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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.

Monday, May 16, 2016


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.