I started my trip at the AmEx Lounge at Seatac with a glass of Champagne and some breakfast. Sometimes I love being able to afford these niceties! I flew in seat 1A --with another glass of Champagne and cranberry juice plus a protein plate. My seatmate wasn't very social (and I'm a chatty flyer), so I listened to a book on Audible and knitted a bit. I put $10 into a slot machine while waiting for my bag--and turned it into $13.13. A good sign! My Uber to Park MGM came quickly, and it took less than 15 minutes to get there. Having MLife Gold Status, I was first in line at the VIP desk, and got squared away in a requested room facing the pool to avoid noise. It happened to be an accessible room, so my review of it may have slightly different than a normal king room. The room was clean. But, I agree with all of the reviews I've read about the sparseness of the room. It's possible the rod was low for wheelchair access, but it was so low that I couldn't even put my suitcase on the rack in the closet--because I had to hang clothes on the six hangers, and they hang just above the floor. I moved the luggage rack into the room and put my bag there. There was no sofa in the window, but a dining-style table with two leather chairs. The bed was firm-enough, just on this side of firm enough for my preference, but I wouldn't complain about it. The walls are truly paper-thin. I could hear the Minnesota accents of the people on the phone on one side, and the relations of the people on the other. I had packed a white noise machine, so I was able to sleep with little issue. Sadly, part of what I love about my solo Vegas trips is watching ridiculous TV at 1-2 am after coming back. Since the walls were so thin, I didn't feel comfortable doing this: I didn't want to bother my neighbors. So, I didn't get to do that for the whole TRIP! I also couldn't do it with my laptop--because, I was never able to connect to the functional Wi-Fi. I decided not to let it upset me, and just enjoy everything else about Sin-city! The first night, after a quick nap, I went to the Flamingo for a $65 poker tournament after going to In-n-out and Honolulu Cookie Company for stuff for the kids. I made it to the final table, but didn't cash. I hit a good spin on Buffulo Wild for $120 after playing some slots. Since I had a spa appointment at 9 am, I went back to my room and slept at about 1 am. My white noise machine saved the day, because I did sleep quite well. From my $300 bank roll for my shortest day on my trip, I I had $200 left to put into my Monday Envelope. (I put an amount in one for each day, then seal the total in at the end of each day to see how I come out at the end of my trip). My manicure, pedicure, and massage were great. Given my initial impression of the Park MGM, I almost canceled the services, because I wasn't very hopeful. I'm guessing that the presence of Nomad keeps the standards of the spa much higher than the Park. There was a bit of confusion about when my services were and when I was expected to arrive for those appointments, but since the elevator to my room was steps from the Spa, I wasn't too miffed. I totally recommend trying their spa! The hot stone chairs are amazingly relaxing. Afterward, I had a nap, and early Aria dinner buffet (courtesy of MyVegas). Then, I played a tournament at Excalibur. My husband and I got married there, so it holds a special place in my heart--despite it being kind of grimy and smoky. After that I went to Mandalay Bay and played cash poker for 3-4 hours. I left there with $580 from my $300 starting stack. After the walk back through Luxor, Excalibur, and New York, NY--and many breaks at slot machines, I found myself back down to the $400 Tuesday Bank Roll. Ha! It all went back in the envelope! Wednesday, I started with an early lunch at Eataly. It really does look lovely--very much like the marketplaces we saw in Rome. It’s fresh and bright. I ordered the gnocchi from one of the stands for $21. This seemed downright outrageous for standing in a line, finding a table, and waiting on a buzzer to go off. I am not cheap--but, I like a good deal. I figured I shouldn’t mind since it was covered by the food and beverage credit. As I sat, I watched them rolling out fresh pasta--and was impressed. When they called me to get my food--they handed me a bowl that had my serving of gnocchi plopped in it--with a drip of sauce smeared in the dish. There was no garnish on it. The presentation was awful. By simply adding a basil leaf and some shaved parm, it would have upped my initial impression by three times. When I asked the guy where the finish was, he said, ‘There’s a container of parm over there…” I was kind of appalled. It was actually pretty good parm, though--and it had a time stamp for how many hours it could sit there. The gnocchi was AMAZING. It had such a rich flavor and the ragu was authentic and delicious with tender short-rib. I recommend looking past the kind of mish-mash serving and enjoying the food. It reminded me so much of a little place in Rome we went that had grandmother-type ladies making gnocchi in the window by hand. I decided to just play cash poker all day. The tournaments weren't doing it for me. I played at Mandalay Bay most of the day. With my $300 max to start (+$100 to make $400 for the day), I walked away with $700. I headed back to ParkMGM for a 45 minute nap with my white noise machine--and tucked away the $300 I was up in my envelope. Afterward, I went to the Bellagio Buffet for dinner (on MyVegas). My husband encouraged me, via text, to head to Bally's for cash--as he had heard there are a lot of tourists there, who don't know how to play well. It turned out that most of the people there were grinders--and I experienced my first cash-game loss! After a couple of hours, I'd lost my $300 buy-in. I was MAD! I am a good poker player (as demonstrated by my previous play), and i felt like I was being devoured by a pack of lions! I went and put my remaining $100 into the Dancing Drums machine, and won $470 on my second spin at $5.28. I decided then, at 11 pm, that it was time to go to Caesar's for a $100 midnight tournament. This was actually quite fun--we had a great group of people, and I was reminded that I did NOT suck at poker. I was kicking some major butt until we got to the final table--I had more than half of the chips on the table. It was 3:15 in the morning, and I was exhausted. Everyone was settling in with Red Bull and Cokes--talking about the endurance required to play in a midnight tournament. I guess I didn’t plan for a tournament to drag into the wee hours of the morning. Thursday was my last day, and I didn’t want to sleep the day away because I was out until 6-7 am. I decided to bet big to either take everyone down in a few hands, or just lose and get back for some sleep. I ended up busting out on the bubble at about 3:45. I was cool with it. I got back to my room with about $400--all went into the envelope. I started the next day at 11 am--that white noise machine saved my trip! I walked back through New York, NY and had Popeyes at Excalibur--on my way to Mandalay Bay (which I’ve decided is one of my favorite card rooms for cash games). I left there at about 5 pm (up a couple hundred) and headed back to ParkMGM. I packed up my bags and had them ready to go for my 9 pm flight. I added up all of my envelopes. I had $2117 total from my original $1500 bank roll. I put $1900 back into one envelope and went to play more slots. It was kind of a DISASTER! Such is Vegas. I went into the high limit room and $8.88 a spin on the Dancing Drums machine and lost $200. Then, I was up a good bit with Buffalo Gold. I played a little heart-pounding BlackJack and remembered that I hate it. I managed to leave there $50 down from the $300 I put on the table. Not terrible. When I left the Park MGM, I had $1975. So, I played and played and played for 3.5 days, and was up $475. NOT BAD AT ALL! I stopped at the MLife desk to check on my comps--and they took $36 off of my room charges. For my hotel stay--including resort fees (the room was comped for four nights), a manicure, pedicure, massage, a few charges from the snack shop (for water, a bottle of milk, and a muffin) by the elevator, some gelato at Bellagio, plus lunch at Eataly--my total was $406. They used what they’d said was a $50 Food and Beverage credit against my spa services! I was excited about that, because I didn’t really want to eat in a sit-down place. I will also get $60 back from AmEx for charging $300 at MGM--so, it’s really $346. I got back to LAS, breezed through check-in, baggage, and TSA pre-check in about 8 minutes, and headed to terminal D for the AmEx Lounge. I had a delicious 'free' dinner of roast chicken, salad, and veggie curry with rice along with a cocktail and a cookie. I headed to my gate and arrived just as they were boarding first class passengers. I love it when the airport experience flows like that! I had another cocktail once we got in the air--and had a super friendly seat mate. He and I had very differing political opinions, but we still had great conversation the whole trip. Overall, it was a good trip. I wouldn’t stay at the ParkMGM again. It wasn’t horrible--but, it wasn’t what I like in an upscale hotel. If you’re traveling on business or have a group of people and don’t want to have any kind of romantic-time or something, I’d totally recommend taking them up on their free nights.