All my bags are packed I'm ready to go Got a flight at 6 in the morn I hate to sit through a layover But the flight will board And then we’re gone Vegas is waiting The Mirage is home Already I can’t wait To play some cards (With apologies to John Denver) It's that time again! Time for my annual Vegas trip (admittedly, the last couple of years have been twice a year, but who’s counting?) First, some intros: The Players (not our real names) Basil- your humble (well, maybe not) narrator. By day, a product manager and senior leadership for the online division of a major investment firm. By night, well… pretty boring actually. But on the weekends a poker playing, gambling machine with dreams of premium quads and great food Ford- The reason I have an annual Vegas trip- after college, he lived West Coast while I stayed East, and the annual Vegas trip was an excuse for us to get together and play cards in Vegas. He’s since moved back East, but that didn’t stop the annual trip. Ford basically retired in his 30s, and travels around playing poker, or really whatever else he wants to do. You may remember him from my other two trip reports Levon (after Levon Helm, the greatest drummer/singer combo of all time)- I work with Levon, another gambling fan. It’s coincidental that he is traveling out: he is going with some of his friends, but I expect we’ll meet up at some point Rob- Levon’s friend he’s traveling with. Also the brother of someone I went to high school with. What does that make us? My liver- a poor, unsuspecting little organ. Happily trudging along, processing all kinds of chemicals to keep me going. Poor bastard has no idea what’s in store BAC Tracker- a portable breathalyzer, to be used for high score purposes I hope to keep this as a live trip report, but we’ll see how this goes. The plan is the Mirage (comped, but we need to change rooms since we each get 3 nights. We overlap a night to let us move whenever we want), great food, poker, degen gambling, drinking, and tons of fun. We'll hit some poker tourneys at the Venetian, some 3 card or high car flush at Harrah's/Linq, and possibly a strip crawl or two. Will likely hit Carnevino and the Bacchanal at some point as well. Hope everyone enjoys!