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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. zignerlv

    zignerlv High-Roller

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    Yes, that is a awful "disease" that seems to be spreading lately. They label the game "bonus poker", but it's a version where all four of a kinds pay the same! The Four Queens had it too!
     
  2. tringlomane

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    Not a disease if a casino offers 35/8/5 Bonus. That's better than 9/6 JoB! I've never seen the "full pay" version in Vegas, only in Tunica and St. Louis, but they both got rid of it. Bah.
     
  3. wasilla

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    He actually made clear that he only served that to serious players. Thanks. The same lost paper that I wrote the machine number on is also where I noted the name of your wine. Agree that both Jose and Robert are fantastic and make BHB one of the great VP bars.
     
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  4. wasilla

    wasilla Low-Roller

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    Never seen it either. I think you probably know this, but for anyone else interested, the .25 progressive paid the 30 for 4 OAK. The non-progressives were unchanged,
     
  5. Viva Las Vegas

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    I’ll give 777 another try, hopefully in July. I like their Hefeweizen the best (Ellis Islands as well in terms of home brews, Ellis Island’s Brandy Egg Nog is definitely worth a stop if in town in December.

    I recommend the El Heffe (Jalepanio Hefeweizen) and Morning Joe at Banger Brewing, the easiest of Fremont Street walks.

    Teneya Creeks walk is about the same length as the walk to a HopNuts, possibly closer to Fremont Street, but somewhat dicier. Sometimes there are bums sleeping under the bridge but they are typically sleeping and if not provoked harmless.

    They have a wider range of good beers, the staff are really friendly (especially surfer dreadlocks chill dude) and they have many beers to go and typically a few good guest taps. I also love HopNuts so you can’t go wrong at either.

    Aces and Ales on Nellie is older than their fancier spot on Teneya Way close to Summerlin, but the original spot is about a half mile north of Sam’s Town.Take Nellis North past Boulder Highway and it’s about four or five blocks north of Sam’s town. They have a broad range of styles from top regional and national brews. I find it easier getting Goose Island Bourbon County there each December than battling the neck beards in Chicago. Many other great West coast and national breweries, and always a few Las Vegas local offerings.

    I also like hitting breweries direct for the freshest beer, but Aces and Ales has a good following and turns over their beer regularly, keep their draft lines clean.

    If you get to Reno, make sure to check out Revision Brewing, you can pick up their pours at Total Wine and Kouhry’s in Henderson.

    I agree with Tringlomane it is not worth gambling for “comped” pours at great beer pour pay table bar machines. Stick with the “full pour” beers, only play “full pay” machines.

    Now, back to the awesome degenerate video poker gambling trip report.
     
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  6. wasilla

    wasilla Low-Roller

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    Friday 5/31/16 at Golden Gate.
    I start the D with a late breakfast at the D for an ham, sausage and cheder omelet and use the last of my May food credit + a couple dollars comp. Their hash browns are usually undercooked for my tastes. For some reason it actually finally occurred to me to ask for them crispier and they did! It was pretty good. I also slept great in my room.
    I had already used my FP coupon on a previous trip, but I did use my $100 FP for $10,000 through. The clock started at noon. The GG has the same BP game as the Vue, but the progressive is a whole different animal. The game is played so little, that you are often chasing your own money. I plan to gamble this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow morning hoping that I cash in on some other people's money. I didn't record the progressives. That morning the 4 OAK was around $37, SF mid $70 to $90's and I think the RF was under $1,100. The only change when I started playing was the a quad had been hit.
    I'm going to record this just like I did the Vue bar to show any similarities or contrasts.
    You can't play FP on these machines so I ran my $20 through at the bar playing 8/6 BP dlx at 12:06 PM. It turned into $25 as I drank a delicious stout.
    I moved to the progressives and lost that $25 at 12:24 and I inserted my first hundred and hit sevens at 12:34 for $34.00. At 1:10 I was dealt sixes for $34.25. For some reason I was tired and distracted. I held 3 of the sixes and only saw the quad at the last second. I lost a hundred at 1:27 and decided a break was in order. I went to my room, napped, watched TV and wrote a trip report entry.
    I resumed playing at 5:00. The break had helped. I lost $100 at 5:27. At 5:30 I hit eights for $37.10, at 6:12 I hit tens for $37.15, at 6:15 Jacks for $31.25, at 6:29 sevens for $34.80 and threes for $50 at 6:30 PM. After a quick run of quads, the game slowed. For a while there were 5 or 6 people playing so the progressives were growing this evening.
    Getting a beer was surprising difficult. I asked the first server for a stout. She asked which one and I said Stone. She asked if that was the one on tap and I said yes. She brought me a Stone IPA. I told her I liked that beer and was happy to drink it, but that they also had a stout that I would prefer. She was nice and patient and brought me a stout her next time through. Drink service went well until she left. The next server didn't know what a Stout was and didn't speak enough English to learn. She kept offering me random beers until we settled on an IPA. Another server also didn't get the Stout thing, so I ordered stone's delicious IPA that was on tap, but got a bottle of their standard IPA. I don't know the name of that stout, but, if you want it, learn the name. It will probably help.
    I took a quick bathroom break and left a card in the reader, a water bottle on the seat, and a beer, notebook and pen on the machine. When I returned a guy had taken the neighboring machine and had put his ashtray that someone had just used to put out a smoke in on my machine. I sarcastically thanked him for sharing and he acted like I didn't exist. I didn't exactly call him a jack ass, but I wasn't hiding my feelings either.
    The quad had grown and I focused on hitting it. Ashtray sharer hit threes. I hit eights for $43 and Ashtray sharer headed for a slot machine. I lost another $100 at 8:40
    At 9:00 I hit tens, but forgot to record the amount. At 9:48 PM, I drew a club to fill out a $148 SF. At 10:06 I hit Queens for $38.35.
    The only progressive left was the RF for $1,110. I decided to take a break and let them grow. I was down $260 and only had 568 points.
    I had a 777 brewpub comp from yesterday. I used it for a cheese burger and 23 oz Saison.
    I resumed at 12:15, hit sevens for $32.60 at 12:30, Aces (with kicker) for $100 at 12:40, sixes for $34.20 at1:06, dealt tens for $34.65 at 1:47, dealt fives for $31.80 at 1:55. I was exhausted, but continued playing. At 2:18 I held an Ace and drew 3 more for $100. I lost $20 in 10 minutes and cashed out at 2:27. I was down $200 for the day and had 777 points, I take that as some sort of cosmic signal of good fortune to come.
    I went to my room pretty tired, set a 7:00 AM wake up, and went to bed. Tomorrow, before noon, I want to play 223 more points ($2,230), play my FP and check out. I'm moving back to MSS.
     
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  7. wasilla

    wasilla Low-Roller

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    Informative and funny. Thank you.
     
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    Does anyone know if either of theses have happy hours and what those HH's might entail?
     
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    Saturday Morning, 6/1/19

    I got 7 AM wake up call but was sluggish. GG, doesn't have coffee makers and getting a Baily's and coffee was big motivator to finally get me out the door.
    The table games are fully, staffed, but no one is playing this early. The bar and floor machines have few patrons.
    I started playing at 8:10. Hit trees for $50 at 8:16 and fives for $36.50 at 8:33. I lost a hundred at 9:18 and another hundred at 10:28.
    Still no server. They have multiple slot attendants and cleaning staff milling about with little to do. Management is making frequent rounds. A host even came out and gave me his card, asking me to call next time I came, whether I'm staying there or not. This is the most staffed up, I've seen this place. I'm reminded later that this is the sport's book no vig day.
    At 10:20 I'm dealt fives for $39. The extra progressive money is almost all mine. At 10:30, I'm dealt a Spade SF. I quit up $35 for the day with 1,050 points over 2 days. I'm down $165 + $20 FP over 2 days.
    As I head to the player's desk to get the $100 FP, A Server finally appears. I've got a $120 FP including my June offer to play at the bar. I try to order a Baily's and Coffee, but the server has completed her rounds and wants to fill her order. I don't think this is irony, but there must be a name for it. I play $120 FP through 8/6 BP Dlx. I don't hit a quad, but I do finally get a Baily's and coffee. I was in a hurry and forgot to record my final losses but the final ticket was cashed out for $428, which I believe put me in the down $97 over the 2 day GG play. The points are worth $50 and I have a $25 MP that I'll use on a trip going worse than this one.
    I think the extra progressive totals were about $168. $111 of that was SF money. It didn't feel like that much, but it added up. I add the $140 FP I played, the progressive money and my almost $100 loss and see the importance of playing advantages. If I'm playing all my own money at a straight 8/5 machine, I'd have lost $400. I state these #'s like they are precise, but my record keeping had suffered again, so I'm calling it ballpark.
    The machines had 5 or 6 players for maybe a few hours. I hit both of the SF's and all but one or two of the Quads. For most of the time it was me alone or with a person or two that were playing.
    I checked out right before noon and headed for MSS.
     
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  10. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    https://www.lasvegashappyhour.net/downtown/

    My downtown favorites:

    Pizza Rock: $2 off drafts, $5 personal pizzas and appetizers (4-6 and 10 til close).

    777: $2.50 all so so beers and saisons (3-6 pm).

    Teneya Creek: $3 drafts and more (4-7 pm).

    HopNuts $4 (4-7 pm).

    Banger $5 (1-3 pm).
     
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  11. wasilla

    wasilla Low-Roller

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    Thank you. Banger also has a 9 to 11PM HH. 777 also has a M-F late night HH from 11 PM to like 2 AM. I recall Hop Nuts being everyday. Teneya Creek looks pretty inexpensive. Looking forward to a visit.
     
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    Saturday afternoon and night 6/1/19

    The walk from GG to MSS is short. That was good because Vegas is starting to get hot. I think that it was running like 40 degrees below normal. Things have changed. My room wasn't ready so I left my bag and headed to BHB. I had some coffee and Bailey's drinking to catch up on. I started playing .25 JOB at 12:15 PM. I still needed 58 TC's to maintain Sapphire and today just might be the day.
    I hit kings at 12:31, sixes at 12:57, and Queens at 1:30. I had switched to White Russians. I was drinking my breakfast and was already a little drunk after the first couple. I cashed in even at 1:50 with 438 points.
    I started too late to earn the 30 TR's required for the brunch buffet so I ate a late breakfast/lunch at the noodle house using my $20 room credit. I had the cashew chicken. It was basically flavorless. Nothing about it was bad, it just wasn't tasty. I also had a couple of Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA. This is a nectar of a well balanced 9% IPA.
    I restarted at BHB. I was drinking IPA's and a rum punches and started playing again at 5:20PM.
    I hit Jacks at 5:55, lost $100 at 6:23. I took a break at 7:06 down an additional $80. I lost another $20 and was down $200 for the day at this bar and I only had 949 points.
    gutshotSF introduced himself and we got to talk about China and Vegas for a while.
    At 8:52 I drew for Aces and I quit at 9:00 PM still down $200 with 1015 pts and $11 in scratch card. And yes I got one for $3. A moral victory, but not a great VP performance.
    I ordered a last IPA, took it to my room and drank it with my leftover cashew chicken.
     
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    Sunday, 6/2/19 MSS

    Even though I went to bed early, I got up late. I had slept like 11 hours, and was still a bit sluggish. I made some coffee and was gradually picking up steam. I had finished my Jerry's nugget éclair and fudge cake at Golden Gate. One of them would have made a great breakfast this morning.
    I didn't have a Boyd food comp today. It would still take 30 TC for the brunch and I had started way too late for that. GutshotSF had started early, milked some slot for a couple hundred, and had already eaten. I felt a bit like an underachiever. My closest free meal was at Binion's or 4 Q's. I wasn't hungry enough to make the walk yet. I hit BHB and started playing .25 JOB at 12:40 PM
    I drew Aces at 12:50, 2's at 2:14, 5's at 2:41, 7's at 4:10, Q's at 4:41, 7's at 6:26, 's at 6:46, 7's at 7:05, 9's at 7:12 and Kings at 7:20. My credits dropped as low as 190,, but were usually above 400.
    The host was on break and I had over 2,000 points. I asked a slot attendant for a brew pub comp, and they gave me $20. I find getting comps at my machine much more consistent than asking a host. I got the same $20 comp with 2,000 points and a slight win as I got from a host with 6,000 points and a 2 to 3 hundred loss. I cashed out up $100 at 8:05PM for what I thought was a break . I had 2,074 points and $23 in scratch cards.
    Usually I hit 777 at happy hour when $20 goes pretty far. They had taken the Saison off and replaced it with its June beer, a Mango Hefeweizen .I suspect it will run out pretty fast.
    My day ended prematurely as, once I went to my room, I never left it.
     
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    That is some shelf life on the eclair, 5 days? You had a fridge all those days to keep it? Even still, the custard tends to separate by 2-3 days, and the pastry would be mush from the custard moisture.

    I didn't know that info about the slot attendants having that much comp authority there. Interesting! How do they look up your points? Have you put your card in another machine for it to show today's points?
     
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    This is points, not tier points? That's good to know. Is this another way that Ruby holders get screwed? As I understand it, there is no point accumulation until you are sapphire.
     
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    Yeah ruby players don't earn spendable points until they become Sapphire, which requires 750 Tier Credits. And for VP, 750 tier credits is equal to a $375 theoretical loss.

    We've had Boyd employees flat out tell us to play on my gf's dad's card instead because he's Sapphire and we're not since we could earn him points. It's such a BS policy.
     
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    I think you are talking about Stone Xocoveza. It is a fantastic beer that I was shocked it was on tap there, it will get you there in a hurry too at 8.1%. Ordering it is the hardest part, half the time I can't remember or pronounce the name the other half the staff doesn't have a clue what it is unless you are at the bar. I think I know the CW you are talking about, last time it was impossible to get her attention to order and when I could she had no clue. I gave up and ended up ordering Firestone Walker 805 which is a nice session beer.
     
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    Yeah, if that was at the D in April, I'm annoyed I didn't have it now. I thought it was at the GG only... That beer is delicious, and pretty pricey in stores, $16/6 pack here.
     
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    Doh, I just binged a large portion of the TR and thought that day was at the GG. I didn't think they had a stout on tap at The D.
     
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    Yeah neither did I (well except Guinness), but I only played at Vue briefly with @Scott Blair. I didn't get anything from Longbar.

    The two most popular stouts Stone has are Xocoveza and Coffee Milk Stout (which I still haven't had). W00t Stout is good too, but no way the D would be offering a 13% abv Seasonal. Lol
     
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