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Not a full report, just some pics from last trip

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by JeJas, Jan 11, 2018.

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  1. JeJas

    JeJas VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    Introduction:

    Never tried to do a trip report, because nowadays my Vegas trips are really really boring, even to myself.
    Years ago, I would carry my big DSLR to take tons of pictures in Vegas, now I don't even bother to
    take out my phone. Beside gambling, I have nothing to show, no food porn, drink porn etc.
    I only eat at buffets in Vegas and don't drink anything other than water, not even sparkling water.
    Food and drink has never been my reason to go to Vegas.

    I had a low rolling solo trip just before Christmas.
    I like Vegas the week before Christmas, absolutely the lowest season of the year.
    No crowd, no line, no waiting.
    In 2016 I went with my family that time, stayed at Red Rock and really enjoyed it.
    Didn't gamble much that trip, but I had one of my best gambling experiences:
    no matter what I played, I always won.
    On the way heading to the airport, with luggage in tow, I put $5
    into a $1 VP machine nearby without even looking the game or the paytable,
    fully intended to lose it. But it dealt me a straight flush for $250.
    I really hoped I spent more time gambling that trip
    but together with a large family, I just couldn't indulge myself.
    Gambling is my #1 hobby, but family still much more important.

    This trip I stayed at Plaza and TI, 2 nights each with 1 night overlap.
    Free slot plays: $150 at TI, $50 each day at Plaza.
    I also had $100 at Silverton which doesn't require hotel stay (typical for local casinos.)
    As a real low rolling trip, I only brought $800 cash with me.
    I didn't plan to play much this trip, just wanted to enjoy the good weather and Christmas decorations.
    That's only 1/3 of my usual Vegas trip bankroll.
    Of course I can always withdraw cash from Chase
    or BoA branches in Vegas if I need cash. I've done that many times in the past.

    Tuesday:

    Arrive in the evening, Uber to Plaza. check-in is very easy now.
    They installed 4(?) Kiosks for self check-in/out.
    I was given a mini suite in the south tower.
    Big room. It has the K-cup coffee machine and free k-cups,
    as well as free water bottles in the fridge.
    House keepers restock them everyday.
    Kudos to Plaza.

    After settled down, I went to the player's club to get my daily free-play (you have to do it each day).
    Then headed to their full pay VP machines. Plaza has many good VP machines,
    all now accepting free-play. That's a big improvement comparing to a couple of years ago.
    That's also one of the main reasons I like to stay and play there now.
    Within 3 minutes, I got this.
    HP-1.jpg
    Even though very few players in the casino at that time, I still waited no less than 30 minutes to get paid.
    Maybe because they didn't see hand-pays often during the low season, they were not prepared.

    The good thing is, from that moment on, I never touched my own bankroll (spoiler).
    In fact, I never used my bankroll in the first place this trip.

    At the end of the day, I managed to only lose $300 back. +$1700 for the first day.

    Wednesday:

    Wednesday morning, took a picture in the room, very nice before sunrise.
    The picture doesn't do it justice.
    plaza-1.jpg
    Played at Plaza for half a day and then moved (not checking out Plaza) to TI.
    I also visited and played at Gold Coast and Palace Station, two of my favorite places.

    Thursday:

    Went to Downtown again in the morning, had breakfast buffet at MSS.
    Played at Plaza for a while, then self checked out at the Kiosk.
    Before checking out, I went to the player's club. The lady there told me I reached King tier.
    Didn't know how many points I earned during my stay.
    I didn't eat there (Plaza has no buffet) or use any food/drink credit.
    So I didn't need backend comps.

    Later in the day, went to Silverton to get my free-play and had dinner there.
    Gave them 3-4 hours play to keep my offers coming.

    OK, now I will skip the detail, only show the pictures.
    Don't remember exactly which picture from where or when.
    It doesn't matter anyway. I did have my fair share of Aces.

    other-1.jpg

    other-2.jpg
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    The following is 4 Aces with a kicker. Unfortunately it's in the wrong game.
    other-4.jpg
    other-5.jpg

    Two more hand pays:
    HP-2.jpg
    HP-4.jpg

    When I stayed at TI, visited Wynn/Encore and Venetian/Palazzo to check out the Christmas decorations.
    Only took 1 picture at Wynn to show that I have been there.
    wynn-1.jpg
    Other than VP, I played some slot machines as well. I love and also hate the Buffalos.
    Here is a good one I got at Plaza Thursday morning.
    Plaza-2.jpg

    Friday:
    No gambling. Checked out TI in the morning around 7am, then Uber to the airport.

    Summary:

    After all expenses paid for, balance at the end of the trip: +$8500.

    In my definition:
    a successful trip = bringing back home entire bankroll + at least half of W2-G amount.
    Some people consider bringing back part of the bankroll is a success.
    I fully understand their point. But I use my definition.

    For this trip, my W2-G total was $8000 and I brought home $8500 without touching my bankroll.
    So I consider it a successful trip.
    Someone may ask: do you have bad trips? Oh yeah, God forbid, too many.
    So many trips I lost my shirt. There were some trips I couldn't even hit a single 4OAK.
    2017 I had total 6 trips, only 2 good ones.
    The best one was my spring trip in March. 2nd best was this trip.
    Other trips all pretty bad.

    Next trip already booked, 3 nights at Caesars Palace on Feb 24-27.
    Probably will double book Palace Station to get FP, not decide yet.
    Most of my Vegas trips are more or less the same, 3 nights, 2 days, with pure gambling.
     

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  2. Multifarious5

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    Loved your trip report JeJas, and your Vegas style isn't boring at all, I enjoyed every line.

    I am also SOOO excited for you on the wins! Holy cripes, to me I'd be doing flip flops to bring HALF that home.

    Again, great trip report, and I am so happy for you it was fun AND a winning trip :)

    PS since no food pics, what are your pics of choice at the buffets? I love seeing buffet pics as much (sometimes more) than restaurants, as it's always interesting to see what people gravitate towards...
     
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  3. kkinwi

    kkinwi High-Roller

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    Congrats on such a great trip! I remember years ago my first night at the Riv and I played dollars....got the Aces/k twice in 30 minutes!
    Did you Uber everywhere? Sounds like you played in several different casinos.
    Thanks for the report!
     
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    Wow! Nice hits, congratulations! Sounds like anything but a boring trip to me, haha. Thanks for the TR.
     
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  5. sabrina

    sabrina Low-Roller

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    amazing trip!
     
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  6. vegasvette

    vegasvette Low-Roller

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    You called it successful. When someone comes home with nearly 11 times their bankroll, I call it incredibly lucky. Congrats!
     
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    charlestfuller Low-Roller

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    :haha: at the one pic of Wynn. I do the same. Check out the beautiful decorations and gamble elsewhere. Well done on the trip though!
     
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    Sounds like it was a great trip! Thanks for sharing and great pics!
     
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  9. Fet297

    Fet297 108 survivor North Vegas

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    Your report was so enjoyable. There is no better feeling than leaving Vegas without touching your bankroll plus! Thanks for taking the time to post it...
     
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  10. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Wow awesome hits!

    Where did you pay the full pay Super Double Bonus? Ironically both my gf and I have hit Aces on that game and we both barely have played it. But they were for nickels though. Like your hits better! ;)
     
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  11. LB9

    LB9 PH Blackjack Degen

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    This is what I call a fantastic TR (and it's even better that you won!). Many "TRs" have too much back and forth bullshit about the flight, the Uber driver, checking in, what sort of lines were at the airport kiosk and that nonsense- as well as TRs posted a week before the trip. This on the other hand is awesome.

    Really enjoyed this TR and hope to see more TRs like it, congrats on the win too!
     
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  12. thecarve

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    Great hits! Congrats. :clap:
     
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  13. JeJas

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    Thank you so much for the kind words Multifarious5 !
    Talking about buffets, I could write a book about it.
    I love the casual vibe and the ability to see the food and know what it is before choose it and threw it away if do not like it.
     
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  14. JeJas

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    Thank you!
    Yes I used Uber and Lyft a lot. I am a casino hopper.
    I visited way more places than I mentioned above.
    Uber flat rate pass is a very good promotion, I use it many times.
     
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    Thank you all for the kind words!
    I enjoyed reading many of you and other people’s trip reports. Thought I could contribute a bit.
     
  16. JeJas

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    Thank you Tring!
    SDB is also my favorite. Love the 600 payout on Ks Qs Js.
    Only Stations have it on $1 at full pay. I pretty much played it at any Station Casinos I entered. That picture should be Texas Station which I also visited. Palace Station only has upright, I hate the keys on upright. Red Rock has a lot but this trip I didn’t go that area.Planned to go but didn’t do it.
     
  17. emmas

    emmas High-Roller

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    You and I have very different definition of boring. Congratulations on a fantastic and all those aces.
     
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  18. COnative

    COnative Low-Roller

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    As a VP player I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all those Aces and hand pays! Congrats! We head there tomorrow and I hope I have half of your luck.
     
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    Thank you.
    Good luck to you! Have a winning trip!
     
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    Awesome hits! Great trip report, and not boring at all. Thanks for posting it.
     
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