AB21
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March 22nd, 2015 at 10:48:43 PM permalink
Nice report and great pics.
Regarding craps at Casino Royal, do they still have the bounciest tables in Vegas? Last time I played there the dice would fly off the table every third roll or so. It was especially difficult to keep them on th table if you were shooting from the far end. This along with the crowded conditions slowed the game down to a crawl and drove me crazy!
helpmespock
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March 23rd, 2015 at 5:55:24 AM permalink
Quote: AB21

Nice report and great pics.
Regarding craps at Casino Royal, do they still have the bounciest tables in Vegas? Last time I played there the dice would fly off the table every third roll or so. It was especially difficult to keep them on th table if you were shooting from the far end. This along with the crowded conditions slowed the game down to a crawl and drove me crazy!



I was only there a couple times, but the conditions you describe are exactly what was going on. It was packed and a very slow pace to the game as well as lots of dice off the table when people shot from the ends.

I don't want to give up on Casino Royale as I have such fond memories gambling there, but the shutdown in the morning and the busy/slow pace during the day overcame my desire for the $5 minimum.

--helpmespock
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March 23rd, 2015 at 8:05:54 AM permalink
I was going to guess Canon from the color rendering; I have a 7D, and the photos have the same characteristics.

Nice trip report, I felt like I was walking behind you and watching. Thanks.
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March 23rd, 2015 at 10:52:42 AM permalink
I was curious to read about your trip to the Red rock casino. Had you been there before or was it a random visit? I usually drive to Vegas but I've never gone to the valley casinos like Red Rock or the M Resort. Do you have a personal favorite in the valley? I think next trip I'll try to hit one of them up.

I guess I'm wondering if those valley casinos have better table limits and odds than the strip casinos. Things like 3/2 blackjack and $5 craps tables.
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March 23rd, 2015 at 11:56:51 AM permalink
Most of the off strip casinos will have favourable craps minimums and odds. Red Rock offers $5 minimums every time I've been there and 10x odds. I haven't been to M so can't comment on their setup. Blackjack will vary but minimums will be low. Just rules might not be great. Check out the blackjack survey under guides for more info.
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March 24th, 2015 at 3:48:18 PM permalink
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I was curious to read about your trip to the Red rock casino. Had you been there before or was it a random visit? I usually drive to Vegas but I've never gone to the valley casinos like Red Rock or the M Resort. Do you have a personal favorite in the valley? I think next trip I'll try to hit one of them up.

I guess I'm wondering if those valley casinos have better table limits and odds than the strip casinos. Things like 3/2 blackjack and $5 craps tables.



We've been there before. Our trips have included going to Marche Bacchus which is on the same side of the city so we've stopped in to gamble before having dinner.

The original plan was to spend a little time hiking in Red Rock Canyon to get some pictures, and then gamble at Red Rock Casino however the blisters on my wife's feet nixed that plan. We just gambled instead. It's a nice casino and they have full-pay Deuces Wild which was our primary reason for going. Craps was $10 minimum when I was there, but that was the middle of the afternoon. They do have a lot of options for blackjack there although I didn't play.

My cousin's wife is a spa connoisseur and told us that the Red Rock Spa is an excellent one.

I would say if you're in the area then stop by. It's a nice casino and if you're a video poker player there are lots of options that are 100%+ payouts.

Sorry I've never been to M Resort.

--helpmespock
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March 24th, 2015 at 4:56:45 PM permalink
Nice report. You sound like you gamble at about my level so I am wondering how you manage a discounted room at Wynn / Encore. I like to stay at Mirage and try to keep my gambling mostly at MGM properties for that reason. I do like to play $5 UTH which MGM never has so I hit one of the CET properties or play downtown for that.

A few years ago I used to get great offers from Mirage but now just pretty small discounts. I have stayed at the Wynn once and love the rooms and the location is just as good as Mirage, but my flea-level play has never gotten me more than a tiny discount offer there.

I agree on the car rental advice. Vegas is a pretty cheap rental car market so I always use Avis Preferred rather than going for the cheapest deal. Walking right to my car with no line is the best way to start Vegas Time.
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March 24th, 2015 at 5:09:30 PM permalink
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I was curious to read about your trip to the Red rock casino. Had you been there before or was it a random visit? I usually drive to Vegas but I've never gone to the valley casinos like Red Rock or the M Resort. Do you have a personal favorite in the valley? I think next trip I'll try to hit one of them up.



I'm surely no expert, having only been 3 times covering two properties, but I love The M. I love that it's in the middle of nowhere. I found it to be very clean both on the floor and in the rooms. It (as of three years ago) had a large sportsbook, poker, 3:2 BJ with not terrible rules, a good-ish selection of Asian games, good food (if a bit pricey for this homebody), fun and engaging dealers, and on and on.

If I had to say something bad, I can really only think of 2 things. One is the fragrance. I think they go too heavy on the fig oil or whatever it is they pump into the joint. You do get used to it, but walking in is always like a punch in the face. And I dunno if it's typical, but it might be god awful expensive. All my rooms have always been paid for, but we once tried to rent a room for an extra night after a conference. I don't recall the exact amount quoted, but I do recall that it was over $400.

If ever I go back, I would hope to stay at The M.
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helpmespock
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March 24th, 2015 at 8:21:50 PM permalink
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Nice report. You sound like you gamble at about my level so I am wondering how you manage a discounted room at Wynn / Encore.



How it started was we signed up for the Wynn Player's card back in 2008. Back then you could earn a free buffet on 100 points so we played some $0.25 full-pay Jacks or better to earn the buffets and then the Wynn started e-mailing us offers for discounted rooms. I don't even know how many points you need for a buffet these days, but it's certainly not 100. It costs $25 a hand for Full-pay Jacks or better these days a the Wynn too.

We've stayed at the Wynn/Encore now 7 years in a row. Typically their offers don't run into March so I've had to e-mail/call them to see what they could offer me. I've written about trying to get offers out of them in the past:

A March 2015 Trip Question

Getting a discounted room?

I've never gotten any comps from Wynn beyond the discounted rooms and occasionally the free buffets that come with the offer.

My wife has treated herself by getting her hair done at their salons probably about three times. I suspect they track that.

I'd prefer $5 minimum craps and $10 blackjack, but the Wynn/Encore just don't offer that so I end up playing an hour or two per day of blackjack at a $15 minimum and an hour or two a day of craps at $10 minimum. I played a lot more this trip, but I suspect I'll get nothing out of them beyond the discounted room offer that may or may not extend into March 2016 like I'll need it to.

My advice is sign up for the players card then let them track your gambling there at whatever amount you're comfortable with then see if anything comes of it.

--helpmespock

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