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Aria - March 7th-12th - Lots of VP/Craps/Eating/Drinking and hopefully some royals thrown in......

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by MacAttack, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. MikeOPensacola

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    Nice score with the $20 trick. Looking forward to the rest. :peace: :beer:
     
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  2. MacAttack

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    I hope this is not too detailed and boring........


    Day Two

    Woke up early (like 5am) having gone to bed at around 2am (this is not unusual for me, and many others, when in Vegas). I tend to wake up, take a look at the time think “shit it’s too early to get up”, then start thinking about VP, end up getting excited, jump in shower and before I know it I am drinking a Bloody Mary, playing VP and people watching those who have not gone to bed yet.


    This morning I had a pep in my step having had a great gambling start to the trip. I had the 1800 dollars from the previous night (plus I had not eaten into my bankroll much either). This run will surely continue, no? The answer was, in fact, no. ….. I had a new found love of all things $1 VP - it seemed from the night before that if you bet at this denomination, every other hand was a poker. …… well I was mistaken. Within, what felt like a very short 45 minutes, I was down $200. This quickly led to another $100 loss on a few random slots.


    I grabbed some coffees from the Aria Patisserie and headed up to room to see how Mrs M was doing. We had reservations in Lago in the Bellagio for lunch which we were really looking forward to. We both hit the casino floor and after bleeding some more money decided to head over to the Bellagio early and play there for a while hoping it would change up the day’s luck. We took the tram from Aria to Bellagio, which is a great service, free quick, comfortable.


    Once in the Bellagio we made a beeline for the sports book bar where I like to play my early morning VP when we stay there. The machine that I like was free, the barman was super friendly, we grabbed our seats, loaded the machines with $100 each, me at $1, Mrs M at 25c, and off we went. Gone. Nada. Useless. Quickest run through I can ever remember (especially Mrs M playing at 25c). Time to reload. Same again – quick, painful, no satisfaction of even a few memorable hands. Decided to move machines but still stay at the bar. Reloaded $100 – dropped down to 50c – money disappeared. Last chance – reloaded $100 – nothing. I don’t mind losing money – it is part of the gambling experience, but I hate to get no “value” for the money. This felt like I had just set the money on fire. This was turning out to be a bad morning. Down around $600 and it was too early to go the restaurant (our booking was for 12am). We walked around the casino – throwing the odd $20 into random machines, and played some 25c Double Double Bonus poker at the bank of machines near Yellowtail. We always like these machines – we didn’t fair well but at least we got to play for while and had a few Bellinis (the Bellagio make the best Bellinis that you can get on a the casino floor in my opinion – I don’t care that they are ‘girlie as fuck’, they are delicious and I am sure that there must be some nutritional value with the peach ;)


    We headed over to Lago (we had booked the table the previous week and had requested a table sitting outside and informed them it was my birthday lunch). The hostess apologized but they had a private event on the patio so we had to sit inside – we were a bit disappointed but understood these things can happen. We were then seated a pretty crappy table near the bar. We were given menus and Mrs M noted there was three tables free near the windows. We stopped a server (not our server just one on the floor) and asked could we move to one of the tables near the window. This server was less than pleasant – she told us that while the tables were not actually reserved for anyone they were on a permanent hold in case certain players decided to come in. This was not a great way of telling us we were not important enough to keep happy – all she had to say was that the tables were reserved. We were now annoyed so decided to leave – we walked out – I told the hostess we were disappointed not to be able to sit outside but understood that there was a private event, to be then put an unsatisfactory table when there were other tables available meant our lunch was ruined and so we left.


    Leaving was a good decision. We were both pissed off and I don’t think we would have enjoyed the meal so it was time to go. We decided we would just grab a burger instead. Mrs M wanted to go to the fashion show mall so I suggested we go to In-N-Out on the Linq promenade. The line was long when we got there but it moved very fast. I ordered the Double Double with Cheese meal, with a strawberry shake, Mrs M got a cheeseburger meal. The burgers were fantastic – Mrs M thought they better than Shake Shack – I disagreed (probably overly vehemently considering that this was not a life and death discussion and preference is literally very subjective)…..all in all we were happy again and heading to the fashion show mall.


    Mrs M loves the Fashion Show Mall – I had forgotten how big it was. I am not a big lover of shopping – I can barely tolerate it when it is me who is looking for something. My wife knows this and hates me hovering around her when she shops. So the plan was, find a new jacket (sports coat) for me for my birthday and then for me to bugger off to the Wynn and Encore to gamble away the afternoon while she did some serious shopping. We went to Macys, Saks, Hugo Boss etc, couldn’t find a jacket that I liked (or one that was in my size) so after an hour I was starting to get bored and childish so I was sent off packing to the Wynn to turn around my days gambling.


    I love the Wynn and Encore – I think the casinos are on a different level to all the others. Problem is that we are too small fry to get any offers. We usually get the buy 2 nights at a reduced rate, get third night free with maybe $200 in Freecredit, no F&B. The rooms are always fantastic, normally a Panoramic view, high floor etc, but nothing in comparison to what mlife tend to offer.


    Anyway, I wanted to see the changes since I was last there – Charlie’s looks like a nice addition (but I did love Zoozacrackers), - I was on my own so didn’t sit down but the place was packed (early afternoon on a Thursday). I wandered over to the Encore as I had not seen their new sportsbook set up. Seemed fine, nothg special, the Encore probably felt a bit more spacious than I remember. I grabbed a seat near the mlife desk, CW was straight over – always good service in Encore I find, and I was playing again. One hundred dollars in, played for ages on it , up and down, got 4 pokers and cashed out up $100. A win is a win. As you will see from the photos I was playing on slow speed and at 50c as wanted to enjoy playing and not run through too much more money. Wandered back over to Wynn, played a few slots, nothing heavy and decided I would head over to the Palazzo to see how the construction was going.




    Had just entered the Palazzo when Mrs M called saying she was finished shopping. Said I would meet her at the Mirage as was keen to keep my play focused in Mlife. Sat at the 25c VP near the Carnegie deli – $200 in – three vodka redbulls, $0 but reasonably good fun.


    I assume we ate some stage but I cannot remember where or what……….


    We had no solid plans for the evening, Mrs M suggested going to see Carrot Top – something we had toyed with over the years but never felt it was worth the trek.


    We went back to the Aria, dropped the shopping off and walked over to Excalibur to take the tram to Luxor. Mrs M wanted to book the tickets on Ticketmaster but I was fairly confident that Carrot Top was not going to be sold out on a Thursday night in early March. When we got to the theatre there was loads of people milling around, the show was almost sold out, we got two tickets on the back row $40 dollars each with the mlife discount (thank god there was some available – I wanted to be able to charge it to the room rather than pay Ticketmaster, if we had gone all the way over and not gotten tickets I would not have been popular – it occurred to me after that I could have bought the tickets in the aria and collected them in the Luxor).


    We bought some oversized cocktails in Carrot Top glasses and headed in. We had both heard of Carrot Top but he is not that famous in Ireland. As he has been in Vegas for so long we thought there must be something to him. Well…….. he was BRILLIANT. We were both surprised at how hilarious he was – I mean crying with laughter funny. The whole theatre was packed which lead to a great atmosphere too. I remember reading a TR a few months back and someone went along and said it was very good too but honestly for $40 a ticket it is a steal. Cannot recommend it highly enough (even with the hike to the Luxor – which he mentioned during the gig). Loads of jokes about Vegas, lots of props and one-liners, but the whole show just works really well. We both said we would go see him again. I know that comparing it to a Cirque show is a bit crazy but I am going to anyway – I always feel with a Cirque show, the first 10 minutes it is amazing – WOW look at that, and that etc…..then it becomes Meh – that again……. Half way through I am always praying that they will end soon. Not so with Carrot Top – show was the right length, never got bored – you get the picture – I liked it.


    We played a small bit in the Luxor afterwards and then got a Lyft back to the Aria. Mrs M went to bed, I stayed down for a while and reverted back to losing – this was not so hilarious………..it was more like a Cirque show – “WOW look at that $100 dollar bill disappear, and that one pirouette into that machine never to return, and that one……it became more painful than boring so I decided to cut my losses and go get some rest……
     

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  3. pd54

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    Cheers for the update! Enjoy it. Especially the bits where you check out something new to see the change from before. Helps me plan my next trip!
     
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    Looking forward to reading the rest, thank you
     
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    Looking forward to the next installment. Enjoying it so far.

    We too had not been to Carrot Top thinking it would be just average. Absolutely loved it! Hoping to go again next trip.
     
  6. charlestfuller

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    Good read. Sorry about the poor service at the restaurant though...I don't think I've ever been pissed enough to get up and leave like that.
     
  7. tringlomane

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    Thanks for coming back and working on updates. Doing TRs live isn't easy, especially if you want to be detailed. I've heard a lot of great things about Carrot Top too. Should eventually give him a shot.
     
  8. MacAttack

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    Still havent written up dy three yet - but i will get there.

    Reading someone else's TR has reminded me of a few things I had forgotten about Day Two. Before Carrot Top we went to Tom's Urban in NYNY. The weather was unseasonly cold when we were in vegas that week - which is a pity because we get shitty weather in Ireland so part of the appeal of Vegas is getting to complain that it is too hot!! Anyway, tom's urban has a pretty big outdoor seating areas that we would noramally have jumped at but it was too damn cold so we sat inside. It is like a big sport's bar. Loud, fast paced etc. We both really liked, it was a quick meal and cheap drinks. The portions were pretty huge. I had a full rack of BBQ baby back ribs (which Mrs M was going to take a few off) which were fantastic - meat falling off the bone, MRs M got some Fish Tacos - which were also excellent. They have a pretty decent Beer Menu and I tried a couple (cannot remember which ones) and Mrs M had a few cocktails that were equally delicious. Overall we would return - especailly to sit outside and do some people watching.

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    Day Three:

    I was up bright and early (as per usual) and headed down to the casino. Nothing amazing happened on the gambling front (a poker of Kings at 50c) IMG_7578.JPG , after a while decided I needed a break so asked bartender at Lift Bar for a couple of coffees to go, left a good tip and headed up to the room to Mrs M. She was already up and dressed and ready to start the day. We did a little more gambling and had a few good hits on the Super Times pay machine – I hit three pokers and the highlight was Mrs M hitting a poker with the muiplier. IMG_7579.JPG IMG_7580.JPG IMG_7581.JPG IMG_7582.JPG


    We had a few cocktails at this stage and decided to go for breakfast in the Aria Café. The line was very long but as we were Pearl (at the time) we were able to skip the whole line. Mrs M loved this which is ironic considering how annoyed we were at Lavo the day before when we couldn’t even get the table we wanted that was not even reserved!).


    We were seated at a really nice table at the window and had a great server. They have a pretty cool Bloody Mary menu for breakfast and I ordered one and Mrs M had a Bellini (pic below). We both thought the food was good and service was excellent (I had the Eggs Benedict, Mrs M had something far healthier – no pics I am rubbish for remembering to take a picture before I start eating the dish). IMG_7585.JPG


    So, we had tickets to go see Noel Gallagher (formerly of Oasis) in the Cosmo for that night. With Marijuana being legalized in Nevada we had discussed before leaving whether we should have a dabble whilst in Vegas. I had my reservations – the reason is that I love Vegas, and I don’t think I need any other stimulants or drugs (bar alcohol) to enjoy myself – if anything I was worried that it could cause me to enjoy myself less….. Anyway, we decided to give it a go. It was still early enough (like 11am) so we concocted a plan to go to The Apothecary Shoppe, take some of the brownies early in the afternoon so if they didn’t agree with us the effects would be worn off by the time the concert was starting – while not completely sensible it seemed like a good plan.


    We grabbed a Lyft from the Aria and were at the The Apothecary Shoppe

    in about 5 minutes. Great location, it looked like a pharmacy from the outside. You walk in and there is a reception check-in area where they take a copy of your ID and ask if you are a recreational or medical user. You are then given a card with a number and you move into the main store part.


    The store itself kind of reminded me of a jewellers, with all the staff in the centre surrounded by glass cases. While you are waiting for your number to be called you are free to wander around the store. They sell normal merchandise like t-shirts, lighters etc, and lots of weed paraphernalia . The store itself was very nice, all the staff very welcoming and it felt completely safe (I am being descriptive here as I had never bought drugs “legally” before so was kind of nervous going in as I didn’t know what to expect – I am sure that those of you in States where it already legal are thinking “of course it felt safe it was a bloody shop you fool!”).


    Our number was called (after about a ten minute wait) and we met with our server. Lovely guy, we told him that we were not big weed users so would probably not have a very high tolerance. We were interested in buying edibles and he suggested the brownies (which he explained are to be cut into 4 quarters and each quarter represents a serving). I also asked to buy some gummi bears as I thought that we would probably end up loving the whole experience - so why not have too much rather than too little? I have to say that for anyone looking for a dispensary we both thought the service etc was excellent.


    With our edibles on board we headed back to the Aria – grabbed another coffee and went up to the room to drink it with our newly acquired brownie.


    When I opened the bag the brownie had been smashed up on the journey home. I emptied it onto some napkins and as instructed divided it into 4 quarters. The brownie tasted great by the way and we had been told that it would take about 90 minutes for the effects to kick in. We poured ourselves some vodkas and were about to head down – still a little apprehensive as to what it was going to be like as our only experience with weed was smoking it and then it is easy to control how much is in your system. I put the gummi bears in the safe and then noticed that the receipt from the store. The cost of the brownie and the gummi bears came to $70 total – but then I noticed that it said Brownies (plural) not Brownie. I then picked up the bag that they came in and it said 2 brownies (8 servings) so we now had doubled the suggested serving. Mrs M was a bit worried, but as it is marijuana you cant really OD on it but we might end up a bit too spaced for a few hours. We both decide to make ourselves throw up a bit just in case. We had planned to go over to NYNY and gamble there but Mrs M said she would prefer to stay closer to home until they had kicked in and she knew how she felt…….. this was a good decision……


    We were back down in the casino and pretty close to the 90 minute mark things started to change. The lights, flashing machines etc felt like they were closing in a bit, I started to feel a bit wobbly – not like I was going to die or anything but felt pretty fucked up. Mrs M insisted we go back to the room for a bit. When we got there she got straight into bed and said she did not feel well. I sat in a chair, pretty spaced out and laughed uncontrollably over a few random things and random conversations that I thought I was having with Mrs M but were actually just in my head – which actually made them even funnier to me. There was also random text conversations with my brother back in Ireland that are still funny to read back now.


    I think I watched about 6 episodes of friends while Mrs M slept it off. While watching TV I was getting pissed off one minute for wasting valuable vegas time, then the next minute thinking to myself that I was probably saving money as I was on such a bad run, and then the next minute laughing for no reason at all.


    When Mrs M woke up she was still not feeling 100% and didn’t want to have a drink but was still happy to go to the concert. We headed over to the Cosmopolitan and made our way to the theatre. We had really good seats – I was in great form and decided to do enough drinking for the two of us – Seriously, I must have drank about 12 pints of beer at the gig – I was probably dehydrated or something but I was in great form (well from what I can remember about the night I was in great form). After the gig we pretty much went striaht back to the Aria – Mrs M headed to bed, I gambled a little bit more but was in bed early (probably by midnight anyway) – thought it best to get some rest and get ready to hit it hard all over again the next day.

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  10. eri_manga

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    Very nice TR!
     
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    Great (and funny) story so far!
     
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    Well done!
     
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    Enjoying the report!

    That's too bad about Lago. I've had lunch there twice and both times we had no reservations and were seated at the window and had a great experience with delicious food.

    Sorry the edibles didn't go so well. I've had great experiences several times, and one really bad one! Not fun.
     
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  15. MacAttack

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    Day Four:


    As I have gone to bed fairly early (by Vegas standards) the night before I am up, showered dressed and down in Lift bat by 530am. There are two pretty big sports games on – the first, Liverpool v Man United is one of the most watched “soccer” games in the world typically watched by about 500 million people. I am a Liverpool fan and I awoke to my team losing, playing ok and having all of the possession against the most boring Man United team of recent memory. Anyway Liverpool lost. The other was Ireland v Scotland in the 6 Nations Championship (Rugby). So I was up early to gamble and watch these two games.


    I decided that I was going to take it easy drinking and gambling for the morning , so I was on the Coffee and Waters and played 25 cents VP. I chose my machine on front of the TV playing the game and about 10 hands in I get a tap on the shoulder from a really drunk guy. He goes on to inform me that I am playing “his machine”, that he has been “playing it all night” (obviously not because I am certain that I am sitting in a chair as we spoke and in fact playing it) and also that the machine was throwing out “lots and lots of pokers all night”. That last nugget of information meant that he now had zero chance of me giving up the machine as a piece of courtesy. I told him, in the nicest way possible that “he really should have told the barman to watch the machine for him / placed a napkin on the screen etc. but as he has just told me that not only did he not reserve it but it was in fact an ATM disguised as a VP machine then I was not going anywhere. He persisted – not in a threatening way but in a really drunk, putting his arm around me, c’mon buddy kind of way.


    He relented but sat at the machine next to me and started playing. Probably one hand later I hit a poker of aces. IMG_7601.JPG IMG_7602.JPG He noticed and reminded me that he had in fact told me it was a lucky machine and that we should split the winnings, I laughed this off. Maybe 5 minutes later I hit a poker of Tens – again at the 25 cents level. His even drunker friend comes over. He starts shouting that I stole his machine and was winning etc. His friend is bamboozled drunk but in good spirits. Again it was all very non-threatening. We all got to talking – they were on a trip with Guy no.2’s uncle who pays for all their rooms and room charges once a year. They play some golf, gamble – about 8 of them, sounds a like a sweet yearly trip

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    They copped on pretty quickly that I was Irish and they informed they had been there before, loved it, and we shared a few good stories. Then they spotted that I wasn’t drinking –

    THEM: “you have to drink with us”.

    Me: “Guys I am just out of bed, you are still up from the night before, we are at different stages of our Vegas journey”.

    THEM “But you’re Irish , you HAVE to drink with us”.

    ME – “Fuck it – its vegas, go on, I’ll have one”.

    Guy1: “Would it be really insulting to you if we ordered an Irish Car Bomb – would that be a racist thing to order or inappropriate?”

    ME: “Not at all – but I have no idea what is in it”.

    Guy2 (SCREAMING) – “Bartender – three Irish car Bombs please – this Irish guy has never had one so make them strong”


    Anyway, The drink is half a pint of Guinness in a pint glass and then you drop a large shot glass of baileys and jameson into the glass and knock the whole drink back in one go. Last one to finish has to pay. We did this about 4 times in the space of 20 minutes with Guy 1 losing every time (and every time saying I should pay with the winnings I stole from him). They were both lovely guys and I had a blast with them. One of them was early 50s, the other late 40s (you probably thought they were going to be younger when reading above?). We drank for a few more hours, became the best of friends – showing pics of kids/wives, talking about work. Great fun. Mrs M was ringing me – I decided not to pick up the call as I didn’t think she would love joining this group and just as I was about to escape from the guys she arrived into the bar. As you can imagine the guys were delighted to meet her – hugs all round, trying to buy her drinks etc. We managed to get away and I filled her in on the last few hours – good solid Vegas fun.


    I can’t really remember what we did for breakfast – probably just grabbed coffees and pastries from the Patisserie. We did some gambling in the Aria (nothing good – Mrs M started to believe she was the source of all my bad luck – it did seem that if she even looked sideways at a machine it tightened up!).


    We then headed over to NYNY – again nothing good to report. We did make our regular stop to Shake Shack and it didn’t disappoint – I had two burgers which wasn’t the smartest idea considering we had a early enough reservation for dinner later on).


    Mrs M wanted to do some more shopping and decided that she would check out the outlets. She remembered from past experience that she preferred the North Outlets. As I was hemorrhaging money I agreed to go with her. This is not normally my idea of fun but she was actually delighted that I was going to come along. We had reservations in Carbone for 7pm so I knew we were not going to be there too long.


    It was actually raining at this stage – we are used to dealing with rain but after 15 or so visits to Vegas this is the first time we have encountered it there! Normally you are safe from precipitation in the desert!


    We got a Lyft to the outlets from NYNY – cost $16. There were some pretty great “bargains” to be had. Mrs M bought a Coach “Tote” bag (the ladies out there will know what type of bag this is – for you lads that give it a shit, it is a pretty big handbag). Original price $850, reduced by 60% to $340 and then further reduced by 30% to $238. Her joy at this find was like me hitting a Royal in VP. She then got a matching Wallet for around $180. She bought lots of clothes too and was a happy camper. Mrs M bought me a new Hugo Boss sports coat (reduced in price from $725 to around $400 as my birthday present.


    It was 5pm at this stage so I rang Carbone to see if I could push the reservation out to 7.45 so we had a bit more time and wouldn’t have to rush when we got back. They were fully booked so couldn’t change it. We jumped in a Lyft and were back in the Aria in no time. I decided to go to Carbone in person on my way back to room to see if they could move the reservation again – no problem at all, lovely staff happy to accommodate. I think the number through the Mlife website is just a general reservations number and they don’t have the power that the restaurant staff themselves have to make changes. A friend had sent a bottle of my favourite wine to our room for my birthday. Carbone allow you to bring your own bottle of wine if they do not serve in the restaurant. The hostess got the sommelier to have a chat with me. He knew the wine, they didn’t sell in the restaurant so I could bring it along for a corkage charge of $50. For those of you who like Californian wines it was a bottle of Justin Isosceles 2014 – fantastic wine.




    Having pushed out the reservation I now had time to get changed quickly, pour myself a drink and head down for some pre-dinner gambling. I was dressed in my new clothes – feeling fairly dapper – so hit the Craps tables. I always feel that if I go to the Craps table before dinner (especially when I don’t have a lot of time) that the table will be hot. Its like the table is trying to get me to have a fight with my wife for being late for dinner. This time was no different. $10 dollar pass line, double odds, $12 on 6/8 (unless they are the point – if they are the point I increase the odds bet), $1 on all the hardways high on the 8. These will be pressed to ten before taking any money back. The 6/8 will be pressed one unit a time. Beautiful looking woman (mid 30s) picks up the dice – she has rolled before - you can just tell. Rolls 3. Line away – replace pass and put $5 on C/E. Rolls a 11 – press to 15, rolls a 12. Great start (for me anyway) - few newbies couldn’t understand why they were losing their pass bets without a 7 being rolled. She then rolled a 7, which confused them even more when they got paid.

    The roll was good from there on – not because she was hitting lots of points but rather because she kept rolling hardways – it was almost weird. I had to colour up after her roll as I was now 5 minutes late for dinner and was meeting Mrs M at the restaurant. Finished up about $300 (I had added a 5 and 9 along the way as I knew I wasn’t going to be staying long – probably should have walked away with a lot more than I actually did but was a happy out).


    Up to Carbone, Mrs M was just arriving so no problems there. We were shown into the back part of the restaurant into a fantastic table/booth for two. Our server came over – lovely guy – Brooklyn Italian American – talked us through the menu, told us about the off menu meatballs etc. Didn’t push bottled water - suggested tap water (I hope this was not a reflection on how we looked!).


    We both love Foie Gras – so we ordered one each to start (it was delicious – cooked perfectly $45 each). The server said the portions of everything else are quite large and that the bread is fantastic so said one pasta between us and then one main each would be loads of food. We ordered the Veal Parmesan (which was $65 but we both agreed was the best we had ever tasted), the meatballs (again delicious but no better than Portofino in the Mirage), and a pasta dish (very good - which one I cant remember). The bread was great too. All in all loads of food, all very tasty and thought the atmosphere in the restaurant was super.


    We hit the casino again and nothing happened bar good fun – ie no photos worth sharing. We headed up to bed…… (content/videos/photos removed for breaching decency rules of forum)……


    At around 3am I woke up feeling pretty unwell. This resulted in bodily evacuations from both ends.,… no need to be too graphic but it seemed to be food poisoning. It wasn’t alcohol vomiting it was something I ingested. Now it could have been from either restaurant that day or even from touching so many different machines and then touching my mouth so I am not pointing fingers at any establishment but rather just going into loads of detail for the TR (which may be becoming boring with all the rambling??).


    Day 5 to follow (and it was a good one……)
     
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  16. pd54

    pd54 Low-Roller

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    I know - “Irish car bombs”. Not at all an insulting name for a drink (I’m from Belfast!) :rolleyes2:. Whenever I suggest an American version of a name for that drink I get VERY dirty looks!
     
  17. MacAttack

    MacAttack Low-Roller

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    Ha. I can only imagine.
     
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  18. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Wow! Great job turning an awkward situation into a drinking opportunity with random strangers!
     
  19. MacAttack

    MacAttack Low-Roller

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    Day 5

    Woke up feeling good – last full day in Vegas, so keen to pack in as much gambling as possible. Headed down to Lift bar to kick of the VP for the morning. Went ok – hit a couple of pokers (both at 25c) and was agonizingly one away from a royal twice at 50c
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    We decided to do some low-rolling slot hopping. Nothing exciting happened – hit a couple of small bonuses on quick hit machines to keep our heads above water. Decided lets just get really drunk and not worry about trying to win back the money lost on the trip.

    I would guess that I was down around $2,000 for the trip which wasn’t that bad considering it had been a rough few days – the big wins on the first night stopped it being a disaster. But things were about to change for the better.

    Headed over to NYNY and kept the low rolling going – before we left I was playing a Quick Hits at hit this…….
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    Not bad for a 1.50 bet!

    Got to NYNY and played some VP – up and down, probably a little up. Mrs M needed a bathroom break and I said I would walk over with her. She went in to do her business and I sat down at machine outside the toilets not far from the check-in area and stuck in a $20. I hadn’t seen this game before but it was crazy loud. Probably the loudest game I had ever played. When a Gold Bar hit a reel all the other reels slowed down and the machine started ROARING “TWO MORE FOR THE BONUS” , “ONE MORE FOR THE BONUS”. The bonus was activated and a screen popped up with lots of text explaining how it worked – it looked pretty elaborate but in essence, a wheel was spun and that value would correspond to every gold bar that you got on any reel. So a Gold bar might have a value of $5 for each free spin. Well, the machine was roaring and flashing and going mad and it finished with a $135 win – great result – things were certainly looking up.
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    Mrs M was hungry so we went to a sandwich place in NYNY – great sandwich – no pics. There was a line forming outside the Dueling pianos. We got in line – you could buy a table or just stand at the bar for free. We picked the bar. The place was hoppin’(to a girl who was celebrating her birthday). I “volunteered”/was pushed into the fray by Mrs M. Again great fun.


    You can’t smoke in the Duelling pianos bar so I went outside to have a cigarette and sat at a machine. Put in $20. It was a game with lots of fish – it looked like a pretty new game but I am not a big slots player so it could be ancient. Anyway second spin in – it seemed like the whole machine lit up in “wilds” and it paid out over $200 – sorry no pic. As Mrs M was still in the bar I went back in without giving anything else back to the machine and showed her the TITO. Maybe we COULD win it all back. I was itching to gamble but Mrs M was really loving the Dueling Pianos and the bar in general. The drinks kept flowing ($12 for a pint of Heineken).


    Eventually her bladder got the better of her and she needed a toilet break. Did I want to wait here or go with her? I’ll go with you – insisted on same toilet. In she went. “My” machine from earlier was taken so I sat at its identical brother right beside it and put my $20 in. First spin “TWO MORE FOR THE BONUS, ONE MORE FOR THE BONUS”. Boom – bonus game again. This time every bonus bar was going to be worth $16.

    I was purposely not pressing anything so the game wouldn’t start straight away so Mrs M would make it back in time. The bonus ended up being retriggered which allowed you to spin again and this was added onto the original value for the bonus bars. It now stood at $24 with about 16 spins. I was ecstatic – maybe Slots should be my thing instead of Craps and VP? It ended up paying $379 – we were officially on a roll and making a comeback……
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    We went back to the Dueling Pianos for a few more drinks (they stamp your hand so you can skip the queue when you return). When she had had her fill we hit the Casino and played a little roulette (After I had bought in for $50 I noticed that they had triple zero which I didn’t know any mlife property had added). This makes an already poor odds game worse. We put $2 bet out covering my birthday, her’s, our son’s, and boxed 20 (corners not splits – $2 on 20 and $1 on corners) and the gambling gods smiled again when 20 came. We cashed out immediately – I told the croupier it was because of the three zeros – he probably didn’t give a shit to be honest but he may pass on the feedback – in reality we cashed out because it was meant to be a quick hit and run and we can done just that.


    The Craps tables were packed and since Mrs M wasn’t going to play I didn’t want to squeeze my way in and leave her on the sidelines.

    We decided to head back to the Aria, plan was shower, get changed and enjoy what was left of the last night. The last day had gone brilliantly so far – Mrs M was happy that we were on a comeback as the losses so far on the trip were being mitigated – I was happy as it proved to me that you should NEVER EVER quit when you are behind – you NEED to chase the losses and you will undoubtedly be rewarded ;)


    We had had quite a few beverages at this stage and Mrs M didn’t last too much longer. I planned to keep gambling until I could gamble no longer (which turned out to never happen).


    As soon as Mrs M had hit the hay I was at the Craps table. I had played far less Craps on this trip than ever before – I had played some but it had all been quick and painful. Dropping 100 and 200 here and there. Not this time. Bought in for 200 and played for well over 90 minutes at a table with about 6 players. Everyone is great form, a super crew manning the table and ended up cashing out for $1000.

    Craps was a success, slots were a success – now to crack the VP. I now had a decent wad of cash on me, my daily gambling budget, plus the slots and Craps wins. It was probably about 3am at this stage and it is a Sunday night so the place is starting to quiet down a bit.


    I started off at the VP slants outside the High Limit room and quickly hit a poker of 8s after about 10 minutes of play.
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    When the CW arrived back with my 1000th vodka and red bull of the night, I cashed out with a profit of $100 on that machine, I made a beeline to STP VP near the Mlife desk. I played here for about an hour and cased out up $50 after hitting another poker of 8s.
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    On a side note there were a group of about 6 women (very boisterous) playing slots over my left shoulder and they were screaming the place down – I estimate that they must have had about 6 or 7 handpays during my time there (it was a $5 slot).

    I headed for Gem bar and sat down at one end of the bar. My plan was to insert $100 into the machine. If it went down to $50 I would move to the machine next to me and reload, and continue like this. My ‘logic’ at the time was that I would stumble across a ‘hot’ machine and only lose a limited amount in ‘cold’ machines.

    I put my card in – the light went green but I couldn’t see my credits. The barman said once the light is green there is nothing to worry about. I played away for a few hours and then a Slot attendant approached the bar and started telling the Barman than the whole Aria IT system was down and they had to handpay anyone who was trying to cash out of a machine as none would print TITOs. I told her I was able to get TITOs from the bartop VPs (I knew this as I had been hopping machines). All other machines – I literally mean every single slot machine in the Aria could not print TITOs. Once someone went to cash out “call attendant” came onto the machine and the light went on. Mental pain in the hole for all staff and gamblers. You also could not cash out any TITOs that you had either, you had to go to Cashier and they hand tallied them and paid you – they couldn’t even scan them.

    I was again assured that my play was still being recorded as the green light was still on around my card – but they would say that wouldn’t they?

    My hot streak continued and I moved from the hard stuff to coffees and waters as I decided that I was going to go straight through – ie not go to bed at all before my 4PM flight – there is plenty of time for sleepin’ when you’re dead. Attached are a few of the highlights of the poker play. Every time I needed to go to the restroom I cashed out so I had well over a $1000 in TITOs by the end of the morning (I went back to the room at 9am so Mrs M would know I was still alive and to have a shower). IMG_7636.JPG IMG_7637.JPG IMG_7638.JPG IMG_7639.JPG IMG_7640.JPG IMG_7641.JPG


    I had a truly great night/morning and would have probably lost some money back to them if their systems had not crashed……


    Final day post 9am to follow, including total coin in and a query as to the comps given that I would love the communities feedback on ……..
     
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  20. justchuck

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    You write a great trip report!
     
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