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Ten Days in June Just Wasn't Enough! (9/4-9/11)

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  1. tringlomane

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    My Trip Report

    NOTE: This report will be in TWO parts. Part two will be 24 to 48 hours from now. Major location changes and events are in bold.

    Day 1: Sat. 9/4/21 Aria Is “Fully Committed”, Miss. A Two Queen Room Is a $40 a Night Upgrade.

    Less than three months have gone by since our last trip to Vegas, and it's M's Birthday coming up, so as usual, we were tempted to go back! The only thing that was holding us back is the some of the weekend rates thanks to the Labor Day holiday, and the Raiders game the following weekend. But myVegas was offering Aria comped on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. So we decided it was worth buying one of us into the level to get us a two night award at Aria ($120 total purchases in chips). Then on SWA, we were able to find flights that were only $49 a leg each! So we were able to just use points to purchase them. By the time we booked Aria, Saturday was $499, raised to $599 days before coming, and eventually sold out! And Sunday was about $159. So we thought the purchase was certainly worth it!

    The only drawback of the $49 outbound flight was that it was out of ORD instead of MDW. Even worse, I woke up on the morning of the 4th, and flightview said the flight was delayed 80 minutes even before it took off from it's very first departure of the day. I guess the plane needed an inspection at ORD or something, or they expected to have to wait on a crew, no idea.

    We shockingly received an A 38/39 for seating, so we took a row that's near the emergency exit, and M's window seat had tons of legroom as the next row only had two seats. Problem was that seat had the tray in the armrest, so you coundn't lift it and the seat is a bit smaller. M wasn't too thrilled with it, but got used to it. The rest of the flight was pretty uneventful.

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    After the flight, then we had to pick up the rental car. We rented via a Priceline Express Deal because the rate was about a third less than anywhere else. We were assigned dollar. Before we took the flight, we contacted dollar if we could add M's “express rewards” to skip the counter. But since we booked through Priceline, dollar said Priceline would have to ask them on our behalf. WTF? And we actually got a Priceline agent to ask. But dollar told the agent to pound sand. So that cost us about 40 more minutes to wait through the regular line.

    Then we went to the garage, there was barely anything left. Mostly minivans that we didn't need. There was a Ford Escape, but it had a “Check Engine Light” warning written in chalk on the window. So we balked around for another 10 minutes or so, and the employees ended up returning a Nissan Rogue. Honestly, it was probably the best rental car we have had in years.

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    So now off to the Aria straight away since it was about 2 hours later than we wanted it to be.

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    We went to the front desk and knew we probably wouldn't have a lot of room options. But we did still try to ask to NOT have an adjoining door The desk agent warned us that Aria was “fully committed”, but he went away to talk to another employee, so I was hoping that maybe he found a room without an adjoining door. He gave us room 7-111. That's gotta be lucky right?

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    Low floor, long hall walk, meh view, and of course IT HAD AN ADJOINING DOOR. But given the circumstances, I knew we were pretty stuck. But M thought it might be worth a call to see if they could give us a room without an adjoining door. But the person she called said there were no kings left without one. We could get a two queen room with no adjoining door, or a corner suite obviously. Well, M was willing to move to a two queen room until they told her that it was an UPGRADE to a two queen room and was $40 a night! So yeah we're stuck. Good news, our neighbors didn't suck. Room is nice for sure, but nothing that pops out to us, except the electronic controls. Hell, we even forgot about the bidet options.

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    Bathtub behind the shower? Wut?

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    Nice if you like brown tones.

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    General view from the room was a bit psychedelic with the reflections.

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    M likes to take pics of carpets of where we stay. Aria hallway just seems like random chaos.

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    Now we were really overdue for food, so we grabbed a pizza from Moneyline. (formally 550 Pizza)

    I really like the sausage and sauce they use. I should have asked for extra sauce, but still very tasty.

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    At this point M was not interested in moving the car at all, so I suggested maybe we wander to other M Life properties, and we began to head south to Park MGM. M was now calling it the “Grass Casino” instead of the “Froo Froo Throw Up Casino”.

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    When we got to Park, it looked like a concert was letting out, and we also thought, why the fuck were we going this way? We will be at MGM Grand for FIVE nights!!! So we thought we could catch the tram up to Bellagio. Only problem, they closed it at 9 pm on a Saturday night for for some reason! So we walked back north.

    This piece of art at Aria is supposed to represent the emotion of bears losing their habitats iirc.

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    So we decided to hit up Planet Hollywood briefly to play one of M's favorite games, IGT's “Bonus Bubbles”. Unfortunately didn't hit anything, and I didn't hit anything great on “Fiesta Chihuahua” either. Then quickly moved to Paris because they have Strawberry Daiquiris that we both like. Unfortunately no hits at the bar, even though I was on my “favorite machine”. So we eventually went to the floor, so she could play penny poker. Why couldn't she hit these at the bar instead?!?! She's on the board first with Aces!!!

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    And then after getting another drink...

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    Aces again!!!

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    Unfortunately, the alcohol in the 2nd drink, plus the warmer VP area, plus trying to wear a mask indoors when not eating or drinking was starting to stuff up M's nose. Ugh. So we thought it would be better to get back to home base.

    Especially when the LV Police “paddy wagon” was just sitting there waiting. We never noticed this before.

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    Fortunately her nose cleared a little bit outdoors, and she was willing to play a bit at Aria before heading up to bed.

    I wanted to hit up BeeeJay Memorial Row 802 at this point of course. But when we first arrived, the 802 DSTP was occupied by a striking “lady of the evening”. So I sat at 804, and M occupied a unit two from me. I decided to try to have a strong start and played one line of quarters of 8/6 Bonus Deluxe (98.99% w/DSTP), but the machine was really hungry. A $20 went quickly. So I back off and decided to play nickels at 8/5 instead (97.90%) and got one decent hit.

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    All the while I turned my ear to the lady sitting in 802. At first a group of guys chatted to her, and I heard her name was Casey, Kaci, Kaycee, Kayce, however you would like to spell it. But in the end, I guess they weren't interested because she was back alone playing with her phone and her hair. Then another guy came along and they chatted. Soon after, she was gone, and M sat in her former seat. I guess she went back to the guy's room???

    Not long after, we called it a night. But not before seeing a guy walking down our hall with another less pretty hooker. haha Plenty of time ahead of us for the trip, or so we thought.

    Day 1 Results:

    Planet Hollywood -$0.29
    Paris -$25
    Aria -$14.95

    Day 1 Total: -$40.24
    Trip Total: -$40.24
     
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  2. tringlomane

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    Day 2: Sun. 9/5/21 A Meetup I Actually Was Able To Make It To!

    A new day is upon us! We also had a decent view of the Cosmo Chelsea pool.

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    At least for me, my plans were fairly tight as I had planned to meet up with @TriggerMN and @JSR1968 at Aria. I like to think both of these guys came to Vegas mostly to see me again. But the Tahoe fires helped push Trigger, and being able to get an Aria night comped helped JSR a bit. But we didn't plan to meet until the afternoon partly just in case I was off to a slow start. But I was actually up pretty early today, and M wanted to run out to the South Outlet Mall because one of her favorite stores, the Disney Outlet was closing. Unfortunately she didn't find anything good, but I got something. It wasn't bad after the discount. Did a few more shopping stops.

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    Then we ate at Chipotle for a quick lunch. I texted with JSR and asked him about his room. 17th floor with no adjoining door. What a lucky guy! Then went to Target off of Blue Diamond and grabbed a few essentials. Next was Total Wine because M was willing to try to spike some drinks with a higher quality alcohol. She was going to buy 50 ml bottles, but it made more sense to buy a fifth of Absolut as long as we drank half of it. Also bought some craft beers to drink along the trip because the Strip casinos we were mostly going to frequent have mostly abandoned a good comped craft beer selection.

    By all of this diversion, I was the one late to the party. @TriggerMN, @JSR1968, and Geotwink were all at the Aria Sports Bar when we got back. Said hi briefly, we ran to the room to drop things off, and M was going to go to the Aria pool for awhile. Once I finally dragged myself back down there, I had a good time catching up with @TriggerMN, @JSR1968, and Geotwink. @TriggerMN unfortunately showed up a little too late to be served by the infamous “White Beard”. Haha But we obviously would get better service without him anyway. As for the VP, it was mostly uneventful. For awhile, I was having more fun watching Trigger's Buffalo Gold bonuses on the Aristocrat unit. At least it did offer 8/5 DDB for quarters I guess! My first of many Space Dusts (8.1%; 4 sips) this trip.

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    After awhile Trigger and Geotwink went off to do some other things, but JSR and I settled in and watched some of the Irish game while M wrapped up her time at the Aria pool.

    Some pics from the pool and from the hotel floor at twilight.

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    My VP was mostly uneventful until I hit this

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    IMMEDIATELY followed by THIS!!!

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    My first back-to-back quads in almost a decade!!! At single line, it's about 4 times as rare as a Royal. I would have rather had the Royal though, or had been playing “Shockwave Poker”. lol The last time it happened I was poking around at 1 quarter waiting for the plane at McCarran of all places.

    I had a chunk of money on the ND game before getting to town. Eventually M came back from the pool and joined JSR and I watching the game. Ideally they needed to win by 2TDs and at least by one. Nope. Oh well. And since M was a ND fan I figured she was mostly wanting to watch the game too while we were. Nah, she was more secretly hungry than anything. Oops. Said our goodbyes to JSR when the game ended, and by the time the game ended, the options for a more formal meal were fading. In a pinch, we decided on In-N-Out for a quick dinner.

    On our way to the car. Vegas I guess!!!

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    In-N-Out was nothing special, but it hit the spot. Went back to Aria but had to park on floor 5 because the garage was getting pretty full.

    After this, we mostly did a repeat of yesterday. But I suggested we go to Bellagio for a moment since they could possibly switch out the display later in the week. Did they? NO. It was the same as June...oooooops.

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    She loves this pic.

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    Then went back over to Paris for a couple more daiquiris.

    M got a nice hit with quad 7s!

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    All I could do is this with my “favorite machine” at Gustav's (psst they are the Pre-2015 bartop paytables). Just give me the damn quad 2s instead of drawing trips!

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    It was another fairly early night after that.

    Day 2 Results:

    Aria +$2.50
    Paris -$30

    Day 2 Total: -$27.50
    Trip Total: -$67.74
     
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  3. tringlomane

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    Day 3: Mon. 9/6/21 Our “Labor Day” Didn't Start Until After It Ended!

    Got up at a fairly reasonable hour again feeling good. I guess that is what happens when you don't drink until 5am or later. Checked out of Aria. Packed the car and planned to drive offstrip somewhere for lunch. It was now about 11:30 am. We pulled out of the fifth floor of the garage and onto the ramp. Backed up all the way to the 5th floor. We did NOT move for at least 3 minutes. We said FUCK THIS, went into the opposite lane to move to the 4th level, and we decided that we will eat lunch on the Strip instead.

    The restaurant chosen for this audible? Ocean One. We had to wait about 20 minutes a bit before noon, but not bad for this place as it's really popular because of its affordable eats.

    M saw this in the Miracle Mile Shops and thought it would go well with the woman we saw in fishnets last night.

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    We ended up with the Spinach Artichoke Dip, Chicken Caesar Salad, and the Skirt Steak (well-done, Ms stomach sucks with pinker steak...ugh) to share at $5 each. I also got a strawberry daiquiri for $3. Paris is better for that.

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    For the price, the food was pretty good! But if great taste is important to you, I don't think this is the place. I thought the food was a little bland overall. But I have been much more disappointed by more expensive food this trip.

    Went back to the Aria garage. Voilà! Gridlock was gone! Moved our bags to MGM Grand. Went into the Stay Well check-in for invited guests because M had the M Life Credit Card. We watched the people in front of us, and we could tell which agent we wanted. We didn't get him. But our agent seemed to deal with our annoying requests, and tied my reservations together because we had a king for our paid nights, but two queens for Thursday and Friday nights because that is all we could get with the myVegas reward. FYI, I needed $60 game spend to unlock two night awards. When we got into the room, everything seemed fine, or so we thought.

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    Me playing on my phone. Oops.

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    Then went to one of our happy places, the MGM Grand Lazy River.

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    Unfortunately, the lazy river closes at 5 pm. Liability for drunk people? But tonight, our pool time wasn't over yet. We drove over to the Bellagio parking garage because we wanted to check out the movie at the Boulevard Pool at Cosmo. But before we do, I was on a mission to find “Airplane” to play a very brief session. We scoured most of the casino to find it, and when we did find it, it ate my money quickly! Doh.

    The movie is free for Identity members and hotel guests. But you officially have to get tickets, and an Identity Card will get scanned. Does this trigger a gaming day? I assume it might, but our ADT doesn't get much in terms of an offer, so it's probably not too big of a deal for us. I do feel bad for the person that was asked if they were staying at the hotel, and I think was informed that it was free by an employee on the way to the box office. But when she got to the box office, she pulled out a credit card instead of a room key. Doh.

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    It was definitely a different experience. The movie was “Wonder Woman”, which also was not what we expected. The movie mostly revolved around World War I? And I was a little disappointed that the pool was a bit colder at night than I expected. So I retreated to the hot tub for quite awhile, but that area really didn't have a good view of the movie. We stayed for about half of it. Regardless, I think this a nice thing that Cosmo offers for guests and Identity members.

    But now we had another moment of a weird eating time, and being fairly stuck on the strip, cheaper options were limited of course. We decided on Earl of Sandwich for late dinner. Then started to walk back to the Bellagio and the car.

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    M talked about getting a Nutella crèpe from Bellagio Patisserie since every time we walked by the Aria Patisserie while staying at Aria, the line was a disaster. But I snap at her, “Where are we going to eat it?” And she didn't want to argue and retreated to the garage entrance. But I could tell she's not happy, and I relented because I could tell the line wasn't long. I basically told her that this is the best chance for you to get one if you want it. And considering there was seating nearby, this was really not an issue anyway. And glad we got it because I definitely wasn't full from Earl. It was excellent.

    Artistic design in the Patisserie.

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    Got back to MGM around 11:15 pm according to this picture time stamp.

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    Then took a shower to help wash chlorine off from the pool. Last trip, not doing so from the Cosmo pool cost M dearly. Her allergies...sigh.

    After the shower, we began to hear a random popping noise from the coat closet. At first, I thought it might have been pipes from our shower expanding/contracting. But then we heard the similar stochastic noise fifteen minutes after we shut the water off, and I thought uh-oh. For heavy sleepers, it's probably fine, but for someone like M (and even a sober me), no.

    So around midnight, we began the arduous process of moving rooms. The front desk person was receptive to our troubles and was willing to offer a higher floor (27) with a Strip view for our inconvenience. That certainly sounded great. Unfortunately, we currently had so much shit that we didn't think we could transfer it all between the two of us. So we think, well, one of us would stay behind while the other moved some of the stuff to the new room as our former room key only worked once.

    One big problem. MGM required to tap your key to access your floor. Fuck. So had to go back to the desk for old floor access. Then moved the rest of the shit to the room together. Problem. The room was in the low 70s even though the a/c target was 65 (lowest possible). The room can't keep up, and the forecast was predicting hotter weather in the coming days. Yep, we couldn't do that either.

    Then she found us another room on 25. This wasn't promising because the elevator bank a/c was out and was at least 80 degrees. The rest of the hall was fine, but the room wasn't. Same issue, too hot. Then she tried a move on the same floor, and this time we wised up and didn't move shit until we thought the room was okay. Same issue, too hot.

    So we were back down at the desk again, trying to figure out what to do. M noticed that a coworker wrote “give them something for all of this” on her notepad, but the lady we dealt with said nothing to us directly. Fortunately, after the fact, our resort fee for that night magically disappeared. But after some discussion, and with me asking if 22-210 (our room in June) was open somehow (it wasn't), she finally realized that maybe the high floor + strip view was the problem. At MGM, strip views face the afternoon sun, plus heat rises. So she found a bit lower floor, plus a South facing room. We could give two shits about the view. She found 17-214, basically a similar room to 22-210 in June. We inspected the room first. Target was at 65 and room was at 66. Perfect. And everything else seemed fine too. So went back to last room and called a bellman because we had too much shit to transfer at once. He was a very nice man and very apologetic for what we had to to go through and certainly hoped we didn't need to move again. Also apologetic because current policies prevented him from carrying baggage further into the actual room. We didn't care about that. If they would have let us use the luggage cart by ourselves, we would have. We've done it at Disney World before. Haha Nevertheless, his friendliness and efficient effort got him a decent tip from us. We were just happy to be in a room that we should be able to sleep in with using a sheet. Low 70s is questionable for us.

    So now it's about 2, but we're too riled up to sleep. So we played a bit of VP at the bar. I was chatting with M next to me, holding Ace-Jack like a robot while looking at her. And then she sayid to me, “You got a quad!” Well, I guess I did! I totally didn't notice.

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    And the first of many Space Dusts at MGM.

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    The hits stopped after that random quad.

    Around 330, I think we called it a night.

    Day 3 Results:

    Aria (baseball bet) -$5
    Cosmo -$9.90
    MGM Grand -$40

    Day 3 Total: -$54.90
    Trip Total: -$122.64
     
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  4. tringlomane

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    Day 4: Tues. 9/7/21 Let's Just Imagine That the Daytime Hours of Today Did Not Exist

    Well, today was the biggest reason we often come to Vegas around this time of year. To celebrate M's birthday! Unfortunately, this day was anything but a celebration. I had zero concrete plan on what to do on this day. One of the few things was that I had hoped to meet up with @Jazzbaby85 before she and her husband left. She mentioned that they were going to stop by MGM Grand that afternoon. So I was trying to keep a window open to meet her since I really didn't have other big plans for today. That was a mistake of course because M treats her birthday way, way, way, way more importantly than I do. If people didn't celebrate my birthday, I am not sure I would care. Last trip that fell on her birthday, we had the Wynn Dinner buffet and saw Le Rêve. I was obviously not going to beat that being without a plan.

    First, M thought we should talk to the front desk again because we got nothing (or so we thought) for having to move all those times last night. So we went to the invited check-in and got the same person that checked us in, ugh. We asked for our resort fee taken away for the night. All she could offer is a $25 food credit she says. Meh. And obviously that's bullshit,\ because our resort fee last night was wiped away anyway. hahaha

    But in hopes to possibly meet Jazzbaby85, I was hoping to stick around near the hotel. M had different plans and wanted to take the car out to eat somewhere. Eventually my indecision of what to do on her birthday pissed her off, and we had a good fight. Then we just moped around the room for an hour? Then I finally convinced her to eat Original Chicken Tender in the Food Court, and she unhappily relented. The food was good as usual, and I thought her mood was turning a bit. But when we got back up to the room and prepared to go to the pool, I was wrong. I made a comment that I might try to meet Jazzbaby85 briefly before going to the pool, which she was okay with. But unfortunately, they had to leave earlier than they expected. Ugh.

    We went to the lazy river and really didn't speak to each other. After about a half hour, she was done, was visibly upset, and wanted to go back to the room. Surprisingly, she bothered to take this picture from the elevator lobby.

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    Then we sulked in the room awhile longer. She said she wanted to go in the hot tub for a bit, I wasn't interested and took a nap. After my nap it was near 6 pm. I'm not really in the mood to do anything. She made the comment that she's not going to let me go to Vegas for her birthday again, and she wanted to go home more than anything right now. Fortunately, she eventually decided to not let her entire birthday be ruined. So she got dressed and decided she's going to Ellis Island for dinner. I was lucky enough that she was willing to drive me there.

    When we got there, I made the offhand comment to her that I believed that Ellis Island gave $10 free play on your actual birthday. That made M happier than you would think. At least EI didn't try to fuck up her birthday.

    And for the first time this trip, I opened my Untappd app up because I finally drank a beer that was “new to me”. Their Heading West IPA (6.8%; 4 sips) A nice, hoppy West Coast IPA.

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    And EI was trying to not fuck up my day either. Before I even took a sip of the beer! Biggest hit of the trip so far!

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    After a bit of play, we went to eat. We got the usual, the Chicken for me and the Chicken and Ribs for her. Excellent once again, this time we didn't forget a pic!

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    Then I played a bit more and checked out the Aristocrat units. 9/5 JoB (98.45%) for quarters was pretty good, but at dollars or higher they made it 8/5 (97.30%)?!?! Odd. Maybe a mistake even.

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    M was thankfully in a happier mood now with a full tummy and a root beer.

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    Before going, I decided to play an ancient IGT slot for a bit, “Benny Big Game”. But when the sound's busted, it's not really that fun.

    So now it's about ten, and since we were close, I proposed that we go to Virgin.

    The second we got into the door, M was not impressed. And I could tell my doting picture taker wasn't going to take pictures here. So this was the best I could do.

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    My goal was to basically just walk the length of the casino to check it out at this point. When we turn around, I felt like I should check a random paytable and wander off from M. M then grabbed me by the arm tightly and said, “Don't make me take you to Green Valley!” like I was a bad child. And honestly, I was at times today. But the way she said it, I just started laughing my ass off. The eleventeen people in Virgin that night probably thought I was drunk, crazy, or both.

    Well, guess were we went next. Yep, I was a bad boy. Green Valley it was.

    M got a nice bonus on “Alien”, one of her favorite old-school IGT games.

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    I went to the Sip Bar since they had 8/5 Bonus w/prog. (99.17% + prog.). Last visit to GVR in June, I couldn't even play at Sip because it was full.

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    And on the “Lazurus” hand of a $40 buy-in...doh. But at least it helped.

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    Then decide to mess around with one line Ultimate X for nickels. Damn Dave/Eliza.

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    Now it's about 11:30 pm, and even though we thought we were stuffed from Ellis Island, we honestly weren't. So now I suggested we should go to South Point for the “Late Nite Breakfast Special” since it would be close to midnight when we would get there.

    Got to Southpoint and immediately redeemed M's birthday reward from Starbucks minutes before midnight. Haha She got a pumpkin cheesecake muffin. It was pretty good. Not over the top pumpkin or cheesecake.

    Then went in line for the café and got tips from a local. M ordered the eggs, toast, hash browns, and bacon, and I picked the eggs, toast, hash browns, and sausage. The sausage was meh, I should have got the steak and eggs. Everything else was pretty good though! Especially for the price!

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    After eating, we played here for a bit of course.

    Wondered over to the bar near the sportsbook, but this bar didn't offer 9/6 Bonus Deluxe (99.64%). So I just settled for the superior NSUD game (99.73%). But unlike @eliza, I am not a Deuces whisperer. Since this was a comp choice, I felt I needed to add this to Untappd. It had probably been near two decades at this point. It was mostly like I remembered, a sweeter version of Zima. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a session. (4.5%; 2.75 sips)

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    M got the main bonus on the game “Kingpin” for the first time as far as she knows. I like what the memo on the check says. Haha

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    I moved to another bar for the chance to play “Boner Deluxe”. Start playing and waited almost 10 minutes for a drink. Definitely the longest I waited at a bar this trip by at least five minutes.

    Had this annoying hand while waiting for a bartender.

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    I know what a lot of you would do, but since I was playing 9/6 Bonus Deluxe. I felt obligated to do this. Fucking math.

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    Eventually a bartender came. Tried this because again, “new to me”. (5%; 2.5 sips)

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    Yeah, this was pretty awful. It reminded me of taking the “Airborne” seltzer that you drink to boost your immune system before going on a plane.

    A few hands where I won more money for being “full pay”.

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    Why didn't this show up when I played Deuces??

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    All the while I was eavesdropping on a conversation between a guy and a girl. I assumed she was a hooker, but with the randomness of the conversation, I wasn't sure. And she wasn't dressed like you would typically expect.

    Eventually he needed to go to the bathroom, and he actually told her to play his machine. She upped his bet, so that made me think she might have been one. M also was able to hear some of the convo as she was at the giant STP machine nearby. I texted her that she was trying to do a long con. Haha

    Getting closer to 2, so we decided to get back to MGM Grand. I initially planned to come up to bed with her. When we get back, I really needed to go to the bathroom, so she suggested maybe I should go to the bathroom there. So I decided that was a good idea. So I went, but I thought this was a good opportunity to squeeze in one more drink (shhh!) Right before going back to the room, I noticed that this was worth playing, so at least it was a profitable detour! I came up to the room right at the moment she decided to text me. Lol

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    Day 4 Results:

    Ellis Island +$79.45
    Green Valley Ranch -$16
    South Point -$20
    MGM Grand +$33.65

    Day 4 Total: +$76.70
    Trip Total: -$45.94

    Will I go to the Penthouse, the Doghouse, or the Madhouse with Vegas and M? Stay tuned to find out!

     
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  5. AyDee

    AyDee is getting too old for this

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    Oh, @tringlomane
    with all due respect, I don't know if any couple that goes regularly hasn't been there at least once in vegas,
    I certainly have, but :eek:
    never bet against Hangry!

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  6. Here2Learn

    Here2Learn High-Roller

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    Wow great detailed tr so far...glad you're having a blast!
     
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  7. Burnsie

    Burnsie High-Roller

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    Underplayed her birthday? Ooof! Rookie mistake! :eek:

    Hell, we've all been there. Glad you patched things up! Now go win some money!!! :)
     
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  8. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC TBD

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    Looking forward to part deux. Hoping a penthouse is in your future! Happy belated BD.
     
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    cjcjcj VIP Whale

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    Good stuff, looking forward to the rest. Damn shame about the room troubles we've been pretty lucky in 20+ trips never had to move.
     
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  10. smerrian

    smerrian View from Bally's

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    Great pics of M (pre-birthday). You can tell she's having a great time, she's just glowing in the pics. Hope all goes smoother come the end of the trip.
     
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  11. boxofbirds

    boxofbirds Royal Flushless

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    Enjoying the report so far, as always! Looking forward to the second half!
     
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  12. teacher10

    teacher10 Tourist

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    so so good! thanks so much for writing this and bringing us along on your trip!
     
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  13. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    You'd think I would learn this by now, but I really haven't. Vegas is mostly an appetite suppressant for me. It certainly isn't for her. Plus I consume adequate calories in alcoholic drinks daily. She doesn't.
     
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    DDB Low-Roller

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    All right. I'll play - Penthouse is my guess.
     
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    jpw711 Is that your cat?

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    Good stuff so far!
     
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    martinr Rock Chalk Jayhawk

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    Had to move, needed to move or just wanted to move? Tring has never been to Vegas where he didn't move, for at least one of those reasons! Usually though, it seems to be the latter of the three.
     
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    hammie VIP Whale

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    Growing up, birthdays were celebrated, but were not a big deal. On the other hand, birthdays were more special with my wife’s family.

    Thanks for the TR
     
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    Sounds like fun!...except for the Bday tension. Similar to what @hammie said, birthdays in my family growing up were very low key and mostly uneventful. Boy did I get a wake up call when I got married! There was some hand wringing in my Doghouse at times. Looking forward to reading the rest.
     
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    smerrian View from Bally's

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    Birthdays, anniversaries, really any ‘special’ day is basically unnoticed in our household. Lucky if you get a card. I like it that way and it’s taken a couple of decades to get my husband to think along the same lines but now he does. Big deal/No big deal…as long as you’re on the same page.
     
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    Great report! I love M's nails!

    So you didn't take a chance on the beer at Moneyline pizza, or is there just not much offered? Every time I try to go there it's closed.

    I really love the Aria basic rooms. You're motivating me to take a quick January jaunt!
     
    A low strip trip? Could be….
    Boom! A comp arrives and I can’t say no