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95 Hours in Vegas Ballys/Park MGM/Omega Mart

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  1. Jplan72

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    June 2021

    Well.

    I've been following this forum for a while and almost 4 years ago I took a bare bones trip $$$ wise as an adjacent 3rd wheel for a trip my sister and her husband had planned to go watch a Golden Knights game. I didn't do a trip report then, but after a couple of tries to get back Vegas that never went far, the family (parents, sister and other Sister's in-laws) decided on a 4 day trip from June 21-25th after being vaxxed and not traveling for a while so I did not fight it!

    I am mostly a slot player with no company allegiances, but from the last trip I was I signed up with most of the clubs to track play.

    Stay: Took on a Southwest Vacations deal with Ballys for 4 nights and my past play with MGM (NYNY ) booked 3 nights at Park MGM with 50 FP and 50 RC and on the hook for the Resort Fee. Knowing we had an early flight on Friday Morning home, I planned to hang with the rest of the family for a few hours of night 4 after catching the opening of Resorts World (RW) on Thursday night.
     
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    Monday: After a 7:30am East Coast Flight we got in to a busy terminal and baggage claim. Don't remember the Baggage claim being so busy in the few times we've visited but was dodging alot of people which was a theme; it did feel like Vegas was Vegas again. Waited in line for the bus to the rental place and got acquainted with the 100+ degrees days that became normal all week. Makes the 85 degree days with humidity back home almost bearable.

    In a Mazda CX5 by 11am. Note to self: Don't rent with Dollar. The Lines wrapped pretty far outside their space at the facility. While I was worried we wouldn't have a rental, all was ok, Gas was 30cents cheaper than in town (thanks GasBuddy) and while not a big deal, one less thing to do to gas up before leaving town on Friday morning.

    Having been fans of Vegas Podcasts and sites like this, I knew this trip I would try to visit a bunch of casinos and eat where we could with so many options saved on my google maps. Also, as a Filipino, we had planned to eat at as many Filipino places as possible having a car to try them out and to have something for my parents to enjoy as well. So, out of the rental facility, the first place we tried was Omings kitchen (5180 Blue Diamond Rd), a small brick and mortar place of a Filipino Food Truck biz next to a chicken place that we didn't plan on going to but plans had already changed (expected) as we were going to go to another place near Bootleggers and Town Square. Their food is a modern spin on Filipino Staples. The Pork plate (Asado) on a bed of Rice and Veggies had a great Char and flavor!! I was born in the US, but have visited my parents home country a few times when I was little, and this food took me back to when I to food memory which was a strong reaction. Hope they can stay open now things are open.

    Still early in the trip, but at this point, I didn't notice mask wearing other than the employees. Most people were maskless but didn't make a big deal if you did wear one.

    After meal #1, we drove back to the airport to pick up more family who had staggered flights into town. At this point we thought it would be still too early to check into Bally's but on the way back to the airport, I got a message on my MGM App that my room at Park MGM was ready; a low floor regular 2 queen room . I didn't intend to upgrade or use the 20 dollar trick but that was convenient way to to go to Bally's to try to check in there as well. Got to Ballys and got a low floor, near the elevator Jubilee room. Dropped our stuff off there and back out to pick up other family who where also staying at Park MGM after they got some drinks at Taco Bell and went to Meal #2 at Max's (1290 E Flamingo Rd). Lunch was okay, but it was good to hang out and settle a bit before moving on with the day.

    No gambling yet? Yep! I knew I would be gambling somewhat and while with the bankroll I brought I thought would last me the week, I didn't mind pacing myself.

    After Lunch we made the short trip to Seafood City, a Filipino style Supermarket for water, snacks and much to my chagrin a six pack of Red Horse beer! I don't drink much (are you sure Vegas is for you?) but rather than stopping by Total wine, this was one less stop!

    We then made it back to Bally's where I left the fam so I could go to Park MGM and settle in my room. At this point I was glad I had free parking at Paris and then also at Park MGM as I signed up for the MGM Mastercard to get Pearl Status and free parking. This would be one of my many walks on Mid Strip from Paris; parking lot to Park MGM. I was able to briefly see all the new (to me) changes at Planet Hollywood, cross the crosswalk to Cosmo when it was really hot. Just so I would try not ruin the whole trip being dehydrated or having heatstroke in the first day, I got some juice at Juice Standard before and stopping to play Buffalo Max for the first action of the trip all to settle down before I managed to make it to my room at Park MGM.


    After getting settled in Park MGM for a few hours, I drove the Fam to MGM Grand for Jabbawockeez. My BIL and I didn't go to the show, so slid in some Megabucks and then found my BIL who was on a table and we went to South Point for the craps tables (OYO instead?). South Point's tables were slammed and my BIL couldn't get in since we were short on time so we just played some slots where I got killed playing the likes of Ultimate Fire Link Power 4, Little Shop and other new cabinets I've never played before and my BIL had a good win on a Mad Max right before leaving to pick up the fam at MGM Grand.

    So 21 hours from the start of the day, we drove back to Park MGM where I finally got a session at Park MGM's casino. The Mlife person said my MGM players cards were "ancient" and gave me new ones. I had a MyVegas Comp saved up, but couldn't use it on this trip. Managed to win a little that night before calling it a night.
     
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    Glad to see you’re doing a trip report!

    That’s a very busy first day! I would have a hard time keeping up with so much family, but I’m sure it’s nice to share the fun!
     
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    Tuesday: First Full day and I was ready to move!!!

    I was sad that I didn't have a cooler for my beer, but did have something setup before I left the room for a morning session at Park MGM before heading to Bally's for my first quick session in this casino. The Bally's casino is reminiscent of the casinos I remember in my trips to Atlantic City as a kid and past Vegas trips from 12(!) years ago a probably around 2012, but didn't remember the floor layout from last trip there. We've stayed there too... Hello smoke smell!! My local casinos have been non-smoking during the pandemic when they opened so it was just all sensory overload to times past lol. It was great to feel that energy that I don't feel going to my local! What happened to the moving walkway, anyway ??? The day before, the slot techs were installing a new bank of Buffalo link and that morning they had still not gone online yet. I walked through Paris' casino floor to find Brioche by Guy Savoy but they were closed until 7:30am instead of 7 on the sign. All the breakfast and coffee places in Paris had lines already. Be prepared for this for your trips in the near future. Back in Bally's messin around a little on new games and played enough to pay for the drinks I bought the night before before for getting the IM to go to the room to pick up the family.

    My family has been to Vegas before but not in a few years and also didn't want to spend all day in side the casino so, off we went towards Red Rock Canyon. We stopped at Nanay Gloria's (5980 W Spring Mountain Rd #2c) for Breakfast/Lunch which was good as it was heavy food for the rest of the day. As with the theme of the trip, I wanted to visit as many casinos not just to play but to take a look at changes since my last trip. So, in keeping in mind some health stuff with me and not wanting to be outside, I decided I didn't want to see Red Rock Canyon as I visited it before and instead dropped myself off at Red Rock Casino. The casino has always been one of my favorites over my few visits there and spent a good 4 hours there getting my bankroll a good spanking...err run. Gambling was fine there ending up even with a max bet bonus win on Epic Fortunes and more luck on the newer Buffalo Chief and the new Monopoly game they had which was a ode to my jackpot station run at that casino a few trips ago (miss you Feast Buffet). We ended our day there with a quick session for my family who came to pick me up with some quick luck for my sister who doesn't gamble winning on a 4 trigger bonus on Dancing Drums. I did like my visit this time to Red Rock, but not sure its a must do next trip. Also planned to check out downtown Summerlin and the Golden Knights practice place, but we had run out of time.

    After a quick stop for Halo-Halo (an example not where we went), we valet parked at the Cosmo for an early dinner. As of June 2021, all of these restaurants were booked solid but we made sure to stop at one Cosmo eatery during this visit. My parents had never visited Cosmo before, and already mentioned they want to stay here next time as they were impressed with the property. Better get on it!

    To Momofuku...

    A quick 50 bucks into various slots after picking up another Identity card before the reservation and in we went to a stylish space and had a table overlooking the Strip. This was a de facto birthday party of my sister and I so it was a nice time. After some Pork Belly and Shrimp Buns. we had the Bo Ssäm for our main course. It was a good dinner. After dinner we walked around and went to Block 16 to check out Ghost Donkey. I wanted to eat at more of those stalls but never did. More for next time.

    Had some downtime at Ballys with the family and got to finally play some Buffalo Link that was open and more new games I wanted to play but with some extra time, I drove down to Ellis Island to check it out. Since by this time if I wasn't walking I was driving all over for this trip, I found I could quickly stop there and get a card thinking I might get breakfast there one morning between slot sessions. After that quick trip, we went to the Comedy Cellar at the Rio for the 9:30 show. The show was better than I was expecting touching on current trends and ageism. Most of the talent had been on "Last Comic Standing" or other comedy shows on TV. WOW has the RIO changed from WSOP HQ to what it is now. The Buffet was still closed and it was sad to see masquerade in the sky all gone. Still, walking in there with DIM SUM smell from the Chinese Restaurant was definitely different than I remember the last time we were there. May want to stop by there again ot maybe Gold Coast.

    By the time I got back to Park MGM, the Golden Knights game was over and the thought that they wouldn't go farther than this round set in. Still seeing how events like this don't even phase the Strip always amaze me about Vegas. I didn't want to get stuck in traffic parking the car, but that wasn't an issue. I had quick session in the casino and then called it an night. I did a tour of Park MGM floor walking through Eataly (finally) to see it was closed for the night, Aria for the first time all trip (played some Live and Let Die slots) and then to Cosmo to cash in my ticket from earlier in the day before calling it a night.
     
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    Wednesday Morning: When we knew we were planning this trip, the Grand Canyon was brought up as an option. My sister had not visited the Canyon yet, but most of the travel group we met in Vegas had. So, I declined to go. The family scheduled a group tour of Route 66 and Grand Canyon South Rim and left later in the morning so they could see the sunset.

    As I was looking at things for me to do (other than blow my bankroll) while everyone was out of town that day, I found Internet postings for Meow Wolf's Omega Mart. I was very interested and secured my ticket a month before the trip. While trying not to spoil anything ahead of time I watched enough videos to understand what I was getting into before the trip so was really looking forward to this experience.

    Now, I could go right into that but I'll make a separate post if you want to skip that for my other musings.

    I knew I had to extend my rental car for my running around and figure out how to get to Area 15 so still being on East Coast time I got up early, extended my rental and then decided to have the steak and eggs special at Ellis Island. The breakfast was fine for the price and even got to try their root beer! Great value and the Root Beer was almost half my total bill! I also got to watch the waiter try to wake up a guy in the table in front of me, his breakfast waiting passed out asleep. I took 2 waiters and then 4 security guys threatening to extricate him from the cafe when he came to and left taking his food and skipping on the check. He was a hotel guest so it was squared away, I think. The stories in the Village Pub but be something....

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQeBDE2MpoH/

    What can I say about Ellis Island? Its some place. People were happy to be there at 6am and when I had a bill acceptor problem on one of their slots, I could hear staff calling for assistance for me but it did take time for someone to actually help me and then I was apologized to for the inconvenience. I also noticed one of the Ellis' mgmt quietly ask a patron to pull up his pants.... the little things. The Slot floor did have some new games, but did have a bank of order VP/slot machines, while another bank of new machines were also being installed.

    With no luck there but full from breakfast, I made it back to Park MGM for a morning slot session. By now, I had really started to like Park MGM's casino which compared to Monte Carlo's floor in the past (RIP the PUB) I never liked back then so I didn't mind killin' time picking up from my shenanigans the night before my Omega Mart appointment later that morning. I was moving around the floor playing and doing okay, thinking I might end up at Eataly for something before leaving when I managed to hit my first hand pay ever in Vegas on a Luxury Line slot machine at 5cents!


    At that point and after tipping the attendant, w2 in hand and a little giddy and in disbelief, I forgot my original plans, put the just over handpay winnings into the safe and got ready for Area 15.
     
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    Nice, congrats on the first handpay!
     
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    I look forward to trying this Luxury Line slot when I eventually get back to Vegas. Handpays are always exciting even if it's the 15th or 1st.....something about the music that plays.
     
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    Congrats on your first hand pay, May there be many more in your future.
     
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    Wednesday Mid Morning: Area 15 and Omega Mart.

    Got back into the Mazda and headed toward Spring Mountain Road thinking I would eventually get to Area 15 in enough time. I thought I might stop at one of the many Coffee shops I wanted to try before heading to Area 15 but somehow Google Maps had me overshoot the exit off Desert Inn past the Exit to Area 15 and back behind Wynn. After a quick U-turn (something as an Non Jersey East Coaster I had to get used to doing) made it to an industrial area around 9:45am to West parking lot next to Area 15.

    Area 15 I had read elsewhere is described as a mall for Millennials. I call it a real life Sims 2 nightife expansion building. There are many attractions in the complex that require a ticket. There will also will be concerts of the EDM and other types of music there over the July 4th weekend and beyond. After walking to the "front" and a quick line of 15 or so people younger than 45 (present company included) I reach the front door of Area 15.


    Once inside, you enter a big multi-floor warehouse in black light and light features with attractions lining the walls, a restaurant and food stalls in the middle of the space where you would get lotion demos or cell covers in a regular mall. Definitely not the malls of the 80s and 90s. I queued up to the entrance to the giant Omega Mart "0" with maybe 30 people in front of me. Security check #2, scanned my ticket on my phone and while I had my mask on most did not we went inside the Supermarket a little after the 10am opening.

    Yes, Omega Mart is a Supermarket created by Creative art group Meow Wolf (MW), but it is so much more. Its is an example of consumerism, branding and the deeper connection with the human psyche. Or, its just a cool place with art. I know I didn't get everything from this attraction, it works on many levels with secrets that can be left for multiple visits or spoilers found online in subsequent months and years, someone can leave that place with what they want with it and it could be enough.

    Some non-spoiler things from Omega Mart.
    1. You can buy products in the Supermarket including drinks like "Liquid Death" water in the cooler section as well as dry goods and vitamins. Some items are priced as "art pieces" and may change from one visit to the next.
    2. Omega Mart is expansive but there are a lot of small spaces, some in the dark and may not be great for everyone who does not move well.
    3. While you enter once and can't re-enter the attraction, expect to spend at least an hour to go through the store and many more if you are a RPG/Choose you own adventure/completionist type person.
    4. Some of the new "employees" (us) were taking the story part very seriously and not wanting help. While you can do that, I would suggest you ask the right "questions" with the actual Omega Mart Employees who can give you what you need to move through the attraction. That doesn't mean they will spoil the story!
    5. When you talk to the employees in Omega Mart, make sure you get a boop card if they don't slip one to you: its a souvenir and there is interaction with the cards during and after your visit. I still check my card on occasion. There are a few websites you can visit as well.
    6. Make sure you hydrate or eat before entering the attraction. You can't eat inside Omega Mart and while there is a bar inside, make sure to check the hours before you expect to drink there and your visit time. The prices are also that of an attraction.
    7. Observe everything. The Rabbit Hole does go deep if you want it to go that far.
    8. As the virus changes and MW appears to try to bring in as many people as possible to visit, please be aware as with #2 a lot of people are going through this attraction and it can get hot and maybe claustrophobic for some. I wonder if MW will try to scale the interaction points so people are not waiting for parts of attraction that I saw when I was there.

    I managed to get pretty far into the storyline even though I thought I was I skipping through some of the deeper sections. When I was satisfied with my progress 4 hours later, I bought a few things in Omega Mart and then a beverage at the local coffee house "Makers and Finders" stall in Area 15 while walking past the different areas of Area 15 that I didn't buy a ticket to and the Meow Wolf gift shop before leaving.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CQedFpSsZXv/
     
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    I was a fan of the original concept, but had no idea it had this potential. Would still like to get a regular bonus on this slot. Can you believe I didn't get a single one the whole trip???? So Handpay or bust!
     
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    Nice report so far!
     
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    Wednesday Afternoon/Night: North Strip/Downtown

    My plans were changing on the fly. I was getting used to the heat but didn't want to stay outside. Luckily for me, Palace Station was close and as many times as I drove past that marquee I figured I could get a quick visit in to regroup. I didn't know what to expect, but PS is a nice property! The famous Oyster Bar was busy as expected; the queue line moved away from the casino floor to the wall of the Steakhouse that was closed. I stayed there about an hour. I managed to get a some time on the newer Hobbit Slot Machine at 2 cents with a ring feature. The slot floor seemed to go on and on with a lot of newer games. If I stayed here much longer I wouldn't have the bankroll to make it to downtown so off I went but glad I stopped there. Will probably won't go back or go there than Red Rock for my Station fix.

    Up I-15 I went and into Downtown. I really wanted to spend as long as I could there and visit all the places I've been meaning to go to from last trips. As I pulled into Garage Mahal I was getting very excited. The first trip to Downtown I remember trying to park in the Binion's Parking lot late night 12 yrs ago and this garage was not that.

    ID check over the walkway into Circa and we seem to enter into a different Downtown. It definitely felt like a different casino while not feeling cramped like the other properties downtown. I appreciate what Derek Stevens did to change Fitzgerald's into the D. We were able to have a great meal at Andiamo's during my last visit but didn't spend any time at D then so I wanted to see what the team could do with a full casino. You could tell right away that it's a different level casino and after playing some new games on the 2nd floor, I did get decent play for my coin-in. I knew about the big screen so I was building the anticipation of seeing it long enough when I took the escalator down to the Sportsbook level. The scale of the screens has to be seen to be believed. Its bright, its large and come football season might give Westgate a run for its money. I didn't get into Westgate when I visited it as the LV Hilton, but that room felt huge and a bit cold to me. The Circa Sports Book still felt inviting even with its size. I didn't think watching the Padres would be interesting but seeing the crowd root for their bets during that game was fun. It was cool to see the VSIN studio too. I hung around a little longer, just checking out the Mega Bar and the other areas and played the new Willy Wonka game that reaches to the ceiling for all those lines in the oompa loompa feature. Fun, but a Willy Wonka Game as well as the new Emperor's Coins - 88 Fortunes game among new slots to me.

    Time for lunch, but what to get downtown? I decided to try Project BBQ right outside Circa and get their smoked pulled pork Street Taco with a slice of lime. You get 3 to an order with a view of Fremont Street Experience (FSE) if you stay. For Midday, it was fairly busy and not too hot out so it was a nice break with music playing and people watching. The tacos did need salt but it did keep me full most of the day.

    I finally managed to walk around Fremont to check out The D, Golden Gate, walk past Nacho Daddy, see the Mob Museum building, missing El Cortez completely and checking out Downtown Grand Casino. I was really curious for this one and well the casino floor was nice and big, but I really didn't feel it there. Had one bonus on a slot I've never played before, had good cocktail service but there was really no one there playing. Also made to the California to get that Bconnected card. I felt it was getting late and I was fading a bit so I left and made it to the Plaza. I was there before and it seemed like the slot floor was good compared to the last visit. I got stuck playing in the Wheel of Fortune area with the bankroll I had left but not really long enough to know If I would return here. It was okay. Note: Hash House a go go was closed by then but we were thinking of eating there but they were all booked like most restaurants that week. Neat feature with Garage Mahal when you leave the payment system knows what level you parked on in case you don't haha.

    It was a good time downtown. Next trip, I need to spend more time there when I don't feel like I need to hit every place.

    Back down to Park MGM to pack up a bit so I didn't need to do much later when I checked out Thursday and get ready to go back out and visit the some of the North Strip places. Bag in tow and enough stuff to last one night @ Park MGM I drove up Bally's to drop my bag and then to Venetian for the free parking and visit to the casino.

    Venetian is the first hotel I stayed in on the first trip to Las Vegas so I wanted to go there to partake in some rituals of getting coffee at coffee bean & tea leaf, try to get to Bouchon and just visit the casino for old time sake. None of that happened but did get to the casino. I walked through the busy food court and the Bazaar and through the casino floor and into Palazzo. Nothing really different to me but just good to walk through both properties. As usual both places were really busy and because it was midweek some eateries were closed on the casino floor.

    We had driven past Wynn and Encore earlier in the trip so I was determined to visit as it was just nice to see the place again. I made it to Encore and I forgot how small the casino was so I went back to Wynn and decided to play a little bit. I didn't think I would last too long but needed a rest from all the walking I was doing. After trying some Bubble craps at Red Rock and Park MGM, I found one at Wynn and did that for awhile. it was a good change from the New Cleo and other slots I played right before it. I was not used to having 21 dollars in numbers placed on the board as a complete craps noob but with a 15 roll session I was able to keep my money and pass time differently. I cashed out and found a bank of Buffalo Revolution machines and figured I'd sit down. Not 10 spins in, I get a 4 coin trigger bonus. At home, my local has these but my bonuses are far a few between. I had the Buffalo symbol feature and a nice $400 win once at home but hey, its Wynn and its a bonus so hoping for more! Since 'revo has a prize wheel and not having too many bonuses to compare against I just expected a decent credit win. I got more than that, I got handpay #2 for the trip!!! I won a fat 1K Major on the wheel feature (which I only noticed after the trigger started) and was hovering under a handpay until the last 4 free spins or so to get over the top.

    So after getting paid and in disbelief again, I decided it was a school night and went to my room early. I left the Wynn and headed back to Park MGM. The fam didn't get back to town from their tour until 1:30am but I was long asleep by then...
     
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    Thursday/Friday: Mid-Strip Crawl/Resorts World/Home

    After a profitable Wednesday with 2 handpays, the trip couldn't end any better. Being in Vegas and never changing sleeping habits I couldn't stay asleep long knowing this was going to be my last full day in town on Thursday. Up early and saw I had an unread voicemail from family asking to meet for a meal when they got in from their tour. Too late for that. I finished cleaning up the room and filled my bag for the walk up strip. I still had the rental to return and wanted to grab something to eat so I drove back up to Venetian to Grand Lux Cafe for an early breakfast. 22 bucks for a huge breakfast Quesadilla and an Arnold Palmer from the Late Night Menu. Its good to know Grand Lux is 24 hours and even better to know they sell coffee at the front counter for the early (late) gamblers and they have a full Breakfast Buffet from 6am as of this trip. I don't know how long that will last.

    After breakfast, I found some Buffalo Chief, Luxury Line and Price is Right 3 reel to try but nothing doing. I got out of Venetian and made the decision to go to the Arts District and try a "Makers & Finders" Cold Brew for the trip back to drop off the car. Coffee in hand and car dropped off, I took a Lyft back to the Strip. As of this trip, I ended up using Lyft more than Uber because Uber was way more expensive but Uber seemed to be more available.

    I got to Park MGM midmorning ready to check out. They have Checkout Kiosks outside the Elevator Lobby which were convenient, but wait... I still have resort credit!!! To Starbucks I went!!!!! While I am not a Starbucks coffee fan, they allowed me to get into Matcha with their Iced teas and lemonades so after 30mins in line (it felt that way) and observing the Starbucks crew of 10 in the weeds reheating pastry and apologizing to customers for not having meat for the egg sandwiches I used up my RC with pastries and Lemonade Macha for my walk up the Strip.

    Park MGM was a great choice for me. The room is maybe too small for most, it seemed like I did hear what was going right outside my room, the toliet seemed to run endlessly but fully functional, but I did like the new bathroom and general color scheme of the place. I thought we would use the room as another place to hang if needed, but that never came up. Still, it may be too south in the Strip for some of the things we needed to do. Eataly seemed busy every time I walked by but some of the stalls and restaurant were still closed. I didn't get to Best Friend which was on the list, but maybe next time.

    Starbucks bags and bookbag in tow, I made the walk through that long walkway past the pool and hitched the ride on the tram to Bellagio. No masks for the riders except me. Long walk into Bellagio for my only visit passing through. The Patisserie was busy and a lot of people were hanging at the tables along the hall eating lunch. The casino floor seemed to be in good shape; wished I could be there for the piano to be playing at Petrossian bar as I passed by the empty bar and piano.

    After linking up with the family, the plan was to walk the Strip. We decided to walk to Caesars because we would be having dinner there that night. As usual, the lobby was packed with people and the Casino had the energy I remember from the last trips. We ended up hanging out there most of the afternoon. We had a snack at Halal Guys while watching the line for Bobby's Burgers not stopping. Some places were still closed there too. I played some around Gordon Ramsay's place but ended up goin back to Ballys to pick up some things and while getting back it started to rain heavy (Linq's flood drain still good?) ! I wasn't going to get wet so I decided to run through all the casinos on my way back to Caesars while the rain was going. So, through Cromwell and then Flamingo for quick sessions including my tour-de-force Buffalo Link run with a last spin decent bonus but where I also seemed to fight the Wonder 4 Boost machines and other new to me slots. They seemed to be having cashout problems as the kiosks were all down and there were lines to the cage to cash out. That probably made me stay longer than I wanted to there. Then into The Linq, my home base last trip. All the changes made to the sportsbook and gaming area make it sleek and modern but maybe disjointed with the tables and O'Sheas. There was a hot session at the electronic craps table across from Guy's Fieri's Restaurant. I would have stayed here again, but Caesars Rewards had no incentive for me to stay there so....

    I finally made it back to Caesars and got a decent minor on another new slot and met up with the family at Water Grill right inside The Forum Shops for some apps and Sushi before dinner. I got a few oysters which were great and their apps are nut forward. It was a nice intermezzo for the night's dinner. We took the walk through the mall. It was definitely busy with few masks. I walked into and out of the Tourneau Store and remarked at what little inventory they had on display. Sign of the times lol. We got to the end of the Mall and made it Joe's Stone Crab early. Luckily they let us sit early for a pretty good dinner.

    I might have went overboard on my Ribeye.


    We also tried their stone crab which was sweet but the sauce was the highlight! You can dip that into anything. After a really INTENSE slice of Key Lime Pie I directed the walk back to Ballys through Harrah's, Linq, the Linq Promenade which looked great but missed this trip and then hung out again at Flamingo while a huge downpour went by. One of the Team Members actually went to see for himself and was happy for the rain to come down. It was windy and also looked slippery out there. We finally made it back to Bally's for all of us to rest before I would make the walk to Resorts World.

    The first trip I made to Vegas I missed the Wynn opening by a few weeks so when they said Resorts World would open the last day we were in town I couldn't pass the chance to visit. When I made it to Resorts World, I was a little beat from the walk so I stopped across the street for some water and then saw the sea of people trying to get in. I made it across the street and into the mob of people waiting to go in, but the line was not moving. I was watching a bunch of live streams of local Youtubers in RW and realized if I followed a line of people who were walking in the direction of the Conrad's entrance to get into the resort, I could get in to.

    RW is new and shinny and each of the resorts each has their own vibe. I was fading fast but managed to play a little on the slot floor and saw a guy waiting to get paid for two handpays he had. He was betting 17 bucks a spin so yeah. I didn't stay long enough to see the food court, but staff were still wiping down sections as I was walking by. Everyone has shared their opinions of opening night, I was just glad to visit it, but sad I missed Tiesto at the pool. The Resort does feel very big but the casino is just in one spot save High limit so It has that Palazzo vibe to me. Also, It's lit so bright like in the Atrium of Wynn near the Esplanade you might not know what time of day it is.

    I made it to the Conrad's valet/ area but I couldn't get a Lyft to take me back mostly due to 1st night stuff so after 30mins of waiting I walked to Circus Circus to pick one up. Since demand was high in genera l went inside and played a little and it was fun 20 or so minutes waiting for the pick up. The old coin machines were busy as you would imagine. I then realized 90% of my play for this trip were on Buffalo machines of all kinds, heh.

    I got my Lyft and remembered I had to cash out tickets in Caesars and Flamingo so I stopped by there to cash out (walking by Bacchanal's new location) before ending back at Bally's around 3am for a 90 min nap before our pick up for our flight home.

    I got a SUV from Earth Limo to take us to the airport which was convenient. The flight home was nice and uneventful but I made the rookie mistake of playing in the Airport chasing another Buffalo Revolution Progressive before my flight.

    All in all it was a great trip. I actually didn't play as much as I thought I would, but maybe that was just me. It's early but maybe to keep statuses I might try to swing another trip sooner than 4 years between visits.

    Thanks for reading if you made it this far!! Thanks also for everyone who shares their TRs over the years, because its your reports that made we want to share my low rolling, bigger plans than I should be planning for myself trips.
     
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    Great report! I love reading when people love their hotels.

    I believe in airport slots and always give it a shot. It’s gonna happen one day.
     
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    Wow, you packed a lot in on your stay, and you made pretty good use of your rental car for sure!
    Thanks for the report, and congrats on the handpays!
     
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    Forgot two things (for now).

    The valet experience at Cosmo was so pleasant, it made an impression on me. Makes you want to stay there. They wanted to know your name i guess for the ticket, but with how busy they were it still felt like we were the only ones parked there.

    2nd. Most of the sports bets I made were at Circa Sports for golf and next years big game. Hope at least one bet wins so instead of mailing it in I have a reason to visit haha.
     
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    Congrats on the wins and your great report!
     
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    So weird to hear of the recent rains but good for the valley. Thank you for your great TR and congrats to you on the handpays!
     
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    I enjoyed reading your report, as you are truly adventurous! Holy smokes you take " slot traveling" to a whole other level! Congrats on the wins!!

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    Nice report! Thanks for sharing!
     
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