AB21
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January 6th, 2016 at 11:43:05 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

$7.00 for a cup of coffee is insane, makes
me glad I never took up the habit. My
wife goes there but never with me. I always
tell her the places where a lot of the coffee is
grown has child labor that they pay 30
cents an hour to. She'll tell me to shut up.

I am beginning to like your wife Bob and I second her motion 😀.

Great job on the trip report blount2000! A very enjoyable read.
blount2000
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January 6th, 2016 at 12:08:49 PM permalink
Quote: ukaserex

Can I just say - I've never heard of the "$20 trick"?

I will try that next time I stay at a casino hotel.


I had heard of it before, but never worked up the courage to try it before this trip. I'm glad it was successful for me.

I did some of my preliminary research on the $20 trick at this site.

Hope it works for you when you get the occasion to try it out!



Quote: TwoFeathersATL

Nice trip report, as always. Let's not deteriorate into 'normal' feelings in this TR.
Go win some money, see another show, try that REALLY big burger down the street, give your wife a big hug and kiss (don't tell her it's from me, she will not think that's funny).
Oh....., keep posting, we are sitting on the edge of our couch waiting for the next installment.
You truly, and I know it's hard to tell if I'm being sarcastic, unless I state, and HERE I DO state, I am not being sarcastic. I'm virtually riding/walking/moseying along w/you, and I'm having fun.


Thanks 2F! Writing up my report always allows me to kind of "relive" the trip, so I am having fun again as well.



Quote: Ibeatyouraces

And here I thought you were going to chastise him about the 7/5 JoB :-)


I hear you! I was sure hoping to find some of the 9/6 machines like I found at NYNY last year, but no such luck.



Quote: Ayecarumba

Great report as usual Blount2000! I really enjoy your commentary. It's just like being there. I was reflecting how great this board is for bringing trip reports like yours and AceofSpades' together in one place. Different player goals and experiences, but I still enjoy them all. Viva WoV!

When you left El Cortez for the Strip, you may have passed the pawn shop from the "Pawn Stars" T.V. show. Of course you also passed the jail shortly after that...

Was the price of the meal at Margaritaville just for the food, or did it include lots of drinks? It struck me as really expensive for nachos and chicken alone.

Are the colored Silver Strive tokens worth more than $10 in redemption? I also note the sticker on the machine describing a "30 token for 1" exchange at the cage. I wonder if you could combine tokens from different joints to do the deal? Is one of these $300 tokens in your future?

I am looking forward to the next installment...


Thanks Aye! The cost of the meal at Margaritaville was for just the two entrees and two drinks (+ tax & tip). In my opinion, almost all of their menu items were a little "high-stepping" in the price department.

I do indeed have one of those special $300 tokens on my radar for future visits! If I'm lucky, maybe it will only take one more trip. :)



Quote: EvenBob

$7.00 for a cup of coffee is insane, makes
me glad I never took up the habit. My
wife goes there but never with me. I always
tell her the places where a lot of the coffee is
grown has child labor that they pay 30
cents an hour to. She'll tell me to shut up.


Yep, it's getting harder and harder for me to turn loose of that much money each morning for the coffee when I'm in Vegas. The daily cost of my little morning tradition has definitely gone up over the past few years.



Quote: AB21

Great job on the trip report blount2000! A very enjoyable read.


Thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying the report thus far!
Last edited by: blount2000 on Jan 6, 2016
You serious, Clark?
blount2000
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January 6th, 2016 at 12:12:28 PM permalink
DAY 4 OF 5 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH


* ZIPLINE SUCCESS * TIKI (Take 3) * P.F. CHANG’S * HIGH ROLLING * BATTISTA’S * FINAL SILVER & SLOTS *


On our final full day in Vegas I was up and about again around 5am to enjoy my last morning of slow-play penny machines and a piping hot caramel macchiato. The Starbucks opened about 10 minutes late for some reason, and there was a fairly good sized line by that point. Luckily I was near the front and was soon sitting down with my coffee at some Quick Hit slots. I snagged a couple of small wins on these machines, but unfortunately no big hits.






Remembering the long line at Starbucks at the Mirage, I decided to go play some slots at Harrah’s in anticipation of picking up coffee for my wife when the time came. While at Harrah’s I had a nice hit or two on a Queen of the Wild and a Buffalo machine.






Around 6:30am I finished up playing and walked right over to the Starbucks in Harrah’s (no line!) and purchased a blonde roast coffee to take back to my wife. Coffee in hand, I once again walked past the long line at the Mirage Starbucks and knew I had made the correct decision to stick with Harrah’s.

After getting ready in the room, we headed out for our first activity of the day – the zip-line tour of Bootleg Canyon which had been rescheduled from yesterday due to high winds. We had to be in Boulder City at 9:30am, so we retrieved the car and left the Mirage around 8:30am for the nice scenic drive.

We arrived at the FlightLinez facility on time and joined a group of 8 other people who would be taking the tour with us. The group went through about 15 minutes of training & preparation, and then we all loaded up on a big bus for the ride to the top of the mountain where the tour would begin.




Once near the top of the mountain, they parked the bus and we were all given pieces of zip-lining equipment to carry with us on the 10-minute walk to up to the actual starting point. The equipment was pretty heavy so I was huffing & puffing all the way up. I’d like to think it was the high altitude, but more realistically it was probably the fact that I am a bit out of shape!

You can see Las Vegas way off in the distance in the first picture below.








The tour consisted of four sets of zip-lines ranging from 1150’ to 2550’ in distance. The rides were quite fast and windy, and it was colder than I anticipated which made me wish I had brought my heavy jacket with me.






Several of us got stuck near the bottom of one of the tracks when we didn’t make it all the way to the landing area, and the guides had to come out and “rescue” everybody by snaking out there and manually pulling us to the platforms at the bottom.








All in all, it was a fantastic experience and was probably the highlight of our trip! At $135 per person, it was not an inexpensive activity, but we felt it was well worth it. I also used a coupon code I found online to get $24 off per ticket, so that helped ease the financial pain. :)




We took the bus back to the bottom of the mountain and were headed back towards Vegas around 12:30pm. Once back near Vegas, we decided to hit Frankie’s Tiki Room for one last round of drinks. I enjoyed a Malekula and my wife had another of the pineapple/orange juice beverages she has come to love.








We hung around Frankie’s for about an hour, and then bid it farewell in search of some lunch. We had once again skipped breakfast so we were ready to get a bite to eat!

We chose to eat at P.F. Chang’s over on Green Valley Parkway, where I enjoyed their honey crispy chicken and my wife ordered their Mongolian beef. Both dishes were delicious and definitely hit the spot!








Finished with lunch, we headed back to the Mirage around 3pm to rest up and get some preliminary packing & cleaning done. It’s always a little depressing to start the packing process since it kind of represents the “beginning of the end” for the trip, but I prefer to not wait until the last minute to make sure everything will fit into my suitcase!

After packing and resting for a while, we left the Mirage around 5:30pm to embark on our final two activities for the trip – The High Roller & Battista’s. I had purchased two of the “anytime” high roller tickets on a Cyber Monday sale for $25 each, and of course we wanted to use them for a nighttime ride so we could enjoy the city lights.

We parked in the lot behind the High Roller, and made our way inside. It was not very crowded at all, although you could tell that they were set up for large lines since there seemed to be miles & miles of queues and gates (which we just walked through with no delays).

We got in the boarding queue and within 5 minutes were entering one of the big pods. The views on the ride were spectacular, and we felt that seeing all of the city lights was a great capstone activity for a trip to Vegas!












We left the High Roller around 6:30pm and then walked the short distance over to Battista’s Hole in the Wall restaurant for our final Vegas dinner. We had a 7:30pm reservation, but they had no trouble accommodating our early arrival and we were seated within a few minutes.

At Battista’s, I ordered my usual Chicken Rio and my wife enjoyed a Garlic Shrimp Scampi dish. We also partook of their unlimited wine and garlic bread, which are always tasty. Last year, my wife was not impressed with their veal marsala, but this year she said the shrimp dish was extremely good. And finishing up the meal with a cup of their “cappuccino” (i.e. hot chocolate) is always a treat. Total cost for this meal was $70 after using a $10 off coupon I cut out of the back of the What’s On magazine.










For the first time ever, Battista’s accordion player – Gordy – did not make his way to our table to play a song. I didn’t see/hear him at all for the first 20 minutes we were there, and I was starting to wonder if maybe he wasn’t there anymore, but he eventually made his way throughout other parts of the restaurant. Just not to our table. Having Gordy play a song is part of the Battista’s tradition, so I was a bit sad we missed out this time. Looking back I suppose I could have just went and asked him to do it, but hindsight is 20/20.




We left Battista’s around 8:15pm and made our way to the gas station to fill up the rental car in anticipation of returning it early the following morning. Rental car full of gas ($27), we headed back to the Mirage. We took a couple of pictures in front of the Christmas displays on our walk back into the hotel.






We were also able to take a pic of the Volcano erupting in front of the Mirage from our hotel window. I thought the Volcano stopped erupting at 8pm, so this 9pm show was a treat.




After finishing up our packing in the room, we headed back down to the casino to enjoy some final slot play. We had a couple nice hits on a Far East Fortune machine, and I got a very nice one on my Dragon Orb slot.






Around 10pm we decided it was time to finish up the trip with one last shot at another Silver Strike token. We walked over to the Terry Fator machines, put in a $20, and with about 15 credit remaining hit a final Silver Strike coin to add to our collection. A superb way to end the gambling portion of our Vegas trip!




We were back in the room by 10:30pm, and hit the sack in preparation for our early morning departure!
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DAY 5 TO FOLLOW…
You serious, Clark?
PokerGrinder
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January 6th, 2016 at 12:14:38 PM permalink
Quote: TwoFeathersATL

Quote: blount2000

Quote: teddys

You're way too skinny for all the crap you say you eat!

You might even be able to look down and see your "junk."


LOL!

I definitely indulge WAY more than usual whenever I'm in Vegas versus when I'm at home. I eat so much that it seems to take me the better part of a week to get back to feeling NORMAL after returning from my trip.

Nice trip report, as always. Let's not deteriorate into 'normal' feelings in this TR.
Go win some money, see another show, try that REALLY big burger down the street, give your wife a big hug and kiss (don't tell her it's from me, she will not think that's funny).
Oh....., keep posting, we are sitting on the edge of our couch waiting for the next installment.
You truly, and I know it's hard to tell if I'm being sarcastic, unless I state, and HERE I DO state, I am not being sarcastic. I'm virtually riding/walking/moseying along w/you, and I'm having fun.


I totally agree, your trip report paints a picture in my head as I read, like I am watching a movie. Really enjoying reading about your trip, refreshing to see people do so many non gambling things in Vegas. I collect casino chips from every casino I go to (418 so far) and your tokens are giving me the urge to collect those as well. I keep saying to myself one hobby at a time lol.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. — Amarillo Slim Preston
Ayecarumba
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January 6th, 2016 at 2:26:04 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

I collect casino chips from every casino I go to (418 so far) and your tokens are giving me the urge to collect those as well. I keep saying to myself one hobby at a time lol.



It's darn attractive, but at $10 each, I am not sure I could justify keeping them as souvenirs. Any sense of what the secondary market is like? Could a blue capsule sell for like $25?

Sad to see the trip winding up. Why did the zip line come up short? Did the "zippers" prematurely pull the brakes? I was at Fremont Street recently, and saw the same thing with three or four zippers on the "Slotzilla" wires. I walked out of the Golden Gate, and looked up to see them stopped about 50-70 feet short of the platform. They were just dangling there for several minutes. I was curious how they were going to get the folks down, and hung around to see the operators roll out from the landing platform, hook them up and hand over hand, manually tow them in. I don't think these folks had manual brakes since they were in "Flying Superman" mode.
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aceofspades
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January 6th, 2016 at 2:43:53 PM permalink
PF Chang's honey chicken and mongolian beef YUMMMY!
Have you tried the garlic noodles?
blount2000
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January 6th, 2016 at 3:03:48 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

I totally agree, your trip report paints a picture in my head as I read, like I am watching a movie. Really enjoying reading about your trip, refreshing to see people do so many non gambling things in Vegas. I collect casino chips from every casino I go to (418 so far) and your tokens are giving me the urge to collect those as well. I keep saying to myself one hobby at a time lol.


Thanks, I appreciate the compliment! I am always happy when folks enjoy my reports.

I love to read Vegas trip reports myself, and have spent many an hour doing so over the years. :)


On the tokens, there is just something special about getting an immediate physical prize from hitting on a slot machine. Especially in this day and age of TITO where you don't even get the coins falling into the slot machine tray when you hit.

Don't get me wrong, I love TITO and the convenience it provides & would not want to go back to the old way. It's been a LONG time since I've looked down at my fingers and seen them all darkened by "coin dust" from handling a bunch of nickels & quarters, and I'm ok with that!
You serious, Clark?
blount2000
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January 6th, 2016 at 3:04:34 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

It's darn attractive, but at $10 each, I am not sure I could justify keeping them as souvenirs. Any sense of what the secondary market is like? Could a blue capsule sell for like $25?

Sad to see the trip winding up. Why did the zip line come up short? Did the "zippers" prematurely pull the brakes? I was at Fremont Street recently, and saw the same thing with three or four zippers on the "Slotzilla" wires. I walked out of the Golden Gate, and looked up to see them stopped about 50-70 feet short of the platform. They were just dangling there for several minutes. I was curious how they were going to get the folks down, and hung around to see the operators roll out from the landing platform, hook them up and hand over hand, manually tow them in. I don't think these folks had manual brakes since they were in "Flying Superman" mode.


I'd be surprised if the tokens are worth much more than face value. Especially the ones I won since they are all still currently in play. Maybe once they get "retired" they could go up in value. I'll keep my fingers crossed! ;)

The guides said that the zip line came up short mainly due to the wind blowing pretty strong in the opposite direction (i.e. folks going directly into the wind), which really slowed people down when they got to the more level portion of the zip line near the platform. It must have happened quite a few times in the past because they had the "rescue procedure" down to a science for sure!
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teddys
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January 6th, 2016 at 3:05:31 PM permalink
Little known fact: Battista's is owned by Caesars and if you ask nicely, you can get them to comp it.

Edit: Don't quote me on that. They own the strip center that the restaurant and the dive bar are in, but I'm not sure if they have anything to do with the restaurant. Secondhand info.
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January 6th, 2016 at 3:05:39 PM permalink
Quote: aceofspades

PF Chang's honey chicken and mongolian beef YUMMMY!
Have you tried the garlic noodles?


I have not tried those yet. I have a feeling I need to put that on my to-do list!

We do have a PF Chang's in Nashville, so at least I won't have to wait a whole year until my next Vegas trip to try them.
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