This is my first trip report, so I hope I don't get too long winded. I am a rather recent addition to these boards and tried to use as much advice as I could from these boards into my trip. The first thing that worked well was checking into the Flaming O at the airport. No line, no problems, quick and easy. They did try to sell me a $6 shuttle ride to the hotel (charged to your hotel bill), however if you do this then all they do is send you outside to get on a Bell Trans shuttle - which sells $5 tickets for the same shuttle. Nice. Tuesday was a craps night. I played at the Flaming O (boring dealers, no action) and the Barbary Coast (more entertaining dealers, slightly more action). I ended up being up about $20 by the end of the night. Wednesday was a head south day. The weather was slightly colder than I would have liked - too hot for a jacket, too cold for a short sleeve shirt. So I headed down to the Trop, NYNY, and Monte Carlo for some light table (roulette and craps) and some "try a new slot machine" mucking around. Down about $100 by days end. Thursday was a right turn day. I left the Flame and headed up to Harrahs, IP, OSheas, Frontier and TI. I was down about $250 when I decided to plunk down in front of a nickel "Turkey Shoot" slot. Kapow- bonus game - total winnings: $384, the most I ever hit on a nickel slot! So I ended the night on an upshot. Friday led me to the Alladin (because the wife wanted to shop). I was doing so-so at the craps table, when my wife told me to play slots, any slot. She said she kept hitting any machine she tried. So I started wandering around and she was right - for some reason the slots in Alladin were as loose as my waist band on buffet day. I ended up $400 up, my wife about $350. So we never ended up at any shows. However I did have a prostitute get in my way in front of Paris and state "You know we've been looking for each other all our lives!" Two observations: The police presence on the strip was remarkably increased. Instead of the occasional bike riding cop, there were 5-6 on every corner. And very visible too. In spite of that, the strip still seem to empty quickly around 1:00 AM. Even on Friday night, at about 2:00 I was the only non-prostitute or non-dealer in front of Bally's. Just a month ago it would have been 50% tourist, 50% street trash. Funny how one incident really changes things. That's my report. Hope you didn't fall asleep reading it.