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Not a “Real” Trip Report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by topcard, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. TexasLady

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    Was the flight full on AA? Did they leave middle seats empty?
     
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good start!
     
  3. topcard

    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    Flew SWA, and it was about 60% full. I was alone in my 3-seat half row.
    No cocktail service.

    So far, the El-Co is the only downtown casino offering UTH! All other tables were closed.

    I will take a look at craps minimums this morning.
    Sports book at GN was dark and roped off. I still need to get refunds on my March madness bets.

    Cal & Fremont still dealing their 2-deck, no DAS game, but now from a shoe, & $10 min replaced the $5 tables.
    More later.
    I have to go gamble now
    :beer:
     
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  4. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Wish I could be saying this sentence right now :)

    Go get 'em!
     
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  5. Gus

    Gus Low-Roller

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    TOPCARD you got to represent us Ft Worth men. hit some handpays or go on heater at the craps tables for us.. :D
     
  6. BoVegas

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    Good Luck, have fun, relax & win. From Smithville, Texas.
     
  7. mescalita

    mescalita old and in the way...

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    Thanks for the good info, Top. Headed for ElCo in two weeks - we have a few questions you might be able to help with. No hurry on this...

    At ElCo:
    How many seats at blackjack and UTH tables?
    How is video poker social distancing set up?
    Cabana suites workout room open?
    NV Spa open for massages? Still letting us use comp dollars?

    At the D:
    Coffee kiosk open?
    Boarding pass match play still available?
    Sigma Derby?

    Other stuff:
    Le Thai and Eat open?
    Are people wearing masks on Fremont? At ElCo and the D?

    Great to hear you’re having a good gambling trip so far!
     
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  8. Roccoscollar

    Roccoscollar MIA

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    I can't wait to be there next week. Thanks for sharing! What floor you on this trip?
     
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    Roccoscollar MIA

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    Nice start! Was BJ the hot one or UTH?
     
  10. bigvegasdaddy

    bigvegasdaddy Newbie

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    You can go to the cage and they should be able to refund your March madness bets.
     
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  11. topcard

    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    Time to answer some of y'alls questions...
    All of the El-Co tables were limited to 3 people - even the 6 or 7 tables that had the plexiglass dividers that created 4 spots for players....made no sense to me.
    The UTH table did not have dividers... interesting note, however - out of the the 7 total UTH tables downtown, the El-Co table was the only one open. All others have chosen to keep them closed.
    Another interesting note: the 3-card table at 4-Queens was running "old-school" - cards dealt face down, players handling their own cards...really surprised me.

    VP was just like slots - every other spot closed.
    Don't know about the Cabana suites or Spa, but I'm pretty sure the spa was closed.

    At 'the D', the coffee kiosk was open doing a brisk business, Sigma Derby was up & running with (apparently) all seats available. 4 or 5 people playing the times I walked passed to check on the upstairs diner... (closed the entire time I was there, by the way).
    Used my boarding pass match-play, quite successfully, I might add! :woot:

    Mask use was 100% among all of the hotel & casino staff/service people...among players? Minimal.... maybe an average of 5 to 10% of players were wearing masks.
    Temp checks were mandatory to enter all of the downtown properties except El-Co & Binion's.
    Don't know about Le Thai or 'Eat'.
    :beer:
     
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  12. topcard

    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    I was on the 10th floor (#1006). Wins were actually split pretty evenly among blackjack & UTH... as were the later losses.
    End result - lost $345 for the trip, which feels almost like a win, to be honest.
     
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    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    The "shoe" thing didn't last long (1 day). They were hand-dealing a face-up game after day 1.... Fremont did have 1 $5 table - to my shock (upon getting a blackjack), I discovered it was the dreaded 6:5 crap-jack... I immediately colored up & went to the $10 3:2 table right next to it.
     
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  14. topcard

    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    Every crap table I saw was a $10 minimum, so I did not play at all.
     
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    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    Yeah - Broncos... I'm there 2 or 3 times a week.
     
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    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    Sorry we never spotted each other! As you already know by now, no real wait to play craps there... Fremont St. got busier & busier as my trip went on... you being there for the weekend probably feels very close to the pre-covid days!
    :beer:
     
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    topcard Celebrating 40 Years of Vegas Trips in 2020!

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    Final thoughts:
    Gambling was definitely different... most places had limited table open, and a few (DTG, 4-Queens, Plaza) had zero tables open (until 3PM at DTG/4-Queens...not at all at the Plaza).
    Noticed virtually no advantage with face-up cards playing UTH. It only came in handy with the marginal 4x play hands (Q8o, K5o, K2-4s, J10o), and I did check those through when another player had any of my cards.

    Pizza Rock was closed on the Tuesday I arrived, but was open in the early evenings after that...ate there, with table service...still excellent.
    Seigel's was awful on Tuesday night. Waited nearly 30 minutes after being seated to even be served water. Got food nearly an hour after being seated. It was much better for breakfast on Friday morning.

    The YouTube girl, 'Slot Lady' really ticked me off on Friday morning. I was patiently waiting for 10AM to get in one last session of UTH before heading to the airport. Multiple pit-critters promised me that the table would be opened at 10AM... I'm there at 10, & they block-off the table for exclusive use by "Slot Lady' to make her UTH video! The ONLY UTH table downtown, and they keep the real players from playing it?!?!? Poor judgement on the El-Co's part (IMO).

    I played the DTG $10 3:2 CSM table several times (DAS, LS, RSA), and did well there. Didn't play any other games at DTG, as the only other ones available were $10 craps, roulette & a $15 min. double-deck game... that was it. Everything else remained closed.
    Played Freebet at both 'the D' & Golden Gate...both properties were enjoying brisk business in the afternoons, evenings & night.

    All in all, it was definitely worth going... the differences due to covid were understandable & not overly a PITA...just roll with them & it's fine.
    Lots of hand-sanitizer stations everywhere & at every table, so I took advantage of that frequently.

    Would I go back under those conditions?
    Yes!
    :beer:
     
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  18. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Bummer that El Co did that for "slot lady", I'd be "so sour". But I guess they think her videos bring more people and money in than having a couple other players play with her while she tapes.

    Nice report with lots of info!
     
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  19. mescalita

    mescalita old and in the way...

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    Thanks for the great info! Hopefully I’ll catch you in Vegas later this year...
     
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  20. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Brady # 1

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    Nice report.:peace: