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Southpoint Aug. 7-10

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by CaptCampion, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. CaptCampion

    CaptCampion Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    So I used to do really in-depth trip reports detailing all sorts of things that nobody, not even me, cared about. I think it’s more useful to keep it simple, and break things down by category, and just give the important details, maybe some special insights here and there, etc.


    SETUP. So for the last 4 years my wife and I have been part of a network marketing company called Isagenix. We used the products, dropped about 50lbs and kept it off, and look and feel great. Although I love the products, I personally have no interest in the business/culture side of it, but a lot of people (including my wife) do. The convention was in Vegas again this year, so I said I’d go but I wouldn’t go to the convention stuff (not a big fan of being in a room with 15,000 other people all day while I’m in Vegas). Courtney at Southpoint comped me up front one of the Jr. suites, one of the ones with the king bed and hot tub on one side, then the basic room with two queens on the other side. So the wife and I took the nice room, and offered the other room up to a few of her friends. The wife was going to be busy all day at convention stuff so I essentially was solo in Vegas for the majority of the time there.


    FIRST DAY(S). So I had a super busy weekend leading up to this trip, leaving 7:30am Monday morning from PDX. Well with all the stuff I was trying to get done (plus watching that last epic episode of Game of Thrones) I literally got ZERO hours of sleep on Sunday. I finally just said screw it and went to the airport early. Took about a 20 minute nap at the airport, and another 20 on the plane. Touched down (only a carry-on of course) and was at the hotel by 10:30 ready to start drinking and gambling, which I poured my heart into. Video poker, gin and tonic, rinse and repeat. I took a break at some point to have clam chowder and calamari at the Southpoint Osyter bar, both of which are EXCELLENT. It’s pricey, but worth it. Gambling not going too well….I just seem get my ass kicked on those Super Times Pay machines, and eventually I’d just switch to something else and do better. Around 3pm I headed over to NYNY because I wanted to redeem a couple of MyVegas rewards, specifically the $35 at 9 Fine Irishmen and the “Tom-Sized” beer. I’d never redeemed anything before and it was pretty simple. Then, again, I was exhausted and had been drinking all day. The plan was to go have the Tom-sized beers, and then meet my wife for dinner at NFI. Well, I’m not sure how I got it in my head that after I’d already been drinking all day, I was going to polish of TWO 40-oz beers.[​IMG]


    I made it through the first one and decided I’d just not use the reward….maybe come back later in the week, which I never did. $21 for that beer. Dig the mug though. Met up with the wife and we had a very nice meal at NFI, used the $35 off no problem. It’s only 7pm at this point but I’m full drunk and exhausted. We head back to Southpoint.


    TMI So at different times in my life I’ve had problems with acid reflux. Usually, when I eat and drink too much, too late and then go right to bed. So exactly what I did the first night in Vegas. I woke up at some point in the middle of the night with terrible acid reflux, although this time it legitimately felt like I’d inhaled something, vomit or some other foreign body, into my lung. I went into the bathroom and could not stop coughing. I eventally got sick just from that violent coughing. In my professional career I end up singing/playing at a lot of funerals, and the thought went through my head that my cause of death was going to be listed as choking on own vomit in Vegas hotel room. And I wondered if there was a song for that.


    THE REST OF THE TRIP


    The best part about that first night (other than the ½ hour episode in the middle of the night) was that I got about 12 hours of sleep. So I was reset again and ready to go.


    GAMBLING For the most part, the gambling sucked on this trip. I played for quite a while on a 2cent 50-play machine, and racked up quite a lot of points that way. Played at the sports bar at SouthPoint, which is my second favorite place to play in Vegas. 8/5 Bonus Poker, Sports on TV, free drinks and friendly bartenders. I kept trying to get some fun out of the Super Times pay but I never could. I was down quite a bit, and it was grinding on my attitude. Finally on Wednesday I decided to make a change of scenery and go to what has always been my favorite place to play, the Boar’s Head Bar at Main Street Station. Jose has been there 28 years and I swear he still looks the same. [​IMG]

    He every remembers me when I come in there after a couple years. The Mariners were on TV, I was drinking good beers and playing VP. Ah. Doing just “ok” on the VP. As I started to get down farther, I made the decision to only play down to a certain number of credits and then quit to go do something else. I hit that mark, but accidentally (I swear) played one more hand. That hand I got dealt 4oak. So I decided to play a few more hands and while I was doing that I got dealt 4 to the Royal, and pulled it out. [​IMG]


    Didn’t quite put me up for the trip, but pretty damn close. And it’s such a great feeling. I stuck around there a while longer….didn’t want to leave but I was supposed to meet the wife for an evening event. By the time I got up from the bar I was about $1100 ahead for that session PLUS $27 in 4oak scratch cards (only one was $3, the rest were $2). Love that promotion. Other than that, nothing hugely remarkable for gambling this trip. One oddity, for the third time at the SP sports bar I got DEALT a straight flush. Happened twice on my last trip as well. [​IMG]


    FOOD. Well I ate clam chowder at the SP Oyster Bar three times. [​IMG] Also had calamari once, the shrimp salad once. The shepherd’s pie at NFI at NYNY was great. Also at a meal at the Mexican joint at SP, and the late night burger special. We put about $80 in food charges on the room, and they comped that when we left. The meal at the Mexican joint was a comp I went in and asked for. Oh, and when I was done playing at the MSS bar I went over to the host and asked Gloria for a comp for 777 Brewpub and she gave me $25. Easy Peasy. My breakfasts were Isagenix bars, so nothing to report there.


    In the end, we weren’t paying for the room (truthfully, we charged the people in the other room a token $25 a night to stay there). Two of them said they wouldn’t have been able to come to the convention at all if they hadn’t gotten cheap accomodations like that. Everyone was happy. My food was pretty much comped the whole time. My biggest expenses were using Uber/Lyft, but I had codes for that which helped a little. Probably spend $110 on those rideshares including trips to and from the airport. I’ve got my Vegas fix for a while, don’t need to go back anytime soon. Even with the royal flush I was probably slightly negative for the trip, but as we all know when you’re getting so much else for free and having a great time, who can argue. If someone asked me tomorrow if I “won”, I’d say yep. There weren’t any fancy dinners or shows or anything like that for me on this trip. It was mostly about turning my brain off for a few days.


    BTW her convention next year is in Nashville. Not somewhere I’ve ever been but it sounds like fun.


    If there’s anything else I can clarify, or you’re curious about regarding SouthPoint, let me know.


    Peace
     
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  2. smerrian

    smerrian VIP Whale

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    Great trip report. I'll be there the beginning of Oct. By the way, South Point has a really nice spa area but they do charge to use it.
     
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  3. RedChip

    RedChip Low-Roller

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    Funny! I'm sorry, I know that can be painful. Congrats on the RF and SF!
     
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  4. fredgarvin99

    fredgarvin99 Tourist

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    In my professional career I end up singing/playing at a lot of funerals, and the thought went through my head that my cause of death was going to be listed as choking on own vomit in Vegas hotel room.

    To quote Nigel Tufnel ; "You can't really dust for vomit"

    Nice trip report. Congrats on the royal at MSS
     
  5. BobLasVegas

    BobLasVegas Low-Roller

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    Congrats on the Royal! Still chasing my first one twenty years later! I am jealous!
    Nice report!
     
  6. TomTWI

    TomTWI VIP Whale

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    Great TR at one of my favorite casinos. I never play at the sports bar, is it all 50Cent or do they have 25?

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  7. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report and congrats on the royal!
     
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  8. CaptCampion

    CaptCampion Low-Roller

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    No they have 25/50/100. Great spot to play
     
  9. spicole

    spicole Low-Roller

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    Thanks for posting this report! I am not sure I would ever stay at South Point but it has a great reputation. It sounds like you made the most of your trip... I would definitely describe it as a "winning" trip for sure.

    Good luck in Nashville\. I have never been there either but the reviews are always positive and it sounds like a great place to visit.
     
  10. jgates8

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    We are at Nashville for conference this year also - Gaylord Opryland. Almost hate it because it is so dang big. Worse than being at MGM for a conference lol.

    Glad you had a great trip!
     
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  11. smartone

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    Thanks for the trip-report! You'll love Nashville... hopefully the program will include a venture on the Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson showboat!