ams288
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July 22nd, 2019 at 5:35:02 AM permalink
So after my last update I relaxed in the room for a bit. Went down to the spa again for another steam. Then headed out down to MGM Grand for dinner. Took a Lyft and it was quite cheap.

I ate at the MGM buffet (free from MyVEGAS). Holy crap was the buffet awful. I would have been pissed had I paid the $42 + tax they were charging for this thing! It was free and I still felt like I wanted my money back. I struggled to find anything actually edible to put on my plate. Iíve eaten there many times before and itís never been particularly good, but it was never this bad either.

After that debacle I Monorailed it down to SLS to play some cheap Pai Gow. They now have one table of Face Up PGP. And they use the dice to select which spot goes first which I like. That was the table that actually had people playing at it so I decided to join in. It was a $10 minimum table. First few hands I lost so I moved seats. Then I got the ďjoker spot.Ē I got the joker over and over again. It became a running joke at the table. And yet I still couldnít make much out of it.

I played for a couple hours and lost my $100 buy in. But it was a fun table so itís hard to complain. I liked all the dealers I had and the drink service was great - the waitress kept them coming regularly and they were pretty strong. Iím not a big drinker (I pretty much only drink in Vegas when Iím gambling and itís free). Iíve always had a REALLY high tolerance for alcohol. I think I had three long islands and a couple of White Russians and I was feeling pretty tipsy when I left the table.

So after that I monorailed it back to the Harrahs stop and walked through Harrahs. At this point I was getting hungry because of my lack of being able to engorge myself at the MGM buffet earlier so I grabbed a slice of pizza at that pizza place between Harrahs and Casino Royale.

I hope you like pics of mediocre food court pizza!!



After that I came back to the room. When I checked in the lady warned me that Iím on the loud side of the Encore and there would be nightclub music till 4am. I heard nothing. I donít think the club was going last night.

All the rooms come with an Amazon Echo so I had Alexa play thunderstorm noises and I promptly fell asleep. Then I woke up at 4am because I get up at 7am back east for work every morning and Iím just wired to get up at 7.

Today is my birthday. No plans other than to relax at the pool and go down to Park MGM/Excal/Luxor to redeem the freeplay they give you on your bday. And more Pai Gow of course.

This amused me:

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SOOPOO
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July 22nd, 2019 at 6:14:16 AM permalink
Quote: ams288

Iíve never even seen a Tiles table at the Encore. Unless itís in the high limit area. I can look tomorrow. I know the Wynn side has one and itís usually $100 min.



Last time at the Wynn they let me play $50, it might have even been $25, at the $100 table when I was the only player there. There was no Tiles game in the Encore.
I've stayed in both Wynn and Encore. Can't really describe why but I liked Wynn better. Could have just been random variance....
I am hoping wifey lets us stay at Rio (nearly free) next trip versus $300+ at Wynn......

Edit..... Happy birthday!
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July 22nd, 2019 at 6:29:12 AM permalink
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I ate at the MGM buffet (free from MyVEGAS). Holy crap was the buffet awful. I would have been pissed had I paid the $42 + tax they were charging for this thing! It was free and I still felt like I wanted my money back. I struggled to find anything actually edible to put on my plate. Iíve eaten there many times before and itís never been particularly good, but it was never this bad either.

I know much about buffets is subjective, but this sort of comment is the greatest asset of this forum. Thank you


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>This amused me:
LOL. Very funny sign and probably very effective.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 2:13:35 PM permalink
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I ate at the MGM buffet (free from MyVEGAS). Holy crap was the buffet awful.



It was awful 20 years ago, it's
always been awful. I thought
everybody knew that. The
only buffet I eat at in Vegas
is the one at Golden Nugget.
Average price and great food.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 2:21:04 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

I know much about buffets is subjective, but this sort of comment is the greatest asset of this forum. Thank you


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>This amused me:
LOL. Very funny sign and probably very effective.



Yeah MGM wasn't great in 2015 either. Especially since we got ourselves in a 2 free buffet scenario that we needed to consume in 2 nights. The 2nd night was really rough. One of the best MLife buffets is Aria, and it still has off days. Best buffet I've had overall is Bacchanal. Never tried Wynn.

And I have been a fan of that sign in the Venetian/ Palazzo area for awhile now.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 2:43:35 PM permalink
I dunno about 2015, but when we ate there I think it was ten years ago, MGM buffet was fine, and I'm very picky about food. That it was free may have had something to do with it, a host friend of mine got us in even though I wasn't gambling at all that year, but free or not it was fine.

Haven't been to the Rio "Carnival World" seafood buffet since about ten years ago, but used to like that one a lot too.

Downtown the Golden Nugget buffet has always been fine, although haven't been to that one in some years.

Some buffets definitely have gone downhill, such as Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Spice Market, used to like that one a lot but starting in 2018, it went severely downhill. Supposedly they intend to pick it up again and improve, dunno if they have yet or not.

The Wynn buffet has been good during when we were going there around ten years ago, and very recently too. Definitely like the Wicked Spoon buffet at Cosmo, been there a lot last year and this year. Ate a couple times at the "new" T.I. buffet end of last year, and while it seems to emphasize more "home style cooking" with chicken pot pies and the ilk, it was fine too.

Any buffet, even the greatest, gets to be a little much if you partake of it more than a couple of times in one week.

Still, calling the MGM buffet "awful" is a bit much - I'd reserve the word "awful" for something like the Sahara buffet towards the end of its lifetime in 2009 or so.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 2:49:18 PM permalink
I don't think I have ever been to a buffet that I thought was awful. If I can find at least one thing to eat I am content. Usually I am good just at the carving station getting turkey, ham, or beef.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 3:02:55 PM permalink
We have the same birthday then! HBD!
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July 23rd, 2019 at 5:27:44 PM permalink
Iím eating at the Main Street Station buffet right now and Iím very impressed with it. Good quality for the low price.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 5:58:33 PM permalink
Quote: DRich

I don't think I have ever been to a buffet that I thought was awful. If I can find at least one thing to eat I am content. Usually I am good just at the carving station getting turkey, ham, or beef.



I was the same way until we went to golden nugget last year. Worst buffet ever
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