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Recap IrishDave TR Feb 26 - Mar 1

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by IrishDave, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. IrishDave

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    So my wife comes home from work one day last week saying one of her co-workers wanted to swap days off around so now she has Fri - Tues off and asks if we should do anything! Naw, let's stay home and hope it doesn't snow, right?? So after some quick pleading with my bosses for a couple of days off, we're off to four nights in a 1 Bdr suite at HGVC Flamingo...Woo Hoo!!!!

    We've got an o-dark-thirty takeoff to land in Vegas about 9am Friday and leave about 9 am on Tues. No big planning for this trip, will probably hit Cosmo hard for a day or two and see what kind of offers we can generate, visit the BeeJay memorial row at Aria as it treated me well as time (and avoid Cleopatra on the way out!), and just generally run amok without any kind of direction for four days. Oh, maybe drink. Looking forward to warmer weather and a nice, unexpected break!!


    I'll try another live TR, really enjoyed doing the last one, but the kids aren't going so it may be kinda boring.

    Gotta love no-notice vacations!

    Ugh...this is way too early to be going to the airport. I wouldn't even be going to bed yet in Vegas!! I better get some sleep on the jet

    Got here half an hour early, probably will waste that waiting on a gate!


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    Wow, nice surprise the room is ready at 9:30 in the am! Unpack, then off to Cosmo, me thinks

    Pretty expensive, almost wiped out my points! Worth it tho

    New carpet going in and some changes by Bond bar
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    Braised short rib poached eggs...yum!

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    First cocktail of the trip!

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    I like the feel of Cosmo's new sportsbook

    Well 6 whiskey sours in and buffalo is stampeding me. I guess $20 per drink isn't too bad really!


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    "Set your hand on the rod controller!" What he mean by that exactly ??


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    Leaving Cosmo down about $500 between the two of us. No hits on anything, good drinks tho!

    Chicken chimichanga at Hecho in MGM. Good, but huge. No way to eat it all


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    First decent hit on anything today

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    Ugh...on two hands no less

    Ok, that'll play!


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    A good (well just ok...Jameson) Irish whiskey always helps ease the pain of poor VP, and many other things


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    Calling it a nite. Old man on east coast time

    Up early, trying to stay on east coast time so the mid-week return doesn't result in whiplash and keyboard imprints in my forehead at work on Wed


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    Wife said she was going to do the same, but I got this text about 10:30 last night and I think she came in about three


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    I'm guessing her plans did not survive contact with slots and free drinks. She doesn't even remember which machine she hit it on! But hey, that puts us up for day one

    Pleasant morning at the habitat


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    Beautiful morning


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    Too many heathy people running tho...makes me feel bad. Ok, I'm over it, to the bar!

    Guinness for breakfast! Because it's Sat afternoon in Ireland


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    I really like Guinness, but $60 for a beer is pretty steep

    Ok, only a $30 beer now!


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    Hmm.... Now that you mention it, she didn't....

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    It appears the only way I will improve my drinks to losses ratio is to increase the alcohol consumption...so I must sacrifice in the name of economy

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    Geez, that's pretty presumptuous, not even Sheldon puts his initials in the ash trays!

    Cleopatra is such a bitch, why do I keep going back to her???

    Lunch


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    Fantastic CW. "Would you like a water while you wait?" "Should I bring another when I come back around?" Yeah, she earned more than the standard tip


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    Oh, then this!


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    Arrgh!!! Sun!!! I'm melting!!!
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    Really nice day today


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    This looks so wrong


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    Beautiful plumage



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    Learning DDBP on a penny machine in Paris while drinking Irish whiskey. Any chance of this ending well?

    So winning 800 credits is kind of a rush, even when it's only pennies

    Paris, meh, down a bit. Fair trade for the Jameson. On to Aria


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    Some drunk walked into a glass door....not me!!


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    Aria...this is how we Vegas (tm)


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    STP rocks!! I love you BeeJay!!!


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    Dammit

    Ok, so despite what the women on this board would say, bigger isn't better. Just donked off a couple of hundred on the big VP games in Aria

    Geez, Aria is killing me!!

    Just turned $90 of free play into $100 of real money at Cosmo. That helps ease the pain

    So this really doesn't suck


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    Be warned kiddos, this is what a music degree gets you, along with a lifetime of college debt


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    They're actually pretty good, but still..

    So we end the day about where we began


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    A few hundred dollars poorer and a few thousand tier credits richer. And probably not quite on east coast time


    Oh, wait, this wasn't here at 8 am!!


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    Oh, Tring, Gem Bar at Aria has 6/5 BP. Saw that from afar couldn't get close enough to scan any others.

    PS. Glad that some VMBer had success on them, but I will be back. Maybe not this trip, but...

    Heading north today, maybe I'll take some of the money Sheldon has been holding for me since last trip

    Another nice day on the strip. I want to remember this if I have to be shoveling snow later this week


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    No change in fortune at Mirage. If I make Mlife gold this year the damn card better be real gold after all we've dropped in MGM casinos this trip!

    Lunch at BLT burger was ok, the shakes looked great, but no room.


    Off to micro roll VP at TI

    4 oaks are still fun at 2c!!


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    Now if that was a royal, I'd be kinda bummed

    Still fun



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    DSTP is crack on crack

    Gonna give Encore a try. Haven't made it up this far before



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    My previous most northern excursion. Gotta say I love the V/P resort. Already have a comped weekend for our anniversary there!


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    So will this be the new western White House???



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    Unadulterated crack VP. So fun


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    Obligatory whiskey sour pic from Steve Wynn's private stock


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    PS. Steve is pretty sparing with his whiskey, not much kick to this

    That is a beautiful property


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    Leaving pretty much even with tix to Showstoppers for my new player Red Card spin

    Time to avenge last night's debacle


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    Foul temptress!!


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    Amazingly PGP has not resulted in Steve's watered down drinks


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    Effing crack I tell ya



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    That's a big buffalo


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    Well down about $50, but much better than last night. Might just turn in to reset my clock...we'll see

    View from the Bellagio tram stop


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    Rio looks so lonesome out there by itself


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    In Flamingo



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    Escapee from the habitat

    Had enough for the evening, 1am back home and only one day left in Vegas. Need a massive comeback tomorrow to just see even from here. You gotta bet big to win big, right?


    Nope, that won't happen, I don't have the intestinal fortitude of some of my brothers and sisters on the board. No running up to the room to get another brick to continue the martingale for me!

    Still a winning trip in my book. Perfect weather, nice break from back east, and having a lot of fun!

    Just realized we forgot to eat dinner! Guess that makes Mon Ami Gabi a must for breakfast

    He was selling something, handing out cards. I didn't get too close, can you imagine if they were porn slapper cards with people with hair like that...could really hurt

    Bananas Foster on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi. Always a great start to the day


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    I'm here for my money Sheldon!!!


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    Thanks Wanker, hope you can indeed see the future

    Nice start


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    Yes!!!!! Thanks for my money back Sheldon!!!!!!


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    Thanks for the whiskey too!


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    10 drinks before noon... awesomeness
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    Ok. This was a first. Just minding by own business, drinking and playing VP, and someone reaches over my shoulder and puts this down in front of me and says "for you!"


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    Nice assets if anyone is interested...I'm sure it's her real name. Anastasia Cucumber would be fake

    Sheldon is feeling generous today


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    First sustenance, then the rubber match with the harlot


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    Oh. My. God. Why have I never eaten here before??? What a great meal


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    Veggie spring rolls
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    I had chicken Phad Thai. Excellent



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    My wife had basil chicken. Wow...fantastic!


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    Be forewarned, the spicy scale is NOT based on a western pallet

    Cage match! Time to take the bytch down!


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    Geez I'm stuffed

    Have I mentioned this game is like crack?


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    Round one to the harlot

    Damn. I'm too full from Lemongrass to drink!

    First hand on this machine!



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    Channeling my inner BeeJay. Don't think I can go toe-to-toe with you on the alcohol consumption tonight, but let's do this brother!!


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    Still channeling BeeJay, but without the breathalyzer. I find those limiting



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    Round two to me!


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    We'll call it a draw with the evil machine and let the drama build for a rematch next trip.


    Definitely entertaining win preservation mode for the day. Don't want to donk off those nice wins. It will be nice to head home on a high from that royal! A few penny slots and I'll call it a trip

    And maybe a couple more drinks!


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    A couple of night shots from Aria


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    The three or four times an hour I hate my job I'll remind myself I'm not holding a sign directing snotty conventioneers to a banquet



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    Finishing up at Baccarat Bar in Bellagio


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    Dalwhinnie not Louis XIII !


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    And a dram of my favorite Islay, Lagavulin. A great whisky to finish off a great day and a great trip


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    And the highlight of the trip? Over 500 posts and High-Roller status on VMB!!

    One last sunny morning in Vegas


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    It really was a great trip. Absolutely perfect weather and an awesome last day.


    A lot of TRs start with a bankroll shot, so to be a contrarian, I'm going to end mine with one!


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    Thanks for all the encouragement, hope you all enjoyed following along.

    I'll do a short wrap this weekend, but that's all folks!!


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    Oh, and will someone, someday please post a pic of getting a royal on that damn oversized DSTP machine in Aria???!!!!

    I promised a short wrap, so here goes! Well, not so much a wrap as some random musings and general observations. It’s interesting to reflect and see what you may have learned on a visit, including things you learn about yourself!

    Man, STP is crack…DSTP is even more addictive! Although it ate my lunch, dinner, and several after dinner drinks, I really enjoyed that machine in Aria. I guess size does matter.

    I did discover I don’t care that much for higher volatility games, both VP and slots, which surprises me. I’m not sure if it’s that I’m not comfortable with the strategies, but I find even on the slots, I don’t like going spin after spin without getting something. Guess I’m more of the instant gratification type! I like getting bonuses fairly often, even with reduced payouts.

    Has anyone seen the math on if multiplay/spin poker increases or decreases variance? I could see it either way. More hands played should smooth it out, but they’re not independent tries as you start from the base hand.

    Despite my preferences for low volatility, I enjoyed DaVinci’s Diamonds. I suppose games like Bejeweled are similar, but it was fun when the matching items dissolved and new ones fell into place.

    I also finally realized that I am truly a casino hopper. There are several I really like, but I just can’t sit still for more than a couple of hours. I started playing at Cosmo and intended to hit it hard for a day. Even though we like it there a lot, we were ready to move on after about three hours. Just not enough different stuff or different looks I guess. But wow, are the drinks good! Good pay tables too. I don’t think I could generate enough play there to get descent comps though.

    This was the first trip we played a lot in Aria and besides the DSTP machine we really enjoyed it. Upscale, but not too pretentious. We’ll be back and I’m taking that machine down! Cocktail service was spotty, seemed to depend on where you were in the casino, some areas had better coverage and it didn’t seem to correlate with the denomination. Good drinks. Lemongrass was fantastic, great flavors, but watch the heat! Aria Café was nothing to write home about. Average food, especially for the price. Glad Aria is part of Mlife, so I can still hop around. I always enjoy MGM and Bellagio, even though Bellagio had downgraded the pay tables at the sportsbook. Still some ok games and where else can you get Guinness for breakfast?!


    First time at Treasure Island too, but I doubt I’ll go back. Casnio is a bit dingy and they can’t seem to decide who they are. It doesn’t embrace the pirate theme, Gilly’s and Senior Frogs seem just kind of random add-ons and looked average at best. Just all kind of jumbled together. Cocktail service was poor, but really good pay tables for mirco-rollers.

    First trip to Wynn/Encore as well. Beautiful properties! I preferred Wynn by quite a bit, Encore is just a little too sedate for my tastes. Didn’t eat at either, but enjoyed the casinos. Wouldn’t mind staying a night or two to get a better feel for them.

    We didn’t spend much time in any CET property this trip, not out of malice, just wanted to try new places. Can’t believe I didn’t get to TAG and sample beers…so unlike me!


    Venetian/Palazzo is still my favorite resort by far. Just enjoy the vibe in both casinos; great places to eat from food court to the five-star level, solid drink service, etc. And, um, yeah, Delmonico’s whisky list. Fabulous rooms. Funny, I like Venetian a bit better, but always seem to win more at Palazzo. Palazzo just seriously downgraded their VP by taking out the All-Star II games between the HL table salon and the Champagne Bar, so the good pay tables are much harder to come by. Bourbon Room looked like it was still open. We were there in the morning/early afternoon, so don’t know for sure, but I thought it was supposed to close in early Feb. We can usually get two or three nights comped there and I have no problem staying and playing just in that resort, despite my otherwise wandering ways.

    Finally, I’ve seen folks say they don’t understand why anyone would ever get a timeshare in Vegas when comps are available. Here’s why it works for me. I joined Hilton Grand Vacations a couple of years back. It’s a points based system, not tied to a given week/property. I’m a fairly low roller, but if I concentrate my play each day, I can get some descent comps at V/P and CET. MLife has yet to offer me anything worthwhile despite making gold status in three trips this “Mlife year”. But with my timeshare points, I can make three or four, four night mid-week trips and get one or two bedroom suites behind Flamingo or at Elara. I can hop around all I want without worrying about covering comps. Elara is a top-notch hotel, on a par with most of the nicer places on the strip and the Flamingo property is pretty nice as well. This works great for my family because I like to take my daughter and there’s no way my play would rate a suite at any property. So while not for everyone, it works well for my style and needs right now.

    Thanks to everyone for following along and the encouragement along the way. Doing the TR was a lot of fun. We had a great time on this trip and hope you enjoyed as well.
     
  2. GFman

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    Great report buddy. Lagavulin is a great Whisky.
     
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    Loved the report! I see you have fallen under the STP Spell like I have... must get the multiplier...feed another hundy in to get the multiplier....anyway, love all the pics and your thoughts as well! Interesting thoughts on Timeshares as well, glad you have a great trip!
     
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    One hell of a report! Sad we missed this one live.

    Thanks for posting!
     

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