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22 days of VP in downtown Vegas May 21st to June 13th

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by wasilla, May 29, 2019.

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  1. KKB

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    ALWAYS!
     
  2. HHW

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    I have loved this report. Thank you for sharing so much detail!
     
    Back to Vegas at last!
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  3. wasilla

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    I'm sorry for the delay. I misplaced my notebook. Finally found it.

    6/13/19, Thursday at MSS. Leaving Vegas sometime today.

    I've flown 60,000 miles this year and been away from home over 90 days. The ticket I have departs Vegas around 8:40 PM to Seattle. The Seattle to Anchorage leg doesn't depart until 6:00 the next morning. When I get to Anchorage, I still have to get downtown to catch a bus 50 miles north to Wasilla. I'll miss the frequent morning buses and will have to wait until the afternoon to depart Anchorage. It's a work day, but I think that I can catch a ride home from there. The itinerary sucks even by my standards. I slept in a car getting to vegas, and I can certainly sleep in an airport getting back, but it will be a 24 hour day going from hotel to home. It was by far the cheapest ticket available, and, hey, they're first class upgrades.
    I had an 8:30 wake up call, but I was up earlier calling into the MVP Gold line to try and take advantage of the free same day ticket change the status offered. Since the legs were ticketed for different days, they were having trouble making changes. I wanted just to take their around 12:30 AM Seattle to Anchorage flight, but they couldn't figure it out. I actually had to tell the agent what the flight # was because she couldn't find it.
    I decided to keep my 8:40 flight out of Vegas and deal with the Anchorage leg later.
    I got a 1:00 PM check out and used my tournament buffet comp. Breakfast was identical to yesterdays except that todays donut was a glazed old fashion.
    I went back to my room and checked out a little before 1:00. I saw RF guy at BHB. Things had continued to go bad yesterday, but today he had just hit back to back quads. I don't think the attendant had even left his machine. I wasn't too worried about him anyway. He'd hit 2 RF's and aces with a kicker his first 2 days. I had told him about the benefits of playing 4 Q's, especially with the June promotion. He seemed overly concerned about short playing MSS. Turns out his offers are better than mine, but one day of play at his level at 4 Q's would get him more. On top of that, he never uses those offers. He only plays tournaments, and they are the same tournaments I get invited to with half the coin through. He asks me if I'm headed back to triple play. I tell him that triple play BP is strictly a point multiplier day play and head to the Cal to play through my $50 FP.
    I choose my favorite 10/7 DB machine. Its been in 3 different locations. I've found it and hit at least one RF each time. This time I only plan to play through the $50. I can play 10/7 DB at MSS and get scratch cards. I cash out for...….. $50. Back to MSS.
    I start .25c JOB at the BHB at 1:30. I have 1 coffee and Bailey's before switching to Oleg's special recipe White Russians.
    I hit 4's at 1:46 .At 1:55 I'm dealt A,K,10,J f Spades. I still think that this would make for a great closing chapter. I draw the Jack of Clubs. Would have been close enough in horse shoes.
    Hit aces at 2:00 and 7's at 2:16. I cashed out at 3:05 with 430 points. I was up $50.
    I still had $15 left on my June D food comp and headed there. As I exited the Cal, I saw the Binion's display flash 106 degrees.
    Lunch was the popcorn shrimp basket.
    I stopped by the Vue Bar construction. They'd pulled back the curtains and it did not look like a lot had changed. My favorite machine had been one of the pair on the far side that was closest to the door. My local VP friend's favorite machine was the other one. I'd spent dozens of enjoyable hours playing there. Maybe they just haven't put them back yet.
    I'm walking back to MSS past the places that have been my home for 3 weeks. While I expect to be back, i'll never relive this experience. I'm ready to go home, but saying goodbye this time is harder than usual. The Saxophone guy is already into his first set as I cut into Binion's. I detour past the machine I played last month. Someone is actually playing it! The RF has grown to $1,472. It might be a great play by the time I get back.
    I restart .25 JOB at BHB at 4:17 PM. I haven't seen RF guy since I went to the Cal. I bet he's playing the 4 Q's promotion. Jose is there. I didn't expect to see him today and had said my goodbyes yesterday. He offers me an IPA, but I have better IPAs at home. I order a last rum punch. I tell him the story of losing the $350 ticket. He looks surprised and has a right to be. I count my wallet's money. I have $26 left of the money I brought for tips and transport. I've got $582 gambling money. I slid a last $80 into my last machine.
    I hit 6's at 4:22 and again at 4:30. I hit 8's at 4:30. Jose thinks that lightning is striking. It would be on DB, but the credits aren't accumulating on JOB. When my credits drop to 400, I cash out up $20. and with 536 points. I finished the day up $120 and $12 in scratch cards.
    I'm nursing my rum punch, Rob comes in and Jose goes on break. I go to the cage and cash out my ticket and get my bag. No one is gambling around me and I'm left with my own thoughts. I exchange some pleasantries with Robert, but he soon is hustling as usual to fill orders. The bar has filled up quickly. I said good bye to him yesterday.
    My Chariot awaits.
    I give up my seat at the bar and shoulder my pack. I don't generally make much of an exit.
    I have to walk to my pick up point. As I exit the Cal, I don't notice the Binion's temperature display, but its hotter now. I exit Binion's.
    My ride's here.
    I slide my dollar fare into the airport bus. It's the horse I rode in on.
    I am painfully aware that I'll never be here again regardless of how many more trips I make. I'm a little sad while feeling incredibly fortunate. My energy crashes again and I doze off a few times.
    I'm the only passenger left at the last stop.
    Alaska doesn't have a large enough presence to have a help desk. An agent at a gate doesn't think the flight I want exists. I can get into the Club lounge with Priority Pass and look up the flight number there. I call the MVP line again and it goes better. The agent is able to get me on the 12:40 AM Anchorage flight and she is able to get me a premium window seat. I text my friends.
    The Club improved its food offerings. I had the curry chicken, enchilada soup, merlot, and real MM's. Some Clubs have swapped in knock off candies. Guess that doesn't fly in Vegas, home of the MM store.
    I went to the counter to get a new boarding pass. A different agent, standing by the prior agent, indicated that he might be able to do that. I think that I was able to unoffensively let him know that he was perfectly capable of performing this task. I had the new pass in a couple of minutes.
    The flight was comfortable. They gave me a couple of pinots and a nut mix. I actually still had some bbq potato chips from 777 and ate those as well. The flight got in early, so I had plenty of time getting to my next gate. I was hoping for another 1st class upgrade when I saw that I was somehow 1st on the list. The gate agent checked and said they were all spoken for.
    This flight was also comfortable they gave me an IPA, some jerky, and their MVP Gold candy bar. I nodded off a lot as I watched a movie on my laptop. The sky was cloudy, but the Alaska mountains started poking through, It's light enough to see. There's nothing like climbing a mountain engulfed in clouds and breaking in to sunlight looking down on them.
    We land a little after 3:00 AM. Anchorage is a great airport to sleep in, but I'm not really tired. I spend a lot of time writing the last trip entry. Time passes quickly. The first bus downtown is scheduled to leave at 6:12 arriving at 6:31. The first Wasilla bus leaves at 6:30. The only other time I've ridden it, it took a few minutes to leave so I have reason to be hopeful.
    The bus is a few minutes late. A guy I peg as a Native from a village asks me about fares. It's $1 for me $2 for him. It's cool outside. A breeze makes it a little cold. Eight of us board. Usually its just me and maybe another guy. Anchorage traffic is slight this time of morning and the driver can make up the time. I'm struck by how green the city is. I'm glad to be home.
    We arrive at 6:32. The Wasilla bus is gone. Some days that would bother me, but I'm more serene than usual. A sit on the ledge of a planter for my hour wait. A couple people strike up conversations. The guy from the village is actually from California. There is obviously going to be a story there, but his bus comes. I've worked residential treatment or taught in prisons since the early 80's Most times, I run into a former student during a long wait, but not today. An hour in my own head passes quickly. Once I knew when I was getting to Wasilla and what the drop off point would be, I texted for rides. Haven't heard back yet from anyone who could do it.
    The Wasilla bus arrives at 7:23. I put $7 in. It's the last bills I'll be sliding into a machine for quite a while. It leaves a couple minutes early. I'm the only passenger. The trip is beautiful. I still don't have a ride, so I borrow $20 from my gambling winnings for a probable cab ride. The 6:30 bus would have dropped me 6 miles from my home. This bus's stop was further away. I definitely wouldn't be walking home. A text came saying that a ride was on it's way. A few minutes standing in the cool air of the park and ride and my ride's here.

    Life was waiting for me when I came home. My house was a mess. I've been traveling for a good part of the year and I seemed to always be rummaging through my stuff to find the things I wanted for the next trip. Now I have stuff strewn every where. I have days of cleaning ahead of me. I was exhausted and took a 6 hour nap. I figured that would screw up my sleep schedule, but I was back in bed at midnight and slept for 8 hours more. It was still light when I went to bed. I also still have my studded snow tires on. It would draw quite a fine. I need new summer tires but there was a blizzard the day I was in Anchorage to get them. I tried to drive to Anchorage yesterday to get the new tires, but my car was dead. Looks like I need a new battery as well. I'll try again tomorrow.
    It's nice being home.

    I thank those who have followed along. When I compared this to the popular trip reports it seemed like I was screening a low budget indie film in a theater people go to watch blockbusters. It was gratifying to see that many of you appreciated my effort.

    I wanted to show people what a comped gambling trip looks like, so I'll figure out how to do a sort of recap that spells out more details.
     
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  4. Eddyhazkell

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    Thanks for the great trip report! It has definitely inspired me to play the progressives at the Vue bar during my trip in a couple of weeks.
     
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  5. DiamondJim21

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    Nice travel day report to finish out your trip. That's a whale of a travel itinerary. Thanks again for writing.
     
  6. pooh@NCSU

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    One of my fav reports to follow, felt I could have been in your shoes. Probably b/c I would have loved such a trip.
     
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  7. GamblingGolfer

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    Thanks for a great ride! I thoroughly enjoyed your attention to detail and didn't miss lots of pics at all. A great writing style finished it off. We were supposed to be up your way this September (cruise ship tour from Anchorage to Fairbanks, but canceled it. I did live in the panhandle many years ago, when bears roamed the streets, etc. I'll get back at some point.

    GG
     
  8. Nikkid21

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    Great trip report - Thankyou for taking the time to write
     
  9. Kobra2848

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    I really enjoyed your report. Hopefully one of these years I make it up to Alaska.

    Mark
     
  10. nfajgmbr03

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    Enjoyed the report. I'm used to pictures but your description of things was more than sufficient to keep checking it daily. Glad you had a good time.
     
  11. CheeseHeadsForever

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    Great trip report!!!! I enjoyed following along every day.
     
  12. zignerlv

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    Great trip and report! Almost reminds me of the summer long Sionow trip reports from a few years back!

    Love the non pic, against the grain, aspect. I don't need to see 200 of your 4-of-a-kinds, and 100 of your almost royal flushes! This report would be 50 pages, and hard to read, if you did!

    How about putting up a summary post with your personal overall highlights/takeaways (good ones and bad ones) for the entire the trip when you get a chance?
     
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  13. tringlomane

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    That does bring up something though. Do you have a grand total of how many quads you hit @wasilla for the trip? Any estimate of total hands played?
     
  14. mwig

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    Is a lot and a whole lot sufficient? LOL
     
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    I enjoyed following along on your trip! You did a good job of taking us along with you and even showing some of us strip folks what downtown is all about. I thought I read all of your posts but I'm not sure I understand what you are saying below. Why will you "never be here again"?

     
  16. D in the D

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    Wow.....what an awesome report! Thanks for sharing all of it.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your report.
     
  18. wasilla

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    Every trip is different. Each will be for around a couple weeks, I'll go to the same casinos, play the same machines, and order the same drinks from the same bartenders. What changes is the people I talk to and what kind of ride the games take me on. I really enjoyed this trip. I might have a better one someday, but I'm not holding my breath.
     
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  19. wasilla

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    I'm going to try to find that TR. I'm happy to post a summary.
     
  20. tringlomane

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    The way you worded it to me, you weren't coming back to Boar's Head Bar ever again. So that was a bit confusing, imo.
     
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