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NFC @ NFR (and Tahoe!)... thirteen days, six hotels, five hats

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by notfromconcentrate, Dec 7, 2018.

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  1. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    As I'm going through this thread to make my replies, trying to keep all of the replies topic-specific in the same response to as to not generate too many thread replies.

    Taxi - I respectfully disagree with the "his cab his rules" idea. Meters and fare minimums exist for a reason. If cab drivers are allowed to deny fares based on distance, then that endangers a lot of people. Suppose I was being followed by someone at the Silverton and had to get away as fast as I could. Should my ability to safely get away be determined by the whims of an individual cab driver who doesn't feel like taking me?

    It is true though, this kind of conduct did give rise to Uber/Lyft to begin with. I've still lodged a complaint with the taxicab authority. I realize it will have little if any impact, but as you all know it would be horribly out of character for me to take an "eh, whatever" attitude about it.

    Drinks - Good advice all around. I think that the biggest takeaway here is that some places have better drink service than others (e.g. Cosmo), as do some types of play (e.g. Bartop machines vs floor machines). This is perhaps the most significant factor of casino selection for the savvy gambler who wants "free" drinks... it's effectively invisible to the casual vacationer types, though it seems for those who really know Vegas, it's easy to pick out the good drink service places over the bad drink service places. This was never really an issue for me before, mostly because I'm not really a machines player... but also because I've never been given reason to notice how lacking drink service is in some places. Silverton certainly won't see a repeat visit from me for a long time based on this, and by comparison I'm much more inclined to go to places at which I've received routinely good service, since I now know how much it can vary.

    UKfanatic - Spot on comment, I can definitely see why you say that :) I would say I'm halfway between joking and serious, though I was a lot closer to serious when I wrote that because it's hard for me to believe in the moment that I couldn't get a drink in two hours of playing, and then get denied a taxi ride right after for a bullshit reason. Naturally, these two events happening to one person on one night in a low tourism season of Vegas cannot indicate anything about a social downfall on any scale. But if there's a pattern where this starts happening to everybody, I'd be much more inclined to take the "serious" perspective on that.
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    Vivaslade nailed it... that's exactly what pushed me (in large part) to take the gamble with 99 :)

    Zigner, to be clear, the guy who I called is the guy who I nailed on a bluff before, and I was basing my decision partially on thinking he was trying it again. Objectively, you're correct, 99 is not a premium hand with that many players left... and my use of the term "bad beat" was more in the literal sense of how it was a beat that was bad. I know there are firm criteria for a "bad beat" in the context of such things as bad beat jackpots, though I'm not advanced enough of a poker player to know those offhand while I'm typing out an update real fast while waiting to be picked up.

    As always, gotta keep it fun. Two hours of play for $65, a shot at winning, and a limo waiting for me outside to get to the strip club? This is why I love Vegas so much... you win even in the very worst of cases :)
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    I never had the chance to reply when you made this posting... but I really appreciate your having said this, because even though I knew it, it didn't occur to me because everything went so smoothly in our interactions. For that exact reason, just like you said, this type of good advice is most definitely worth repeating.
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    Yup! Amazing, isn't it? I'm 26 years old and I've never once had a reason to have to drive anywhere. I did attempt to get my license when I was younger and I did get the mid-tier learner's permit, but never got around to finishing it and I just let it expire. I am planning on trying for it this winter, as I will most definitely be able to benefit from the ability to drive on some of my upcoming trips. But admittedly, it's not a very high priority... mostly because Uber/Lyft is available almost everywhere, and because I hate driving and could happily go the rest of my life without getting behind the wheel of a car.
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    To the best of my knowledge, CET casinos don't... it's part of their "social responsibility" bit.
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    I can always count on any comment of yours to be a wonderfully funny and quirky one, TDHoier :)
     
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    Yes, I was fully prepared to... and to be clear, I have worked extensively in the service industry. On top of that, I've had an original article of mine published in multiple major publications about a server's perspective on how to get better service as a customer. This is not a subject I'm uneducated on or new to.

    I understand how and why substitutions are controlled from the restaurant's perspective, with corresponding price adjustments to discourage substitutes that either cost more or interfere with workflows. Also, to be fair, it isn't even the restaurant's problem that I have an allergy to potatoes. For this reason, a supplement is often levied on certain substitutes. For example, if you can't have gluten, you might get rice or corn pasta for a few dollars more... or if you want a salad instead of fries with your burger, it would be the same kind of deal.

    The key difference there is that it's a supplement. If you're already paying $15 for a burger and fries, you're paying for the burger and the fries. In my case, I can't have the fries... so if it's $2.50 extra for a salad, then it's $17.50. I wouldn't be forced to pay the full price of, say, $7.95, for an a-la-carte salad, because part of that value comes from the fries I'd be getting in the purchase of the burger/fries entree anyhow.

    So, to be clear, had they wanted a supplement of a few dollars, I'd have been okay with it. But all they claimed to be offering was "we'll exclude the potato and you'll have to pay full price for a side a-la-carte". That isn't right, when I'm paying the full meal price for the prime rib which comes with a side.

    Bold, it may have been... but as I'm sure you can tell from many of the other conflicts that exist in my TRs, I really do not take kindly to the systemic way in which these hospitality businesses love to screw people. Admittedly, most people would have just paid the full price for the side and not said anything just because it's easier, but that's not a mentality I want to perpetuate.

    Wow, under $60 for prime rib for two and a decent bottle of wine... I'm living in the wrong times :) I appreciate your words of support for Prime Rib Loft GG, definitely contributed to me choosing to go there. Overall a good experience, conflict notwithstanding.

    Yup, exactly. I felt bad for her, because she was just the messenger between me the kitchen. I felt even worse when I got up to leave, because not only was she about to lose the tip she'd have earned from serving me, she would also likely have had to do some explaining to the manager about why this table just got up and left.

    You hit the nail on the head though with the "hidden person making decisions" bit. This is something about modern business I don't like at all.
     
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    This may sound kind of silly, but I actually don't want to see her again. It takes a lot for me to "catch feels" for someone, but it takes me a lot longer to "lose feels" once I catch them. I can enjoy superficial flirtation all day, but when it's as deep as it felt, and as mutual as it seemed, that's an emotionally dangerous situation for me when it's impossible for anything to come of it, and after I've gone to such lengths to be comfortably single by choice.

    So very seriously, given a choice between the two, I'd have chosen spending time with the stripper from CH over the Hofbrauhaus bartender.
     
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    Nothing serious... if I eat them, my throat swells up a bit (very minor, just painful, no issues breathing). If I peel them with my bare hands, they'll turn red and have a similar swelling-type sensation.
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    This kind of reminds me of the scene from Pretty Woman when Vivian enters Edward's penthouse suite and he tells her he doesn't go on the balcony because he's afraid of heights...

    Vivian: How come you rented the penthouse?

    Edward: It's the best.

    It's not so much about what you can do in the suite, as it is about enjoying the best that can be offered... even if that's something as simple as blaring music and dancing naked as you look out at the amazing view :)
     
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    Please no pictures of that!! Just kidding of course, fantastic report as usual. Happy New Year to you!!
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    Well then it’s a good thing you don’t follow me on Snapchat ;)

    Many thanks, and happy new year to you as well!
     
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    While it was a pretty good TR and read the constant complaining about everything and running to what seemed like at least 5+ managers/supervisors etc. got old very quick. Great pics though!
     
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    When is your next trip?
     
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    Many thanks for the kind words, and I'm fully respectful of your opinion. Expectations can definitely vary from one person to another when it comes to what they expect from a restaurant/hotel/resort/etc., and likewise so can a willingness or inclination to do something about it. It's pretty clear what side of that spectrum I'm on, and I'm glad that it at least didn't ruin the experience of reading the report for you. At a minimum though, you'll at least get some level of insight from the complaints... both into what problems can and do happen, and what management's reaction is when confronted about them - and you never know how that information might benefit you on a future trip somehow.
     
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    As of right now...

    Jan 31-Feb 8 Philadelphia/Atlantic City/New York City. Might do a small recap of the trip after the fact, with the focus probably being on the Super Bowl scene in Atlantic City and the scenery from the indoor pool dome at Harrah's.

    And then, Mar 25-31 Las Vegas at Mirage and Golden Nugget. That, I'll be doing a live report of... but like I said in my last update it will strictly be in-the-moment live updates, no recaps later on. Current plans include seeing Steve Aoki at Jewel, playing bingo for the first time, doing the Rail Explorers tour in Boulder (if you don't know what this is, Google it... it looks phenomenal), and playing in both the Friday/Saturday poker tournaments at Poker Palace (without having to leave early this time!).
     
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    Google rail explorers tour in Boulder.
     
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    Hey, you're coming to my neck of the woods. Should be plenty of complaints on this journey for you!! Good luck:cry:
     
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    Awesome report, crappy elco prime rib.
     
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    I don't know if you've been to Philly before, but I'm local. If you're going for a cheesesteak I strongly recommend checking out Ishkabibbles on South Street as opposed to the over-hyped Geno's and Pat's. Enjoy!
     
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