I needed to squeeze in one more trip to the West Coast this year to get enough frequent flyer miles to keep my airline status. I did some calculating and figured I could get the miles and go to Vegas. We departed from Newark on Friday at 5:45 pm and got into Vegas by 8:30. The flight was uneventful but seemed really long. Airfare was cheap and I got a room offer for three free nights at Harrahâ€™s and the Venetian for $79 per night with a $50 coin voucher included in the offer. My mom, dad, my cousin and her friend came along too. (My cousin and her friend met us there) My mom smokes and I have trouble breathing and wont let her smoke in the room so she wanted her own room instead of staying with me so I gave her the free room at Harrahâ€™s. I finally reached Diamond Level this year and thought it would be much easier to get an upgrade but that wasnâ€™t the case. The are really stingy with the upgrades. My mom was disappointed with the room but I told her that she was welcome to stay with me at the Venetian but she said sheâ€™d rather smoke. (I inquired a while back about getting a host at Harrahâ€™s and their reply was that you were only entitled to one once you reached Diamond Level so I finally did and I inquired again with VIP services and they told me that reaching Diamond Level didnâ€™t entitle me to a host and that if my play was enough to warrant it, one would contact me when they ran their reports, which didnâ€™t exactly thrill me). After checking in at Harrahâ€™s, we walked over to the Venetian so I could check in. By the time I got there, they didnâ€™t have any regular non-smoking suites available so they assigned me a Rialto Suite, which was a bit bigger than the regular rooms and had two queen size beds. It was really nice. Unfortunately, I had a lovely view of the construction site. They didnâ€™t seem to be working on it at all and there wasnâ€™t any noise, it was just ugly. The splatter from the construction site left this gross film on the windows and you couldnâ€™t even see through them. I just kept the lace curtain drawn so some light could come through and enjoyed the room anyway. I love that place! My cousin and her friend arrived on Saturday and they had a hard time getting a good room rate so they stayed in my room Saturday night.. (Sunday morning they checked in to Treasure Island for a few days) There were no kids with us so this was basically a gambling trip and we didnâ€™t do any of our usual sight seeing. I started off with $500. I played at the Venetian on Friday night. I cashed in a few times for small amounts - $50 to $100. I went up to my room $120 ahead. Saturday morning I woke up at 4:30 am (I was still on East Coast time). I stayed up in the room until 6:00 am and then felt the itch to gamble some more. I was hungry but didnâ€™t want a huge sit down meal so I grabbed a pastry and a soda at the bakery next to the Grand Lux cafÃ©. I played for about thee hours and managed to lose the $120 I won plus another $200. At 9:00 I walked over to Harrahâ€™s to see what my parents were doing. I gambled there and lost another $100 and then we grabbed some lunch. I went back to Harrahâ€™s with them and decided to play some deuces wild video poker. The lady playing next to me was also from NJ and lived about 10 minutes from the town I live in so we chatted for a while. I had 35 credits left in the machine and I was dealt the Ace, King, Queen and Jack of Hearts. I closed my eyes and hit the button and up popped the 10 of hearts. A Royal Flush in sequential order - $1,000. I was shocked. A lady that works there happened to see it and told me that if it had been one of those machines that paid a special bonus for sequential order, it would have been $12,000!! Bummer. I played a bit more and then went back to the Venetian. I wanted to take a nap but my room wasnâ€™t clean yet so I called housekeeping and went down to play for a bit. I went up a Â½ hour later and it was clean but there was only a 1 hour window until I had to meet my cousin so I decided to soak in the tub until then. I met my cousin and we went back over to Harrahâ€™s. My cousin went to a psychic before she left and the psychic told her she should play roulette and play number 35. She started with $40 and managed to win about $700 in 10 minutes. (By the time I left, she was up about $2,000) She cashed out for about $600 during that session. We went to the buffet at Harrahâ€™s for dinner and then gambled some more. I was exhausted by 9:00 (midnight East Coast time) so I went to bed and they all went out. I had $1,100 in my pocket that night, still up $600. Sunday morning I woke up early again and I didnâ€™t want to wake my cousin and her friend so I went down and gambled some more. I played quite a bit and cashed out for a few small things but I lost over all. We went over to Harrahâ€™s again. My cousin wanted to play some more roulette and I went back to the poker machine I won on. I hit four deuces for $250. We grabbed some lunch and then I went back to the same machine. I think I killed it because I fed it $80 and didnâ€™t get anything better than a straight. I moved to the machine to my left, which was a double bonus poker machine and within five minutes, I hit four aces for $200. We drank Long Island Iced Teas and Mai Taiâ€™s all afternoon. I was on a losing streak at that point. Sometimes when you play poker and youâ€™re drunk you think you hit the button to hold a card and you didnâ€™t. Thatâ€™s when I knew I needed to take a gambling break at that point so we went to the comedy club that night. (I had enough Harrahâ€™s points for four free show tickets at $20 food comp) It was hysterical! We left there at 9:45 pm and I was really tired. My cousin wanted to drag me out but I had to get up at 5:00 am for my return flight and I just wanted to go to sleep. I passed by the Money Grab Monopoly machine I won on during my last trip and decided to slip in a quick $10. I got it up to 1,000 nickels and then it dropped quickly. All was sudden, I got the cashier bonus and picked the player with seven spins. I got to the spin with the $500 money fists and I didnâ€™t think I would get any of those but I managed to get three of them with two coins in. I cashed out for $200 and while I was waiting to be paid, I stuck a $10 in the machine to my left and played for about Â½ hour on that. I kept getting the bonus rounds on it. I got to the timer bonus and got 12 grabs and one of my grabs was the $500 bill and another was a $100 bill. I wanted to cash out for another $200 but I just couldnâ€™t seem to get it up there and I didnâ€™t want to lose what I won. I was about 200 nickels shy so I stuck in a $10 to bring the credits up to 4,000 and hit the button to collect another $200. By that time it was almost midnight and I was exhausted. I went back to the Venetian. I had $12 in cash coming to me from gambling there so I went up to the desk to collect it. I asked them how many points were needed to get a food comp, just out of curiosity because I wouldnâ€™t use it anyway. The lady handed me the voucher for the $12 and told me that they didnâ€™t issue food comps there. She told me that I should cash in my $12 at the main cage and to the right of it was a desk with a host and that I should inquire there. I went over there and the lady was really nice. She told me they didnâ€™t have a reward/point structure and asked me if I was staying there and what my room number was. I told her I was and she said that she would comp me one night. I thanked her but was shocked. ($79 room rate minus one comp night, minus $12 cash minus $50 coin voucher minus $40 my cousin gave me to split the room rate for Saturday night = unbelievable deal) I think I put a total of 80 â€“ 90 points on my Venetian card during the three days and mostly played nickels and quarters there. I didnâ€™t expect that, especially at such a nice place. I came home $800 richer, had a blast and Iâ€™m going to start planning another trip for the spring!