Trip was for my 30th birthday which was friday. We gambled before our trip even began by trying to fly standby on southwest airlines. I figured Thursday was not a high volume day and e could make the 11:55 flight. Wrong. Everything was sold out and overbooked so we had no options but to buy the last two tickets on the 4:55 flight. This wasn't even non stop. Phx to san diego to reno.... total cost $655. Ughhh. So after 6.5rs at the airport in phx and another 4 hours in travel we get to reno at 9pm. Go to baggage claim. Wifes bag is nowhere to be found. Customer service says that the bag got left in san diego and cant be delivered until friday afternoon. Shitty. Pregnant wife is crying... great start to our trip. Picked up the rental car and drove the 60last miles to the hotel. We stayed at marriot grand residences. Very nice place. Highly recommended. Our room was very nice and even had a fully supplied kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave, crock pot, & silverware. Only downside was the $26 a day parking fee. We got in late and called it a day.
Friday i woke up early and decided to hit the tables before the wife woke up. Walked over to Harvey's and played some craps. Table was pretty dead and i played for about an hour playing $5 passline and 2 come bets with 3 times odds. 3/4/5 odds offered but my bankroll isnt big enough to take the hit of things go bad. One guy rolls decent and hits 3 points and some come bets but everything else was bad. Made a $2 two way yo bet that hit and dealers were appreciative. Cash out down $110. Walk over to blackjack and start playing. Up and down and then i hit blackjack. Dealer pays me $30 on my $25 bet. Crap i didn't even notice.its 6/5. Guess i should expect that at CET. Played a few more hands and decided to call it quits on a 6/5 table and cash out down $70. Went and played pai gow. I dont bet the fortune bonus and take grief from dealers and players. This becomes a common theme on the trip. Ridiculed for not playing the bonus. One dealer even told me that harveys thanks me for not playing the bonus because that is how the players win. Anyway i ignore everyone and play the way i want. Nothing exciting on pai gow and cash out even. Left harveys and meet the wife for lunch at stateline brewery. Average meal...pricey beer. I should mention my wife is actually wearing the same clothes as the day before since her bag has not arrived. Get a call after lunch around 12:30 that her bag is delivered. Went to the hotel so she could shower etc... went over to harrahs when she gets ready and play more pai gow. Get scolded for not playing fortune bonus... nothing exciting for me but guy in seat 1 hits 4 oak twice in about 45 minutes. I cashed out even and wife loses some money in the penny slots. Went to dinner at basecamp. Pizza. Good pizza. Good service too. Wife goes to bed and i go back to harrahs. Play pai gow and lose about $130to which was all the cash i had on me. Go to atm and get out $200. $5.99 atm fee. Absurdly high but i dont have a choice. Play more pai gow. Get 5 pai gows in a row to start and manage 1 push and 4 losses. Things looking bad. I made a comeback and got it up to $250 and cash out. No exciting hands. Bed time.
Saturday and sunday to come this evening
Edit... apologize for grammar. Typing this on my phone which is way too hard. Will finish tonight
$26 a day to park a car, wtf?
I sure hope Saturday and Sunday were better than Thursday/Friday.
I dont bet the fortune bonus and take grief from dealers and players. This becomes a common theme on the trip. Ridiculed for not playing the bonus. One dealer even told me that harveys thanks me for not playing the bonus because that is how the players win. Anyway i ignore everyone and play the way i want.
Thanks for the report.
I always thought I needed to play blackjack to maximize my unsolicited abuse, but it's reassuring to know that the idiots are active at the other table games as well.
$26 a day to park a car, wtf?
Our hotel had no free parking. You HAD to valet so on top of the $26 a day just to park, i spent a few more dollars on tipping the valet guys also. Harvey's has a parking garage with free parking but it is about 1/2 of a mile away. Its an easy walk and i would have done it but pregnant wife wouldnt go for it.
Question. Was the 6-5 blackjack at a $25 minimum table or were you wagering $25 at a lesser minimum table? I ask because 6-5 blackjack is more prevelant at the lower limit tables. I have seen few $25 tables, but hope not to see that trend.
Harveys and Harrah's have an $25 minimum single deck blackjack table at each casino with blackjacks paying 3:2. You'll love this short video Kewlj I took at Harveys with a sign stating, "Bet with your head, not over it" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH9nOF8vPxs
I'm looking forward to reading more as I'll be in Reno/Tahoe in a couple of weeks and the up-to-date reviews are much appreciated.
Here is a video I took a couple of weeks ago of South Lake Tahoe and Downtown Reno casinos, enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=embwaFjRy1U