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Flynn
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August 31st, 2011 at 10:16:37 AM permalink
This may sound awkward but it's true. I've been too Vegas about 2 months ago and I simply loved it. I live in Europe and I think about Vegas every single day and every single day I am anxious and excited too get back (I must be crazy). Now, I am planning to get back in about 2 years (!). I will book my vacation about a year in advance as I did with my last one (cheaper rates and LOTS of excitement). I'm planning on staying two weeks. I've stayed at the Gold Spike downtown but I really loved the Main Street Station where I've hit the buffet almost every morning. They've got a policy that you can only book up to seven days so I figured that I would stay at another hotel the other 7 days. But I can't decide which one. I am considering the next door California, the El Cortez, the new Plaza and last but not least the Stratosphere.
But which one is the best for comps. I am a low roller who plays penny, nickel and quarter slots (maybe dollar slots when I am in an aggressive mood), nickel en quarter VP, Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette (did I mention that I'm European) and some craps. My average bet for Blackjack and co is probably 7-10 dollars, for roulette 5 dollars en craps with odds around 20. I know that is not much but I am planning on playing the whole day (or as long as my bankroll lasts) at least 5 days a week. In the evening I will be hopping on Fremont Street when I've still have gambling money left :-). I know that I will not get my room comped anywhere but I am expecting to get at least a discount and of course some free meals. So where is the best place to go for someone with my level play in your opinion? Any answers are much appreciated, thank you!
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heather
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August 31st, 2011 at 10:23:43 AM permalink
Have you stayed at ElC before? They rate repeat visitors differently (from what I've heard, anyway).
FleaStiff
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August 31st, 2011 at 10:43:58 AM permalink
WHY do you say you will not get a room comp?

Yes, you are indeed a low roller but you will be in a casino that will value you. Perhaps not all that highly but they will value you. If you go to the biggies on the Strip with that kind of action you will be totally invisible to them, but at the Stratosphere playing all day at a ten dollar craps table you will be appreciated. A three hour stint at roulette will get you noticed even if you do only outside bets at table minimums. Perhaps you were jumping around too much on your prior visit. You have to do sustained stints at one particular game, perhaps.

Main Street Station is a good choice for you. You like the buffet and you like the casino. If you stay there and play there that will be good. Now we can argue about slot machines and how much you are spending versus a better rate on the higher denomination machines, but slot players do get good comps because they are so valuable to the casino.

I think your table game action will bring better comps though. Just don't flit around, do a good solid three hours or four hours at each game if you can. You know your average bet, figure out your theo and while it won't be all that impressive you still will see just how valuable you are to them.

You should be eating free. You might be a bit iffy on the room comps but MSS and The Strat should each give you a night or two comped depending on just how high your action turns out to be. Your action of Fremont Street doesn't count though.
Flynn
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August 31st, 2011 at 10:55:39 AM permalink
Thank you for your advise, knowing that I can get comped makes my day :-)
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Flynn
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August 31st, 2011 at 11:01:19 AM permalink
No, I haven't stayed there before. I know they cater to low rollers and they have really nice games but I've heard of getting heat extremely easily at blackjack. Also their clientèle is not really pleasant to be around. I don't like their rooms either. But the overall atmosphere in the casino is very nice and I'm obsessed with house edges (especially the low ones), their SD BJ is like heaven for me.
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Nareed
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August 31st, 2011 at 11:05:03 AM permalink
Quote: Flynn

This may sound awkward but it's true. I've been too Vegas about 2 months ago and I simply loved it. I live in Europe and I think about Vegas every single day and every single day I am anxious and excited too get back (I must be crazy).



More like a kindred spirit :)

I've been vacationing in Vegas the past three years. I love it!

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I'm planning on staying two weeks.



Likewise! Look up my thread on extended stay. I found the 4 Queens Downtown does let me book for 12 days, at least. Very reasonable rates, too. The casino ranks high for VP at VPFree, offers 5X odds on craps and, like most of Downtown, welcomes low rollers.

Still, if you're staying at the Main Street Station I see two options: 1) book for 7 days, then book again for the following 7 days. You may need to meial or call to arrange it. 2) stay the rest of your trip at another Boyd property; meaning California or Fremont.

I play about at your level. I've given up looking for comps, but I do plan to spend much of my money at the 4 Queens next year.

So when are you planning on going? We've scheduled WoVCon ][ for May 12th and all are welcomed to attend.
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kp
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August 31st, 2011 at 11:21:56 AM permalink
MSS and Cal are next to each other with same ownership, so I'd rank them equally.

You've already stated a preference against EC, so I'd rank it less although the comps may be slightly higher.

Strat is not walking distance to anywhere. Unless you want to stay in one spot or spend all of your comp savings on transportation, stay downtown.

With 14 days, and the 7 day limit, I'd opt for one week at MSS and the other at The Cal.
Flynn
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August 31st, 2011 at 11:43:57 AM permalink
Since I am still studying I will visit Vegas again in the summer months. I like the 4 queens, I like their selection of slots (I LOVE 3 reel slots with 5 or 9 paylines) but I am not such a fan of their selection of table games. Besides, why are the dealers of 4 queens and binions wearing this weird ugly T-shirts? I would rather prefer something classy.

And yes, I could book 2x 7 days at MSS but I think I will use the opportunity to stay somewhere else to keep my vacation fresh and new.

I would like to hear how you did at the 4 queens. Maybe you can post your experiences here.
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Alan
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August 31st, 2011 at 11:48:39 AM permalink
I'll be at the four queens this weekend(Sat-Tue) and will try to provide feedback on my stay. I know Nareed was interested in this too.
teddys
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August 31st, 2011 at 11:49:37 AM permalink
Main Street Station or Four Queens.
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