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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.

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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

MOM, A LUAU AND A SLOT TOURNAMENT-APRIL IN VEGAS!

Mom decided instead of going to Vegas around my birthday in July as she did last year this time she would visit in April so we scheduled five nights with three at Palazzo and the last two at The Cosmopolitan.

Mom was flying out of Ft. Lauderdale and myself out of San Jose airport both on Southwest airlines. Big surprise first time I could line up Mom's round trip non-stop flights with mine so arriving and departing we were just 5 minutes difference which was great as we could both take my limo to Palazzo. Both flights were a little early too and strangely enough had our luggage arriving at the same carousel at McCarran!
As usual we had a nice limo driver and the VIP lounge at Palazzo had us registered and in our room unpacking within 5 minutes of arrival, well they had my room ready Mom had to wait for a couple hours but it wasn't a issue as she stored her luggage in my room. Thanks to my friend BC who works at the hotel Mom and I had connecting rooms already reserved on the 47th floor in the 900 section with my favorite view looking out toward the High Roller Wheel, Mirage volcano and Mandalay Bay.
While I booked using one of my usual comped room offers with free play and resort credit,  my Mom's offer was the 50k winnin' in the Rain Slot Tournament above.
Mom and I both headed down to the casino after dropping off our luggage, where I quickly had my first bonus in the Palazzo High Limit room on Shadow Diamond. Too bad the bonus sucked and only paid $42.00 on a $10 bet!
After slinking away from the high limit room, I discovered the new House of Cards slot machine.
I had a couple fun bonuses on it, but Mom had none and headed off to find herself something else to play.
If you want to see what House of Cards is like here's a video of it.

After playing some more slots I had enough points (3000) for my four entries into the daily slot tournament. I've talked about this in other trip reports so if you want more details about it, check it out in my March trip report. Both Mom and I played in the daily but neither one of us won anything this trip in it, unlike my last two trips where I came in for 3rd place and a win of $250.00 slot credits.
I don't watch the TV show of "Orange is the New Black" but I loved the slot I found at Palazzo.
If you want to see live play and a big win on "Orange is the New Black" watch this video. If you aren't a fan of live play skip to the end of the vid!

Mom had a big win on Ruby Slippers too at Palazzo which was great as she had been losing and all of a sudden her luck started to change!
Love Monopoly Jackpot Station but this trip my best win on it was $159.00.
Same thing with Monopoly Planet Go, love the fun bonus but couldn't win much on it this trip.
In March I played the new Sherlock Holmes slot for the first time and liked it. This trip I loved it when I hit this great win on it.
Here's a video of that win if you want to see how the new Sherlock Holmes plays.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A TALE OF TWO TRIP REPORTS-DIANA'S TRIP-PART TWO OF TWO!

During my birthday party last July Teresa mentioned she wanted all of us to join her in Las Vegas in mid March to celebrate her niece Ashlea visiting Vegas after turning 21! This trip would be the first time after my birthday that Gwen, Teresa, Liz and I would be in Las Vegas together again! Part one is Gwen's trip report and this is part two which is mine. If you missed Gwen's trip report read it here:


My morning flight out of San Jose airport was on time so I made it to Caesar's Palace to check in around 1:30pm.
I went directly to the Diamond Lounge to check in where a lady greeted me and took me in the office below. Since I had a Laurel Collection room with a view booked in the Augustus Tower she gave me one on a high floor with a view of the Bellagio fountains.
This was my first time using the Diamond Lounge at Caesar's to check in. Last year I got confused when I stayed two nights at Caesar's and used the regular registration desk.
Gwen and Teresa were staying at Encore this trip and then later at Bellagio, while Liz and John were staying only three nights at Encore so for some bright idea (not) I decided to stay all five nights of my trip at Caesars Palace. Why? My reasoning at the time went that they were giving me a five night comp in a nice room and since I wasn't worried about what my next offer would be from them I could relax and just gamble less in their casino and gamble more off property something I usually don't do on trips. However the best laid plans sometimes don't pan out, more on this later.
My room at Caesar's was very nice though I found out later that the electrical outlets in my bathroom did not work (upon close inspection it was obvious they were burned out) so I had to use the hairdryer the next day in the bedroom which was a bit inconvenient.
I did have a lovely view of the Bellagio fountains though to make up for the electrical outlet issue! I took a video of my room and it's at this link if you would like to see it.
https://youtu.be/VQdvmdRprrU

After checking out my room and unpacking I started my walk to Aria to meet my friends for a early dinner at Javier's. Okay first I stopped at a few slots in the CP casino but couldn't win on anything so decided now I would start my walk to Aria! As I was walking through Bellagio I played a few games like Lightning Link and lost at them all, hmmm, not a great start today.

I left Bellagio and took the tram to Aria where I also found Lightning Link and lost to it. Darn it, so lucky on these games the previous two trips and what a fail on my first day! I also played some quarter Irving the Viking in the hopes of getting a bonus but that didn't happen so I went over to low roll on Gold Fish Deluxe at $1.50 a bet. I did have quite a few bonuses with the result that I broke even, which at the moment felt almost like a win, LOL!

As I was playing Buffalo Grand at Aria, fans of my blog and youtube videos came up and said hi! Martin, Kara, Dan and Eddy, was great to meet you, you're a fun group and I hope we see each other in Vegas again soon.
They must have given me a bit of luck as I had a bonus after they left!
After this win I met up with Teresa, Gwen, Liz and her husband John for dinner. Originally we were suppose to have a later dinner but all were hungry and Javier's was able to take us early.
The Fabulous Four back together again with John taking our photo! Gwen and Liz standing behind Teresa and me.
Teresa ordered this yummy Guacamole for the table, it was great!
My spicy jalapeƱo Margarita, loved it!
Gwen and Teresa had the Granada Margarita, a blend of Silver Tequila, agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime juice and cucumbers! John and Liz had a Bud Light and a beer called 90 minute!
I ordered the Cabo Azul that I have had before and liked, someone else had it too but I forget who, LOL! Lobster, crab and a shrimp taco (not pictured), what's not to like?
Gwen's tacos!
Enchilada with Taco!
Someone had Fajitas and this is part of it.
I'm going to guess and say this was the Taco Combo Crisp.
After our delicious dinner we caught a taxi from Aria to Wynn where everyone was staying but me. Gwen sat in the back which turned out to be a mistake as when we arrived at Wynn she was feeling nauseous and had to retire to her room for the rest of the evening.