TinMan
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October 22nd, 2020 at 9:58:44 PM permalink
Day 7

Today was a better day.

Woke up and Decided to check out the Donut place downtown I saw on the say hi to Matthew YouTube channel. The people working there were really friendly and pleasant. Got a chocolate Twix donut and an apple crumb. The backyard space was open so are out there. Donuts were solid and the outdoor space was really peaceful. Glad I went. Walked back to the Cal, spent some time gathering my things and checked out. Left my bags with bellhop. Walked over to Freemont — wanted to try the 99 cent shrimp cocktail. I knew it was the tiny shrimp so I didn’t expect much. It was fine for the price. I Could see that being delicious when you’re drunk at night.

Walked over to 4 queens and back on the quarter 10/7 DB machine. I really wanted to hit one of the higher 4OAK payouts (aces or 234). I hovered from my 100 buy in down to about 30 a few times but always hit a regular 4 OAK. Still, really wanted to hit a higher payout. I must have been there for 3 hours before finally hitting 4 4s. Cashed out up 90.

Walked over to craps and it was $5. I wasn’t going to play much since the trip had been so bad with craps. Initially just put 2x odds. But the table was hot while i was there and eventually maxed out at 5x odds. Over the course of 3 hours or so, went up close to $600 only on PL bets (and one Come bet).

There were two guys on the table who looked to be friends. One was trying to teach the other but they were both clueless. EG, guy would put his pass line bet down after the come out roll. Or could would put his “odds” on top of his PL bet instead of behind. Guy tossed $10 to the dealer and said “6”. Dealer should have put up $6 as a place bet and returned 4. Instead Dealer said “$10?” And the guy didn’t know better and said yes. The bets were winning but he shouldn’t keep up those habits.

One boxman was micromanaging everything. He must have adjusted the number of chips the stick had in front of him 6 times in 30 minutes. When there were payouts he was ordering the dealers to pay out in more complicated ways for every bet—eg, $5 PL and $15 odds on a 6. When point is hit, dealers were naturally paying 1 red on the PL and 3 red and 3 white on odds. He was ordering them to pay one green and get 2 change. He did this for every bet.

He also gave a kid a hard time about his roll. Kid was stick right. Boxman yelled at him for releasing the dice too late—it was before the middle of the table but after the start of the center action layout. Just a lot of micromanaging. I was glad when he left.

Went to Magnolias for dinner. Burger and taco salad with BOGO. I hadn’t eaten a substantial meal so devoured both.

Walked back to Cal, got my things and Uber to Luxor. Last hotel of the trip.

Overall: down $1100 or so.
Last edited by: TinMan on Oct 23, 2020
If anyone gives you 10,000 to 1 on anything, you take it. If John Mellencamp ever wins an Oscar, I am going to be a very rich dude.
TinMan
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October 22nd, 2020 at 9:59:57 PM permalink
*accidental double post.

Will update with today’s results
Last edited by: TinMan on Oct 23, 2020
If anyone gives you 10,000 to 1 on anything, you take it. If John Mellencamp ever wins an Oscar, I am going to be a very rich dude.
TinMan
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October 23rd, 2020 at 9:12:55 PM permalink
Day 8

Checked out of Luxor. It was the nicest hotel I stayed at. I didn’t gamble there although there was a $10 craps table. Every Caesars property I saw was $15 or $25. My flight didn’t leave until late so I had almost a full day left.

Ubered to Ballys and checked my bags. Walked to Bellagio and played some poker. 8 handed with plexiglass. There were some action players on my table but I didn’t get paid off on the 2 big hands I had. Walked away up $60 after 2 hours or so. Headed over to Paris and found the tiles table. It was $25 so I sat down. Had the table to myself the whole time. Dealers were competent but not very talkative. I lost $180 and left. I was about done gambling for the trip. Did a lot of walking around through Caesars, Bellagio, Ballys, Flamingo and Harrahs. At one point in Ballys (on the basement level where the sports book is but not in the sports book) a guy walking past me stops and says “Dodgers or Rays?” I said “Dodgers”. Hopefully he took my advice and won some money.

Ended up at Flamingo and played some bubble craps. Picked up $60 and quit. Spent some time sitting at a penny slot machine betting literally one penny at a time and having a few drinks.

Finally time to head to the airport and get back home.

Overall trip looks to be somewhere around an $1130 loss. I’ll do a final tally when I get home. Not ideal but when I average it out over 8 days it’s only about $140/day. Since all rooms were comped, I’m not really bothered.
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kewlj
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October 24th, 2020 at 10:39:11 AM permalink
Quote: TinMan

At one point in Ballys (on the basement level where the sports book is but not in the sports book) a guy walking past me stops and says “Dodgers or Rays?” I said “Dodgers”. Hopefully he took my advice and won some money.



In the movie "Let it ride", one of the methods Richard Dryfuss character used to make his betting selection was to ask random people who they liked and eliminate that choice. Lol.

Glad you had an enjoyable trip and I enjoyed reading of it.
Vegasrider
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TinMan
October 24th, 2020 at 7:07:45 PM permalink
Nice trip report. Better luck next time. Try Reno, it’s better suited for the low-medium bettors. Since there are no shows or entertainment, I think Reno is a better choice for gaming. Lower table limits, but not nearly as the number of casinos. Unless you are a high roller, then it doesn’t matter.
Commish
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October 24th, 2020 at 8:00:07 PM permalink
I have always thought casinos should grandfather for a period of time, like one or two hours. Seems like that would do something for both sides.
TinMan
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October 26th, 2020 at 6:49:38 PM permalink
Miscellaneous/Odds and Ends/Final Thoughts

Prior to going, there were a few things I heard about. Here are my experiences:

Scooters: I saw relatively few scooters. There were some people who looked like the scooter was more of a choice than a necessity, but it wasn't a ton of people. Never truly blocking the street. If I hadn't heard stories about a ton of scooters, I wouldn't have paid any attention to them.

Pot Smell: It was noticeable at times. There were maybe 2 occasions where it was really strong. I couldn't remember if it was more prevalent than the last time I was in Vegas in 2019.

Homeless: There were a ton of people shirtless/shoeless, either walking around or flat passed out on their back. I don't recall seeing that many people just flat passed out in the sun. It was odd. I've seen homeless people in Vegas before, but I recalled more people sitting down begging and fewer people completely unconscious to the world.

Extra Security: The first day I was there a dealer mentioned that there are auxiliary security personnel. He described them as something less than official cops. They wore yellow vests with SPD. I did notice a lot of them on the strip.

Fights: I didn't see any fights or even loud disputes.

Crowds: the strip felt less busy walking around. At most of the casinos you could see fewer tables open. Downtown during the day was very quiet midweek. I don't think I was outside of my hotel after 11pm-midnight or so on any night. (In part this was because I was still on NYC time and going to bed early).

Table Limits: In some cases, they were higher than usual. I used to be able to find $10 craps tables at lower end Caesars properties. I saw zero $10 tables in Caesars properties, even at off hours midweek. Everything was $15 or $25. The only $10 craps game I saw on the strip was at Excalibur. Downtown there were very few $5 craps tables. 4 Queens at times, but not always. I never thought I'd see $10 at Freemont midweek at 9am.

Other: I played a few bucks at the Sigma Derby at The D. That was fun and felt like a bit of history. I bet all long-shots.
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October 26th, 2020 at 7:39:35 PM permalink
I was walking through the Peppermill Casino in Reno yesterday and saw a $10 single deck 3-2 BJ table. Nobody playing.
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October 26th, 2020 at 8:24:30 PM permalink
Quote: TinMan


Other: I played a few bucks at the Sigma Derby at The D. That was fun and felt like a bit of history. I bet all long-shots.



So do I. I can sit there and play hours.

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