Background Since I retired, I had been going to Vegas about every other month or so. However, right after my trip in March, my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so I put all my Vegas and other trips on hold until the end, so I could help out my brother when he needed it (My dad lived with my brother and sister-in-law). Fortunately, in April we were able to all go on one last family cruise together that we had already planned, since my dad was still feeling relatively well at that point. My dad passed in late August (just after his 92nd birthday). After dealing with the funeral and estate, and getting my head back together again, I was so ready for a trip to Vegas! Flights As usual, I flew Southwest both ways from Houston Hobby. Both flights were actually a few minutes early, and on both flights the middle seat was open (I almost always sit on the aisle). Score! Hotel I stayed at PH for five nights in a resort room. The room was fine. It was clean, everything worked and was quiet. That's all I really ask from a hotel room. The mini fridge is a nice touch. Food I am not a foodie, as I have mentioned on other trip reports. It was usually Earl of Sandwich and Laurel Lounge cuisine. However, there are two other venues I would like to mention. For breakfast one morning, I went to Pampas Brazilian Steakhouse buffet located in the mall attached to PH. Along with the usual breakfast buffet items, they bring 3 or 4 carved meats around for you culinary pleasure. It was quite tasty, and at $ 9.99 (plus tax and tip), it's an absolute steal! The other place of note that I went to was Gordon Ramsey's Steakhouse at Paris. I treated a couple I know that lives in Vegas that I met on a cruise. It is pricey, but between my Diamond celebration dinner, and RC's I had saved, I had enough Comps to cover everything (except for the tip of course). The couple sprung for the wine, so I'm not sure what that cost. We had an appetizer, and we all had the Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee pudding. It was quite good, but I'm not sure that I would pay full price for it, if I didn't have comps. Afterwards, I treated them to the Laurel Lounge for a nightcap which they always enjoy. Gambling Now for the meat and potatoes of the report. Since I had quite a bit of pent-up demand for gambling (or gaming as the casinos like to call it), I went a little above and beyond my usual amount that I risk. I ended up with four days of 1000 TC+ and one day of 5000 TC+. The 1000 TC days are not unusual for me, but the 5000 TC day certainly was a challenge. I started right after 6 AM and finished up about 11 PM (with numerous breaks of course). It was about 90% VP and 10% slots so it was just under 50K in total coin in. I certainly lost that day, but it was well under what was expected under theo. I did get a royal on quarters VP the next day which also helped. So overall, while it was not a winning trip, the math says it should have been much, much worse. So, that's close enough to winning in my book! I'm getting fairly close to Diamond Elite status for next year, so with a trip planned for New Orleans next month, I may just make it. Of course, it the machines are too cold, I won't chase it. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this report. Thanks!