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Dumpy Casino Adventure Time!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ColoVegPlayer, Sep 3, 2020.

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  1. Gmoney10

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    Thanks for posting your TR and reporting on all the off strip casinos and your takes on each. Good luck to your horse at the Derby!
     
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    Loved this atypical report!
     
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  3. ColoVegPlayer

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    Day 3 of the trip concluded!

    Got to visit 2 new casinos which were not on my list, both really nice places. Also got to experience gambling at a Smith's (Kroger chain) grocery store!

    The day started in the early morning, with me going down to grab another donut for breakfast. Same cute cashier again, a good start to the day!

    Unfortunately that's where the good part of the day ended... I spent a few hours gambling on the NYNY Casino Floor, losing $200, officially putting me down for the trip at this point.

    My friend picks me up around 11, and we head to Red Rock Casino, so I can put my bet in for the Derby. Our attendant happened to be someone she worked with years ago, so they recognized each other. I got my bet in, and got my free* hat!


    We then headed to Red Rock park, but we were running a little short on time, because hash house closes at 2PM and just to drive through is a non trivial amount of time. We decided to not go all the way in and turned around at the entrance. (Saved $15 on the entrance fee!)


    We headed to hash house to get some delicious lunch, around noon. Unfortunately, there was an HOUR AND A HALF wait to get a table! This wasn't even the hash house at the Linq, this was in Summerlin! We decided to skip that, and she took me to Suncoast Casino!

    Suncoast Casino has a beautiful exterior, very large looking place. Once you get inside, you go up these cute escalators, and go through the temperature check. You're then on the casino floor, and it's really laid out quite nicely. We wandered through a bit, and ate lunch at their cafe. I had some nice pancakes and she got eggs Benedict. Delicious and very affordable, only $20. Then I gave $10 to a video poker machine, playing 5c denomination, went down to $5, got back up to $10. I looked at her and said "you can never leave when you're even!" Switched to the $2 denomination and did a $10 spin! And my luck from this morning came back, and I left Suncoast with a $10 loss.

    Suncoast Photos:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/t1jdbLc

    We then drove across the street to Rampart Casino. Pretty surprising to me to see two extremely large casinos that close to each other, outside of the strip, for local places.

    The exterior of the place is very classy, and that held up inside also. A nice place, really cool ceiling over the table games too. I really enjoyed the non smoking section of the video poker and slots. I put in $10 to a video poker machine while my friend made a deposit in the women's restroom. Broke even on the video poker, and decided to take a stab at their $10 Faceup Pai Gow table. Won one hand, and cashed out, leaving up $10, recouping my losses from Suncoast!

    Rampart Photos:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/FqJhp3w


    Sorry for the poor photos, it was hard to get a good angle on the outside.


    We then went to Smith's so she could pick up some bottles of water and Tylenol for a headache (probably for having to put up with me so much!). She pointed me to the saddest little gaming area I've seen. So I happily entered and plopped $5 into a video poker machine. Went up and down, but broke even again. Really tickled by the thought of a gaming area at a Kroger chain of stores. At least I can say I've gambled at a grocery store, and not just with some questionable "best by" dates!


    Finally we head back to Red Rock for the big race! We got there an hour early and all the seats were already filled, so I decided it was time for an ice cream break. I still love Red Rocks food court options, so many cheap places to pick from, including Ben and Jerry's delicious "Netflix and Chilled" ice cream (peanut butter and chocolate).


    After my ice cream break and playing the Toilet Slot Machine, it was race time!


    My luck from the early morning came back. My horse did not come in first, second, or third. Luckily I had also placed a bet on the favorite, so it wasn't a complete loss. Only $50 lost! But hey I got that free hat... And the lady that cashed my ticket also knew my friend! I swear this girl must have worked with half the people in Vegas.


    Before we left Red Rock, I played some more Pai Gow, and gained an extra $10. And spent $7 of that $10 on a hundred-draw video poker machine on the way out...

    Hat Photo:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/M9uKOxy


    Fun fact about the hat... It has the original date of the Derby on it May 2nd 2020, and even though I got it from Red Rock it says Texas Station, which is ironically where my friend used to work!


    I made reservations for Wolfgang Pucks Bar and Grill at the MGM Grand, so we headed back to the NYNY for a quick nap before dinner and to recharge phones.


    At dinner I ordered a flat iron steak and she got linguini with clams. The wait for our food was close to an hour, and unfortunately my steak was... mediocre. At least her pasta was amazing! Overall I wouldn't recommend Wolfgang Puck to anyone. It was my 2nd visit to this restaurant and my first time was also less than stellar. I figured I'd give it another chance, but honestly the food court at the NYNY is probably a better option. Much quieter too. The food also did a number on my stomach, which I almost never have issues with, so your mileage may vary.

    Food Photos:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/Xhaw88q

    I then walked her back to her car so she could drive home. I goofed around on some slots, and continued to slowly trickle down. Not sure the exact amount, but my total bankroll is now $676, from my starting amount of $1100 for the trip.

    Tomorrow is my last day, and our plan is to go downtown for a bit, and go to Ellis Island for an early dinner before my flight. I think I might keep the gambling low tomorrow and just use the left over cash for next time.


    On another note I'm now at 95,730 tier credits (before any room charges I think) so I might be able to hit platinum this year, though I'm not sure if I care enough to try.

    I'm also at $4109 of coin in for this trip, all at NYNY. I'm not even sure if that's enough play to warrant asking for any sort of back end comps for the room charges, at the NYNY. If anyone has a suggestion on that, or who to talk to, or how to do it, let me know. Never had that done before.

    See you all tomorrow!
     
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    Just ask at check out. Worst they can do is say "No."
     
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    I am really enjoying your TR so far!
    Have a great remainder of your trip! :D

    RICHARD
     
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    I once ate at the Wolfgang Puck joint. The food was underwhelming, but the service was bad.
     
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    I cannot remember, ever in my life, going to one of those absentee celebrity chef places and enjoying it enough to want to return!

    LOL;

    Jumbo Shrimp
    Small Crowd
    Pretty Ugly
    Celebrity Chef

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  8. ColoVegPlayer

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    Ugh seriously. I thought maybe i just had one bad experience...I'm about to post a mid day report on today, let's just say Wolfgang Puck ruined things.

    I do really enjoy Gordon Ramsay Burger, I go every time I can...sadly it's closed right now!
     
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    Finishing up the last day of the trip. Unfortunately, Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill wasn't done with us yet.

    Our original plan was to have my friend pick me up then we'd head downtown, skipping lunch and do an early dinner at Ellis Island before my flight. I knew I wanted to limit my losses a bit after my bankroll was Vegas'd the past two days.



    I woke up early, and got a delicious breakfast at America at the NYNY. Sorry beautiful donut girl, but I needed some chocolate chip pancakes!



    Pancake photo:



    http://imgur.com/gallery/2O7y86

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    I then packed up my things and checked out of the hotel. Since I wanted to limit my losses, I took out a $50 bill and limited myself to that for my play in the morning. Actually managed to only lose around $20, I think! Because I was skipping lunch I decided to get a snack at the NYNY, getting a Hershey milkshake at the Hershey store. Really rich but very good! The Hershey bar inside it really made it amazing, as weird as that sounds.



    Unfortunately things then took a turn for the worse. Remember how I said that Wolfgang Puck did a number on my stomach? Turns out it hit my friend even worse. She felt so bad throughout the night she could barely sleep, I was up until 1AM after eating there....She called me at 10:30 (planned pickup was 11) and was still feeling awful. She still came to pick me up, but we had to change plans. She had no energy to do anything. We drove to her condo, and then she let me borrow her car. I made sure she didn't need anything, and decided to go back to Sunset Station, since it's only a 3 minute drive from her place. I wanted to stay nearby in case she needed something. She then went back to sleep.

    At Sunset Station, I signed up for a players card since I was going to low roll here for a little bit. I started with video poker, and broke dead even, $100 in $100 out. I then switched over to Faceup Pai Gow for a $10 minimum, buy in for $160. That was brutal, I got so many queen and jack high Pai Gows, dealer got lots of straights and fill houses. You know it's rough when you cant even push on a dealer Queen-Jack with a pair of 6s. I walked away after losing $70.

    I switched to their $10 double deck Blackjack, and cashed out for $300 after three or four shoes!

    I then played some slots for a bit, losing $40 in the process. But I made it to their Gold tier (2nd level). Not really sure what that gets me, but it was nice to get 15% off at the gift shop, when I bought two plush animals, one for my friend here and one for the girl I'm seeing/dating/I don't back actually know, back in Colorado.
    I wandered around Sunset some more, and turns out they're having a little collectors market! Around 8 vendors had tables set up, selling baseball/sports cards, magic the gathering cards, Funko Pop figures, and some star wars minis. I ended up paying $16 for some cool little Star Wars things that I'll be assembling soon. I think it's really cool that Sunset had that, really cool to see them allowing local businesses to come in and rent a small space to sell things. Very refreshing compared to the corporate feel of the strip.

    Collectors Market Photo:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/qphsUo

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    For my late lunch, I went to their food court and got Fatburger. It was okay, nothing to write home about.

    Sunset Station was pretty fun (winning didn't hurt), and it's definitely a place I'd consider staying next year. Definitely didn't have as much fun since my friend is sick, but oh well.


    My numbers for my win/loss might have been a little off, but my total bankroll is now $774. I think I'll be done gambling for my trip now, Wolfgang Puck was enough for me.


    Heading to the airport now, I'll finish my trip report and do a summary while waiting on the flight!
     
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  10. ColoVegPlayer

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    Final (planned) post for my trip report. Going to summarize and organize my thoughts and add in the story of going to Arizona Charlie's I forgot to mention.


    Arizona Charlie's story: On the first day, we went to Arizona Charlie's on Boulder Highway. We parked in the parking garage on the bottom floor. We went through the doors on the bottom level, but strangely they didn't have any handles on the exterior... One door was sort of stuck open, so I pried it open. We went up the elevator and found ourselves on the casino floor... Pretty sure that wasn't an intended entrance, especially because coming back, the "down" button on that same elevator was taped off. Oops. Oh well, won $21 off a single spin $2 of Davinci Diamonds.



    Overall thoughts: NYNY is an okay hotel, but it felt pretty crowded on the floor. It was my 2nd time staying here, but this time it just felt kind of bland. The food options are decent, and the location is pretty nice with easy access to Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Park MGM (if it was open). But this time I only visited another hotel on the strip once, when we went to Wolfgang Puck's.



    Visiting off-strip hotels is definitely a lot of fun! I think I might switch to Stations casinos sometime next year, maybe at Red Rock. I think Red Rock has a better food court than Sunset Station, and also has nice higher end dining. And the public bathrooms at Sunset leave a lot to be desired...I'd have to look into what a low roller like me can get comped there. Sunset and Red Rock both have a lot of non-gambling to offer, with the movie theater and bowling alley. Sunset is a bit closer to everything though.



    This was my 3rd trip to Las Vegas during COVID. It's definitely a different place. All the bars being closed was a welcome sight for me, because I don't drink and didn't mind having less drunk fools around. The smaller crowd is definitely nice, but it was also a very different type of crowd than I'm used to seeing. I think with all the cheap deals, people that normally wouldn't stay at the nicer hotels are doing so, and it was reflected in the various angry yelling I heard between people. (I hope that lady found her iPhone without "patting down every "motherfudger" in the "dang" casino")



    One thing I always loved doing in Vegas was seeing the various shows, always seeing at least one, sometimes two, per day. Really bummed that shows were closed, but it definitely was cheaper overall because of that.



    The food: So many restaurants are closed. The ones that are open are offering "limited menus", and you'll probably need a reservation to get a table. Prices aren't reduced to reflect the limited menu, either.



    Dumpy casinos! This was probably the highlight of my trip. Visiting the run down parts of town was great! Low rolling at the 25 cent roulette was the best. Spending time with my non gambling friend taking turns betting up to a dollar was so fun. Because we went during the day, I never felt super unsafe, but I definitely would NOT go there at night. Bighorn was probably the dumpiest place, and I think that Lucky Club was the sketchiest place.



    MGM Tier Status: Still at Gold, with a total of 98,422 credits. Need to get around 61578 more to get Platinum, due to the reduced credits needed this year. I'm not sure if I'll actually be able to hit that this year, I'm tentatively planning to visit my friend again in October. I think getting that many credits in one trip wont happen though, as my 98k came over 4 total trips this year.



    About to board my flight, and get home around 1AM! Thanks everyone for reading the trip report. I'm happy to answer any questions.
     
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  11. agirl

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    It’s most likely the food just didn’t agree with you and your friend, but these days an “upset stomach” and feeling wiped out could also be signs of covid. I sure hope your friend is feeling better.
     
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    She's feeling better. Odd that both of us had bad experiences, with different food.

    Pretty sure it isn't COVID, unless we've been reinfected. Neither one of us have directly tested positive, but tons of people we were both in contact with have tested positive.
    I'm fairly sure me and my coworker got it during CES.
    But I don't want to turn this into a COVID thread.


    I will say that the mask wearing and enforcement is higher here in Vegas casinos is very strict, though. Hopefully that's allowed to be said.
     
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    I've been to Jerry's Nugget after dark and, except for a guy puking in the bathroom then 5 minutes later walking around the casino with a Budweiser, had zero issues. Some of the others, like Lucky Club and Silver Nugget, I'd probably stick to daytime.
     
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    Thanks for the report and your observations. Sorry the food from Wolfgang Puke,:vomit: oops, I mean Wolfgang Puck, did not agree with you guys. That's not a good thing to have happen, especially when you are on vacation.
     
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    Thanks. It was definitely a fun trip overall though!

    Probably my 2nd favorite trip overall, going to all the local spots.
     
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    Cool trip report. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Did Longhorn still have Black jack tables? I have non been the re since pre covid. I know they got rid of two dollar blackjack curious if they did the same as Jokers wild.
     
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    Nope, it was all slot machines, no table games. $2 BJ would have been great!
     
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    Awesome trip report. Pretty sure I’ll never step foot into any of these casinos (been to Jerry’s tho during a visit to Palomino) but it was stellar seeing them thru your eyes (and pics). Thanks!
     
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    Your friend sounds super cool.

    Great TR! :clap:
     
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