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The Ol’ Switcheroo - 7/14 thru 7/18/2021

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by JaDubya, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. JaDubya

    JaDubya High Roller? Nah...just a Roller

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    My Trip Report

    The last time I was in Vegas was December 2019 when I made $$$ playing Top Dollar. “You’re a Winner. Yeah!”:woot:

    I’ve been to Vegas countless times and coming off that winning trip, I naively thought I’d be back soon.

    Then Covid b*tch slapped the world and the Jadubya Fam hunkered down for a long, long time.

    Vegas slowly reopened and VMBers (both daring and cautious) returned to the promised land. I often pm’d VMB friends saying that I would go back pretty soon…soon enough…eventually. Really, really. I could feel them rolling their eyes but they were nice and never said anything.

    So what does a VMBer do during breaks between Vegas trips? Plans his next trip of course. Two f*cking years of planning indecisiveness.

    Let’s try something new, Jadubya. A resort completely different from the 2 hotels you always stay at.

    I pondered hard about Red Rock cuz I know a guy who is always trying to get me to go there. Maybe a Luxor 2 Bedroom Tower Premier suite because it looks nice and if @MCann can survive a haunted Red Bull can in his bathroom, so can I.

    Fast forward to today. The Jadubyas are all vaccinated and my daughter has a basketball tournament in Vegas. Yay!!!

    So we get to stay at…dun, dun, dun…Westgate. Wait! WTF!!! How did that happen? :blink:

    The tournament will be held at the LV Convention Center, so they are offering discounted Westgate rooms. It’s close to the tournament and wifey is pragmatic, so Westgate it is. F*ck! This is not Red Rock. The Ol’ Switcheroo.

    I don’t know much about Westgate. Maybe it was nice when it was the LV Hilton and Allan the Mattress King (from Louis Theroux’s documentary) lost his fortune there. But that was 2007 and I’m kinda scared to stay there. It’s a f*cking 2 star rated hotel on Yelp! Geez. I guess I just need to suck it up. I mean…it’s still Vegas. Right?

    I decided to double book at NYNY to get $600 in FP and $400 in RC. Maybe that’s excessive but I’m a freeplay whore who likes to be treated to a good meal before I…you know.

    I asked my host for the cheapest room ($305 total comp value for 3 nights), since it will be probably remain empty unless my Westgate room is disgusting.

    What’s on the agenda? It’s a short list because this is a spontaneous trip and I’m not a spontaneous kinda guy. My 2 years of planning are out the window cuz our schedule needs to be flexible. So here’s what we got:
    • Driving up on July 14
    • Basketball, basketball and more basketball
    • Reservations at Stripsteak, Kumi, Morimoto, Lemongrass and Grand Wok too. I have 2 reservations per night (thurs-sat) so we have flexibility (read: overkill)
    • CET diamond tier match with my Mlife platinum
    • Sneaking out to degen on the South Strip at NYNY and other mlife casinos
    • $25 Mykonami at MGM, Aria, Bellagio & NYNY
    • Team USA vs Australia basketball game, maybe if my NYNY host hooks me up
    • Wear my lucky outfit and win, Win, WIN!
    • Go to the pool to show off my sexy dad bod (psych! - no one wants to see that)
    • Rock my fanny pack like it’s the 90s (to carry all my W2Gs - cuz you gotta plan ahead)
    • Return home on July 18
    Live TR? Dunno. Feel free to ask me questions. I will try to respond and do a TR of some nature. I have no idea how much free time I will have. I will be using the monorail/trams as much as possible and walking too.
     
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  2. JaDubya

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    Starting bankroll. I have all these $50s and $100s from cash gifts I received. I put little letters on the edges of some of them to designate where the money came from (look closely). Normally $50s in Vegas scare the sh*t out of me but these were gifts so they’re lucky. Stupid, huh? I have many stupid Vegas superstitions but it’s fun. I gotta be me.

    I was tempted to write “Bugsy’s Last $50” on one of them cuz I’m an a***hole who likes to f*ck with people. But I held back.

    The rest of my bankroll is on 3 ATM fee-free debit cards to be used as needed.
     
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  3. JaDubya

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    My Wilson’s House of Suede fanny pack. Chicks dig the fanny pack…sort of…not really. Actually one time I was slotting around at NYNY and a group of women were walking by. They stopped and looked at me. One said “he looks just like Juanito.” Then another saw my fanny pack, giggled and tried to hug me. Awkward. At first I thought she was going for my wallet cuz who just randomly hugs someone in a casino. But, sigh, they were just clowning me. I should’ve been pissed but I just mumbled some grouchy words and went back to my slotting.

    That incident made me rethink the whole fanny pack thing. But for this trip, the fanny pack will be back with a vengeance. F*ck you Juanito!!!

    What’s in the fanny pack? Various “good luck” items. We used to take my mom and aunt to Vegas. My aunt gave me a leaf wrapped in plastic wrap. “It’s good luck, Jadubya!” I politely smiled and thought f*ck me. Now I can’t throw it away cuz that’s bad karma. Been carrying it around ever since. Dumb*ss!

    I also have a hospital admission bracelet that I carry around from when I dislocated my shoulder celebrating a hand pay at Caesars. Why is that lucky? Cuz my ER bills were a lot smaller than my hand pay. Dumb*ss times two!

    I have other stupid crap in the pack but I know you’re already thinking “damn Jadubya, you’re bat sh*t crazy.” Yeah. So.

    Anyway. Onto Vegas.
     
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  4. JaDubya

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    So we walk into our Westgate room and the first thing wifey says is “ugh what’s that smell? It smells like someone farted in here.” All great trips start this way. Am I right?
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    We then go through and lysol spray/alcohol wipe everything cuz who knows what kinda of cooties the last guest left behind.

    Neither the deadbolt nor the chain on the adjoining room door were secure. Man this switcheroo sh*t is a b*tch.

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    Can’t put a price on luxury and comfort. Check out the in room safe and used towel storage at the Westgate
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  6. JaDubya

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    Some random Westgate pics
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    Following along. Win big baby!! On all fronts.
     
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    Oh man, finally another @JaDubya TR woohoo! Off to a great (entertaining) start!

    Also, I cant decide...is this the boutique version of Wilson's Leather, or the flea market/ dollar store version? Either way, hey, it's a nice murse, plus it's Vegas where you can wear whatever you want! Plus, free hugs!
     
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  10. JaDubya

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    Sorry this TR was on time delay. Got in last night. Went to MGM and NYNY for $25 mykonami freeplay. Waited 10 minutes per mlife desk on a Wednesday night at 10:00ish. I read that the mlife desk hours are on the mykonami award which was helpful in planning the mykonami run.

    Wanted to get the BOGO pass for the monorail but the booth was closed so paid regular price. They had printed hours for the monorail until 2:00 am but they said “no, no, no - we’re shutting down at 12:00 midnight.”

    Bought the 4 day BOGO pass today. Young woman in the booth said today is the last day they have abbreviated hours (2:00 am vs 12:00 switcheroo).

    Pic of the monorail booth hours at Westgate
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  11. JaDubya

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    So last night I was at MGM doing the $25 mykonami conversion. I decided to play Cherries Jubilee like my friend @jpw711 cuz he’s drunk and lucky (or was he just drunk…hmmm).

    I put $20 cash in and got it up to $100. But I kept playing and cashed this out
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    100% conversion is a tie. An old coach of mine used to say “a tie is like kissing your sister.” :blink: Who says sh*t like that.

    So I moved to another machine. I like pulling the handle and the other one I was on, the handle was locked. So lost my $45 TITO. Put $20 more in. Then another $10 and $20 and $20. Was able to get it up to $103 then…
    Damn right he did
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  12. jpw711

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    Well. I am usually drunk in Vegas and @martinr always calls my "Lucky Bastard" so I think you had a triple dose of Cherries Jubilee for a midnight snack.

    Who Loves Westgate? We don't!
     
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    Nice hit on the Cherries. I haven’t been to Westgate since Raiding the Rock Vault was based there. Looking forward to the rest of your report.


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  14. JaDubya

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    So for us maskers…we are outnumbered. Probably 5-10% of people are wearing masks. Masking is not a cool Vegas look but neither is the fanny pack. Oh well.

    More random Westgate pics. No guard for the Penthouse suite.
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    My lucky hat. More jadubya stupidity. It’s my lucky hat but I lost $$$$ at MGM over many trips back in the day. I’m shaking my head too
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    Pic of some MGM carpet. Gawdy sh*t but I find it soothing cuz it’s Vegas. Plus I could spill my drink on it and no one would notice. So random. I should’ve got more sleep last night.
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    So I asked my NYNY host for Team USA vs Australia basketball tix. They kinda suck right now and have a 1-2 record. I thought I’d have a shot at this but got denied. I’m now an mlife peasant. No status. Sheesh.

    Bought 2 tix on AXS for $153 so my son has something to do. Probably cheaper than trying to get it comped. So-so seats.
     
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    Chick magnet shirt
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    Go get em "little juan"
     
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    Thanks for the report, which so far is very informative. Not a strip person, but that location gives me strip access with the monorail. Are those twin beds in that one pic? They look awfully narrow. Nice trivia about Wilson. I didn't know they sold antiques in addition to leather. Actually, I brought one with me for years. look forward to the rest.
     
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