darkoz
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September 5th, 2018 at 10:42:29 PM permalink
Day One:

Offered free room and $160 fp so booked my stay. Plus my gf was coming so great romance to look forward too. Last minute her employer insisted she work so now im alone about to spend 4 hours on a train

Never been to Massachusetts so i googled distance from casino to Amtrak Union Station. Its just a few minutes so perfect. Booked my train for 1pm Penn Station to Union Station in Boston

Arrived at 5pm. Nice ride. Hopped in cab and said take me to the "new MGM casino"

I knew I was in trouble when i got a stare as if I was speaking Swahili. All cab drivers should be aware of a brand new billion dollar resort gambling complex just a few minutes away

Googling quickly showed my mistake. I should have checked distance from Amtrak to casino not casino to amtrak. I wasnt 10 minutes away in Springfield Union Station but 2 hours away in Boston Union Station

Ugghhhhh!

Direct trip would have been an hour shorter and $70 cheaper

Wasnt paying a couple hundred for a cab. Hopped out and walked a block to Greyhound. Got a $15.50 ticket to Springfield. With 2 stops in between it was only 10 minutes longer to get there and a heck of a lot cheaper than the cab ride from Boston

Arrived Springfield 8pm. 7 hours of travelling from midtown NYC. As some wheedling posters on here will point out I probably should have taken a helicopter

Hopped a cab from Springfield bus terminal and before I blinked I had arrived (the cabfare was $4)

Check-in was quick but they didnt have any kings left so in a double bed room all by my lonesome. Also be warned they take $150 per DAY incidentals so if you plan on a 10 day stay you will have to put $1500 into limbo. Its the same as Borgata but really annoying. Also $22 for resort fees per day!

Glass elevator doors made me dizzy (you watch as the walls inside the shaft zoom by. Tried turning around but the back mirrors reflecting the glass doors gave the same effect. Finally just stared at the floor) But they are nice elevators

In my room yayyyyy

It has a quaint victorian feel to it complete with tube looking lights reminiscent of old vic gas lights. This makes the room a bit dimmer than i prefer (i have slight night-blindness and require 100 watt bulbs and above to be comfortable) but thats a personal preference

My room


The walls have actual victorian-style novels ensconced on the walls. You can stick you nail between the pages but they are locked open and unmovable on the wall



The corner and window.


The gas-light victorian motif inside the room


Even the shower has that Old England feel


Overall very happy with look of the room.

Time to watch some Rachel Maddow. Just in time for her

Okay television remote turns on. Volume works. Cannot change the channel. No buttons on the TV

As a cosmic joke Im stuck watching Fox News while I wait for the service guy

Aaarrrgghhhhh!

Tomorror a look at the games and layout of the casino

UPDATE: Its NOT the remote. Its the TV

Missed Rachel. Over an hour and 3 technicians in my room and still cant get it fixed



UPDATE 2: Could not get tv fixed. They moved me to another room. Mysteriously they found a King size

Things that make you go hmmmm!

In my Kingsize bedroom with a working tv

No girlfriend but there is a man with a mustache for me to sleep with

Last edited by: darkoz on Sep 6, 2018
FleaStiff
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September 6th, 2018 at 3:18:50 AM permalink
Shows the advantage of always checking the casino's website for travel information. Location, outreach bus program, points of interest nearby, maps, etc. all from the casino's marketing program. Many have links to chamber of commerce type stuff too. Its a much better orientation than google or the like.

Springfield is in the middle of Massachusetts, and the STATE fire marshal is located there. The Boston fire marshal is in Boston. You are not the first person to have to deal with that. Decades ago some real swift hick cop near Cape Cod was making statements embarrassing to the Lieutenant Governor and they went to Springfield to get the Fire Marshal, sent him down to the Cape and he took sole jurisdiction of the case leaving the local hick cops totally out of the loop despite the fact that the crime had nothing to do with arson, fire or smoke at all.

Many hotels load up your credit card with charges that get erased once you check out so it can be a real pain for someone named fleastiff to have to deal with things like that. Quite some time ago I had to check into a hotel paying cash and they told me I could get a refund only thru their corporate offices so it would be six weeks to six months. (Took about eight weeks, I think).
unJon
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September 6th, 2018 at 6:26:30 AM permalink
Nice review. Looking forward to the rest. Are you worried you’ve given the casino enough info to connect you at their hotel with you handle here?
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.
unJon
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September 6th, 2018 at 6:27:35 AM permalink
Nice review. Looking forward to the rest. Are you worried you’ve given the casino enough info to connect you at their hotel with you handle here?
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.
darkoz
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September 6th, 2018 at 7:00:00 AM permalink
Quote: unJon

Nice review. Looking forward to the rest. Are you worried you’ve given the casino enough info to connect you at their hotel with you handle here?



Not at all.

I know at least 20 casinos that have my picture on file. I have seen at least 2 APBs sent to casinos by state police (with the hilarious final paragraph stating at this time there are NO charges pending - when have you seen police warnings to be on the lookout for a guy NOT wanted for crimes) at least one casino has hours of surveillance on me and still has not trespassed me and I still walk thru and have an operation going there that I personally conduct

Even if they do turn off my account I use OTHER peoples players cards (and have people who can go in for me and there is always my mask)

So just what are they really gonna do that affects me? At this time I am pretty fearless
darkoz
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September 6th, 2018 at 7:01:00 AM permalink
Quote: unJon

Nice review. Looking forward to the rest. Are you worried you’ve given the casino enough info to connect you at their hotel with you handle here?



This was a duplicate post so let me just add I have seen a lot of the surveillance and behind the scenes "dope" on me (some of it laughable such as one casino stating they observed me changing slot machines many times to alter my ratings - cashing out and changing slots does nothing for ratings lol - they are so certain I am doing something wrong everything I do including switching from one favorite game to another is part of my master plan to them) so I am privy to stuff they didnt want me to see due to discovery in more than one ongoing court action
darkoz
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September 6th, 2018 at 7:25:39 AM permalink
The gas lighting motif from the room



MODS ATTENTION:

The above sentence and pic are part of my OP

I see it when editing and previewing the post (right avove the pic of the bathroom shower) but both the sentence and pic disappear from the original post

Programming issue? Never seen that before

UPDATE: fixed

Thanks to Chesterdog
Last edited by: darkoz on Sep 6, 2018
ChesterDog
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September 6th, 2018 at 8:20:27 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

...
The above sentence and pic are part of my OP

I see it when editing and previewing the post (right avove the pic of the bathroom shower) but both the sentence and pic disappear from the original post

Programming issue? Never seen that before




In your original post, Img=http://imgur.com/zDlPgBk.jpg is enclosed with a "[" on the left but a ")" on the right.


If you edit the ")" to a "]", your gaslight picture should appear.
FleaStiff
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September 6th, 2018 at 8:56:24 AM permalink
I hope you make enough from the slots to pay for all those lawyers or else make enough from the settlement agreements to enjoy the slots.
BleedingChipsSlowly
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September 6th, 2018 at 12:35:33 PM permalink
Duplicate. Seems witelesss connections are fickle on the commuter rail.
Last edited by: BleedingChipsSlowly on Sep 6, 2018
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