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31-Oct thru 5-Nov, Suncoast

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by CincyScott, Nov 10, 2020.

  1. CincyScott

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    Wife and I (both 60) flew from Cincy via Delta. Direct flights and every element of the experience was good. Delta is trying very hard.

    Rented a Nissan economy box from Enterprise. Perfect for our purposes.

    Since I was bringing the wife, I didn’t want to take her downtown and checked out Suncoast, Red Rock, JW Marriot, M, South Point and Green Valley Ranch. Stayed at Suncoast as it was located where I wanted, and I got a Boyd Gambler’s rate. All told it wasn’t a great value. Boyd’s new business model seems to be to grind the few gamblers still willing to come to Las Vegas. Thinking it’s time for a change.

    8th floor mountain view room. The view was nice, and the wife enjoyed it. You can see all the strip hotels and new stadium. The lights twinkle at night on the horizon.

    31-Oct (Sat).

    We were planning to go to Mt Charleston for a hike. Several things conspired to make that hard, so we did a desert hike mostly up and around a foothill using a series of horse trails. 6 miles later we were in a good place to casino hang. Gambled and drank for several hours. Napped and showered then out for dinner.

    Dinner at Cornerstone steak house at Gold Coast. Love that place. A drink in the bar and dinner in the dinning room. Very good food, great service, good value.

    Went to Orleans to get a drink at Bailiwick and see live entertainment. The performer cancelled. Swung over to Tuscany for a lounge show. What joy. A goofy, sweet experience. If you want to see some live entertainment give this a try. The singer wasn’t great, but the band rocked. They should be filling lounges all over Vegas so that the crowd of unemployed talent can perform again, and we have live entertainment.

    1-Nov (Sun)

    Up reasonably early we had breakfast at DuPars. Good value, good service. My only complaint is the portion sizes are too large (I’m 6’2”, 205 LBS) and I couldn’t finish the omelet. Hate to waste food. Made NFL bets. Wife and I both bet $5 on every Sunday game and Monday night game. It’s a competition you know. She beat me by 40 cents in winnings.

    We did a bike ride this AM. Booked via Bike Blast. 33 mile loop River to Mountain Trail. They pick you up at your hotel, take you to the start point, size and adjust the equipment and set you free. Going clockwise, the first 10 miles are easy and not terribly pretty. The second 12 miles are easy and lovely! The last 11 miles are a b*tch! Mostly up hill the last bit is brutal.

    Bike blast did what was contracted. Picked us up, got us to the start, provided quality equipment tailored to our need, picked us up and returned us to our hotel. The driver, Matt, was a jerk. Unfriendly and argumentative. No problem, there are other bike rental companies in LV. If you are interested in this sort of thing you may still, consider Bike Blast.

    We were back at our hotel by 2 PM. A quick shower then sports book drinking with lunch from the Deli while we heckle each other on NFL wins/losses. This is genuine fun with a person I enjoy.

    Gambled and drank. Had a gift card so had dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Good food, good service and the price was right. We lingered and enjoyed.

    Back to the Suncoast for VP at the bar for a couple of hours before crapping out for the night.

    2-Nov (Mon)

    After breakfast at Dupers we drove to Mt Charleston for a hike. This is a very easy day trip. There are many hikes of different levels of difficulty from novice to very fit. Perfect weather, 70’s and sunny. 5 hours of walking and scrambling. The altitude adds a little to the difficulty, but you can always slow down. The oddest collection of plants exists on this mountain. Towering pines, smaller pines, low lying cactus, deciduous trees and plants. This is a pretty place and worth the short drive.

    We were back at the Suncoast by 3 PM. Our goal was not to press to hard as we were heading to Zion on Tue. After a shower we gambled and drank.

    After a nap we went to dinner at Morten’s Steakhouse. Again, had gift cards from a work thing. Service was generally good, but a couple of food elements weren’t up to standard. Twice as expensive as Cornerstone I thought this place was not a good value and was disappointed. I don’t mind paying for quality, but then expect quality.

    Gambled and drank at the Suncoast for a little but had to be up early Tue AM.

    3-Nov (Tue)

    Up at 5 AM we were on the road to Zion. The drive was uneventful. Grabbed a McMuffin on the drive. To control the volume of people visiting the park for covid, they sell shuttle tickets online for a dollar. You have a one hour reserved window to get on the in-bound shuttle. Then you can get on and off at will. The only other people that can get in the park are walkers/bikers. If you are only doing one day at the park, make sure you are on the earliest shuttle (8 AM). Also, if you do this as a day trip from Vegas be aware Utah does not fall back so there’s a time change.

    We hiked; the lower, middle, upper Emerald Pools (3 miles) , the River-Side walk (2 miles) and watchman (3 miles). These were generally easy if you are fit. There are some upward elevation changes that will get you breathing hard. Even with limits on people coming to the park there are still plenty of people there. Sunny and warm we had a remarkable time.

    The natural beauty here is amazing. Since it’s fall, the leaf colors add even more natural beauty to a unique place. I regret not planning this as a two-day visit. We would have explored more and felt less pressure to move quickly to pack things into the day. Many people pair this park with Bryce Canyon that’s near bye.

    We got back to Vegas at 8 PM. Ate dinner at Dupars, then gambled and drank. We slept soundly.

    4-Nov (Wed)

    Woke late after a good night’s sleep. We wanted to see the new downtown casino. Went downtown and walked through Circa. Obviously super new. They scanned our IDs at the door. I assume to keep out the riff raff. There was no one in the place when we were, and I mean NO ONE. Plenty of employees, not a single gambler. After a walk around I was impressed by the sports book. Couldn’t see the pool. The entry to the pool had 3 employees and not one customer. Where do they think this is? Do they really expect people downtown to line up to use a pool? Ba Ha Ha.

    All in all, my reaction was Meh. Nice and new but what’s the draw for non-twenty somethings from California?

    Left to go get breakfast at Magnolias. The Fremont street experience was dirty and filled with trash, human and otherwise. All at once I understood why they were scanning IDs at some places.

    After breakfast I wanted to play my favorite machine in the Fremont. They’ve downgraded the pay table. The crowd in the Fremont was trash. They answer the question, how much ass can you stuff into stretchy leopard print pants. I watched a woman that looked high on crack argue with a cocktail waitress about Hennessy.

    Could not get out of downtown fast enough. I can’t imagine a reason I would go back there again anytime soon particularly now that Boyd doesn’t want to give away free rooms.

    Visited Rampart and Red Rock to clear our palette. Lots of play very little success.

    Don’t recall where we had dinner. Went back to Tuscany for another lounge show. Total joy! There were guest performers and this show rocked. I mean we just had a lot of fun. Called it a night at mid-night.

    5-Nov (Thur)

    Home via Delta. Unremarkable.
     
  2. emmas

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    Sounds like a great trip. Lots of exercising outdoors with the biking and hiking, and some good eating. Second time I've heard about the show at Tuscany. Sounds like fun. Thank you for the report.
     
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    You fit a lot of activity into one Vegas trip!

    Glad you had a good time overall. Good to see a trip report from a fellow Cincinnati-an!
     
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    “ how much ass you can stuff into stretchy leopard print pants”........ crying laughing!! Omg !!
     
  5. tringlomane

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    Nice report. Which games/machines that you usually played got downgraded?

    I used to like playing at Fremont for their "full pay" pick 'em poker, but that's been downgraded for awhile. :(
     
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    Thanks for the kind words. Tuscany Lounge, highly recommend. Odd environment, everyone is a regular so it's like a family. That said, it's very entertaining and fun. I really enjoyed triple bonus + at the Fremont. 99.8% return. Reset from 9/5 to 7/5. Over time I've had a lot of luck on this game. There's a slant top below a set of stairs that was nicely isolated near the keno lounge. Sadly I don't think I'll be downtown again for a while. Going to try Rampart/Marriot on the next trip.
     
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    Appreciate the trip report and the details of the outdoor activities. Adding to my list!!
     
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    Yep nice TR thanks:)
     
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    tringlomane Theoretical Video Poker Addict
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    Bummer I guess VPFree2 is a bit out of date then. :( I used to play 7/5 TB+ a lot because that was the best game my former favorite Strip bar, TAG Lounge, used to offer.
     
  10. AyDee

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    I think Boyd dun goofed. New offers are turrible. The peoples are mad.
    Still need to try Red Rock some time, South Point is our new jam.
     
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    Aydee, I'm curious, is SP easy to develop a relationship with? I've never been there but generally hear good things and it checks a lot of boxes for me now. I'm a low roller, between $5K-$7.5K of VP coin-in, a day.
     
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    I think generally yes, I don't think that amount of coin in is low rolling to them, though I don't track coin in so good.
    Caveats are may be a while before you'll get mailer offers, and I think they get tight if you win during a trip. And no walkable nearby casino options.

    Really accessable hosts, I've been recommended and in touch with Roxanne Kramer, if you want to try to get in touch w. her.
    I think in general you could just try and ask the host on duty for a back end comp.

    Pluses are a great slot selection, generous players club, well laid out floor, clean, spacious vs DT rooms, lots of food options.
    (the clam chowder at their oyster bar and chicken soup at the deli are great)
    Oh and still $5 table mins available usually, which is a huge selling point for me.
    and kind of old school generous pit comps when playing tables and asking for them.
    and a chill semi-locals crowd, and right now, a not strip + not downtown crowd thing, which is working for us so far.
     
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    Thanks Aydee! Good info. I am in the same place for a while too. Non-strip/non-downtown. Sadly, I'm not sure the end of the pandemic will change things back to the way they used to be.
     
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    Thanks for the trip report. We always visit the Tuscany for the lounge shows. I like the current line-up with Ashley Fuller, Kenny Davidson
    and Michael Grimm among my favorites.
     
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    Thanks Westie. The Tuscany lounge has a real family feel. The staff, audience and performers all know each other well. We saw Lannie Counts perform as a guest of Kelly Clinton-Holmes. Wow! He rocked the room. His talent lit the joint up. I would go out of my way to see him perform again in any venue. We also saw Rita Lim and it was a super weird -- but still entertaining. She had a diva thing happening that made my wife and I laugh out loud. Ultimately, with so little live entertainment now it's good to have an option. Another thing that made me smile. A middle aged couple started dancing spontaneously and a security guard told them to stop. I immediately requested footloose from the performer on stage who didn't seem to get it. Only in Vegas.
     
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