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First time in Vegas - Stag party trip 4/5 to 8/5

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Saintjamie, May 11, 2017.

  1. Saintjamie

    Saintjamie Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Hi there!

    Long-time lurker here but only a couple of posts - but I've just returned from my first Vegas trip and just really want to bash out a write up of all the excitement and hopefully some useful info for people making the same journey we did!

    We were a group of nine guys, early-30s, travelling from Scotland for a stag party - or a bachelor party as most of you would have it! The stag reference really confused the TSA guy I spoke to in the airport...

    We travelled from Glasgow to McCarran on Thomas Cook. It's really hard to find decent information online on these flights for whatever reason - but I was very impressed. The GLA-LAS flight is operated on behalf of Thomas Cook by a company called AirTanker. For all intents and purposes it is a Thomas Cook flight but on a leased aircraft, an A330, only two years old and immaculate. A really comfortable flight with decent IFE choices. Meals were pretty much standard as you'd expect and you have to pay for your drinks but to get a direct flight from Scotland to Vegas at a reasonable price is great.

    There were nine of us which is something of an awkward number to accommodate but we got a really great deal on The Signature at MGM Grand - three rooms with three guys to a room. Slight issue at check in (we had three rooms booked but the system only showed one initially for some reason) was resolved really quickly. We were mountain/airport view rather than Strip, but that wasn't really an issue for us given how little time we spent in there.

    First stop was The Pub in MGM Grand for a quick bite - good fun pouring your own beer at the table and reacquanting myself with giant US portions - one nachos and two orders of chicken drumsticks was more than enough to feed four!

    Given why we were there you can imagine what our trip quickly descended to - heavy drinking and gambling. Having read on here about the decline in comped drinks etc and expensive limits on table games etc I was worried I wouldn't get enough of either but it really wasn't an issue. Had particularly good drinks service in MGM Grand (bubble craps at the very back end - on the way to the pool - of the casino was a particular hotspot!), Paris, TI and Excalibur - and no issue getting drinks quickly at the VP bars.

    The gambling side of things also went beautifully for me. Hit nothing on Thursday but it all kicked off for me on Friday night in Excalibur. Hit 4OAK A's on DDB at the bar in Excalibur for $200, before 20 minutes later getting $175 off a Sphinx 3D slot (and got 3 drinks in 15 minutes on the machine!). Went from there to find my friends who weren't having such great luck or drinks service at the front of the casino and brought them with me to the back in the hope we'd all get a good few drinks in quickly at the same location and sat down at a Buffalo Grand slot, where this immediately happened:

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    It could have been even better - I went back to some VP shortly after and this happened:

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    :(

    Had a few other decent sessions for my low roller budget - including a couple of decent Wheel of Fortune wins (favourite was sticking $10 in a machine at Casino Royale as I waited on our $1 Michelob's being brought over from the bar and immediately getting to spin the wheel for $80!)

    Friends had a bit of luck too - one got $250 from Wonka while at exactly the same time 30 feet away another hit $450 on Sphinx 3D in Mandalay Bay.

    Away from the gambling we managed a few cool daytime activities - visited Hoover Dam, went to TopGolf, shot machine guns, played some mini golf, went karting. Two of the guys went to the Richard Petty NASCAR experience which was apparently incredible!

    All in all, far too short a time in town. We managed to see most of the casinos on the Strip - though none of us made it north of Venetian/Palazzo which was disappointing as I wanted to at least see Wynn/Encore and hit the top of Stratosphere for the rides! Also somehow missed MC, Cosmo and Aria despite walking right by them multiple times.

    I'll be back - no doubt about that. Just really wanted to post this up here to brag about my Buffalo win and thank everyone for all the useful posts on here that I've used as research for our trip! Having that little bit of insight before we went really helped us have an idea what we wanted to do and where to go etc.

    Now off to catch up on some sleep - according to my FitBit I slept no more than four hours a night from Wednesday night until Tuesday so I've got a long way to go to get back to it! I actually didn't mind that though - I was usually getting back to the room around 2/3am and would be back up again walking into MGM Grand for a coffee around 7am, which was a good time for a quick bit of VP! Quick word on that actually - you read a lot of reviews on The Signature and how awful and long the walk is. Maybe it's a cultural thing - where I'm from you tend to walk everywhere anyway and the car is king in America. We were in tower two and I think I timed it one day that from the lobby of the tower it took me seven minutes to walk to the MGM Grand Buffet. We were also only about the same time from the tower to the corner of the Strip and Harmon. To me that's nothing, and given the deal we got on the rooms ($1500 total for three rooms for four nights, so little over $120 per room per night) I'm happy to walk a few minutes and save a ton of cash.

    Thanks again!
     
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  2. Saintjamie

    Saintjamie Tourist

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    Also meant to add - one of my concerns before I went (because of stuff I'd read on here!) was using my MyVegas freeplay reward. I had read things about not getting it if you had booked your rooms third party, and a bit of dubiety about getting MGM Grand FP if you were staying in The Signature. We were staying in The Signature having booked third party (Booking.com who booked it through AirPads). However, I had absolutely no problem using the Freeplay reward - no questions asked, it was simply loaded straight on to my MLife card and I was able to use it right away. Unfortunately I didn't manage to turn it in to any decent amount of cash!
     
  3. MUFC

    MUFC Low-Roller

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    Excellent stuff, sounds like you had a good time. I agree about Signature I stayed in tower 3 and didn't particularly mind the walk.
     
  4. The Stig

    The Stig VIP Whale

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    Nice report and glad you enjoyed your first Vegas trip. With Air Tanker is it just economy, there's no premium economy on there is the? I fly with TC out of Manchester a lot when going to Vegas.
     
  5. Saintjamie

    Saintjamie Tourist

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    Just economy, which is fine for me! I saw return flights as low as £450 a few weeks back which is outstanding value.
     
  6. tmoney25

    tmoney25 Low-Roller

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    I though they were called stags in North America. They are in Canada anyway where we use stag or bachelor party interchangeably.

    What threw me for a loop was going to a bachelor party for an Australian. They call it Bucks Day
     
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  7. sybgal

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    Great report! Thanks for sharing with us!!
     
  8. casinokid68

    casinokid68 Low-Roller

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    Fantastic report and great win on Buffalo!!! Thanks for sharing:drunk:
     
  9. kevin853

    kevin853 Low-Roller

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    Nine Scots guys on a stag do!

    Hopefully you left some alcohol for the rest of us.
     
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  10. Saintjamie

    Saintjamie Tourist

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    We didn't go to Bally's, Aria, MC or Cosmo at any stage so you could try there!
     
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  11. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report!
     
  12. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the report. Congrats on the wins. So glad you all enjoyed the trip. Hope your new wife either will enjoy going with you in the future or not be annoyed if you return with your friends. I think it's fabulous to grab a direct charter! What a huge time saver.
     
  13. emmas

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    Congratulations on a very nice trip. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun and you caught the Vegas bug.