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TR 11/30/2016 - 12/4/2016 HGS and GGWU with another non-gambling relative

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  1. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    My Trip Report

    Wednesday evening.

    This trip was for mLife Holiday Gift Shoppe (HGS) and CET Great Gift Wrap Up (GGWU). I invoted my cousin Stefanie to join me. She had joined me for the Celine Dion concert in October, so she was somewhat familiar with me and casinos.

    I had approximately $2000 in points for GGWU, and $1800 in points for mLife to spend. The December events were on the same weekend, so I targeted those events to make it convenient. A room stay was required for HGS in order for me to get my points (via myVegas)

    Plane arrived on time, and I got to Bellagio at about 7:30PM. The comp reservation was for a "run of the house" room, which meant "whatever's available", but we could specify a preference. I was able to get a room with two beds, since my cousin Stefanie was joining me tomorrow. We're not THAT close.

    Pictures of the room if you've never stayed at Bellagio. A very basic room.

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    My buddy Jason bailed on me, but that was no problem since I was kind of tired.

    Decided to go downtown to take advantage of the FreePlay that I had at the D.

    While down there, I made the decision to use my $100 food comp at the D to order "Surf and Turf" to go. Finally got out of there by 10PM and got back to the Mirage by 10:30.

    Took out a small marker at the D an put in a little play while waiting for my food.

    Since mLife is on a different schedule than CET, I didn't feel it necessary to play that night, I would save it for the morning when I had freshened up.

    Ate the lobster but saved the Filet and sides for "later" Stef eventually took them home.
     
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    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Day Two - Thursday

    Woke up at 6AM, played at Bellagio, mostly Buffalo Grand and Wonder 4 jackpot. Nothing substantial. This was about the only thing I hit on a Wonder IV machine

    upload_2016-12-5_13-58-18.png I had left my phone in the room to charge, not expecting any calls.

    I didn't have ANY luck at Bellagio, so I needed a change. I went down to Venetian/Palazzo and took out some markers there, no luck at all, but took out $250 in FP for the afternoon Silver strike event. One of my objectives was to get a second $300 silver strike from V/P.

    Identified that there weren't any Silver Strikes in the machine at Palazzo, but there were at the Venetian, so when we came back that afternoon we would know to park at the Venetian mall valet and walk to Palazzo.

    Went to Noodles at Bellagio at 11:30 when they opened. Had Ngau Nam mien (Chinese beef stew with noodles). Good, but very over priced. $15.00 lunch for a $5-7.50 bowl from Chinatown.

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    Got back to my room intending to take a nap, and Stef had emailed and phoned to tell me that she took an earlier flight, and was at the airport. I texted her back that I was coming over. I got in the car and picked her up.

    MGMs parking system has it's good points and bad points, mostly bad, and more on that later. It was a Wednesday so self park was definitely an option.

    Went to the airport and picked Stef up.

    Now, Stef is a non-gambler. I mean a real non-gambler. It's just not in her nature to "risk" money at gambling. She considers the stock market her form of "gambling". However, I knew that up front and picked this weekend since I knew that my play requirements would be lower, and I'd still get some play in.

    We got back to the room and put Stef's stuff away, and then headed to Venetian.

    Dinner was at 5:45PM, and the show (Blue Man Group) was at 7PM, and I had already eaten lunch.

    Stef hadn't eaten and was a little hungry. Since the Silver Strike machine is across from the Venetian food court, it was convenient for her to get a snack there.

    We parked at the Venetian mall valet, which is very close to the food court where the Silver Strike machine was, and Stef went in for a snack, while I started playing the silver strike machine with $150 FP.

    The Silver Strike machine was playing "loose", and I quickly (within `15 minutes) got seven strikes. I looked around for Stefanie., when she came over I told her that she could bring her food over to the machine. I hit this

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    which accounted for $80 (320 credits), which kept me going. A Silver Strike machine is a three coin quarter machine (seventy five cents a pull).

    Now the machine had gone into a"dark cycle" (tightened up), and the strikes came slower. The 8th and 9th strikes cost me almost $30 each..

    Stef finally finished her lunch, and sat down with me. "You missed most of the fun", I commented. "It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to eat, and I didn't want to bring it out here" she said.

    "Well, this is how it works", I said and I quickly explained what it took to get a Silver Strike, and pressed the button. Just like clockwork, I got the tenth Silver Strike.

    We cashed out for $65, so the ten Silver Strikes cost me $85 in FP. (Small compensation for what I had lost earlier in the day).

    We walked to the Palazzo, then back through the Venetian Shopping area, and the last thing was collecting the $300 strike from the Venetian Cashier. I "had" Stef do it to "give her the experience". She did, and the first one out was the "old" one. I told the cashier that I would like to have the "new one", if at all possible.

    So, our V/P adventure complete, we went down to Container park, where I needed to pick up chocolated at Jinju's place. I was supposed to meet Lea (one of Jin's employees that I had known for a couple of years) I thought Jin would have had the order ready, but I guess she wanted to give me time to chat with Lea.

    So, as you all know, I'm a Silver Striker, but don't always have time to make it down for the $300 distribution. So, I was looking for someone (responsible) to do go to the Four Queens and pick up the $300 strikes 4 times a year.

    Now, I was going to recruit Lea for that job, but then I thought "Is she even 21?", I reminded her to ask that the first chance I had.

    Lea showed up at 4PM sharp, and continued to fill the order as Teresa left. I ordered eight 8 piece boxes, three 16 piece boxes, and one 32 piece box. The 32 piece box was for my CET host, one of the 16 piece boxes was for my myVegas host, and one 8 piece box was for a waitress at Center Cut steakhouse (at Flamingo)

    Lea and I talked about things. A couple of years ago we had a discussion about guns and gun rights, and I had invited her to go to the range the next time I was in town. Lea said that she "hadn't had time" to reply to my invitation.

    Stef later said "She's too young to be hanging around with you, and you are making her very uncomfortable with your invitation.". I told Stef that this was a continuation of conversations that we had over the two years I'd known her.

    When I asked, Lea told me that she wasn't 21, not until August 2017, so she couldn't do "the job", but I'll check in again when she's 21. I guess the job would fall to Jenny, the waitress at Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo.

    I would ask her Saturday night when I ate there.

    Anyway, Lea and I also talked about Stef and I seeing the Blue Man Group(BMG) later in the evening, and dinner at Giada's the next night, and she mentioned that Giada was mentioned in one of her Women's Studies classes as the only female "headline" chef in LAs Vegas. I mentioned that Giada was already famous from Food network and other places before she moved to Las Vegas.

    Eventually, the order was complete. We said our goodbyes and started over to Luxor for Dinner at Tender Steak. When we got there, I asked Stef if she was familiar with "the Bodies" exhibit. She said that she thought that she was, so I took her up to the mezzanine and showed her the intro. She said "No", and that "she wasn't interested". I'm not interested either, so we went down to the restaurant.

    <pictures later when the chocolates arrive>

    Tender Steakhouse at Luxor is, as most casino steakhouses are, a very nice steakhouse. I had eaten there 15 years ago with my ex-wife before seeing BMG. I had a conp for $75 off of $150.

    So, we ordered:

    one dozen bluepoint oysters
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    The Chef's special was meat "jam", served with crackers.
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    14 oz. Bison ribeye
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    OK, so Bison is just like beef, but with a slight "gamey" flavor. If I had to choose, and both were the same price, the first time I would eat it just to say that I had (which I have now, but going forward I would pick grass fed beef)
    Lamb Shank
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    Beef Bone Marrow
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    Asparagus
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    The meal was excellent and came to $160 before the discount. The $75 discount was already on my mLife card, and the rest was charged to the room.

    Just in time, we went upstairs to the show.

    This is the 4th time I'd seen BMG, going back over 15 years when they were first at Luxor. They have moved since then to Veneian/Palazzo, then to Monte Carlo (where I saw them last with my son), then back to Luxor.

    This venue was smaller, more intimate, and the show had changed to leave out a lot of "large crowd" effects, but it was still the Blue Man Group. Loud, pounding music (in a good way), very creative sketches. The woman next to me was selected as the "audience participation" participant.

    At the end of the show they have large confetti and streams of paper that come from the ceiling and back of the audience section. At the Monte Carlo show there was that, plus huge 20 ft. or more bouncing balls that came down into the crowd. At this show it was toilet paper sized rolls of crepe paper that came down.

    We left shortly after,and the valet fee was $8. Cash/CC only, no charging to the room. I was pooped, after getting up at 5AM with no nap, I was ready to hit the sack. Tomorrow's another day.
     

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  3. DaiLun

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    Friday

    Stef and I got up early and since we were still "stuffed". We went to Cosmopolitan, I got a cup of coffee and a muffin.

    My knees were really killing me, and I hadn't taken any Ibuprofen. Sat down and put some points on my Identity card, walked around Cosmopolitan, and I showed Stef The Wicked Spoon, pointing out that, IMHO, this is one of the three best buffets in Las Vegas, and that she will see one of the others and eat at IMHO, the best buffet on Saturday.

    From Cosmopolitan, at about 9AM I decided to take Stef to the Stratosphere . The tower was open, but no rides because of the wind. We got the "senior discount" and went up to the top of the tower. IMHO, it is worth doing once, weather permitting. It was a clear, colder day, but the views were spectacular. The Senior discount (55 and older) is $14

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    After that I drove to show her Chinatown and she mentioned that she had misplaced the packet of Pho spices I had sent her for making Vietnamese Beef Broth.

    Since we were passing by a Vietnamese Supermarket in Chinatown, I suggested that we stop there. We picked up a couple of packets and then traveled on to Aria.

    It was checkout day at Bellagio, but I had about $175 left of the FB comp to use before we checked out, and the checkout time was 11AM. No problem, get a late checkout for 1PM, and go to Julian Serranos (Aria) for lunch.

    So, I went down to the concierge to arrange late checkout for 1PM, and she said "late checkout to noon is complimentary, to 1PM is $25.00" WTF?!?!? Well, $175 was on the table, and no reason not to spend it, so I took late checkout. These are all things to remember for next year.

    we drove over to Aria and sat down at the new "Elvira" machine. Made enough for valet and lunch tips.

    We were the first ones at Julian Serrano's, and we had:

    Lobster Gazpacho (soup)
    Yellowtail Tiradito
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    Cheese platter
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    Ribeye
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    Mussels
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    A word to you all, as you can see, most of the tapas come in sets of three, so three is the optimum number of people for Julian Serranos.

    All of the food was, as usual (and expected) superb, both in presentation and taste. The bill was just under $100. Valet was $10

    From there we went back to Bellagio to checkout, with $76.00 still on our comp to use. Stef is a "thrifty Asian person" like me, so she was amenable to going to the gift shop to buy things to leave "nothing on the table".

    I loaded up on food and drinks for CP (Caesars Palace), and bought a coffee mug, and Stef bought a stuffed animal.

    Checked out of Bellagio, (the two "free" nights cost me $200 with the late checkout) but still received free parking.

    Checked in at Caesars. At the Diamond check-in, I noticed Stef drinking a glass of Champagne, which may have contributed to her taking a nap when we went upstairs. I spent my time finalizing my shopping list for HGS.

    At about 3:30, we went back to Bellagio. The walk to HGS was only slightly shorter this year, knees still killing me, gotta stop by a CVS/Walgreens to pick up Ibuprofen.

    Got to the Tower ballroom and it was as elegant as it had been in previous years. Also as chaotic and disorganized.

    The myVegas folks were there with a small booth outside the checkout area, next to the photo booth. I met with Justine, my myVegas host and gave her her Christmas present, and told her that I would stop by to chat about the negative things I experienced about my Bellagio stay.

    Manufacturer's reps were there. Stef's "job" was to checkout the Dyson vacuum cleaners for a friend of hers who was attending HGS on Sunday. They had the Dyson V6 and V8 and the rep took great pride in dtailing the advancements in the V8 (longer run time, better/more accessories). Also more expensive . . .

    I looked around for other things to "buy" but found nothing, so took the majority of my $1800 in points in MGM Gift cards and Free Play. I guess I "got" a few things.

    Justine had to leave early, so I didn't get to talk with her. So we took a picture and left. Since we were over an hour, I was charged $7 for parking, which should have been waived since I was a Pearl level member. Oh well, something else to complain about to MGM.

    It was time for dinner so we drove over to Giada's. I am glad that my host made the reservations, because each time, I get a window table for two. When I made the reservation myself, I was put "in the back". Our waiter was Joseph, who was the waiter the last time when I visited with my 89 year old non gambling Aunt. I later told him that when I brought guests to LV I always liked to take them to Giada's, because of the ambiance, food, and service.

    I told Joseph that Stef had never been to Giada's before, and he subjected her to the entire "Giada's experience". We settled on the tasting menu.

    Note that the tasting menu is: $120 apiece with no alcohol, and must be ordered by two people, but each gets a selection from the second (pasta) and third (entree) course. The dessert cart is featured with the tastine menu, and each person gets three selections from the dessert cart. You also get a copy of the menu with an autographed picture of Giada, and several recipes.
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    We had

    Appetizer
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    Bacon Wrapped dates, ribeye with potato over toasted bread
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    I had Bucatini for my second course
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    Stef had spaghetti with shrimp
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    For entree, Stef had the Salmon
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    I had the filet mignon
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    Shared sides:
    Smashed potatoes
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    Polenta (excellent!!!)
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    Raspberry Tiramisu
    Ricotta "something" with gold leaf
    TBD
    Tiramisu
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    Plus two kinds of Gelato, strawberry and White chocolate

    As always, dinner was excellent. Just the right portion size.

    I also purchased a cookbook to bring the bill to $300 in order that I could get maximum value out of the $100 7* meal vouchers. I gave the cookbook to Stef for Christmas.

    Dinner was done, and we decided to go downtown in order that I could show Stef FSE (Fremont Street Experience) and the Four Queens. We valet parked at the QQQQ, and it was about 8:45PM, 15 minutes before the next show. It was also cold and windy, so we stayed inside. QQQQ charges for parking if you are not a hotel guest, but validation will get you 4 free hours, so when we sat down at the machines, I immediately pressed the service light so the slot attendant could come over and validate us. I gave Stef my FP and $20 to play, and I sat at a Buffalo Gold machine two seats over.

    The slot attendant came over and validated our parking, and at 9 PM Stef went out to see the FSE. It was cold, and Stef wasn't really dressed for it, so I suggested to her that when she was ready to leave, we could leave. After about five minutes, she said that she was ready to go.

    We went home but stopped at Walgreens on Sahara to pick up some Ibuprofen, and I took 3 before we got into the car. By the time we arrived back to the hotel I was feeling a little better. 10PM and time for bed.

    Tomorrow, Stef's last day, GGWU and Bacchanal buffet, and Stef goes home.
     
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    Saturday morning:

    Boxed up the candy the previous night. Got up at 6AM, told Stef that I was going to the post office to ship the candy. I suggested that she meet me at the valet at 7:30 so we could go to Wynn/Encore.

    Went to the Wynn and took out a small marker to start the day. We then went over and ooked at the Buffet, and told her that IMHO, this was another one of the 3 "best buffets in LV. Here's a picture of the carousel at the entrance to the Wynn casino,

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    Walked over to the Encore, took a picture of the Popeye statue, and looked around there, and then decided to leave. It was too early for the shops to be open.

    Our next stop was Red Rock. I wanted to show here that there was "life off of the strip", and that the Strip and downtown were "anomalies as far as Las Vegas went", and that Las Vegas away from those two areas was just a "regular" city.

    I showed here how there was housing out in Summerlin, and the highways were Engineered in such a way that you wouldn't know it, but we would see housing once we left the freeway.

    Got inside Red Rock, and it was pretty "dead", I sat down at a Buffalo Grand machine, and Stef wandered around a little after I told her that it wasn't necessary to watch me play.

    We left Red Rock after a half an hour, and headed back to Caesars, where we were scheduled to eat at the Baccahnal Buffet at 11:30.

    I suggested that if she wanted to, she could go upstairs and I would put in a "little time".

    Well, I took out a marker and started playing, hundred after hundred seemingly flew out of my pocket, and then I sat down to a $1 Cleo II machine. Nothing, nothing, nothing, but then:

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    Now, this wasn't enough to make me ahead, just cut my losses by $2K. I had racked up 986 TC, and decided to take a break.

    I went upstairs and broke the news to Stef, and she admitted that she would have been "nervous" watching me play $40 a spin. I agreed that I wouldn't have wanted that, because I would have picked up on it.

    If I'm playing at $5.00 or less a pull, I really don't care who's watching me, and if someone makes comments, if I don't like them I will get up and leave, but if I'm playing more than $5 a pull, I'd rather be left alone. Les, the BFF that I normally travel with, understands this, so when I travel with non-gambling relatives I don't gamble much around them.

    Went down to the Bacchanal Buffet at 11:30, I forgot my voucher and decided to pay by RCs rather than charge to the room and have them deduct the RCs off of my bill.

    When you comp, tax is excluded, so for two brunches, the total bill was $99.98.

    Since I was hungry today, it was worth every penny. I had Osso Buco, Meat Lasagna, Snow Crab, Jonah Crab claws, Crayfish, Prime Rib, Tortilla Soup, Hot and Sour soup, and dessert. I was stuffed.

    Went upstairs to GGWU. 10X more organized than HGS. We took our picture. Look at the difference between HGS and GGWU

    HGS - 3" x 5"
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    GGWU - 5" x 7" with a cardboard frame
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    I told Stef before she arrived left that going to a gift event isn't much fun if you don't have "money" to shop with, so I told her that she and her daughters would have 90,000 points to spend.

    Since Stef had pretty much decided on Mastercard Gift cards, I suggested that she could wander around and we would meet up at the photo place at 1:15PM.

    I tried the HTC Vive VR gaming headset. I tried the roller coaster. Very impressive (it had better be for 250K GGWU points), but since I had just eaten lunch I was a little bit "queasy", so I stopped it.

    I went over to the gift card center and found out 3 things:

    1)They did have $100 Mastercard Gift cards
    2)They were out of Mastercard Gift cards, and they had to be shipped
    3)They expired in a year

    So, knowing that, and seeing that there was a note on the card that stated (while still available), I made the command decision to go to the checkout booth and order the gift cards and any hard goods that I had already decided on, and leave a balance for my play that night.

    I was checked out in 10 minutes, just enough time to meet Stef back at the photo center.

    We picked up our pictures, and I gave Stef and update on what was happening, that I couldn't pick up the gift cards because they "ran out".

    We then went back to the room. I was supposed to meet my CET host at 3 and deliver his box of chocolates. I was taking Stef to the airport at 3:30PM.

    I suggested that Stef meet me at the valet at 3:30 so we could leave after I delivered the chocolates.

    Met with my host, we exchanged pleasantries, and I told him that I was going to focus on GGWU next year and might book at Harrahs. He told me that he could book me at Harrahs.

    Dropped Stef off at the airport, and then proceeded over to my local friend that I was picking up Silver Strikes from.

    We did our business, and made arrangements for him to get my strikes in January.

    Picked up Halloween reds/blues

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    Next stop was Lucky Dragon, to meet Jason, another local friend. The parking lot was closed (full) so I parked at Walgreens and walked to Lucky Dragon. Jason was sitting upstairs at a video poker bar. He had already ordered potstickers. I took out $10 and started playing quarters. The machines were very loose and soon I was up to $250. Time to shift to DDB and .50.

    Soon, I had hit multiple 4OAK, and two Aces 4OAK, and soon I was up to $750. Jason had his host get me a players club card. We had potstickers and XiaoLongBao (soup dumplings), which were excellent.

    His (now our) host gave us three $18.00 coupons. I cashed out at $700, and said goodbye to Jason. I left because I had several things remaining to do.

    1)Pay off the marker at Wynn
    2)Pay down markers at Venetian/Palazzo and play the $100 FP left over from yesterday
    3)Deliver a Christmas gift to Jenny at Center Cut steakhouse at Flamingo and ask her about doing the Silver Strike job
    4)earn the missing 70 or so TC to round up my remaining GGWU purchases.

    First stop was Flamingo. I valeted the car. The pot stickers and XLB at Lucky dragon made food a non-necessity, so just I dropped off the gifts, mentioned that I wanted to engage her for a job, since Lea wasn't able to do it. She showed interest and I told her that I'd speak more about it in February.

    On to Venetian/Palazzo to pay down another marker and play $100 in FP, nothing.

    Came back to CP and made enough for four $100 gift cards (plus 9 GGWU points to spare). Went to bed at 10:30.
     
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  5. DaiLun

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    Sunday - go home day.

    Woke up at about 7AM and started working on my TR, waiting for my buddies Les and Herb to arrive. They arrived at about 9:30, just in time to go to GGWU. I had 140009 GGWU points, just enough for four $100 Mastercard Gift cards. There was a long line to get in, but they started a 7* line and opened the doors early. We got into that line and since my shopping was done I let them wander around while I went to check out.

    I checked out, and went back in to look at the HTC Vive again. I demoed the game, and it was quite impressive, but I'm not getting it for my son until his grades improve.

    Les and Herb and I went to the Food Court to have breakfast, since I decided to save my remaining $100 voucher for Les and I in New Orleans in January.

    We sat and talked about for about an hour, when 11:30 came and it was time for me to leave. I said goodbye and good luck to Les and herb (they were staying downtown at the D).

    Plane left late but arrived on time. I had a good time. It was a mental health break, and lots of fun with cousin Stef and spending money. Not so much fun gambling, but that's why they call it gambling.
     
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  6. Miller12pack

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    Sounds like a great trip. You certainly do a lot in a few days. I wish I could be more like Stephanie when it comes to gambling. Lol.
     
  7. meyers67

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    Great summary so far.

    One question. You seem to waste a lot of time on parking/valets/etc. why not just either do a lot of walking or use Uber or a limo?
     
  8. Its Only Money

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    Sounds like a great few days DL. You do pack a lot in there. Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Among the reasons
    1)Because I'm 60 years old, slightly overweight and both of my knees are bad. This trip was particularly painful because of the layout of Bellagio
    2)Because with a car I have the flexibility to go anywhere at anytime, it's how I squeeze so much into a short time. Sometimes I choose to go to Laughlin
    3)I don't rent a car if I can't get a good rate. The car this trip was about $150 all tolled
    4)Because tips are part of Las Vegas and I don't mind paying for service
    5)A limo ride to/from the airport is $75 in comps
    6)Because Uber is not allowed at the Flamingo Rd. Valet.
     
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  10. CheeseHog

    CheeseHog Low-Roller

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    We must be related... we just had Julian Serrano's last week also. It is always an experience. Try the Border Grille at Mandalay Bay---- just as good

    Jeff
     
  11. meyers67

    meyers67 VIP Whale

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    Gotcha on the rental car question. If it works for ya - go for it.

    FYI - I haven't had any problems getting dropped off by Uber at the flamingo street entrance of caesars, but the pick up is by the fountains.

    I was surprised you got charged for a 1pm checkout at bellagio. As you know, with 7s you can get 4pm checkouts at CET without any issues.
     
  12. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Yes, I realize that, but the reason I HAD to stay at the Bellagio was because it was a condition of getting 500,000 HGS points from myVegas. I also took a $300 FBC (Food/beverage comp) that I didn't want to "waste".
     
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  13. meyers67

    meyers67 VIP Whale

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    I'm 100% CET right now. I wonder if a should I could get some nice perks if I gave mlife or v/p some action.

    FYI I'm platinum with Hyatt so that gave me gold with mlife. It gives me some line cutting privileges at the buffets, which is nice.
     
  14. Richard Alpert

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    Another excellent DaiLun TR!
    Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    RICHARD
     
  15. martinr

    martinr VIP Whale

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    Santa looked pretty happy with Steph on his lap. You, on the other hand, didn't look to be in the holiday spirit at that point. But, you're obviously very good to your cousin.
     
  16. Multifarious5

    Multifarious5 VIP Whale

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    Great trip report DaiLun, thank you! Also loved the pics, it's a always fun putting faces to screen names.

    I am glad you had a good time, and I know you're probably already planning your next Vegas adventure!
     
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    kkinwi VIP Whale

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    What a busy time! Thanks for the many pix and details.....enjoyable read for me.
     
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  18. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Here's my opinion (and part of my strategy for 2017)

    Play until you reach a desired level with your primary (in my case, CET) after you reach your desired goal, or have reached a plan to set it, move to a secondary property that you like.

    Personally, I am torn between mLife (Aria and Bellagio), Cosmopolitan, and Venetian/Palazzo for my secondary property.
     
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  19. meyers67

    meyers67 VIP Whale

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    Good point. I think cosmo might be a good backup option. It's relatively easy to get gold status and that gives you free rooms.
     
  20. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Another enjoyable report, thank you.
     
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