FleaStiff
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August 20th, 2019 at 5:46:05 PM permalink
The Big Burlies are often summoned when a guest has ignored all polite suggestions. In addition to size they have all the equipment at their belts. They are more forceful than diplomatic.
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August 21st, 2019 at 10:28:25 AM permalink
Day 5B

I had a myVEGAS reward for a buffet at Mandalay Bay. I had already used 3 this week so it wasn’t clear if I’d be able to redeem it. Took a chance a ubered over. Desk clerk noted I’d redeemed 3 rewards but allowed me to redeem the buffet too. That was a pleasant surprise. Buffet itself is small. Shockingly small. There was no line at 7pm to get in. I enjoyed it but I’d be disappointed if I paid retail for it ($35 or so). I went to Bellagio buffet last year—it was slightly more but significantly bigger and better food.
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August 21st, 2019 at 10:36:01 AM permalink
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Day 5B

I had a myVEGAS reward for a buffet at Mandalay Bay. I had already used 3 this week so it wasn’t clear if I’d be able to redeem it. Took a chance a ubered over. Desk clerk noted I’d redeemed 3 rewards but allowed me to redeem the buffet too. That was a pleasant surprise. Buffet itself is small. Shockingly small. There was no line at 7pm to get in. I enjoyed it but I’d be disappointed if I paid retail for it ($35 or so). I went to Bellagio buffet last year—it was slightly more but significantly bigger and better food.



My experience is that Wynn and Bellagio buffets are both very good and about equal. In my opinion only the Caesar's buffet is better.
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August 21st, 2019 at 10:51:40 AM permalink
Day 5C

Ubered to Palace Station. Wanted to play some cheap tiles and saw they had full pay double bonus up to dollars and FPDW for nickels. Tile game was fun. I walked up and one Asian guy looked shocked I sat down. It was like a spaceship landed and Spongebob Squrepants got out. I can’t do justice to how surprised he was. Another Asian guy was very friendly and talkative. One thing I’d never seen before is “group banking”. When it was a players turn to bank, dealer asks every player how much they want to bet as banker. One hand is dealt to the lead guy, who sets the hand for all of the co-bankers. Typically he’d pass a tile or two to another person at the table. They’d each read the tiles with their fingers and apparently discuss what they had. It was different and since I was betting $10 It wasn’t a big deal if he set the tiles differently than I would. Oddly enough, never lost a group bank hand (maybe one at most?). Sat there for maybe 2.5 hours and group banked maybe 20 times. Mostly pushes. Ultimately left up about $30.

Went to play FPDW just to do it. Nickels are boring but I like deuces. Played for 30 mins and switched to 10/7 double bonus. Started at 50 cents denom and moved up and down depending on how I was doing. At one point at dollar denom got AAKQJ 4 to a royal in clubs. 1/47 shot at $4k. Ditched the off suit ace and held my breath. Never had a royal and have played mostly 25 cent level so this was a significant sweat. Push the button...5. No royal. Oh well. Still ended up up $90 for VP. Hopped in uber back to orleans at about 2:30am.
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August 21st, 2019 at 11:29:22 AM permalink
The group banking is good, particularly for any relative neophytes who come along and know the math involved but also now have an opportunity to "hire" the skills of more experienced players.

As to buffets, we all have different standards. I like to avoid long lines, judge by the foods I select, not by what they display. I think most of them are all "sticker prices" these days.
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August 21st, 2019 at 12:29:11 PM permalink
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Day 5A

I didn’t catch the reason but saw him arguing at the podium and security was there. He kept asking “I just wanna play poker. You’re not going to let me play poker?”



Sounds like you met Axelwolf.
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August 21st, 2019 at 12:36:07 PM permalink
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Day 5C

One thing I’d never seen before is “group banking”. When it was a players turn to bank, dealer asks every player how much they want to bet as banker. One hand is dealt to the lead guy, who sets the hand for all of the co-bankers. Typically he’d pass a tile or two to another person at the table. They’d each read the tiles with their fingers and apparently discuss what they had



Thanks for explaining this! I tried to describe it in the trip report I'm writing, but really didn't know what was going on.

We didn't do the "read the tiles with our fingers" part, though.
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August 21st, 2019 at 4:01:59 PM permalink
One interesting note about group banking: the dealer asks each person how much they want to bet. It’s not automatically your last bet. I didn’t confirm with the dealer but it appears that the collective max is the collective amount bet on the previous hands. That means that if someone else co-banks for less than they bet the prior hand, I believe you can take up the balance, which would reduce the overall house edge. That said, the dealers weren’t chatty in English so this is a little bit of trying to figure out what the rules were. I was able to co-bank 20 after betting 10 but when I asked to co-bank 25 another time, dealer said no.
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August 21st, 2019 at 5:16:46 PM permalink
Day 6

Early flight. Woke up early and played craps for 45 mins. Won $30. Grabbed a quick breakfast and Uber to airport. One great thing about Boyd casinos is a comped room also comps the resort fee. I always ask for a receipt just in case of any issue later. Receipt the desk clerk gave me made me laugh—had a few lines at the top with my info and then 98% of the page is blank. Overall trip looks to have been up 700 or so with a total hotel cost of 80 for Linq resort fees
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August 22nd, 2019 at 4:35:51 AM permalink
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Overall trip looks to have been up 700 or so with a total hotel cost of 80 for Linq resort fees

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your adventure with us. good luck with future Co-Banking adventures.

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