Our 13th trip When I booked this trip, I knew it was our 13th trip to Vegas. I didnâ€™t realize weâ€™d be there on Friday the 13th til later â€“ Will it be a good omen or bad? (queue the â€œTwlight Zoneâ€ musicâ€¦.) Anyway, this was just a trip with me and my husband (M). We had been out earlier in the year in April and had a winning trip so we figured what the heck, letâ€™s go for it again and I got in on the â€œpay with milesâ€ promotion with Delta (get a credit card, use 25,000 which is 250 off your ticket and then get the 25,000 reimbursed back to you) So no miles spent and the tickets ended up being $47 out of pocket â€“ canâ€™t pass that up for direct flights out of CVG! Day 1 â€“ Wed Nov 11th So, up at 5:30am on Wed, Nov 11thâ€¦Get the kids off to daycare (my parents would pick them up later) and off to CVG we go..Line for Starbucks was huge so we opted for â€œPeetâ€™s coffeeâ€ It was fine. Flight was pretty uneventful. Watched the Time Travelerâ€™s wife. I had just finished the book a few weeks ago, so that worked well. Obviously, the book was much better than the movie, but M seemed to like it just fine. It passed the timeâ€¦We arrived in Vegas about Â½ hr early, which is always nice. We opted to do â€œcarry onâ€ only this trip to save the $15 each way per bag. We will definitely be doing this in the future. Donâ€™t have to wait for baggage, etc. So off to the Alamo kiosk we goâ€¦Got a full size for $148 for the trip. I think this is an OK price but I am still sore since we paid $68 for a premium last tripâ€¦the car selections werenâ€™t great. I spied a Nissan Altima, but alas someone was already sitting in it. I think we ended up with a Mitsubishiâ€¦M wasnâ€™t thrilled with the performance, but it got the job done. We brought our GPS with us and that was great in getting around and not having to mess with printing out mapquest directions, etc Arrived at MSS around 10:30am. I was shocked when they said they had a room available. I was hoping for high floor, low odd numbered room away from train, but the best they could do was 1523, we had a view of The STRAT . So, off to play VPâ€¦.For those of you that read my last trip report, we play almost exclusively 25 cent VP â€“ DB and DDB and some Treasure Chest JoB, exclusive to Boyd casinos. We also have our â€œside betsâ€ for certain big jackpots. The last couple trips I have kept a piece of paper on me and recorded all big hits ( 4 of kind or larger) this Trip M came up with the idea of using index cards (we each got a side per day) and it worked out really well. I also recorded the times of all of the 4 of kinds â€“ 1st time doing this, but it was really interesting to look at. Iâ€™m debating whether to put these details in this reportâ€¦I may just do the highlights for you. We go to the Boar bar and let the playing beginâ€¦I hit the first 4 of a kind, so that means M has to stand until one of us hits again. I hit another one 8 minutes later so his agony didnâ€™t last very long. After about 45 minutes of playing, M wasnâ€™t hitting anything and he was already down $120. So we decided to mix it up a bitâ€¦We went down to the 4Qâ€™s. At the bar, they have a Progressive DDB on all of their 4ok. I was surprised there wasnâ€™t a prog on straight flush and Royalâ€¦but anywayâ€¦ It proved to be a good move to the 4 Qâ€™sâ€¦M almost immediately gets 4Aâ€™s for $220. We each get a couple for 250 credits..Then I get a full house dealt to me â€“ Aces over 7â€™sâ€¦I turn to M and say â€œSon of a B!tch!, I have to throw the boat!â€ By now, Iâ€™ve had a couple beers with only the coffee and pastry from the airport in my tummy, so Iâ€™m a bit tipsyâ€¦.So, I throw the 7â€™s and up pops an Ace and a 2 â€“ Yahoo! Progressive for $522.70!!! I hit another small one for 250 and M hits Kings, 3â€™s and Aces again for 208.45. We are off to a sweet start! We like the 4 Queens! By now, itâ€™s close to 1:30 Vegas time (4:30 cincy time) and Iâ€™ve had a coffee and pastry all day and several beers, so we decide we better eat. Go to the MSS brew pub and split nachos and I get a burger and M gets the filet sandwich. Good, but burger didnâ€™t seem as good as remember. After lunch, we go back to the Boar bar at MSS. M hits 2 for 250 and 4-3â€™s for 400 credits and I get dealt 3 aces and get the 4th ace and the kicker once again for $500!!! This day was starting off great!!!!! Now, since M got the first â€œAcesâ€ hit, I had to walk up the stairs to our room â€“ got off on 3rd floor (learned this last trip) and then walked up to the 15th floor! Man, my legs were burning by the 7th floor! Probably not the best time to do it, as I had been drinking, but wanted to get it out of the way. Since I got the first Aces with a kicker, M had to chug the 11% Monique Brewmasters reserve â€“ I took a sip before he chugged â€“ And since M got the 1st 2,3, or 4, I had to massage and encourage him for 5 minutes while he sat and played (I always feel like an idiot doing this, I did this at the 4Q) I think we hung in the room for a while and M was feeling lucky so he tried a 50 cent machine and hit a 4ok for 250 creditsâ€¦ Went back to quarters, I went on a dry spell while matt hit 2 for 250, 4-4â€™s for 400 and 2â€™s with a kicker for 800 credits. Since I couldnâ€™t hit anything, I suggested we play Treasure Chest, we had tried to get on earlier in the day but it was jam-packed. Got 2 next to each other M hit 5 for 140 and 1 for 180, while I hit 2 for 140 I think we went and ate again a little after 8 pmâ€¦I had pizza and not sure what M hadâ€¦ We rounded out the night at the bar, with me 5 4 of kinds for 250 and M getting 2 for 250 and 4-aces for 800 credits So total for the day, I got 13 4 of kinds and M got 22!!! 17 of his were at MSS â€“ he got $34 in scratch card (all $2) and 10 of mine were at MSS and I got $22 (8 for $2 and 2 for $3) We were up a considerable amount the first day. I think we called it a night around midnight Day 2 â€“ Thursday Nov 12th Slept in til close to 10 (how wonderful!!)Did the same ol thing on Thursdayâ€¦.Started off at the Boar barâ€¦M hit 2 for 250. Went to Treasure chestâ€¦M and I couldnâ€™t sit next to each other, so I was on one side and M on the otherâ€¦M being the chatty guy that he is, struck up a conversation with the couple next to himâ€¦I eventually make my way over and the guy is also a member of this board â€“ Shout out to Morpheus7272!!! We talk about our hits and coupons, etc. Super nice couple, hope you guys did well!!!! I hit 2 for 140, M none, but he held is own on $20 for quite a long time. We head down to the 4 Q to try to recreate the magic of the day before. We each hit one (M got 4 Aces for $211 and I got one for 250 credits) and then headed back, to eat lunchâ€¦again, something at 777 brew pubâ€¦I think we watched the Born to be wild Light show that nightâ€¦.Rest of the night was uneventfulâ€¦We didnâ€™t do nearly as well as the day beforeâ€¦. I got 6 total 4 of kinds and M got 11. (5 scratch offâ€™s for me=$10 and 9 scratch offâ€™s for M, 1 for $5, 1 for $3 and the rest $2) Day 3 â€“ Friday Nov 13th We got up much earlier start this morning probably up before 7amâ€¦started our morning once again at the Boar bar and each hit 1 for 250. We decided we needed to get the heck out of dodge for awhile, so we had match plays at Hard Rock and the Palms (thanks Joe and My Sullary!!!!) So we hit the Hard Rock and each did $10 match play on BJ. I win and M loses. I try another hand at $10 and lose. So still up $10. We then go to VP and play out $10 free slot play. I think we each put in another $20 and hung for bit. Neither of us got a 4 of a kind, but we sat and listened to the Jams for awhileâ€¦We also went out to the pool area to see where Rehab is filmedâ€¦Hard Rock is a crazy place to parkâ€¦we finally ended up in the garage but the elevators didnâ€™t workâ€¦it was bizarre, but it was a nice diversion. We then went to the Palms with our $10 in free slot play. We breezed thru it quicklyâ€¦I like the vibe of the place though. After our match play fun, we head to Hash House A GoGo based on the â€œMan vs Foodâ€ episode. M got the Fried Chicken Benedict and I got the Blueberry pancake. I think we both ate about Â½ of our meals. I had a Restaurant.com coupon to get $10 off, but the prices had risen, since I guess the episode aired. It was good and portions were huge, but I wouldnâ€™t put it on my â€œmust do listâ€. We then decide to drive out to Mt Charleston. We start driving up and notice that cars coming down had several inches of snow on them! It was a bizarre site! So we go up to the top and stop in at the lodge and have a beerâ€¦M was itching to play VP but the pay tables were terrible so we just drank our beer and leftâ€¦.We then went to the ski area and there were tons of people snow boardingâ€¦We got out and checked it out (M is a skier, I am not) It was cold and I was in capris so we left after a short while We finally get back to MSS around 3ishâ€¦ Decide to sit down at Treasure Chest. Had a pretty good run there. We each get 5 TCs â€“ Me 3 for 140 and 2 for 180 and M 2 for 140 and 3 for 180. I was getting kind of hungry but we werenâ€™t ready for a big meal yet so we headed to GG for the Shrimp. Had a b1 g1 so it was back to the original prices with the coupon. YUMMY. I think we walked around for bit then eventually had dinner around 9 or so. Decide to go up to the Boar barâ€¦I hit 1 for 250 and M hit 2â€™s and 3â€™s for 400 eachâ€¦but after that I couldnâ€™t hit anythingâ€¦.So I went to the bank a bit down from the bar that has the FP 10/7 DB and M stayed at the bar. While we were separated I hit 3 for 250 and he hit 3â€™s with a kicker and another for 250. Finally he came down and sat near meâ€¦He wasnâ€™t sitting there long and I got 4 Aces for 800. Yes and then about 20 minutes laterâ€¦. I look over at his screen and heâ€™s just staring at itâ€¦he held 4 spades to the royal and got the 5th. !!!! Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $1000! We go up the bar and do shots â€“ pineapple upside down cake â€“ a couple of those each and heâ€™s drinking pretty heavily. We stayed at the bar for awhile and drank but couldnâ€™t hit anythingâ€¦So we decide to go down to the 4Qâ€¦.M had been sick the whole trip had a nagging cough, so we go to Walgreens to get some medicine. By now itâ€™s well past 1 in the morning. Fremont Street changes dramatically at this time. Didnâ€™t feel quite as safe walking around as I normally doâ€¦Not many people around. There was security at Walgreens, but didnâ€™t see a large presence on Fremont or in 4Q (there are always security guards mulling around MSS) So M at this point is feeling quite good and still wanting to celebrate his Royal..I was past drunk and headed back towards sobriety and didnâ€™t want to go down hill again, so I was on the water train at this pointâ€¦But M pressed onâ€¦He wanted a Jaeger Bomb at 4Q but the bartender said they had Monster, but donâ€™t comp that or Jaeg? WTF? MSS comps Jaeg and their off brand of Red Bull, I think itâ€™s called Artic Blast or somethingâ€¦He wanted $8 for it, we said no, thanksâ€¦..I get up to use the restroom and come back and M is antsy to tell me something â€“ he got his first hooker experience..She came up to him, rubbed his back and winked at himâ€¦He was thrilled! He said she must have know he was â€œRoyaltyâ€ (aka for just hitting the Royal) Anyhoo, M did nothing at 4Q but at 2:25 am, I got 4-4â€™s with a 3 for $312 â€“ 112 extra with the progressive! Sweet! By this time, I knew I had to get M back to MSSâ€¦I think we went to bed around 3ishâ€¦. I had 12 4 of a kinds, got 11 scratch offâ€™s â€“ 9 for $2 and 2 for $3â€¦M had 10 4 of a kinds and 1 Royal, so he also had 11 scratch offs â€“ All 2â€™s except for the one from the Royal â€“ it was a $5!!!! Oh yes, our â€œside betâ€ for Royals, the other person has to eat sushi, for Spades, it is Squid!!! (more to come on that) Day 4 â€“ Saturday Nov 14th Our last full day in Vegas â€“ didnâ€™t make it downstairs til close to 10:30â€¦I had my Millionaireâ€™s coffee (baileys, kahlua and Frangelico) and M just had black coffee. I got 1 4 of kind for 250 and M got 4-3â€™s for 400, 4-4â€™s for 400 and 7â€™s for 250â€¦Had a few coffees and M wasnâ€™t feeling so hot so he went up to the room and I played some TC â€“ couldnâ€™t hit anythingâ€¦.Went up to the room to check on him, heâ€™s down for the count, so I decide to go to the 777 and sit at the bar and get some lunchâ€¦I got the nachos and some sort of chicken soup. Barely made a dent in the nachosâ€¦Anyhoo, left there and went to the 10/7 DB machinesâ€¦played for about 20 minutesâ€¦and the old tummy was a rumblingâ€¦I wonâ€™t go into graphic detail, but something about my meal did not sit right with meâ€¦Went back up to the room and felt like crap for several hours. Finally expelled everything from my system and started feeling better around 7 pmâ€¦.by then M was feeling better and wanted food, so I said, Iâ€™ll order something from 777, got them on the line and they said â€œwe donâ€™t take phone ordersâ€ um, okâ€¦M was still not upto snuff and I had just turned the corner, so I trudged down there and placed my order â€“ Wings and an Italian for M,. Fish and chips for meâ€¦.Nothing else sounded good..Basically everything I like on the menu has the chili in it and since that was the basis of the nachos earlier, I couldnâ€™t even stomach anything remotely close to itâ€¦.and a couple of drinksâ€¦So he gives me the total and I say Iâ€™ll charge that to my room and he wants some piece of paper verifying my roomâ€¦I said, um, I donâ€™t have it, but I have IDâ€¦(and Iâ€™ve charged every meal to my room since Iâ€™ve been here and you are the 1st to ask for this) Um, sorry maâ€™am I need the cardâ€¦.So I have to the front desk, get the card, come back, he has to re-enter everything in the computer â€“ major PIA!!!!. Specifically ask for mayo for the Italian and he repeated to me, I have mayo, ranch and ketchup in the bagâ€¦.Get up to the room, no mayoâ€¦oh well, M eats his sandwich dryâ€¦.After getting some food in our stomachs and watching â€œCon-Airâ€ for the ump-teenth time on TBS, we get enough energy to hit the casinoâ€¦.. I play DB 10/7 and Mâ€™s playing DDB on the â€œlow-boysâ€ as we call them, (slant tops). M gets 2 for 250 and I get 3 for 250. We decide to go down to 4Qâ€™s and get our cash backâ€¦We play a bit â€“ I get 4-9â€™s for 250. We get our cash back - $20, plus $5 in free play (I didnâ€™t know you had to get your cash back every day to get the bonus free play, so I guess we lost some money there.) Oh and for anyone that doesnâ€™t have a card at 4Qâ€™s, if you go Spin the Wheel at the front of the casinoâ€¦you getfree playing cards upon signing up, $10 free play after you put 10 points on card and a free bag after 50â€¦.There were some other coupons as well â€“ b1g1â€™s I thinkâ€¦.So we both signed up, got the free play and cards and continued to use his card to do the rest, so we got one bag. One observation â€“ 4Qâ€™s is rowdy! We sat at the front bar and people are always popping in from Fremont and its just nuts â€“ I guess Iâ€™m used to the more laid back nature of MSSâ€¦. So after that, head back to MSS, where we rounded out night at the low-boysâ€¦I got 5 for 250 (got jacks dealt twice to me within 10 minutes) and M got 1 for 250 and Aces for 800. M, being the gracious husband that he is, decided to give me a pass on the Squid today because of my tummy issues, but next trip out, I have to make good on my bet! We decided to call it a night around 1amâ€¦. Day 5 â€“ Sunday Nov 15th â€“ leaving dayâ€¦. Wake up and pack everything up and leave our bags in the room and go downstairs for one last Hoorah before we have to leave for the airportâ€¦.We each get a 4 of kind for 250. Itâ€™s now time to go to the Playerâ€™s club to review our chargesâ€¦.I fully expect everything to be comped off as they have in the pastâ€¦.We have only charged about $135 in food. So, she takes off a charge of $32 and $29 and said that is the best she can doâ€¦I said â€œseriously??â€ and she said yes. We put on 22,000 pointsâ€¦(last trip we put on 21,000 points and got $200-300 of food taken off â€“ we had a $100 comp at the 2nd street) She reviewed it and said, Iâ€™m sorry thatâ€™s all I can doâ€¦.WOW! I am flabbergasted. More like pi$$ed off. So, I say, who else can I talk to you and she said I could talk to the slot director and I said Ok, she gave me his cardâ€¦..So to make a long story shortâ€¦We had $75 of charges remain. So this whole debacle ran into us trying to get airport, so we left about 20-30 minutes later than we intended toâ€¦Got to the airport, security was a breeze, except for the water bottle M stuck in my bag (thanks!!) Got quiznos while M checked the Bengals score â€“ Go Bengals! The flight coincided with the Bengals game, but luckily the planes had the seat back screens and we got ESPN updates every few minutesâ€¦Love those seat backs! Bengals won! Woohoo! Flight was pretty uneventful after thatâ€¦ Final Thoughts Â· We won!!! Two winning trips in a row is nice! Â· The 777 Brew Pub is going down hill â€“ theyâ€™ve scaled back the menu and the quality isnâ€™t there as much..and Um, oh yeah, I got sick Â½ hour after eating there!!!!!!!!!!! (you can look at my previous posts, I normally sing their praises) Â· I have some Downtown coupons left over â€“ some match plays for Plaza and Vegas Club and some 2 for 1â€™s at various placesâ€¦All expire at the end of the yearâ€¦would like to send them to one person â€“ first to PM me, gets them!! Â· When we got home, I emailed the slot director and this is the response I got: I am sorry that you were disappointed about the amount of comps that your host could take care of. We do train the host to take into consideration the customers earning potential and actually losses for making their comp decisions. During this trip and your other recent trips you have rotated approximately the same amount of coin in in very low hold machines. This causes your point balance to go up but we can only comps so much based on your actually losses ($110). If your host would have comped of any more of your charges we would not have made any money. As in any business you cannot operate in the negative. I hope you understand and I will discuss this with your host. I inserted â€œyour hostâ€ for the hosts nameâ€¦.Anyway, I was just in total shockâ€¦Weâ€™ve been staying there for years and have always had everything comped and last trip we were winners (like this trip) and we still got everything comped. From this email, it sounds like they operate on coin out vs coin in which is very disappointingâ€¦. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth and put a damper on the end of the tripâ€¦.$18 of the charges were tips, so we are only taking about $56 bucks here. I know most of you will think Iâ€™m moaning about nothing, but itâ€™s the principle and to only comp $60 worth of food over 4 days is just crazy!:Ãž:Ãž:Ãž Â· I am really disappointed in MSS and the comp issue. Maybe Iâ€™m over-reacting, but they have never thought twice about comping our stuff off (maybe weâ€™ve always been losers????) Iâ€™ve learned one thing, ask for comps as you go and donâ€™t wait til the endâ€¦if you lose for 2 days and then win on the 3rd, youâ€™ll wipe out all your comps! We are seriously considering moving to a new home base next trip. I liked 4Q but it did get a little rowdy in there at night..I guess I like the easy going nature of MSSâ€¦I guess weâ€™ll have to see what our offers are like We had a fantastic trip!! I probably come across sour, but I'm not, we had a great and fun trip, the comp thing just ticked me off. Thanks for reading!!!!