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Jet1085t semi-live trip to Reno and Lake Tahoe 6/7-6/11

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by Jet1085, Jun 7, 2015.

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  1. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Glad you enjoyed Reno/Tahoe. You sure saw a lot more than I did.

    I guess if I weren't a "committed" CET player, I would have stayed at Atlantis or Peppermill. 30+ years ago, when downtown was "alive", Peppermill was out "in the sticks".
     
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  2. meyers67

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    Any more updates? I'd love to hear about the Tahoe portion of the trip.
     
  3. kankan53

    kankan53 Low-Roller

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    Me too!!
     
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    The difference is that the Club Cal Neva is a GOLD MINE in Reno.

    That's one of the benefits of the proximity. In downtown Reno, if you want nice, go to Eldorado or Silver Legacy. If you want middle-of-the-road, its Harrahs or Circus Circus (and don't be fooled... CC in Reno is far, far superior to LV). But if you're a grinder looking for good VP, low table mins, coin dropper slots and cheap booze, then the Cal Neva is for you.
     
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    Yup I love the Cal Neva!!!! Very Very cheap beers & $3 craps & blackjack tables!!!!!!
     
  6. Jet1085

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    Sorry guys for me slowing down on the updates. Have had trouble finding good internet from my iPad in Tahoe. I will have a few updates soon. I have taken tons of pictures for you guys :)
     
  7. kankan53

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    Yay!! I will be in Lake Tahoe a week from today so I need a fix before then. Absolutely love Lake Tahoe. We go about 5 times a year and never tire of the beauty.
     
  8. TIMSPEED

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    Spot-on..except for good VP..they no longer have any good VP...
     
  9. Jet1085

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    Alright guys let me first start off with end of day 2:
    I had a great craps sessions at Atlantis by having the second highest rolls count of the day at 30 rolls before craping out. Won a t-shirt but unfortunately they only had mediums left (too bad I wear XL). So this lovely t-shirt went to the wifey.
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    Was up around 160 bucks by the time I colored up because I wanted to head to the book. Finished up the night by watching my Aggies lose an epic 16 inning game against TCU and also having a not so good VP session at the same time. Great bar top VP pay tables with awesome bartenders but I ended up giving everything I had won for the day back and a little more since the game lasted around 6 hours.......

    After the game went back up to the room to recharge the batteries for the trek to Lake Tahoe in the morning.

    Day 3:
    We got up and moving around 8am that morning and grabbed our rental and started to make the drive down to Lake Tahoe. JSR gave us some advice to take the Mt. Rose highway to 431 to incline village and what amazing views we had on the way through mountains to the lake. Here are couple pictures my wife took as we drove.
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    Finally arrived at Harvey's around 10:30 and they checked us in without a problem. [​IMG]
    Thought we were going to get and executive room but we ended up getting a premium room on the 12th floor. Rooms need some updating IMHO but I do love the big bathrooms. Love having a separate shower and tub.[​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
    Of course had a separate room for the throne :).

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    Montbleu and the Hard Rock
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    Gambling has been ok so far. I have broken mostly even on VP but blackjack was the devil. Ended the session 4 straight natural 20's but the dealer drawing out to 21 each time......soooooo frustrating. We enjoyed a couple of the happy hours that were offered around mount heavenly.
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    The wifey and I actually had dinner at Azul Latin Kitchen which we thought was very good. It was kinda of a fancy taco shop but the tacos were very good and ran about 4.75 a piece.
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    We wound down the night by heading over to the Montbleu to watch the end of the Rangers and Athletics play. They have 2 dollar coronas at all of the bars there which made drinking cheap after the blackjack fiasco. After being tired and slightly intoxicated the wifey and I decided to call it a night.

    I will have a day 4 update soon :)
     
  10. Jet1085

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    I actually made a point to look at their VP and it was very bad at the .25 level.
     
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    I couldn't agree more! CC was my place to stay in Reno for YEARS when I lived in the SF Bay area
     
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    Nice pics!
     
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    Did we ever get to hear about the last few days of his trip? The Tahoe part is the most interesting for me.
     
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    Love the awful awful burger at little nugget. We usually tell them to skip the fries on one order and we split them. Still more than can be eaten.

    Did you try the root beer float? Yum
     
  15. Jet1085

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    Sorry guys I have been meaning to finish up for some time, Its been crazy ever since I got back to Dallas. I have some more pictures and some overall thoughts about Reno/Tahoe area that I will post soon. :beer:

    Didnt get a chance to try out the root beer float.....might not have been able to walk out of the little nuggett lol
     
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    The Tahoe area is some of the most beautiful scenery you can see, and I'm from the pacific nw.
     
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    Have to agree and I have been in 30+ countries and it is one of the best sites ever. If you have time, drive the coast line all the way around the lake. Wife and I have done it a couple time and love it. We got married overlooking Emerald Bay so maybe a little extra special for us.
     
  18. Jet1085

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    Wednesday 7/10

    Last Full day of the trip Wednesday June 10th.

    Breakfast that morning we decided to look around for some cheap breakfast. The day we arrived (Tuesday) we explored all the casinos just to get a feel for what was around and what was being offered food wide. The MontBleu offered some awesome deals for some food at their diner Cafe del Soul. With a players card there was some discounted breakfast like the 9.99 all you can drink Bloody Mary special.
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    Forgot to take a picture of the Bloody Mary but they were not bad. I am not a huge fan of Bloody Marys but I tend buy them from time to time. If thats not your thing, everything in the cafe seemed to be reasonably priced and you could order 2 dollar Coronas or 2 dollar shots of patron if your really wanting to party at 8:00AM :beer:. The 2 dollar Corona and patron are offered 24/7 at all of their casino bars including the sports book. They also had two sigma derby machines available to play there next to the sports book.

    During the day me and the wife decided to explore and drive around the lake. We heard some amazing things about Emerald Bay so we decided to check it out. From the cliffs it is about a mile walk all the way down from the parking lot to the actually Lake/visitors center at the bottom. It was kind of a nasty day but this being out last full day here we decided to fight the rain and make our way down the trail. The views and the secenery was breath taking especially with some of the low clouds around the mountains.
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    We did end of having dinner at the Hard Rock. I must say I am big fan of Hard Rock Hotels overall, I just like the vibe and the music even though the gambling offered sometimes might not be the greatest. Diner at the Fire Break was just inside the front doors at the HRH and the food there I would give a solid B+. For whatever reason I was craving a Shrimp po'boy ($13.49) and my wife had a really damn good French Dip sandwich (14.79). They have a really cool patio with lots of little fire pits to warm up during the winter (I think this would be an awesome place to hang out after being on the mountain for the day.)
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    We also did enjoy Center bar during happy hour which had some local microbrews that were on special (pay tables their were no bueno). Really a cool little bar right in the middle of the casino.

    That night i had already bought us some tickets to the Harvey's improv where the headliner was Flip Schultz. The wife and I thought he was hysterical and for 20 bucks a piece for the show we thought it was a good change of pace from all of the gambling we had been doing at night.

    Speaking of gambling... after the show decided to flop down and play some more 8/5 bonus poker at Harveys. The great thing about Harvey's VP it seemed that 8/5 BP at the .25 level could be found all across the casino. Anyways I got a good solid two hours of play in before calling it a trip (wifey got a little tired). Hit some quads but still looking for my first royal still......maybe one of these days.....ended up for the entire trip down around 400 bucks but I really did enjoy visiting the North West part of Nevada.

    Thursday June 11th:
    Mostly a travel day but did take several pictures on my way out.
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    Overall thoughts on some of the Casinos:
    Harrahs: This place is a whole tier above Harveys. I thought that CET really thinks highly of the place and seems to take great care of it. The Casino is way nicer but the VP pay tables didnt seem nearly as good as most of the machines over at Harveys. (at least at the .25 level from what I could tell.) Lots of 6/5 blackjack and early Wednesday morning as I was walking through there was no 3/2 BJ payout on the main floor that was under 25$ a hand.

    Harveys: I enjoyed my stay at Harvey's but I did think of course some of the general areas and even my room was needing an upgrade. Just felt like most of the furniture in the room was put in there sometime in the late 90's because the two nights stands and dresser were really banged up and had seen some better days. I was not too impressed with some of the food offerings at either Harrah's or Harvey's. To be fair two or three restaurants including the buffet at Harrah's were closed and being worked on for whatever reasons and we had to look else where for dinning options.

    HRH: I really did like this place...of course i have a little soft spot for Hard Rocks but I didn't gamble much there. They usually don't offer me much for my play so I typically haven't gambled much there but I had a good time while I visited.

    MontBleu: I am still confused by this place. I can tell someone really tried to make this nice at one point in time but it was a ghost town when i walked through the casino a few times. There seemed to be a lot of open and dead space inside the casino. The Bars had some great specials (the HQ bar was really cool) and the cafe was good but I thought the sports book was nasty while I was in there. It looked like no one had cleaned the place the entire day. On Tuesday i wanted to watch the end of the ranger game at the Book but it was too nasty for the wife and I to finish the game so eventually moved over to HQ. Hope I just caught them on a bad day but I think the place has potential just needs a little more love :ssst:.

    Anyways guys thanks for reading! This was my first one of these on this message board and I really enjoyed doing this! :beer:
     
  19. Imperial_Palace_King

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    Glad you had a good trip! Sorry we didn't get to meet up. I think they are in the process of doing some updates at Harvey's. They just remodeled Kitchen 19 and hopefully the rooms will be next. They just finished remodeling some of the rooms over at Harrahs. I had lunch at Fire Break while I was up there. My sandwich was good, but I thought the menu was lacking a bit.
     
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    Nice report and glad that you liked Tahoe.

    Breakfast at Mont Bleu Cafe du Soul is usually quite good and my wife and I eat there almost every stay. The biscuits and gravy is really good. We made the mistake last week and tried the breakfast buffet. Not again.

    After reading that you liked the Hard Rock up there I'm really kicking myself for not walking in. We meant to, but just ran out of time. I guess that's our new reason for heading back up there soon.
     
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