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

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

  1. JoJoR

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    I think you're headed out today, but on a future trip, check out Tom's Urban at NYNY for breakfast. I've had mixed results with service, but have always had a solid breakfast there and usually never had to wait for a seat.
     
  2. ColoVegPlayer

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    I've been to toms urban once, for dinner, and really didn't like it. Their menu only consisted of chips and a burger. Soured my whole experience of ever going back again.


    Finished a gambling session at Red Rock. Got my butt handed to me.
    Started with 50 cent roulette, was up $5 on that. Switched to a video poker machine, hit for $100 on that!

    Decided to hit the tables, since I haven't gotten much table game action this trip.

    Started with $10 face up pai Gow. It was a slow drain, only won 5 hands, and tons of pushes.

    Went to 3 card poker, and that was up and down, left there with $90.

    Went to the $10 DD BJ, with my $90. Lost 9 hands in a row.

    Bought in for another $100. Managed to get it up to $275! I told myself at $300 I was going to leave.

    Managed to lose 4 double downs in a row. 20 vs 21, etc. Left with $0.

    Down to $734 total. I think I'm gonna call it at that. Its enough to put back in the bank account and cover the credit card bill for the room and most of my meals, at least.


    Next up is dinner at T Bone! Our reservation is for 5 but we're going to try and get seated early (They don't seat people for food until 5), so I can make my flight.

    Despite losing a fair bit at Red Rock, it's still a really nice place.

    The craps tables were $15 minimum which is too steep for me. All the other carny games are $5, and BJ is at $10 (with some $25 tables).

    Might see what the baccarat tables are at, but I don't think I'll play. I know the stadium dealer ones were $5 min.
     

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  3. ColoVegPlayer

    ColoVegPlayer Low-Roller

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    Finished dinner and sitting at the airport now.

    Dinner was amazing.

    To start with, the restaurant itself is beautiful. Very eloquent, and the fire adds nice ambiance.

    We got seated at 5 and let them know we were on a bit of a time crunch.

    We started with a course of bread. The lady came by with the bread basket and mentioned all the options. My friend asked for 2 types, I asked for one of each!

    The bread was so delicious. The pretzel bread was the best.

    For the main course, she got the scallops of course. I wasn't feeling a full steak this time, so I opted for the Prime Burger with fries. I know, I know. Getting a burger at a steakhouse! But it was good! Probably should have not eaten all the bread though... I was so full I couldn't finish my fries.

    We ordered dessert ahead of time, the caramel sundae and the chocolate cake. But our waiter forgot to bring it out before the check, so he comped it to us for free. We cut down to just the caramel sundae though, as we were both full.

    Guys. This thing was GREAT. If you're at Red Rock, you have to get this. Its a brownie on bottom, with ice cream in the middle, and on top is popcorn drizzled with caramel. So good. The combination of sweet and savory is a delight.

    And because she works for Stations, we got 20% off :)
    Even without the discount, it wasn't too pricey. With discount it came to $60 or so, with tax, before the tip.

    Photos of the steakhouse and food:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/ArfsQ9j


    We then left for the airport. I'm glad we left a little early, because the C gate security is closed, and the TSA precheck line was also closed.

    Boarding the flight soon. Should be getting home around 11:30 Denver time.

    Tomorrow I'll finalize the trip report, with some stats for the trip and year, and final thoughts, and maybe think about future plans.
     
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  4. Necrochaos

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    Same situation for us at Delano. Tuesday morning Citizens wasn’t open so we went to Pyramid. It was a wait just to get a seat to get takeout.

    I have read your dumpy casino thread. I’ve been to a few of them and Jerry’s is a place we go every trip. Jerry’s and Cannery are two of our favorites. If Jokers Wild still had craps it would be the top of my list.

    I’ll make it to a station casino someday.
     
  5. rooster42000

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    Nice report, pics.
     
  6. SimonG

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    T-bones is great, I'm overdue another visit for sure. I've ordered a burger from steakhouses many times, but admitedly only ever from the lunch menu. At dinner, wild horses can't stop me from ordering a steak. I can't even force myself to try a special, or even as far off-piste as lamb chops, seems to be 80% strip steak and 20% filet from my visits. No wonder I can't get out of one for less than $100/head. A decent steakhouse in LV is so much better than I'm used to locally that I just can't help myself. Most of my vists are solo, I normally wave off the bread (you found out why :) ) and then get stuck in to steak+salad, or steak +2 sides, glass of wine and thats the $100 gone before tip.

    Hope you enjoyed your trip.
     
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  7. ColoVegPlayer

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    Thanks!

    Luckily I don't drink, so I never have to pay for the booze on the bill! I am now regretting not getting the steak, but I was so steak-ed out haha.



    Got home around 11:30 as predicted. Proceeded to sleep for 12 hours!


    Finalizing the trip report with some stats involving coin in and such for slots/VP and calculating the approximate hold. (Note that this is super inaccurate because the sample size is so small)

    For this trip:

    Bellagio: $510.60 out, $589.60 in, ~14% hold
    Excalibur: $191.25 out, $251.25 in, ~24% hold (yikes)
    Luxor: 810.75 out, 902.95 in, , ~11% hold
    Mandalay Bay: $7800.99 in, $7890.43 out, ~1.1% profit!
    NYNY: $1011.62 out, $723.92 in, ~29% hold (yikes)
    Park MGM: $314.53 out $514.38 in, ~39% hold (WTF)

    Total: $10,441.48 out, $11,070.79 in, ~6% hold (very close to average I'm sure)


    All of 2020:
    Bellagio: $811.65 out, $835.21 in, ~3% hold
    Excalibur: $5539.92 out, $4996.44 in, ~10% profit!
    Luxor: $4371.97 out, $5557.73 in, ~22% hold (ouch)
    MGM Grand: $655.71 out, $897.05 in, ~27% hold (yikes)
    Mandalay Bay: $7890.43 out, $7800.99 in, ~1.1% profit!
    NYNY: $9531.19 out, $10067.63 in, ~6% hold (much more reasonable compared to this trip!)
    Park MGM: $960.78 in, $628.94 out, ~35% hold (WTF still! I swear they made them tighter after they went non-smoking, as all my play in 2020 was there after they went non smoking)
    Mirage: $72 in, $158.24 out, (220% profit! Really I only did a few spins there with my friend one trip before the steakhouse)
    Total: $31,187.83 out, $29,587.45 in, ~6% hold (very close to average again)

    In fact, I think I am probably ABOVE average. I've had 0 handpays this year (or life) and 0 Royal Flushes (this year or life), so a ~6% hold without those is pretty good.

    Trip thoughts:
    Overall, it was a good trip! I really liked the room at the Delano, but would not stay there again, without a really good tempting offer. The casino and room were fine, and Stripsteak is AMAZING. But I like to go around the strip to other MGM properties, and the MB/Delano is so hard to get out of. This was partly because the tram isn't running like normal. In a "normal" year, when everything is open (seriously, so much stuff is closed), I might consider MB again.

    I really enjoyed the Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail slot. That was fun.

    Playing table games at Sunset and Red Rock was fun too. Felt a lot more fun and less pressure than playing them on the strip.

    Future trip thoughts:
    Not sure when I'll go next. I'll be busy with work and school next year, but I'm hoping to go out for my birthday maybe. I'm thinking I might stay at the NYNY again. While the rooms aren't my favorite, they are comfortable, and maybe I can get a suite there. I think my overall level of play would be more appreciated at Luxor/Excalibur, and MAYBE NYNY, compared to the other properties.
    But, I also want to stay at each MGM property, so I still need to try the Aria, Mirage, and MGM Grand.
    I think I'll also throw 1 night at a Stations property next, too.

    We'll see what happens! Maybe next year I can finally get a handpay or royal flush!
     
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  8. Necrochaos

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    OP you are right. Offstrp has a lot less pressure. Those slots at Red Rock and Sunset will likely have a higher payback than those on the strip.

    We are now stay on the strip for the night rooms and go downtown/offstrip for the better gaming odds/house edge. I also feel like we are treated better than the strip.

    Glad you had a nice stay.
     
  9. addicted

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    Just curious, what makes them "made correctly"?

    I do love chocolate chip pancakes
     
  10. ColoVegPlayer

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    I posted earlier about the ones at Citizens, with the chocolate chips on top, not mixed in with the batter.

    I still think America has the best chocolate chip pancakes I've had in Vegas.
     
  11. addicted

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    Are you nuts!? The chocolate chips HAVE to be in the batter... Otherwise the pancake never gets melty

    To each their own
     
  12. ColoVegPlayer

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    I think we are agreeing. The ones I had at Citizens @ MB only had them on top.

    America at NYNY makes them correctly, with them in the batter.
     
  13. Grandmaw

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    Loved your report. What a lot of work and thanks for doing it. I noticed in the last steakhouse picture, your friend was wearing 'the' ring. Nice!
     
  14. Mommaof3babes

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    Does the girl you're dating know about the vegas friend? Just wondering lol. I've been the friend and the other girl . I married the man I was the "friend" of much like your arrangement with her. He would give me money to take trips, buy me stuff. Lol.

    Looks like a good trip
     
  15. ColoVegPlayer

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    Sort of....she knows she exists.

    There's nothing between us anymore. I buy her scallops, she drives me around. :p
     
  16. Mycatspot

    Mycatspot I drink my breakfast and play in my PJ's.

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    Thanks for your honest feedback about staying at Delano/MB in the future. I’m booked for May for a first time stay at MB and am dubious about staying so far from mid-strip.