ams288
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June 20th, 2020 at 6:16:35 PM permalink
So just came out today for four nights. MGM Grand.

Trip is off to an interesting start, to say the least.



Will post a more detailed account of todayís events later. Hungry now.
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June 20th, 2020 at 8:08:34 PM permalink
Congratulations! At least you had $1 bet on the Fortune, $1 more than I would have.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
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June 20th, 2020 at 8:21:21 PM permalink
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Congratulations! At least you had $1 bet on the Fortune, $1 more than I would have.



Yes, Iím not a fan of the fortune bet. I always only do $1 on it ďjust in case.Ē Today, just in case paid off.
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June 21st, 2020 at 5:53:54 AM permalink
So, my flight was early yesterday morning. I was not prepared for how deserted the airport would be. There were only like four restaurants open and I didnít see any of the stores open in the terminal (itís a huge terminal). Made me sad for all the jobs that still need to come back. The flight itself was nice - Delta. No middle seats occupied. The rear of the plane boards first (which is how it always should be! None of this zone nonsense). They still give out food, you just donít really have a choice as to what you get (they had pre-packaged bags with a bottle of water, a couple of snacks, and hand santizer).

Arrived in LAS on time. Went to rent a car. I typically rent from Budget via Costco Travel cause itís usually cheapest. Unfortunately, they said they were ďunderstaffedĒ so there was no Fastbreak service and I had to wait in a long line to get my car. Usually itís already waiting for me when I get there. Also, it seemed like they were really short on cars. There were hardly any cars down in their area of the garage when I got to mine. Usually itís pretty much full.

Checked into the MGM. Uneventful. Stayed here a million times. They leave you a little social distancing goodie bag in your room.



The little key-looking-thing is a stylus so you donít have to touch elevator keys. (Iíll save those nice MGM-branded masks as a souvenir. Plenty of free masks available in the casino).

By the time I was all settled in, I was starving so I went to NYNY and had a slice of pizza. Wanted to play Pai Gow, but their table was $50 minimum. Too rich for my blood. Later the table was reserved for the whole night and empty, so they must have a Pai Gow- loving high roller staying there right now. Played roulette instead - it was boring. Lost $100. They only have one double 0 table, the rest are triple 0.

Went back to the MGM. Went down to the pool. They are limiting occupancy to the pool so I had to wait in a really long annoying line to get in to the pool area. When someone leaves the pool, they let someone from the line in. When I finally got in, the lazy river portion was at max capacity so I could only swim in one of the regular pools. Annoying. The lazy river is the reason to go to the MGM pool. Took a quick dip, laid in the sun for a while, then went back to my room.

Decided to go check out the Bellagio. Drove over, and when I pulled into the driveway they had security guards in each lane. He asked me what I was there for. I told him just to gamble, he said the parking garage was at capacity so only hotel guests were allowed to park there and Iíd have to leave. So I decided to go to the Flamingo instead - if you saw my first post, you know that worked out pretty well for me!
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June 21st, 2020 at 6:42:14 AM permalink
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Yes, Iím not a fan of the fortune bet. I always only do $1 on it ďjust in case.Ē Today, just in case paid off.



Never heard of the game. How much did the straight flush pay?

Thanks
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June 21st, 2020 at 7:30:56 AM permalink
Quote: Yoyomama

Never heard of the game. How much did the straight flush pay?

Thanks

this is pai gow.
fortune bet is the side bet.

the table says $5+ fortune bet also gets the Envy bet. (you also win when someone else on the table wins a Fortune bet, i think?)

for $1 Fortune bet:
it looks like a 7card straight flush pays 8000:1, so $8k
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June 21st, 2020 at 11:19:06 AM permalink
Nice win! At Caesarís properties, is that other bonus bet still at $5? If you had played it, what would you have won?

Are you allowed to set your hand and touch the cards? Just wondering how that works now with Co-vid practices taking over.
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June 21st, 2020 at 11:25:43 AM permalink
Quote: ddloml

Nice win! At Caesarís properties, is that other bonus bet still at $5? If you had played it, what would you have won?

Are you allowed to set your hand and touch the cards? Just wondering how that works now with Co-vid practices taking over.



The progressive was at $1.6 million. Had I been betting $5 on the progressive every hand, I would have never lasted at that table. My chip stack was down to my last bet a couple of times before I hit the straight flush.

Yes, you touch the cards at MGM and Caesars properties. MGM has plexiglass shields on their tables so no masks are required, Flamingo doesnít so you have to wear a mask while playing.
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June 21st, 2020 at 12:09:04 PM permalink
Quote: ams288

Played roulette instead - it was boring.



The least boring game in the
casino. That you found it
boring speaks volumes.
Priceless. lol
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June 21st, 2020 at 12:17:14 PM permalink
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing. Nice hit as well. Renting a car in Vegas sucks, just like the rest of the airports that require you to hop on a shuttle and take you off airport property. This is why my friends love visiting me here in Reno. Rental cars are literally parked about 150 ft from the baggage claim doors and you can go to the rental counter and pick up your keys while you wait for your bags since itís right behind the carrousel. But youíre not going to find any outdoors pools close to what Vegas has.

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