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VEGAS TRIP REPORT #54 November 16 – November 27, 2018

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by CheeseHog, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. CheeseHog

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    My Trip Report

    Friday, November 16th: Here we go again . . . After visiting out favorite city 3 times in the previous 6 months, we hadn’t been back for the subsequent 6 months. This is also our 17th year in a row for a Las Vegas Thanksgiving---How LUCKY are we!! As a sports fan, it is a great time of the year for me with football/basketball/hockey… any time of the year is great for Laurel because slot machines have no season. #54 is 11 nights in 3 venues. First 4 nights will be at Excalibur (20th time). We almost always end up here. Laurel’s play gets our room comped, resort fees waived, $100 resort credit, and $50 Free Play. No matter what our (my) thoughts are, that is tough to pass up. Next is 3 nights @Planet Hollywood (5th time). Here we are paying resort fees only. Last 4 nights will be at Park MGM (2nd time on this version). Their revamp almost complete and anxious to see the changes since we were there last February. With the construction in full force, it was difficult for Laurel to get around all the partitions. Here we’re paying resort fees only and have $50 free play and $50 and $50 resort credit. So, setting up the budget, we are flying free using Southwest Points, and still renting a car ($402), so fixed costs are $1067. I am still sticking with my $210 Daily variable as a guideline so budget for #54 is set at $3281.

    Morning flight out of Little Rock was uneventful. Clear sailing and no turbulence. I just turned 60 three months ago and sitting in the plane did not help my lower back pain. However, I realized that I was 3 hours away from abundant alcohol which kills most ills! The usual whirlwind followed after landing. Target for supplies, Lee’s liquor for required beverages, on to Excalibur, room setup and finally it was “Beer-Thirty”. Dinner was a MY VEGAS REWARDS BOGO at Wolfgang Puck’s LUPO at Mandalay Bay. Friday night at MB is always a great time and LUPO is a great venue. It is right on the walkway from the parking garage. We could sit for hours and watch the people (women) walk by in their skimpy outfits with their high expectations for a memorable night. Anyway, our meal was excellent as always. I had the Osso Bucco and she had a $52 steak of some sort. Even with the BOGO it was $113 but with the $100 resort credit it was basically free. Back to Excalibur for the night. I kept my eye on the Milwaukee Bucks (-14). They were down by 18 at half time and then stormed back and won by 19. Great start to a heavy sports week. Day 1 variable: $202

    Notes: Not a complaint, just an observance. When I went to concierge to get dinner reservations, he’d never heard of Lupo. You would figure that anyone manning that station would at least know the names of the big restaurants in the MGM family, especially since it was practically next door. His first response should be “excellent choice, let me see what is available;” instead I got “How do you spell that?” In his defense, maybe the regular guy called in sick and they got a busboy from the buffet to put on a tie and fill in.
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    Saturday, November 17th:
    Up at 6:15 and surprised no ill effects from the 9 brewskies consumed last evening. I hustled down to Spa at Excalibur. I do this occasionally at different venues but this one is my favorite. They have a nice cushioned lounge and I am always alone. I spread out and work on football and dip in the hot tub. A bargain for $15.

    I must have had some resort fee left over because never got charged . . . . Breakfast was in-room English muffins. We bought a toaster last time. I was initially against it, but now it is a standard and compliments the coffee pot that we also now carry along. OK--College football Saturday. Where do we go that can keep her happy? Sometimes it is tough to do that because with all the games going on, I tend to lose focus and been known to turn crabby. So, tequila bottle in pocket, we went to Sam’s Town. During pool season we usually don’t make time to go to some of the outlying places. I like Sam’s because they have a sportsbook with cubicles. She likes the variety of games and for some reason, B-Connected revamped their program and Laurel is now Sapphire instead of Ruby. Sam’s also has their Christmas display up at Mystic Falls and the diversion is nice. We stayed here for a while then went next door to Eastside Cannery. Then made a stop @ Arizona Charlies. It was here where we averted a possible life changing event---Yup, Laurel fell. She tripped over a curb getting out of the car and fell face first into a bush. What had the potential for disaster, turned into a semi-comedic memory—what good fortune. Walking with her cane, I always worry about her falling and today we dodged a bullet. Didn’t stay around this area much longer and then stopped again @ Lee’s Liquor for more tequila and Baileys Irish Cream. Dinner was another My Vegas Reward, BOGO at Nine Fine Irishmen @ New York New York. This is always on our must do list. Instead of BOGO you get an $35 comp to use however you want, so we eat 2 appetizers and 2 beers. Such a bargain! Ended up getting pretty @*&! faced tonight so glad I only had to get us back to Excalibur. Nothing else to report. College Football went TERRIBLE today, I only cashed one ticket. She also donated generously to the cause. But, no mater how much money we lost, the day would have been much worse if she had broken something when she fell!!!! Day 2 variable: $351 DSC01554.JPG

    Sunday, November 18th: After the drunken debacle and poor college football choices of yesterday, I awoke with low expectations. It didn’t help either when I discovered I was $50 short on the mornings reconnoiter (a rarity). However, it was a football Sunday and the only direction I could go was up. I had bet on the early games yesterday so had no rush to get downstairs. Breakfast was another MY VEGAS BOGO. This one was the Excalibur breakfast buffet. Was it good? I guess. Was it convenient? Absolutely. Also, I rarely eschew an opportunity to pilfer some cookies for later consumption. Football Time and I pretty much insisted on Luxor. Here, there are always open cubicles where I can spread out and relax. She is never too happy being stuck at one place for hours, but, our M-Life points reset to zero on October 1st. We have one year from this point to earn 75,000 points to maintain our gold status, so she had some motivation. I had another motive too. The NASCAR finale was today. Not a real big fan, but I have customers who are diehards so I always keep an eye on who is doing what. So, Luxor gives me a TV (or 2) that I can control in a sportsbook setting. Nice. How did the day go? Outstanding!!! I won (or pushed) all my early game straight bets and best of all, Joey Logano won the NASCAR championship. I had put $30 on him yesterday (3-1) and the $90 win was very welcome. It was a lot of fun to watch. Dinner time found us at Ellis Island. Another standard for Laurel and I. Tough to pass up the $2.50 large craft beers. Our local friends joined us for dinner and we ate at the BBQ place. She likes the chicken and I get the ribs. Food was plentiful and excellent as always. We actually stayed here for about 3 hours. After dinner, the girls played while Bill and I watched the Bears (-2.5) beat the Vikings. I had the Bears to finish off an exciting sports day. Like I have said in the past---“sometimes it seems so easy”. Back to Excalibur for the night. We were both tired so knew it was not going to be a late night. Grabbed 2 beers and a cigar and headed out to the bridges like I always do. Then I slipped into New York New York to play my favorite 2-coin Wheel of Fortune game. I always put in a $20, play 10 spins and walk away. Tonight, I turned that $20 into $43 so I decided to do 10 more. At 10:19, the world came to a stop. I got the Wheel at $1000 came up!! Never thought it would happen to me---now I can’t say that!!! What a wonderful end to such an epic day. Day 3 Variable: +$973
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    Monday, November 19th: Going to be tough the beat the action of yesterday. Good will was short lived when I got a disturbing work text. Despite the fact that I tried to ignore it, the day was tainted. Even on vacation, real life can rear its ugly head. Let’s forge on . . . We prepacked for tomorrow’s move and headed to Paris. Lunch at another standard, Mon Ami Gabi. Bellagio fountains were going off, lots of folk strolling by, it was a gorgeous day. I had the pumpkin spice soup and Laurel had the Quiche Lorraine. The experience was EXCELLENT as always. Afterward we stayed and played here for a couple hours. While at Bally’s, we had our first foray into skill based interactive gaming. Was it a success?? Hardly!! We first played a Boggle type game. It was OK but it moved too fast (or we were to slow). Next was a Deal Or No Deal video poker game. This we understood and was a little better but not appreciably. Next was a game where you matched sea creatures. This we were doing very well (we thought) even though we had little concept of what was going on, let alone how it ended. Next thing we know it was asking for more money!! What happened to our $50? We looked at each other and just laughed. Not going to go as far as say we were naïve, but we had met our match. Dinner tonight was again with our Vegas people and they chose Dim Sum Café off Desert Inn. We had never had that before but are always ready for something new. Where we live in Arkansas, the Chinese restaurants are buffets. Is dim sum a concept we will repeat? I don’t think so. We had some soggy meatball thing, something that looked like boiled chicken that was wrapped in a noodle like substance, and 2 other plates that are now wiped from our memory banks. It is a popular place and was busy for a Monday night, just not our cup of tea. Our evening’s entertainment found us at Aria. Laurel wants the Aria buffet tomorrow (My Vegas Rewards) and we had to get it loaded on our cards while still checked-in to an MGM property. So, that is what we did. While she played (and actually won), I went outside and sat on the pigeon chairs like I always do. What I have discovered in the past year or so is the smell of weed is prevalent all over town, but you never see people smoking it. Just a weird observation. Not much else to report. I had Kansas City (+3) in the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football. Game was a lot of fun and I was glad I came out of it with a push. Only other thing of note is that when I was outside Aria, some guy was staring at me and mistook me for Prince Harry! I have been mistaken for James Taylor and James Carville in the past, but Prince Harry? Just lump me in the category of good-looking men! On a day with underlying paranoia and anxiety, I was happy to see it end. Day 4 Variable: $311
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    Tuesday, November 20th: One full week to go. Had a terrible night’s sleep, but awoke determined not to let outside influences taint my vacation—and I was successful. Today is moving day #1. 4 nights at Excalibur is enough. Know we will be back though because of the offerings they give. We rented a refrigerator for the first time ($10/day), it was a bargain. This was the only thing we had to pay. And so nice not having to constantly go back and forth to get their (crappy) ice in order to keep my beverages cold. On to Aria for the buffet we got loaded on to our cards last night. I am not a fan of buffets (maybe Wicked Spoon). I show no restraint, and today was no different. Laurel says the My Vegas saves us $58, I say we would not have had a buffet if we did not do My Vegas. Anyway, she likes this one and the foods and quality were up to the Aria standards. We stayed here for about an hour or long enough for Laurel to lose $90. She gets bummed sometimes thing she is a loser but, 1) we are lucky enough to afford it and 2) the games she likes used to be .25 or .30 cents a spin. Now the new games are .80 to $1 a spin. Bonus rounds a bit more lucrative, but you can lose a bundle just trying to get there. On to Planet Hollywood. We had Venetian booked for these 3 nights, but it was her call to save the $760 it would have cost there. We had not stayed @ PH since Trip #48 (Nov.’16). Last time the room was not to our liking. Furniture was run down and old, but now has been redesigned and we love what they have done!! As usual on a moving day, it takes me so long to set up the room, that we just hang around the property. I have exceeded the $10,000. threshold for the Total Rewards credit card so I got my VIP pass for the upcoming year. This allows me access to any Caesars property pool in Las Vegas. I have used it a couple times in the past @ Bally’s and Cromwell’s pool as well as Hash House a Go Go (as a line-cut thing). It is not really that big of a deal, but since I have qualified, why not get it. I spent the night drinking beer and watching football. Our Alma Matter (NIU) was playing Western Michigan (+6.5) tonight. I follow them closely and knew they would lay an egg, so I put $50 on Western Michigan who actually won the game by 7 to solidify my football prowess. I did check on Laurel one time in the evening and she was racking up a $340 win on her .60 cent bet. OUTSTANDING! She really needed it because today was her only winning day on a trip that has been particularly brutal. I did walk over to the concierge @ Paris tonight to check on Hells Kitchen reservations, but all that was open was 10:00 Saturday night. Day 5 Variable: $+8

    Notes: I thought I saw someone with a VMB bracelet at Aria Buffet. I did not say anything because It was blue and I could not see the writing. Next time I will not let the opportunity pass. Have been wearing mine for these last two trips.
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    Wednesday, November 21st: Got up briefly @ 5:45. We are on the 35th floor, so I was hoping to catch the sunrise over the mountains. But alas, it was blocked by the condo next door—my loss! We started our 6th full day at Palazzo. After some beer (me) and some bloody marys (her), we had another “standard,” Asian Nachos at Grand Lux. This is our all-time favorite food and is always a highlight. Next stop was back at the Westgate. I needed to cash some tickets and after losing $100 in an hour at Venetian, it was not hard to convince her to sit in a cubicle and bet some horses while I figured out what to bet on for Thanksgiving football, NCAA basketball, hockey, and the most anticipated sporting event of the year---Tiger vs. Phil. Next stop was Suncoast on Rampart. We had planned on a 3:00 Bingo session but stayed too long at Westgate. Was no problem for me though because I got to watch Gonzaga ($30 +7.5) beat Duke outright. It was a good start to the sports day. 5:00 Bingo Time--- We do the electronic version once or twice a year. Just set it up and follow along. Did we win? Yes, Laurel did. Even though she only won $8, she still enjoyed yelling Bingo!! Dinner was at Macayo Mexican restaurant on Sahara. Mindy took the week off and we let them chose some places we have never been before. It is always nice to go to some local restaurants. If we lived here though, the decision as to where to eat would be too great. Dinner was excellent, but Mexican is Mexican and we tend to order the same entrée no matter where we eat it. While having dinner, I checked on the hockey scores and found out I won my $10 2 team puck line parlay for $73.90. So, it was another winning day for me. Back to PH where the only highlight of the night was finding 3 drink tickets someone had left in the sportsbook. Laurel did not have a good gaming day and ended up going to bed with her tail between her legs. Day 6 Variable: $310

    Notes: I am always amazed at the knowledge of the folks who make the lines. I had Marquette (+8.5) and they lost by 9.
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    Thursday, November 22nd: Happy Thanksgiving! 17th in a row for us and we hope that there are many more. 6:30 am found me on way to Paris to get a baguette from JJ’s Boulangerie. This used to be a standard and is still on the preferred list, but the older we get, our dental issues make it harder to eat. But I bring it back to the room and we had a nice breakfast once I shagged her butt out of bed. Plan was Thanksgiving dinner with our Vegas family but first stopped at Cromwell and Flamingo to kill some time. I watched the Bears and Lions. Matt Stafford threw two 4th quarter interceptions so I lost. Sometimes when first game goes bad, I will back off, but I did not today and it worked out fine. I lucked out on the Cowboys and had Mississippi St. in the Egg Bowl so only logged a $34 loss for the day… We had a wonderful meal with our friends and all their family. We have been doing this since 2007 and we are now a staple. What I like is to hear all the different perspectives of life in Las Vegas from separate generations. We always wonder what it would be like to live here. This slice of life brings reality back into that scenario. You can be happy or unhappy no matter where you live! The evenings festivities started out at the Linq. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the sports book was gone. It has been replaced by “The Book”. A newer concept of sports betting where you sit at a table or on a couch, order food, and watch sports. I understand that drumming up different resources is a solid business plan and it looks impressive, but in reality, there were only 3 tables in use and these were occupied by folks in New Orleans Saints gear. They were playing the Falcons. I managed to find a seat in a corner where no one bothered me to order something. Even though I am not a fan of this new trend, there are still plenty of old-style books around for my enjoyment. We like the Linq and have/will stay here again so I hope it all works out for them. On to Harrah’s where she moved to .01 cent 100 play VP to stem the losses and have a couple of bloody marys. This area of the strip is a favorite to do what I do outside, and being Thanksgiving, people were out in full force enjoying themselves. Day 7 Variable $319

    Notes: We also got a good look at the new zipline @ the Linq complex. We were impressed with at how tasteful they did it. In my opinion, Slotzilla downtown, although probably fun, looks a little tacky!
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    Friday, November 23rd:
    One of my favorite things of November in Las Vegas is waking up a little later than normal, turning the TV on and football about to start shortly. As usual since chop-chop and I are not the best of friends, all early bets placed last night. Today is moving day #2 from Planet Hollywood to Park MGM. We had a nice time here the last 3 days and really enjoyed the redesigned room and having a refrigerator was a plus also. Could not beat the price either for a holiday weekend ($125 total fixed for the resort fees). I also liked that the elevator takes you right down to the lobby so I don’t have to schlep the luggage through the casino. She wanted lunch at the Aria so I drove across the street, dropped her off at Aria, drove next door to the Monte Carlo (wait, Park MGM), gave the luggage to the bell dude, and walked back to the Aria just in time to catch the start of “The Match: Tiger vs. Phil”. The general media was touting this as a waste of time, but in Vegas, that was not the case. The Aria sports book was packed and even though a lot of important college football games going on, the golf was on the big TV with sound. Even though I am a Tiger (-200) fan, Laurel and I each took Phil (+160) plus a couple of props from Westgate. I stood and watched the fist 3 holes and it was a lot of fun. Lunch this afternoon was @ Julian Serrano’s. We love the tapas and come here occasionally as a special treat. A little pricey for lunch ($102), but food is always fabulous and experience memorable. We had the chicken croquettes ($15), albondigas meatballs ($16), Stuffed dates ($16), and Rabo De Toro ($20). That last item was oxtail wrapped in bacon and was OUTSTANDING. What I also liked was that not only do we get 25X points for the $102 we spent on lunch, but Laurel only lost $34 while I watched golf and football. On to Park MGM. We stayed here back in February (Trip #52) while still under major construction and were less than thrilled with the whole shebang. We miss the old Monte Carlo with the Pub/lazy river ride/wave pool/food court. Turns out we are not alone after conversations with valet and bell services but, what can you do? However, they gave us a free room for 4 nights (resort fee only) of a Thanksgiving weekend plus $50 free play and $50 resort credit, so I’m keeping my opinion to myself. We ended getting a room facing T-Mobile and we watched all the people milling around because the Golden Knights game was about to start. It was nearing 5:00 and had to get some bets in so headed in search of the new sports book. I heard it had been relocated and is now like the Linq with the new concept (oh well). Imagine my surprise when I got down and saw that golf was still going on 5 hours after it started! I couldn’t believe it. I knew that Laurel would be happy because she had extra holes (6-1) as one of her propositions. Phil then won on the next hole so we were both winners. For the nights entertainment we took the tram over to Bellagio. We were happy to see the fall display had not been dismantled. Sometimes we get here too late to see it. Laurel lost here very quickly and was anxious to go, so I obliged. Dinner was at Wolfgang Puck’s Cucchina at Crystals. We had another BOGO My Vegas so even though I was not too hungry, at least it was a bargain. I had a calzone and Laurel had chicken parmesan that came with spaghetti and a fantastic pomodoro sauce. All was good as usual. I could skip this next time but sometimes my vote gets lost in the shuffle. We walked (me) and trudged (Laurel) back to Park MGM and did not hang too much longer. I did go out to the Park and smoked my cigar and looked at all the X-mas deco. I snuck my nose into New York New York and lost $20 trying to hit the Wheel again like last Sunday night. How did football go? Pretty good, logged a $39 win for the day on my variety of straight bets, parlays and golf. Big bet of the day ($50) was against Arkansas. It has not been a good first year for the new coach. I had Missouri (-24) and they won 38-0. The game wasn’t even that close! Day 8 Variable: $256
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    Saturday, November 24th: 3 full days to go and she had talked about brunch at Bardot Brasserie (Aria) or Border Grille (Mandalay Bay) for today. We settled on toasted English muffins in the room. Of course, she blamed me for letting her sleep until 9:30. I did not care what time we left the room, all I was going to do is watch Ohio St (+4.5 $50) against Michigan and I could do that from there. Noon found me out at the park MGM pool. I was very surprised to see that it was open and I needed a break from football anyway. I have discovered that me watching the game has no effect on the outcome!! So, draped in 3 towels on a cool Saturday Vegas afternoon, I just sat and watched a bunch people enjoying their vacation. I always tell myself that this is what really matters. Anyway, the big pool was heated (not sure if it was a salt water pool or was it tinkle) and the hot tub was large and temperature was perfect. The Monte Carlo pool was always the best to us, but we will adapt and make this work. Too bad Laurel did not join me. Back to it---- I finally found her and she needed a break so I showed her the new sports book. While inside she overheard an announcement about a sports jersey raffle sponsored by Absolute Vodka. So, I got her and Absolute and Cranberry, and some parlay sheets to kill some time. I even gave the Absolute girl and pair of X-mas earrings that Laurel made and she gave me an extra raffle ticket. Did we win? Nope. Not sure what I would have done with an Auburn jersey anyway. I did enjoy spending some time with my wife while she did some basketball and hockey parlays. She makes her selections according to which city she would rather visit. Plan for tonight is to see Good Charlotte ($96 fixed) at the Palms. I wanted to get in the vicinity so we went to Gold Coast. While she played here, I walked over to Rio to cash a winning ticket I got at the Linq. I found out last year that I can cash a winning sports bet at any sister property (thanks, Igor). I stayed at Rio for a while and checked my stack of football tickets. It wasn’t a winning day, but it could have been a lot worse. I won on Ohio St. and Penn St. and should have lost on Alabama (-26.5), but you can always count on Nick Saban running up the score given the opportunity. Everything else was a loser but I only logged a $30 loss for the day. Dinner tonight was @Ping Pang Pong. This was a standard for a while but since they relocated inside Gold Coast, the atmosphere that kept bringing us back was not the same. We had not been back for a couple of trips. We (I) was wrong. We split the Orange Chicken (excellent), and the atmosphere is what it used to be and now it is back on the preferred list… Time for the concert and I tried to get her to walk across the street to Palms, but I don’t think she was listening to me. Plan was now to drop her at the door, but there is a lot of construction going on and the driveway we came in led us right into the parking ramp. Finally found a handicap spot on the 4th floor and---OH OH—the elevator was not working (NOT MY FAULT!!). So, after the usual discussion, we gingerly made it down the stairs one step at a time while trying not to get bowled over by all the people in our same predicament! That being said, Good Charlotte was excellent. We have all of their music but have never had the opportunity to see them. Another band now scratched from my bucket list. Of course, if you are a celebrity today, you use any venue you can to state your political views regarding the state of affairs, and Joel Madden was no exception. I let it go in one ear and out the other and will chalk up the evening as another memorable experience. Day 9 Variable: $147
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    Sunday, November 25th: As usual, at this time, I am just about footballed out. Packers don’t play until tonight and all morning games/parlays already wagered so (like yesterday) had no sense of urgency to leave the room. In years past, I would already be downstairs surrounded by my “football brethren” basking in the pre-game excitement before the usual anxieties settle in. Last night while at the Palms, I saw a man clearly distressed with the goings on in the Notre dame/USC game. I hope I don’t look like that!! When I did my daily figures, I noticed that after 9 days her losses have finally surpassed my wins (+$1096 to -$1154). But the daily variable is $102 average so about $1000 under budget thanks to my big win 1 week ago already. We have prepared ourselves for my lovely wife’s losses to reach epic proportions, but her attitude is good and she is still happy… We stayed at Park MGM until about 12:45. All I did was stand and watch football. In the old style “books” I could find a comfy chair and sit!! Is it possible to lose every bet wagered? That is the question I kept running through my head. Sometimes bad ends up good and (more often that not) good always ends up bad. Today was the former. Seahawks came back and Bills hung so I won a 2-team money line parlay. Then the Ravens scored late to cover the Raiders so I had a winning morning. Did not see that coming… Headed out to another local lunch. This time it was New York Pizza and Pasta. Our 3rd local restaurant of the vacation. Food was ok, I was just happy that they had a TV I could keep an eye on. We then needed to kill a little time so we stayed in Summerlin and did some shopping. I even got a new pair of golf shoes out of it—nice. It was time for the Packers (+3.5 $50) vs Vikings. Orleans was the chosen venue. They always show the game on the big screen in the showroom and have beer specials to numb the pain. I also chose here just in case things go south, I could ditch my Packers jersey in the car. And go south they did!! After a good start, bad things kept happening, and the cover was missed in the last minute when Aaron could not get the ball to a wide- open receiver in the end zone. 4 of their last 5 games have been on the road against Rams-Seahawks-Patriots and now the Vikings. Did not win 1 in that brutal stretch ending a season filled with optimism. Despite the loss, and subsequent real bad attitude, I still ended up with a winning football day… back to real life…. Laurel did not do to bad (-$50) so she did not have to sit in the Keno lounge and read her book. Dinner was inside Orleans (although Packer jersey/hat placed back in car) at Bailiwick. We ate here last trip too. She had the meatloaf and I had mini-grilled cheese with tomato soup. All was wonderful and we hope the restaurant becomes more popular and stays around for a while. Back to Park MGM where I continued to drown my sorrows while she played her free play that came with the room. While on my way to bed I decided to play $20 through a 2-coin Top Dollar machine. It kept on hitting and hitting and I walked away a $200 winner. Things like this keep happening to me! Day 10 Variable: +$74
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    Monday, November 26th: One full day to go. Spent a lazy morning packing for tomorrow’s return trip to Arkansas. Didn’t even leave room until noon. We had to finish off the bottle of Baileys we got 1 week ago and were successful in our task. Lunch choice today was Primrose inside Park MGM. With the new makeover, dining options are limited to this or Starbucks. Anyway, Laurel remembered there was a MY Vegas get an appetizer with an entrée which is perfect for us (good girl). We split the Turkey Club and an order of Garden Fries (a vegetable tempura with a dipping sauce). I have to say that it was very, very good. A little pricey for average folk though, but looking around at the few people eating, it seems that they succeeded in their target market (people with expense accounts). We hope once the Park is finished, dining options will be more plentiful or at least on par to New York New York next door. After lunch I went back to the pool for a while. It was lovely out there. I just wish Laurel would have joined me for the designated 90 minutes. 4:00 pm found us back at the Westgate. Laurel not too happy about it, but we are leaving tomorrow and I needed to get my futures in before leaving town. Westgate has the best ones. She became a little happier when I did my futures on Lakers-Blackhawks-Bucks-Las Vegas Aces and got a drink ticket. I got her a vodka/cranberry and some racing sheets, plopped her next to me, turned on the TV in front of her and told her to occupy herself with horse racing for a while. (My presentation of the idea was smoother). We had a great time together. I was able to do my golf futures and she won a 45-1 $2 show bet and walked away a winner. Having dinner tonight with Bill and Mindy again so I put $50 over 42.5 on tonight’s Texans/Titans game. When you don’t know who to take---take the over. On to Silverton. We got there a little early so I sat and played bar top Video Poker and drank some craft beer. I like to do that here because there is usually no condemnation by the bar dude from playing less than max coin. Dinner tonight was at Mi Casa. We end up here more often than not. Food is always good and Silverton is an easy in/out for the locals. Best news of all is that my over hit during the 3rd quarter---Nice. After dinner, the girls played and Bill and I walked Bass Pro Shop. He wanted to check out some guns and scopes. I am in the minority and have never owned a gun. Time to go, said our goodbyes until next time. Laurel was happy to leave when we did because she had lost $100 before dinner and won $80 after dinner. So, had to drive back to Westgate to cash my winner. It took almost an hour to drive from there to here to the other place. Happy when we pulled into valet for the night. That being done, we settled into our nightly patterns. I had 4 drink tickets I needed to use up so I went to work. Tonight, Metallica was playing next door at T-Mobile. We usually stay 10 nights on a trip but did 11 this time because we were going to go see them. However, she never found tickets under $190 each and we have seen them twice so it did not happen. I had a great time though standing outside watching the throng depart the stadium. Thousands of people dressed in their Metallica garb made for a memorable event on the last night of a vacation. Day 11 Variable: $254

    Notes: Sometimes on the last night I do a $5 Wheel of Fortune for 10 spins. Tonight, I got the “Spin” on the first push (not 1st time that's happened). Staring at all those large $$$ on the wheel brings loads of opportunity—but alas, I got was $125. But I did finish off my last 9 spins and walked away not losing $100
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    Tuesday, November 27th: Time to go home. Not flying out until 2:00 so we had some destination breakfast options…. Hash House a Go Go, Il Fornaio at NYNY, Primrose or Nomad at Park MGM, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris. Her pick was America at NYNY. Did not see that one coming. I did not even know it was on the table! We hadn’t eaten here since 2010. It turned out to be a fine choice. Standard breakfast fare was excellent and plentiful. Best of all we finally used some of our hoarded M-Life Express points to pay for it. Time to get back to Arkansas and resume normal life.

    Final Wrap-up:
    Budget: $3281
    Actual: $2236


    --Saw new Raiders stadium being built from our hotel room at Excalibur. It’s going to be impressive.
    --So nice to have a refrigerator for 7 of the 11 nights.
    --Shocked we made it to 33,000 M-life points toward 75,000 goal, we paid $0 for 8 nights with a $150 resort credit.
    --I am most thankful that Laurel did not hurt herself when she fell at Arizona Charlies on day #2.
     

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  2. WSUCougs2000

    WSUCougs2000 Tourist

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    Always a great writeup. Thank you for taking time to do so! Glad Laurel didn't hurt herself!
     
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    Thanks WSU... We held our breath for a moment...
     
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    One day were going to be out there at the same time Mr. Hog! The beer will be flowing and the sports bets a poppin....seriously considering Luxor or Delano for next trip so thx for the pics....wtf is up with the Pack? Should have been fired after Seattle five years ago.
     
  5. CheeseHog

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    Would love a get together---#55 is Memorial Day. I am dismayed with goings on in Green Bay. After Packers lost to Vikings they went from 60-1 to 100-1. I do believe that if they would have beat the Cards on Sunday they would have ran the table and slipped into the playoffs. I have always been a MM fan and given him the benefit of the doubt, but now it was inevitable

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    luckylinda Low-Roller

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    Agree another great report and glad Laurel was ok. I was staying at Planet Hollywood when you checked in sorry to have missed meeting you.
     
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    Well done, thanks for the TR!!!
     
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    "...we had a nice breakfast once I shagged her butt out of bed." Not a bad way to kick off Thanksgiving! haha
    Great report, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Great TR. Glad Laurel didn't hurt herself!
     
  10. CheeseHog

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    I hope you enjoyed the new room design too. We could not have been happier once we saw the changes. Hope your trip was a great one too.
     
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    My trip was a loser for gambling but fun for seeing some friends. I liked the room except the shower. It was tiny. I added a shower chair and it was a tight fit. This was a handicap room? It was supposed to be.

    The automatic door at the entrance was out of service when I was there (4 nights) I was using a scooter so had to wait for someone to hold the door open. Interesting the same thing at Paris was going on. Paris did get their main door working on my last day
     
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    Another great report Jeff!! Irina and myself are happy to hear Laurel is okay. Give her our best. Great job on the sports betting and the $1000.00 hit on WOF. Missed seeing you guys this year. I am pretty sure that next Thanksgiving I will be out there again. Christmas trip this year, staying at PH, so looking forward to checking out the new rooms. Happy New Year to you guys!!
     
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    Great report! Thanks for writing.
     
  14. CheeseHog

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    Hope you guys have a great time--- One day, Christmas may be on the table..

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    I enjoyed your report and photos. So fortunate Laurel didn't injure herself :)
    Congrats on the $1000 WOF spin and taking that money home with you.
     
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    Thanks, It was another great trip for us..

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