Wednesday of our trip, we just grabbed a quick coffee and roll at the Aladdin, and sat at a couple of video poker machines right outside the Starbucks. My wife and I each put in a 20, and in less than ten minutes I hit a 4-of-kind and she hit two more, and we walked away after cashing out $265. Nice way to start the day. We spent most of the day traveling from casino to casino to casino, gambling a little and just seeing the sights. Had a good lunch at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. We found an empty $5 Let It Ride table at Excaliber, and decided to give it a try. We bought in for $100 each, and quickly lost it all - each of us only hitting a winning pair once or twice. A young kid who had to show his ID to prove his age sat down and only played about 10 hands and won big with a couple hands of 3-of-kind, a two pair, and a couple pairs. Next we went to Luxor and sat at a $5 blackjack table. We were the only two at the table, and again bought in for $100 each. I was doing pretty well, though my wife won for awhile, she eventually lost everything. The dealer was really pushing us quickly and was a bit intimidating, and wife didn't enjoy that at all. I was quite abit ahead and increased my bets to $10, and was dealt a pair of 8's with the dealer showing a 5. I split the eights and was dealt another 8. I resplit, and was dealt another 8! Before I knew it, I had 4 $10 hands going. I stood on each with anywhere from 13 to 19, but with the dealer showing 5 with a good chance to bust I was pretty confident. Wrong! He drew a bunch of low cards and finished with 21, beating every one of mine. I walked away after that hand, ahead about $50 from where I started. We took a cab to Treasure Island, where we met a friend who just moved to Vegas a month ago. We watched the Pirate ship battle, and then wanted to go to dinner. The closest place she could find to park was at the Frontier, so we walked there and decided to try the Prime rib and shrimp dinner as advertised on their sign for just $10.95. (I think that was the price.) Big mistake! Easily the worst meal we had all week. I think the entire staff there was working in Vegas when Sinatra was still a kid. After eating, our friend dropped us off in front of the Bellagio, where we watched the fountain from up close. Wow! What a difference to see and hear it up close as opposed to from our room. Thursday was the last full day of our trip, and we ate breakfast at the Aladdin buffet. Another great breakfast - with lots of fresh fruit, freshly squeezed OJ, and hand-carved baked ham that was delicious. We took a cab downtown to see the older casinos, and played from a while in the Golden Nugget, Binions, and a couple of smaller ones. My wife did OK in Binions, and we downed a couple of margaritas before heading back toward the strip. We stopped at the Palms first, and were amazed at the number of video poker machines. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a hot one. My wife wanted to try her favorite machine at O'sheas again, so that was our next stop. Sure enough, it was empty so she sat down and dropped in a twenty. I sat a couple machines away from her a also started with a twenty. I was quickly up about $60 and was feeling pretty good. She was down to about $6 left, and said that it didn't look like her machine was hot today. Not a minute later she yelled, "HONEY!" I looked over, expecting to see another 4 of a kind. Instead, she had the Ace,K,Q,J,&10 of hearts! A royal flush for $1,000! On the exact same machine that she had won big on earlier in the week. Needless to say, O'Sheas is now her favorite place to gamble! We didn't hit much else that day, but had another wonderful buffet dinner at the Aladdin. We spent the evening relaxing while listening to the band at the Aladdin lounge above the casino. They really had great entertainment all week there. Our entire trip was great, but then came the ride home. We had a 8:30 flight the next morning, and the airport recommended we get there 3 hours in advance. It wasn't busy, so we were through security by 6 and had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the plane. We were supposed to fly into Washington DC, switch planes, and then be back to Columbus, Ohio by 6:30 Ohio time, where my parents were waiting to pick me up. All on United Airlines. We would then have a 75 mile drive to our hometown. At Washington, we got bumped from our flight. They only seated 26 passengers, and 17 people got bumped! We were upset. The best they could do was send us to Atlanta to catch another flight to Columbus from there. We reached Atlanta and had another 2 hour wait for our final flight. Just as it was about to board, they announced that there was a mechanical failure and it would have to be taken to the hanger. Luckily they found another plane in about half an hour. We finally reached Columbus at 1:30 AM after going from Vegas to Washington, to Atlanta, and finally home! On top of that, our luggage was on the original flight from DC that we got bumped off of. It was waiting for us in Columbus, but was locked in the United office and all of their employees were gone. (Our new connecting flights were all Delta) So our luggage wasn't delivered to us until the next day. In spite of the awful trip home, it was a great vacation and we're already wondering how soon we'll make it back. After all, we now have 2 free round trip air tickets for being bumped off that flight!!!!!