Itâ€™s been a month (although busy) so I better get this off if I plan to write a trip report. I had to get through Christmas, NYE, and best friendâ€™s father passing away. I had some problems writing this because of MS Word issues??? This may get long but I will break it down as much as possible. THE SETUP Four guys and possibly a couple tag alongs going to Vegas to watch a Div. 2 BBall tourney (excuse for Vegas). Dates were Dec. 17th-Dec.20th. We never make it to the games though just party with the coaches when the tourney is over. By the time rolled around for the trip everyone had dropped out except for me and one other guy. They all end up showing up at random times because once I had left they couldnâ€™t stand it and took off to meet me there if only for 24 hrs. Our goals for the trip was Poker tourneys and happy hours at strip clubs and to hit a couple real clubs. THE TRIP ON THE 15 I left home by myself about 10 in the morning feeling sick. Pounded emergenC that morning. I went to the store on the way out of town and purchase room waters, Gatorade, and Rock Stars. About one hr. into the trip (Barstow) I decide I feel like @!#$ and maybe I should go home. HELL NO!! I break into the room stash of hang over cures and pound the water and Gatorade. Probably a gallon or two??? I stop about 3-4 times on the way up. By the time I arrive in Vegas I have a cleaner colon and a empty bladder, but I feel like a million bucks I actually think I flushed the bug out of my system. Who knew that the Docâ€™s arenâ€™t BSâ€™n you when they say drink fluids. So by the time I arrive at Paris valet two of my buddies D and FF are waiting with two more that are late additions for just one nite. FFâ€™s friends. We negotiate an upgrade to a suite because my friend I am staying with snores LOUD and we think it has two rooms. It does but its two bathroomsâ€¦â€¦not two rooms and it has two doors in the entry, this will matter latter. Oh well it was decent. Room 23000 I think. DAY 1 Dec. 17th JET and The Entourage We proceed to buy in the 6 p.m. tourney at Paris. All four of us play a little All in Texas Hold em and I lose $50 bucks after about 1 hr. of play. We buy in the the Poker tourney also. The tourney is pretty quick I am the last to get knocked out in about 20th, middle of the pack. I never really had any cards I was proud I lasted that long. I did what I could with what I had. I donâ€™t think the players were too strong there but who am I too say. After cleaning up D and I head out and wonder over to Harrahâ€™s piano bar then decide to hit JET. D says we are not going to get bottle service that we are going to talk our way inâ€¦.yeah right. Whatever. D is a total salesman who could sell ice to Eskimos and make them think they got a deal. I am more of his sidekick and just enjoy the ride. It works out for some great storys to tell. Well after we take the cab over to Mirage we are pretty well lite. It looks like a 45 min wait. D sees the line and asks the concierge how can we get in without waiting in line? He says â€œyou canâ€™tâ€ then says â€œhold on.â€ He points to a large 6â€™6â€ man on a lark (motorized wheel chair) about 35 yo and says â€œ you can help him inâ€ The guy on the lark is by himself but waiting for friends to meet hi at JET. He says he is a former NFL player but his knees are shot. Who knows if it was true???? We proceed to walk past the line into the club with a bouncer escorting us everywhere. The next 2 hours we weâ€™re the lark guys entourage, D even took him to the bathroom? I know I got a huge laugh the whole weekend off of that. D said he could walk a little. So we walk around JET like we are someone importants entourage. I felt like the show. His friends show up a couple hours later and we are tired and way drunk by that point and decide to part ways. I am so tired I think I see umpa lumps dancing with girls on stage???? Turns out the pics are posted on the board. I swear I was right next to where those pics were taken. (see Jerry Womack's site 12/17 JET) I guess I wasnâ€™t that drunk it was true WOW. We head back to Paris and grab some food at the coffee shop. (I was impressed by Parisâ€™s food) I get French Onion Soup, it was Paris, and D orders a burger. We eat all of it in a drunkin stuper and D orders 2 Jackâ€™s on the Rockâ€™s. I tell the waitress to take them back because I donâ€™t want to throw up. He then stumbles off up to the room as I am paying for the meal. I follow about 5 minutes behind. When I get to the room he has locked the door and my key wonâ€™t open it, yes it was the right room before you ask. I call security and they tell me they canâ€™t open it because my name is not registered??? I am pissed now and security just leaves me sitting in the hallway wondering how am I going to get in the room?? After about 1 minute I decide thatâ€™s it I am going to kick down the door. He should of put my name on the room or open it If he is in there. I back up about 5-6 steps charge the door and boom the 2 doors swing open I siber up because nothing is broke and that was way to easy to do. Dead bolt people Dead bolt that door opened way too easy. Well D is passed out on his bed fully clothed (thank god) snoring. The next morning he had no clue what happened but laughed saying I was drunk and couldnâ€™t open it. But he got me new keys in the morning. Quick Review of JET nice club I saw the Bottle service in the side rooms it looked cool but I don't know if it was the best club. I don't remember any seperation from the crowd w/ the bottle service. I like being up away from people if I want too and being able to people watch w/ bottle service. Day 2 Poker at TI and Spearmint Rhino When I wake I have about 10 texts from my other buddy Drod who backed out at the last second but decided to drive up that nite at about 10 pm w/ another random friend. FF and his two friends leave that morning and Drod and his buddy meet us at TI to play in their poker tour at 2 pm.??? I am the third one knocked out w/ Drod the chip leader with 2 tables left. TIâ€™s room was small but very nice. Good cocktail service hot waitresses and nice ladies running the room, I will be back. Us 3 decide to go to strip club Happy Hour, last yr. its was score 5-6 free drinks, see previous TR. Well we go by 2 clubs, including Scores, and they are closed for Christmas parties. What???? Wow how would you like an invite to that?? Hey VIP hosts???? Mr. Womack can you swing it for me ???? So the only one open that we see is Spearmint Rhino $3 drink Happy Hour Oh well. 2 hours latter we Drod shows up and says he went all in twice and got beat. What???? He says he knows he got stupid. We drink and decide to hit PURE itâ€™s the place on Tuesdays I read. Everyone even agrees to get a bottle if necessary. Well PURE is closed for Christmas break! What???? We lose Drod after a couple drinks and me and D hop in a cab and tell him to take us to a club that is open. He thens proceeds to take us to Penthouse club What???? Dude we are sick of strip clubs we wanted a regular club ( it was under construction and not yet PH club by the way) he says he can get us in for freeâ€¦No #[email protected]% youâ€™re a cab driver. We decide its not worth the argument go in do some shots and wash them down with vodka and 7â€™s and decide to have a couple of beers just to sober up. I know I am drunk when I start drinking beers to sober up (unfortunately its happen before its my stupid drunknesses). We proceed back to the room about 3am. Day 3 Rain Man and good sleep We begin day 3 hugely hung over about noon. Drod and friend left about 9 am that morning. Its just me and D today. We laugh and remember the whole reason to be there is the BBall tourney we call coach and decide to meet them at Stratosphere later that nite. Me and D grab lunch at Burger Brasserie and it is very good since I have only eaten twice in a couple days. I had the Lamb burger with Mushrooms and cheese. I like the waitress outfits but a couple of waitresses could be upgraded if you know what I mean. They were very nice though! We then walk over to Planet Hollywood and sign up for the Poker tourney there. No particular reason why there just because. We walk for a bit and are impressed with the remodel it is kind of a Hard Rock look but made for 30 somethings like me who act like they are 12. I will be back there also, great waitress out fits boots w/ open blouses to the belly button. Sorry had to say it just stop by there you will see what I mean. Anyway, We play the tourney make it to the last seat until it gets to two tables and I lose an all in with two pair to trip 7â€™s. I didnâ€™t think he had 7â€™s??? Live and learn. I really was playing good cards that tourney just that one mistake but thatâ€™s all it takes. I really learned a lot in those tourneys I really donâ€™t play many tournaments even though I got lucky last year and won one, but a monkey could of won that one with the cards and flops I was getting. But It was all for the better because me and D wonder around and decide we have to play baccarat. Side note D and I always play baccarat like it is Craps. We are two [email protected]#$ yelling and screaming at the cards with all the Old Asian ladies looking at us weird they say â€œyou luckyâ€¦you luckyâ€ they end up loving us at they end. Donâ€™t ask me the rules to baccarat just know its up to 9 banker or player bet, kind of like 21 with rules. Its like a coin flip game almost pretty even odds. Back to the game we buy in for a $100 itâ€™s a $25 a hand, play for about ten minutes up and down, then two guys sit down next to us. One about 50 missing a tooth, he will be Toothless guy, the other and about 45, he will be Rain man (youâ€™ll see) both kangols jogging suits and from New Jersey. The look like they are right out of Good Fellas. Toothless guy gets a marker for 2 gâ€™s and hands the money to the other guy. We strike up some conversation and rain man tells us this is a game of streaks you just have to know when to catch them. He is a nervous type guy if you know what I mean. Studious he studies every card that comes out and tracks everything for about 6-7 hands. Then he jumps up and says this next one is going to be Player. We play player for our lone green chipâ€¦ it hits, OK. Next one he says is guaranteed banker, yea right its gambling, but OK, it is banker. Then he says OK this one is a natural player we follow and you guessed it player. The fourth time he guesses wrong and watches again. He then starts calling out about 8 of every ten hands right. D and I up our bets because we are drinking the kool-aid, just keep calling them out. He even guesses right for 7 in a row at 1 pt. and two ties in a row??? We offer to tip him he says donâ€™t just ride his coat tails. His misses the last couple and says thatâ€™s it I canâ€™t feel it anymore and says thatâ€™s it guys. The casino although empty was looking at us like we were nuts as we are yelling and screaming because of rain Mans calls. We were up 800 at one pt. then lose big on his last two, 200. we walk away with 600 from the original 100 we bought in for. Hey paid for most of the trip. We thank them and we walk away happy and head back to Paris laughing non stop. We then go to The STRAT catch a up with my coaching buddies who are just starting to party. We are tired and the last two days are catching up to me and head back to Paris. That was my first trip to the start and what a dump. Why canâ€™t they implode that place I looked worn down. We go to sleep about 10 the last nite and I am so tired Dâ€™s snoring doesnâ€™t faze me. He catches a early flight home and I take off about 10. I was mad I didnâ€™t party the last nite but I was exhausted and I was glad because when I got home it was one week of Christmas family stuff. Final thoughts Sorry I didnâ€™t get this out earlier it was Dâ€™s dad who passed and even though it wasnâ€™t my father it bothered me a lot. I was exhausted from this Christmas, probably because Vegas wore me out before Christmas. I love Vegas because it seems like a little adventure when I go because it is non stop weird stuff and laughter. I love Vegas at Christmas it was empty but crowded if you knew where to go. Strip clubs and Clubs close in Vegas??? I want VIP passes to Scores Christmas party! Help! Hope everyone enjoyed the TR I really am a good story teller especially after Vegas. Itâ€™s just hard to write everything down afterwards. I need to take pics.