  3. Scottndindy

    Scottndindy Low-Roller

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    This trip was a big rollercoaster
     

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  4. basicearth

    basicearth Tourist

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    Dates?

    I really enjoyed the detail in your trip reports, but shouldn't your dates be 4/25 - 4/28????
     
  5. travelfiend

    travelfiend High-Roller

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    Great report, enjoyed the detail. Glad you ended up still ahead.
     
  6. Scottndindy

    Scottndindy Low-Roller

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    The dates should be 4/25 - 4/28. Thanks for pointing that out. I can't edit a title or I would change it above.
     
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    A nice solid gambling TR, very enjoyable read. Thanks for the info on BJ conditions at the various properties.

    H17 on the DD tables in the Talon Room at Cosmo is poor. They are not doing themselves any favours. Surely most $100+ BJ players are not going to move from Bellagio, Aria, MGM, Mirage to Cosmo to play a H17 game.

    I think you need to spend some time working out the best routes between Bellagio, Aria and Cosmo!

    I'm surprised that you were only comped upfront for the one night at Mirage. Have you given them less play in the past?

    Thanks again for an entertaining and informative TR. Congrats on the win.
     
  8. Flyers

    Flyers Tourist

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    Great report. A bunch of big highs and lows.

    Congrats on the win.
     
  9. zerofan

    zerofan VIP Whale

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    Sick betting and a great report. Nice job! :nworthy: :peace:
     
  10. Drambler

    Drambler High-Roller

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    Thanks for a great report. I really enjoyed the detailed gambling reports. You sure had some wild swings on the luck. Glad you came home a winner.
     
  11. wookie

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    Enjoyable read.
     
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