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Trip to Mandalay Bay (12/17-12/22)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ColoVegPlayer, Dec 17, 2020.

  1. ColoVegPlayer

    ColoVegPlayer Low-Roller

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    Took another cold shower, the hot water decided to not work again. The sinks and bathtub work fine, it's literally just the shower. So weird.

    Finished working this morning, had to do a whopping 6 minutes of billable hours, to update my timecard. Due to a bug in our system, it won't let you post vacation hours if you have comp time accrued, until you use the comp time... So I had to do 6 minutes of "work" to use it all this week haha.

    Went to House of Blues for breakfast, and got the french quarter waffles, sans whipped cream.
    https://imgur.com/gallery/eQiOUtl

    Very delicious. The banana foster were delightful, felt good to get some fruit in after 4 days of steak! And the restaurant was very cool. Couldn't get lots of pics because of people inside.

    Next up I'm just kinda walking around MB. Its 10AM and the casino is DEAD. I see maybe 6 people.

    I have lunch at Border Grill later today, then I'll probably head to the El Cortez.
     
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  2. ColoVegPlayer

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    Slots are feeling tight this morning, not much luck on anything. But it appears MGM is doing a 4x point multiplier. When I put my card in, it says points are being multiplied by 4. (Only on non-branded machines).
     
  3. vegasvstr

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    Wow, maybe I've been lucky, but never had hot water issues at any LV hotel. Did you complain/get any apologies?
     
  4. ColoVegPlayer

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    Nah, it's a mild inconvenience, not the worst thing. I've actually had hot water issues at the Linq and Flamingo too, several years ago.



    Walked over to the Luxor to play some VP. Was playing a .25 progressive double double bonus, $1150 RF jackpot.

    Got dealt 10-K of spades. Held the 4 cards threw away the last card...and got a 5 of spades. Ugh. 1/47 chance of $1150 and a stupid 5 shows up.

    Currently chilling in the sports book at Luxor. I like their fancy leather chairs.
     
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  5. ColoVegPlayer

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    Finishing up lunch at Border Grill.

    I sat outside on the covered patio, and it had a nice view of the lazy river. I really enjoyed the view, as tacky as it is. Refreshing to see some "nature" after lots of bright lights inside the casino!

    I got the carnitas for the entree. They were good, no complaints. Had a nice lime flavor.

    I also got the churro ice cream sandwich for dessert. This was... interesting. Two churros with a scoop of ice cream between them.

    It wasn't bad, but the flavors seemed to clash a little bit. Not sure I would recommend getting it, maybe get the "Big A$$ Chocolate Chip Cookie", as their menu calls it.

    Overall it was a really relaxing meal. I was the only one on the patio for a while, it was nice to listen to the birds chirp and take in the view.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/XfcYdgO

    Gonna go relax in my room for a bit then head downtown.
     
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  6. kkinwi

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    You are very easygoing! I do NOT see cold showers as a "minor inconvenience".
    Good luck tonight!
     
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  7. ColoVegPlayer

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    For me it's annoying, but not something Im going to complain about, mostly because I hate social interaction haha.

    Just got done at the El Cortez!

    The casino was actually pretty busy, busier than the ones I've seen on the strip. Not all tables were open, but the ones that were are packed!

    I went straight to the double deck blackjack. Everything was at least a $10 minimum, some were as high as $50!

    Bought in to DD BJ for $200. I was tipping a dollar every hand, and bringing the dealer along with doubles and splits, and I eventually cashed out for $450. I was the only player tipping it seemed, but the dealer colored up $100 for himself. Lots of players there that didnt know how to play, asking if they should split 8s or why they should hit their soft 18 vs a 10.

    Did really well at BJ. They had one baccarat table open, which I've been looking for ALL TRIP! It was a $10 minimum, but I only bought in for the 2 green chips I had. Played a few hands, and cashed out for $75. ($80 minus the commission and the tip I left).

    At the Bellagio now. It is "busy", but the casino is relatively empty. Lots of people walking through and such but not many playing. I haven't been to the Bellagio for a while, I forgot how nice the, ahem, eyecandy, is. Lots of ladies dressed really...nicely. I think I'll just sit back and enjoy that.

    Dinner at 7 with my friend at Noodles, but she's working late so we might be eating closer to 7:30.
     
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  8. ColoVegPlayer

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    Waiting at Bellagio, played some triple spin poker.

    Got dealt this monster hand.
    20201221_182438.jpg

    Didn't catch the last deuce, sadly. Oh well. Down $80 at Bellagio.
     
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  9. ColoVegPlayer

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    Dinner at Noodles was great!

    I got the spicy Crabmeat fried noodles and she got the seafood trio soup. We also got the potstickers for an appetizer.

    The noodles reminded me of the cuisine I ate when I was in China, 11 years ago now. It felt very authentic, and not "Americanized" like a lot of Chinese restaurants are. She said her soup was good too. And my portion was so big I ate half and she took the other half for her lunch tomorrow.

    And the best part is that she paid!!!

    After that, we went to go watch the fountains. Despite her living her for almost her whole life, she'd never seen them before! We stood outside on a balcony near the front entrance.

    It was nice seeing the strip all lit up. My last few trips have been at NYNY, Excalibur, NYNY again, Luxor, and now Delano, so pretty far south. It was great to see the Eiffel Tower and the Flamingo. Snapped a few touristy pics of it, of course.

    http://imgur.com/gallery/hfOV0ZQ

    She dropped me off at the hotel and she headed home. Tomorrow we tentatively have a plan to eat dinner at Red Rock, and then she'll drive me to the airport. But we're gonna be pushing it on time, so we'll see.

    I guess worst case is I stay another night in Vegas, if I miss my flight...
     
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  10. ColoVegPlayer

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    I decided to go down to the hotel desk after playing a bit more tonight, mostly to ask for a late check out.

    I mentioned the hot water issue. Apparently they've been having problems throughout the hotel. He said I could change rooms but it would be a downgrade. I said it's okay, but he was able to take off some of the resort fees.

    It looks like I have 3 nights of resort fees taken off, and I got a 1PM late check-out for free.

    I tried so many times to tip the man, (only $5, I tipped $50 at check in) and he kept refusing it. I eventually went "oh no it fellllll" (very sarcastically) as I pushed it over the counter into his keyboard, and walked away before he could give it back. I've never had someone refuse the tip like that before. He kept saying it's because of all I went through with the hot water, but oh well. I like to tip the people who can help me, and save me money.

    Tomorrow is my last day of the trip (unless I miss my flight...if I do, anyone currently in Vegas want a roommate for the night???). I'm going to grab breakfast at the hotel, then pack up. Ill head to the MLife desk and have them apply all my express comps and points to my bill, and then see if a host can review my meager play and comp anything else. I'm not expecting much, but I guess it doesn't hurt to ask. (Never done it before and social interaction is anxiety inducing, ugh!)

    Dinner is planned tomorrow for T Bone Chophouse at Red Rock! Probably gonna play a bit at RR before dinner.

    Current bankroll is back down to $965 + some sports tickets I need to cash + whatever couple bucks and change I have from the TITOs.
     
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  11. SimonG

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    Don't sweat the host office experience. Whilst I've written elsewhere about my underwhelming experiences inside them, yours should be pretty straightforward.

    Version A will be "at your level of play, express comps cover it." Your response is "Kthxbai"

    Version B will be "hmmm not much I can do here.... I'll take off (insert minimum charge from cafe or wherever) as a gesture of good will and remember to use your card when playing next time." Your response is "Kthxbai"

    Either way, 3 minutes later, you can't leave the office in any worse shape than you went in.
     
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  12. Necrochaos

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    @ColoVegPlayer - I haven't been to Sunset before. What were your final thoughts there? Did you see their craps tables open and notice their mins? The wife and I always talk about going to a Station casino while we are in Vegas, but we already spread our money around too much. Between MLife, Jerry's, South Point, Ellis, Cannery (Boyd), Binions, GG and El Cortez I don't think we can afford any more players club cards.

    El Cortez can get a bit packed and rowdy at times, but it has that old Vegas vibes. I love playing craps there and my wife likes to play their coin machines. Their food isn't anything to write home about so I usually sneak down the street to Evel Pie for a late night slice.

    Glad things are going ok and you've had some great meals.
     
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  13. ColoVegPlayer

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    I like Sunset! I went there on a previous trip, and I think once before. My friend actually lives really close to Sunset Station, so I've gone there while she took a nap at her place. I wrote a bit about it in my last trip report:

    https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/dumpy-casino-adventure-time.177388/

    Overall it's nice. It has some great food options inside the hotel, and there is a good mix of fast food across the street (Take a look on Google Maps). I'm actually considering staying there for a day or two on my next trip.

    The gambling overall is much better there. The staff is friendlier and the odds are better (No triple 0, 3/2 BJ, etc). When I was there this week, the craps tables were open (2 or 3 of them) but I didn't see the minimum. I'd assume $5 or $10, since everything else was $5 or $10.
    Its a true locals place. It reminded me a lot of playing at my favorite local casino in Blackhawk, CO.


    @SimonG Thanks for the pep talk! I'll head there before I check out. Do I go to the players club desk and ask to talk to a host?


    About to head downstairs and grab some breakfast/brunch.

    Took a photo of the gifts and souvenirs I got.

    The magnets are for my fridge, the other 2 items are gifts.
     

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  14. ColoVegPlayer

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    Went hunting for breakfast. Decided on Citizens...except it's closed.

    Walked over to Luxor, to the Pyramid Cafe. Told it would be a 45 minute wait, even with the platinum card. Oof. Put my name on the waitlist, and made the trek over to NYNY.

    Got seated at America at NYNY right away. Going to get some delicious chocolate chip pancakes, made correctly!


    While walking through I did play a bit at a few machines. Broke even, so I guess that's a win!
     

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  15. ColoVegPlayer

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    Talked to the MLife desk, applied the $77ish in express comps I had and $40 of points to my bill. She called a host for me and they took another $37 off my bill. FWIW my coin in at MB was $7800, and all MGM properties this trip was $11,070.79. Not sure if $37 is the "right" amount or not but I guess it's better than 0.

    Back in my room now, packing up.

    Counted all the money, down to:
    $1047.19

    Going to check out and head to red rock
     
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  16. ColoVegPlayer

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    Just got to Red Rock! Went to their corporate center to meet my friend and drop my luggage off in her car.

    We walked over to the casino, and I'm going to meet her later for dinner.

    I forgot how nice this place is. They also had a great cake sculpture of the hotel.


    Also, I realized that I forgot to cash out my $5ish dollars of MB TITO tickets.

    I'll save them for next trip I guess! Or if anyone on here wants to meet me at Red Rock, let me know and I'll give them to you. You have until 4:45. Merry Christmas!
     

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  17. vsop

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    Very interesting TR saga....appreciate the details/explanations of your experiences.... For the next time, if you are only getting cold water out of the shower, turn the shower AND sink faucets to the hottest position and let the water run to allow the hot water to "reach" the shower hot water line ( first, make sure the sink is draining)... I sense because of the reduction in occupancy at the hotel, the hot water to the shower "cooled" from lack of use...
     
  18. gs32794

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    Would this also work as a short cut to the pool?
     
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  19. ColoVegPlayer

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    That's what I was doing, all 3 faucets and tub turned on to hot, and the shower on hot.

    The shower only got lukewarm at best, everything else got hot.
     
  20. SimonG

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    Was going to reply but I see you already figured it out. There's often a little office "Player Developement" "casino marketing" or similar (rarely seen it labelled "hosts office") as soon as you walk in and see a couple of spivs (non-UK might have to google that) sat there, you'll know you are in the right place. $37 off is basically 'go away money' but whatever, it was yours for asking.