The day has arrived and the hour is approaching. At 4:00 PM I’ll will embark upon my favorite 4 hour road trip from Orange County to Vegas. Being that it’s Friday, traffic will probably be a nightmare so it might even be 5 hours. Doesn’t matter! The drive out to Vegas is part of the experience. By the time you wind through the desert and descend into Primm, your imagination is full of the endless possibilities that await. Side note: the drive back from Vegas is utter shit. Four hours of traffic and mundane scenery while nursing a hangover sucks. Perspective is a hell of a drug. Anyway. I’ll be staying downtown at the Golden Gate for three nights. This is a father/son trip that has been long in the works. My dad (who I will refer to as ‘D’ ) flew into town last night and is staying at the Linq until Saturday when he will join me downtown at the Golden Gate. He’s never stayed downtown and I’m hoping he will love it as much as me. This should be a pretty standard trip report, consisting mostly of craps stories, with a few BJ and slot runs here and there. Food will be pretty cheap and unremarkable with the exception of dinner at Andiamos on Saturday. (I have a habit of only eating chili dogs from American Coney) I’m a fairly low roller, so if you’re looking for pumpkin chips, look elsewhere. My gambling budget for three days is $1.5k plus $100 free table play I get with my offer at Golden Gate. Speaking of Golden Gate, let me give them a little plug. I play pretty consistently everywhere I go. I used to stick to the strip, but then I got tired of the nickel and dimming and moved my action downtown. At craps I’ll play the pass line with full odds and place anywhere from two to three numbers and work up from there. At BJ I start at $25 a hand and go up depending on luck. For that kind of play, I’ve gotten mid week offers for two free nights from Boyd, and up to three free nights at DTG and ElCo. Golden Gate on the other hand gives me 4 free nights a month with no blackout days, $100 table play, and $25 F&B... so needless to say, I’m a big fan. Plans for the trip include: 1. Dinner at Andiamo 2. Golden tiki 3. NFL on Sunday 4. And maybe neon boneyard (I haven’t gotten tickets yet and I’m not sure if they are available) I’m really looking forward to relaxing this trip. I’ve got three small kids at home and work has been non stop lately. Aside from spending time with the old man, I’m looking forward to getting a lot of alone time. On the gambling side, my goal is to triple my BR. My wife and I are coming back to Vegas in January for her birthday and she’s always wanted to stay at the Cosmo. I’ve already checked rates and they want like 2K for three nights and that’s out of the question. I’m not paying that much for rooms in Vegas... UNLESS I’m using their money. So if I can leave this trip with 4K I can comfortably book the one bedroom terrace with fountain view for my wife’s birthday. For traditions sake, here is my obligatory ‘Vegas necessities’ pic: This is the first time my bank has had $2 bills so I’m hoping their good luck. See you all in Barstow!