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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, January 12, 2011

January Las Vegas girl's trip summary

Sorry I'm late with my summary but I've had a few connection issues this trip with the internet. Having a great time so far, though of course it would be better if I was winning more, but that's always the case. Full trip report will be posted next week after I return home and have time to recover.

Tuesday when I arrived in Las Vegas I had time to unpack and gamble for about a hour before I met up with Socalgirl and experienced Cosmopolitan.

Gambling started out well with my first few bets resulting in a nice win on $5 WOF. By the time we left for Cosmopolitan, I was ahead about $600, but unfortunately Cosmopolitan slots were like a hoover for me and by the time we returned to Palazzo I had lost those winnings.

First impressions of Cosmopolitan was it was designed for those of us who like bling and glitz. Second impression they still have some service issues to work out but understandable given how new they are. I was upgraded to the Gold Identity card, but it took quite a while for them to locate a host to do that for me.
Above is a photo of one of the Blackjack gambling cabana areas. Unfortunately I lost my eyeglasses around here or the chandelier bar. Still hoping that someone will find them and turn them in to lost and found.
Alaska and I are at one of the tables at the Chandelier bar. Unfortunately the three of us couldn't get any service at this table. We finally moved to one where we could get a server's attention but it turns out they were changing drink menus and we didn't like the current one as much as the other one we had in our hands and given the lack of service we left and decided to go downstairs and get a drink from the casino cocktail waitresses. This turned out to be a great idea as Cosmopolitan does serve wonderful free drinks, try the chocolate martini or their signature Cosmopolitan drink. My four favorite places for free drinks based on the quality of the drink is Wynn/Encore, Cosmopolitan, Aria and Bellagio.

Above is the Paella station at Jaleo. We loved Jaleo, don't hesitate to eat there if you like what you read on the menu. I'll have photos and descriptions in my full trip report but we loved everything with the exception of the lobster paella that Alaska ordered because it was salty, too fishy tasting and the lobster pieces were that nice. Socalgirl's vegetable paella on the other hand was delicious as was my lobster salad.

My photos have stopped uploading due to those connection issues, sorry about that. Anyway after dinner we said goodbye to Alaska and Socalgirl and I went off to try and locate my eye glasses which I realized at the end of dinner were missing. Failing to locate eyeglasses we went back to Palazzo where I continued to lose until around midnight when my luck started to change. By the time I retired around 4am or so, I was even.

One fun surprise that evening before Socalgirl left Palazzo to go home was I had a hit on Wolf Run for $200 plus and a man standing nearby started to talk to me about it and during our discussion it turns out we are both member's of the slot machine forum. What a small world it is sometimes and what a coincidence to accidentally run into each other.

Today, my friends Denise and Sharon arrived. We ended up gambling a bit at Encore and eating dinner at Society Cafe. Well, I ate dinner, shrimp cocktail and scallops which were wonderful. My friends had the tomato bisque soup with pretzel bread.  Our server was excellent and so funny, very entertaining. After that we wandered around the shops at Venetian and they headed back to Harrah's were they were staying.

If you have been reading Twitter my gambling has been a roller coaster. I've had some very nice hits, especially the $1000 tonight on the $5, Wheel of Fortune but can't quite manage to get ahead.

Tomorrow I will be with my friend Denise early afternoon and I might gamble at Harrahs. Late afternoon and evening I will be with Socalgirl. Thursday Denise, Sharon and I will likely be at Bellagio and Cosmopolitan. Hopefully my internet connection will improve so I can continue with the live report.


  1. Congrats on the WOF win! I still love that machine, can't help it!

    Very much enjoy your Trip reports. Looking forward to reading the final one. Though, it may have to wait until I return from Vegas adventure, as I seemed to have only missed you by a day or two!

    Looking forward to more! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cindy, so sorry we will miss each other by a day or two. I didn't keep up very well this trip on my live reports but will post a full trip report sometime next week that you can read when you return if still interested

    Have a wonderful time in Las Vegas and I hope you will let me know how you did with your gambling, and other fun activities during your trip!

    Good Luck!

  3. Enjoying all your pictures, as always!

  4. Diana,

    We had a great time and few decent wins! My DH was "poo - pooing" slot machines before we left (he typically plays BJ). But, once we both won $400 within minutes of each other, he really changed his tune. Then the next day I hit on another older, three reel machine for $400 at Caesar's.

    We had such an event packed trip with all the business associates from different countries with us, we didn't get to see as much as we would have liked to see. But, we hope to go again this Summer.

    Enjoyed the end of your report and will continue to check in from time to time!

    Best of Luck!

  5. Cindy, so glad you had a great time. Congrats on those wins! I hope you get to go this summer. If you end up going around July let me know as we usually go that month for my birthday.

    The end of the report you read was just the summary, I just finished the trip report today and it's here:

    Not one of my better ones so I'm hoping February's is more interesting.