*Mods: If you need to move this until Sunday 6/11, that's fine, just please move it back* - Tried doing a live TR last year and had issues posting w Tapatalk, so calling this a "Semi-Live" TR, but will try to provide daily updates. - This trip will be my 5th straight trip to downtown during the summer (9th trip overall). Each summer, my wife, myself and various family members on my wife's side of the family spend a few days in downtown. Over the years, the group has evolved to include family friends as well. This year's group will consist of about 15 people. - For the summer trips, we always book our stay at the Golden Nugget since we typically will all pitch in one of the days to rent a couple of the cabanas in the pool area. Last year, we had a Gold Club suite in the Gold Tower, but didn't feel it was worth the additional cost. We're back to a regular room in the Gold tower this year. - This year, we've switched up the days of the week to get a lower avg nightly room rate (Sunday-Thursday as opposed to Tuesday-Saturday). Last year's flight cost was the lowest we ever paid, about $80 round trip per person, including 1 checked bag each way from DFW. This year, the flight cost more than doubled to about $200 per person round trip with checked bag each way. Total flight + lodging cost should end up being about the same as last year because we had to pay an extraordinarily high room rate for the Friday night last year due to a major concert event at FSE. - The amount and variety of gambling within our group is all over the map. Since I spend the majority of my time gambling, that will be the TR's main focus. I'm almost exclusively a $0.25 level and lower video poker player, but will occasionally play blackjack or craps if I feel like I need a change of pace. This trip, I'll likely be sticking with JOB, with some Pick Em, NSUD and BP mixed in when necessary. So there will be a lot of time spent gambling at Four Queens and the Boyd properties. Our group also tends to make at least one visit to El Cortez during our stay, so I'll likely spend a bit of time playing the $1 virtual blackjack and bubble craps (PUSH THE BUTTON!!!) machines while I'm there. - Since I do play at a lower level and typically spend 12+ hours each day gambling, I do always split the trip bankroll by day and session. If I have a rough stretch during a session, I move down in denomination once I reach a certain level. For example, if I start out with 1000 credits at the $0.25 denom, I will switch down to the $0.10 denom once I reach $100 remaining on the machine (ie, 1000 credits at the $0.10 denom). I'll repeat the same process from $0.10 to $0.05 denom if need be, but of course, my hope is to be able to play at the $0.25 denom the whole trip (wish me luck!). - This year, our group doesn't have as many activities planned as in year's past: Dinner at Therapy downtown (we had lunch here last year and loved it) Partial pool day at the Golden Nugget. Cabana rental is charged by the day (roughly 10 AM - 6 PM), so our group can come and go as they please Find a replacement go-to for pancakes with Dupar's closing (perhaps EAT near El Cortez) Spend lots of time at the MSS Boar's Head Bar, the Cal alcoves and the upright JOB machines at 4 Queens Consume as much alcohol as possible in 4 days Feel free to follow along!