Beethoven9th
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May 28th, 2013 at 3:05:57 PM permalink
Very nice (in)formal review. Thx.


Quote: rdw4potus

It seems like Stations properties all have 2 or 3 (but not 4) of the following: theater, bowling alley, bingo hall, poker room. I thought the theater/bingo/poker combo here was a good blend.


Doesn't Texas Station have all four? Then again, if I had to choose between Texas and GVR, it's no contest, of course.
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JimRockford
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May 28th, 2013 at 3:24:35 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Roulette isn't gambling for me. Its the only
game in the casino I see. That and bac.



I just assumed that you had some kind of AP play unrelated to Roulette or bac that you preferred not to talk about. Are you +EV at roulette?
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teddys
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May 28th, 2013 at 5:14:45 PM permalink
I can't believe they opened a bingo hall in the space where Ovation used to be.

R: Most people wouldn't make that walk since you have to go over the freeway. Traffic can be annoying for pedestrians. That said, there is a lot of stuff down there for "regular people" (like a Smith's and some banks) that doesn't exist in the "District" pedestrian mall.
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Pokeraddict
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May 28th, 2013 at 5:23:25 PM permalink
Red Rock has all four.
rdw4potus
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May 28th, 2013 at 5:26:21 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

I can't believe they opened a bingo hall in the space where Ovation used to be.

R: Most people wouldn't make that walk since you have to go over the freeway. Traffic can be annoying for pedestrians. That said, there is a lot of stuff down there for "regular people" (like a Smith's and some banks) that doesn't exist in the "District" pedestrian mall.



Yeah, it's a pretty funny bingo hall. I didn't play, but it definitely felt like it was oddly central and emphasized.

There's definitely a Walgreens (open 24 hours) north across 215. And a CVS near there as well. But I actually walked to the shopping area south of GVR at Green Valley and Horizon Ridge. It was a very easy walk. I think Paseo Verde and Horizon Ridge were the only remotely major intersections in the whole walk.
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rdw4potus
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May 28th, 2013 at 5:31:40 PM permalink
Quote: Pokeraddict

Red Rock has all four.



I guess several Stations do. It's the poker rooms that tripped me up the most. I can't picture where many of them are, but apparently most of the properties do have poker rooms: http://stationcasinospoker.com/

If they're silly enough to comp my stay in October, I think Red Rock is next on my list. I'm a little worried about how my smallish play at GVR will affect my future offers.
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IAchance5
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May 30th, 2013 at 1:09:00 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

I can't believe they opened a bingo hall in the space where Ovation used to be.



Wasn't that a showroom in which they held concerts? Is bingo really that popular there?
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August 11th, 2013 at 5:38:31 PM permalink
Quote: RaleighCraps

I was impressed with the property, and will take my wife back out there for some casino time when we hit Vegas again, end of July.
Hopefully this playing session will be enough to score me a comp invite up front.



Did you make it over to GVR in July? Still pretty nice?
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August 12th, 2013 at 12:29:25 PM permalink
Quote: IAchance5

Did you make it over to GVR in July? Still pretty nice?



I have been busy and grew too lazy to write up a trip report. Now my memory is suffering :-(

We went to GVR around 6:30 AM on a Friday, if I remember correctly. We wanted to get on the craps table early in the morning, hopefully by ourselves.
My wife went off to play slots, while I settled into the only open craps table. I am brain dead at the moment, but IIRC, it was a $5 game.
I can no longer recall the specifics of the craps game. But the Cliff Notes version goes like this, I was up double my buy in, played too long, lost it all.
I decided to get a player card after I had been there for a couple of hours, and they were very agreeable to getting me the card, AND gave me credit for all of my play up to that point. Apparently, they had been tracking my play as an uncarded player, so they were able to give me credit. That was very nice of them.

The dealers were personable and very nice. They quickly caught on to the 4 or 5 ways I generally bet, and would remind me if I was missing a number. They were appreciative of the times I made dealer bets, and did not act like they were entitled to them. I like playing craps at GVR.

GVR has a shuttle that goes to the Wynn. You have to be a guest of the hotel to use the shuttle. The shuttle goes to the Wynn 4x a day I think. 30 minutes before departure, you go to the bellhop desk and request a boarding pass. First come, first served. When the passes are handed out, everyone else is SOL. We had ridden to GVR with a local player, and since we wanted to stay at GVR a while longer, I asked the floor if I could get 2 seats on the shuttle back to Wynn (and we would walk from Wynn to Paris). The brought in a host, who reviewed my play, gave me his card, and said it was all arranged. We could take the shuttle back. The host also indicated I could have a room comp'd for any future trips, just give him a call.

I then settled in for about an hour of $.25 JoB play, on a $100 bill. We then decided to hit the buffet, but since I had been too dumb to ask for a buffet comp when I was at the craps tables, and I could not find any hosts, we ended up paying the buffet fee. Finding a host at GVR can be a bit of a problem, but this was my fault. I should have been thinking ahead a bit more. Buffet was EXCELLENT! Very good food and a good selection.

We then walked out to the pool area. It is also very nice. It is supposed to be hotel guests only, but no one challenged us for room keys, so we were able to look around and then head back inside. Here is where things get a bit uncomfortable. The lady at the bell desk seemed a bit annoyed when I gave her the host card and said he had arranged 2 shuttle seats for us. My wife would say she was rude, I just say she was curt. My guess is it is a power struggle between the hotel operations and the casino operations, and the hotel operations doesn't appreciate the casino calling in requests like a shuttle ride. I may be way off the mark, but I suspect not.
In any event, she said the next shuttle was not for a couple of hours, and we should come back 30 minutes before the time. So we had 1.5 hours to kill.

We went back up to the casino, and I decided to see if there were any promotions to go with my new player card. There was supposed to have been $10 in Free Slot Play put on the card. I checked in with them twice but I never did get the Free Slot Play to work. I did get a few entries into their sweepstakes drawings, but no check has arrived in my mail yet, so I guess I did not win any prizes.

We arrived back at the bell desk 40 minutes before the shuttle departure. I picked up a shuttle schedule from the same annoyed lady (who was still curt), and this schedule indicated there SHOULD have been a shuttle about the time we were there originally. Not sure if it was full, or perhaps they skipped one run, or perhaps she was just exercising her control by not letting us board the first one. Who knows. In any event, she would not give me a pass. I was TOO EARLY. She was right, I was 10 minutes too early. I also think for as highly as GVR rates itself, that was being a bit petty. We sat in a very nice lobby, people watching, and chatting. With 2 minutes to go, I saw another gal go up to the desk and get 2 passes for the shuttle, so I sauntered up and picked up passes #3 and #4. Clerk was still ANNOYED.

I would love to know why she was like that. I don't take too much to heart, and everyone has a bad day, but she could easily have turned me off to GVR. Now it is not going to change their numbers if I am, or am not, a future guest. But she really couldn't have known that. All she knew was the casino host had arranged transport. I suppose that she could have reasoned that if I was that important to the host, a limo would have been arranged, so perhaps she rightfully pegged me as a minor annoyance, and treated me the same. LOL

GVR is supposed to have a very nice spa. We did not get a chance to look at any of that. The hotel staff does try and put on that stuffed shirt air. I was not really a guest, so I cannot comment as to whether or not they really come through, or just pretend. But everything else about the place is very nice. Not sure I would be happy paying $200 / night for a room there, but it does seem as nice as anything I have been in on the strip.
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IAchance5
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August 13th, 2013 at 6:04:09 PM permalink
Thanks for all the info Raleigh, sorry to hear about that crappy hotel attendant...BTW, was it the lunch or dinner buffet that was really good?

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