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MGM Grand 1 Dec to 8 Dec

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by KenTX, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. KenTX

    KenTX Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Hello folks! This is my first trip to Las Vegas in five years. I have mostly been lurking here reading your trip reports, so I am posting one for payback.

    I was fortunate enough to get approval to attend a conference for work. I am staying at the MGM Grand for 7 days 1 Dec to 8 Dec. The conference is being hosted at the MGM Grand Conference Center.

    I flew into Las Vegas from Houston on Saturday afternoon. The flight was delayed about 30 minutes due to some maintenance issue, but I had been selected for a special security pat down so I needed the extra time for a cigarette and a nap.

    I did the online check-in before my flight left and when I landed the room had been assigned and was ready. Check-in line was massive (~4pm) so I used mobile check-in to get my keys. I had requested a high room close to the elevators, with close to elevator being more important. I got a 5th floor room about a third of the way down the hall. I’m not sure if a human actually handled the room assignment.

    I am in a Grand King room, which is very nice. The bed and couch are comfortable and the desk offers plenty of room to work. Other than low water pressure and not very hot water the bathroom is fine. I heard some other guests complaining about the hot water as well. I’m about 50/50 on asking for another room because I like a hot shower.

    According to iPhone I walked 9 miles on Saturday and Sunday. I did not leave the MGM Grand property. So, yes, this place is huge. The walk to the conference center is pretty long. I took my time and tried to get a little idea of the casino layout along the way. I think it was maybe 20-25 minutes.

    The Conference Center is nice. It is either new or newly upgraded. The registration area had no seating, which kind of sucks for those of use who arrived early. However, if you go towards the front entry near the hallway to Grand Ballroom 114, there is a small section under the escalators with couches and chairs. It was a nice find.

    Saturday night I had dinner at Morimoto’s. I ordered some otoro shashimi and a seafood clay pot dish (can’t remember the name). It was very good and may go there again in a few days for a sushi feast.

    Sunday night went to the buffet. They had crab legs and prime rib, which was good. The brisket was good as well. The little steaks they make at the grilling station are poo. They offer unlimited draft beer and wine for dinner. I think they were serving Bud Light. Over all it was ok, but I think I should have gone over to Wynn or Wicked Spoon.

    Gambling is kind of blah. The 6:5 BJ situation is bad at MGM Grand. I found 6 tables that paid 3:2. Saturday afternoon they were $25 min, but at night three were at $50 and the rest were either $100 or $300 minimum. They were all either empty or had just one or two players. Meanwhile the $15 6:5 tables were mostly full.

    The drink ticket system makes bar top video poker useless, in my opinion. However, the bartenders at Whiskey Down give very generous pours, so I didn’t mind actually paying for the good booze. I got a tasting flight of bourbons for $19 and they gave me full shots when I think it is supposed to be 1/3 oz samples.

    I just paid $40 for room service pancakes and bacon since I was stuck on a work call. I wonder if the convenience shop downstairs has those little butt pillows. I may need one today after that screwing.

    Rest of today is a no work day so I’m headed downtown. Will post more later.
     
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  2. stlguy197239

    stlguy197239 Tourist

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    On my last non-work trip to Vegas I got a call from my office at 830 in the morning because there was a problem with an application and my backup for the week was out sick so they decided to call me, knowing I was in Vegas. I spent about 3 hours on a call with them working through the issues because I didn't have my laptop with me, because I was on vacation. During the call I ordered room service breakfast and it cost me about 35-40 bucks. When I got back to work I filed an expense report for the breakfast. My boss asked why I was trying to expense a meal during my vacation and I showed him the call log with the person on the help desk who called me for help. I told him he was lucky I didn't expense the room as well.
     
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  3. DiamondJim21

    DiamondJim21 Low-Roller

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    Good luck! Thanks for writing.
     
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  4. CheeseHog

    CheeseHog Low-Roller

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    Hope you have a great week and enjoyed downtown. Alot has changed in 5 years

    Jeff
     
  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good luck on the rest of your trip! When you said "drink ticket system" I hope you didn't mean Whiskey Down specifically! They didn't require anything as of September. One of the few left!
     
  6. KenTX

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    You may be correct. I did not get any drink tickets when playing VP at Whiskey Down. I thought that was because I was only playing 25 cent instead of my usual $1 and assumed I wasn't playing enough for tickets. I will have to ask the bartender about that.
     
  7. KenTX

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    I'll be doing the same. Hopefully I won't get any push back on it.
     
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  8. KenTX

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    Spent yesterday and today downtown. Mostly at Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Took a cab once, it was over $20. Uber was half that, and much more friendly.

    Had a lot of fun playing craps at Golden Nugget. Not long after I joined the table a guy walked up with a stack of $5 promo chips he got for sitting through a 5 hour time share presentation. In less than 30 minutes he walked away with over $1500. I don't know if that would be enough for me to sit through something like a time share pitch, but I think he was happy. The dealers were good and let me know when I missed a common bet bet a few times. Felt good playing there so will probably do that again.

    Had a late lunch at Grotto. Had the lasagna, it was pretty good.

    Spent most of my time at Golden Gate. They have great $5 blackjack and craps. The cards were kind of cold so I took a small beating. Kind of like somebody stuffed a banana in my shorts and turned a monkey loose. I should have left early, but the night shift dealers arrived and all those young skimpy dressed ladies forced me to keep playing. Had a great time there and I really like what they have done to the place.

    Fremont Street itself feels creepy now. I know I am probably over-reacting, but I had a small feeling of it being unsafe. It won't keep me from going there, but it is just something I don't remember from past visits. I don't feel that I'm going to get robbed, just that some crazy may randomly stab me. One of the beggars had a sign that just said "f**k you". That must work for him. Speaking of safety, it's kind of funny to me because when I get cash for my trip back home I feel worried about having all that cash, but when I get to Vegas I have no problem walking around with it.

    The rodeo starts soon, all the cowboys and cowgirls started showing up today. Should make things interesting around here.
     
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  9. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    $1 total wager? Or 5 coins at the $1 level?
    Many bars will tell you the minimum bet is $1 for comped drinks, but for video poker, you're much better off betting 5 quarters instead of 4 quarters for the royal flush Bonus. Or even 1 dollar vs. 4 quarters since dollars often have better paytables.
     
  10. spicole

    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    As long as you are playing max coin (i.e. 5 quarters) at a reasonable speed you should have no trouble with the drink ticket system. I think it has pinched the freeloaders AND the bartenders... serious VP players should not see much of a difference.
     
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  11. KenTX

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    To follow up on comps at the bar at Whiskey Down, they do not use drink tickets. They can comp up to $12 if you are playing. They did not say how much you had to play, but I was playing $0.25 max bet so $1.25. The bar tender was cool and actually comped me a $16 drink. Double Double Bonus at 25 cents was 8/5 if I recall correctly.
     
  12. tfcoach72

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    No drink tickets at The Casino Bar (think that’s it’s name”) either. And very quick to replenish your drink.