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January 8th, 2015 at 1:58:18 PM permalink
So, I don't know whether I'm going to do an everyday thing, but I've had an interesting first 24 hours in Vegas, with some wild hands. I've not turned in a trip report before; we'll see how this goes and whether people are interested.

Left the house at 3am. Running slightly behind for a 5:20 flight but was pre-checked in, traffic very light to the airport, shuttle followed me to my parking spot, curbside was quick and helpful, somehow got a TSA pre-check from security so buzzed right thru, reached the gate as they were boarding my aircraft. Full flights both legs, except huge luck, 1 seat left open on ATL-LAS....and it was the one next to me!!! YAY..slept thru that leg and arrived 10am. (10 hours later). Paid for shuttle "downtown" which was supposed to be "downtown" and somehow had 2 people on it for Excalibur so spent excruciating 40 minutes dodging CES traffic on back streets to drop them first, then meandered downtown. Annoying but not fatal.

Room at the D was not ready, so played PaiGow Mania for 4 hours while waiting. Left luggage with VERY accommodating Bellman who not only tagged it, but got my room when it was available and schlepped it up for me before I checked in, called my cell and told me it was up there. Just the start of truly excellent customer service property-wide.

PaiGow Mania is PaiGow with a fortune bet (different paytable, no Envy) and 3 card on the front. Could not win a Fortune bet first several hours, but had 3 Aces on 3 card that didn't improve (5 Aces is top fortune pay), trip 8's, and 8910 of clubs (top bonus) that turned into...Jack high paigow! Yeesh. Was playing 2 hands for 2x minimums, both side bets. Ended up 225 when room was ready, so a good session. Was facing other pit with War Blackjack, kept an eye on their business flow while I played; they didn't get a single player the whole session, though the table was open; however, when I came down later, the table had a nice flow of customers. Hope it's going well for those guys, but looked mixed at best from what I saw.

Had some freeplay (slots) that returned about 80% of face value, so nice but not spectacular return on that. Extremely good interaction with the D Club representative; could not have been more helpful or well-informed on all the promotions/free play/RFB/etc. Again, really good face the employees are putting on the place; it feels like it will become my favorite downtown property. Contrast with Golden Nugget (last April for 3 nights) could not be starker, and not in GN's favor. They better look out.

Crashed in room, slept 7 hours completely jet-lagged, got up around midnight. The room is very basic king, extremely clean, nice linens, sparse furnishings but plenty of outlets, basic amenities (was hoping for a room fridge, but did get a room safe, iron, nice bathroom accessories, etc. Nice thick towels! On 21st floor, can hear Fremont Experience but muffled and not disturbingly loud, great Internet reception.

Had thought the DGrill was 24 hours...oops. Ate some power bars, drank fruit juice at the PGM table, played some more. Caught a great hand when 3 card pair 8's plus A turned into quad 8's plus pair Aces for the top! Yeehaw! One particular hand has to be detailed.

3 card was A Q 7 hearts (flush pays 3-1). 7 Card was AKQJW hearts with pair 7's!!!!! 200-1 hand! Except girl pulls out the pay, Floor checks it, says, "no, that's a straight flush w/ joker" (on the pay table at 30:1) and makes her change the pay and walks away. I said, "no, please, could you just check upstairs on that? The paytable doesn't say anything about the Royal differentiating between the Joker or natural". He says, "no". I say, "please, it's a Royal". He gets all grumpy but calls in his supervisor, who looks at the hand and the felt, and says, "pay her the 30:1, and I'll look into it, and pay the difference if it's right". So, it took him about an hour to get an answer (it was about 2am), but he comes back and says, "Good News! It is a Royal!" and they paid me out of the tray (though the Floor told her a hundred less than they owed, and I had to ask her to correct it, in front of his boss and him again, which they did). Not totally sure why the Floor was so unhappy about it, but the Manager and the other staff were very happy for me. So, I am not comfortable disputing calls, but I said, screw it, that's a lot of money and I'm going to make him check. Really paid off!

Played for a while longer, then some people came in who were full of themselves AND didn't know how to play the game, so I got up way ahead (YAY) and went to play FreeBet. Great game, Switch! Lasted a long time on 100, (an hour) playing 15-20/hand but finally drained it, and went to play craps. Nobody was playing, so I shot. I had a couple of match plays at 25 and 50, but tanked the 25 and decided not to use the 50 yet. Played for 10 pass, 1x odds, place 6&8, several times placed 5&9, played a lot for the crew. A couple of people came in, one who was psyche-betting the field during my hands, doing pretty well with it, and a guy who followed me from FreeBet because I'd been running lucky all night and he wanted to ride along. He ended up making about 150, which was nice.

I'd made about 200, which was my peak, and a DarkSider came in and dropped about 400 in red/green on DP. I still get uncomfortable with that kind of money on the table when I'm shooting, so 3 rolls later I 7'd out for him. He took his money and split. One bet and done. lol...wonder if it was one of you on here. I do know it's not my money, or my responsibility what someone else bets on, but still...bad juju or whatever you want to call it.

I won a little over 100 and had Georged the crew the whole way, so it seemed like a good time to depart. They had closed all but a couple Blackjack tables and the Craps by then, so I wandered. Went and hit some slots for another couple of hundred. Started to get really hungry (was about 430am) so I broke down and went to McD's for a bite. They remembered djatc pretty well from his McNugget Challenge, and the guy said he wanted to try it, so we might have our next challenger. I know I'd like to win my money back from the Wizard...lol. Like I'm ever going to get on top of that prop bet.

Decided I needed fresh air, so walked over to Four Queens. They were dead, had 2 tables with players (one was Blackjack Switch, whaddya know?) and the other a couple Craps players. They had bacc with nobody on it and a regular blackjack with nobody on it. Fortune PaiGow was closed, but they said they weren't willing to open it, even if I played 2 hands; short-staffed, somebody sicked out, wouldn't open til 10am with fresh crew. So I went to the Freemont across the street; also dead, with 3 dealers, no players on various tables. I was hoping for PaiGow or UTH; they were willing to open Texas Hold-Em Bonus, which I haven't played before, so I tried that. 5 minimum, but it gets up there fast with the bet structure. I lost 300 betting minimums within 45 minutes, decided that was enough play to thank them for opening the table, and departed. Did manage to catch AA once and AK once (pocket bonus bet) or I wouldn't have lasted 20 minutes, but I think I gave it a fair shot. I won't trouble that game with my money again.

Made my way back to the D for a couple of hours of UTH, went down 400, got back to even (half of it on quad Q's), died again. So now I'm up in the room for internet, nap, get cleaned up, then headed to the strip for Makino's dinner. Probably some play after that. See you next update!
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odiousgambit
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January 8th, 2015 at 2:47:29 PM permalink
>we'll see how this goes and whether people are interested.

Most definitely! If there was any chance we would forget you said you gamble enthusiastically for hours, no worries, with these reports!
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
aceofspades
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January 8th, 2015 at 3:04:25 PM permalink
Great report (although, in all honesty) I know nothing about the games you played, but it was fun to read and I am glad you are winning

Would love some pics :)
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January 8th, 2015 at 3:24:13 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Paid for shuttle "downtown" which was supposed to be "downtown" and somehow had 2 people on it for Excalibur so spent excruciating 40 minutes dodging CES traffic on back streets to drop them first, then meandered downtown. Annoying but not fatal.

Room at the D was not ready, so played PaiGow Mania for 4 hours while waiting. Left luggage with VERY accommodating Bellman who not only tagged it, but got my room when it was available and schlepped it up for me before I checked in, called my cell and told me it was up there. Just the start of truly excellent customer service property-wide.



Yea I've paid for Downtown shuttles and had stops at LVH and Circus Circus and Royal Resort (I wasn't even aware of this property till the Downtown shuttle stopped there) before finally going downtown.
I am impressed by the Bellman Service at the D that you got.

Keep the reports coming, good reads :-)
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January 8th, 2015 at 3:29:40 PM permalink
How much did you win on that 200 to 1 hand. I would love to win a 200 to 1 instead of missing it while playing BJ and not betting LL.
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January 8th, 2015 at 3:37:54 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs




Had thought the DGrill was 24 hours...oops. Ate some power bars, drank fruit juice at the PGM table, played some more. Caught a great hand when 3 card pair 8's plus A turned into quad 8's plus pair Aces for the top! Yeehaw! One particular hand has to be detailed.

3 card was A Q 7 hearts (flush pays 3-1). 7 Card was AKQJW hearts with pair 7's!!!!! 200-1 hand! Except girl pulls out the pay, Floor checks it, says, "no, that's a straight flush w/ joker" (on the pay table at 30:1) and makes her change the pay and walks away. I said, "no, please, could you just check upstairs on that? The paytable doesn't say anything about the Royal differentiating between the Joker or natural". He says, "no". I say, "please, it's a Royal". He gets all grumpy but calls in his supervisor, who looks at the hand and the felt, and says, "pay her the 30:1, and I'll look into it, and pay the difference if it's right". So, it took him about an hour to get an answer (it was about 2am), but he comes back and says, "Good News! It is a Royal!" and they paid me out of the tray (though the Floor told her a hundred less than they owed, and I had to ask her to correct it, in front of his boss and him again, which they did). Not totally sure why the Floor was so unhappy about it, but the Manager and the other staff were very happy for me. So, I am not comfortable disputing calls, but I said, screw it, that's a lot of money and I'm going to make him check. Really paid off!



I used to play Pai Gow Mania every week when they had it at Ballys in AC. To get the 200:1 payoff on a royal flush there, it had to be a natural royal without joker.
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January 8th, 2015 at 4:56:41 PM permalink
Keep it coming, great report so far!

The customer service at The D seems to continue to be tremendous, so that's definitely good! I think you may be even more of a partier than I am, Babs, if you don't think the music downstairs is too loud...I've hardly ever touched the tables at The D, can't hear myself think! I may have played one Craps session for all of ten minutes, burned a match play a second time, and that was it.
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January 8th, 2015 at 7:11:39 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Had thought the DGrill was 24 hours...oops. Ate some power bars, drank fruit juice at the PGM table, played some more.

So, they count the Coney Island place as their 24 hour restaurant? That's weak. Every hotel-casino should have a 24 hour coffee shop. In fact, to have a non-restricted gaming license you have to have a 24 hour restaurant and a 24 hour bar.
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January 9th, 2015 at 12:10:15 AM permalink
Quote: aceofspades

Great report (although, in all honesty) I know nothing about the games you played, but it was fun to read and I am glad you are winning

Would love some pics :)



Agree with Ace; pics please!
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January 9th, 2015 at 10:42:19 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

So, they count the Coney Island place as their 24 hour restaurant? That's weak. Every hotel-casino should have a 24 hour coffee shop. In fact, to have a non-restricted gaming license you have to have a 24 hour restaurant and a 24 hour bar.



The McD's is attached to them, with its sole (?) entrance being just inside the front entrance. I'm pretty sure it's open 24h.

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