Hello! Sunday will be somewhere near my 150th trip to Las Vegas, all but one for business! I usually spend two weeks there and will do so again, back in January and March too. What my business is quite frankly is none of yours. Sorry to be so blunt, it's necessary though. A bit about me. Physicist & Engineer within 10 years of retirement. I like to play video poker, currently over royaled. Way over royaled! Have the W2G's to give to the CPA in January. None of them from strip casinos - not surprising! I don't use a players card anymore. I used to be Diamond at Caesar's, Platinum at MGM, Gold at Venetian, Emerald at Orleans and had my mailbox full every day with offers of free play, free rooms, free flights, free merchandise, etc. Hosts (professional thieves) called weekly enticing me back. It took me a couple years and a significant amount of money to really understand that free rooms and free play cost me money given the built in casino advantage. I went willingly, won six figures some times, lost others. In the end the pendulum swung too much and I gave all the player's cards back and am on no one's mailing list! All the cheesy merchandise I received usually ended up as targets for my rifle range (got one in the backyard, do you?) - loved those snowflake candy dishes from the Orleans! Currently I play for fun and not try to kill the house. It can't be done. I am a wrong bettor at craps. Way more successful over my career and since I am not a Vegas local I don't have to worry about losing friends. Watch for a slightly overweight white guy getting yelled at the next two weeks: me! But I will walk with lots of purple chips in my pocket. I always do! So that's me. I understand most games, know the probabilities, understand random numbers and have an intimate knowledge of statistics. I don't wish to discourage anyone from their gambling experience, just don't bet the rent or mortgage money; use your discretionary money and have some fun! Best wishes to all!