Anxiously counting down the days/hours until I'm back in Vegas - this will be my 5th trip and my first for March Madness. I've been a couple of times for opening weekend of the college football season but going for the first weekend of the tournament has always been on my "to-do" list and now it's coming to fruition. I'll be solo until Friday, then joined by a buddy from college. I've been planning this thing for months and was very pleased with how I had my travel all laid out - that is, of course, until Winter Storm Stella jumped on the scene and now everything at the front-end of the trip is (potentially) a mess. Initial plans are to fly out of DCA (Reagan) on Tuesday afternoon and spend the night/most of Wednesday at Lake Tahoe, but the current forecasts have me not holding my breath on that actually happening. If I make it to Tahoe I'll fly into Vegas Wednesday night - if those plans fall through, I have a Wednesday morning flight out of BWI (Baltimore) headed straight to Vegas instead (this one could also be doubtful to leave on time depending on how this storm shakes out but I'm hoping for the best). Accommodations: 3/14: Harrah's Lake Tahoe (again, we'll see if this actually happens at all). Booked a comped room for one night and it'll be interesting to see how they handle the cancellation (any charges?) if my flight gets axed because of the weather on Tuesday. Doubt that I'll do any gambling here since this is more of a sight-seeing excursion but I am open to being flexible. 3/15 - 3/17: Luxor I have a Tower room booked for two nights on an Mlife offer (one night comped, one night paid, $20 Freeplay). I have stayed at Mandalay Bay several times but this will be my first Luxor experience. Only concrete goal I've set for myself here is to eat at Tender one night using the myVegas $75 credit reward. 3/17 - 3/20: The D // I've never stepped foot downtown so I'm very excited to see how this pans out. I definitely appreciate the sites/eye-candy of the strip but the rates for this weekend were such that I needed a different option (plus I have the feeling that the table minimums will be much more in my wheelhouse, even on a weekend like this). Thought about going completely off-strip but worried about sacrificing too much 'atmosphere' so when I found a good deal for a room at The D I snatched it up. 3/20 - 3/21: Rio // I've never stayed here, either, but I booked a Tuesday flight home & needed a good deal on a room for Monday night. My Cosmo offers have disappeared so when I saw this night on my TR calendar for $0 I went for it. Gambling Plans: Going to do my best to stick with small hit-and-run sessions at the tables (blackjack and the live-wheel roulette machines), though I'm not opposed to sitting down at the Pai Gow table for a while to push a bunch of hands and enjoy some drinks. I'll mostly be focused on betting the hoops action and enjoying that aspect of the weekend. At this point it looks like the bankroll will be around $2k for the duration of the trip - no visits to the ATM. As far as watching the games, I'm planning on floating around the various casinos and seeing what's available in terms of space near the sports book or at a bar somewhere. I've been reading the March Madness Facebook Group's posts and just can't justify the price tag of a ticket to one of the watch parties that I've seen advertised. We'll see how that goes. Misc. This will be my first trip in a while that I'm not renting a car - I'll go the Lyft/Uber route instead. Rates for this week combined with the addition of self-parking charges all over town make it a no-brainer for me to approach it this way for this trip. Will likely take advantage of some of the mobile sports-wagering apps that are available - anyone have any feedback to offer? Will attempt once again to make it to The Henry at the Cosmo and try the SREB, but I can't make any promises.