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July 8th, 2018 at 1:23:46 PM permalink
This will be the place where I post random thoughts about my trip from a couple of weeks ago.

I went to Vegas for the first time in 4 years on the 22nd through 26th of June. It was a guys trip, with my brother, a friend, and a couple of friends of my friend who I had never met.

My brother and I stayed at Venetian for Friday and Saturday, and Caesars Palace for Sunday and Monday. I received the 2 nights at Venetian free from my IHG card, and Caesars liked us enough to comp us the weekday nights.

I used points to fly on Southwest, so getting there and staying there was free. I also had $110 in reward credits and tons of myvegas rewards, so my food was either free or heavily discounted.

My bankroll for the trip was $1300. That was for everything. My goal was to have nothing put on my credit card, and that goal was accomplished. And to skip to the end, I came back with $800. So the whole trip only took $500 out of my bank account. Now to compare, my family of 4 just went to Disney World for 5 nights in November, and I think the trip total was about $4000.

So the Venetian obviously is nice. I tipped $20 to the person at the front desk to get a better room, and she couldn't help me with that (I did get a strip view), but she waived my resort fee which saved me like $90. We stayed in the Venezia tower. I have no idea how it compares to the regular tower, but the room was exactly as advertised. It's a pretty big suite, and it was perfect for my brother and I. Nice bathroom and plenty of space. Two televisions, one in the sitting area. The trip was for the World Cup, so we watched parts of some games in the room.

The Venetian pool is nice. The Venezia tower had a pool, and there is a main pool. They're both nice. Kinda boring, but nice.

The casino is nice. I played the new Sigma Derby game, which is everywhere in Vegas now. The sportsbook is above average. I believe the drink tickets can be brought to the bar which is a big advantage. They also take care of horseplayers pretty well, so that was nice too. The quality of the casino doesn't matter too much to me, in terms of where I'm staying. I don't mind walking, so as long as the room is of decent quality, location on the strip, price, and a fun pool is probably most important to me.

All the casinos on the strip are so similar. The sportsbooks are different, so that's a factor of where I like to go. But in terms of game selection, and "fun" factor, I just like to walk around until I find something that looks fun. And if it turns out not to be fun, I'll go somewhere else.

Pai Gow Poker is probably the game I played most. I played a little tiles. I played a little of the usuals (craps, blackjack). A little three card and high card flush. I played this new game. Forgot what it was called, but it was trying to get the worst hand possible. I played that for 30 minutes and won $10.

Other gambling thoughts: I went to NYNY to play face up pai gow. It was packed there and anywhere else I saw it for the whole trip. I think that game has a good future. I saw Glen, he was dealing BJ at the time to a full table, that looked like they were having a lot of fun, so I didn't bother him and give him crap about the Cardinals.

Nathan told me to play Coyote Moon. So the whole trip I was looking for it. Didn't see it once. So that saved me $20.

I got no big wins in anything the whole trip. I'd win a $50 sports bet, then lose 2 $25 sports bets. I'd win like $40 at pai gow then lose $50 at 3 card poker. Anytime I tried to bet big, I'd lose, and then I'd grind out a small profit making that money back betting small.

It was a really fun trip, and I have a lot more to say, but I have to head out. I'll finish some more thoughts about Vegas in general in the next couple of days.

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