Greetings everyone! It is with great pleasure that I bring you my second live trip report to the Promised Land: Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be headed out there tomorrow, arriving at 12:50 PM and staying through late Sunday afternoon. I will be solo for my first 24 hours before being joined by one of my very good friends – we’ll call him Slam – who will be flying in from Minnesota. This will be my third Vegas trip in the past few months after a couple-year hiatus. I went in September, back when I had no electricity at home due to Hurricane Irma, and had an absolute blast, so I booked a trip for November which ended up being solo and may have been even better. These last two trips made me realize that now that I am a functioning adult with the ability to go to Vegas regularly, it’s high time I start doing so! In that spirit, I quickly booked two more trips, first for June with my friend Rocky who I went with in September. However, that seemed like a mighty long time to wait. Fortunately, my friend Slam mentioned to me that he had a few weeks at the end of January/beginning of February that were less busy than usual. That was very significant news because Slam is a busybody, one might say. He is wise beyond his years and has become prominent in his industry in a relatively short time. He’s always either working or traveling around the country doing speaking engagements. He and I have been friends for almost 20 years, but we haven’t seen each other in a few years despite talking almost everyday, so we have been meaning to do a trip like this for some time. It just so happens that this time of year tends to be an easy period in my job too, so this trip was basically meant to be. In terms of logistics, we chose the week after the Super Bowl since we figured it’d be economical and not crowded. I ended up getting comp offers from most CET properties for Wednesday and Thursday, and after considering Linq, Flamingo and Harrah’s, I chose the Linq for the modern rooms and ideal location. The price was very reasonable for Friday and Saturday and the total was under $300 all in for four nights. Slam is not a Total Rewards member but he got a good rate through Expedia. As usual, I am flying Southwest and got Early Bird check-in to guarantee a good seat – did mobile check-in earlier and I’m A44. So what’s on the agenda? Gambling-wise, I would consider myself a low-roller but this will be my highest-rolling trip yet. My total “sin bankroll” will be $2,000, which includes up to $500 allocated for the legal marijuana that is so beautifully located in Vegas. Whatever I don’t spend on ganja will be for gambling, with a hard limit of $300 my first day and $400 for each of my three full days in town. Whatever I have left over on my last day, I can have fun with before leaving. I will be playing a lot of Craps and Ultimate Texas Hold’Em. You can also expect moderate amounts of slots, blackjack and college basketball betting. On my first day in town before Slam arrives, I will be participating in my first ever poker tournament and I could see doing more than one if I have a good time. Slam is also a low-roller ($1000 bankroll) and we will be spending a good deal of time Downtown. Slam is a bingo fan and has convinced me to play at least one game, so I’m thinking Plaza’s bingo hall. He also likes Pai Gow Poker so I could see giving that a try. We were initially planning to hit up off-Strip places like Gold Coast, Orleans and Sam’s Town, but I think we’ll be sticking with the Strip and Downtown. It’s just so nice to be able to casino hop. Outside of gambling, we will be seeing Absinthe and we will be doing a lot of eating. Let me put it this way: I’m 6’3”, 240 lbs. and Slam makes me look like a bean pole. We like to eat, and you can expect everything from $2.49 hot dogs at Casino Royale to steaks at Old Homestead. We’re also going to be generally exploring a bit since Slam doesn’t get to Vegas as often as I do. We plan to hit the High Roller on Thursday night after Slam gets in. I also will be riding the New York-New York roller coaster at some point – I have done so every trip since I was 8 and I will be keeping that tradition alive. Aside from that, casino hopping is the name of the game. Slam and I definitely won’t be joined at the hip and don’t be surprised if he goes one way and I go another and we meet up for dinner later that day. I look forward to having you all along for the ride!