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He’ll Sleep When He’s Dead: A Live, Pictorial Journey Into The Madness

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by DockEllis, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Ventura_Highway

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    Dock - what is your basic craps strategy? Do you place certain numbers or play through the come?
     
    Here we go!
  2. mrjvegas

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    Very very very fun report
     
    End of Summer Vegas trip
    Downtown
  3. IWannaBeInVegas

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    Freaking amazing photos, awesome report.
     
    Planning has begun
  4. Tpmrwb

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    Awesome wins!
     
  5. AyDee

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    Cheese and frickin Crackers man, start with a run of the crispiest well composed pictures I've ever seen (love those graffiti pics), and then just when I think you are a non gambling tourist, drop the no joke Gambol run on us.

    I was going to say I could never have so many pictures because most tables don't let you take them (GG esp, except high limit), same for most where I just want the BJ sucker bet payouts. I showed them though, index cards and a pen are allowed at the table.

    and all it would be would be dinky red stacks, dice, double down pictures with an Ace hit, and 30 pictures of beers.

    Bravo, Sir, Bravo.
     
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  6. mickyblueeyes

    mickyblueeyes Low-Roller

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    One of my favorite trip reports on here yet!
     
  7. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

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    A beaut of a report :nworthy:
     
    Ringin' in 2020!
  8. wildpike

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    This thread is pure gold. I hope you are in Vegas and continue this for the rest of the year...or at least a very long time.
     
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  9. snoopydogj

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    I copied that TR & sent it to all my Vegas friends.
    I need to re-read that before every trip.
    Probably this one too.

    I like how he’s not responding to anyone’s posts. Just doing his thang.:beer:
     
    Annual guys trip!
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  10. Mike G

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    What an awesome trip! I can only hope my next trip is 1/10th of this one.
    Keeping a list of the dive bars. A few looked like places I would like to hang out.

    Thank you for all the great info and pictures!
     
    Unwinding
  11. booker

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    Amazing TR.Simply amazing.
     
  12. Dr Nostron

    Dr Nostron High-Roller

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    Great trip report - I would also like to hear your craps strategy as well
     
  13. Adepizza

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    Thanks for the cool TR and the excellent photos. Have you considered visiting the Hard Hat Lounge near The STRAT ? I think that place could be right up your alley.
     
    Until the next Vegas trip...
  14. Mickey

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    Great TR, fantastic photos. Inspired me to visit a few of those bars on my next visit.
     
  15. DockEllis

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    We decided to get a party bus and hit up Chinatown. First stop was The Golden Tiki. The dole whips here have authentic Hawaiian pineapple soft serve. There’s poker on the bar tops, lots of niches to tuck away into and immerse yourself in the theme.

    If you spend enough time at the bar a couple of animated parrots will come to life and talk shit. It’s pretty funny. I don’t consider this place a dive bar. It’s an art gallery and a carefully produced experience. You could spend a couple of hours looking at the curiosities on the walls. We get some meatballs, shrimp cocktail, and a bunch of cocktails. One of the cocktails comes in a hollowed out pineapple. You can have any drink lit on fire.

    Even a trip to the bathroom is an experience here. In the men’s you will hear jokes over the speakers like, “Jesus Christ, I hope your girlfriends vegan because she’s getting no meat off of that” and “Jesus it stinks, can someone light a fucking match.” The wallpaper in the bathroom is also quite interesting. Even with the appetizers were were ready to find lunch somewhere.

    “Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
    - Frank Sinatra

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  16. DockEllis

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    After the tiki bar we walked around Chinatown until we ended up at Pho Bosa Bistro. They have a pretty extensive menu, but we kept it simple with some pork spring rolls, egg rolls, and Bahn Mi sandwiches. The sandwiches were to die for. The boba and Vietnamese coffee were also excellent. It was refreshing having lunch away from the chaos of town.


    Slow down, you crazy child
    You're so ambitious for a juvenile
    But then if you're so smart, then tell me
    Why are you still so afraid?

    Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
    You'd better cool it off before you burn it out
    You've got so much to do
    And only so many hours in a day

    But you know that when the truth is told
    That you can get what you want or you get old
    You're gonna kick off before you even
    Get halfway through
    When will you realize, Vienna waits for you

    - Billy Joel, “Vienna”

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  17. DockEllis

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    After lunch we got a ride to Mirage to check out Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. I only spent about 30 minutes walking the grounds but if you like animals it’s a fun experience. I especially enjoyed watching the dolphins do their routine. Some people paid extra to get to interact with the dolphins.

    After the gardens we played some video poker in the high limit lounge at Mirage. Nothing special happened there. By this point I was feeling exhausted and got a ride back to Cosmo for a quick nap before dinner.


    This time tomorrow, where will we be?
    On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea
    This time tomorrow, what will we know?
    Will we still be here watching an in-flight movie show?

    I'll leave the sun behind me
    And I'll watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by
    Seven miles below me
    I can see the world and it ain't so big at all

    - The Kinks, “This Time Tomorrow”

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  18. DockEllis

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    Once back to Cosmo I played some slots in the high limit room. Didn’t do the best job of taking photos of my wins. Diamond Queen ate $7,000 without one bonus or win over $200. Cleo II won me a little bit back with two bonuses. Cats got me another couple thousand back, but the 3 minute slots sessions lost me me about $5,000.

    I walked up to Milk to grab a sweet snack or 10 and finally stumbled up to my room for a short nap and shower before dinner.

    "
    We caught the river boat downstream
    And ended up beside a team
    Of angry footballers

    I fed the ducks some krill
    Then we were sucked against our will
    Into the welcome doors of the casino

    We drank green margaritas
    Danced with sweet senoritas
    And we all went home as winners of a kind

    You said "I guarantee we'll have more fun
    Drink till the moon becomes the sun
    And in the taxi home I'll sing you a Triffids song"

    - Courtney Barnett, “History Eraser”

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  19. DockEllis

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    Before dinner our group took over Ghost Donkey. I love bars that are hidden out of plain sight. The bar is tiny, but people don’t spend too long there. We tried a variety of cocktails and mezcal. The ambience is fun and the bartenders very friendly. We didn’t eat, but they have some creative nacho options. I will be going back, but maybe only with groups of 5 or less. In fact, two people would be ideal.

    “If we go down the rabbit hole of our unconsciousness and try to unravel the knotty points of our life story we may encounter a bunch of hidden niceties or emotional stowaways. Forgotten details in the windmill of our mind may daintily reveal, where things might have gone wrong. (‘I wonder what went wrong.’)”
    - Erik Pevernagie

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  20. DockEllis

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    For dinner we decided to go to Beauty & Essex. For $50 you can bring your own wine as long it’s not on the menu. Before dinner we hung out in the pawn shop in front of the restaurant. We bought a few trinkets and headed inside for the meal.

    The items on the menu are served family style. You just tell the server how many people will be eating each item. Everything was amazing, especially the tomato soup dumplings, tomahawk steak, and carrot cake. We drank way too much wine and were by far the loudest group in the restaurant. Was a great experience and will definitely be back. It was very dark in there so I didn’t get many good pictures. At this point my trip was winding down and I really wanted to gamble some more.

    “My life experience has taught me nothing happens by chance. Even the idea of the ball in a roulette game: it's not chance it ends up in a certain place. It's forces that are at play.”
    - Andrea Bocelli

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