This will be my thread where I post on my VEGAS trips. At least until I get bored and start posting in one of my own forums.
I started posting some experiences here in this thread
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I set the trip for the casino that is giving us the fifteen hunny shopping money. Done, we arrive in a couple of weeks. However recently received an offer for another gift card from the same casino, an even better offer because this one may be used at any store in the casino including one of the designer stores, and she wants something from there that costs about a grand that I was about to buy for cash the last trip, but they had sold it out and needed to special order it and didn't feel like waiting, so now I may get her that item with a free gift card.
Anyway, I asked the host to put us down for this second gift card offer too but he said that the two shopping sprees represent different promotions and must be utilized on separate trips. Well, we could just do what we did the last time, move from casino to casino eventually returning to the starting point, but I don't expect this next trip to be an indefinite one it's not going to go on for five weeks like last time. Even if I wanted to stay that long she's not into it again, at least not so soon after the last extended trip.
Solution, I think, is to spend one night in the living room or second bedroom of a friend who basically LIVES at this casino in a 3500 square foot apartment, been there all year. As long as he doesn't run out of money before we arrive, which he's actually getting close this guy doesn't win regularly the way I do, he's a good friend gives us the key to his pad and the run of the place I am sure he wouldn't mind. So, rather than having to lug all our luggage down the strip, just move it next door (last trip we ended up on the same floor, could easily swing it again) to his suite after checking out, and the next day Voila! we're back, a new trip, reset the clock and collect the second gift card.
which mentions my next trip, which is coming up fast! leaving in under a couple of weeks from now. This trip should be only about two weeks though, not longer.
As background, I used to play very heavily, my average bet was around $3000. I quit at some point, life intervened and I felt like I was getting too into it, and took about a decade hiatus, returned to play about two years ago. Haven’t had any losing trips since my return, and I stopped over all ahead a decade ago. Yes, life’s been good to me, so far!
These days My Intent is to play more for comps and fun than to try to kill the house, and my average since 2018, was more like around $300. although this last trip, the five week one, I average more like a thousand. The last night of the trip I had lost a number in a row, got mad and slammed all the chips I had in front of me on one hand. My friend tried to stop me, but I kept waving my hand for the dealer to pass me the cards – and I won. As the dealer counted the chips it turned out to be a $16,000. bet, so without intending to get back heavily into it, I now passed my old record of $15K bets, which I used to bet $15K all the time back in the day, and that was the limit (now the limit is $20K). Ironically, that last night I started the day ahead $60K for the entire five week trip, ended $24K ahead (LOSING $36K that last night), so yeah – it is possible to win a $16K bet, not bet anywhere near that again the same night, and still have a losing 12 hour session!
Was it fun meticulously building up $60K ahead over five weeks and then dumping over half of it on the last night? No! but, the feeling of winning that $16K hand, was pretty, prettay, goood.
I don't consider buying $16,000 in stock, or $16,000 for a car, or $16,000 for an engagement ring even remotely the same.
It doesn't mess with your mind that those 4 or 5 next cards can cost you $16,000?
You do bring up one interesting "concern" that proves my point of that no one here really gets it that the house edge matters not in these situations. You've got a 50-50 or a 51-49 (and you're on the 49 end of things), does it really make any difference on whether you're going to risk that $16K? Does that 1% one way or another make the proposition any less risky, after all, it's just one hand. A very big hand. I don't flat bet. I've never met a high roller (or successful gambler, for that matter) who does.
So what if you were on the 51 end of things, but you couldn't flat bet...which I think even if there were a positive EV form of Baccarat true high rollers STILL wouldn't flat bet, they would jump their bets around the way they always do. Would you feel better about risking that $16K now?
Get a life. lol
Still it somewhat reminds me of when we used to ride around in my parents' Rolls as teenagers and once some guy said "Daddy's Rolls" as we pulled through by a night club. My cousin said to him, "Your Daddy got one too?" That shut him up.
This thread is about me,
I couldn't tell. Thanks.