Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Vladimir, Nov 5, 2018.
Bummer you got dealt garbage on the 100 play stab. I sadly would be happy with $235 back too.
It’s madness that we’re happy with a $265 loss isn’t it!!
Bartop went reasonably well. Hit quads twice, first was kings (at 50c) that I didn’t get a picture of since I was chatting with the barman, it was followed up with deuces (that my phone won’t allow me to upload), but sadly after I’d dropped back to quarters.
Made it up to around the $200 mark but eventually cashed out for $110.75. About an hours worth of play, which seems like a win given the way things have gone so far!
As a side note - really enjoyed playing at the cosmopolitan, found the Tito drinks system to be very fair and actually beats a lot of places where the bartenders are a little slow.
It’s also a piece of marketing genius, someone with my mentality feels the need to use something I’ve ‘earned’ and therefore played about half an hour more than I intended as it kept crapping out tickets.
As a result I’m now drunk before midday.
Will definitely try an evening session here tomorrow.
My swing for the fences usually consists of $100 in a $5 two-credit slot, or $100 played through $5 video poker!
Afternoon consisted of continuing my walk as far as Excalibur, calling in at most places along the way.
On the way back, I decided to donate $20 to the e-roulette wheel in MGM for no reason. Strategy was simply to put $5 on the 11 for 4 separate spins. Didn’t need them. It hit on the first time. Cashed out $195. Should’ve ‘double doubled’ as the next hit was 22.
Reasonable VP session last night, lasted 2 hours 45 minutes on 25c bartops, having made the decision to switch from dollars to chase the inflated progressive at quarters. Winning nearly half the amount for a dollar royal for a quarter of the bet was appealing.
Managed 3k coin in (which will probably damage my ADT and puts an end to the hope of making ACEplay red this trip), had two quads and nothing much else. 4 to a Royal twice, 3 to a Royal converted to 4 three or four times. Unfortunately phone still won’t let me upload images. Good for a picture trip report eh?
Only really stopped playing as the beer had caught up with me and I thought it would be uncouth to pee at the bar.
One thing of note/frustration, it was noticeable how many ‘dealt’ hands I had. I think at least 8 fulls house within the first 30 minutes and at least the same number of straights over the course of the session. Probably the VP overlords trying to goad me into another spin of 100 play dollars. Just a few hours ago a dealt FH would have netted $4500.
Heading to bellagio and cosmopolitan later so we’ll see......
Had $165 left on a TITO after dinner (steak and lobster at McColls, outstanding and paid for with a dining credit made it even better). Put it into what turned out to be a $15 WOF (15x$1). What was wrong with the good old 3 reel dollar machines??? Needless to say it was gone in about 13 spins. $25 in penny buffalo lasted fewer spins.
Jet lag was catching up with me and I felt I’d done enough punting for the day so turned out to be a very early night.
Day -700, trip -1200.
Last day tomorrow - lets hope for a change of luck and that progressive royal!
Good luck on the finish!
The morning started predictably. Walk downstairs and a couple of coffees whilst playing bartop quarters. Break even and 2 coffees.
Breakfast was the Stratosphere buffet which is again improved.
Next came the monorail, I wasn’t sure where to get off but decided on a walk through Paris/Bally’s.
Crossed over to the Cosmopolitan where only one thing was on my mind. A dealt full house on 100 play $1VP. It went a little better than last time with $250 returned. I had to wait a while as the bill receiver ‘tilted’ whilst being fed, the attendant dealt with it promptly and the machine was back in service, for a moment I thought I was getting a hand pay for the malfunction.
While I was in the chair, I got an offer from Cosmo for $45 freeplay, which was converted to $0 plus a drink ticket in the chandelier bar. The service was very slow so I ended up donating the ticket and heading out.
Afternoon was mixed, lost a bit and won a bit before I decided to take the monorail back home. Started the walk from Bellagio to Paris. On the way I spotted a cash time machine or something of that ilk in Paris. I’ve not managed to spin anything at all this trip and I decide to risk $20 in the darn machine. $100 later I wish I’d decided to get a cab back from bellagio.
Had a couple of hours downtime in the room at the Strat before going down to claim my rightful royal flush at the bar.
Found a machine which was fairly stern to begin with but soon started paying dividends. 11 4oak within 2k coin in. Now that is a return. But unfortunately, I’m here to claim a royal.
At about $1800 coin in I need to answer a call from nature. By $2000 coin in it’s a pretty urgent call, so I cash out, take my card, place a napkin over the machine and head to do what needs to be done.
I return about 180 seconds later to see someone else in my seat, ordering a drink. That’s fine, I’ll stand nearby until they’re done. One of them then removes the napkin and starts poking at the machine. Fine. I go to the other side of the bar and start playing at another.
Eventually they move and I get my machine back. I find some stupid flower themed slot game loaded up. But as I change it back to Video Poker, I notice it still says ‘paid $415’ the exact amount I cashed out (which was incidentally $65 up). I put it down to people not knowing the correct etiquette and carry on playing.
It had obviously upset the machine though, having almost earned the nickname quadzilla, I plummeted to under $300 and was not far off $1000 coin in before the next quad.
Again, the inconvenient call came. At $1000 in, I again cashed out but this time unfolded a napkin and covered the entire screen, to prevent any confusion.
180 seconds later I returned and the lady who had been sitting next but one to me had removed the napkin and started playing. Her friend was the lady who had been playing next to me for the last 30 minutes, this time my intentions could not have been more clear.
To add insult to injury, as I was about 5 steps away from the bar, the barman collected what was left of my beer and threw it away.
“Excuse me!” I say “my beer? I only went to the bathroom”. The bartender rolls his eyes and somewhat reluctantly opens the fridge and gets me another.
At this point I’m -1600 for the trip and now quite annoyed. I go to an adjacent machine and say to the bartender, for the benefit of keeping the peace “not your fault, I left a napkin over the machine but I guess not everyone knows what that means.”
His response “ah, no problem kid”.
Well yes “kid” there was actually a problem, I was just trying to let you know what had happened and that I wasn’t just trying to score a free beer.
Seething, I walk away from the bar and cash out the TITO for my last $250.
Little did I know it but the self importance of that woman and attitude of that bartender were about to change the dynamics of the whole trip.......
I guess you need to put up a sign now? I would not have been so kind to those idiots.
I’d been getting a lot of texts from a friend back home who’d been in town last week. He said 3 of the 4 of them had been up on 3 card poker during their trip, one of them particularly well.
I’ve played a few times and on an occasion in a UK casino I one had a straight flush (paid 35/1 and had £2 on it).
I’ll regrettably I’m not quite sure of the sequence of events as I’d had quite a few beers and spent most of the first 20 minutes at the table complaining about the bar b... erm ladies. The numbers are the same though.
Somehow the gambling overlords decided to stop whipping me. It went OK. A few hands in I was dealt a 5 card full house (on the 6 card bonus thingy) it was a dealer pair on a shoddy hand so I didn’t even know I’d hit it until the dealer flipped my cards. I got into trouble at one point for touching my cards before the dealers hand had been dealt. Didn’t know that was a rule.
The alarms then went off in the casino. The alarm voiceover man said it was necessary to evacuate the building immediately. Nobody did. After about 5 minutes the voiceover man was replaced by a voiceover lady saying the cause of the alarm had been identified, there was no longer an emergency and that everyone should resume gambling with immediate effect. I accidentally touched my cards again and said ‘oops, last time I did that it set all the alarms off’. The dealer laughed, I laughed. Somehow after days of repeating the same ritual of sit, lose, stand, I was starting to enjoy myself again!
It turns out the full house dealer was only the relief dealer. The regular dealer returns and is one of the best I’ve ever encountered. There are 3 other players by now and we pass the time by gently ribbing each other and the dealer, and he’s giving it back to us in droves.
The thing that made things better is he was also giving us chips in droves.
More fulls house, straights and flushes. I’d started out at $5 a spot, but been gently pressing and when I was dealt the best hand, 3 of a kind 2s, I had $15 on the spots. I of course criticised the dealer for not giving himself a 2 and we all had a good joke about it.
We had another relief dealer and I ended up pressing to light green, hit a few more straights and flushes but nothing to match what happened before.
I stuck $1000 to the side and told the relief dealer that was going home with me. She said to make sure it did, she’d seen too many people say that then lose it all (I said that had been me on at least one occasion!), some of the stories stretched to 5 figure swings.
The regular dealer came back and I’d ended up playing heavy green to light black, won a bit, lost a bit, never made up to $1500 but the $1000 remained in tact and is still in my safe at the time of writing. I’d ratholed my initial buy in along the way too, so cashed out $1100.
Lost $50 at roulette.
Three hours earlier I’d been on the verge of flying out of Vegas and never coming back. Now I’m going home with some cash.
I’ll try to back-upload the pictures that were promised from home, when I get there in about 18 hours. I might need Flusher (my Vegas inspiration) to send Jimmy Poon out to the UK on secondment for a week to work it out for me.
Day +500, Trip -700. Back from the brink.
But I still want a Royal and I still need a handpay...
When I go to the washroom while sitting at the bar, I always tilt my chair forward on its legs and put a napkin on the screen and tell the bartender so he will save it for me....I always cash out my TITO though!
Yeah definitely cash out the Tito. Always.
And one time I did the "napkin" myself my beer was also taken away. He was effectively cutting me off as I was pretty drunk. Lol. But we have made amends since.
Good luck on the finish @Vladimir!
Too bad about the $500 spin. A dealt royal would have been nice, but gambling is usually not that accommodating. Hope the end of the trip was lucky.
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