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Four Nights at the Mansion

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by UKFanatic, Aug 31, 2021.

  1. Raven888

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    Yeah, you don't want to get your butlers confused with each other... it's true what they say; mo' money, mo' problems!! :haha:
     
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    Hey UK! You mentioned that Robuchon is the best meal in Vegas but not your favorite. What are your favorites?
     
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  3. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I have never counted the options, but that sounds about right. They bring out an entire trolley of bread options for you to choose. Seriously, the pics of my selections is the smallest bread serving I have ever eaten there lol
     
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    I guess it depends on my mood and which day of the week you ask me. Hell, on any given day, I might say Robuchon! But I don't always want a multi-hour experience. Julian Serrano used to be my favorite, but the numerous menu changes through the years have knocked it down a very small notch in my book. I also love, love, love Carbone. Though my last experience there on fourth of july weekend was almost a service disaster (I nearly got into a shouting argument with the manager; never good lol). I still love the place, but I am waiting a little while before I go back (and hoping the manager has forgotten me by then). NOBU is excellent. I also love the teppanyaki table at Mizumi. The Milos lunch is also tough to beat, especially if you like EVOO (theirs is probably the best I have had in vegas). There are other places I really like as well (clearly, I love to eat), but those are the places that first spring to mind
     
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  5. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    There is still one more day of this report to come, but today has been busy at home. I should be able to finish the recap tomorrow
     
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    Absolutely loving this TR!! Thank you so much for taking the time after your lovely getaway to share these pictures & memories with us!

    WOW! The mansion looks incredible! Tons of room and a huge couch :love: and the pool looks like the most relaxing place in Vegas! Love the idea of such serenity being steps from the hubbub of The Strip.

    Your dinner looks amazing, I would have been severely tempted to just say “un de tout” to the bread cart :feedme: it’s on my bucket list to eat there, but I think I’ll hold off until supply lines stabilize again for the full experience based on your information.

    Thanks again for all the great pictures & info! Can’t wait to read about your last day!
     
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    Thanks for the report, UK, really enjoyed the pictures. If I were a gambling man, and I am, I would say the final part includes another win. I’ve read your TRs for a number of years and I tell ya, you make more comebacks or just plain wins than anyone I’ve ever seen. Matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you lose.

    I’m also a blackjack player, so it’s nice to see someone else still plays the game, but I win a fraction of the time that you do, and obviously at a much lower level. I clearly need to relearn the book or something tantamount because for someone who plays pretty much exclusively one game, I’m definitely doing something wrong lol.
     
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  8. MikeOPensacola

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    Great pics, as always UK. The one of “Baby Fanatic” with the tablet takes the cake.

    :beer: :beer: :beer:
     
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    Just caught up and loving the TR.
    Thanks for sharing the amazing pics of the Mansion.
     
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  10. UKFanatic

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    SUNDAY:

    The last full day in vegas had arrived! And perhaps the biggest win of the trip, the baby let us sleep in til almost 9. Even vegas was getting to him, lol.

    The morning plan was more of the same. The whole family loved that Mansion breakfast, so we set a time to meet there and I headed down to the high limit room to play for a bit. In my mind, I was remembering how fantastic the first shoe of the day was each of the last two mornings. So I started betting large and it was a mistake. I think I won one of the first six hands. I found myself down 30k really fast. Dumb idea to try and play that big before breakfast. But I got lucky. I pressed my bets a little, hit a good streak, and got the monies back. So once at even, I stood up and walked away.

    I decided to have the waffles again at the mansion restaurant. Its great stuff. The staff sat us at “our table” again, which the family really enjoyed. We noticed as we were finishing breakfast that the pool was being closed for the day due to maintenance. Booooooooooo! The only other plan for the day was my partner and her parents wanting some adult time at the pool while I watched the little fanatic. So I had to convince them that the main MGM pool would be relatively chill on a Monday morning and that they could enjoy that pool deck as much as the Mansion pool. Well, they knew that last part was a lie, but they also knew they could get plenty of drinks and hang out. So off they want to the pool while the little fanatic and I went for our daily walk.

    I decided to wheel him over to Cosmo. Our friend/host was working that morning and she has long wanted to meet the little guy. So we slipped out the Mansion gates and took the skybridge over to Park. When we took the elevator down on the Park side of the bridge, we encountered a sweaty, disheveled person wearing a private security uniform sleeping in the elevator. My mind immediately debated whether the person was homeless, taking a break from work, or a thief who got his hands on a security shirt. Or maybe all three! Either way, he wasn’t bothering us and I’m not gonna fault anyone for trying to escape that heat.

    Park MGM was dead. So was Aria and, to a lesser extent, Aria. But maybe my fondest memory of the trip happened as we walked through Park. We were headed to the back and the walkway to Aria, when we got close to the only craps table that was open. The baby was already sitting bolt upright in his stroller, watching all the lights and sounds of the casino. Right then, someone must have rolled a point at the craps table and they all erupted in cheers. The little fanatic loves to clap. Whenever he hears clapping or cheering, he likes to join in. So of course he immediately started clapping and smiling. A couple of the gamblers noticed, clapped louder, and egged him on! I thought about pulling a Maggie Simpson, dumping him on the table and declaring “baby on the table! That’s good luck!” Then thought better of it. Still, he was so happy and it was very funny.

    We finally made it to Cosmo and I texted our host. She came out and met the baby and we caught up. She told me about the restaurant replacing Rose Rabbit Lie and also told me that Opium was opening later this month and that a new Mediterranean restaurant would be replacing the Milos space by the end of the year (she wasn’t sure if it would be lunch and dinner, or just dinner; but apparently it’s a well-known place from LA). That may not be news to anyone, but it was news to me so I thought I would share. After we finished catching up, the baby and I took a different route back to MGM. He really enjoyed NYNY:

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    Soon after we got back to the villa, I put him down for a nap. The family wandered back in shortly thereafter with carryout from Wolfgang Puck. So we all snacked and relaxed for a bit. My partner and I decided to go back downstairs and gamble. It went better than the morning and won a bit more at bac and roulette. The chip stack was growing!

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    We relaxed a little longer in the villa and then decided to pack up early in the evening so we wouldn’t wake the little guy later. He fell asleep around 7:30, so my partner, her father and I all headed back downstairs for a little casino time and dinner.

    A lot fewer bac tables were open at this point. Made sense. The casino was not busy. Unfortunately, there were people playing and smoking at each table. So we wandered over to the other side of the high limit and sat down at a mini bac table. I pulled 10k out of my pocket and the dealer was jolted awake. After giving me white chips, she kindly suggested I could play $500 a hand at one of the big tables. We told her were trying to avoid the crowds and smoke, which she clearly understood. Still, she seemed a little surprised that we wanted to play at a $50 mini table, lol. After half a shoe, we were up a few thousand more and I suggested we go look for food.

    As we got up from the table, some slimy old dude sitting at a BJ table near us made the mistake of assuming that my partner was a working girl and tried to pick her up. Not cool, Methuselah. Enjoy your drive out to Pahrump, lol. With my partner annoyed, we left the high limit room quickly and wandered down restaurant row. We couldn’t find anything we really wanted (is Ambra ever open, lol). So we decided to cash out and go back to the Mansion restaurant for one final meal.

    The final tally …. 63k win for the trip! Gotta like that! And just as we headed back toward the Mansion, the father in law joined us for dinner. So the three of us enjoyed a final meal in the atrium. Apparently, some well-known poker player my partner recognized was sitting a couple tables down from us (I can’t recall who she said it was). But we basically closed the place down with a long meal. After that, it was get to bed, sleep about four hours, and then off to the airport for home.

    Overall, a great trip. I had a few little quibbles here and there, but they were so minor I decided not to report them. The whole family loved it, which is what mattered to me. Hell, I am out there all the time (will be back in a couple weeks). So it’s more important to me that they all have fun.

    I will leave you with a final pic. It’s not all my winnings, but it’s the part I received in the wrapped plastic. I’m not used to get the wrapped money unless I win a 100k (which has been a long while). So I get a kick out of seeing it again for a smaller stack!

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    Already made a reservation for the Skylofts in December. So until then, thanks MGM Grand!!!!
     
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  11. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Oh, I lose plenty. I just don't always write about it. You can go back and read my Bellagio TR from the start of this year if big losses get your juices flowing. But I have been incredibly fortunate this year. I honestly haven't had a losing day, let alone a losing trip, since that disasterous first day at Bellagio! I probably just jinxed myself by writing that. I guess I will find out in a few weeks. But honestly, my style of play (a lot of negative progression) lends itself to lots of wins. but when my style fails and i lose, its ugly :eek:
     
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  12. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Oh, I also forgot to mention that my Cosmo host told me her bday celebration in a couple weeks is taking place in one of the penthouse suites on the top floor of the Blvd tower! So I am excited to see that. It will be another super villa I'll probably never stay in, but can at least check out! I will try and remember to post pics if I am able to take any
     
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    Nice report! Congrats on the win!
     
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    I want to know how you get that 50K onto an airplane lol
     
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    Great trip report and thanks for taking us all along! It was very generous of you to share your experience on the Mansions.

    I’d like to ask this question, as no one can seem to answer it for me. On my trips to Vegas, or specifically my winning trips (not many admittedly), I take the cash out of the country. However, on a significant amount of cash, would you know if the casino would consider transferring winnings (that they can validate) by bank transfer to an overseas account ? I would just like to be prepared for the time when I am in this position, and have to work out how to get the money back out to my resident country.
     
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    Not sure how to spell vicariously, but I think that's the way I just lived!
    Great report, as usual. Glad the family had a good time.
     
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    Thanks for the report. I am for sure going to check out that HL room. Even if we don't get a chance to play a whole lot in there I will play a bet or two just to say I played in the mansion. Congratulations on the winning trip. I am glad to see you spent some time with your family. I have seen it too often where the wife and kids are dumped off and dad is nowhere to be seem except when he comes back to the room way late and grumpy from losing.
     
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    I really enjoyed this TR @UKFanatic - great pictures and great narrative (especially the Little Fanatic craps story.). Congratulations on the trip win.
     
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    I mean I certainly don't want you, or anyone for that matter, to lose. I'd love for everyone to win frankly, but obviously the town wasn't built on winners. I've just noticed that the last 10-15 TRs or so seem to be, pretty unanimously, all wins/comebacks and found it fascinating, particularly as one of your games - not sure how much you play blackjack but I've always been drawn to your reports since it's the only game I play and many folks don't seem to, and you seem to play at least a fair bit of it - you've pulled out 90% more wins than me lol, which I've found remarkable.

    Whatever works at the end of the day. I suppose my philosophy is that, long as you're having fun, that's half the battle, at least as far as I'm concerned. Obviously winning always makes it more fun, but the older I've got, I'm more cognizant that the fun factor is more realistic than the winning factor.
     
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    Where do I sign up for the @UKFanatic gambling class? Teach me, oh great one!
     
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