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Vegas 6/3/2020 thru 6/8/2020

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Cooper2687, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. boxofbirds

    boxofbirds Royal Flushless

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    Congrats on all the hand pays! Is this an unusual amount for a regular trip?

    And thanks for the report!
     
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  2. opusx100

    opusx100 Low-Roller

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    Mahalo for da TR!!! Congrats on all your wins!!!
     
  3. Flowers

    Flowers VIP Whale

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  4. unomas

    unomas High-Roller

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    Did the ride share drivers have any protocols to follow regarding masks, hand sanitizer, or leaving windows down while driving?
     
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  5. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Fabulous report Cooper. Thank you for taking us along for the ride. Congratulations on the wins!!
     
  6. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    Great job and congrats...
     
  7. Lord Suspect

    Lord Suspect High-Roller

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    Thanks for trip report!!! Nice string of luck.
     
  8. journaljim

    journaljim Low-Roller

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    Congrats on the victory and thank you for the detailed report!
     
  9. ronc

    ronc VIP Whale

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    Thank you for the report!
     
  10. JumboJsn1992

    JumboJsn1992 Newbie

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    Thanks for the report!
     
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  11. JaDubya

    JaDubya High Roller? Nah...just a Roller

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    Great TR. Looking forward to hearing about the Whale at MGM when you have a chance.
     
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  12. Hey_Porter

    Hey_Porter Tourist

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    Nice trip report. You happen to notice the craps minimums at Caesars? I read another report that they were $50(?!?!?) the first week of reopening .
     
  13. Cooper2687

    Cooper2687 Low-Roller

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    About half had masks on upon arrival. Windows were never down. Never saw any hand sanitizer though a few offered some if wanted.
     
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  14. Cooper2687

    Cooper2687 Low-Roller

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    We usually get 1 per trip, though one other time we had 4 in one trip, all over the course of about 24 hours. I felt invincible that trip. Lol. The great thing about this trip is that my wife had never had a hand pay before this trip, and 4 of the 6 that we got were hers.
     
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  15. Cooper2687

    Cooper2687 Low-Roller

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    No, sorry I didn't look.
     
  16. marcianofan

    marcianofan High-Roller

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    You guys are awesome, very cool pictures to go with the report! Thanks
     
  17. Cooper2687

    Cooper2687 Low-Roller

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    So here's a recap by the numbers. All numbers given are combined for both me and my wife. Our accounts are linked through mlife, with me as primary (I get all the comp offers, she only gets discounted offers).

    We flew round trip from Nashville on Southwest using points for the wife's ticket and her companion pass for my ticket. Total round trip airfare was $23.20 for both of us (taxes).

    We stayed on a web offer of 4 nights suite comped, no resort fee, $500 FP, $350 RC. My offers are for a suite at any mlife resort, same FP, but RC fluctuates from $250-500 based on the property. We also usually get a limo from and to the airport, comped late check out, and a bit of back end comps if we exceed our RC. We do actually struggle a bit to use the RC in that we aren't foodies. Pizza, burgers, wings and such are just fine for us and $350 over four days does go a long way. We also utilize the mlife app rewards to save even more on food. We did eat at Gallagher's Steak House (NYNY) this trip and with all of the other food we exceeded our RC by about $90, which was comped off. Our final bill was $119, which consisted of about $40 retail and the rest tips at various food places. We didn't get a limo to NYNY as we couldn't get in touch with our, or any other, host prior to arrival. We talked with the on duty host about midway through and she arranged our late check out and limo back to the airport.

    Our bank roll for this trip was $5000. We had 6 hand pays totaling $24,800. What most of you may find a bit amazing is that all 6 hand pays came within the first 5 spins on each machine. That is 100% true and is based on our slot strategy. The way we play slots (old school, 3 reel, single line) is as follows.

    1. $.25 slots - $20 in, max bet, 20 spins, cash out. Regardless of balance on the machine.

    2. $1 slots - Most of the time, $20 in, 1 credit, 20 spins, cash out. But, if after 20 spins we have doubled our original $20, then we will continue spinning past 20 spins until we have 5 losing spins in a row, then cash out.

    3. $1 slots - If we are up for the trip we will insert enough money to cover 20 spins at max bet ($40 in a 2 credit slot, $60 in a 3 credit slot). 20 spins, max credit, then cash out. But, if after 20 spins we have doubled our original input, then we will continue spinning past 20 spins until we have 5 losing spins in a row, then cash out.

    4. $5 slots - $25 in, single credit, 5 spins, cash out. If after 5 spins we have $100 or more on the machine then we will continue past 5 spins, single credit, until we have 5 losing spins in a row, then cash out.

    5. $10 slots - $50 in, single credit, 5 spins, cash out. If after 5 spins we have $200 or more on the machine then we will continue past 5 spins, single credit, until we have 5 losing spins in a row, then cash out.

    We have used this strategy for a little over 2 years (4 trips a year) and have done pretty good. The past 5 trips we have had at least one hand pay per trip (YMMV). Not saying we win every trip, but some winning trips, some trips when we go home with a partial bank roll intact, and only one trip that we went home empty handed. The basic premise is we never play more spins than what our original insert will cover, unless we are way up on the machine, and then only for 5 losing spins in a row. We don't want to walk away from a "hot" machine but also don't want to give back what we've won. We came up with this strategy because it always seemed that when we would be up on a slot it always seemed to occur during the first few initial spins. Then we would keep playing, trying to duplicate that initial win, and end up giving most, if not all, of our original input to the machine.

    So we followed that strategy this trip with a little variation. Half way through we weren't doing great (had lost 3/4 of our bank roll) but had had 2 good hits that would have been handpays had we been playing 2 credits a spin on the $5 and $10 slots. My wife had never had her own hand pay prior to this trip, so I decided that with the rest of our bank roll she would only play and we were going to double our $5 and $10 strategy to $50 invested on $5 slots and $100 invested on $10 slots. Going to 2 credit spins but sticking to our 5 spin limit. That's when the dam broke. She hit for $2000 (first hand pay) then 20 minutes later $9600. That's when I started playing again. I got the next two hand pays, then she got #5 and #6. We kept this 2 credit strategy for the rest of the trip, still sticking to 5 spins, then cash out. We ended up arriving home with $18,300. Our best trip ever.

    As far as tier credits, we had already earned about 460,000 prior to this trip on three 4 day trips in November, January, and February. I don't remember the exact number but I think it was around that total. Our final tier credit balance after this trip is 639,000.

    Total cash in this trip (MGM casinos only) $53,000. That is according to the win/loss table on our accounts.
     
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  18. Cooper2687

    Cooper2687 Low-Roller

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    I'll recap the scene we saw at MGM tomorrow night. Still worn out from back at work today. Need to be responsible and go to bed.
     
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  19. Big dan

    Big dan High-Roller

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    So do you start at #1 on your strategy and progress to #5 and then go back to #1 again?
     
  20. Cooper2687

    Cooper2687 Low-Roller

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    At each casino we will start at #1 then move up the ladder. If we are losing bad we won't move on to the $10 slots. We will hit every slot in the casino that fits our profile (old school, 3 reel, single line). We know where each of them are in each MGM property in vegas. It gets irritating when they move them around between trips and we need to hunt them down again.

    For the $5s and $10s, about 2/3 the time you will lose all 5 spins. The other 1/3 you will hit a cherry or wild on one spin to recoup part of your investment, or you will hit "any bars" one time and break even for the 5 spins. It's when you hit above "any bars," though not very often, when things get good. You're basically very happy to hit "any bars" as those are the ones that keep you in the hunt until you hit something better. The problem is, is that if you never hit anything above "any bars" through all of the slots at that casino, your bank roll will take a sizable hit depending on what you start with.
     
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