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Another LV trip 10/1-10/3 - a man with a mission

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by DaiLun, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Lhammer28

    Lhammer28 High-Roller

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    Looks like my view
     

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  2. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G., but N.A.H.

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    Stick a fork in me. I'm done.

    Went downtown for breakfast but Magnolia's was packed. Took out a marker but I'm gonna pay it back tonight (probably). Diden't play. Went to the Beef Jerky Store and bought some things.

    Pepperoni Sticks (for my son)
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    Clams and scallops for me

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    From there I went southwest, expecting to go to the Post Office, since I figured that what I had accumulated was too much to pack, and there were things that I wasn't going to immediately need.

    Went to Big Wong's restaurant

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    Got a referral from Yelp. Standard Cantonese comfort food

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    I ordered Beef Ramen with shrimp wonton.

    An interesting little story. My Chinese language skills are "restaurant menu Cantonese", so I ordered in Cantonese, but apparently, my accent was passable enough that the waitress thought I was a native speaker, and shot back a reply in Cantonese that I didn't understand. I said "I'm sorry?". "Oh, Ramen or egg noodles?"

    It was quite good since I hadn't eaten breakfast.

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    From there I headed out to Jinju chocolates to give the remainder of my 7* amenity to Lea, the 21 year old. who works there. She told me that Jin was in Switzerland. The shop was busy, so I left and headed to the Post Office to mail my package.

    That done, I decided to go to Bally's to see "The Bodies" exhibition, but because of the massacre at Mandalay Bay both CET and mLife canceled their shows for the day.

    I put in 50TC on the 2X RC/TC machines at Bally's hand hit for $273. Cashed out and went over to Paris to play the remainder of my 2500TC day. Played a Wonder 4 machine, but no luck. I did get 7 Wicked ladies

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    So, I finished off my 2500TC day. 2601 TC, dropped $250 at Paris so the last 400TC cost me $0.

    I walked back to Bally's and got into my car. Too early to go back to the room, so I went over to Aria to get my buffet dinner. I didn't read the fine print closely enough, because the dinner required a 1 night stay. Oh well, on the way out I hit them for +$210, so I will go pay for my own dinner, "thank you very much".

    OK, who's been here?

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    So, I decided that this is the place that one goes if they ran out of money and still have to buy gifts. If I needed sleep wear, there were t-shirts that were 3 for $9.99

    So, I accomplished my goals, and have 6X RCs on a 2601 RC day that will be credited. Right now it's 7PM and I'm sitting in my hotel room, finishing this TR and trying to decide when and where to eat.

    I was thinking maybe the seafood buffet at Rio, or Emeril's at MGM. Maybe the Oyster Bar downstairs or the buffet. I have to go downtown to pay off the QQQQ marker, so maybe the buffet at Golden Nugget? I don't really know. Oh well, guess I'll get in the car and start off downtown and go from there. Gonna put most of my cash in the safe, Keeping just enough to pay off the marker and pay for dinner.

    Thanks for reading, probably not much to post because tomorrow will be a "no play" day.
     
    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
    Las Vegas - $2900 Free Play, $159 R/T, couldn't pass it up.
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  3. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G., but N.A.H.

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    Oh, and I went to the Linq promenade and bought cookies for my Aunt and a new hat a Goorin Bros. It was on sale for 50% off:

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    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
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  4. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G., but N.A.H.

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    A final addendum. I ate at the Bellagio buffet. Line was very long but since I'm Gold mLife, I used the members check-in line.

    The cost was $42.00 and change for dinner.

    Other than the crowded atmosphere, the food was very good and plentiful.

    Hot and cold Dungeness Crab, Prime Rib, Roast pork, Sausage, Chicken, and Turkey among the meats.

    Tuna Poke', and sushi and rolls

    I had one plate (well it was two) of seafood, with both hot and cold crab, shrimp, clams, and seafood pasta and seafood rice. All very tasty.

    The second plate I had was meat, prime rib (excellently prepared), and kalbi beef brisket. I had one pork and one chicken sausage.

    All in all I would rate it just below Aria, since Aria was less crowded. IMHO, the food quality was lower than Bacchanal, Wynn, Wicked Spoon, and even with Aria. However, it was much higher than Spice Market at PH, The Village at Paris, and the buffet at Silverton.

    My buffet rankings (by group) would be:

    1)Bacchanal, Wynn, and Wicked Spoon
    2)Bellagio and Aria
    3)all others

    Still, you can't go wrong with either Aria or Bellagio.

    Went downtown and paid off my marker, and gassed up the car.

    On the way back up to the room, I made my last purchase. A fruit tart at the Food Court

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    I will eat my tart, take a shower, and hit the sack.
     
    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
    Las Vegas - $2900 Free Play, $159 R/T, couldn't pass it up.
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  5. VegasFirstTimer

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    I like your TR. Straight to the point.
     
  6. DaiLun

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    So, I got up at 5:50AM, just in time to get packed and head over to Lucky Dragon. They must be having problems, because they altered the menu at Bao Now, no more duck items. At all . . . . So, I decided not to eat plain jook there. Went over to Palace Station and ate at the Grand Cafe. It was quiet. My waitress, Bridget, was very nice. I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak, and the portions were HUGE!!!

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    I only ate 2/3 of the CFS, 2 eggs, and a bite of the Hash Browns. Total was $13.50 one of the more "expensive" meals this trip.

    Dropped off the rental car, got to the airport on time, only to have maintenance problems (again) on the plane. The flight is due out now at 10:30AM. I decided to "buy up", and I got A1 for $30.00. Well worth it, IMHO.

    Of course, there are drawbacks to getting to the airport early, and I "spent" about $100 on the airport slots. I had been "so good", not playing the last 3 trips. Oh well, that was part of my "up" from Aria last night.

    OK, they're calling the flight now. TTYL
     
    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
    Las Vegas - $2900 Free Play, $159 R/T, couldn't pass it up.
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  7. VegasFirstTimer

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    If you are unable to find a NRF, I would be glad to volunteer to help you spend your comps =D
     
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  8. spdandpwr

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    Looks like a VERY productive trip with a mere $2,000 spent to easily achieve what would be Diamond status for the average player. I'm hoping I'll have similar luck when I reunite with Vegas this week! That, or your luck will take away from my winnings haha
     
  9. broncofn

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    Why no pan roast at the oyster bar??? Would have been perfect before leaving
     
  10. DaiLun

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    Y'know, I'm not really a "fan" of Pan Roast . . . . .Had it two places, and yeah, I know, Palace Station is supposed to be the place, but . . . .
     
    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
    Las Vegas - $2900 Free Play, $159 R/T, couldn't pass it up.
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    Great Report! Sucks about the "Strip" view.


    If memory serves me correctly, when Harrah's bought the joint, they spruced up the old Holiday Casino by just encasing the giant Riverboat facade with walls.


    If you look at your view, you can almost see what I mean.
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    This is how the joint looked in the 90's before they got to it. Build some walls over the original structure and you got yourself Harrahs casino!Even those wide open doors to the strip are still exactly where they were.

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  12. todd7764

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    Great report, as usual. Thanks!
     
  13. bshowell

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    Thanks for sharing! Always like your reports.
     
  14. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G., but N.A.H.

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    Yes, the winnings On the first day definitely helped the second day. I wish you luck, and consider winnings "mutually exclusive"!
     
    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
    Las Vegas - $2900 Free Play, $159 R/T, couldn't pass it up.
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    As always, a great report!
     
    Long Celebratory and Solo Trip While Winning Mega More at Encore!!!
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    Thanks DaiLun, I always enjoy your reports. Way out of my league, but that's probably why i enjoy them so much.
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    Still second trip of 2017
  17. tringlomane

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    Another great read! Thanks for taking the time to write it up!
     
  18. Drewm1972

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    Hey @DaiLun how was lucky dragon? I hear they end up going bankrupt and some other casino bought it? Did you play anything over there?
    Anyhow, it’s great detail report thanks... following along.
     
  19. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G., but N.A.H.

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    No, didn't play at Lucky Dragon. I only go there to eat, and now that they've changed the menu, I'll be finding somewhere else for breakfast. Too many good restaurants in Chinatown.
     
    Lake Tahoe/Reno for Thanksgiving, showing these 2 properties some love
    Las Vegas - $2900 Free Play, $159 R/T, couldn't pass it up.
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    you get one movie a day as a seven star benefit?