Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by eliza, Sep 21, 2017.
Just bought a glass ticket (actually row 3) for tonight's VGK game.
Have fun at the game. Any idea of beer selection/pricing?
I was drinking cocktails, so I don't have a definitive answer.
Tallboys were $12 (domestic) or $13 (premium) I saw Bud, Bud Light, Shocktop and Modelo. I also think some of the bars had taps, but I don't have any info on what was available.
I paid $33 for the my last ticket and ended up spending $60 on booze. This time I just sprang for the $94 all inclusive. I'll report back on the food and beverage options in the lounge.
Was going to go to Mac King, but after waiting in line at Total Rewards desk was told that I am mistaken and that they've never had coupons for Mac King show.
Went back into line and got a new TR rep who knew exactly what I was taking about and gave me a coupon. $14.98 for a ticket and drink for the three pm show.
Quick pit stop at In-n-out burger for fuel.
Mac King was hilarious and a phenomenal deal. I listened to him give an interview on how he's honed his craft on a Vegas podcast and it was really cool to see some of the things he talked about actually work on stage.
Fruity drink at the show.
Now killing time until HOCKEY!!!
I have a crappy connection, so pics will have to be posted later tonight. But, apparently the glass seat I bought doesn't come with Bud Light/Jack Daniels lounge access like I thought. Oh no. It comes with super secret Patron lounge access which is down a private elevator. Open bar and buffet with lobster rolls and Kobe sliders among other yummys. I'm in hockey heaven. Best $90 I've spent in Vegas to date. Only thing missing is a direct view of the ice. Guess I'll have to go to my seat - at least for the first period.
Mac King is great, I've seen him three times. Does he still do the steal the watch trick? He picked me out of the audience one time to do it, but when he asked me what time it was, I had to tell him I wasn't wearing a watch and he went to the next person.
So, when I bought my ticket to last night's hockey game, I was taking a bit of gamble. I was pretty sure that glass seats (rows GS1 - GS 3) automatically came with club lounge access, but my ticket wasn't marked that way on StubHub. When I get into T-Mobile, I go to check out where my seat is located and then decide to try my luck at the Bud Light Lounge. The gentleman at the door is very nice, but insists that the lounge is only for people with tickets in Sections 15 and 16. I ask if maybe there is a different lounge that I have access to with a glass seat. He says no. Luckily his supervisor wandered over and sorted things out. All the GS seats come with access to the Patron Lounge and the Optum Lounge --- which are on each side of the stadium one level down from the main concourse. There are elevators just inside the Bud Light Lounge and Jack Daniels Lounge that service the Patron/Optum Lounges and the suite level. The lounge was AMAZING.
Buffet. The food spread changed each period. Pre-game was appetizers (lobster rolls, slider, charcuterie and cheese, etc), first intermission was dinner (hot dogs, brats, cubanos, philly cheesesteaks, mac and cheese) and second intermission was dessert.
I was drinking cocktails until I found out that their house Chardonnay was Cakebread. This remains perhaps my favorite Chardonnay.
The glass seats were amazing with better view of the ice than other arenas I've seen.
I got to see MAF in goal - it's going to be weird not having him in Pittsburgh this year. So long, and thanks for all the cups.
Then it was back to ElCo where I went on a VP tear. Only put in about $2,500 in coin in, but ended the night up $240. VP porn from last night.
Nice pictures and update. Was it a full house??
He did. The slight of hand was very impressive. I'm not that into magic, but really enjoyed his whole schtick.
It was pretty full given that it was a preseason game. The upper bowl looked packed. The better seats had a lot more empties - I'm assuming that a lot of the premium seats are corporate. The crowd was really into it, which was fun. The also seemed surprisingly knowledgeable about hockey given that there isn't a strong history of the game in Vegas. No cheering for icing (I'm looking at you Nashville bandwagon fans.)
Just checked in for my flight home tomorrow. Sad. But my upgrade to first class cleared which eases the pain a bit.
So jealous of the hockey games in T-mobile! Really wanted to make it to the Kings game.
Side note: your camera on the phone might be dirty.
You do vegas right
Saw mac king twice and he is great and funny....in my eyes way better than penn and teller who i also saw for the second time wednesdaynight(andtheir tickets are 94 bucks)
Hope you had fun on the vegas knights games( although they lost twice)
Sounds fun! Really making me consider a VGK game for my November trip.
It most definitely is. The bigger problem is that I have a case on the phone that sometimes obscures part of the lens ---- I try to remember to take it off when I'm taking a picture --- but that's hit or miss. I won't be quitting my day job to become a professional photographer any time soon.
I would definitely go back to Mac King --- interested to see how the show varies based on audience participation. Had lots of fun at the VGK games --- I don't have any particular attachment to any of the teams I saw, but I love hockey so any game is a good game. (Unless the Penguins lose -- then hockey is a stupid sport that I hate....until the next game.) It was so nice meeting you --- I hope you have a fabulous rest of your trip!
Do it! It really was a great time. Re-sale ticket prices are super cheap for a lot of the games -- it really depends on the opponent. Chicago, Toronto, Pittsburgh - very expensive. Carolina, Florida - super cheap.
One of my college roommates lives in Las Vegas --- we met up this morning for coffee. It's always great to see old friends --- I love that we can pick right back up regardless of how long it's been since we were together.
I grabbed a couple of sliced from Pizza Lotto --- but totally forgot to take pictures. Not the best pizza I've ever had, but it hit the spot.
Then it was VP, VP, VP and more VP. I bounced back and forth between Ike's bar and the Lobby bar. I really like both, but by the end of the night it was getting a little too rowdy for my tastes at Ike's, so I ended up back in the Lobby bar. I love that there are three bars to choose from all with good video poker. I went down $100 quick and then hovered around there for a LONG time.
Because I am a creature of habit and had some F&B credit to use up, I went to back to Siegel's for more prime rib. It was even better than the last time -- very tender and flavorful.
Did one last VP session at the Lobby Bar while watching USC lose. The last two hands of VP I played brought me up to exactly even for the day--- I decided it was a sign that my gambling was over for the trip. Put in just over $6,500 coin in for the day --- which is a pretty big day for me.
I just finished packing and am scheduled to take the 10AM shuttle to the airport tomorrow.
A bunch of other VP hits from tonight --- it was quad city (these are only a sample of the pictures I took) but no straight flushes or royal flushes.
Fine trip report so far and dive bars create some of the best memories of the trip. Pictures are worth more than gold when you get home alive and get to look at what you actually did.
Slept as long as I could and then up to catch the 10AM shuttle from El Cortez to the airport. I think it's a great perk that they have free shuttle service to the airport daily for departing guests.
I had gone a few dollars over my F&B allowance (the tips --- which I didn't expect them to comp), but they had automatically reviewed my account and comped off the overage. Hopefully that's a good sign that I'll continue to get offers at my current level going forward. I put in $14,500 in coin in over three days, I'll have to wait and see where the offers shake out. I'm already booked on a comp at ElCo for my December trip, unless something better comes through.
Had a nice conversation in the shuttle with a gentleman from Boston who has bought a condo downtown and is planning on snowbirding to Vegas for half the year. If I spent that long in Las Vegas it would either be amazing or I would die. Or possibly both.
The shuttle left promptly at 10AM and by 10:45, I was through security and in the lounge with a drink in hand.
Ending the trip the same way I started:
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