I'm going to make this a quick TR - just the highlights - HOTEL - Fitzgerald's - thanks to the advice of some of the other posts - after checking out the first room given, and finding a hard bed, I requested another room - 3427. Much better - and because it was on the top floor, everyone thoght we had the presidential suite!!! LOL!! (Total cost of room: $163 for 6 nights). FLIGHT - Nothing eventful - which is a good thing. (Total cost of flight: $130 RT since one way was paid under frequent flier miles). RENTAL CAR - Alamo - scored early in the trip when I got upgraded to a midsized Chevrolet - very nice. (Total cost of rental: $106). BUFFETS - Rio (regular, not seafood), Southpoint, Texas Station. Rio was excellent, as usual; Southpoint was alright, but still not enough vegies; and Texas could have easily been skipped. RESTAURANTS - the diner in Bill's - very good prime rib; Blueberry Hill - it's best to stick to breakfast food here - I tried the Turkey Salad and wasn't impressed; and Ellis Island BBQ - oh my gosh - still the best!!! (The 2 for 1 helped also - $19 for two rib dinners with tip included!!!) CASINOS VISITED - Fitzgerald's, Fremont, 4Queens, Bill's, Southpoint, Ellis Island, Cosmopolitan, Main Street Station, El Cortez, Fiesta Station, California, and Binion's. Just a few comments - Cosmopolitan was exquisite! Modern, but not cold (like M Resort) and the staff were unbelievably kind and hospitable. Bill's was a lot of fun - first time ever there and I'd definitely go back. Binion's - I think it's just getting sadder by the minute - they have now totally closed off the hotel registration desk and are selling cheap T-shirts in the front lobby. Please!! I think the new owner wants it to fail and is trying desperately to make it fail completely. GAMBLING - it was GOOOOOOOOOD!!! I was getting incredibly lucky - won a lot of $200-250 progressive VIPs - I was getting 4 Aces an uncanny amount of times! One four of a kind (at Texas Station) was dealt (KKKK)!! I came back with a decent amount of money, as well as not touching the stash available to me in the bank! I finally graduated from nickel to quarter DDB VP. I don't think I"ll ever go back to nickels!!! I played some roulette at El Cortez and some poker at Binion's, and, a little penny machine play at Bill's. I found a machine in a bank near the front entrance that was spitting out bonuses like crazy - took me from $14 to $150 in 20 minutes!! It was a lot of fun! STORES VISITED - went to Las Vegas Outlet Stores - very nice. Also visited That's Fantastik - the flea market on Decatur - that was interesting. I have never been so hounded for a sale. We also went to Ulta on Rancho Drive - that was a lot of fun. Roughly speaking - airfare, car rental, hotel, gambling money and little extras (airport parking, etc) all added up to around $600. What a cheap trip!! The last day of the trip - I got really sick - the desert is no place to have a dry cough. It hurt soooo bad! All I did was sleep. Vegas is no place to be sick - and I totally empathize with those that got sick when there! Since my friend is on a limited budget - and she's older and has trouble walking - I paid for most of everything and rented her a wheelchair ($37 for 4 days from Emerald Medical Supply). My friend is like my second mom - and we have so much fun together! We had such a good time - so many laughs and craziness!! I fully realize that, due to her age (she just turned 79) any one of these trips could be her last...so, I try to appreciate them more. Our next trip is planned for late August.....that's like 200 days without Vegas - I hope I can do it!!! LOL!!!