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Low Rollin' Solo - Semi Live - 9/22 to 9/30

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by eliza, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. eliza

    eliza Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I'm terrible at remembering to take pictures and often go way off the planned itinerary in Vegas, so no promises that updates will be exciting and/or timely, but I'm going to give this Trip Report thing a go.

    I have to be in Vegas for work next week M-W. Life is tough some times, but I make do as best I can. Which of course means I extended the trip on both sides and am headed off first thing in the morning for nine days in paradise.

    9/22 - 9/24 - Four Points Flamingo
    9/24 - 9/26 - Bellagio
    9/26 - 9/27 - MGM Signature
    9/27 - 9/30 - El Cortez

    Warning - this TR will include:
    Low Rolling Hijinks
    Lots of Video Poker
    Football Watching
    Copious Alcohol Consumption
    Me Being Weirdly Cheap about Food and Beverage (when not comped)
    A Couple Non-Gambling Days While I'm Working
    Sigma Derby

    Things on My To-Do List:
    VGK Pre-Season Game or Two
    Dinner at Le Cirque
    Ka and/or Zumanity
    Light Dinner at Morimoto

    Things That Are Always on My To-Do List, But That I Never Manage to Actually Do:
    Pinball Hall of Fame
    Dinner at Hugo's Cellar
    Finally Learning How to Play Craps
    Pizza Rock (this will be the trip, I swear)
    Not Being Lame and Managing to Stay Up Past Midnight Every Night
    Big Elvis
    Drinking Enough Water to Ward Off Hangovers
    Loco Moco @ Aloha Specialty
    Mac King

    I have an expensive vacation coming up in October, so this is going to be a full on low-roller trip (luckily my gambling money is in a separate budget from general vacation funds, so I'll still be able to play to my normal, admittedly pretty low level). I'm hoping to make the most of my resort credits as well as some coupons and comps along the way in order to have a bit of luxury on a small budget.
     
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  2. amk121

    amk121 High-Roller

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    It sounds like your trip will be a lot of fun- I hope you enjoy it!
     
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  3. Richard Alpert

    Richard Alpert LOST

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    If life gives you lemons, juggle! :D

    Have a great trip!

    RICHARD
     
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  4. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Enjoy! Will be following along
     
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  5. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose High-Roller

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    Good luck.
     
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  6. nfajgmbr03

    nfajgmbr03 Low-Roller

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    Have fun. The pinball HOF is worth the travel, very cool place.
     
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  7. FullPay

    FullPay This one time, in Vegas, when I was drinking...

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    Move the loco moco up a few, and remember, it's not just for breakfast anymore!
     
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  8. Horseplayer1

    Horseplayer1 Tourist

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    If you forget to drink enough water, or get too much "alternate hydration", there's always Hangover Heaven.
    Have a great trip!
     
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  9. miss_sonja

    miss_sonja Tourist

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    Hope you make it to Mac King-it's a great afternoon show!
     
    Solo trip in honor of my birthday!
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  10. eliza

    eliza Low-Roller

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    It's go time. There are eleventy billion people on the upgrade list and my name is distressingly close to the bottom.

    I always worry that I'm going to be late and then end up at the airport way early. At least that ensures that there's time for overpriced airport breakfast baos. The breakfast of champions!

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    (This is my first attempt to post pictures. Someone let me know if they turn out wonky.)
     
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  11. savage810

    savage810 Low-Roller

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    Pictures look good. Have fun. Go to Pizza Rock, best pizza there is!
     
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  12. vegasnut

    vegasnut High-Roller

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    Following along
    Your plan seems great( alot of things i already did as well)
    Pictures look fine by the way so shoot them up:thumbsup:

    Edit: lol was t sure had to dblecheck but you will attend the meeting at paris dl this monday:drunk:
     
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  13. amk121

    amk121 High-Roller

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    Your pictures are posting great!
     
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  14. eliza

    eliza Low-Roller

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    I had hoped to grab a couple extra hours of sleep on the flight, but that has been a total failure thus far.

    Thank goodness for in-flight WiFi. I was getting caught up on some work when I realized that *gasp* I had never redeemed the MyVegas rewards I had been planning on. Was able to grab $25 FP for Bellagio, a Mirage lunch buffet, and NFI 2-4-1. Not sure that I'll redeem them, but good to have options. Was hoping for a show ticket - Ka, Zumanity, or something, but all sold old. (This is why I shouldn't procrastinate so much.)
     
  15. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good luck on your trip!
     
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  16. eliza

    eliza Low-Roller

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    Landed on time, but I found myself starving and stone-cold sober (which is just not right). So I veered into the AmEx Centurion Lounge on my way towards baggage claim.

    Kicked off the trip with free champagne and then a few free Grey Gooses. Not a bad start. Plus a truly weird-tasting udon noodle soup (do NOT recommend) and a very tasty chicken with rice and veggies. I love free food and drink (with an appropriate tip). I am full and perfectly tipsy --- I'm ready to take on the world....or at least the Fremont Street Experience.

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    I grabbed an uber from the airport ($10.60 + tip) and it couldn't have been easier. I've used either buses (when on my own dime) or cabs (when the company is paying) in the past, but uber beats them both for ease versus cost. Called my driver while I was taking the escalator up from baggage claim and he was there within a minute of me arriving at the pick-up area.

    My room at the Four Points is perfectly acceptable. They let me check in early, have a coffee maker and free bottled water in the room. The front desk agent also insisted I take a 4PM checkout just in case I need it. I'm pretty pleased --- especially since it was only 3,000 SPG points a night.

    Off to start degenerating. Was debating Downtown versus Ellis Island. But's silly. While I may make to EI later tonight for steak, I'm in Vegas. I want a Vegasy experience --- so downtown it is. Off to hop an uber to Downtown. Hope to be back shortly to post all my Royal Flushes. I'm feeling lucky (though it's possible that that's the Grey Goose talking).
     
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  17. Wedgefromhere

    Wedgefromhere Tourist

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    Good luck Eliza! I'll be following along and will be especially interested on #3 on your list, Football Watching.
     
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  18. pebbles

    pebbles VIP Whale

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    Have a great time. It looks like you are going to be busy.
     
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  19. Char1

    Char1 High-Roller

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    Good Luck Eliza
     
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  20. eliza

    eliza Low-Roller

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    I have survived Day 1.

    Took a Lyft downtown and wandered for a bit, before heading to Four Queens and settling into one of the JOB 9/6 machines. I'm sure this happens all the time, but I was shocked that many of the "good" machines were empty while people were playing $1 JOB on a 9/5 machine in the next row. What are they doing?

    Played a pretty lengthy session. Was tickled to get four queens at the Four Queens.
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    Sadly drink service was a bit non-existent. Eventually, got bored and decided to stretch my legs. Went for a walk and ended up at my favorite low rolling game --- SIGMA DERBY! The table was quiet at first, but picked up quite a bit. Drink service was phenomal as it always seems to be on this game. Traded $3 in loses for 4 beers - a fair trade indeed.

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    Eventually headed back to Four Queens for another session of video poker until I got peckish and ended up using some of my comps on the Prime Rib special at Magnolia's. It was pretty unremarkable. Not bad, just not good. Of the prime rib specials I've had, I'd rank them - Main Street Cafe > Siegel's > Magnolia's > Tony Roma's. I kind of wish I had gone to Chicago Brewing instead.

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    Finished out the night with one more session of video poker. I got a couple premium hands along the way to help me out, including the best hit of the night:
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    But, it was an inexorable slow bleed. Did just over $4,000 in coin-in and ended up down $280.

    Tomorrow's plan is to hang out at MSS - watching college football, drinking beer, and playing video poker. What every Saturday should be. I'm not a fan of this time zone thing though. I think noon is too early for games. And 9 AM. :eek: Luckily, my Nittany Lions are playing a night game which starts at a respectable 4:30 PM here.
     
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