Las Vegas Trip Report Sept 7 – 13, 2014 My trip starts at the Albany, NY airport with a direct flight to Las Vegas NV on Southwest Airlines. While some people don’t like Southwest’s “cattle call” way of getting on an airplane, I paid the $12.50 extra for early boarding and received A32 both ways. After an early takeoff and landing, I had a car reserved at Dollar and made my way to the Main Street Casino. My room, 1701, wasn’t ready yet, so I decided to walk to the Denny’s at the Fremont Street Experience. After a filling meal, I returned to find that my room was ready and I unpacked. Taking advice from the folks on this board, I tried my hand at video poker. After several small wins I finally hit four sixes for 250 coins. There are several 7/5 8/6 pay tables, but I did find 9/6 and 9/5 ones that were hidden among them. Main Street Station has a promotion going that you get a scratch card for every four of a kind. This one was worth $2. That’s better than nothing, I guess. After an uneventful day at gambling I went to see Carrot Top and got a free shot of Crown Royal. CT’s show is very funny. I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire time. After a 5am start when I returned to my room I went to bed. Second day was my first buffet at the Garden Court. I can’t understand why people complain about this food. No, it’s not a 5 star restaurant, but the food and coffee were hot and plentiful. Today, not taking the advice of some people, I hit a poker tournament at 9 am and came in sixth out of 30 people. Just barely out of the money. This would be a repeating story throughout my poker tourneys during the week. After another uneventful day at the tables and video poker machines, I head out to see Penn and Teller. This show is one of the best in Vegas IMHO. I love the way both Penn and Teller play to and with the crowd. Even sitting in the front row there’s no way to see how they do their respective tricks. When they show you how they do various tricks you still can’t figure it out. Third day I played golf at the Las Vegas Golf club. This is a fun local public course. Wide open fairways, few bunkers and only one hole over water. I was able to use the same ball throughout the course. A feat I don’t think I’ve accomplished in a very long time. I even saw Seigfried and Roy’s house. I always thought that they lived way out in the country. After a hot, fun day on the course, I decide to spend the rest of the day at the pool at the California. Yes, the pool is small, but it wasn't crowded and easy to access. Plus it was very refreshing after being in the sun all day. I ate dinner at the T-Bone steak buffet. The food again was good. On the fourth day I used my American Casino Guide and went hopping around the area and spent coupons. Including a buy one get one free at KISS presented by Monster Mini-Golf. Now, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a huge fan. I even got to wear the boots! This only costs $5. How could I resist? No, that’s not makeup, they are sunglasses. I really should have bought a pair. This place is really fun. After leaving here, I visited the pinball hall of fame. I wouldn't have known this even existed if I didn't have my laptop with me. It’s a fun place to spend a couple hours and several dollars to play machines that I played in days gone by. On Thursday, I played Video more poker and at Main Street Casino and hit four Aces for $200. The scratch card they gave me was worth another $2. I also messed around on one of the penny slot machines and hit a jackpot of some kind for over $120. This was my best day gambling. Friday I played golf again at the Las Vegas golf course and afterwards I went to the Valley of Fire. This is a very interesting and beautiful area about an hour outside of Vegas on the way to Lake Mead. Traffic was very heavy and while I saw someone at the gate they weren't stopping anyone to make them pay admission. After driving around and getting some really cool pictures I went back to my hotel and started packing for my last, almost full, day of gambling. On Saturday I rode around and visited the Circus Circus. Now, the reason behind this visit is it was the first casino I ever gambled in. I went upstairs to the show area and I remember it being bigger. Maybe because I was a lot younger or they changed it? After driving around a playing a little more video poker, it was time to head back to the airport and fly home to Upstate NY. Notes: I really liked my room especially the refrigerator as I was able to store Pepsi and water in it. The view I had was just as nice. I’m glad I asked for a room “as high up as possible.” My biggest wins were on the video poker machines. I entered four poker tournaments and every one I went out on the bubble. BLAH! The Freemont Street Experience is just that. You see just about everything. Women dressed as Nuns with their boobs hanging out, almost naked men, beggars and drunks. It’s a very interesting area. The first rental car I got from Dollar the lighter plug didn’t work which made using a GPS almost impossible. They did let me exchange it for free, but I did have to go all the way back to the airport to do it. The traffic – No matter what road you take, Paradise, Industrial, Dean Martin Drive, it doesn't matter, you drive one or two blocks and get stuck at a red light. No wonder there’s a smog problem. There really needs to be a speed limit one can drive down the street and get through every green light. I learned very quickly that a 10 minute ride (according to my GPS) could turn into an hour trek due to the lights. Things I never have done before while in Las Vegas: The Valley of Fire. I played video poker and pai gou poker. After a fun week, when I check out I was able to get a discount on my stay due to the amount of credits I had amassed on my card. Thanks again to everyone on the board who helped me and answered my questions. Who knows when I’ll get to return, but this was a very memorable trip.