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Fall After a Sad Summer

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by rcbeamer, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Richard Alpert

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    Good start there, rcbeamer!
    Definitely was a long game last night!
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    A couple of my students were at the game last night.
    They were pretty tired in class today! :snore:

    Best wishes as your adventures continue!

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  2. rcbeamer

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    I'm sorry I haven't posted for a couple of days. My post-trip wrap up will fill in my adventures from Friday until Monday night. It is now Monday afternoon and I'm at the Orleans. I checked in for my 2 nights last night and almost immediately went to Ellis Island for the 7.99 steak special. Delicious as always. Then I went to the High Roller and saw my nephew who works at their gift shop. He just started there a few months back. Good to catch up with him. Then I went to Casino Royale and sat at the bar for the end of the football game. It was there where I saw the terrible tragedy at Mandalay Bay on TV. I pray for the families of the slain and those affected by it.
    Again, I will post more details from Friday -Monday when I get back to MKE. I'm just not in a good mood right now.
     
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    @rcbeamer
    Nice to see you post.
    Glad you're okay.
    Best wishes...

    RICHARD
     
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    I'm glad to hear that you're okay. I can imagine this would put a major damper on your mood for the rest of your trip, but hope you can find a way to enjoy it.
     
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  5. rcbeamer

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    I got back to MKE about an hour and 1/2 ago, and I'm going through my e and snail-mail, and I will post a full wrap-up with many 4oak and almost-Royals pics (and a few videos, I hope) in the next 2-3 days. Thank you to all who are following. I apologize for not posting like I thought I would. I need a good night's rest to clear my head. :snore:
     
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    Thanks for posting a trip report during this difficult time.
     
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  7. rcbeamer

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    I haven't forgotten my post-trip wrapup, I just haven't had much time. I've worked every day since getting back! I'll gather my notes, and continue this tonight after work. :peace:
     
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    Finally I can get my thoughts together, and post lots of pics from my trip. What I'm going to do is backtrack to Thu 9/28 and go from there to my last day 10/4.
    Thursday morning 9/28: I basically wandered around Downtown. Terry & I used the LVA Main St. buffet coupon for breakfast. He likes the made-to-order omelet, and I loaded up on the corned beef hash and the pulled pork. I don't really like to fill up too much for breakfast. Makes me sluggish.
    They're dismantling the LV Club bit by bit. 20170927_115828.jpg
    I didn't take a pic of the west-facing side but they kept the drapes in the rooms, as one can see as well in the North tower, which I thought was funny.
    View from my 12th floor room at the D.
    20170927_175922.jpg An almost-Royal on the redraw at the Longbar at the D. So close...
    20170927_191919.jpg Quiet morning at the Boar's Head bar. Just me, Oleg (not in pic), and the lovely Crystal waaaaaay in the back.
    20170928_092525.jpg Terry's 3rd floor suite at the Golden Gate where we watched the Pack maul the Bears. 20170928_175421.jpg
    After the game I was getting tired and went back to the D for the night. But first I hung out at the Vue Bar for about an hour and met a nice couple from Canada who were waiting for their friends to fly in from Toronto for a 50th b-day bash. Nineteen people altogether. I saw some of them at the pool the next day, and they offered me beer. Cool! They liked the fact I'm from Milwaukee (a few of them had Harleys), and "Rhonda" said I looked like Steve Martin. Ok.

    Tomorrow I will post some highlights from Friday and Saturday 9/29-30.
     
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    Friday was our agreed "downtown matchplay" day. Terry & I were to meet up about noon at the D. But I woke up about 4am somewhat sober, and a bit hungry. I went to Magnolia's. I have about $190 in comps at 4Q, so basically I eat for free whenever I set foot up there. They moved some machines and table games so they're parallel to each other in the big open part of their casino, and Sundae the gorgeous graveyard drink goddess liked it because it minimizes her walking time; she now mostly walks in loops instead of zig-zagging. (Apparently she hurt her ankle while in her kick-boxing class. Kick-boxing? Hmmmm.....another way to defend herself. A very good brush-off. It worked.) The meal hit the spot. Ham steak & eggs over hard with hash browns. Yum.

    Time to wander around a bit. I walked to the GG and sat at the bar. I hadn't played there yet this trip, only went through on Wednesday to dump & retrieve my bag and Thursday before and after the Packers-Bears game. I went in through the new addition where Le Bayou used to be. To me, it was no big deal, just devoid of gamblers at 5:30 am. Later that day Terry & I agreed Derek (Stevens) should've put some sort of party pit or sportsbook there: 20171004_051941.jpg
    BTW, that's a maintenance guy down on the left. NOT a cookie-loser.

    Had 5 Shock-Tops at the bar while losing $40. But this kept me going for a bit: 20160930_090642.jpg
    Walked to the Plaza to the Omaha Bar for some low-volatility .25 and .50 9/6 Jacks and PBRs. Bartender remembered me from January of this year! He says "Wisconsin, right? Brrrrr" I told him we've had a few 90 degree days just before I left. Not so brrrrr! A highlight from here:
    View attachment 40604 20170123_043747.jpg

    Grrr... wrong game. We all HATE these when playing 9/6 Jacks.

    I ended up making up about $25 of the $40 I dumped at GG. By now it's about 9am and after 5 PBRs I need to hit the D's hot tub to detox. Good thing, because the pool is C-O-L-D!! There are only about 10 people out there, not crowded. But 2 of them are the same couple I met at the Vue Bar on Thursday, and Rhonda reaffirms that yes, I still resemble Steve Martin. And for that, I demand a beer and get one. After about an hour of sun, Pandora on my Kindle, Sudoku puzzles, loud motorcycles, cars honking, and police sirens, I go back to my room for a nap. We've got a long afternoon planned for those matchplays.

    Results on those, and Friday night's exploits to follow.
     
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    Terry has to check out of the GG and into the El Cortez today for his 3 comped nights, so I met up with him about 12:30 and we walked to the El. Beautiful day now, about 72 and sunny. He tells me about his trip so far on the way, as we really haven't seen each other except for my first 2 hours in town, and the Packer game in his suite on Thursday. He mainly gambles where he stays to maximize his comps and future offers, whereas I tend to spread my play at many Downtown places. He's up about $150 playing mostly $5 blackjack! (He's mainly a flat bettor. I think I've seen him bet $25 maybe once or twice over the years. Really conservative, but It seems to work for him and he continually gets his rooms comped.) And he played lots of different penny machines at GG. His allergies are acting up, so he says he's not boozing it up as usual so far. I myself am down about $250 at 5 different places. This may change.

    He's able to get in at El Cortez early, and we go to the Grand to start our coupon run. They moved the slot booth away from the cage so it's right inside the Ogden St. entrance. We present our LVA and ACG coupons and the guy says that they changed their policy for 2 of their ACG coupons. What? He gave us $10 in free play for each of the free buy bet on the 4 & 10, and the free ace coupon. The 5x points we could still use. Not a deal-breaker for us. Terry doesn't shoot craps, and I may not have used the craps coupon anyway. The clerk asked me if I had it. Apparently a policy change. (Management reserves all rights, etc...) The booth guy just told us matter-of-factly, and I certainly wasn't going to get pissed. I'm too
    easy going for that. :whistle:We were still able to use the 2 LVA coupons for $10 in free play, and a $10 match play, which we played 1 bj hand. Terry lost, I won. So, we ended up with $30 in free play each. Terry went off to play some slots, and I headed to the bar. I played through mine, lost, but got 2 Kahlua & coffees.

    Next stop was the Plaza. ACG 2-for-1 drink got us 4 tap PBRs which I bought. Terry doesn't believe in paying for alcohol in 'Vegas, lol. Then we talked about how to use the LVA $25 match play. We both used our LVA $10 free play in January. I wanted to play 1 bj hand, but Terry wanted roulette. This is his strategy for match plays for roulette: His idea was to have me bet red, him bet black, and we combine a $5 cash bet (outside bet minimum) on a 0-00 split bet. His logic was we're risking 27.50 of our own $ and if a 0 or 00 hits that's $85 to split. Otherwise red or black would net one of us $25 (cancelling each other's bet, and we'd both be out $2.50 each). Sounds logical, and they let us do it. Black hits, and we walk out. Someone please tell me this isn't a bad idea. I know 1 hand of bj would be better house pc-wise, and certainly a pass and don't-pass bet at craps would be better as well, but Terry doesn't know craps. Probably the worst of the 3 options, right? I probably just answered my own question. :confused:

    Back to the GG. Seemed he used his bj coupons from both sources last night. No problem on my part. He broke even on his, and I did the same. First hand I had 18 against a 10. Dealer showed a 6, turned over an A, then got a 2. 19, boo. Next hand I had 2 faces, stayed and dealer busted anyway. During just my 2-hand short play (he just stood there and watched me), we each got a cocktail. :beer:

    Next stop the D for another go at roulette. We did the same thing as at the Plaza, with the same result. Black hit again. Terry went back to the El, while I went back up to the Vue Bar. I need to play where I'm staying a bit more as well.

    I'll post a Friday night wrap-up some time toworrow.
     
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    Correction in my last entry: My first hand I had 18 against a 6, not a 10.

    Ok, time for another entry. Again, sorry that it's taken me so long for this day-by-day wrap-up. Now I'm catching a cold and have been basically getting some shut-eye as soon as I get home from work each night. (I work 2nd shift, usually to 9pm.)

    Friday night 9/29 we went to Magnolia's about 8pm and used a LVA 2 for 1 coupon. Royal Flusher will like the fact that I had the country fried steak with CTUG. I never had it at Magnolia's before. Very good: 20171001_141434.jpg
    I thought they could've given me more mashed potatoes. Again, I eat at "The Mag" on my comp $ every time I go there, so free is free. Terry went back to the El Cortez, and I wanted to really pound at the Vue Bar as it was the last of my 3 comped nights at the D.
    After about 2 hours of choppy play and about a $100 in, I hit this: 20160725_040624.jpg
    Nice progressive at $104.75! Got me back to the good for the session. Jason was keeping my Captain & Cokes flowing freely, and I met a pleasant-looking lady from Iowa, whose husband (darn) was living it up at the Sigma Derby. He came back to her at the bar a few times, and she gave him about 4 or 5 $10 bills to get quarters to play the horsies. I kidded with them that it was nice of her to give him his allowance that way. :haha: I played for about another hour, and by now it was about midnight, and time to turn it in for the night. Tomorrow I have to move to the El Cortez for my one night there in Terry's comped room, and I plan on only playing there all day.
     
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    Saturday morning 9/30 began somewhat early for me. I woke about 7:15 am and sat in the D's hot tub for about a 1/2 hr. I like the fact that their pool area opens at 7. And the music's not too loud. Perfect hangover remedy. Well, that and my room-made Captain & root beer. :cheers: The Badger game starts at 9 am, so I want to move to Terry's room at the El Cortez. Sometimes I like watching a game in the room. No noise, and certainly no smoke like one could get watching at a bar or out in the casino. Fremont St. is fairly tame this early, and when I walked past the Heart Attack Grill I weighed myself (without luggage!), and I got in at a good 184 lbs. Two years ago I was 202 at the same scale. :clap:

    First I have to go to the slot desk and activate my 5x points for 1 day. This will be my only place to gamble today. I kind of fell off the El's radar in the past year, and I'd like to get back on. I've been playing more at the Boyd properties, and the D, so my El Cortez postcards only have "casino rate" room offers lately. So, I decided to play at Ike's bar for just the 1st half, then watch the rest in the room and relax. A highlights at Ike's was another almost-Royal:
    20170930_105450.jpg

    I have a very eventful Saturday night to brag about, so I will post about that later tonight. Thanks all for following so far. :)
     
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    Well, this cold is really kicking my a**. I promise I'll continue my report soon. Probably tomorrow night. :)
     
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    Enjoyed reading about your trip rcbeamer. I can relate to your sad summer as I had the same. Lost my very dear to me mother on September 8th. I also booked a Vegas trip as a reprieve from all the tears and will be leaving in six weeks! Your dad looked like a great one; cherish the memories and hold him close to your heart.
     
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    I guess I feel up to it tonight after work. Comtrex and Sudafed for dinner! I will continue my Saturday 9/30-Sunday 10/1 portion now.

    Terry had good news. He had an all-nighter at an El Cortez 21 table. Seems he couldn't lose, and had many Coronas and Tito's & cranberry juice. So he watched the 1st half while half asleep apparently. I have a $10 bet on the over at 49.5. Just 7-Ups for me this am so far. I also decided to play video 21 to rack up the points. The cheapest one can play that game is $1 at the bars. They have the surrender option, but only at 2 or more credits. So I popped a $100 in, and settled down. I put a lot of points on, and pretty much broke even after an hour and 1/2.

    Terry calls me at halftime, so I opened another bottle of Captain and we watched the 2nd half in the room. He had a parlay on UW covering 14.5 and the over at 49.5. Badgers won 33-24 so they didn't cover, but I hit the over and he lost his parlay. After the game was over, Terry hit the 21 table again, and I went to Ike's to watch some more college games and continue my video 21 point-pounding. We agreed to meet at Siegel's for dinner about 7. Terry's got $50 in food comps with his stay he needs to use before checking out Sunday. So I had about 4 hours to kill until then. I switched to .25 and .50 Bonus Poker after awhile. No big premium quad hits, but enough 5-K quads and full houses to keep me playing.

    We met for dinner, and both had the 22 oz. prime rib. Soooo good, but I don't like the fact that Siegel's has their vegetables a la carte with their entrees. I guess it's not so bad that way on a comp though. He tells me he's still kicking butt playing 21, great for him. After dinner we went to the slot booth kiosk to activate our entries for the 8pm drawing. I decided to low-roll near Ike's bar on the penny-to-quarter multi-game machines. Penny keno! That's the ticket. A couple of interesting hits: 20170930_195108.jpg My birthday-- 1/30/62
    and this, just random on my part: 20170930_195710.jpg

    The drink girl comes around pretty often in that area too. That's about as cheap as gambling gets while getting a good buzz going.
    In '79 Jackie Gaughan shows us that one could bet on where Skylab would fall... only in 'Vegas: 20170930_144110.jpg

    Now they're getting ready for the 8pm drawings with an announcement. If they call your name you have 3 minutes to get to the slot club area. I hit the cash-out button, and the ticket gets stuck. The attendant takes a couple minutes to show up and I get my $28.75 ticket. I have to use the men's room, and when I get out THEY CALL MY NAME!! By the time I walked past the cashier, Terry calls me to tell me what I already knew! I got to the slot counter in plenty of time, show my ID and slot card, and I sit at one of the 3 machines and wait for the other 2 names to show up. They do, and you have 2 minutes to pound away and hope for the best based on this chart: 20170930_203323.jpg
    I ended up with 830 points. $350 cold hard cash!:woohoo:Puts me in the black for the trip.
    Cheque this out: 20170930_205440.jpg

    I will post again tomorrow with Sunday's exploits. Thank you for following!
     
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    As soon as the drawings were over Terry & I went to Ike's bar and had celebratory shots of Jameson. He decided to give table 21 a break and join me to watch some of the late college games. More video 21 for me. It's amazing to see how often the dealer has a 10-value card face up in the video version. Good thing for the surrender option at $2 per hand. Saved me some $. We discussed our plans for tomorrow (Sunday 10/1). I have to get to the Orleans for my 2 nights, and he has to check in at the D for his last 3 nights. No Packer game, but the Steelers (my other favorite team) play the Ravens at 10:00am. Terry also follows the Dolphins, who play in London vs. the Saints at 6:30am. Turns out we'll be able to see both games in the room. About 11 pm I go back to the room. Long day tomorrow.

    Yes, another somewhat early night. Boy, I remember trips in the 90's when I would come out for March Madness with 4-5 friends and we would pound the $2 and $3 21 tables at the Horseshoe for 12 hours at a time until 5-6am, then go downstairs with comp slips for the $3.99 NY Strip special with beers to wash it down. I miss those days. Well, I was in my early 30's back then. <sigh>

    I was sleeping pretty soundly when Terry came back about 4am. He used up the rest of his $50 food comp at Siegel's by himself. He had yet another good session and he said he called me about 2:30am and left a voicemail to see if I was hungry. I didn't see my phone blinking 'til he got back. He apologized, and I said I wasn't hungry anyway, but he had to use the comp before checking out. No problem for me. He didn't make a bet for the Dolphins game because Ryan Tannehill the QB is out for the year. We pretty much slept thought the MIA game. No bet for me either, but I did bet on the Steelers-Ravens game, $10 on the under at 42 pts. Steelers won 26-9 and I hit the under

    The night before Terry asked for and got a late check-out and we dragged our stuff to the D about 2 and he was able to get in there. My plan was to buy a $20 72-hour pass about 5 pm so it would be valid until 5 pm Wednesday when we take the WAX from Fremont St. back to McCarran. I"m booked at the Orleans for Sun. & Mon. and would be back on Tue. early afternoon. I left my big bag there and just took my duffel to the Orleans. At this time I realized I hadn't gambled since 11 Sat. night. Fifteen hours of no gambling in Vegas?? :angel:

    More to follow...
     
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    That's awesome on your slot "tournament" win at the EL CO! Easy money!!!
     
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    Good stuff so far! Nice promo win!
     
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    I caught the 5:00 pm WAX just outside Binion's and got to the Tropicana stop about a 1/2 hour later, and transferred to the 201. I got to the Orleans, and checked in. I mentioned in a previous post that I immediately went to Ellis Island for the steak special, then met up with a nephew who works at the High Roller gift shop. So after that I went to the Stage Door and had a couple $1 PBRs. Walked through the Cromwell, Flamingo, the Linq and Harrahs as well. I have a Total Rewards card, but I don't play at any of their properties all that much. I finally got to Casino Royale and parked at the bar for the 2nd half of the football game. I pretty much low-rolled, switching between .5 Triple Play Ultimate X and standard .5 Triple Play. The paytables are standard Strip, but at .5 I'm not risking too much $.
    Some highlights:

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    About this time the football game ends. I cash out about $75 ahead and walk across to the Mirage and Caesars just for a break from the smoke at Casino Royale. The ceilings are much higher there and I love just wandering through both places. Time for a hooker check as well. :wink2: The way some of the women dress makes it hard to tell who is and who isn't. :D

    I'm getting hungry, so I went back to the Royale and had a footlong Nathan's with onions and mustard. The 1st meal of the trip that wasn't part of a comp or comp $$! I went back to the bar, and started playing the same games as earlier.

    About 10:30, the initial reports of the shootings at Mandalay Bay were on the bar TVs, and at first it seemed nobody in the casino even noticed. After a few minutes people started walking up to the bar to watch the TVs. I was just chatting with the guy next to me and his phone rings. He's a local who works at Bally's and it's his wife. He tells me she's heard of multiple shooters on the Strip. About 10 minutes after that, 4 Metro cops and a couple house security guards came running through and telling everyone to get down! I hit the cashout button, put it in my wallet and crouched down. People were screaming. Later on the rumors were that someone heard gunfire in the Casino Royale parking lot. I got up and went to the men's room and locked the stall. Nobody else was in there. I just figured it would be a safe place. I stayed there about 2 minutes, then went back out to see a couple cops basically saying "all clear", then I hear one tell the other they were both being dispatched to Mandalay Bay. Thank you for protecting us, Metro. I've been in a few car accidents and been held up at gunpoint once, but that was the most I've ever feared for my life. That may not seem too traumatic to some of you, but it scared the crap out of me.

    The next 2 hours I watched TV as well as my surroundings. I started getting texts from back home in Milwaukee from people who knew I was out there, and I texted back that I was about a mile and 1/2 away and that I was fine and safe. Mind you now it's 2 going on 3 am in Milwaukee. I'm sure glad for the concern at that hour.

    This was nice to get after I started playing again, playing nickels: 20171001_231857.jpg

    I really didn't feel like gambling any more tonight after that. I missed the last Boyd shuttle at midnight so I booked a Lyft. He came about 2 minutes later, and got me back to the Orleans in about 15 minutes. I turned the TV on in my room and obviously the coverage of the terrible tragedy was on every network. I said prayers for the victims and their loved ones. I finally went to sleep about 6 am.