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June 20th, 2021 at 6:20:53 PM permalink
Monday June 14 to Saturday June 19. Paris hotel

I used to stay at Rio all the time easy free parking. Free or neatly free rooms. Wife abhors the Rio. Last 4 trips had been either Caesars Palace or Wynn. I qualified for free room at Bally’s/Harrahs/Linq/Flamingo/Rio/ Planet Hollywood. Before the pandemic friends got married at Paris and wife liked overall vibe, so it was around $100 a night including resort fee, so not too bad.

Room was fine. Easy convenient ice machine. Cold fridge in room. No view at all. Easy to use AC. Easy to use TV. Easy to use internet. Paid $25 extra to check in at noon instead of 4pm. Well worth it. Check in was at a kiosk so took just a few minutes. Check out was easy too. I went to check out desk at 8am. They said I could check out but not be checked out until an agreed upon time. I asked for 11:30 instead of 11 and there was no problem.

I’ll break this up into a few introductory posts.
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June 20th, 2021 at 6:28:56 PM permalink
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Monday June 14 to Saturday June 19. Paris hotel



Let me condense and summarize for you. Arrived, check in, ate, gambled, bed, got up, ate, golf. Repeat in various sequence next three days. Depart. Arrive home. Look at all the time I saved you.
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June 20th, 2021 at 6:29:25 PM permalink
Paris pool. We scoped it out Monday (arrival day) and reserved a ‘day bed’ which guarantees a comfortable lounge in the shade, a lock box, private waitress service, an ice bucket with water, and it is tight on the pool. It was advertised at $150. After fees, taxes, charges, small gratuity, it was around $210. We had a few drinks and a sandwich each. Another $130. Not worth it unless you are using comps. There are a bunch of lounge chairs that can be in the shade of the hotel and they weren’t hard to get. I went down at 9 and got the exact spot I’d want. One day I went down at 10:40 and there were still chaises available in the shaded area. The pool must have been artificially cooled, as I would only stay in 10-15 minutes, then go back to the chaise in the 115 degree shaded heat for 15 minutes. Rinse and repeat. Overall, I was quite pleased with the pool.
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June 20th, 2021 at 6:42:34 PM permalink
I like Paris. When my friends visit LV for the first time, I recommend Paris because you're in the middle of everything, but it's low key in its own way. Don't need a vehicle. Restaurants are good. Breakfast buffet is nice. CookEJarr was still performing at the Paris lounge last time I was there. My friend, Al, usually gets a suite -- very nice. The restaurant on the patio has treated us well.
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CVS right outside the Paris. Bought muffins, chocolate, Starbucks Double Shots, spring water, LOTS of Diet Pepsi. The few times I went to a Paris coffee shop the prices were RIDICULOUS. Last morning I got wife a Danish and Diet Pepsi and it was $14! Different day a $3 EggMcMuffin equivalent was around $15.

Food. Lunch after arrival we went to Wahlburger. Two burgers and fries and two alcoholic drinks were around $70. Dinner was at Vegas Golden Nights game. We split some chicken tenders fries and two sodas for I think $30.

Other notable meals were at Aria Steakhouse with Axel, his lovely wife, PokerGrinder, RS, Maxpen, and my wife. Exactly what you’d expect. Way overpriced but ok.

Spago with ophthalmologist friend and his wife and my wife. Waiter seemed impaired by drugs. Talked but didn’t listen! Took our drink orders. Came back 5 minutes later and asked me to remind him what drink I ordered! Other couple discussed oysters with him. He asked me about an order. I told him my wife doesn’t eat seafood. He then recommended the seafood tower! He then finally gets it and recommends the bread to us at a minor $12 charge. I say, ‘ ok, bring one order’. It never came, and when the main course came and I mentioned it to him, he blames some under server, like it is not his responsibility. The meal itself was ok, but not even close to being worth the $250 a couple. The desserts were great. The chocolate soufflé was spectacular. At the end the waiter was chatting with my friend, and basically was going to give him a free parking pass that comes with dinner. My friend pointed out clearly twice that he doesn’t need one as he has some status at MGM, and gets free parking. The waiter then told him about some alley across the street he could park at by slipping a guy $10.
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June 20th, 2021 at 7:06:51 PM permalink
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I like Paris. When my friends visit LV for the first time, I recommend Paris because you're in the middle of everything, but it's low key in its own way. Don't need a vehicle. Restaurants are good. Breakfast buffet is nice. CookEJarr was still performing at the Paris lounge last time I was there. My friend, Al, usually gets a suite -- very nice. The restaurant on the patio has treated us well.



Buffet not open. Had dinner at Hexx one night. It was 111 at the time. They only had outdoor, but there were ‘misters’. I sat down before we accepted the table, and it was quite comfortable. I like being right on the strip people watching. The food was pretty good. Buttttt…. Mid meal the ‘misters’ turned off, and I’m now sitting outside in 109 temperature. I immediately grab a busboy, then our waiter, then walk inside to the hostess, and then request the manager. The manager said there was some sort of leak that they were fixing, then said they usually turn off the ‘misters’ because “it gets too humid”!!!!!!
It was one or the other. I think they turn them off for $$ issues. Anyway, they came back on for like 10 minutes then went off again, so we took dessert back to the room.

Went to Mon Ami Gabi with Wiz and his med student daughter. I’ve interviewed med students got residency positions for the past 3 decades so (I think) I was a good resource for her. I hope Mike doesn’t mind me saying this, but his daughter is brilliant, personable, and strikingly beautiful. I thought the lunch special for restaurant week ($30) + up charges was great. Excellent French onion soup, bacon brie burger, and creme brûlée. Mike and daughter were happy with their choices.
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June 20th, 2021 at 7:09:27 PM permalink
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CVS right outside the Paris. Bought muffins, chocolate, Starbucks Double Shots, spring water, LOTS of Diet Pepsi. The few times I went to a Paris coffee shop the prices were RIDICULOUS. Last morning I got wife a Danish and Diet Pepsi and it was $14! Different day a $3 EggMcMuffin equivalent was around $15.

Food. Lunch after arrival we went to Wahlburger. Two burgers and fries and two alcoholic drinks were around $70. Dinner was at Vegas Golden Nights game. We split some chicken tenders fries and two sodas for I think $30.

Other notable meals were at Aria Steakhouse with Axel, his lovely wife, PokerGrinder, RS, Maxpen, and my wife. Exactly what you’d expect. Way overpriced but ok.

Spago with ophthalmologist friend and his wife and my wife. Waiter seemed impaired by drugs. Talked but didn’t listen! Took our drink orders. Came back 5 minutes later and asked me to remind him what drink I ordered! Other couple discussed oysters with him. He asked me about an order. I told him my wife doesn’t eat seafood. He then recommended the seafood tower! He then finally gets it and recommends the bread to us at a minor $12 charge. I say, ‘ ok, bring one order’. It never came, and when the main course came and I mentioned it to him, he blames some under server, like it is not his responsibility. The meal itself was ok, but not even close to being worth the $250 a couple. The desserts were great. The chocolate soufflé was spectacular. At the end the waiter was chatting with my friend, and basically was going to give him a free parking pass that comes with dinner. My friend pointed out clearly twice that he doesn’t need one as he has some status at MGM, and gets free parking. The waiter then told him about some alley across the street he could park at by slipping a guy $10.



While it's rumored the unemployed aren't exactly all rushing out of the house for jobs, I'm sure there's about a hundred people who would gladly take that waiter's job.
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June 20th, 2021 at 7:23:59 PM permalink
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Let me condense and summarize for you. Arrived, check in, ate, gambled, bed, got up, ate, golf. Repeat in various sequence next three days. Depart. Arrive home. Look at all the time I saved you.



No golf this trip. Wife wanted a ‘romantic’ trip. Whatever that means.

Gambled…. Played Tiles whenever it was open. It was only open evenings except last morning (Saturday). First 5 days played $25- $40, probably at an average of $28. Saturday morning was $50 table, probably averaged $62 or so. Overall UP around $1000! Friday night when I was telling my dealer that I wouldn’t see her as I’m leaving before her next shift, she accurately relayed to the table ‘he hasn’t lost once’! I did cash out ahead each ‘session’ of tiles. Once I was down $25 and played a $50 just yo try and ‘be ahead’ that session on my last bet. It worked. There was one clear error I noticed that turned what should have been a push into a win. Once I noticed her mis-set her hand and I corrected her. It didn’t matter to me as I’d win either way. But it cost the one other player, and I apologized profusely. He was kind and didn’t make a big deal about it.

I was also up $300 at Face Up. $25. I went to sleep when big bonus was $2.2 million. Woke up and it was $302k. Saw one big error. Dealer had 4,4,5,6,7,8,10. Played 4,4,7,6,5 and 10-8. She was talking to what seemed like a friend about how someone hacked her bank account and stole $1200. I think overall error cost Bally’s $600.
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June 20th, 2021 at 7:30:49 PM permalink
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While it's rumored the unemployed aren't exactly all rushing out of the house for jobs, I'm sure there's about a hundred people who would gladly take that waiter's job.



Almost every ‘service’ person I spoke with said they need more of them but there aren’t enough people willing to work. There were only two waitresses at the Paris pool! They were continuously with full trays of drinks. Figuring $2 a drink tip I can’t see her making less than $100 an hour. Probably more with food delivery as well. I think Paris would want 3-4 waitresses at a minimum.

Many other examples.
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June 20th, 2021 at 7:38:52 PM permalink
One of my favorite moments. Sat down to play Tiles Saturday morning. The dealer is a mask wearing Asian woman who says. ….. “I remember you from the Rio FIVE years ago”! I try and imagine how many people they must run through….
She asks if I remember her…. I may have told a white lie when I said ‘of course’..

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