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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, December 28, 2016

WINNING! Thanksgiving trip report at The Cosmopolitan and Palazzo!

Going to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving this year started out sad as my Mom couldn't join us due to some recent health problems so she stayed home in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate with friends. The good news is that Mom is doing much better and my son and I are going to visit her in Ft. Lauderdale in early January.
The original plan was for me to fly in early to meet Mom so I did arrive early on Monday still staying at The Cosmopolitan for 2 nights. My husband Randy would join me Wednesday afternoon with our son flying in late Wednesday night. Randy and I would be staying at Palazzo and our son at Wynn.

My flight was on time, the limo driver from Cosmopolitan was waiting for me and so with the help of VIP services I was very quickly checked into my one bedroom terrace with the view of the Bellagio fountains.
After unpacking I went to the Identify Player's desk, got my free play put on my card and decided to use some of it on Plants vs Zombies since that had worked out well for me on a previous trip. I had some nice hits and then a decent bonus so it turned out to be a good decision to play it.
The rest of my gambling that afternoon was up and down with me mainly staying even. Ken (twoarmedbandito) a friend from the Vegas Fanatics and Joker's Wild Gambling emporium message boards was in town and staying at Aria and he came over to play at Cosmo for a bit. We both tried the new Superman game with Ken doing much better on it then me. The game has 2 versions and Ken was playing the more volatile version that supposedly has larger pays but less frequent bonuses and I was playing the version that claims to give more bonuses. Of course Ken was getting bonus after bonus on the game that is suppose to have them less frequently while I only had one on mine, LOL, just goes to show if a game or person is in a lucky streak it doesn't matter which version we are playing!
I left Superman to play Wonder 4 Jackpots and had a nice win on a Buffalo bonus.
While playing I was recognize by Chris and Brandy from the VMB message boards. Last year we had plans to meet up around Thanksgiving but it didn't work out and this year we didn't have plans but ran into each other. Ken who was playing a game nearby took our photo and we had a nice chat.
After Chris and Brandy left, I continued to play Wonder Four Jackpots and had a nice bonus on Miss Kitty.
I spotted a Irving the Viking game near Wonder Four Jackpots and with Ken watching I tried to continue my personal challenge of getting to the end of the journey in the bonus. Here's the video if you want to see what happened!

After Irving the Viking Ken and I said goodbye and I went to meet up with my friend Barrett and his wife Missy. Barrett was my Venetian and Palazzo host many years ago until he quit and moved out east for a while to work in a non-casino business. A couple years ago he returned to Las Vegas and is  working again for V/P, but by choice no longer as a host. Last year Barrett and Missy were married and this was my first time meeting her and she is a sweetheart. Lovely fun couple and so well suited for each other!
We decided to eat at the Wicked Spoon buffet and it was pretty good tonight. The best station was where they make this seafood dish to order and it's on the upper right above. Mine was shrimp and halibut in a wine, garlic butter sauce. There was additional seafood you can have added to it, like mussels.
After the buffet we took a walk around Cosmopolitan and ended up at the ice skating ring.
Everyone was having a good time and you could rent a fire pit seating area if you wanted. Food and of course beverages is available.
Barrett, Missy and me!
It was cold out there and I was wearing sandals so we returned inside to finish our walk and for me to give them a tour of my room and to admire the view.
After Barrett and Missy left, I won and I lost, basically continuing to stay even for the day/night which some of you know can be considered a win, LOL!
I even tried Megabucks and had a couple small hits on it! Cosmopolitan's Mega Buck machines have different themes and my favorite is the one below with the respin feature.
Last couple trips I have enjoyed Money Deluxe which cooperated again with a couple nice wins!
There's a new Michael Jackson game out! At first I wasn't impressed then I got this good bonus and that means I'll be visiting MJ Icon my next trip to see what the other bonuses are like. Here's a video of the new game:

After my nice bonus on Michael Jackson Icon I was recognized by the lady sitting next to me. It was great to meet and chat with Susan from Texas!
After chatting with Susan I played a few games nearby and lost on them so I wandered over to the High Limit area and decided to play Valhalla, which is just outside the HL room. You can set the denomination to nickels, quarters or dollars. I went with quarters and had a great bonus! Here's the video if you want to see it.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Halloween Party in Las Vegas!

You might think I would be tired of going to Las Vegas as this year my trips have been so frequent, but there's alway something new and exciting to do and so many friends to meet up with, that I'm always excited to go to Vegas for my vacations!
My flight out of San Jose was on time and an hour and 10 minutes later I was in Vegas where my Cosmopolitan Escalade driver was waiting for me. A few minutes after arriving at Cosmo the VIP lounge had checked me into my requested room type the studio terrace.
I prefer this type of room over the one bedroom terrace due to the bath being in the entrance of the room instead of looking out over the strip and letting morning light in through the shutters. However many times I forget to remind my host that I want to be downgraded and end up in the one bedroom terrace instead.

I quickly unpacked and made my way into the casino where I found and played the new Batman, Dark Knight game! I was sorry I found it, LOL! Pays were low and features hard to come by but I'll try it again on a future trip just in case I was just unlucky that session.
I played a few other games and was losing so I decided to use some of my free play in Plants VS Zombies. I first played this game in early summer and each trip since have had some great bonuses, so while it can be difficult to bonus at times on this game so far they have paid well so this is becoming one of my favorite new games. If you want to see the bonus I got here you go:

It felt great to have such a nice bonus and get back the money I had lost on the previous games.
It was time to meet my friend Claudia who lives in Vegas and have dinner at Cosmopolitan's Wicked Spoon Buffet. Claudia had her Mom with her who recently moved to Vegas, along with her Aunt and her friend Monica who were visiting from New Jersey.  I forgot to take a photo of all of us together darn it! Claudia's Mom, Aunt and friend Monica were so sweet, and it was fun to eat dinner with them!
The best dish on the buffet was made to order and it's the dish that has the shrimp in it below. While I only had them add shrimp to mine, there's lots more items you can add while they cook it up in front of you at one of the buffet stations.
Desserts are always good at Wicked Buffet!
After dinner it was time to gamble. Claudia's Mom, Aunt and friend went off to play some slots while Claudia and I pooled our money for some joint slot play!
Claudia and I had lots of fun and played several games. I was recording our bonuses and forgot to take photos. Here's some links on my youtube channel to see what we were playing and winning on if you are curious.

After Claudia left to return home, I had some wins on Lightning Link. You can check that video out at this link: Lightning Link is a must play for me very trip ever since I hit the Major twice playing it at Palazzo months ago.
I found the new game Cher Live and played the game but was unimpressed so far. If you want to see some of my live play on this new game here's the link:
I like the new Lock it Link slot game that is a clone of Lightning Link. Unfortunately I haven't had any big wins on it yet though I've witness other slot players doing well.
I decided to play some Wonder 4 Jackpots and had a couple nice wins on it.
I didn't win the previous month when I drew Crazy Money Deluxe as one of the games to play from my Facebook Suggestion Double or Nothing Slot Machine Event but I had some fun on it this trip. If you want to participate in future Facebook events for my slot channel like my page at this Facebook URL:
Link to video of Crazy Money Deluxe if you are curious about this game.
I played a bit of Buffalo Gold and had a couple decent bonuses.
I've never cared for the Buffalo games that much but as you will see at the end of this trip report, I love Buffalo Gold and Buffalo Grand now, LOL!
I played long and hard tonight staying up until 5am so even though I had plenty of wins I stayed too late at the slots and went to bed down for the day. The game below that I won $200.00 on plays a lot like my old favorite Triple Cheeseburger Deluxe game in the bonus. It's called Triple Golden Cherries with Sprinkles on Top.