7/23-7/30 Day1 – Arrived at Excalibur at 9:30PM (approx. 4 hrs travel time up the I15). First time at Excalibur, that place came as advertised. Non-smoking room and hallways smelled like an ashtray. I had a view of the HVAC equipment through a very dirty window on a roof right in front of me. A view that would make prisoners cringe. All that being said it was still awesome! My brother in law was joining me the next day so I honestly didn’t care about a view or smoke smell – we had a totally free room (including resort fee) to pass out in! Besides – I’m at the Excalibur, if I didn’t get the Excalibur experience it would have been a huge disappointment! I had a few drinks and gambled for a little bit and then nodded off at about midnight. Day2 – Pool in AM – decent pool, not too many kids. BIL got there about noon, drinks right away, I could tell this was going to be a ‘throwback’ type weekend, i.e. lots of drinking and memory lapses. Lunch at RiRa, gambling at Luxor, NYNY, Excalibur – Overall a pretty good day, ended up $400 positive. Day3 – Pool in AM again. More gambling, breakfast at NYNY America Diner. Gambling, drinking and then off to Tuscany for more of the same. Rush concert at 8 at MGM, awesome show. Gambling at Excalibur after, ended up the night up over $1500 – mainly from one big Walking Dead win. Day4 – BIL flew out in the AM, worst hangover in many years. Headed to Mandalay buffet for breakfast. Played a WOF .50 machine, won $480. Went back to the room and pretty much slept all day. Hopefully I won’t deal with that kind of hangover for many years to come! Gambled a bit that night and won another $250 or so – I’m up about $2500 for the trip on mostly slots and blackjack. Craps was a wash. Days5-8 – Checked in to the Flamingo – had a great room without the prison view. Nice view of Caesars and Bellagio. I liked the hotel but I found myself gambling mostly at Harrah’s and one night downtown, El Cortez is still one of my favorite casinos. Mostly pool and gambling for these last few solo days. I stayed about even during the 2nd part of this trip so overall I stayed up about $2500. Awesome trip – I didn’t have any concrete plans before I left about when my next trip would be but about 24 hours after I got back I decided to do a Dec trip. The countdown begins!