So…. I have never written a trip report before although I have enjoyed decades of travel to Las Vegas. Over those years I have had the good fortune to meet many VMBers that do write great ones. Even though this effort will not measure up, lack of current competition is in my favor. This trip was very timely considering the rapid closings and eventual shutdown of all hotel/casino operations right after I left. I was fortunate to experience the “Vegas” that we all enjoy right before that ambiance ended for the foreseeable future as well as attending MLB and NHL games. I share everyone's anxiety over what our next trip will be like. This summary will be a bit of a ramble of what I remember as I remember it since a few months have gone by and without structure is the way I do Vegas anyway. I am including a short pregame trip to Biloxi taken one week before my Vegas trip in order to include some VP pics. I really did not play much VP in Vegas and did not take any other gaming pics so thought I would at least include these. Pregame I had some pregame activity in Biloxi prior to Vegas, Feb 18th thru the 22nd while meeting up with some family there. Stayed at Beau Rivage and spent most time playing bar top poker with my uncle while the ladies played the slots. The day we arrived I lost but after that it was all wins. No live poker since it was a group get together, but I won about $1000 playing blackjack and craps and $1500 on video poker. Late the second night I got this one on an old upright full pay double bonus machine (thank you vpfree2). Wheel of Fortune machine reflections on the pic. Next was at the sports bar that had a nice craft beer selection, but they would not comp the good IPA’s. I paid for my beer, pulled up a playable triple double bonus game and was rewarded. Holding two cards was the charm on this trip. Then the last day I was sitting at the Breeze bar in the morning sipping coffee with my uncle and pulled this one. The funny thing was I did not even remember that the King and Jack were suited, and we were talking so it took a few seconds for me to look down and there it was. Never saw the draw after I hit the button in robotic fashion. Overall, we had a great time in Biloxi while padding my bankroll for Vegas. Vegas A little over a week later, the Vegas trip started on March 1st out of Houston Hobby on a 7am flight. Not what I wanted to do since I live about 40 miles from the airport and had to leave the house at o dark thirty, but what I had to do so that I could attend a spring training baseball game between my Cleveland Indians and the Oakland A’s at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. Flight landed around 10am, picked up my rental, stopped for a forgettable quick bit somewhere and off to the ballpark. =- I wish I could say it was a beautiful day for baseball, but it was not. Cold, gusty winds ahead of a front that brought overnight rain made the conditions much less than optimal. For example, the left fielder for the Tribe missed catching a fly ball because a big gust of wind sent it 6 feet away at the last second. But I can say I saw an Indians baseball game this year in person (in full Chief Wahoo wear I might add) in my favorite home away from home! So, let me take that back, it WAS a beautiful day for baseball! Following the game, I drove to the Cosmopolitan for two nights and then stayed two nights at Bellagio. Here are some Cosmo and Bellagio pics. Hold up your cocktails, wine glasses and beers for a toast until next time! I play poker for the most part and this trip was no exception. The poker room crowds were lacking visitors while the local nits were out in force. As a result, my poker room time was greatly reduced albeit profitable due to some great timing for pocket pairs. On the last hand of poker that I played on the trip at Bellagio I flopped quad queens to a guy holding aces (your silver strikes are still lucky card protectors for me @DaiLun). He almost choked on his beer when he saw an ace on the board with the two queens after three betting and reraising before the flop (there’s nothing better than to see an opponent light up like a neon sign when you flop the nuts). I slow played, he pushed hard, and I dodged the last ace and felted him for a little over $2k. He was irate, his local buddies at the table were also quite unhappy and I sensed some payback would be coming. It was subtle collusion for the most part by the locals during play, but I sensed that now it would move up a notch. Gave the dealer a couple blacks and left. A day earlier, following hours in the Wynn poker room, I discovered that I was starving and headed to the buffet. One of my closest poker buddies coined it appropriately many years ago when he made the 4am drunken proclamation “Need Intake!” which pretty much sums up the situation when you have been gambling and drinking hard and you finally recognize that the tank is on empty. Immediate food consumption is critical, anything will do, but unfortunately it is almost always immediately followed by a crash into a food coma. I rarely take food pics but I did take one of the potato pancake station there. Yes, they were very good but, no surprise, it was nap time immediately afterward. I wonder if their buffet will return? Tuesday night was the second sports event I went to, the Vegas Knights versus the New Jersey Devils. Decent game, great atmosphere, and the final home game for the Knights before the remainder of the season was suspended. Really glad I caught the last home game played which will have to last me to at until next season at the earliest. Yikes @FormallyTD, I really had locked in winners for the NHL playoffs this year! The inside joke here is that last year I went 0-8 betting on first round playoff winners and lost plenty. Heck, I even bet against your Blues @tringlomane after convincing you to bet on them and they win the championship! I need redemption bad. Moving on, here are some Bellagio conservatory pics for Chinese New Year. Which brings me to my final pic. I also take long walks every morning. Caught up to these two on their way to work. Even super heroes may need an unemployment check this go around. Gambling, Observations and Final thoughts Unlike Biloxi I hit absolutely nothing on VP but still had a few table sessions that came out ok. Up and down on blackjack, UTH, craps and even a little roulette for a change. Looking back, I was a bit gambled out after pretty much nonstop play in Biloxi and enjoyed more non-gaming activities. Flights both directions were half full at best. My favorite bartenders, dealers, waitresses, etc. were all very worried about a potential shutdown and how they were going to manage their finances. Before I arrived, I really did not think about the virus much but once I got there and had a little down time to think about it, yeah this is going to be a problem. I went to CVS to get some hand sanitizer and their shelves were packed with inventory. I bought a 2oz one to carry around, should have filled the suitcase with the stuff. Used it everywhere I went for peace of mind, glad I did. Bankroll did take a hit dining at Julian Serrano (I LOVE the octopus there and sampled a number of Spanish reds), MAG (one long, mimosa fueled morning breakfast watching the world go by sitting at what I believe is your table in the corner, on the rail @Sonya) and Prime (a good bottle of cabernet with a great NY strip the last night). Really just enjoyed being in town and taking a bit of a leisurely time of it. As a matter of fact, I have yet to dine in a restaurant since enjoying myself at these three venues, only utilizing takeout since I got back home. Not a bad swan song until I can return and enjoy the same level food quality, service and ambiance. Throughout the visit I was over tipping everywhere thinking that this party is going to be over for awhile. Sadly, it still is.