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Frontier, take me away! Solo at the NoMad 2/2-2/5

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by julia, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. julia

    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    My Trip Report

    Somehow, I’m about to take my 10th trip to Las Vegas. Other than cities I’ve lived in, that’s the most times I’ve visited a vacation destination. Wow! And, as I’m making my trip notes, there are so many places to eat, and things to do that I won’t have enough time for, that I know I’ll be back (well, I know I’ll be back in a few weeks for those concerts!).

    This trip is solo, but I’ve got plans to spend part of Tuesday with a friend who will be there for an archery tournament she goes to annually. If any meet ups are set up that coincide with my times, I'm game for that too.

    Plans include staying at NoMad – really excited about that! The room photos are enticing, and I love the idea of being at the top of the hotel. I just booked a classic king room, so no stand-alone fancy bathtub, which is fine. Park MGM has turned into a favorite, and I really like the casino floor, and Eataly.

    I’m hoping to be able to play craps everyday – preferring a $5 min, but for this trip, since it’s butting up against the Superb Owl, I’m willing to try $10. For this low-roller, that would just mean shorter sessions. I’ll head to Excalibur for their bubble craps. I prefer the lower min for that game, and they have a decent IPA available to the cocktail waitresses. I can’t play table craps and drink, so that’s my option if I want a drink.

    I’m giving up on trying Pai Gow since I have not yet seen a table under $25 and I just can’t bring myself to play a game that I don’t fully understand for $25/hand. If I spot a $10 table, I’ll try it. Yes, I’ve read up on it, but like craps, all the reading won’t do me any good until I’m actually playing the game.

    I’ve got a list of slot machines to try that are new to me, including that Double Diamond machine folks were raving about in the slot machines forum, and a list of low volatility slots. Of course, I’ll find my dragons, play some Dancing Drums, and Planet Moolah. I’m not big into Wonka or Wheel of Fortune, and I don’t care for progressives. We’ll see what’s new and interesting.

    Of course, there will be as much video poker as I can fit in, especially looking forward to some time on the Ultimate X at Park, and some coin-in at the Cal on my downtown trip (not sure what day that’ll happen on, but guaranteed $5 craps is a big draw). Other than that, bar top at all the places I stop in. Have yet to have a proper bar top session at Cosmo, so that would be a fun thing to do.

    I’ve got reservations at Bavette’s for the first night, since I’ve heard so many good things about it here. I’m planning on Mon Ami Gabi for Monday – I have the $20 off $40 coupon to use up, and it’s a place I love that I haven’t been to for a while, due to staying at south Strip MGM properties. I also want to check out Ballys more closely, since I’ll stay there with a girlfriend for our concert trip, and I’ve never stayed there. Makes sense to do that on MAG dinner day.

    My archery friend will join me for dinner on Tuesday at Sage at Aria (I purchased my first MyVegas award to use for that dinner—I have no doubt we’ll easily spend the minimum). Then, we’ll see Atomic Saloon at Venetian, and then back south for guest list entry to Omnia. Despite many stays in Vegas, she’d never been to a club before I took her to On the Record last February, and she liked it! So we’ll go dancing to cap off the evening.

    Any dining tips for Bavette’s or Sage? I’ve heard the spiced chicken is a good choice at Bavette’s … but I’m not sure I’ve read anything about Sage here. My friend is vegan, and Sage had the best options for her needs (she called them to book, and they took notes on all her specific allergies and talked about the dishes they could offer). I’m sure it’ll be delicious!

    Flight out is on Frontier, which I’ve never flown before. As usual, I’ll travel personal item only. I’m a touch concerned about fitting everything I’ll need for the weather into my bag—it’s colder than I had hoped. Still, it’ll all work out. Return flight is on Alaska, so I’ll slip a folding tote bag into my personal item so I can bring back presents, since Alaska still allows personal and carry on for the basic tickets. Food is booked already for the Alaska flight.

    What am I forgetting? Obligatory pet photos coming soon! Still have to pack. Bankroll is ready for action!
     
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  2. Uncle Bourbon

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    Excited to read! Hope you have a great trip, I think the Park MGM has really become something special over the past year.

    If you want to have something to do on your flight and practice Pai Gow Poker before getting in there is a free app called “Pai Gow Poker Express” where it will show you the house way at a click of a button. However, as you noted the lowest I saw the game on the strip on my last trip was $15 early in the morning at the Linq. Otherwise it was never below $25, even at 5 am at the park!
     
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  3. buckeyetodd

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    Harrahs consistently has $15 Pai Gow tables. Don’t give up on the game, a friendly table makes for a very good time. Dealer can help u set ur hand and my experience is it takes a very short period of time to learn to play.
     
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  4. Farner

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    Enjoy. I’ve also ended up playing Park MGM more and more these days. Love LaLaNoodle and Eaterly. Eager to hear about your adventures. Walking through the walkway to Aria is super easy. Don’t waste time with the train. I found that walking upstairs and waiting outside for the train is more trouble than its worth.
     
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  5. GoriGambler

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    Hey!! The wife and I are also heading to Vegas.. will stay at NoMad as well if you see a 6'1 with closed beard slotting around say hi!!!!
     
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  6. julia

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  7. carolineno

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    Have a great time! Don't give up on Pai Gow Poker. It's known as "the drinking game" so it can't be that hard! They had a nice low limit game ($10) at the Tropicana during the evening, so there's that. I also found $10 during the day at Monte Carlo (now the Park MGM) so there is hope.

    Interested in your take on Sage as well. I always want to go, but never make it. Have fun!
     
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  8. julia

    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    B5CEDCA1-2C1D-47B6-BBFB-5BF7C5471F9F.jpeg 305146F4-DA3F-4472-A7BE-B77CD947EEC8.jpeg Easy drive to the airport, quick trip through security (found a nickel in line-I’m up for the trip!) Flight is scheduled to be on time.

    Time to sit down and have a little breakfast.

    Two folk music acts were playing in the central terminal. A nice start to a trip!
     
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  9. MoneyBags

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    A couple of the Mlife properites has face up Paigow. Which does make it a little easier.

    The way I learned was to sit a $10 table and ask the dealer if I was laying the cards out correctly, I won like 10 in a row and told her that I wasn't going to stop asking until I lost. Then I did tip well.
     
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    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    E1EBFA11-DFFB-45AB-A15C-9008F39CA2F1.jpeg A581E33A-1316-488F-9D81-87810C2BF0F2.jpeg 12723BEE-83F4-46D2-831E-AD493780ACA6.jpeg So I have always thought I just happened to miss that iconic neon Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Turns out I just always arrived at a different terminal! There it is! Also this cool sculpture. And a tram!

    Next stop Nomad and the sports book for a bet on the 49s.
     
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  11. Eusdawb

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    I was in Vegas for the Super Bowl last year and had a difficult time finding even $10 craps. Most were $15 or $25. Hope you find some lower limits!
     
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  12. julia

    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    062AB18B-8128-49D6-AC00-2C2EC4CC7168.jpeg ...and there we are!
     
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  13. mofo99

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    I really like that bar even if the VP paytables aren't the best. Always have fun there.
     
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  14. julia

    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    F52925DA-E331-4D15-A4F9-7B4F4D5ADD6E.jpeg FF31335A-F72F-423F-A9BA-2780542F4C7F.jpeg FA6B3F77-B3A3-49E4-BA02-354020D0FCAA.jpeg I checked in, glanced at the (gorgeous!!) room and skeedaddled to the sports book to place my Super Bowl bet!
    Up almost $20 on bonus poker at bar top while watching the opening ceremonies.

    Locked myself out of my room by forgetting my keys, but easily got a replacement key.

    Dinner at Bavette’s in an hour. All I’ve eaten today are those egg bites from the airport Starbucks so looking forward to a delicious dinner!!

    No interesting wins, so that one VP photo will suffice until I hit a 4oak or a Royal:).
     
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  15. Flowers

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    Beautiful, very elegant, room, especially solo with the tub in the room. Gotta say I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that tub. I'm a huge bath person.
     
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  16. julia

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    image.jpg Two $10 craps tables here at Park! Super Bowl is on all the TVs.

    I’m at Bavette’s for dinner.

    @Uncle Bourbon , that Pai Gow app is great! I started by choosing house way, then switched to doing it myself and checking my work with the house way button. Quickly got to 90% accuracy.
     
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  17. sogi311

    sogi311 Low-Roller

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    Looking forward to hearing about Bavette’s! have a great time
     
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    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    41E14F34-1D8E-448C-B066-BFD8F0DEFECD.jpeg Bavette’s is lovely. Delicious food and service. It is VERY dark inside. The sound insulation is very good though. No clue a football game is going on!:)
     
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  19. Uncle Bourbon

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    great to hear it! Good luck!!
     
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    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    Holy cannoli! I just doubled my buy in at $10 craps! Bought in for $200; left after a huge roll for $411! Got tipped by the other player and of course, played for the dealers. Got fist bumps all around at the end!
     
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