Been lurking on the board for a while, did a trip recap after my last trip with the wife in August when we stayed at Encore. We got married at Bellagio in March and hadn't been back since, and this will be my first trip since then, and this is a guys trip. Typically a BJ and light craps player, with a little slots and VP mixed in. Really excited to check out Circa this year, likely for multiple gambling sessions and maybe to watch some NFL on Saturday or Sunday. Since I can remember, there has been a group of ~30-50 guys from my small Ohio hometown that have been going to Vegas the first weekend after New Year's, typically it works out to be either the weekend before or after CES. It is quite the range of ages, from 30-80. About 5 years ago, my best friend and I decided to join in the fun and have been going ever since. Everyone stays downtown, some go Thursday-Tuesday, some Saturday-Sunday, and everything in between. The great thing about downtown is that it is easy to run in to people you know with a group of that size, no matter the casino you are in. The first year I was leery about downtown, as my first 10 years of Vegas had all been on the strip, in progressively nicer casinos in progressively nicer rooms. But I have no problem making the Golden Nugget Rush Tower home for a few days, feel that it is every bit as nice for standard rooms as all but the top tier strip properties, certainly the best downtown before Circa. The crowd is thinned significantly this year, as most of the older crowd has chosen to skip this year in favor of 2022. Not sure on the actual number of people, but I'd guess it is still 10-20. Logistics Flying direct from Colorado Springs to Vegas on Frontier for the bargain price of $32. ROUNDTRIP. Frontier did a status match in December, so I was able to match my United status to Frontier's 100k level for what ended up being free. It was $49 to apply for the match, but that included a Discount Den membership, which is usually $49 but gives you a discount on fares. But then they were running a promo where if you joined the Discount Den, you got a $50 travel voucher. So on top of having their top tier and discounts for the year, it essentially ended up being free. Their 100k level gets rid of all the nickel and diming that they typically do - it includes a personal item, carry on, checked back, and seat selection. Frontier has about 3 rows at the front of the plane that have more leg room and actually recline, and I've found these are every bit as comfortable as the Economy Plus seats on the mainline carriers. Anyways, the direct flight out of a small airport is clutch, and worth flying Frontier for the hour and a half. Leave at 11:40, land at 12:30 on Friday. There until Monday afternoon, and get back just in time to watch my Buckeyes play the Tide in the Natty. Staying at the Nugget, comped in the Rush Tower plus some FP. Gaming Mostly $25+ BJ, maybe some craps, maybe some VP, maybe a few carny games. The great thing about downtown is you can kind of see where the wind blows you, and with a group this big, can grab a seat at a table with guys you know as you walk through the casinos. That may be a little harder this year with the reduced table capacity, but we'll see. In the past, we would basically take over the tables at the Gate in the afternoon and watch the NFL Wild Cards while playing cards. I can't wait to check out Circa, so expect to play some tables there if the minimums are right. Food and Drink With the reduced capacity, we've made dinner reservations every night. Friday is Barry's and I am PUMPED given some Yelp reviews and things I've read here from @DaiLun. Saturday is Andiamo at the D, and then Sunday is Chart House at GN, a little early so we can catch their great happy hour. I'm also excited to get up to Legacy Club at the top of Circa and check out the view and the cocktails up there. I am sure it is $15+ for a cocktail, but the view should be pretty killer, and a nice atmosphere for downtown. One guarantee is that beers and cocktails will be had throughout the day, wherever we are. Can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning, right? Overall I'm going to try to keep this as current as possible, and update at least once a day, but this is my first attempt at semi-live, so no promises. I've been inspired by the epic reports recently from @Flowers, @luck.ofthe.draw, and @MCann, so will do my best to live up to the high standards. Little nervous about the conditions we will find downtown, I've read about the undesirables in the casino area, but very excited none the less. Will just keep our wits about us, stay in groups, and if it gets too bad, will move up to an MGM place on the strip.