I should start out like everyone else apologizing for the length of this report but I donâ€™t know that it will be that long and if you are like me you have developed the ability to scan through what you donâ€™t want to read. I will try to break it up to help you in that cause. Background I have been going to Las Vegas for a while but increased it to three or four times a year about ten years ago. I gave up golf around then and use those funds to bankroll my activities. I play blackjack and video poker (toss in craps and LIR when I get the urge) and have, like all of us been up and down over the years. Over the course of those years I have evolved from a Gold Total Rewards to now I am RFB at a couple of places. My favorite host moved from Mirage to Wynn and invited me to follow her. Since she had been so good to me at Mirage I was torn because I am one of those people who has always felt very comfortable there (my first trip staying in Mirage was two months after it opened many years ago) and candidly, had not felt particularly welcome or lucky (yes, lucky) at Wynn. I am not as slow as I look and know Wynn/Encore are marvelous properties; it was just every time I played there I lost; I could never get any traction and therefore no offers! Anyway, she enticed me to move about two years ago and I am loving it. She treats me well and on occasion I have actually been picked up in the Rolls limo (although I am certain that is not my level â€“ merely a bone being tossed by my host so I can say I have ridden in one a couple of times â€“ and the discussion with that driver was priceless but not topical to this trip). This trip was primarily about seeing Garth. I am a fan and have not been out there when he was playing. I stopped trying to understand why he wasnâ€™t scheduling his shows when he saw I was coming and instead broke down and scheduled when he was coming. More on the show below. Travel I am going out Thursday the 7th. Wife following on Friday. Monday return. Flew Delta (â€œDonâ€™t Ever Leave The Airportâ€) and I had no real problems. Used miles to upgrade and after watching one of the worst (read â€œbestâ€) action flicks in a while â€œFasterâ€ and drinking a couple of Woodfords we were in Las Vegas. No celebrities on plane but no shortage of incredibly built men who I guessed were MMA combatants based upon their gear. Driver met me at bottom of escalator and before I knew it I was at hotel. I am having back problems so I was very impressed that my host had arranged for scooter to get around and when limo drove up to Tower Suites entrance at Wynn I was met by the scooter. Whisked through to RFP check-in and in the room in less than 40 minutes from touchdown. Wifeâ€™s trip a little different because storms on East Coast and she was delayed about three hours. She eventually got in for dinner. Trip home completely uneventful. Room By far the nicest room I have had. A remodeled Tower Parlor Suite with a bathroom larger than the first apartment we lived in after our marriage! Attached is a blurry photo of the bathroom entrance. I wonâ€™t spend a lot of time covering this because I am not capable of describing it â€“ perhaps that is genetic? Meals I am not a foodie but can recall some of the details. Ate room service breakfast two days â€“ I am a fan this and wife loves it too. Dinner Friday night was at Lakeside Grill and this was my second â€“ and perhaps final â€“ time there. Nothing wrong with it but it is not doing anything for me. Perhaps it is my not ordering the proper thing? I dunno. Wife ordered Lobster Risotto and that was actually, as we say, jam up. Oh well, as I write this I sense perhaps I will go back and try to order better. Saturday breakfast we ate at Tableau and it was very good. Had Lobster Benedict and wife had some type of waffle â€“ We shared and both were outstanding! Saturday dinner was at La Cave and we shared three small plates and enjoyed them all. We had the crab cups, scallops and filet along with a chocolate cake dessert (I had to laugh because the difference between what I saw in my mindâ€™s eye and what came out on the cake was remarkable; there were two small round extremely delicious cakes â€“ each two or so bites). Anyway, everything including the wine was outstanding. Sunday lunch we had a local couple over to eat with us at the Country Club Cajun Brunch. His dad had been a host at Caesars during the â€œold daysâ€™ and his stories were outstanding. The food there was varied and you went through a buffet and also ordered an entrÃ©e. I was vacillating about what to get â€“ two of the four of us ordered the French Toast Bread pudding but the guys at the table next to ours told me I was making a mistake if I passed on the hot dog; â€œitâ€™s the best youâ€™ll ever eatâ€. I was not really sold on anything so I got that â€“ wow, what a good choice. The Masters was in full fever pitch when we were eating and the place was abuzz because Tiger had just made his front nine charge and everyone was anticipating something crazy. We were correct â€“ the back nine was crazy! Dinner that night at Switch. I have eaten here several times and enjoyed it but it was a mistake since we had eaten such a large lunch. Would not repeat that mistake again since the greater part of our steaks was boxed (although we then ordered scrambled eggs for room service the next morning, had steak and eggs and it was perfect). Garth OK, I will say it - - the best show I have ever seen. Period. Two solid hours of all types of music. I knew he was a great performer but really had not appreciated his voice or guitar playing abilities. I wonâ€™t cover it too much since so much has been written about it. I am a Garth fan but he is not my favorite performer but that may change. He was amazing. An added item of interest: thanks to my host we had third row center seats and two minutes before the show Steve Wynn and his fiancÃ© and two other couples came in and took the front six seats. Security then spent the rest of the evening keeping people from bugging them. I donâ€™t usually notice these things but Hissomâ€™s ring â€“ Good Lord! Reminds me of Michael Scottâ€™s comment on â€œThe Officeâ€ a couple of weeks ago (â€œyouâ€™re supposed to spend about three years salary on the ring, correct?â€). Gambling The real reason I like to go. Overall played blackjack at Wynn, Encore, Palazzo and Harrahâ€™s. On Friday at Palazzo I was at a table with a fun dealer and pit boss and parlayed $500 to about $1,700. Otherwise, until Sunday night I lost, lost, lost at Blackjack. After dinner at Switch I sat at a $50 table in Encore and managed to cash out up about $3,000. Unfortunately I took about half of that and tried to hit the home run on video poker and was unable to do so that night. Video poker is another story. I like to play $1 DDB multi play. I start with three lines and if successful will go to five or ten lines. On rare occasions I will play single line $5 DDB. I was up and mostly down until Friday afternoon I hit four aces without the kicker on a $5.00 bet for $4,000 (upside down photo below - sorry). That, as you can imagine helped a lot and funded my blackjack losses. The Wild Part of My Story: Getting ready to leave on Monday morning I told my wife that I had not emptied out all of my free play â€“ I think I had $96 and some change left in it. She agreed to wait for the bellman to get the luggage and meet me at the entrance. I went to play that free play off before our 9:30 car was going to take us to the airport. I went to my favorite machine and played three line $1.00 and almost instantly hit four of a kind. So, not listening to that little voice in my mind telling me to take that and run, I stepped up my bet and was dealt four 7's on a $5.00 bet for a win of $3,750 (photo below). But, wait, now I am sweating making the car (really making my plane) while I am waiting for the hand pay. Bored I slide down one seat, put in a hundred and immediately hit a 4OAK for $1,250. Yes and Yikes! They pay me the $3,750 and go off to get the second pay. Bored I slide down one seat and two hands later hit another $1,250 4OAK. I finally get paid, go out to the car and before wife can give me the evil eye I hand her the bundle. I get to come home a winner!