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Almost Live Trip Report 2/3-8

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by diplomatic, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Grid

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    Good to know! I haven't been there in awhile, but I do remember making that mad dash across the road and then meandering through the parking lot to get in.
     
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  2. diplomatic

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    Where did I leave off...

    I finally got out of ceasars and breakfast time had come and gone, so I went across the street to Casino Royale and ate fresh (tm) at Subway, because I wasn't feeling very classy. Played some three dollar craps and the dealers were nice, but didn't seem to be paying attention. The stockman actually passed the dice to a guy on the opposite end of the table from the shooter in the middle of a roll, and the guy just picked them up and threw them. He rolled an 8, which was good, but imagine the uproar if he had sevened out?! I took that as my cue to get out of there.

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    I stopped inton Harrah's just because it was there, and had an uneventful craps session. I have to say that Harrah's is one of my least favorite strip casinos. It doesn't seem to have any personality, any fun, anything really going for it, other than the location. Maybe the rooms are nice? I'll never know. I did place some bets at the sports book, continuing the trend of hitting short priced favorites at Gulf Stream. The sports book is small and smoky, but serves its purpose.

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    By now I was legit tipsy and wandered through Mirage without placing a single bet. I found my way over to Treasure Island where I signed up for a players card and got $10 free play which I turned into $5 of money.

    Another of my goals for this trip was to play Pai Gow Poker for the first time. I've played in my phone, so I figured I had the rules down. Final ruling: that game is boring. Yes, my $100 lasted awhile, but it was a slow bleed. The game moves at a snails pace, the "decision making" is pretty basic, and it seems impossible to go on much of a run. I'm happy for those who enjoy the game, but that's probably it for me.

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    It was almost time for the early basketball games to start, so I made my way back to Ceasars. St Johns came up HUGE for me, knocking off number 1 Villanova (go Red Storm!) and the lack of food other than one subway sandwich was starting to catch up with me.

    I thought I'd see if I could squeak in a seat at the bar at Hell's Kitchen since I was right there and it was only about 6:00 on a Wednesday. Nope. It was a madhouse. The hostess was pretty rude, rolling her eyes at my audacity, but I guess that's pretty on brand.

    Instead I found my way to Ramsay's Pub and Grill in Ceasars. I sat at the bar and the service was great. Fast and friendly, the bartenders were happy to find my games on the tvs and when asked for recommendations did not just reflexively suggest the most expensive thing on the menu. I got the poutine, which was fine and soaked up plenty of the booze in my guts, but the service and atmosphere were enough for me to recommend this place.

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    Poutine.

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    I finished my games at the Ceasars book, including an amazing finish thanks to Lebron and the Cavs. Despite the lousy gambling overall, I was about even for the day. I was also pretty drunk. So despite the early hour (for Vegas, anyway), I made my way back to the Cromwell.

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    Here I decided to give craps on last try for the day, with visions of doubling my money dancing around in my head. Not to be. $200 went just about as fast as it can go. It was inadvosable gambling and exactly the reason thy casinos give out free drinks. But it was another great day overall.
     
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  3. diplomatic

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    I woke up on my last day feeling like shit, all the booze and everything else finally catching up with me. Thank god for the Crowell coffee machines. Why don't all hotels have these? They are such a nice addition, they can't take THAT much maintenance, and probably cost about three resort fees. Come on, Vegas, do this:
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    I was starving, but couldn't really deal with anything fancy. Needing to burn some Total Rewards RCs, I somehow ended up at the Spice Market buffet. Woof. Luckily, I was only really interested in the basics, and it was cheap, but the less that can be said about this buffet, the better. You've probably had better at a Holiday Inn Express.

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    I spent a big chunk of the morning at the PH sports book, which I think is an under-rated gem. It's small and dark, but the ticket writers are super nice and seem genuinely appreciative of the business. Every time I'm there, I ask for a racing form and they just hand it over, free of charge. Most other places charge for it these days, which is ridiculous.

    I had never been to tre Paris sports book, so I wandered over there for a race, too. I love the casino in Paris, that ceiling and the lighting is one of my favorite things in Vegas. The sports book looks similarly cool, but the TVs are from the 1980s. Also, the young lady who took my bet seemed annoyed that I had interrupted her conversation. Bye, Felicia.

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    Getting towards checkout (which Cromwell had allowed me to extend to 12, free of charge), I wandered through Bally's, another casino I really like. I played the Game of Thrones slot just to try to see the bonus, which I got almost immediately, it paid $10. Nice.

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    On my way to the cage, I passed this slot machine which, for some reason, seemed to call to me. I sat down and did max bet for $3. I said to myself, three pulls, to play with the Game of Thrones money, and that's it. On the third pull, it hit for $60. As I mentioned, I'm not a slot player, so this was the biggest hit of my life. I got the fed out of there quickly.

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    Now feeling pretty good and with only about 45 minutes before I had to check out, I made one. last. trip to the Cromwell craps table. Boy, am I glad I did. The two guys to my left had a lot of money in front of them and one was shouting "Forty Five, shooter, the dealer likes the action!" He shouted it every single time. I have no idea why, must have been from a previous roll, but it worked. The same shooter I walked up to the table at rolled for 45 minutes. He only hit three points, but just kept throwing number after number. I had only been planning to make like $50 and call it a trip, but I ended up walking away with an extra $500. The guys to my left had each number pressed up to at least $500 and must have walked away with $10k, easily.

    It was a perfect end to another great trip. I'm at the airport and on my way to Houston, then back to the Banana Republic.

    Thanks to everyone who's been following along an drew ofderong encouragement! See you all in Vegas soon!
     
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  4. Eleven99isFine

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    It's all about the crowd.. if, say, Flamingo had that coffee setup like Cromwell.. all of the cups would be taken by college kids for beer pong, and all of the grandmas would steal the splenda/equal packets.
     
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  5. Jack07

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    Great trip report! You hit a lot of casinos in a short time!
     
  6. JeJas

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    great report! Nicely done.
     
  7. GASSMAN

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    Thanks for an honest and enjoyable trip report !!!
     
  8. Fet297

    Fet297 Where memories are made!

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    Totally enjoyed your trip report, thanks for posting!
     
  9. nancyf

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    Fun read!
     
  10. wishman35

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    God that is so true. Those machines would be straight busted at Flamingo and Linq, probably minimally working at Harrah's, Ballys, and PHo, and working half of the time at Paris. You would need a full time worker maintaining them at Caesars.
     
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  11. Loluvsvegas

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    Fun read, thank you for sharing! Truly enjoyed!
     
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  12. SaltyNutSnack

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    Very nice TR!
     
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  13. Texas Steph

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    Nice TR, thank you!
     
  14. NJS24

    NJS24 Voice of Reason

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    Well Done.
     
  15. pebbles

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    Thanks. I enjoyed following along.
     
    First Vegas trip of 2018
  16. emmas

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    Thanks for an enjoyable report.
     
  17. charlestfuller

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    Great finish with the craps win!
     
  18. sybgal

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    Fun report to read & enjoyed the pics....thanks for posting!
     
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  19. RedChip

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    Great TR! Nice finish to finish out the gambling!
     
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  20. Kobra2848

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    Enjoyed the report. Did you notice if the Spice Market buffet had the omelet station back?

    Mark