Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by andyg99, Jul 2, 2020.
Day 3. Moderate to light crowds. Got to the pool at 8:40 - they were just putting up the ‘Full to Capacity’ sign. When I left about 11:00 another seemingly long wait to get in. Lots a gambling earlier, no significant hits. Having a good time but Vegas seems weird I’ll sum things up when the trip is over on that front. Here was my view from the pool
MLife is doing a 5x points thing but I guess some of you know that! Based on what I read here I thought it was for the Holiday Club Thngy (still have no idea what that is). But I’m racking up points for free play pretty good, I figure I’ll pick one machine tomorrow and do a max bet until I run out or hit the jackpot! Hit House of Blues again, for lunch this time. Blackened catfish sandwich was really good. I’d post a picture but I ate it
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Great hit! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Made it home safe and sound yesterday about noon - time to wrap this trip up with a bow on top...
Note - these are my opinions and observations - you should consult your doctor or casino host for what is best for you!
Bottom line - Vegas felt a bit weird, I had a good time, played more than my usual on the slots. Stayed exclusively South, NYNY was the furthest I ventured.
What was weird? there was some spontaneity missing. Sometimes I like to go to the pool in the middle of the day, couldn't do this without staying in a line (see my pool comments in this thread). Was that a product of it being a holiday weekend with lots of kids or was it limiting capacity due to COVID? I'm not sure if it's one or a combination of both. Playing video poker at the bar involved waiting to get seated by the hostess, they were monitoring how many were in these areas in Mandalay and Luxor. I was at Excalibur the last day and noticed the Lobby Bar had every other seat closed but you could walk up to any open seat, almost normal there. Vegas is freedom to me, some of it was missing but understandably so.
Safety - everyone wore a mask - people kept them on for the most part. More than a few folks playing slots had them down when drinking or smoking, that didn't bother me because everyone was more than the required 6 feet apart. Lot's a Purell stations, masks were easy to find. I pretty much put on a new one each time I saw a dispenser - I always "Burned" the one one top if you know what I mean (of course you know what I mean - this is a Vegas forum!!!), what's the point of "being safe" when you are putting on a mask someone already touched? I had no problem steering clear of anyone. Mandalay Bay has a pretty big and spread out casino so I never felt cramped. In fact the area near the old school slots by the Tattoo place was dead most of the time I was there. Most busy were the cluster of newer slots close to where the lobby is. The way I look at it I felt 'safer' in Vegas than my grocery store. Based on the rules they had (and I followed) I figure if I got COVID then this thing is REALLY contagious and we will all get it eventually. Time to put on a mask and get on with life.
Future of Vegas? who knows, obviously the place can't survive on limiting hotel capacity at 50%. That's what I was told by the gal at check-in: Mandalay capacity was 50%, anyone know if that is the standard? IMO if casinos are allowed to increase capacity based on demand with no change in the COVID guidelines then the following of these guidelines will fall apart. I'm not a business guy, my field is technical but logic says Vegas (as we knew it) cannot survive like this for too long.
What was my $$$ result? thanks to a nice hit on Green Machine of $1000 I ended with a +$248 for the trip! Also with the lowered tier threshold I hit MLife Platinum.
So I'm taking Vegas on a trip by trip basis and from what I experienced September is "Good-to-Go!!!!"
Thanks for the review! Always love a win at the end to get you into the positive.
Was the Mandalay beach casino open?
I honestly don't know - I'm not familiar with their pool area too well, I parked myself at the wave pool and the "normal pool" right behind the wave pool the two days I did the pool. I didn't see any gaming area. My guess is that any outside gaming was closed.
Excellent trip report, and a winning one as well. Great job!!
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