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Trip Report - Tuscany, Cosmo, 4Q (5/26-6/6)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Philonous815, Jun 9, 2021 at 4:30 PM.

  1. Philonous815

    Philonous815 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Even though we've been to Vegas over 20 times already, this is my first trip report! Go easy on me please. :)

    Flight

    Pretty full flight from SFO->LAS on Southwest. Last few flights to Vegas have been completely full. Ordered a Lyft after we got out of the plane. Got a ride after waiting about 10 minutes.

    5/26 Tuscany

    We enjoy Tuscany for the frequent casino free play promotions. This was our first stay on a weekday comp offer we earned from drop-in play last fall. Room came with $20 FP and $25 in food and beverage credit.

    Check in was smooth. Even got a coupon book as a hotel guest with some Free Play after a certain number of points along with dining discounts.

    Following up on JulianC's excellent summary of the players club circa 2019, I noticed from swiping on the kiosk that the players club changed. I went to the player's club to pick up a brochure.

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    Tier benefits clearly changed from when JulianC wrote up his summary two years ago. There are no longer any differences between the first two tiers. You have to get to the third level, Premiere, to get a tier benefit by earning 600 comp dollars in a 6 month period. Why even have a second level at all?

    Dinner was at Tuscany for happy hour. Calamari and Margherita flatbread were the HH menu standouts. We also had a great lobster ravioli. Good way to use up the food credit with rest covered by comps.

    After dinner, we mostly played VP at the Piazza Lounge, where there's daily live entertainment.

    One of the reasons we like live entertainment at Tuscany is the 99+% bartop VP with comped drinks:

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    Don't be fooled by the 4OAKs - I took a beating on VP. Was down 400 on the night. The 5k of VP coin in earned about $38 in comps. The Wednesday free play promo added another $50 FP on top.

    Room was large with a kitchenette, which can appeal to those who work from Vegas. Caution: floors are thin, so when I walked in my third floor room, both my wife and I said it felt like the floor was shaking. Can't imagine what it's like for the down stair neighbors.
     
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  2. Not at the table Carlos

    Not at the table Carlos Cheapskate

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    Tuscany have any table games open at all?
     
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  3. Philonous815

    Philonous815 Low-Roller

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    No. Still all electronic table games.
     
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  4. Pe59

    Pe59 Low-Roller

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    Good Luck to you. I’m following along. :popcorn:
     
  5. JulianC

    JulianC Amateur

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    Excellent work. Don't worry so much about tier there unless you are a local; or, you are a destination visitor who books your destination offer once per month for 3-night stays, and happens to have a consistent ADT of at least $350. You earn comp dollars at a generous rate of 20% of theo -- unless that also changed since late last year.
     
  6. mwig

    mwig VIP Whale

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    Is it worth it to seed a comp offer here? I've never spent more than 10 minutes in the place but seems nice enough. No idea how aggresive their marketing promos are though.
     
  7. Don the Dentist

    Don the Dentist LV resident

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    Sorry, but 9/7 DB ain't full pay. It returns 99.11% with perfect play.
    10/7 DB returns 100.17% and is "full pay".
     
  8. Philonous815

    Philonous815 Low-Roller

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    Sorry, I forgot about 10/7 DB. I'll correct it.
     
  9. BoVegas

    BoVegas Low-Roller

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    Thanks, good info, following your TR.
     
  10. Philonous815

    Philonous815 Low-Roller

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    5/27 Tuscany, Cosmo, Anniversary Day!

    Today's moving day. In the morning, we lounged by the nice pool at Tuscany, where we both felt more at vacation than other Vegas pools. Maybe it's the palm trees, maybe it's the lack of loud music and DJs. But it was a relaxing morning for sure!

    Checking into Cosmo under a free night my wife won during their anniversary game, we had been upgraded to a 1 bedroom terrace via the e-upgrade offer (the bid offer you get after booking the reservation). This is our first stay at Cosmo, and now I totally get the love Cosmo gets on this board. Wow - the room is amazing! The desk in front of the TV was also a big plus.

    Had lunch at Momofuku with the $50 food credit I won during the anniversary game. Identity desk said all $50 had to be used at one time, so we got the pork belly bao, pork ramen, and hot chicken sando. The bao and sando were amazing. Ramen was good too, but we felt we could get the same quality ramen at many good ramen places in the Bay Area.

    We also played at Chandelier bar and had our first ever drink ticket! I had Old Fashioned, Mr. Miyagi, and Verbena. Verbena was good for the novelty, but I didn't like the actual drink as much as my other drinks. The Old Fashioned was as good as as high end cocktail bar, and Mr. Miyagi was such a refreshing minty drink.

    We went to Bacchanal Buffet for dinner since we heard so much about the reopening. Checking in was a breeze with a 6pm reservation. Paid with a diamond celebration dinner plus reward credits. The actual dinner was a bit of a letdown from our previous experiences. Don't get me wrong - the dinner was still good, but the quality took a step back from our pre-COVID visits. Crab legs were skimpy. Dim sum was gone from the Asian section. The new bulgogi selection was great, so was the American Wagyu.

    After dinner we used our diamond tickets at the High Roller. Our first time and won't be our last as long as the Diamond benefit continues. Waited about 15-20 minutes in line at about 8pm. When we walked out the line was twice as long.

    We gambled more after dinner at Cosmo. I'm normally a VP player but I played some slots since Cosmo's offers are so slot-oriented. Was in for $200 on Madonna before I hit a $50 bonus. The girl playing at the other Madonna machine was so excited that she was shaking my hand and going, "You got the Mighty Cash bonus!! that's so great!" Great to see the smile and excitement on people's faces again. :) Maybe that's the moment that I felt Vegas was back.
     
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  11. Philonous815

    Philonous815 Low-Roller

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    I channeled my inner JulianC and kept track of comp rate along with my coin in "for science". :) I don't know what the theo is set on those machines, but I earned $38 in comps on about $5k coin in on VP. That's about .76% in comp rate.

    I do about 3-5k coin in on VP per drop-in visit during live entertainment, and I now get 2 nights mid week, $25 FP, and $50 food credit per month. Must book room to get gaming offers.

    With room and food offers, I have more time on property to up my play to see what offers I can get at higher play levels, especially if Tuscany starts offer Rat Pack tickets again on the mailers. Note that since the hosts office closed during COVID, there is no way to ask for a back end comp.
     
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  12. Philonous815

    Philonous815 Low-Roller

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    5/28 Aria, Four Queens

    Moving day. Checked out of Cosmo and went to Din Tai Fung at Aria for lunch (took the shortcut via Vdara). Very good XLB and rice cakes, but more expensive than other DTFs. We also redeemed $25 Konami FPs on the STP machines.

    Took a long time for an Uber to Four Queens. First two drivers cancelled just before picking us up, so it took about an hour from first ordering an Uber to arriving at 4Q. This would be a recurring theme during this trip.

    Put in a gaming day at 4Q. Up $150 for the day. Not a bad start to my downtown run!