Yep, you read that right. 9 hours. No, not a layover, but an intentional trip that is 9 hours in length. Hell, it'll wind up being less than that. Closer to 8 when it's all said and done. So the reason for the visit (we can't really call this a trip, can we?) is to wager on matchups for the upcoming Breeders' Cup. For those that don't know, the Breeders' Cup is widely regarded as the best two days of North American horse racing of the year. For the racing community it dwarfs the Triple Crown. Matchups are simply propositions offered by the sportsbooks where one horse is matched up against another with corresponding odds, and whoever finishes best wins. Pretty simple, right? These used to be somewhat widely available in the wild west days of offshore sportsbooks, but once UIGEA hit and Netteller went kaput, betting any real money offshore and ability to move it back and forth was effectively over. The Wynn offers the widest variety of matchups in LV, with other properties offering smaller (and hopefully unique) propositions. This is the first time I've done this trip myself. I've always relied on others to do it for me. But having just moved outside of LA, it was a perfect opportunity to fly out of an airport that's right next door in Burbank and try Southwest. Rather than popping my cherry with a ride to LV, a flight is in order as time is money, even moreso when the Breeders' Cup begins on Friday and I'm in the $10k buyin Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. So this has to be an in-and-out (not that kind...and not THAT kind either!) kind of trip. The plan is to taxi and monorail it from the airport to Palace Station -> SLS -> LVH -> Wynn -> Venetian -> Mirage and then possibly Caesars. I'll have to see how the time is going. That will allow me to see all the lines from all of the companies and then gameplan my plays. Luckily I've been playing these long enough that I can roll through the sheets pretty quickly and know what I'm going to do where. I'm hoping that I'll have a few hours on the backend to play some baccarat and/or Ultimate Texas Holdem at Aria before heading back to McCarran and Burbank to get ready for Breeders' Cup. So with all of that, here's the ammo: Hopefully it will magically multiply over the weekend and will be waiting for me when I go back in December!