5/9 Flew direct to LAS on Southwest... Early bird netted A31, so easy boarding. Left 1/2 hour late, but scored a window seat with nobody in the middle. For the first time i can recall there was almost complete cloud cover all the way from the east coast until about 20 miles outside Vegas, so the scenery was not as beautiful as it usually is. Arrived on time though, and met Presidential at baggage claim. Didn't check a bag so off we were to Wynn. I had booked the spring offer from resort marketing... 3 free nights and $300 free play. Pleaded fruitlessly with my host to switch to the Tower Suites for 2 nights instead, and was told they need 25,000 points / day for TS rooms (I average probably 6,000 to 8,000 / day). Checked in to a resort room, king facing the golf course, as far south as possible (didn't know any kings faced the golf course on the resort side). For future reference, I think the best room numbers (quietest and a chance you can sneak down the tower suite side if the door is unlocked--it wasn't on my floor) end in -16... Plus you share only one wall with another room (other side is the stairs). I was in -18. Could hear some club noise from XS but it was tolerable... A tip is to set the room fan to "on high" instead of "auto"... That and the free "white noise" app on the iPhone made for no disturbances all night. Showed up at Mizumi for my reservation for teppanyaki at 6:30... I was given a whole table to myself (this is a solo trip) and there was only one couple finishing at one other table in the whole teppan section. No matter, the service was great and the chef toned down the show and served me quickly. I was in and out in about 50 minutes. Delicious as always. Played for about an hour and then to bed--still on east coast time. Played video poker--mostly $1 triple play deuces, and about broke even for that short session. No great hands but nothing horrendous either. Did hit quad 8's on the 8x top line on multi-strike poker... At 25c max play that netted $500. Also hit quad 6's on $1 triple play bonus poker... $125. 5/10 Woke up around 4:30 (7:30 back east) and walked down to the drugstore for coffee. Strolled around for a bit waiting for the fitness center to open. Managed to spend about $250 on gifts in the drugstore for the kids. I have to say that I like the gym at wynn better than encore. Bigger and a little nicer. The gym was buzzing even at 6am--usually I have the place to myself. 2 miles on the treadmill, then up to the room to shower. Wasn't quite hungry enough to eat yet, so grabbed some "free" fruit at the gym. Played more VP... On triple play $1 bonus poker was dealt trip 7's and drew the quads on two out of the three hands... $250. Started playing $1 triple play double double bonus... Hit quad 2's for $400. Wandered over to Encore, where they've relocated / removed a number of VP machines... A few had decent pay tables but not as many as they had last time. The vibe at Encore was beyond quiet--almost dead... Granted it was early Friday morning but I don't think they even had music playing in the casino. Odd. I was happy about the decision to stay at Wynn this trip. Was thinking about heading to the pool, but it was fairly overcast and since I was alone I didn't want to go if it was crowded... Again the east coast time difference usually has us at the pool when it opens at 8am. So I played some more at Wynn... No luck at Encore. On DDB triple play, hit quad 9's for $250, quad 6's for $250, and was dealt a wild royal (2 deuces) for $375. Played some $5 single play BP and hit quad 4's for $1k. Overall at this point I was probably about even. Did some shopping at Palazzo and then retuned to Wynn. Ate at the buffet (thank you "open" line pass I was given 6 years ago!), which was good. They have a new (to me) deuces game called bonus deuces, and although I didn't like it as much as regular deuces, I was dealt 5 aces on triple play for $1200. So then I was up a bit (even after paying cash while doing some damage at palazzo's shops). Played at Wynn until dinner. No great hands but was dealt a wild royal (1 deuce) on $1 triple play for $375. Anyone know if the right play was to hold all? Or should I have just held the 4 to the royal? So about even going into dinner. Ate at the bar at SW. Haven't been here since our first trip to Wynn in Nov 2005... Wasn't all that impressed then but wanted to give it another try. It was outstanding! Great bourbon old fashioned served by a very pleasant bartender. Got a seat right away even though it was a Friday night at 6:30. Nice selection in the bread basket, and then had the pea soup on the vegan menu. Then had the chicken dish, which was the best chicken I've ever eaten. And the bill came to only about $75... I was truly impressed and this will be a staple on future Vegas trips. Should have taken it easy playing after dinner, but went to the high limit room for $5 poker. Blew $400 quickly on bonus poker while waiting for a drink. Gave up and left before the waitress returned. Headed to Encore and proceeded to feed $100 bills into the triple play machine... Lost about $2k and finally headed back to Wynn. Played some $2 poker and broke even there. So the $3k I went with was gone ($10k total bankroll this trip) and I hit the ATM and headed to bed with the dignity of $1k in my wallet at about 9:30. 5/11 Slept well until 5:30, showered, got coffee and a smoothie at the drugstore and then played. Stayed about even after hitting quad aces on $1 triple play bonus poker for $400. Went to the pool and sat at the European part--nice and quiet from 8-9:30am. Went up to the room and packed and got dressed, then checked out early by a day... Flight wasn't until 4pm so I was going to check out today anyway. Dropped bags at the bell desk and played for an hour with no good wins but no big losses. Did some more shopping and then went to the buffet again. The wait was 1 hour 20 mins so I was very happy to have that line pass. Was in and out in about 40 mins. Decided to play $5 single play bonus poker, and hit quad Jacks for $675. Kept going because even though I was down about $4k I was nowhere near my bankroll and was leaving in a few hours. After about 30 mins BANG I hit quad Aces for $2k. Was very happy about that and yes if I were playing DDB the payout would've been $4k but I didn't have a kicker so it would NOT have been $10k. At this point I was just ecstatic that my bankroll will be intact for the next trip. With the $300 free play and the $150 cash back from my points (15,000 in less than 48 hours), I played $2 bonus poker and turned that into $500 cash. At this point my "buy-in" was $6k ($3k initial cash plus $3k from the ATM) and I had $3,800 in my pocket. For the next hour before I left I tried to turn that into $4k but wound up settling for $3,500 when it was time to leave. Presidential was waiting for me out front and within 40 mins I was waiting at the gate for the on-time flight home. Thanks for reading and thanks to all of you fellow Wynn-philes for your posts. I hope to be back sometime in the Fall.