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A March Madness trip for the ages!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Champster1, Apr 5, 2018.

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  1. Champster1

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    My Trip Report

    3BAFF659-4B59-4D45-AAF5-54FAB75378BD.jpeg ( Note a LOT of pictures). Ive lost count of how many March Madness trips I’ve made however since my discovery of the Hoops On The Strip parties that CET hosts ( thanks to Lisa from Phoenix who gave me my very first Hoops wrist band).

    Arrived a day early, Tuesday 3/13, since my daughter got me on a free flight through her employer (Southwest Air). As soon as i landed in Vegas, on the shuttle to McCarren car rental ( to see what kind of deal I could work out after arriving 30 hours earlier than my scheduled Wednesday evening arrival), I called SWA and cancelled my paid Wed flight . Boom saved $220.00 for my October vegas trip flight !

    Got to car rental and went straight to Dollar Express booth in garage. Had a “Managers Special” weekly rental for $141.87 including taxes and fees ( that is correct, 141.87). Asked for a pro rated rate for Tuesday morning till next week Weds. got the 8 plus days for 187.65! Boom Boom.

    Picked out nice red car so wife, daughters and Kathiem can find me with no problem.


    Checked in to Orleans on my last min 3 day comp. First room, the key wouldn’t work. 2nd key ( for another room). Threw my bags on one bed and laid down on the other bed....for about 20. Then off to Orleans casino! Craps, VP and poker were the order of the day. Nothing special . Hit the sack around 9 pm in hopes of staying on East coast time! 45C611E3-7FE5-41FC-AC0E-EA56A81BBAC8.jpeg
     
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    2nd day, Weds., was gonna be better. Moving to Ballys for 7 nights (5 nights comped for me and 2 nights comped for wife). Hope to be able to combine both at check in although wifey doesn’t arrive till Friday.

    Lou and behold, Diamond check in lady at Ballys upgrades me to Junior Suite in Jubilee Tower ( see post on Strip ). Meet up with an old friend, Brian, who moved from Florida to Vegas in January, and a new friend, Jason, from Wisconsin. We all drove over to the Plaza for the annual MMILV pre Madness party.

    Caught up with kathiem ( my vegas buddy from Arizona). And a bunch of other MMILV legends who have gathered from around the globe). Always the best way to get the hoops going. Barry Inciong and Jim Trudeau do a great job putting this event together. Played a little over at the Cal, then watched Syracuse beat ASU! Great start to the weekend!


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    9D22F89A-5B8F-4FDC-8375-D520F64C0606.jpeg A348993D-DBC4-4E99-A8BD-F1E200B87E75.jpeg Thursday...and it’s game time. 9 :15 am ( Oklahoma vs . Rhode Island 1st game) in the morning. My daughter landed late weds ( put her in my former room at Orleans), and I gave her her wrist bands the night before. Fortunately the Orleans shuttle drops off at Linq now so a short walk from Linq to Sunset ballroom on the 3rd floor of Flamingo and she’s good.

    Kathiem ( Unofficial #1 Arizona fan which was my alma maters, University of Buffalo first round opponent), Jason, Jake JL, Steve, Brian, Lisa and company made for a great table from Thursday to Saturday. Awesome room, 4 open bars, 16 huge flatscreens around the room, 3 buffers serving food from 9 am to 9 pm. Greatest sports atmosphere in the Free world. Great games and not so great games. Finished up Thursday night hitting a $5.00 repeater bet ( craps table) on the 5 and 9 ($400.00 each). Bought in for $300.00. Cashed out $1,300.00.

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    sounds great...love it you have friends from different parts of the country and meet up...keep it coming

    looks like you are from the buffalo area or a bills fan....
    have you ever been to Moondoggies downtown... it's a dive bar with great pizza and wings
    with bills logos and stuff painted on a wall
     
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    Friday was pretty much the same as Thursday! Great hoops, good food and the wife and other daughter arrive. We have plans to meet up with a great guy named Van Lieu, along with Kathiem, Lisa, wifey, 2 daughters and me at Harrahs Diamond lounge. We wat he’d history being made when UMBC slautgers UVA. My first time in Harrahs DL. Great idea Kathiem!

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    Saturday was concert day. Lionel Richie at Planet Hollywood. My daughter Shiana cashed in her UB winning ticket (1st bet she ever won..$19.10).

    Sunday, Jason, Kathiem and I checked out the Westgate Hoops party ( and scored a free buffet). It was Kathiem first time shooting craps. She doubled her buy in!

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    Basketball is over, daughters have gone back home. Wife and I spend time playing at Ballys and eating. For some reason, the Sterling Spoon cafe at Silver Sevens is one of our favorite stops. On our Tuesday trip there we had the Surf and Turf. Great deal and good meal. Great VP right outside of the cafe. Also scored quads 2’s on $1.00 deuces wild at the Linq. Last stop was at Ballys Sportsbook to get my Sweet 16 bets in.

    Heading out Weds for Buffalo.

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    Die hard Bills fan for over 50 years. First game in 64 at old rock pile. Yes I have been to Moondoggies. They and Duffs have some of the best wings in WNY!
     
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    Loving these craps stories and pictures. Very clear and sounds like everybodys winning!
     
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    You get a lot of good pictures off near the table! What is your secret?! Lol.
    Looks like a great trip!
     
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    Looks like fun times!
     
    Solo trip. 3 nights Downtown.
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    Harrahs dealers didn’t mind. Snuck one in on Orleans dealers. Westgate pitboss encouraged the pictures of Kathie once I said she was a first timer!

    Great trip. Thanks Laugh!
     
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    Yes it was Red!
     
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    What a great trip!! Except for that pesky Buffalo team...

    Now I'm ready to do it all over again and can't believe I have to wait another 11 months for March Madness!
     
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    Only 348 days. Ain’t too bad!

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    Thanks for taking us along! Looks like you all had a good time!
     
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    Great report, @Champster1! :D
    I've never made it out for March Madness, but it looks like a blast!
    Thank you!

    RICHARD
     
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    Champster just realized I had you confused with another Bills fan from a poker forum.

    Fun to see another UB grad and Bills fan have a good time in Vegas. It was great to see UB upset Arizona. The MAC seems to put out some competitive teams.

    Are you from Buffalo specifically and still live there? I’m from Rochester and currently live in Houston.
     
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    Born and raised in Buffalo. Home of the next Super Bowl champs!
     
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    Sweet, Buffalo, can you give me a good recommendation for wings other not Duff’s and definitely not Anchor. Also looking for some beef on week other Charlie and Schwabl’s.

    Bills next super bowl champs, love it!
     
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