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Warm-up Trip Report (March 21-24)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Turtleman, Mar 25, 2009.

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  1. Turtleman

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    My Trip Report

    I don't usually write trip reports, but it's either that or get back to doing my taxes, so here goes.

    Ms Gecko and I booked our upcoming Vegas trip (April 3- 10) on Valentine's Day; but not content to wait the extra week, and having free room offers for March at the Riviera and Orleans, and a soon-to-expire companion ticket on Delta, we just got back from a 4 day mini trip. Sorry - there's probably not a whole lot of interesting things to write about, as we go mainly to gamble, but here's a little chronology:

    Saturday (March 21): After a preflight attitude adjustment hour in the Crown Room, our usual 8:30 am flight arrived on time and we decided to take a shuttle to the Riviera. We evidently made the right choice. The nearly empty (Showtime) shuttle departed McCarran with less than a 5 minute wait, we were the second stop after the Sahara, and probably saved about $15 bucks over a cab that couldn't have gotten us there much faster.

    Not able to check in until noon, we ditched the bags, claimed our free show tickets, and went exploring. It had been about 15 years ago that I last stayed at the Riv during one of my solo trips and had pretty much forgotten the layout. Only a couple $25 and $10 BJ tables were open, both packed, so we went across the street to Circus Circus. What were we thinking! There were only a few $10 tables, one $5, all full; and after spotting the "double down on 10 and 11" signs, we couldn't leave fast enough. Slots O'Fun was … well, forget that place. We killed a little time back at the Riv playing VP (with lousy pay tables), lost a whopping $3, and checked in using the self-service kiosks. (With all the human intervention going on, I asked a desk clerk if the kiosks really saved them any time and money. Nope! I guess that's another brilliant idea stemming from too many young MBA's in Corporate.)

    After getting into our perfectly fine room in the Mediterranean tower, we hoofed it down to Sahara (in the 50 mph winds) and played BJ most of the afternoon. Probably due to spring break and March Madness, it seemed like Kiddy City with ID's being checked right and left. Clueless players were in abundance and we saw plenty of standing on A-6 and worse decisions. We didn't do any good, returned to the Riv, used our food credits, and attended "Ice: The Show from Russia." I can't say it would have been worth $90 per ticket, but wasn't bad for free.

    Sunday: Early morning, we exited the casino and directly onto the waiting Deuce for the short trip downtown. We played BJ at the Fremont most of the day, got comped for Sunday brunch, and played a little with one of our favorite dealers at the Cal before returning to the Riv. We had free tickets for "Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was," and thoroughly enjoyed the show. We highly recommend it – that is, if you're old enough to know what it's about.

    Monday: Our friendly neighborhood pit boss friend chauffeured us from the Riv to the Orleans that morning where we played mostly BJ over the next two days. Sorry, there's not much to report other than … well, let's just say we were disappointed in our results. It wasn't until I sought "sanctuary" at the craps table that things turned around. I was doing pretty darn well for the first hour until Ms Gecko showed up. She "stole" half my winnings; and worst yet, the dealers paid HER on MY winning bets! Her less than stellar dice throwing quickly emptied the table and put an end to an otherwise fun and profitable time. It happens!

    Pit boss buddy chauffeured us back to the airport late last night, and after another redeye flight we keep swearing never to take again, we got back home around 8 this morning. All in all, our bankrolls didn't absorb too many dents, and having nearly no expenses didn't hurt. I'm methodically analyzing our play and what we could have been done differently, and am now looking forward to our 8 day trip in another week – all downtown. Maybe I'll have something more exciting to report in a couple more weeks.
     
  2. rock28

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    Thanks for the trip report... Good luck next week. Just think... you are letting them hold your money for a few days so you dont have to bring so much next time. Go get it back and collect some interest.
     
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    Turtleman,
    Surprised to hear only $10 and $25 BJ tables at the Riv. Hmmm.
    I haven't stayed there for a few years, but making a return visit in a couple months. I understand the rooms have been refurbished. Good to hear you and the missus were satisfied with the Mediterrean Tower.
     
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    :rolleyes2:

    Thats really odd that the mins were that at high at the Riv, and really suprising they was only one 5 dollar table at CC.
     
  5. Turtleman

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    Chef & Texican08: Yes, we were also surprised not to see any $5 BJ tables at the Riv. True, it was a weekend, but traffic was slow and the majority of tables were closed. Even the single open craps table was $10, although it was down to $5 and far from busy Sunday night when I checked after the show. I certainly didn't expect to see so few open BJ tables at CC and only one at $5. There might have been another; but like I wrote, after seeing the double down on 10 and 11 sign, we made a hasty retreat. It was a lousy shoe game anyway.

    Unfortunately, many casinos seem to prefer packing their customers into a fewer number of higher limit tables. I guess they're trying to save on dealer wages, which must be at or near minimum wage to begin with, or they're just flat stupid – probably both! It doesn't make for ideal playing conditions in any case.

    Rock28: You're right; I'm letting the casinos hold some of my stash so I won't have so much to take back next week! Pretty clever, huh? As is often the case, Ms Gecko will be in San Diego for a couple days in the middle of the trip, so I won't have to worry about her "borrowing" my craps winnings again. Of course, should I lose; I guess I'll have to come up with some other excuse. Fortunately, we'll be staying downtown the entire eight days where decent games and lower limits are in abundance.
     
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    Thanks for the post.

    later, GVJ
     
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