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What are your favorite Vegas memories?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sergi0wned, Apr 13, 2016.

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  1. sergi0wned

    sergi0wned Low-Roller

    Dec 21, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    What are some of your favorite memories of Vegas?

    I have a few:

    1. Doing the happy half hour on the High Roller for my 21st birthday. My buddies and I came out to Vegas to celebrate, and one of them bought the tickets as a gift. I'll never forget the rush of seeing all of the lights and glam of the strip from 555 feet with a drink in my hand. That's when it sank in that I was 21 and in Las Vegas. I've been hooked ever since.


    2. Turning my last $40 for the day into $250, and locking in half of my bankroll the first day of the trip. After I landed and checked in, I immediately donked $60 of my $100 daily gambling budget in Bonus Poker without hitting anything. I went to the Golden Gate and bought into BJ with my final $40. I had 2 $25 match play chips. Down to my final $25, I used a match play and hit a Blackjack! I ran it up to $125, then used my other and won when the dealer busted. 4 hours later, I cashed out with $250.

    3. Turning my last $2 into $95 in craps. I was down to my final $2 at Fremont $3 craps, so I threw it on C+E, expecting to lose. As I was about to walk away, a 3 hit. I let it ride and hit a yo 11. Placed some numbers, backed up my odds, and got up to $81 at which point I was gonna walk up $20 on the session. Threw the last $1 on another yo and hit it! Walked up $35 after a roller coaster hour!

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  2. PaulBowdry

    PaulBowdry Low-Roller

    Aug 24, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    My favorite memory was my first visit to Vegas. Stayed at the Sahara with my odd friend who wasn't odd back then. Put 10 bucks in the wheel of fortune 1 dollar machine hit for 175 bucks. Like it knows it is your first visit and it suckering you in.

    The windows at the Sahara opened back then great breeze slept great.

    Fell asleep early was tired woke up at four in the morning started walking towards the stardust saw a guy sitting on the curb. He got up said hey how are you. Okay I guess. He points up to the sky says you see that light. I say sure. He says it is the CIA they are following me and listening to us right now. I said ok. He starts like wiggling his body and moving around and says this helps them not be able to track me. I said well hey quit talking to me i don't want them following me and listening to me too. He says oh yeah you are right im sorry man. Ill go this way.

    I also took the bus downtown and didn't realize where the stop was to go back. I don't ask not my style. Ended up walking back to the Sahara from downtown was pretty hot that day.
  3. hail2skins

    hail2skins Low-Roller

    Mar 10, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    A few of note:

    1) of course the first trip in '92, driving into the city from the I-15 and just amazed at all the neon on the Strip, and wandering up and down the Blvd later. Then the next night experiencing the pre-canopy Fremont Street

    2) the early trips where I would take the red-eye out, stay 2 nights, and take the red-eye back. April '95 was a trip where I hit a $250 prize on a quarter VP machine at the Hacienda and was thrilled. Later in the trip on my last day, just walking past the Mirage on a beautiful Vegas spring day and admiring the waterfalls in front of Steve Wynn's creation.

    3) November '98, first trip to see the Bellagio after all the buildup to it before it had opened a month earlier. Had gone to a wedding in San Diego day after Thanksgiving, and then cut short a Saturday visit to the SD Zoo because I wanted to get up to Vegas so bad to see Wynn's newest creation. First time I walked through the place I wasn't blown away, but through the weekend the majesty of the place really started to grow on me and I kept coming back there.

    4) Playing craps on multiple occasions at Fiesta Henderson when it was still called the Reserve. Place just had a great vibe to me and I remember a particular night in Mar '02 when I had a really fun 10-hour session there.

    Later in '02 I started dating the woman who is now my wife and I've had nice memories on trips with her as well as on the trips that I take with friends from work every year. However, I think those times in the 90s, when both the Strip and the locals market really redefined themselves, will be the Vegas ones I most remember.
  4. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

    Aug 8, 2012
    Fort Worth
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Back in the 80s - getting my very first comp-slip to Toucan Harry's at the Stardust.
    Hitting two straight flushes the first time I sat down at a 3-card poker table...again, at the 'Dust
    Getting my first 4 of a kind playing UTH (Gold Coast)
    Turning a losing trip into a $1000 win over the course of 6 hours, playing blackjack with only $75...at the Riv...had to reschedule my flight in order to do it.
    Turning a losing trip into a $2000 win over the course of 3 hours, on the morning of my return flight, playing 3-card poker at the Mirage.
    Betting a green on a hard-8, hitting it & leaving $75 out there and having it hit again....then walked away.
    Taking my first 'marker' ever at a blackjack table at the Stardust...and buying it back before the session ended.
    So many more... ~sigh~
    Fall Trip has become a Late Summer Trip!
  5. deansrobinson

    deansrobinson High-Roller

    Jan 27, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1. The Great Monterey to Las Vegas Motorcycle ride of '80. We were only in Vegas for a little over a day - being young and of the opinion that you're never lost if you have a full tank of gas. We more or less used Vegas as the turnaround point, put 'em in the wind...Vegas, none the less...

    2. The first time I took the Mrs. to Vegas. Just seeing her overwhelmed by it all...

    3. Taking the in-laws to Vegas for their 50th anniversary. They'd never been, and the fun was again seeing them overwhelmed by the strip.
  6. ardee

    ardee VIP Whale

    Oct 13, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1. Getting married to the most wonderful woman in the world.

    2. Having dinner with Steve Wynn. (He was eating at Sinatra, we were eating at Sinatra, we had the same server...that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)
    Anniversary Trip, baby! Lucky 13, W00t!
  7. Bamalewie

    Bamalewie Tourist

    Oct 18, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Some friends talked me into going in .....'04 I think, I've never been the same since. We stayed at the Aladdin as it was undergoing transformation to PH. We did the strip walk, I loved every minute of it. I couldn't believe how grand everything was.
    I consider myself luck now to have gotten to go to The Boardwalk, O'sheas (original), Sahara, Riv, Barbary Coast before they were gone or re-branded
  8. queuetee

    queuetee High-Roller

    Jul 12, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    first trip in 1969....walking from Flamingo to the Frontier. and seeing the desert off the Strpi as far as your eye could see----certainly not the lights like today
  9. andyg99

    andyg99 Low-Roller

    Jul 9, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1. Waking up at 4AM (fully sober) and walking the strip on a warm July morning - it seemed so quiet... this was the first time I was up at that hour that didn't involve an all-nighter... I saw two guys stumble out of a 24 hour convenience store with a 12 pack screaming 'Vegas!!!' yup, only in Vegas... now it has become the norm for me to get up early - but at least once per trip I may do an all-nighter still....

    2. Playing BlackJack at NYNY in '03 - I started at a table about 10PM - finished at 8AM.... longest gambling session to date!

    3. Each time I park the car and walk to the lobby to check-in!

    I could probably compile a list with 101 more of these....
    Vegas Trip #30!
  10. vegasbound

    vegasbound Moderator

    Mar 3, 2002
    Las Vegas
    First trip in 1997, Frank and I were too young to drink or gamble so simply walking the strip left me in awe. We flew in at night so all the neon was mesmerizing and seeing then mountains in the morning - wow! Unforgettable.

    2001 - we flew to Vegas two weeks before and after 9/11. Both were pretty awesome, before was our first trip being legal - it was a whole new world! And the one after, we flew for $49 rt, stayed for free, and I won my largest jackpot to date $750 on .75 quarter slot.

    2003 - Frank and my mom were in cahoots so he could pull off a surprise proposal in front of the Bellagio Fountains. I was stunned. It rained so much that trip, we never saw the sun. That was in Feb, and 4 months later we made Las Vegas home. That drive in was amazing I was intoxicated from a cocktail of excitement and nervousness.

    2004 - Almost 12 years ago to the day (April 17) 80 of our closest friends and family came into town to witness us tie the knot at Mandalay Bay. We followed that up with the buffet at Luxor and a wild night on Fremont. It was far from traditional, but it was totally us.


    Looking back now, I miss our early days living in Vegas - playing sigma derby at IP, living it up at Carnival Court with Cook E Jar (ha!), free drinks for casino employees at Ellis Island, long gaming sessions at the Plaza/LVC. Grave yard specials at Las Vegas Club and Orleans, 20oz porterhouse dinners at Skyline for $4.95. Dollar BJ at Joker's Wild and Sahara. Good times!!
  11. dankyone

    dankyone VIP Whale

    Oct 15, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    In club prive at Bellagio with my best friend, playing $500/hand, got a hand of multiple splits and doubles after split so I had $2000 on the table. I screamed BUST BUST BUST...and she did.
  12. spdandpwr

    spdandpwr VIP Whale

    Feb 25, 2016
    East Coast
    Favorite memory of Las Vegas was 24 hours after where I was bed-stricken clasping for breathe... a 7 day bender in Vegas nearly had me on my death bed. Why's that my favorite memory, because next time I'm coming and I'm going to tame that bull...

    ...and maybe I'll skip the shots of tequila :(
  13. Rufus T Firefly

    Rufus T Firefly Newbie

    Apr 14, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1974 Honeymoon in Las Vegas

    Honeymoon in Las Vegas October 1974. We were in our early 20’s and this was our very first trip to Las Vegas. My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon in Las Vegas. We flew into Las Vegas from Michigan for 4 days and 3 nights. Now Las Vegas was so very much different than it is today. We had booked 3 nights at the Flamingo Hilton right on the Strip. The Flamingo was actually a very highly rated place to stay in 1974. There were no mega strip casino hotels like today. I remember walking the strip and noticing many vacant areas right next to Casinos. Those many areas were just desert sand and the strip was not filled up at all, like it is today. The strip was not cluttered up at all. I remember the very last casino on the strip was the Hacienda…just south of Tropicana Blvd. The Tropicana Casino was the only Casino at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd, & Tropicana Blvd. Nothing else was there. And the Tropicana was considered maybe the finest Casino Hotel in Vegas. They even filmed a James Bond Movie with Sean Connery at the Tropicana back in the 1970’s. Diamonds are Forever. And we all know that the Casinos in the Bond movies are usually pretty classy places.

    So after checking in at the front desk of the Flamingo, we went up to our assigned room. It was a standard type room, but we were disappointed to see that it had twin beds instead of a queen. That was not what we were expecting for our honeymoon. Well, we resigned ourselves that we would just have to somehow make it work. Keep in mind we were a couple of inexperienced kids, on our first real vacation, and would not even think of complaining. I sat down on one of the twin beds and slapped my hand on the mattress to see how firm it was. As soon as I did that, the vibration caused the (unsecured) headboard to fall down onto the top of the bed in a cloud of dust (just missing me). My wife and I just looked at each other and did not know whether to laugh or cry.

    So, we walked back down to the reception area of the Flamingo, and explained what had happened to clerk, and furthermore, it was our honeymoon, and if they had one bigger bed it would be much better. The clerk seemed to be very understanding and advised us that he would get us another room…but that it would not be ready for about an hour or so. Meanwhile he advised that we could just hang out in the casino, or at the pool, and they would page our name over the intercom when the room was ready. So we walked around the casino and were mesmerized by all the glitter, lights, noise, slot machines etc…as we had never been in a casino before. We also went to the pool, and were amazed to find several pools, not just one, so we just sat around amazed at everything. While at the pool, the casino paged Mr. BB King several times, and we thought that was so cool, we looked around to see if we could see him, but we did not see him.

    While still waiting for our room, we wandered over to the Keno area. After looking at the rules, and bet slips, we did an 80 cent slip picking 4 numbers. As the game got started, we watched the numbers thinking we were just killing time, and probably would not win anything. We could not believe our eyes as we watched all 4 of our numbers come up. As soon as the game was over we both ran up to the counter, and the lady says congratulations, and then proceeds to reel off eight twenty dollar bills like it was nothing. Now I got to tell you … back in 1974 $160.00 was a lot of money, and we were so excited, so now we had some extra money to have fun with.
    Well eventually the casino paged our name over the intercom. So we hurried over to the front desk. They assigned us a different room and wished us a wonderful stay for our honeymoon, and never mentioned anything else. I seem to remember the room being called a garden type room or something like that, and I just assumed it would be a similar type room as before. But when we got to our room and opened the door, we could not believe our eyes. They had given us an amazing suite for 3 nights with one huge bed in the middle of the room. There was also a patio, and when we walked outside, we had our very own private pool. I did not know they had private pools for rooms. They even included a bottle champagne for us. This was 1974, and I had never heard of a bathroom having a telephone on the wall next to the toilet. Who in the heck needs to gab on the phone when you’re on the crapper? But this room had one. The toilet also had a funny lever my wife and I had never seen before. When you pushed it a strong stream of water shot straight up. What the hell? So that’s how we learned what a bidet was.

    Well that’s our favorite memory of Vegas. We still laugh about that 1st trip to Las Vegas.
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