Why rent a car? Because I hate being ripped off by taxi drivers (time and money and in Vegas; we bleed both.). Downside is less drinking, because drinking and driving is a NO NO!! Also, renting a car gives me more freedom heading off strip which I like.
Jet lagged and tired, I was surprised that during March Madness, my room was not ready yet. Fine, so straight to the Aria Buffet I go. Food was amazing. Generous portion sizes. Moderately priced buffet. Snow crab, king crab, mussels, oysters, shrimp, sausage, turkey, chicken, prime rib, beef, brisket,......more food than you can possibly want. Pace yourself!!!!!
Was ready to pass out after lunch. Finally got a text that my room was ready at the Cosmo. Woohoo!!! Crashed for a few hours. Too tired to move, jet-lagged, full sleepy, BAMM. Out cold. Well not quite. more like lounging going in and out looking at the CG spreads. Boxing, baseball, football, and basketball spreads. I suppose I could go comparison shop, but I didn't want to spend the extra time comparing odds. Did a little research to see if some bets were over-under priced and made mostly value bets. Also avoided making crazy bets on teams that I have an inherent bias (this hurt last year).
Up and about and on the prowl. Did some Video Poker gambling. Max bet all the way. Felt nice. Nicest hand was being dealt a straight on 100 hands betting max. =) CASH OUT! I started to go club-hopping, 3 clubs in 4hrs. Every place was packed for March madness. Just utterly packed. Now I knew this coming in, but man it's a different world out here. Money being spent on everything and everywhere. Lots of hustling. Party promos etc, VIP entrance yayaya. Enough of that.
Woke up the next morning feeling still quite full. Damn, cause I like to start a vacation off with steak and eggs, and now I'm too full to eat. Gambled a little more, but kept it light. Table mins even in the morning were high. I saw one table min at a craps table at 200 per roll. Jesus! And you better bet the women clinging to the high rollers were there. Oh yeah!
Lunch at the Cromwell's Giada's. Beautiful restaurant with open air seating on the 2nd floor facing the strip. The menu is very moderately priced, but there are no customizations like mixing dinner and lunch items. Come on man! Every restaurant can do a little customization. Oh well. Food was really good though. Hit up the bubble craps at the Cromwell. Not bad, but not great. Seems to reflect the overall gambling at most casinos.
Booked reservations at the MGM's Rubicon. Wow they are amazing. Also drove out to the M. Unbelievable. It's a relatively long drive. I wasn't as impressed. I could have lived without the drive. I got a nice $5 promo that lasted 1/2 hr on a mix of Keno, Video Poker, and some Lucky multiplier slot.
Driving back, I got lost. And somehow, I wound up at Dotty's?? Thank goodness they let me use their restroom. I was about to explode and the gas station next door told me that their rest room is closed after hours. WTF?! Bought a drink at Dotty's to show my gratitude; therefore now I am a patron. Dotty's has to be a very low key type joint. Looks more like a restaurant that was converted into a mini slot place.
Drove downtown to do some more clubbing. Once again, way too many people. I suppose it makes things cheaper?? Back to the hotel for some more Craps. Lady luck, you were kind tonight. +200.
Up in the morning and feeling the effects of both jet lag and fullness. Spent a couple of hours by the pool before checking out. Hit up the spa and another craps table at the Palms. +40, makes up for some slot machine losses on the way.
Overall, the trip ended up $250 gambling that is. Always nice to return home with your bankroll. Wished I could have gambled a little more, but this was really more a quickie trip to get my mind off of things. Back to the dungeon I go making widgets.
M is better if you get drunk off craft beer. Lol
Lunch at the Cromwell's Giada's. Beautiful restaurant with open air seating on the 2nd floor facing the strip. The menu is very moderately priced, but there are no customizations like mixing dinner and lunch items. Come on man! Every restaurant can do a little customization. Oh well.
This is a pet peeve of mine - especially with these trendy celebrity chef-type places - are these (in the words of George Costanza) "delicate geniuses" of the food world so beholden to their menu that they cannot allow any changes?
Years, ago, I dined with my dad and a childhood friend of mine at Rao's in Caesars Palace — my friend wanted chicken parm (which was not on the menu) and they refused to make it for him - telling him they only made veal parm — really, the chef couldn't make chicken parm - come on!
So what happened in the clubs? Any good stories?