Tuesday: We left for our drive of 250 miles to the El Cortez around 6pm and the light show from the lightning in the desert was fantastic. After many years of driving across the desert, this was the best light show we have ever seen. When we walked into the El Cortez, the smell of smoke was pretty strong as in the past. We requested a room in the nicer tower and he gave us room #1503 and I must say that it was very, very nice. We had stayed at the EC a month or two ago and the room we had then was not very good. They are doing a great job fixing up the rooms. Played 21, $3 min with no double after a split ($10 min to be rated), craps was $3 min with 10X odds. Hit DDVP with four aces and kicker for $500 and ended the night up about $200. Wednesday: Got up and drove to see Wynn. The wife and a friend of ours from Vegas went to the buffet and said it was fantastic. As for me, I played VP for about an hour and ended up winning $60. Their VP payouts looked pretty good to me. Someone told me that they change the payout schedule after they have been open for a few months of opening a new casino. Anyway, the casino looked very nice just as almost all new ones do. Back to the EC and saw Jackie Gaughn play poker until early evening. Went to Careful Kittyâ€™s for lunch and had the Prime Rib which I found to be too salty but got about half of it down and the price was right. Played all the games and hit another 4 aces with kicker for another $500 but ended the day just up a little. Craps at the EC is great. Thursday: Went to the Coffee Shop and had pork chops and eggs before leaving for the Plaza. The breakfast was very good. Checked in at the Plaza around noon and they had a huge Hold Em tournament going on with TV cameras everywhere. Some of the big names were playing and I think that it was the finals for the Ultimate Challenge. Played various games all day and ended the day minus $100. Friday: We took a ride over to the Bass Pro Shop at the Silverton. All I can say is that the place is fantastic. It is huge and two stories high. The salt water aquarium between the store and the casino is beautiful. They have another aquarium behind the bar that is full of Jellyfish which I thought was great. The cocktail waitresses are WOW at that bar also. Back to the Plaza and played the horses. Tim the bartender came in early to play them with me and was having such a good time that he didnâ€™t work. He took an early out and we both lost but had a grand time. BTW, Tim said that there have been over thirty-five people from the T2V board that have visited him and says that we are all a bunch of very nice people. Talked to Nords who was still working at the Plaza and he said that he would be working at the EC on Tuesday. Monday was his last day at the Plaza. Ended the day down about $300.