Got back home this past Friday, but just now got the opportunity to slap together this TR. The wife and I needed to get away from our 3 kids, recharge the batteries, and let loose. We booked the Wynn resort for March 8th to the 11th through the Southwest Vacations link on this board, for our 2nd trip to Las Vegas in less than a year. FLIGHTS: Flew Southwest non-stop from Raleigh-Durham, NC to LAS. We had to roll out of bed at 5 AM to make the hour+ drive to RDU for the 8 AM flight. Got to RDU with just enough time to check-in, roll through security and make our way to the gate. Flight was uneventful but I got stuck with the middle seat on the flight out, ugh. Thank goodness we landed in LV about 45 minutes early. 6' 2", 225# men were not meant to sit in the middle seat of a 737 for 4 hours! Somewhere over Texa-homa on the way to Vegas. The flight(s) back to NC were also uneventful. Left LV at 1 PM Thursday and flew to Phoenix. I had an extremely nice but very talkative older gentleman sitting next to us from LV to Phoenix. That guy never shut up from the tarmac at McCarran to pulling up to the gate at Sky Harbor. Luckily, he wasn't on the connector from Phoenix to RDU. Left Phoenix at 4:30 pm and landed in Raleigh at 10:30 PM. All 3 of our flights were completely full. The "Bags fly Free" ad campaign Southwest is running is obviously working. Before the return flight from McCarran, SW was offering $200 plus face value of your tickets for anyone who would give up their seats and take a flight on Friday. You have no idea how difficult that was to turn down an extra day in Vegas, plus the extra cash. The sitter at home watching our 3 daughters would've went ballistic had we taken that offer. Damn kids! TRANSPORTATION: Booked the Presidential Limo web special with a stretch limo, champagne & rose as a surprise for my wife. Last year we used the shuttle bus to get to Mirage and didn't really care for that. Decided to bump it up a notch this year and impress the wife. To say I impressed her was an understatement. Walking down to baggage claim, I spot the driver holding up the sign with my name on it and said to her, "Come here, I've got a surprise for you." Our driver, Dustin, looked as if he was straight out of GQ magazine, which the wife found most appealing. She was highly impressed with the limo which helped set the tone for the rest of our amazing trip. Dustin served us the champagne, gave the wife a rose and took us for a cruise of the strip & offered to stop by the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign for a quick picture. I highly recommend Presidential Limo for anyone heading to LV. Julie & I @ the Vegas sign. We rode the Deuce bus several times during our stay which really helped getting from one end of the strip to the other, especially given the northern strip location of Wynn. We walked everywhere we went on the strip last year and our feet paid the price, ouch! The $7, 24-hour pass can't be beat. Definitely a different type of crowd on the bus. Learned a new term, "You Hosebag!" from a group of younger Canadian's on the bus headed to Fremont street on Tuesday night, which was said by both of us, in jest, many times for the remainder of our trip. HOTEL: We stayed at the Mirage last April for our initial, cherry-popping trip to LV and was looking forward to staying there again for this trip. However, when comparing rates, The Mirage was always at least $300 more for the 3 night stay. Based on comments on this board and the great rate of $850 for flight & hotel via SW Vacations, we selected the Wynn. Checked in at 10:30 AM and I attempted to sweet talk the desk clerk for a complimentary upgrade (I knew from other posts on this board, the "$20 trick" has been banned from Wynn-Encore) but she was all about the up sell so we declined and accepted a standard Resort room. We were given room 3723 with a plush king-size bed and a great view of TI, Mirage & the Western Nevada mountains. Everything about the Wynn was superb. The service, food, rooms, casino, you name it, all top notch. Would stay here again in a heartbeat. Our standard orange Resort room & view. FOOD: Of course we had to eat and had a variety of great meals: T.I. Buffet - We intended to visit the Wynn breakfast buffet on Tues. morning but upon arrival, the hostess informed us they had a water pipe burst and would be closed this morning. We were both starving so we went across the street to Treasure Island to sample their buffet. Food was okay but not really great. Had a little bit of everything but nothing stood out. Waitress service was awesome as I asked for many refills of juice, Coke, coffee & ice water to battle the post-drinking effects from the previous night and the service was always quick and pleasant. Wynn Buffet - Evidently the water pipes had been repaired as The Buffet was open bright and early Wednesday morning. Bottom line: this was the best buffet food I've ever had. We had a little bit of everything and loved every single bite. This was like gourmet food in a buffet setting. Tremendous! Carnige Deli @ Mirage - Had intended to try this place out during our stay here last April but didn't get a chance. Luckily, we decided to share a sandwich (Woody Allen?) for lunch and were glad we did. That thing was enormous. Got the meat sweats from eating all of that salted meat. Was pretty good, but not as amazing as I imagined it would be. Johnny Rockets @ Fashion Show Mall - Stopped in here for a burger while getting dragged along for the wife's shopping excursion. It was good. Typical burger fare. The waitress took our picture after we finished and gave us a copy as a souvenir. Nice touch. Ellis Island - Ate dinner here 2 of the 3 nights we were in town. Monday was the Steak Special from "The Restaurant". Good steak and an even better deal. Steak was cooked as ordered. I cleaned my plate and finished off what the wife couldn't. Had the BBQ on Wednesday evening. I ordered the full rack of ribs and the wife ordered the half rack & half bbq chicken. There was enough food on one plate for the both of us. I devoured my ribs but Julie couldn't put a dent in her plate. I ate what I could but was stuffed. Amazingly delicious BBQ! All that food for $20 felt like I was stealing. ZooZaCrackers @ Wynn - Had a late night snack & dessert at this deli style restaurant in the Wynn casino. The multi-layer chocolate cake a la mode was amazing. Drinks - Way too many drinks were consumed to list each one here. We didn't do a bar with the intentions of drinking there exclusively. We'd stop by a place, grab a drink and take it with us to the next bar stop. SHOWS: Saw Carrot Top @ the Luxor on Monday night. Picked up a couple $39 seats at the Tix4Tonight @ the Fashion Show Mall. We both enjoyed this show tremendously! I laughed so hard & so often I had make myself stop and breathe because I thought I was going to get sick. He went on for what seemed like a good 2 hours and did his rock impersonation encore at the end. I'll definitely go see Carrot Top again on our next trip. Even Julie mentioned afterwards she wasn't looking forward to the show but had a really great time and laughed throughout the show. On Wednesday night we made our way up and down the strip taking in several Bellagio fountain shows, The Mirage volcano, TI Sirens show and rode the bus to Fremont Street and saw the "Queen" Fremont St. Experience show. Not sure these count as "shows" but we wanted to take them all in before heading home Thursday. GAMING: I had all intentions of having a "BeeeJay" style, multiple hand-pay, gaming TR to come back with but something happened to my gambling mojo between North Carolina and Las Vegas. Despite many successful pre-trip "practice" sessions with WinPoker & Microsoft Casino, I never really hit it big or lost it big for the whole trip. Just sort of broke even the whole time. Played quite a bit of video poker & blackjack and a little roulette to try to double up when getting down. My gaming trends seemed to go in distinct phases during this trip. Julie (who doesn't gamble) nicknamed me "Even Steven". All day Monday, if I put $100 in a video poker machine, I'd play for a while, get down to almost nothing then hit a few Straights or Flushes get back to even money & cash out. This happened with everything I played on Monday. Even what little slots I sat down to actually play, I broke even on. Ended the day up exactly $27.50. Despite going to bed after midnight Pacific time, I was up bright & early at 4:30 AM each morning. I just couldn't sleep knowing there is a wide-open casino 300 feet below my bed. Julie slept in until about 8 AM each morning so that gave me a good 3 hours each morning to be a complete degenerate. Played 2+ hours worth of video poker Tuesday morning. Hit just enough flushes and 3OAK's playing $1 VP to keep me playing, hoping to get that first 4OAK or Royal. It never came, at least on Tuesday it didn't. Got up from the VP machines down $250. Before grabbing the wife a cafe mocha and heading back up to the room I bought in for $200 at the $20 roulette table. Put $100 each on 2 of the 3, 2 to 1 outside rows. Won the first & second spins and left only down $50 for the session. The rest of Tuesday went this way, ending the day down $200. It could've been a lot worse if it wasn't for some well timed wins and cashing out only down a little. I did manage to hit my first 4OAK ever this trip. Unfortunately, it came while waiting on our table at Ellis Island Wednesday night playing a bar top, .25 cent DDB VP machine, and get this, playing ONE CREDIT. I always play max credits on VP, always, except for this one damn time. The host at the E.I. BBQ said it would be an hour and a half before our table was ready. I didn't feel like donating a lot to the Ellis Island bar top while waiting to eat so I only bought in for $20 and started playing one credit at a time. I should've known better. Dealt 3 Kings on the deal, held them, and the 4th King is dealt. Oh what could have been! Such a tease! It's my own cheap-a$$ fault. A crappy phone pic of my 1st 4OAK. ALWAYS bet max credits! Had the most fun gambling the two times we went up to Fremont Street. I now see why there is a preference for taking your gaming dollars downtown. Its such a different world up there. I played single deck blackjack for the first time ever at Binion's and turned $100 into $400 over the the period of about an hour. It was 6/5 BJ but I didn't care. The wife was shopping and I was playing and actually winning decent for the first time during the trip. To put that into perspective, I bought in for a quick $50 at a $10 BJ table while walking through Bellagio and was done in less than 2 minutes. On the last hand I drew 7 freaking cards and still lost. If I remember correctly, it went 2, 3, 2, 5, A, 3, 2 to the dealer's Queen. Of course he flips over a face card and off I go. Next trip, I doubt I'll give the strip any play at all. I'm taking my bankroll downtown. Overall we had an amazing trip together and can't wait to get back to Vegas ASAP! We really have fallen in love with this town.