This Vegas trip was solo as the Mrs., for some strange reason, wasnâ€™t up for a gambling vacation, when I booked the trip at the end of December. I had two nights at TI for the casino rate and a cheap flight direct on American. Here are the negatives and positives. The Negatives: I took the Bell shuttle to TI. On the way there, the shuttle had dropped someone off at the Imperial Palace and was driving on a back road to Koval Ave. All of sudden I heard a load crunching noise and saw a SUV come racing past the shuttle. It stop for a brief moment and then took off. The shuttle approached the intersection where we could see that the SUV had turned in front of a 4 door automobile and hit it on the passengers front corner. The poor elderly lady in the passenger side had her head rammed into the front glass. We had just witnessed a hit and run accident. The shuttle driver had his rounds to keep so we kept moving on down the road. The accident was very unnerving and not a good vibe to start a Vegas trip. I had my first losing Vegas trip ever. On every other trip to Vegas, I had left winning more than I lost. Not this trip. I lost around $550. The reason I lost money was that I lost so much playing blackjack. I couldnâ€™t have a winning session. I would instantly get behind and nothing I could do to get ahead. I calculated I lost over $1200 playing blackjack. I think Iâ€™m going to give up playing this game. The strip hotels do not offer a good game, the dealers either have no personality or have are grouchy, other players either donâ€™t know how to play or are annoying offering their bad advice. Hey A-hole, I donâ€™t want to hear how surrendering is for pussies. I donâ€™t tell you what a chicken S you are for standing on 16 every time. My blackjack sessions just were not enjoyable this trip, at all. The breakfast I had at the Kahunaville, was too greasy. I didnâ€™t get to see hardly any of Vegas as I spent all my time at TI or the Mirage with a quick trip to the Palms before my flight. I think around $200 fell out of my pockets or it was pick pocketed. I just cannot account for $200. Very frustrating spending 30 minutes going through my clothes, luggage and other belongings trying to find it with no luck. The weather sucked. It was colder in Vegas than I had left in Texas. TI or the Mirage only had $1 or larger five play 9/7 double bonus VP machines. I lost money playing the $1 machines because I donâ€™t have the payroll to wait for the big jackpots to occur. I can wait out the droughts with the quarter machines. That sums up the negatives. Now the POSITIVES! Positives: First off, I had a blast by myself this trip. I could gamble, eat, and sleep when, where and how I wanted. I also went 7-0 this trip on my sports bets. It was unbelievable! I could not lose. I had never won every sports bet. I had always won more games than I lost for each Vegas trip, but never perfect. To top if off, my Cincinnati Bearcats won, covered, and moved into a first place tie for the conference lead. It was even the featured game at the sportsbook so the sound was available while I watched it on the big screen. I had practiced hours and hours on my Winpoker software, the proper strategies for five play 9/7 double bonus Video Poker. I went to the Palms to play. I was quickly down $400. But practice and patience paid off. After 3 hours of playing, I walked away with a win of $260 thanks to several quad Aces. I also played Multistrike VP at the TI for the first time. This was a fun game. They only had nickel machines but I hit a quad Aces at the 2X level for a $80 profit. I got pretty drunk playing VP at the bar. It was great though. For $20, playing quarters, you can sit there and drink as many drinks as you want for free. If your lucky, you might even walk away with more than $20. I had great meals at the TIâ€™s Terrace Cafe and the Mirageâ€™s Noodle Kitchen. I was surprised at how good the Prime Rib was at the Terrace and the price wasnâ€™t to bad at $16. I also ate at the Palmâ€™s buffet. It was very good. Not as good as the Aladdinâ€™s but I enjoyed it. The best part was that it cost me $3.74 because I had a half off coupon from the lady at the slot club. It really cost my nothing because I used my comp money off my slot card. The highlight of the trip had to be playing Texas hold â€˜em at the Mirage. I signed up for one of their satellite tournaments for the evening no limit hold â€˜em tournament. After ten minutes, I was the second out of eleven to bust out of the satellite. I realized, I canâ€™t play the borderline hands like online. I quickly put my name in for the next satellite that was starting. After about twenty minutes, I was short stacked and went all in with six player remaining. I was behind going to the river and got out of my seat to say goodbye. I got lucky when the river card gave my a split pot. I sat back down with new life and wouldnâ€™t you know, I went on to win the satellite. I won a $125 entry into that evenings tournament plus $100 cash. What a thrill. I entered that evenings tournament and quickly learned that the locals were tough players. Fortunately, they allowed an add on after the first hour because I was very short stacked at that point. The locals were pushing me around and stealing my chips. I tightened up and went all in when I had the nuts and sure enough, I doubled up a couple times. I finally busted out when the number of players had dwindled from 90 to around 30 and I found myself short stacked again. I had to go all in with AQ off suited against a 66. My opponent flopped a 682 for a set and then caught an 8 on the turn to the full house. I had a blast playing in a no limit hold â€˜em tournament. I canâ€™t wait to do it again. Another cool but a somewhat frustrating thing happened at checkout. I went to speak to a hostess to see what comps I had earned before I settled my bill. I had to speak to the shift supervisor because a hostess was not on duty at the time. She told me I had spent enough time at the BJ tables but had not bid an average of $100 for a free room. She said that because they had already given me the casino rate, I didnâ€™t qualify for anything else. This is the same thing the MGM Mirage properties always tell me at checkout and I always nicely ask for a free meal which they always agree to. What was different this trip is that I then went to the Playerâ€™s Club desk and ask for my cash back based on my VP play. She gets on the phone and after a couple minutes and plugging a bunch of information into a computer she tells me that I didnâ€™t have enough food charges to take off so they were going to comp me my Saturday night stay. What? The shift supervisor said no dice but the slot hostess says here you go. Hmmmm. Guess who I will be approaching on the next trip. What a pleasant surprise at checkout. In addition, I got a nice check for my VP play. Overall, I had a fun but losing trip. Of course, Iâ€™m already planning the next trip with the wife.