Tropicana/MGM Grand November 2-4, 2013 Saturday, November 2 We left the house at 6:30am and arrived at the Tropicana a little after 10am. My great-nephew, Johnathan, and his girlfriend, Arcelia, followed us in as we were giving them the MGM Grand room. We got checked into our Spa Suite in the Club Tower at Tropicana (2159), unpacked, and then the four of us met my host and went to the brunch buffet at the café. Good, fresh food – we were all satisfied. My host paid with a comp slip and I left the cash tip. My host went back to work, John & Arcelia went to check out the strip, my husband (Scott) went to play quarter triple play DDB (his favorite game), and I looked around the casino for a bit trying to find the 8/5 Bonus Poker dollar single line machines that are listed on VPFree2. I couldn’t find them and soon found myself in the high limit room playing dollar 8/5 Bonus Poker triple play. The machine was giving me some quads, including Aces, but I finally ran through several hundred and then decided to use my $300 free play. That went fast, too. I continued to play, but switched to DDB for a bit and holding 3 Aces caught the other Ace with a 3 kicker on the 2nd line for a $2,000 hand pay! Kicker Aces After getting paid I went back to playing Bonus Poker (same machine) and a little while later held 3 hearts to the royal and picked up the other two on the bottom line for another hand pay! Heart royal My favorite game is Triple Double Bonus, so now being up quite a bit I decided to give it a good go. It was hurting me pretty badly for a while, but then I got a surprise royal holding only 2 diamonds! That was three hand pays on the same machine and sadly, I was feeling a bit too cocky and stayed on that machine playing TDB for WAY too long and gave back a lot of my winnings. Diamond royal It was 5pm when Johnathan finally called me and told me they were ready to get their room. They had walked all the way to the Rio to visit his brother and walked back to MGM Grand. (I wish I had that kind of energy. lol) I walked over to MGM Grand and got them checked into one of the newly renovated rooms (28-235). The room was nice enough, had a great view, and they were happy. They got settled and cleaned up while we picked up our free KA tickets (with my offer) and went to the MLife booth to redeem MyVegas buffet rewards. Once those errands were taken care of Scott went to the poker room and I sat down at a dollar single line machine and played Triple Bonus Plus. I stuck in $100 and hit several quads finally cashing out $900 when John & Arcelia called to say they were ready, so we all met at the buffet. (Scott lost $165 playing poker.) I redeemed 2 free dinner buffets and a 2 for 1 dinner buffet MyVegas reward and charged the fourth meal to the room ($200 resort credit with the offer). We all thought the buffet was just okay, nothing special. It was 9:15pm when we left the buffet and we rushed over to the KA theater for the 9:30pm show and John & Arcelia got a cab to the Mirage to see Daniel Tosh. I was very disappointed in KA and very surprised – I expected something very different. Honestly, if we hadn’t been right in the middle of a huge row (section 102, Row P, seats 20 & 21) we wouldn’t have stayed. There were some incredible feats of strength and a couple of pretty cool scenes, but overall, the story was pretty weak. We went back to Tropicana with the intention of going to bed, but neither of us was really tired yet, so we stupidly sat down and played quarter triple play together and had a couple cocktails. (Both played on my card since Scott left his in a machine earlier in the day.) We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn tonight and quickly dropped over a grand between us. Finally made it to bed around 2am. Sunday, November 3 We slept in a bit and then met John & Arcelia over at MGM Grand for the brunch buffet. I used only one 2 for 1 today and charged three meals to the room to use up more of the resort credit. Again, we weren’t very impressed with the quality of the offerings, but all sat around until about 2pm drinking mimosas and talking. (They serve the cheapest champagne imaginable – Roget.) We enjoyed the company, at least! I had planned on staying at MGM Grand to play some more, but in the champagne induced fog we found ourselves walking back to Tropicana where we both ended up playing on my card again. I played a ton of different games starting with quarter triple play TDB (so I could play side-by-side with Scott). It was painful for quite some time, but I did manage to hit a couple of kicker hands. They didn’t save me, though. Scott gave up and went up for a nap. Kicker 4s Kicker 2s I couldn’t hit anything else and moved around on several dollar single line machines where I continued to lose. Then I even played some dollar and $5 slots and continued to lose more! Finally, it was time for dinner. It was just the two of us for dinner tonight. I had $75 dining credit for either Bacio or Biscayne with my offer. We had Bacio last stay, so we decided to try Biscayne, the Trops steakhouse. They started us off with an amuse bouche of a water cracker with a dollop of cottage cheese, topped with a small piece of cucumber and a piece of cherry tomato. It was completely bland. We ordered the shrimp cocktail appetizer that came with four huge shrimp, cocktail and remoulade sauce. It was very good. Scott ordered a New York dry aged steak that was good, but not great, and I ordered the twin lobster tails (for us to split). I’m a huge lobster fan – this was good, but I’ve certainly had much better (Captain Jack’s in Sunset Beach, CA – stellar!). I didn’t get a receipt to be able to post prices, but with one bottle of Voss still water, one soda, and one Newcastle ale the bill with tax was $214. We charged it to the room to be comped off later. After dinner we met up with John & Arcelia again for our 8:30pm Laugh Factory show (my offer came with 2 free tickets, but host got us 4 VIP tickets). We charged four drinks to the room and enjoyed most of the show. The opener was pretty funny (can’t remember his name), the feature was very funny (Shayma Tash), and the headliner wasn’t really a comedian, he was a singer/impressionist (Finis Henderson). He was talented and pretty good, but it wasn’t what I was expecting for a Laugh Factory show. After the show I went back to playing again (like a fool!). More slots = nothing, and then I ended up back in high limit on the machine that was so wonderful to me yesterday, but hated me today. Today’s gambling was just a complete mistake!!! I ashamed to say it, but for the second trip in a row after hitting multiple royals I ended up a loser again. Final stats: Scott on his card the first day did $4,261 coin in, lost $175, and had a theo of $119. I didn’t get stats for each day, so my two days of play (with Scott playing on my card some as well) ended with $160,497 coin in, a loss of $3,451, and a theo of $3,380 (very small theo percentage this trip – only 2%). Complete trip loss was $2,991 after hitting $10k in hand pays. Monday, November 4 We got up early, packed up, and met John & Arcelia at the Tropicana cafe for breakfast (had planned on eating at MGM Grand to use up the rest of the resort credit, but was too lazy to go over there). We all had the breakfast buffet for $19.99 each and charged it to the room. After eating, we got our bags and headed for valet, got our car, gassed up, picked up materials for the business at Sherwin, and made it on the road a little after 10am. We were home by 1:40pm. Thanks for reading! Next trip: November 30 Bally’s (Veronic Voices & The Improv) and December 1 Mirage (LOVE for the 11th time!).