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.