Back for our annual week in the greatest city on earth. Arrived at Golden Nugget on 09/22 for a 7 night stay. We do downtown every fall for the wife's birthday. We always have a good time so I'll stick to new opinons which may help others. Golden Nugget is about 80% through the restoration. No pool yet but the buffet is now on the second floor and it is excellent. The slots appear tight at the property as stated by others. The cleanliness is amazing. The Fitz seems to be the best place for slot and video poker players. We visited a couple evenings and saw a lot of jackpots hit. Main Street Station brought a new experience. I played a double red, white, and blue machine for a buck and caught the three double symbols for $1,000. First time I ever saw the three doubles come up. Cocktail service is good here as is the buffet and Triple Seven brew pub. The dollar machines seem to give more play. The Cal is still the Cal. The Redwood bar and Grille still does a great steak. The Fremont still requires drink tickets in the race and sports book. The quarter machines here seem to play better than anything else. I played a dollar machine and went one for forty (ouch). Drink service seems to have slipped a peg here. I think they were short servers one night. We still like the place though. The Plaza is in need of a redo. The Golden Gate and Las Vegas clubs are still decent places with good drink service. Most of the strip casinos have gone to drink tickets in the race and sports books. The renovations at the Lady Luck seem to have stopped, went by a few times on the duece and it seemed awful quiet. The bus trip from downtown to the South Terminal still takes 45 minutes to an hour. We went on a Sunday and took the 117 to the South Coast and the Silverton. These are both kind of neat places, with great buffets judging by the number of people in the lines. South Coast had a lively crowd for NFL Sunday. The casino is laid out in an easy to naviagte manner. Only eleven months and three weeks till the next trip. The stuff dreams are made of. May the horse be with you.