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Well, not really a TR. Harrahs Asian Marketing Dinner in Millbrae CA

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by DaiLun, Jan 27, 2016.

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  1. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    My Trip Report

    I was invited to another CET Asian Marketing dinner at Tai Wu restaurant in Millbrae, CA.

    I took Les, my best friend and gambling buddy for the past 40 years.

    This one was for Seven Stars members from Harrahs Reno and Harrahs/Harvey's Lake Tahoe.

    There were 8 tables (10 persons per table). All Asian Marketing customers. There were only 6 white guys in the room, and they were all executives (General Managers) from Harrahs Reno and Tahoe.

    Each guest got a red envelope with two $5 chips from 2015 Year of the Ram

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    The menu was exotic

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    Pan Choy with Abalone
    Braised Pig Feet with Lettuce and Black Moss
    Double Silken Chicken with Conch Meat
    Steamed Fresh Catch of the Day
    Steamed Lobster with Crab Roe over Rice Cake
    Crispy Fried Stuffed Chicken with Sticky Rice
    Braised Pea Sprout with Fresh Crab Meat
    Walnut Jelly Dessert
    Sponge Cake with Fried Sesame Ball

    Apologies for no pictures of the food. Dinner was supposed to be at 7PM, but typical of "Chinese time", the first course was served at 7:55PM.

    Of course, there were raffles. All of the 7* received raffle tickets. There were about 12 prizes, so a roughly 1:4 chance to win.

    Prizes were:

    (2) - $300 Free play/promo chips at Reno
    (2) - $300 Free play/promo chips at Tahoe
    (2) - $500 Free play/promo chips at Reno
    (2) - $500 Free play/promo chips at Tahoe
    (1) - $1000 Free play/promo chips at Reno
    (1) - $1000 Free play/promo chips at Tahoe
    (1) - $2000 Free play/promo chips at Reno
    (1) - $2000 Free play/promo chips at Tahoe

    They chose one ticket from Reno and one ticket from Tahoe for the Grand Prize, just to make sure that everyone had a chance at the Grand prize. I had won $500 at the last dinner in Milpitas, and was wondering if my luck would continue.

    They chose tickets periodically throughout dinner. A lady at our table won a $300 prize.

    I hadn't been picked through the first 8 prizes, and remembering that the Grand Prizes had already been picked, I was wondering if it was better to get a minor prize knowing that you got "something" or wait in breathless anticipation for the Grand Prize. In the meantime, the Hosts were making their way around to the tables. One person to note was Ada, the local CET Marketing manager. She is the "party girl", and must've had about 8-10 glasses of wine as she made the rounds. Any loud noise in the room was most certainly coming from her. She left before I could get her business card.

    But, I digress. We were at the dessert course. I had put my ticket in my wallet. A souvenir perhaps. The next draw was for $1000 at Reno. My ticket was picked!! I went up to validate my ticket and get my voucher.

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    Another person at my table won the $1000 at Tahoe.

    They announced Grand Prize winners after dessert and people started to leave. I went downstairs to get some food for the Marketing Manager in Reno (my host's boss). Apparently, they don't have Chinese bakeries in Reno, and I usually bring them dim sum on each of my trips. Hiroko had a special request that I was able to fulfill.

    The end of a very nice dinner. Maybe a preview of the luck to come on my trip to LV this weekend? I hope so.
     
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  2. Elf70

    Elf70 Low-Roller

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    Congrats on the free play win! I'm looking forward to seeing some slot porn from your upcoming trip. Good luck!
     
  3. FABismonte

    FABismonte Low-Roller

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    Congrats on the $1000 FP. You seem to have some serious luck on those drawings. I am Asian American myself. Any guess on the ethnic balance on "Asian" events like this dinner? Eg. % from Vietnam, China, Korea? Is the entire event held in English?
     
  4. geoff

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    Shouldn't they give away monkey chips for the coming year rather than last years chips? Congrats on the $1k!
     
  5. DaiLun

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    The GM admitted that they were "clearing out last year's chips". Hey, $10 is $10.
     
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  6. DaiLun

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    The way I saw it, this was almost 95%, maybe 100% Chinese. All of the Asian Marketing hosts are Chinese and they invited whomever. The event was done "bi-lingually". They spoke In both English and Chinese. Seeing as this was the San Francisco 7* event, I would guess that accounted for the population breakdown.

    At the Milpitas dinner there was a slightly more generous ethnic distribution. The table that Les and I sat at had 4 Laotians and 2 Cambodians. Just for the record, they were all "high diamonds".

    (I believe that) The Las Vegas Asian Marketing staff is all Chinese as well.

    Are you on the Asian Marketing list for CET?
     
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  7. sammowhammo

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    Nice! Congratulations! Let your luck continue - and post pictures!
     
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    Wow! You do great at the draws, congrats!!

    Hope to see a trip report if heading to Vegas this weekend! Good luck!!
     
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    Congrats on the luck of the draw!
     
  10. DaiLun

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    Thanks to all who commented. My bad for not taking pictures.

    I am going to LV this weekend with three buddies and we will be having dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak Sunday night. I will definitely post pictures. I plan on having the Beef Wellington. Sunday lunch will be at Beijing Noodle No. 9 and I think I'm having the knife-cut noodles.
     
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    Nice pull on the draw! Good luck this weekend!
     
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    Congrats on the freeplay, that sounds like some feast you guys had.
     
  13. FABismonte

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    Hi DaiLun:

    I am not on the Asian Marketing list as far as I know. I have been continually Seven Stars for three years and live just outside San Jose, CA so perhaps not too far from you. But maybe Filipino-Americans don't get included by CET for that market segment. That said, it would be nice to be part of those lucrative drawings and nice dinners.
     
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