Here’s a brief report on my recent trip: I spent a week in Vegas December 1st – 8th. Another solo trip. 3 nights at Main Street Station, 2 nights at Orleans and 2 nights at Flamingo. All comped. I budgeted 2k for gambling. This trip I was a little stricter with a stop loss of $300 a day. It gives me a reasonable chance of hitting my minimum daily goal of 3-5k coin in a day at video poker which keeps the basic Boyd room offers coming. I think I’m going to stick to that for future trips. Gambling was a disappointment. This is the 3rd time out of my last 4 trips where I’ve left town with less than 2/3rds of the 4oaks I should average. 4th losing trip in a row. Playing Double Bonus and DDB killed me. My only luck ironically was at bartops. TDB or something similar - $500 for 4 Deuces and a kicker at Gold Coast and a $1000 for Aces with a kicker at the Cromwell the night before coming home. I hit a 4oak on my very first hand when I got into town at MSS. I knew that was a bad sign… On the plus side, I got my play in. Main Street Station was the same as always. No complaints other than the horribly low shower. I only ate at 777 and the buffet due to vouchers and anniversary promos. I left MSS for Orleans down about $800. I renewed Sapphire status which doesn’t count for much other than some buffet discounts now that it appears Boyd dropped the Sapphire room offer and the automatic point multiplier with Sapphire. I took the two buses to Orleans and checked in. Orleans is the clear choice for me over the Gold Coast, which also sends me the two night offers. I like the 9/7 DB triple play with the royal progressive. Their outdoor hot tub was also open. I got talking to a guy from Alaska while watching the Seahawks/Panthers game who was on his first trip to Vegas. I ended up teaching him video poker and hitting up a few strip casinos with him. I also took a couple trips to the Palms, my favorite off strip casino. Things haven’t changed much since Stations bought it. I played a lot of 10/6 DDB there. I also did their buffet which is better than what Boyd offers and VERY cheap right now. About 8 dollars for my late breakfast/early lunch arrival. Gambling at Orleans the Palms and the strip was pretty rough. The $500 hit at Gold Coast helped a bit but I still ended the couple days down another $700. Down $1500 for the trip. I took the free shuttle from Orleans to their Linq shuttle stop. Just a short walk to Flamingo. Unfortunately, they wanted to charge $30 to check in before 1pm. Personally I think that’s ridiculous, especially when they’re charging guests who are on comps. Eventually I checked in and they gave me a room on the top floor of the Habitat tower. This was my first time staying at the Flamingo. The room was pretty large and I like how the entire wall facing the strip is windows. I had a nice view of Caesars Palace. The negatives were that the room is definitely showing its age in places, they forgot to leave coffee with the coffee maker and the room wasn’t in range of their wifi. Their pool areas were also closed. Otherwise it was a good last couple days. I spent most of my time bar hopping most of the nearby Caesars properties. I never had an issue getting a comp drink and wasn’t even aware if any of the bars were tracking my rate of play. My $1000 hit at Cromwell helped a lot. I ended up leaving town down about $1200. Not bad when I think about all the 4oak droughts I had. I also only hit one straight flush the entire trip (about 25,000 hands).