razmaspaz
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February 22nd, 2017 at 10:22:13 AM permalink
I think in the end this is what "saves" my bankroll. We wander around from coupon to coupon and top off back to even, and as long as we aren't in town for too long we can keep that going the whole trip. I'd love to push it just far enough that we could come once a year, stay in a free room, and play the game all over again. After our night at the Plaza I suspect that we will get an offer in short order. Hooters I would think would be all over it, and probably the GG, but I don't know how generous to expect TI to be. We bought in with the same 200 several times, and I don't think ever had to make a second buy. Despite carrying close to a thousand with us, we never tapped into the 4th hundred.
razmaspaz
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February 22nd, 2017 at 10:33:19 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Well, with all the time and effort spent running around with coupons, they probably wouldn't have comped you your room anyway. Comping a weekend room is harder than comping a weekday room. Comping a third party room is impossible.

Playing on one card is strange. It means the value of the play is credited to just one card.



I didn't really expect the room to be comped, it was booked direct with them, just on a prepaid rate, and all for about $17 in savings. I wouldn't have done it if I had realized it at the time.

As far as the card, lesson learned. I also probably should have kept it when I bought in at the $5 table.
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February 22nd, 2017 at 2:20:35 PM permalink
Thanks for the reports. Always good to read different experiences in Vegas.
LuckyPhow
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February 22nd, 2017 at 4:28:26 PM permalink
Raz,

Many thanx for the detail you included in your trip report. I only visited LV one time (for about a week in 2006). I was with a buddy who goes to LV several times a year and knows the city like the back of his hand. He knew where to go and what to do, and it really made the trip special.

As best I can tell from so many of the Vegas trip reports -- including yours to some degree -- it appears LV casinos over the years have become a lot less friendly to the gaming public. Seems too many of the casinos have forgotten they depend on "happy players," (even if most wind up as overall $$ losers). Best I can tell, it's a very different atmosphere now than when I visited. Also, a very different atmosphere than the casinos I frequent in southern Mississippi.

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and did all right. I look forward to any future trip reports you share.
razmaspaz
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February 22nd, 2017 at 5:58:23 PM permalink
Quote: LuckyPhow

Raz,

Many thanx for the detail you included in your trip report. I only visited LV one time (for about a week in 2006). I was with a buddy who goes to LV several times a year and knows the city like the back of his hand. He knew where to go and what to do, and it really made the trip special.

As best I can tell from so many of the Vegas trip reports -- including yours to some degree -- it appears LV casinos over the years have become a lot less friendly to the gaming public. Seems too many of the casinos have forgotten they depend on "happy players," (even if most wind up as overall $$ losers). Best I can tell, it's a very different atmosphere now than when I visited. Also, a very different atmosphere than the casinos I frequent in southern Mississippi.

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and did all right. I look forward to any future trip reports you share.



There may be some truth to that, I suspect inflation, the eroding buying power of the American worker in the global gaming market, and corporate profit margins have conspired to make the green chip player the new red chip player.

I am a regular wine drinker with tastes that run to the expensive end, and I've watched the price of a collectible bottle of Bordeaux go from an attainable $40/bottle to well over $100 for average bottles in the same time period you reference. I think the reality of the Asian boom has had a significant impact on the low end luxury experiences average Americans used to be able to afford, and a Las Vegas vacation is bo exception to that.

My in-laws used to get treated like royalty at the golden nugget for their $3 action, but I think the nugget misplaced their phone number a few years back.

All told though, I think there is tons of fun to be had for extremely cheap, and I'm convinced that if you look in the right corners there are casinos willing to roll out the red carpet for red chip players.
Joeman
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February 23rd, 2017 at 4:44:02 AM permalink
Awesome trip report, Raz, thanks for sharing! Glad you were able to have fun and come out ahead.
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razmaspaz
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February 23rd, 2017 at 7:52:07 AM permalink
Quote: Joeman

Awesome trip report, Raz, thanks for sharing! Glad you were able to have fun and come out ahead.



Thanks, I obviously am not a regular poster here, but the discussions and information here have contributed significantly to my gambling knowledge and allowed me to have a really good time while putting very little at risk. You folks have an incredible community that contributes a huge wealth of knowledge and loves sharing it.

I'll be back in Vegas in March for a conference, and while it will be significantly less gambling, and way more limited opportunity for advantage coupon play, I'm still looking forward to some time on the tables.
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February 23rd, 2017 at 11:25:12 AM permalink
Quote: razmaspaz

Thanks, I obviously am not a regular poster here, but ...



Hullo?? Best I can tell, no one here is suggesting, "Please come back again when you can't stay so long." Notwithstanding WoV has some great "trip reporters," word from the assembled throngs is that your reports are right up there with the very best.

Quote: razmaspaz

I'll be back in Vegas in March for a conference ...



Your next "Mission Impossible" assignment -- if you choose to accept it -- is to balance both work and play during your March Las Vegas trip, and to continue the fine WoV tradition of reporting back to the group assembled any adventures of note. OK?

Hey, my next Biloxi trip isn't scheduled until May, so I have to make do with vicarious experiences others share with WoV. C'mon, raz! I'm counting on you.
razmaspaz
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February 23rd, 2017 at 12:12:49 PM permalink
Quote: LuckyPhow

Hullo?? Best I can tell, no one here is suggesting, "Please come back again when you can't stay so long." Notwithstanding WoV has some great "trip reporters," word from the assembled throngs is that your reports are right up there with the very best.



I am afraid to find out what the assembled throngs refers to, but that's an awfully nice thing to say nonetheless.

Quote: LuckyPhow

Your next "Mission Impossible" assignment -- if you choose to accept it -- is to balance both work and play during your March Las Vegas trip, and to continue the fine WoV tradition of reporting back to the group assembled any adventures of note. OK?



Will do, though I'd like to note that before I can spend the bankroll I have to attend to keeping the tap open. I'm not particularly happy about staying at MGM, and I am guessing I will be forced to join some co-workers at a 6-5 table or two, but I'll do my best to bust out and play somewhere that isn't in the scam business. I'm not going to drag co-workers over to Hooters, which I think really just leaves Tropicana, and a few of the center strip places like Paris/Bally's that may or may not be offering $10 3-2 in the evenings.

Question: It is still listed in the BJ survey, but I would be shocked to find the $25, S17 game at MGM Grand, this is long gone, isn't it?

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