7/9 (Saturday) This was my first official weekend trip with the GF. She's been to Vegas before, but did not have the best experiences when it came to Vegas and gambling. Being a (1x-2x a year) recreational gambler and Vegas goer myself, I wanted to wet my GF's appetite on how fun Vegas can be once you understand how to navigate. We stayed 3 nights at the Venetian. As always the room was immaculate. We stayed on the Venetian side (not the venezia) because we did not want to get lost. I knew this trip was about her and her only. I made sure I stayed by her all weekend long and did not go off gambling by myself.
Once checked in, as expected she gravitated towards the easier and flashier slot games. I did not discourage her as I wanted to take a libertarian approach. After downing about $20 in $0.25 wheels of fortune (no wheel bonus) I told her we should quit while we were not terribly down. As I walked her away from the slots I told her tjat slots are about the worst odds in a casino because of the obvious reasons. She was receptive and told me she picked it becaue she didn't need an instruction. I acknowledged as well that I TOO am a sucker when it comes to the giant Buffalo slot, but it takes some control to resist bad games. I walked her to the gift shop at the flamingo and bought her the blackjack BS card. We walked, and walked, and walked the strip but I couldn't find any $10 or less BJ with 3/2 odds. I finally gave up and landed a spot in NY NY and sat down on the $5 BJ 6/5. Now, I know it's a cardinal sin to play a 6/5 game but I did the quick math and taking a cab to downtown and back to play 3/2 was going to be more expensive in the long run, so I raised the white flag and played.
We both bought in for $100 each. The dealer was quiet and dealt like a robot...zero expression what so ever. The game was slow and perfect because I had time to explain the game to her. I also realized a bunch of ploppys on the table were eavesdropping. I didn't mind as I was giving great tips that prevented them from making poor decisions. The pit was nice, but I did not see the PB once we bought in. I mean why would you? It's a low-limit table with a bunch of ploppys.
As we started playing, I made her read her strategy card to play best she can. Like a newbie, she was hesitant to hit on 16 against 7-A, but I was proud of her that she went through "playing by the book." Thankfully the BJ gods blessed me and her with some winnings. As we were leaving the ploppys wanted to know where i got the card. The too took a quick break to go buy the card. I felt good becaue i felt like i did a public service to the new players. I also mentioned WoO and WoV as we walked away with about $50 in winnings for about 1 hour worth of play. I could tell she loved getting 10s and 11s as she knew it gave her a chance to double down. Of course I swayed her away from doubling a 10 against a 10-K. With our winnings, we decided to celebrate each splurging $10 on slots! She played the Britney machine while I played the Buffalo. We both lost, but it sure was fun. We decided to call it a night as we wanted to go to start the morning sight seeing and shopping.
7/10 (Sunday) We woke up early to head to Ellis Island (my favorite breakfast joint). When we got to the host, she told us it was going to be a 15 minute wait so we played some $5 BJ 3/2. We bought in for $50 each and was able to squeeze in the table. Just like that the BJ gods were shining on my gf again. She got a blackjack on her first hand. She was surprised she got paid $7.50 instead of $6 like the night before. I told her that the table is much more favorable and she quickly realized why I made her walk block after block looking for a favorable table the night before. After 15 minutes of play our buzzer buzzed so we colored out. She was up $12.50 I was down $5. Our combines winnings were $7.50. We tipped the dealer $2.50 and cashed out. We proceeded to order the famous steak and eggs and left the Casino full and satisfied. As we were leaving we saw the wait was getting ridiculous. We then proceeded to go to the D in downtown. We sat down on a $10 3/2 table as the $5 tables were outfitted with chain smokers. For the third time the BJ gods shined down on my gilfriend. She got on a run like I haven't seen in awhile. I believe she won 7 hands in a row. I kept urging her to bet more, but she got scared. When she finally upped her bet to $20, the dealer got blackjack. My GF then gave me a evil playful (i told you so) look. Nonetheless, we had fun and won around $110 together after a quick 45 minute session. She joked that she now wants to quit her day job because winning was so easy. I told her she was getting lucky and not all sessions go that well. We then went to Binions and sat down on another $10 min table. This is where we got CRUSHED. We kept getting 15s and 16s with the dealer making hands every time. My GF' got a bit irritated and wanted to leave so we did. We then drove to Earl of Sandwich back on the strip because she didnt want to wait in line at the PAWNSTAR shop. Ive never been, but i hear it's pretty much a gift shop now. When we got to Earl's we split a sandwich. We then went back to the hotel and took a nap. We were going to go to dinner but we were still full, so we went to Caesars diamond lounge to snack and load up on some drinks. The bartenders were so nice there. There wasn't much to eat except salad and some finger food, but we weren't hungry so it was good. After a few drinks I felt the urge to go play some green and black action, but I quickly reminded myself why I was there. We walked all the way to the Excalibur becaue she's never been and I had previously told her it was my favorite hotel due to nostalgia. It was the first hotel my parents used to take me on our Vegas vacations. To my surprised, she didn't think it was that great. How dare she!! We then walked to luxor and took a cab back. We were really tired due to all the alcohol, walking, and the heat. We called it a night pretty early.
7/11 (Monday) We woke up early to get to red rock casino by 8AM to get their amazing $6.99 breakfast before we went to the Red Rock canyon. After a good breakfast, we decided to play $10 3/2 bj. We went on a Rollercoaster swing. At one point, we were both down $100 each and she wanted to sit out. I pulled out my last $100 in my wallet and went to town. I went on a binge and won most of my hands while averaging $20- $50 in bet. We set a time limit so that we could go to the canyon. By the end of our agreed time I had $325 with me. I colored up and gave my GF the $100 she lost. She later thanked me in bed with her own version of BJ. The Red Rock Canyon was breathtaking. It's hard to realize that this landmark exists only 30 mins from the strip. After the park we got a quick lunch in a Vietnamese place on spring Mt rd. We then went to the shark reefs because I knew she was a sucker for aquariums. We both enjoyed it, but for $20 we felt it was a bit short. Luckily I used my express comp, so it was essentially free. I just couldn't belief Mlife imposing parking and valet fees to lower-tier and non-tier customers. We came back to the Venetian and played some slots (lost $20 each). We decided to nap as we felt like we were running on fumes. When we woke up we ate dinner at Sushi Samba (good but super overpriced). We then walked the strip one last time and called it a trip. Overall, she said she found Vegas much more enjoyable and exciting, and that she wants to go again soon. I felt good because she got to see the town in a different ligjt. She understands there is tons of things to do, bargain foods to eat if you know how to navigate. She still didn't care for all the sleezy porn card handlers or pot smokers, but she changed her tune. Overall we went home slightly up in gambling and immensely up in spirit. I cannot wait until the next trip with my GF.
How many decks for the room BJ?
Glad you're mostly sober 2Feathers. LOL