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Anyone Attending the Vegas CET Seven Stars Event?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Flowers, Aug 1, 2021.

  1. maxev

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    Also no mask police. But people were generally respectful of wearing masks when walking around and of maintaining some distance.

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    One irritating bit of advertising was the Caesars mobile sportsbetting app that they kept pushing where you could make a bet for $50 and get $50 worth of RCs back. Even the announcer (the same announcer from their slot tournaments) would talk about the promotion. Since their William Hill purchase, Caesars is in a big race to grab up as many sports bettors as they can to become the preeminent online sportsbook. Made even more evident by their free $5000 bet in certain states. I asked the rep there and he said you could still do the other promotion outside of Nevada. I wasn't so sure, so I didn't sign up.

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    They carted out 1 of the 7 BMWs 228i Grand Coupes that's up for grabs in the drawing on Sunday. It's worth $35,700 but if you elect to get freeplay instead, it's $24,990. Nice to see Caesars cheaping out on that extra $10 freeplay. Last year was similar, and I heard the cashiers complaining about how long it took to count out that many freeplay vouchers. I suppose it's different this year, since they're able to send all freeplay electronically.

    The other 243 prizes are all freeplay, ranging from $200 to $10,000 freeplay. Last year there was some creativity in the types of prizes, but heck all anyone cares about is cash anyway so I'm fine with that.

    Each person receives 1 entry, and every 77 points earned gets you another entry. The kiosks were set up to let you know how many entries you currently have, which takes a load off people at the rewards desk.

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    Food stations were situated throughout, representing select restaurants from select hotels.

    Apologies for no pictures of the food -- at this point, I was completely trashed.

    My first stop was Beijing Noodle No. 9, which had some pork ribs, pork and shrimp shumai, chow mein, and some kind of doughy egg yolk cookie dessert that was way undercooked.

    Next was Giada's. They hand-served everything, perhaps COVID, perhaps pompous. They put together the salads and the pasta with chicken, heavy on the parmesan on both. It might have just been away to curtail people loading their plates with just chicken like a buffet (RIP buffets).

    At the end were her signature lemon ricotta cookies.

    The Giada station had my vote for the most bland. But I did go back to it a couple times because they had the shortest line.

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    The others had lines of 50+ people, with Gordon Ramsay Steak being the most popular, snaking all the way into the Guy Fieri line.

    Guy Fieri had some pretty good burger sliders, along with some kind of ricotta cheese chocolate popsicle. And some welcome vegetables and ranch dip.

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    Gordon Ramsay Steak had excellent steak, chicken lollipops, asparagus, and sticky toffee pudding. With little balls of ice cream. My vote for the best of show.

    While in line, a woman in front of me mentioned her 84-year-old husband Bob has Alzheimer's and was missing. They were at a food stand, then she looked the other way, turned back, and he disappeared. He's about 5'8", wearing a plaid shirt, long sleeves, long pants, and a hat. We started combing the area for him, but no Bob.

    She fixated on one guy who said looked just like him, but he was in short sleeves. I kind of had to wonder about Wendy's eyesight not recognizing her own husband.

    Thereafter I would yell out "Bob!" anytime I saw someone who vaguely matched the description.

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    Where's Bob?

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  2. maxev

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    At the back, there were makeup and prop stations where you could grab hats, pearl necklaces, feather boas, and sunglasses.

    And in another Flash Room, there were all kinds of glow sticks, rings, squishy balls, glasses -- everything with multicolored lights. They were on a similar candy shelf and was also similarly picked over by the masses.

    I collected as much as I could from both and outfitted my group and myself. I love a good costume party especially when the decorations are free, and I have no shame in decking myself out and being goofy. Along with the alcohol, it gives me a bit of courage to yell "Bob!" at random men in their 80s.

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    The other bit of courage is being 7 Stars and having a bit of privilege over the staff who were there to celebrate us. One note when leaving -- there was a desk of people at an entry way, along with a 3-page sheet of mug shots of people. I paged through it and saw it was all the new Caesars execs, with Tom Reeg at the top. Presumably for them to memorize faces and recognize any if they stopped by. I gave some rather loud choice words to no one in particular for Mr. Reeg along with Martha about the piece-by-piece downfall of Caesars since Eldorado took over. Easy to do when hidden under layers of a hat and boas and flashy glasses.

    But I digress.

    Smarly positioned near the food stations (because you'll wait awhile in line) were photo opp stations with models. I posed with a bunch and also took pictures of them solo. All were very friendly and immediately up for posing.

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    At the Bally's Jubilee photo station, I wanted to poke my head out in between the curtains, but alas, it was all one curtain with no part in the middle.

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    But my favorite was the ubiquitous Winnie and Buck statues come to live, including their dog Chip. This is the centerpiece at Harrah's, and it was nice to see them come to life. I think these are the main actors for Winnie and Buck, who represent Harrah's whenever they're needed for a live gig.

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    As we were leaving, I spotted Wendy and she stepped aside and revealed Bob! I shook his hand. He was exactly as she described, and she thanked me for trying to find him.

    We then walked through the casino, being obnoxious and pretended we were hungry and wanting handouts at Bacchanal.

    Then gambled for a few hours (gotta earn those entries!), still decked out as LIberace.

    And somehow I still had a Guy Fieri slider that I put into someone's drink.

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  3. The Rumor

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    Sounds like you made the best of it. And you found Bob!!!
     
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  4. AllenAndRossi

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    I have to admit, it looked pretty decent. And the candy jackpot would have been nice.

    Tom Reeg and Tony Carano should have both been there.

    But their cuts to CET have been way too swift and large. And their balls way too small.

    They don't care. They're well aware of what they're doing.
     
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    It was you who took all the candy! This was gone around 730 when I went in lol
     
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  6. maxev

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    Ha, we spread it around the table and as people walked by and asked, we said we won the candy jackpot and to take whatever they wanted. By the end of the night it was all gone and I only had a bag of Whoppers.

    Good luck in the drawing tomorrow!


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  7. maxev

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    It was a lot of fun, but I also remember all the additional excursions we had at previous events -- concerts, cooking demos, Jeep tours, cigars and booze, etc. -- that they can't blame COVID on.

    It was pretty overwhelming seeing exactly how many 7 Stars there (still) are. And figuring if this is maybe 5-10% of the total amount, it could really hurt CET if we all moved somewhere else.


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  8. DaiLun

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    I already have . . . . I skipped the last two 7 * events that I was eligible for because if you didn't respond within 48 hours after they started taking reservations, all of the "good" events were gone.

    I will admit that the opening event in the pre-COVID days was excellent, but I don't miss the amount needed in spend to make 7*.
     
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  9. Zeromus-X

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    None of the bartenders at Bally’s even knew about it going on it seems.
     
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  10. maxev

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    I'm booked at the LINQ for 5 nights, with an extra 6th night paid ($40 plus tax).

    When I checked in, they wouldn't let me stay in the King Suite on the 6th night, which was okay with me. I asked and got approved to get moved to the same floor so I wouldn't have to pack entirely and could just move stuff the day of.

    My first two nights, I earned over 100 entries, so I figured it was worth a trip to the front desk to see if they would now allow me to stay in the suite. And while checking, could they also perhaps comp the $40?

    They called Martha and came back and approved me to stay the 6th night in the same room, and when I checkout, she would review my play to see if they could comp the 6th night.

    I said that I have too many RCs and that I can't get anything comped without using the RCs first. They responded: "Oh, so you're good then."

    I don't mind at all paying the $40 with RCs. It irritates me more that they treat earned RCs as their comps, which is per usual and expected.

    But also, I did $40k coin-in so far on slots. Let's say a generous 10% hold (I know Caesars properties are in the 15% range), so $4000 expected loss and $1200 backend. Estimating LINQ suites at $200 a night, that's right at even.

    It soured me so much they couldn't float a measly $40 that I decided to stop playing for the rest of the trip (well, at CET anyway), even if it hurts me in earning entries for the drawing.


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  11. 3OfDiamonds

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    Not exactly sure what you were looking for them to do… they said they would review play, you mentioned having RCs… if you wanted something specific (for them to comp that night right now, without tapping your RCs) then ask exactly for that :)
     
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    They could certainly adjust your room rate to zero and save you paying the $40 in RCs for night six. Martha knows this, the front desk probably doesn’t or doesn’t know the difference. Since Martha didn’t volunteer to do this, you’re probably right on the edge as it stands now and she wants to see more play :)
     
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  13. JulianC

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    This seems like Way Too Much Work to get full enjoyment out of the Seven Stars event.

    Also, on what were you planning to otherwise spend your RCs?
     
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    Based on my coin-in and actual money in hand, the past two days for me at Bally’s and Paris have been a 37% hold! I’d love 15% at this point.
     
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  15. maxev

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    Just venting about the $40 charge on the room. It's a great deal and great use of my RCs, I just wanted the host to advance comp without reviewing play again since I felt I played enough for it already. And it always irks me when they consider RCs as comps.

    I do appreciate being able to stay in the suite for a 6th night, and I'm fine paying with RCs. Pre-checkin, I had an upgrade offer to the suite for $54/night that I didn't take, thinking I could get it anyway. So in rooms I'm way ahead.

    And that's to say nothing about being booked again on another offer for 2 nights at Caesars the same day I check out of the LINQ, going against their 2-day rule between comped stays. So I think I may have to pay something anyway, since I'm basically getting 8 comped nights in a row at CET.

    I suppose the nickel-and-diming is just getting to me, and yeah I'm slowly shaving away the RCs (5 people at Bacchanal tonight!).


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  16. maxev

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    I was thinking of you when I wrote that. :)

    I'm already past 7 Stars renewal this year, so I really need to curb any more play at CET.

    The past few years, they've had 20% of any play Oct. 1-Dec. 31 apply to 2022. Every year I say I'll hold my play until Oct. 1 and tier multiplier days, but I never stick with that. Here's minimal 7 Stars qualification in 2022!


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  17. maxev

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    Alas, the Oktoberfest event is on a Saturday, which I can't make. If it were on a Thursday or Friday, I would've gone since if it's half as fun as the August event, it'll be worth going. Even if not winning any of the cars or cash.


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  18. maxev

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    Wanted to point out that they kinda screwed the 7 Stars at the event who signed up for this paltry $50 bet for $50 Reward Credit offer, when they mailed out a $300 free bet offer this week. Unless you could do both offers? But I doubt it.


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