Vegas Report: An Ace of a Trip 5/29--6/5 Background: Pete & I have been to Vegas five times--we were married there in 1999. We go to Tunica regularly. Cast: Me & Pete staying at The Tuscany and one night at Bellagio My Mom & Dad staying downtown at The Plaza Al (Pete's dad) and Eddie (our best friend) bunked together at The Four Queens (also downtown) Saturday--Took Southwest's last non stop to Vegas out of Nashville at 5:30. The flight was smooth and seemed quick even though we had to fly out of the way of storms... Picked up the van and dropped everybody off, then over to check in at The Tuscany. I sent an email a couple of weeks out and asked to have a room with a balcony saved for us since we were arriving late, and, low & behold: they came through. Check in was quick and every single employee we met was extra nice. Our room was huge(600 sq ft)--it had a "living" area, a "kitchen/dining" area complete with a fridge, sink, microwave, and coffee maker, and a huge bathroom with separate soaking tub and shower. The balcony had two chairs and a table. It was an outstanding value. The place is fairly new and everything seemed clean & new including the casino. If you go to The Tuscany's website and take the virtual tours--it is exactly like what they show you. We made the reservation at rack rate which was $107 that first night (Sat) and something like $69 for the nights after that. Casino rate runs about $45 a night mid week. We ended up paying neither. [[Wink]] Oh! There was also a fruit basket in our room with candy, drinks, kiwi, strawberries--with a note from the hotel manager congratulating us on our anniversary. Cool! I had mentioned it when I asked for the balcony. And since we had never played a penny in the place, it was a great touch. The Tuscany is near the strip behind Bally's on Flamingo. This is a great place for folks who go to Vegas every year or whatever and have "been there, done that". It's quiet, the casino is small (but has any game you could want), they have a nice pool, the food is very good and affordable (even at The Steakhouse)--just a great place to vacation, but you can still go see other stuff if ya want to. We really loved it. When we drove around and saw the legions of people walking the Strip, we shuddered and were so happy to go "home" to the Tuscany. Anyhoo, the first night we stayed up all night with our friend Eddie gambling at the Tuscany. They also do not have any machine over $1. And 100% TITO. Could be rather easy to be a "higher roller" here. Didn't win, but played all night! When we drove Eddie back downtown, we had a meal at The Las Vegas Club's diner--Pete & Eddie had the graveyard steak & eggs special ($1.99) and I had a burger--all terrific. I called my Mom and they were up already, so we went on a Wal Mart run. Bought goodies for our rooms and went back to The Tusc for a nap. It's so hard to sleep in Vegas! Sunday after we slept a little while, we went out to Ellis Island and Key Largo. We ate at Key Largo--very good $1.99 burger & fries deal. Service was good, and we got a great laugh out of the lady that served beverages-- she was Asian. She walks up and says "What you want to drink?!" We told her, then she went to the next table-"What you want to drink?!". LOL. If it wasn't so funny, someone might be offended--we started calling her "The Drink Nazi".LOL. "No drink for you!!" She wasn't mean, just to the point and non social. We enjoyed the laugh. After we ate, Pete hit four 7's on $1 DDB for $250. Yay! That evening we visited The Aladdin. Nice place--played Top Dollar .25 machines long enough to earn a nice logo cap from the slot club and didn't lose too much. Played a little more at home, but called it an early night. I don't know how we got so tired. [:rolleyes] Monday we took my folks and Eddie on a road trip. Al decided to stay behind and bet the greyhounds at The Freemont. In fact, that's about all Al did the whole week, but he was happy so we left him alone. When we were downtown, we knew where to find him! We drove over to Hoover Dam, and then down to Laughlin. I think we'll have to try that again another time. We stopped in at Harrah's , lost too much right away, and was too tired to do much else--so, at least for the time being, we think Laughlin kinda stinks. The river was pretty... Tuesday was double points day at Tuscany, so we stayed around there all day. We were losing on VP and slots, but Pete kept winning that money back on craps. Yes, the crappy craps streak is over!! Altogether Pete won $500-$600 every time he bought in for $200. But we still kept losing at the machines, and ended the day with all the $$ we brought with us lost. So, we wrote a check and hoped that would keep us playing the rest of the week. Wednesday we played & shopped a little downtown, Pete played doggies with his Dad for awhile (yawn), then drove back to the Bellagio with Eddie & my folks. This day was our anniversary--so we treated ourselves to a lake view room at Bellagio. We checked in, and all of us went up to check out our high dollar digs. Wow! We were on the 24th floor overlooking the lake. The view was incredible!! We bought tickets to "O" for us & my folks for that evening. They were $100 each, so I expected to be impressed or else!! It's almost impossible to describe this show--the stage would go from totally dry to being a deep pool of water in seconds. The performers were amazingly talented and flexible! The effects were unbelievable! I can't describe it--we decided they should change the name from "O" to "Whoa!" because that's all we kept saying: "Whoa! Look at that! Whoa! What happened there? Whoa! how did she get her leg all the way around there!?" Really, whoa... Then Mom & Dad caught a cab back downtown, and Eddie went and spent the night in our room at Tuscany. We didn't want to bother with checking out and checking back in the next day, so we just packed a bag to stay at the Bell. We stayed up until almost 2am playing at Bellagio and didn't lose a penny. Broke totally even. We were surprised how we won at Bellagio. And, since we played so long, we went to the Players Club to ask to something to eat. They gave us a comp for two at Cafe Bellagio. This place is only a step and a half below Fairbanks at Hollywood. We ate $80 worth, including the best banana split we've ever had. Great service, too. We only got to sleep about five hours, but we loved being there, and never dreamed we'd get a food comp at Bellagio. Woo hoo! Thursday was also double points day at Tuscany, so we played hard there again that day. That afternoon, we picked up Eddie and took him over to see the Hard Rock casino. We feel only slightly out of place there--lots of young hard bodies walking around--but we settled in at a couple of Five Play .25 and played a good while. Pete caught a couple of hard quads on DDB and we walked out $400 up. Another first! Never won at the Hard Rock. We do like their casino, and we had a good time playing in a booth with two multi-denom Five Plays in front of it. We had our own little VP nook. Fun! We went back to The Tuscany to take advantage of the rest of double points day. We sat together and played 9/6 DDB Five Play quarters. We were both hitting quads like crazy, having the time of our lives, and racking up points! Then, while I was up about $500 on this quarter machine--I was dealt 4 ACES. I held them before I told Pete. After getting over the excitement of a definite win (all five hands were worth at least $200), I finally hit the deal button hoping for at least one kicker. I caught THREE! Total win: $1900. My first taxable win!Wow!It was a dream hand. They paid me quickly and then this security guard insisted he escort us to the room to put the wad in the safe. You never know who's watching you win, he says. Better safe than mugged! We went back and played & played --and right at midnight I saw my points start counting up by one instead of two. LOL. We retired for the evening dead even again and happy. I don't remember exactly when we ate, but we had four meals at Tusc including one at the steakhouse--and it all was delicious and we had terrific service each time. We charged what we ate to our room. Friday we played in the morning at home, didn't lose much. There was this 5 cent progressive 8/5 DDB poker bank that never hit the entire time we were there. It was at $1200 when we started trying for it. We'd play & play until we just couldn't stand it. (it gets mighty tedious playing single line .05 poker for a long time) That bastard was up to over $1400 when we left--it drove us crazy!! We had never seen a nickel progressive so high. There were always seat available too. We knew in Tunica you wouldn't be able to get a seat! Friday we also took my Mom & Eddie to the Venetian and the wax museum. Very cool, very fun, very freaky! Then we took Mom back downtown, and went to The STRAT with Eddie. Rode the Big Shot, saw the sights, played a little, and left. Dropped off Ed and headed back to the Tusc for supper at their steakhouse. Pete had ribs and I had Chicken Marsala. It was great. Played a little more, and headed to bed. Well, I did. Pete played another hour or so on a Triple Play .50 machine. He says he came up about an hour later; I wouldn't know--I went comatose. Saturday was our leaving day. We got our crap together and then went downstairs to negotiate our bill. We had great time there--loved the hotel, loved the casino, loved the staff, loved the food--we have found our new Vegas home. Then, the slot host and the pit boss got together and decided we didn't owe them anything. And we had $60 cash back. We were patting ourselves on the back for a gambo job well done, when they informed us we also had a $250 gift shop comp. Whoa! Again! We did our shopping quickly (had to pick up our dowtowners and get to the airport)--our kid's got more than they ever dreamed, we got plenty of logo stuff , and we were off! We lost only the money we had saved on the side for a year--got everything else back plus all our "compages". We were giddy!! We dropped off the van, checked our luggage and went to play slots until boarding time. Lost a little--then started playing some .25 9/6 DB. I lost my $20 pretty quickly, so I watched and cheered Pete on. He was up a little when he hit a low quad, then he played almost all the out when he hit another low quad, and then he hit 4 ACES! ACES at the AIRPORT! We cashed out $350 which put us at a total gambo loss for the trip of about $700. The flight back went quick and it was a cool 72 degrees in Nashville when we landed. What a trip! We didn't come home millionaires, but we won more than we have in YEARS! (Including the Tunica rapings) We had a ball. We can't wait to go back, because the next time there's no mystery on where we should stay, and we just love it in Vegas! It may be 110 degrees, but there's no mosquitos, and my hair stays styled. (I do not get along with humidity) An ace of a trip, for sure!