I'll take a crack at this as well. If you read Smarra17's trip report, I can tell you that she saved me some time on writing about the plane ride. I also live in NY. Took the belt to JFK and flew Jetblue. No problems. We stayed at Trop 6/2-6/6. We had a 9:20pm flight got in around midnight and jump in a cab to the trop. NO one on line and I asked for an upgrade to a suite. That didn't happen but I did get a strip view room in the Island Tower. Yes it is a country mile from the tower to the front of the Hotel. Room was average, nothing special. If you read my pre-trip report you would know that I got to vegas to attend a friends wedding and to hang out with relatives who were there the same week. We got in so late that the only thing we did was get a bite to eat. DAY 1 We have to be at that wedding at 7:00 pm so we have lots of time before the wedding. The mrs decided she didn't want to surprise anyone so we called her relatives who were staying at the Monte Carlo to tell them we were in. They were not in there rooms so we decided to go over there and see if we could track them down. When we got there we went to the bar and ordered our usual morning drink. (bloody mary). They are usually hit or miss depending on the Hotel. But they were great. Well with no luck finding the relatives(we found out later that they were in the buffet) We played a little bit on some slots and broke about even. We hit a few Hotels and I was able to play some BJ while the mrs played some slots. I ended up plus $300.00 and she won some lost some on 25 cent slots. At this point, the mrs wanted to go downtown and see her friends at the Golden Nugget before the wedding. Once again we had trouble finding them so we figured we would try our luck downtown. I know why I stay on the strip, Let me just say that I lost my winnings and then some in the nugget. Could not win a hand in BJ or even get a cherry on slots. All take no give. As I was running for the door we spotted our friends by the pool. Made plans to meet them at the Chapel. The wedding was nice, but I was more excited that it was at the same Chapel that was in the movie "Vegas Vacation" The Chapel of the Bells. Even saw were Mr. Nick parked his cars. Did the wedding thing and went to dinner. Not much else that night expect I learned how to play 3-card poker. Sorry but I'm so busy at work that I need to just get to the good parts of the trip. Over the next few days I hit 900.00 on a triple diamond WOF $1 machine in the Luxor. Actually did very well at the Luxor overall. Also hit another spin for $250.00. After learning how to play 3-card poker I tried it everywhere and did real well. MY big hits were two straight flushes. First one was at Harrahs and I had $15.00 on top for a $600.00 payout. The next one was at Monte Carlo with $10 on top for a $400 win. the payout for a straight flush is 40-1. I also played with another person who got a straight flush at TI and two guys on the same hand got 3 of a kinds (30-1)at the Trop. I did pretty good at BJ for the trip, not making a killing but making some money mostly on Automatic shuffle machines. Could not do anything on the BJ tables that you are suppose to win on. Even did a little damage on Roulette. I did put some back into machines so it kept me in check. BTW, I went over to the palms to play VP just to see if it is really the best place. Well It wasen't for me. I could not win a thing there. I got out of there fast. We went to the resturant at the top of the Strat. The food was great and well worth the big bill. Our Best meal in Vegas. We hit alot of hotels while we were there and overall played with Vegas money and had a blast. Even came home with a little. Sorry I had to cut it short, but please ask me any questions you have. Looking foward to the next trip.