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Only a hour flight away from Las Vegas we visit frequently, sometimes once a month. I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


It's that time of year again when the Global Gaming Expo (G2e), international gaming trade show and conference for the industry took place at the Sands conference center in Las Vegas. This is where they network, talk about the trends, attend various seminars,  see the latest products, not just in slot machines but all types of gaming, food, beverage and hospitality that casinos may offer.
While this conference and trade show is for the gaming industry there are usually some free passes available from exhibitors, for those of us who are interested in the new slot machines that are coming out. If you are interested in attending the exhibit hall in the future then I suggest watching the Twitter feeds and Facebook pages of various slot manufacturer's in mid or late summer in case they offer links to free passes and also read some of the gambling message boards such as:,, or other boards I have listed on the side of this blog as most years they will have posts with links to free passes posted around late summer.
I will be writing up separate trip reports on my stay during G2e at Palazzo and moving on to The Cosmopolitan for the Up Up and Away Slot Tournament. This post will mainly be videos of the floor at G2e around the various slot companies and short videos of a variety of the new licensed games for slots that are coming out in the future. Some of these games like Elvira will be on the casino floor very soon, other may not come out for a year or more. Mainly I'm showing you the graphics and sounds as some games are not yet finished and the pays you see in the videos may be different when they are set up in the casinos. For those of you interested there are five videos posted here each with something different to show you either of the G2e exhibit floor or some demo play on various new games.
When I first walked into the exhibit expo in the area of the various slot manufacturing companies, Aristocrat had a photo op available for their new game Sharknado, that's me and my husband above.
I played Sharknado for a bit and of course there is lots of humor and some fun features. While I have never watched the movies I will give this game a try when it's released in the future.
Casablanca was interesting for those of us who like old movies. I believe this is an Everi game.
Take a walk with me around the slot manufacturer's booths at G2e in this video!

Photos of some of the booths of the slot manufacturer's.
Normally not a big fan of Ainsworth slots but the Huckleberry Finn game was interesting.
I have never watched the movie but I did enjoy the humor and play of the Goonies slot machine at the IGT booth. Here's a video that has some brief play on Goonies and some of the other IGT games.

My friend Terra and I both played the Harley Davidson game and thought it had potential.
Second year for Breaking Bad at G2e. I don't watch the TV show, not sure I will play the game.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hijinks at The Cosmopolitan with Jonny, Mark, Skyler, Boots and Jason!

For my readers who have been asking me on youtube and Facebook when I'm going to write up another trip report, here you go! Sorry for the delay, but life just keeps getting in the way,  not to mention it's more fun to go on the trips then to write them up!

A few years ago I became friends online with Jonny on youtube and Facebook and ever since we've been hoping to meet up in Las Vegas.  Jonny and his fiancee Mark live in Ireland so while they try to visit Vegas a couple times a year it hadn't yet worked out for our dates to coincide but this year I was determined to be in Vegas for part of their  nine day trip in late June, so I scheduled my trip  toward the end of their trip.  It worked out great because my friends Boots, Skyler and Jason also ended up  having a trip to Vegas at the same time. Skyler stayed at Ballys. Boots and myself at Cosmopolitan, along with Jonny and Mark, with Jason arriving and staying at Cosmo too the last night of our trip.
The trip started out with a easy flight out of San Jose airport on Southwest and arrived on time at McCarran. My driver Admar who had relocated his family from Hawaii to Las Vegas was so nice! Yes, it's not that long a ride from the airport to Cosmo but we had time to chat about his family and my blog and youtube channel while waiting for my luggage. :)

Rebecca, my host at Cosmopolitan had arranged for the limo and VIP check in for me but during this trip I went from Gold to Platinum with Identity the Cosmo loyalty club, so on future trips I will automatically get the limo and VIP check as one of the perks of being Platinum.  VIP registration quickly checked me in and my room on in the west tower was ready for me so I took my baggage up, unpacked and was down on the casino floor ready to win!
Best laid plans and all that but while I did have some modest wins in the high limit room on my Cosmo free play, that didn't last long.
Last couple trips I can't resist playing Pharoah's Fortune which is a shame because usually my picks are pretty sad when I land the bonus. I wouldn't be surprised if I have the unofficial record for picking start games more on the first pick then anyone else in Las Vegas!
 I left the high limit room and started playing the penny games. Where are the photos of all my wins? I didn't have any to take photos of, LOL! However, I did earn enough Identity points to participant in the new Cosmo daily tournament.

The Cosmopolitan has a daily tournament this summer and you can qualify for five complimentary sessions on it depending on your points you accumulate each day. There are some details on the sign below just click on it to enlarge the photo.
Boots and I did the max number of entries in this tournament each day and I think Jonny and Mark did too, but none of us won anything on the tournament during our stay.
Boots had arrived a day earlier then me and I quickly met up with her and then we both met up with Jonny, and Mark. For reasons of her career you will not see any photos of Boots, instead she is always our designated photographer!
Boots and I had plans tonight to eat dinner at the new Beauty and Essex restaurant at The Cosmopolitan and we were having so much fun with Jonny and Mark that we asked them to join us.
I had already eaten here in May with friends and the menu had already changed a bit! Plates are meant to be shared at this restaurant. Of course if you don't want to share they won't make you. ;)  We started with the Caesar Toast which is a delightful take on the famous salad.
The Lobster rolls were great!
This was the thick cut Filet, we had two orders and it was tender and flavorful!
One of my favorite dishes everytime I have eaten here is their cauliflower with ginger salsa verde! Unless you despise cauliflower please order this delicious side dish.
Jonny ordered and enjoyed their grilled double-cut lamb chops.
Short Rib Mac and Cheese really good!
I really loved the scallops with charred corn salad. I think I shared one with Boots, LOL!
My favorite dessert, and I've tried them all the first time I ate here, is the KYGO Cloud Nine S'mores!
The les, nyc doughnuts with fudge, berry and caramel sauces is also very good.
We all had one of the petite cupcakes and while good they are typical gourmet cupcakes.
Jonny and Mark!
After dinner we gambled, drank and had a blast together.
Above is some play I did on Mega Bucks and likely lucky to get the $75.00 hit I had.
After Mega Bucks, I hit a couple nice bonuses on Wild Lepre'coins. If you want to see what that game is like here's the video of it.

A couple nice wins on The Walking Dead game.
The new Wizard of Oz game,  "Not in Kansas Anymore" gave me one good hit during this trip for $150.00 and after that I couldn't do anything with it the various times I played it andI was disappointed with this new game. There's hope however, because spoiler alert I had fun and a great win on it later this summer.
I think this will be the last time I try Magic Mike, those boys only want you to throw money at them, they do not give any of it back!!
Boots and I had a blast playing the new Plants vs Zombies game. If you haven't seen it yet, here's a video of my bonus on it:

With the exception of the high limit group pulls we had this trip,  my best win was on Pink Diamonds for $800.00.
During our slot play tonight Boots was nearby playing games and Jonny and Mark were with me either cheering me on or playing beside me. While I'm showing you winning photos here,  the losses were more then the wins but the lovely company made them almost painless. :)  After a fun but losing evening for all of us we headed back to our rooms for some sleep.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

VegasChic's $2500 buy-in Tournament and a Jackpot High Limit Group Pull at The Cosmopolitan!

I wasn't going to visit Las Vegas in May, honestly I wasn't but when I learned Vegaschic had signed up for the $2500 buy-in tournament at Venetian/Palazzo and other friends would be in town I decided to go for three nights starting May 19th. Okay, we all knew I would cave!
Flight out of San Jose was easy and despite hearing stories in the news of long lines, I breezed through using TSA-Pre and as far as the normal lines they didn't seem that busy. My limo driver was waiting for me, luggage was quickly out and before I knew it I was in the Palazzo VIP lounge checking in. Thanks to my former host and friend who now works in guest services my room was preassigned, on the high floor I preferred with the view of the high roller wheel and strip.
Friend's Beeejay had been in Vegas for a couple days and Vegaschic had already arrived this morning so I left my luggage unpacked in the room and hurried downstairs to join them for a late lunch. It was decided we would like to sit outside on a patio so first we tried Lavo which turns out is not open for lunch.
I then mentioned Dal Toro as I have been told their patio is very nice and it was!
 We were seated and took some photos. Before we ordered I asked for separate checks so all of us could charge back to our rooms and have our food comped off. At that point the server apologized and said he couldn't do room charges. He then explained the restaurant was permanently closing in a couple weeks so they weren't doing charges billed to rooms. Since all of us are comped, we decided once again to move on, LOL!
Thinking we might have to go to Grand Lux for lunch we noticed that Morels was open and voila they have patio seating too and would take charges to our rooms!
I asked the server about two shrimp appetizers, chilled white prawns or crispy white prawns and she recommended the crispy white prawns. Crispy should have clued me in to them being fried but the menu didn't mention it and I ended up with the large appetizer below. I'm not big on fried food so I ate two of them and did my best to convince Vegaschic and Beeejay that they wanted to eat those fries!
Beeejay had the French Dip Sandwich, it looked yummy.
Vegaschic had the Dungeness Crab Cocktail.
Yes, I foolishly ordered a second appetizer the pan seared Diver Sea Scallops and it was big enough alone to be lunch.  It was also very good and I would order this again for lunch skipping the Prawns!
Photo of part of the inside of the restaurant. Forgot to take a photo of the outside.
After lunch we scattered to the casino floor. I think I left Beeejay and VC playing video poker, while I hurried into the Palazzo HL limit room to make my points for the daily tournament. I quickly made my 3000 points for the maximum 4 entries as did VegasChic and we were soon signed up and playing our sessions. Unfortunately both of us were not contenders for any of the prizes and since we didn't break up our tournament sessions both of us had sore hands and arms!

As I was waiting for VegasChic to finish her fourth tournament session Linda and Kristi fans of my YouTube channel recognized me and said hi. Kristi had gotten lucky earlier in the week and took first place in the daily tournament!! Great to meet you two ladies!
Around the time of our daily slot tournament Vegasfan from the slot fanatics message board that Vegaschic is one of the moderators on, and I'm a member of had texted me and we got to meet up in person for the first time! All of us hit it off and Beeejay, Vegasfan, Vegaschic and I decided to walk over to Venetian and do a HL pull on the Sky Rider slot machine, a game that both Vegaschic and I have been very lucky on in the past. Each of us put in $200 and we played that $800.00 the majority of the time at $20 a spin! I almost always hit a bonus on this game in the first $100 to $200 but this time playing all $800.00 in it not one great hit or bonus! So sorry guys!
After our HL pull Vegasfan had to return to her hotel where fortunately I later learned she was winning. She was also winning before she met up with us, LOL!

I played both High Limit and penny slots and just lost, lost and lost! One of my better wins was a $1 Quick Hit bonus that paid a measly $75.00 on a $15 bet! Gambling wise the trip was not starting out good, but fortunately being around friends made it fun.
Dinner tonight was with VC, BeeeJay and Vegaschic's sis is who had just arrived in Vegas in time to join us for drinks as she had already eaten.
Above is the four course dinner that all of us ordered with the exception of Vegaschic's sis. 
I had the wine pairing for dinner and I can't recall who ordered this or which cocktail it was.
Caesar salad, excellent.
Looks like a Expresso Martini to me.
Emeril's  famous New Orleans Shrimp with Rosemary Biscuit.
Candied Northern Country Bacon. I'm fairly confident that Beeejay liked this!
Since I had scallops for lunch tonight I had the Filet Mignon and it was excellent.
Any dessert off their menu can be selected when you order the four course dinner.
White Chocolate Malassadas-in other words Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Creme Anglaise.
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, delicious!
After dinner we split up and were gambling a bit and my bad luck continued with a sucky $1 Jungle Wild bonus that only paid $54.00! Fortunately around this time I heard from my friend Jason (Montecarloplayer) that he was all checked in at Wynn for his $2500 buy in poker tournament. and was coming over to gamble with me.