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Vegas, here I come! Mirage 3/7-12

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Basil, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    'Twas the night before Vegas, when all through the house

    Only Basil was stirring, but quiet, like mouse;

    The bankroll was packed in carry on with care,

    In hopes that more money soon would be there.

    The wife and the daughter were all snug in bed

    While visions of handpays danced in my head.

    With wife in her jammies, I pulled on my coat

    For a smoke and more dreaming- Win enough for a boat!

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

    I sprang to the door to see what was the matter.

    Out onto the porch I flew like a flash

    But tripped on the threshold, came down with a crash.

    The new streetlight outside made it bright as the day

    As I picked myself up and stood with a sway.

    When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

    But a Mirage limo stocked full of beer!

    With a gentleman driver all dressed in a tux

    I knew in a moment that none of this sucks.

    Quick as a flash, we started our trip

    When magically we found ourselves driving the Strip:

    “There’s Cosmo, and Aria, Bellagio, too!

    Some Slappers and hookers, and Winnie the Pooh?

    To Yardbird, to Tag, to Rhumbar galore!

    The Henry and Still, Wicked Spoon and more!”

    To the Mirage the limo finally pulled up

    With bellhop all smiling, I took my beer in a cup;

    To the VIP check-in I went with a smile

    But no luggage? Oh well, I’ll hit Miracle Mile.

    Deeply I breathed in that distinctive smell

    Hawaiian tropic and smokes with a faint hint of Prell?

    With a tip to the clerk, to my new room I rose

    And started my trip (to continue in prose).

    But suddenly my vision! It went out of focus

    And I realized this all was some dream hocus-pocus

    Some voices I heard as I awoke at home with a fright

    “Happy Vegas to all, and we’ll see you tonight!”





    It’s that time again! The annual (ok… twice a year for the last few years) Vegas trip is finally here! Once again, time for poker, bourbon, VP, handpays, food porn, high card flush, degeneracy, debauchery, and delights both foreign and domestic!



    The Players

    Basil- once again, your host for our little shared journey. Project manager for an online investment firm by day, poker playing degen by night (and weekends… and days off. Sometimes also on a quiet afternoon….)

    Ford- Fellow poker player, retired young. Despite living 15 minutes away, have barely seen him recently thanks to me being WAY too busy at work

    The Bankroll- that oh-so fickle mistress

    Various bartenders, cocktail waitresses, dealers, marks, sharks, degens, tourists, families walking too slow and blocking sidewalks, hucksters, con men, freaks, and other assorted Vegas detritus



    Location

    American Airlines- Providence to O’Hare, O’Hare to Vegas- 1st class thanks to miles, but a 3 hour layover ☹

    Mirage- home base, truly the mirage in the desert. Since we need two beds, suite wasn’t an option, but the host told me that there are a few tower rooms with 2 queen beds, so hopefully that’s where we end up. She also coded me for the VIP lounge, so no waiting in line for coffee in the morning

    Wynn- home of the Wynn poker classic: planning to play the last event of the series, the $600 $250k guaranteed

    Downtown- that place I keep saying I’m going to see, but never actually do. However, now that I know about Carson Kitchen, hope to actually make it down there



    The next nor’easter is on the way hitting us tomorrow when I fly. But, I have an early flight out, and storm isn’t supposed to hit until the afternoon, so fingers crossed. Thanks to all for keeping me entertained with Vegas stories for the rest of the year, and consider this report my way of repaying everyone.
     
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  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Great intro! I never thought about mirage and Hawaiian tropic and smoke, but yeah, that's a good description! Beat the storm and get the hell out of Providence!
     
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  3. the nuts

    the nuts VIP Whale

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    Sweet rhyme! I think I saw something like this on VF, not sure if it was you.
    Anyhow, Good Luck!
     
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  4. WichitaMuskie

    WichitaMuskie High-Roller

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    I was trying to figure out which category I fit into, and I suppose it's probably this one. I'll be at Linq and points south on the strip. I'll have to check this thread to see how things are going just to my north!
     
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  5. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    Thanks. It was a low productivity day at work :)

    That's me... guilty of cross-posting

    Good luck! will probably be at Linq and Cromwell at some points during the trip
     
  6. the nuts

    the nuts VIP Whale

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    Dont worry I will follow you on both sides!;)

    But I had actually seen something like that in the super bowl thread on VF
     
  7. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    Doh! Nope, that wasn't me. Didn't see that one, would have picked a different poem :)
     
  8. the nuts

    the nuts VIP Whale

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    Nah
    Nah, yours is excellent. You sounded like the rhyme master himself, reverend Al Sharpton.
     
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  9. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    Once again I love flying out of PVD. I present the TSA pre-check “line”
    [​IMG]

    Board in 5 for an on time departure. Got one of the single seats in first class for this leg. Bloody Mary breakfast coming soon.
     
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  10. Hoofy7

    Hoofy7 VIP Whale

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    Good luck and have a great trip!
     
  11. emmas

    emmas High-Roller

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    Have fun and good luck.
     
  12. kkinwi

    kkinwi High-Roller

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    Glad you are beating the storm! Looks messy there....
     
  13. pd54

    pd54 Low-Roller

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    Have a great trip! I'm excited for this one as we're staying in the Mirage this summer. Take plenty of Mirage photos.
    good luck!
     
  14. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    One ahh ahh ahh
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    Two ahh ahh ahh

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  15. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    Umm. 4?

    [​IMG]
    In ORD sitting at rick bayless’ Tortas Fronteras. This may be the best bacon and egg sandwich I’ve ever had. Seriously. The green Chile salsa makes it.

    [​IMG]

    Flight was interesting on takeoff as we worked our way over Winter Storm Quinn (c). Very shaky and lots of drops, but we made it and landed early. Another 2 hours til I board, i see a couple of more makers in my future.
     
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  16. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    And another makers. Current intoxication level: debating with the wife via text about whether or not cereal is just a type of soup.
     
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  17. mikeyvegas1

    mikeyvegas1 High-Roller

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    Have a great trip. Never thought about it before but I think you could classify cereal as a cold soup.
     
    Sons 21st birthday trip
  18. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    Finally got the wifi working on the flight, but only on laptop so no new pics Not much to report- a couple of woodford's, a crappy lunch (Vietnamese salad), and the 2nd Kingsmen movie. About an hour and a half to go until the promised land.
     
  19. Basil

    Basil High-Roller

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    Anyone guess what I’m watching now?

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  20. mikeyvegas1

    mikeyvegas1 High-Roller

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    The campaign
     
    Sons 21st birthday trip