This trip was sandwiched between trips to the Sugar Bowl and the National Title game so it's been a busy couple of weeks. Let's just say, the results of both games were highly satisfying. OK, as for that minor 4 day detour in Vegas... Guys trip, staying at MSS... I used to be a 'strip guy' then I became a 'downtown guy' when the crowds and prices on the strip become too much for me to bear. I'm not sure what's next. Too many people on the strip. DT is too depressing. Girls at Golden Gate weren't doing it for me. El Co took my money despite the best rules blackjack on the planet. MSS beers didn't taste the same to me. I mean they did, I just didn't enjoy them as much. Ate at the Bellagio lunch buffet. It was pretty good. No crab legs at the lunch buffet FYI. Used a MyVegas reward for that. I have about 700,000 LPs but really nothing to use them on. Maybe if I go with my wife we'll use some for a room. I think I'm done with that game. MSS was fine. Nothing special. Nice place, nice VP bar. A friend got a couple $2 scratch offs. I hit nothing but that's OK, i didn't play long enough to be upset by that. I played way more than normal, but still not a lot. Played their double bj pitch deck game. Lost more than I won. I'll try to make this somewhat chronological: Day one, ate at aforementioned buffet. Checked in at MSS and won money at their blakcjack tables. Then won some more at Golden Gate. I think we ate pizza at the plaza. The smell in that place is pretty powerful at first but I got used to it quickly. I did see two tito machines in there. It had been previously reported that they only had one. I was up pretty late that day which was an amazing feat after partying for two days before arriving and having a 6 am flight. Day two, slept till noon. Plaza pizza for lunch (this is a theme). I think we had planned to hit the strip but walked into LVC and wow that place is depressing. But not too depressing to drop $200 with their boobjack dealers. It was a fun time, actually. Next stop was Golden Gate. By this time I was pretty drunk and calling for cards I needed and screaming like a maniac when I would get them. We were playing free bet so every time someone had a free bet opportunity I would yell, 'you have to take it, it's a FREE BET!!! ha ha ha' like I was clever. I hadn't really remembered that but my buddies reminded me and it all came back. Well not all, but enough to get the gist. Apparently I was the only one who really thought I was all that clever. Anyway, lost money there and me and one of my party decided the best thing to do at that point would be to chase our losses at El Co. Sat down at a $10 single deck game. Big mistake. We lost 7 out of the first nine hands or something so of course decided to stay as the cards were bound to turn. They didn't. I had quit drinking at this point so was pretty sober. Stopped at some mexican place on the way back. I think the word 'comida' was in the name. Not in a casino. LVC and GG losses were ok as I was (apparently) having a really good time. El Co was just stupid. Another lesson learned. And soon to be forgotten so I can relearn next year. Days three and four will have to follow later. I may edit this. I hope it doesn't sound as depressing as it feels. It was a good trip. Just not a great trip.