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TOWNSVILLE vs VEGAS

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by TOWNSVILLE, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Trix, l think you and l may be just a minority of customers, just check out the six to five Black Jack payout on offer at the moment at most casinos. Being Australian, all l can say is BAAAH. [ Sarcasm, meaning sheep.]
     
  2. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Yes 93 Octane, l think it will be on my list of things to do in Vegas in the future, however, will have to keep training on those Manhattans before my return. Definitely caught me out, sure l was set up. With my sense of humour, l thought it was great.
     
  3. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Ty, hammie gave me the info on this one, plus the club desk staff also told me about this little trick. Maybe, check with them about it when you get there. Just think though, two people, several drinks each, they have got their money. Win, win. Enjoy.
     
  4. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Day 16 Wednesday

    We got out of bed at our usual time, that being, half the day has gone already. Showered, caffeined and then bolted out the door to catch a south bound bus to the Strip. Destination being The Linq Hotel and Casino.

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    First though, brunch had to be attended to. There was a two for the price of one voucher in the American Casino Guide book for a San Gennaro Burger at the Venetian Casino food court that we intended to use. But the Pokie Queen had to find a drink vending machine first, to obtain a beverage to go with her brunch. [ yes the hypocrite got one also.] None of that watery crap for the Pokie Queen, she had to have the real thing. We then sat at the tables in the food court and had our burgers and drinks,whilst watching the world pass by. The burgers were voted as being quite good by both of us. however the price without the voucher might be a bit much. Then again, we knew we were at the marble floor end of the Vegas Strip so it did not surprise us.

    When the meal was finished, we had a bit of a walk around the casino floor. A few photos were taken and then we headed out onto the Boulevard.

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    Once outside, we went straight to The Linq Hotel and Casino. There was something here that l had wanted to see on our last four trips. Just like the Philly Cheese Steak it never seemed to eventuate, for one reason or another. l think gambling may have got in the way, along with beer drinking. To the very back of the complex we headed.


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    Yeah, we are heading in the right direction. That being the fifth floor of the Linq parking facility, into the lift we go. The doors open, there it is in all it's glory.


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    To be continued.
     
  5. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Day 16 continued.

    Entry into this display was free for us, l had downloaded vouchers from internet, otherwise they where charging $12.95 per adult. Paying to see merchandise that was for sale, just did not compute with me. A sample of the how it was presented.


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    Only for those that are interested.

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    Sorry about some of the photos, the photographer just was not taking things too serious. Hard to get good help these days.


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    To be continued.
     
  6. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Day 16 continued.

    It was mid afternoon when we finally finished with the auto display, out onto the boulevard we went. What to do now, that was the question? So as a reward to the Pokie Queen for putting up with my " having to see the collection of cars " l suggested an ice cream. So we wandered over to the Haagan Dazs shop in The Fashion Show Mall to indulge in this little treat. Yes, of course it was a two for the price of one using the American Casino Guide book voucher that we had. Whilst there we went through our options, going to the Ellis Island Casino and Brewery crossed our minds, nah, been there several times. Further out then, there is the Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino which we had not visited before. Agreement was struck, therefore we finished our ice creams and then ventured off in search of a bus heading east along the Flamingo Road.


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    Upon arrival at the Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino we went inside and found the players desk. There, both of us joined their local club, no freebies or anything of the kind seemed to be on offer. Therefore, a test of the playing conditions given by the machines was the next thing to be done. All the time whilst playing we were checking out the casino, as you do when in a different place for the first time. It definitely did seem to be a locals casino, that l assume was the reason for the poor drink service that l received while l was there. Eventually l did get a Cocktail Waitress to take my order, but, we were long gone before she had returned with my beer [ if she did ]. The Pokie Queen had come up to me with the usual story of no luck to be had, l concurred and we just left the place. Now, l don't want you to think badly about this place, it's just we had no luck and no drink service on this visit. l have full intention of returning there on my next Las Vegas trip, second time could be lucky, although they say the third is.

    Outside we grabbed a bus back to the Strip, once onboard the Pokie Queen recognized a couple of her fellow travellers. She pointed them out to me, all l could say to this was, maybe we have been in Las Vegas for to long. We have been told before by people that live there, that they just about consider us as locals. This could be the reason why we tend to be not get hassled by the sales people on the street / casino much anymore. Yes, you would be right in thinking that we dress down whilst there, no Vegas clothing for us. Never carry around any alcohol around with us, plus, never appear to be surprised by the things you see and hear.


    Once on the Boulevard we jumped on a north bound bus and travelled a couple of blocks before getting off at the Desert Inn Road. The plan here being, the Pokie Queen could go through the shops as we walked our way to the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. Conclusion, Las Vegas souvenirs for the first timers, no harm done, filled in some time. Went through the Slots - A - Fun Casino on our way into the Circus Circus Casino, had a quick look around, heard the magic six to five words and then left.


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    The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino would be getting our money this time, only because they send offers to me. First though. we had to get safely through the Las Vegas Bermuda Triangle.


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    To be continued.
     
  7. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Day 16 continued.

    The duration of play here was the time it took for me to drink one beer. We both added to the Stratosphere Hotel and Casinos coffers, then left. The casino itself is not a bad place to play, it's just not in the right position on the Strip for easy access as far as we were concerned. Out on the street it was now dark, so we crossed the road to get to the bus stop and there caught a bus heading back to Fremont Street.


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    Once there, we went back to our room at the El Cortez Casino to carry out some repairs on yours truly. Diddums couldn't handle the pace set by the Pokie Queen so it seems, usually it's the other way round. Bugger fashion is her motto now, [ learnt the hard way ] comfortable shoes is a must on our holidays these days. When we go somewhere, we want to see the lot, no matter what this requires.


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    [ Lucky for me it was both heels involved, couldn't be getting around uneven now. ]


    Patch up work completed, we then went to the Binions Casino for our daily activities. Prizes for today were, one free post mix drink [ booby prize ], a two for one meal voucher. Then on our second spins, two food storage containers [?], plus twenty five dollars of free spins. Each day we received something similar, nothing great l know, but, it was more than the others were offering at that time. Yes, you already know, as always, photos.


    With that job out of the way, we then ventured over to the Four Queens Casino for our evening meal at Magnolias Restaurant. Two for one of course, same goes for their great beers from the brewery that they have on site. [ Loving these beers made in the on site breweries that exist at these places.] A little bit of play was had after our meals, so as to enable me to consume my beers at leisure.


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    When l had finished my beers we left the Four Queens Casino and returned to our room at the El Cortez Casino. There, we had proper diet cola for the Pokie Queen [ Ice required from the machine as we had no fridge in the room, therefore making you go downstairs if you wanted a cold drink.] l had my Canadian Whiskey, plus as always, the great American television shows to watch into the wee hours. Amusement plus as far as l was concerned.
     
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  8. hammie

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    Finally getting caught up with this epic report. Agreed, to the uninitiated, one's first Manhattan has a bit of a sting. And unfortunately, some bartenders concoct it like a brown Martini with a light hand on the sweet vermouth. I'm not a fan of Bourbon Manhattans, I prefer Rye or Canadian, which is typically a blend with a Rye component.

    I am curious though, how do you have your Canadian whisky whilst watching American boob tube?

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  9. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    Day 17 Thursday [ Winding it up now everyone ]

    Woke up this morning to our first ever American Thanks Giving Day, l wondered what we had in store for us today. Did our usual morning ritual and then proceeded down stairs to Fremont Street. The plan was to have a two for one buffet at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, great idea, until we got there. No way was l going to stand in that line up of people and wait for a table, just to have a meal. ln the back of my mind l was half expecting this would happen, everybody was out for the special day. lt was great to see people enjoying themselves. Now l understood what was going on, if a person took Friday off work, they would have a four day weekend. Hence, the dearer room rates, plus our more expensive flights back to L.A. on Saturday.


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    The decision was then made to go to the Fremont Hotel and Casino and try out the Chinese Combo at the Lanai Express Café. Spotted this on Tuesday when we were buying our shrimp cocktails, wanted to give it a try. lt seemed to be a very busy place which indicates to me that the food must be pretty good. The prices were excellent value for the product you received. This was one of the few meals that we paid the full amount for on this trip. As was expected the food was rather good, but you definitely get dished up way too much. The Pokie Queen commented later that we could have shared a meal between us if we had known this before ordering. Remember my previous comments on the quantity of food and the number of meals each day whilst in Las Vegas. Appetites contented, we went back out onto the street and wandered down to the end of the canopy at the corner of Main and Fremont Streets. Looking over the road we spied the Plaza Hotel and Casino, well that would have to be our next bit of entertainment, what could possible go wrong with that?


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    To be continued.
     
  10. TOWNSVILLE

    TOWNSVILLE Low-Roller

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    hammie since you have followed along so far, l think you know the answer to this question already. Frequently.