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Low Rollers' Thanksgiving in Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by VermonterJohn, Nov 18, 2012.

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  1. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola El Jefe

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    Hope you keep having a good time. I just got an iPad too. Best product I've purchased in years.:peace:
     
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  2. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Day three...Wednesday

    Up around 9am. Decide to go see the new James Bond movie right here at South Point. Seniors pay $4 and we also got a free popcorn coupon from SP. Whatta deal!

    After the movie we head for the Fashion Show mall because both Apple and Microsoft have company stores there. No such thing in Vermont, so might as well take advantage. I'm thinking about buying a Tablet. After looking at the new iPad and the new Microsoft Surface, I'm still unsure. Each had its pluses and minuses.

    Since we were right there, we strolled into Maggiono's Little Italy for dinner.

    After dinner, we walked across to the Wynn to spread around some of our big gambling bucks.

    I plopped myself down at a machine and inserted a $50 bill, after first holding it up for the surveillance cameras to see. I figured when they saw what a big spender I am, that Steve Wynn himself might hustle down to personally welcome me. (didn't happen)

    As usual, the machine started eating my money at a near record pace. Then a woman sat down at the machine beside me, and on her first spin hit some kind of huge jackpot. What a surprise!

    Meanwhile, the wife has sat down nearby at a machine she had never played before, and within 2 minutes had turned a $10 buy-in into $165. You go girl!

    Then, she performed what may be an illegal act. She cashed out and walked away!

    So with my $30 loss and her $155 win, we cleaned out the Wynn for a big $125. So if you hear they are going out of business, you know who to blame.

    Heading back to South Point, pockets bulging from the big hurt we put on the Wynn, we decide to take a detour for a celebritory piece of cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory.

    Back to South Point at around 11pm, and the wife is off to the blackjack tables. I'll report her results when she returns.

    Tomorrow we move to Mandalay Bay for four nights.

    John
     
  3. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Day three - final report

    The wife's late night run at the blackjack tables resulted in financial disaster. She lost $50.

    So we ended day three collectively up $65, but our three day total is now down $65.
     
  4. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Correction...for those keeping score...three day gambling total now down $76.
     
  5. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola El Jefe

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    76 bones in three days isn't that bad. Imagine if you spent three days at Disney.... Sounds like you guys had a pretty fun time.:peace:
     
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  6. lpearl

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    I'm really enjoying the report, thanks!
     
  7. vegasqc

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    76$ isnt that bad at all it will cost you more than that in resort fee at MB
     
  8. travelfiend

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    Dammit John, I have yet to visit the Wynn, if you bankrupt them before I get there, I am going to be pissed. Oh yeah, enjoying the report!
     
  9. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Day four...Thanksgiving

    This morning we moved from South Point to Mandalay Bay. For some unknown reason, MB sent me an offer via email that gave me a room for the 22nd-25th at a very reasonable price...with a free upgrade to a mini-suite with jacuzzi. Awesome!

    We checked in around 1pm and of course the room wasn't ready yet, so we wandered into the casino and settled down in front of a Batman slot machine. Played for over an hour and I scored my first profit of the trip, walking away with a big $10. Jackie (the wife) broke even, but then lost $10 playing various other machines. So on the day, so far, we're even.

    Got into the room a little before 3:00. Very nice, as expected. 32nd floor but no view.

    Dinner reservations at 6pm at Fogo de Chao. We selected this because people on the restaurant board seem to feel it is the best of the Brazilian restaurants in town. Can't agree or disagree since we haven't been to any of the others, but I can tell you we had one helluva meal. We plan on doing it again next time in town.

    After dinner it was back to a packed MB (35 minute wait to valet park the car). Went to the room to freshen up, then back the casino. Found old Batman again hoping to repeat my afternoon success, but instead dropped a C-note. Now I see how they stay in business! Meanwhile, Jackie made a small profit at Batman.

    We then moved in to The Amazing Race slot machine, where Jackie dropped $20.

    So for Thanksgiving, we lost $120 bringing our four day total to a loss of around $200.

    I kept hearing today referred to as Black Friday and thought it was in recognition of our huge losses on Thursday, but then someone told me it was actually something to do with shopping. Oh we'll...

    John
     
  10. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Day five...Friday

    Please don't anyone try ever again to tell me Thanksgiving week is slow in Las Vegas. I'm not sure I've ever seen so many people here!

    Confusing to me since we were able to get such cheap room rates here this week. Maybe that's why all these other people are here too?

    Left Mandalay Bay around 10:30 headed for mid-strip area. Thought we'd play around at Caesar's and then on down to Cosmo/Aria. Holy crap...what a mass of humanity everywhere! Any thoughts of doing the buffet at Caesar's today were quickly abandoned when we checked out the line around noon and found it hundreds of people long....plus the endless steam of people with line passes. OK, maybe we'll try again next Monday or Tuesday.

    So instead we waited a half hour or so to get into the Cosmo Wicked Spoon buffet at around 2pm. I had to say that like Bellagio, the quality of this buffet has gone downhill. They seemed to keep running out of stuff. For example, one full hour with no prime rib at the carvingn station. In fact, I thought the overall number of food choices was rather slim. Saving grace? Some pretty decent deserts.

    We spent some time at the slot machines at Aria. As usual, people all around us were winning, but not us. I believe the key to winning at the slots in Vegas is sitting at the machine next to me! This afternoon's results: John and Jackie down $20 each.

    Gambling totals for the week now down around $250. Odd, since everyone I know that has been to Vegas claims they either won a little or "just about broke even." Am I the only one keeping these Casinos alive?

    Tonight we're going to drive up to Red Rocks Casino and see how they treat us. Will report When we return.

    John
     
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    I am thoroughly enjoying your TR.

    The next time you go we must have a micro-tracking chip put on you so we can sit down next to you at a slot - to guarantee winnings!:evillaugh
     
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    Your wife should sit next to you, both sides if necessary!
     
  13. VermonterJohn

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    Day five...Friday...continued

    Headed up to Red Rocks Casino to see a movie, then gambled a little there afterwards. Huge crowds there, and more older machines. I refrained from play, while the wife lost $10 and called it quits.

    Back to Mandalay Bay where we are now self-parking. Valet parking here can be slow during busy times.

    Wife was to play the Amazing Race slots again, so we both sit down to play. Not much happening until a woman wisely takes the machine next to me. Perhaps she's been reading these reports? Well surprise, surprise, all three of us start hitting...me most of all! I hit some big bonus that racked up over 9000 credits, and I immediately cashed out up $80. Take that, MB! Meanwhile, the wife broke even so our combined total for the day was a $30 profit, reducing our total trip losses to $220.

    It's just after 1am now, and we're headed for sleep time.

    John
     
  14. KellyLovesVegas

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    Finally! I'm glad you broke the "jinx". :thumbsup:
     
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  15. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    More proof that we are "low rollers..."

    Having now played about 6 hours each on the slot machines in two days, the wife and I were getting excited about closing in in the 100 rewards points mark each. "We'll probably be approached by a hungry casino host at any moment," I say to myself.

    Visions of being courted to a penthouse suite begin to fill my mind. Comped rooms and meals at the celebrity chef restaurants are clearly in our immediate future, I dream.

    Then I look at the guy playing the Batman machine right next to me and see he has 12,800 reward points displayed on his machine.

    Oooopppps...back to reality!

    John
     
  16. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Day six...Saturday

    We decided to get away from the crowds and headed for Red Rock Canyon park. Nice day until Jackie slipped on some rocks on a hiking trail, fell down and hurt her knee. A long, slow, and painful walk for her back down the trail to the car.

    Back at the hotel I had brought an emergency supply of hydrocordone...just in case...and she gobbled one down as we iced her swollen knee.

    Soon, hunger overrode pain and we walked down to the Bayside Buffet here at MB. In my opinion this is the most underrated buffet in all of Las Vegas. OK, so they don't have 10,000 items on the buffet line, but what they do have is top quality. The wife adds a glass of wine to the pain killers.

    After a great meal, the slot machines beckon again. Jackie starts on Batman while I bring some pilfered buffet cookies up to the room. They'll be my game time treats for the Giants-Packers game on TV.

    Back downstairs to find Jackie down $20 and ready to move to the Amazing Race machines. We both play those for several hours, and she winds up down $5 while I turn a $20 profit. Thus, we net out a $5 loss for the day.

    For those keeping score, our net gambling losses over five days are now $225.

    John
     
  17. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Day seven... Sunday

    The wife's knee, of course, swells up overnight so off we go the hospital for a quick exam. A pain shot, knee brace and crutches and we're on our way. Since it looks like not much action today, we stop at Weisse's Deli for corned beef / pastrami sandwiches to go.

    Afternoon is spent watching all my football bets go down the drain. Thanks a lot, Seahawks.

    Our total rewards points now up to 150. The couple playing beside us on the Amazing Race slots last night had 33,950 when last I looked. If I'm doing the math correctly, we've run about $3,000 thru the machines ("coin in") compared to their $680,000. Somehow, that just boggles my mind.

    John
     
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    Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about your wife's knee. I hope they gave her some more of those good pills to get her through the rest of your trip. Don't forget to request a chair from your airline. It will really help with getting through McCarren security and they do a fantastic job!
     
  19. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Thanks Blue...I'll call the airline tomorrow.

    John
     
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    Day 7...Sunday...continued

    Sunday ends with me losing every single football bet I made. Thank God I showed some restraint. Total losses $142.

    Day 8...Monday

    Wife's leg a little better, so we check out of MB and head back to South Point where we will spend our last two nights. We are allowed to check in early as Las Vegas is now pretty much deserted. The nice desk clerk takes sympathy on the wife and gives us a nice handicapped room near the Elevator on the 21st floor.

    We get all settled in and unpacked, and get some ice on her knee. We then decide she's up to a trip to Caesar's where we will make a second attempt at getting into the buffet. We do, in fact, get in and we are underwhelmed by the experience. Many good things about the buffet, but many bad things as well. I made some comments on the restaurant board.

    We then gambled for a while at Caesars, losing another $50 or so on the slots.

    Finally, back to south point where I lost another $40 on slots and Jackie made $50 playing blackjack.

    John
     
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