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Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by Feldzieg, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Feldzieg

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    Hi everybody,

    I've been lurking around this forum for quite a while now, reading reports, taking in the well thought out advice offered by the worldly gamblers these boards are graced with, making some pathetic attempts to share my limited experience with said gamblers. After having a couple of Vegas trips under my belt now, I finally feel confident enough to share my shenanigans with you, albeit a little late (the action happened in May). So, let's get things started!

    Unlike you lucky Americans who can just hop on a domestic flight or (gasp!) DRIVE to Vegas, my rolling into town took me a good 20 hours including a long-haul across the Atlantic. But given my home town is Munich, Germany, where the beer is flowing and Hans and Heidi enjoy their schnitzels, that was to be expected. My German friends think I'm nuts for flying to Vegas twice a year but I decided to just don't give a f*** :) Vegas is my happy place and I have yet to find another vacation spot that offers a better value (if you know what you're doing, seek out a good deal...and, of course, have some control over your gambling spendings. That's the hard part, of course). Also, I am one of these thirty-something big city single people and I greatly enjoy to do Vegas solo. Always meet a bunch of people (especially at the craps table) and can still do whatever the hell I want. The weather is great, people are there to have fun. What's not to love?

    Since the trip is so long and the time difference a solid 9 hours I typically stay 7-10 days. I have, however, learned the hard way that my body cannot endure more than five to six days of straight up Vegasing. So, I organized a little road trip in between with a friend. Here is the full itinerary:

    5/6 Arrival - Stay at the California, Downtown (comped)
    5/8 Move to The Cosmopolitan (comped)
    5/12-16 Road Trip! (Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion)
    5/16-18 Wynn (comped, courtesy of the Wynn Slots App)
    5/18 Sam's Town (comped)
    5/19 Luxor (reduced rate, spur of the moment decision to stay a little longer instead of going to L.A.)
    5/20 Trip home to good old Europe.

    Day 1


    Finally, Vegas! First order of business was to get a U.S. SIM card since I cannot exist (or order a Lyft!) without an internet connection. You would think that someone sells these things at the airport where, you know...people arrive. Turns out, I had to cab to a T-Mobile Store somewhere off-strip. 3 miles, 20 bucks. Ouch. The SIM card looks like an even better investment now.

    Got my phone hooked up and ordered a Lyft to the Cal. $7.41 (excluding tip) for the ride downtown. Thank God for rideshares! I also thoroughly enjoy taking a shared ride. Have met some really nice people there.

    As we approach downtown my heart rate increases - oh, the excitement! Have been waiting a long time to come back here. I mostly just needed the room at the Cal. Wanted to gamble at Main Street Station which is by far my favorite casino downtown. I love the decor, the draft beer brewed on-site, the great VP odds, the consistent $5 craps tables where you'll always find an empty spot. Some other casinos downtown are a little too cramped or loud for me. MSS, however, hits that sweet spot of openness, good drink service and fun but not too "party" (looking at you, D!) atmosphere for me.

    Got my $10 freeplay loaded (which should give you an indication of the level of player I am :)) and sat down at the Boar's Head Bar. Happiness! A couple drafts and disappointing hands later I wandered off to the craps table. What a great decision! Had one of the most fun evenings in Vegas ever. There were a bunch of really nice people from Denver playing there who didn't know what the heck they were doing. So, I volunteered to be their craps teacher, they couldn't have been more grateful and well...it worked out for all of us! We must have played for at least five or six hours. The cocktails were flowing, the crowd went wild, the dealers got tipped, up and down it went.

    Colored up fairly lit and entirely content with my first day - up about $180.

    Yeah :sunglasses:

    Day 2

    Woke up at about 9am, super surprised that I had slept through the entire night despite the time difference. Turns out, alcohol does have some health benefits! Who would have thought?
    Headache situation: manageable.

    Plan for the day was to do a downtown coupon run with the American Casino Guide and the Las Vegas Advisor books. But first things first: scored a free breakfast buffet at MSS with the coupon book and my BConnected points. I love Vegas buffets. The differences in quality are pretty remarkable but I'll always find something I enjoy and they are often a huge bargain. The MSS buffet is very solid. Even though their orange juice is powder-based. Common, America! :tonguewink:

    Coupon runs are always fun. Now that I am registered in the various casinos' systems it takes a little less time, too. Signing up with a German passport at casinos who are not used to many foreign customers can be quite the experience :) Can't say I won much through most of the run, but it kept me entertained for quite a while without losing my butt. So, that counts as a win, I guess? It's always a little weird to be "that guy" who walks up to a table only to do the match play. Blackjack hates me, so I mostly stick to my friends, the dice, making a couple of quick pass line bets. At The D, however, they give you some incentives to play blackjack: two bonus cards that push your hand if you get 22. Also, they give you two $25 match plays (through both coupon books). So, I sat down, boasting with confidence. I belive in the math of the game so I felt great, knowing I had the advantage. And, of course, the gorgeous dancing dealer just killed me. She did it with style, but it was pretty brutal. Blackjack and I continue to be at odds with each other.

    Wounded, I retreated to the Vue Bar upstairs which offers probably the best VP paybacks at a downtown bar. I played a 25c progressive 8/5 Bonus Poker. Even without the progressive, this is a 99.17% game. The Royal was at roughly $1,700. Can't do the exact math, but that's a great game especially at a bar and with the extra free play promotion from the coupon book. After a couple of drinks, I convinced myself that the math was in my favor. THE MATH, PEOPLE!! But the quads were nowhere to be seen. So quick was the deflation of my bankroll that I could scarcely enjoy the bartender showing off his vodka bottle juggling skills. Was less impressed, though, after I drank all the vodka.

    Some slices of Pizza Rock later, I wandered back to the Cal and stopped at the VP coin-dropper section, staring at the people frantically feeding quarters to the hungry machines. I've never done that. I wanna do that, too, I thought! Got myself an oversized coin cup and started to join in. I didn't even think of the math or the comps my play would give me. Didn't even notice I was playing a progressive. Was just in it to enjoy the quirky fun of the dropping coins. Aaaand, just when you least expect it: Jackpot - Royal Flush!! $1,309!!

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    Damn!! My first Vegas jackpot! I wanted to celebrate but the older Hawaiian lady next to me was clearly not interested. She didn't even look up as she continued to fiddle with the coins. Suddenly, a group of, let's say mature Asian gals gathered around me, started to congratulate and offer their advice. Their consensus was I should take the money and continue to play at $1 machines. If I hit it again, I would win FOUR times as much! I briefly enjoyed my newly-found celebrity, thanked them for their help but secretly decided to play it like The Ron has taught me. That money would come home with me!

    When the slot attendant showed up, a great time was had discussing international taxation standards. Because, you know what? Germans don't pay taxes on their gambling winnings (kaching!). And because there is a double taxation agreement in place between the U.S. and Germany, German citizens cannot be taxed for gambling winnings by the I.R.S. Unfortunately, the slot attendant did not care. She said she needed to take out the taxes and I should figure the rest out with the I.R.S. Turns out, I need an ITIN number now and file a U.S. tax return to get my money back. Oh, the red tape will be glorious! But for $400 I'm willing to fill out some forms.

    Have no idea how the rest of the night fared. Other than it was bliss. And I managed to tuck my handpay away in the safe and not touch it.

    [To be continued - Not much of a picture guy, but some are coming, too, I swear!]

    Auf Wiederschnitzel!
     
    #1 Feldzieg, Jun 7, 2019
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  2. kleland69

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    Great Start! I like the writing style! I also like the idea of taking a break in the middle and exploring USA. Can't wait to read the rest. Thanks for sharing
     
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  3. IHAVP

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    Superb start to your TR and your vacation!!!
     
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  4. Texas Steph

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    Loving your report!!

    Congrats on the Royal jackpot, and thank you for coming out of hiding to post... looking forward to more!
     
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    Royals are clearly awesome but EVEN BETTER... when you least expect them!! Wooo whooo way to go!! Loving your report and hoping your luck continued!! :)
     
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  6. Mr. Vice

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    Nice hit on a coin dropper!
     
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  7. tringlomane

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    Great start! And lol at those Hawaiian ladies telling you to move to dollars!
     
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    Congrats on the Royal! I’m looking forward to the rest of your TR.
     
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    Fun TR, so glad you’re trying one! Congrats on the Royal, Ron said good job for taking it home! It will go towards your next trip!
     
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  10. LeaLea

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    Your writing style is fun. Looking forward to more. I love that you come to Vegas twice a year....from Germany!
     
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    Nice, looking forward to hearing the rest.
     
  12. Feldzieg

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    Thank you so much for your encouraging replies! Feels great to know someone is enjoying my musings (or at least polite enough to let me believe it. I'll take it!).

    My time is a bit limited right now but I am still laser-focused on finishing this report. Just be a little patient with me.

    Day 3

    For the first time in my life I woke up in Vegas without even a hint of a hangover. Shutting down the gambling early to preserve my bankroll really helped with that. Granted, there are some undeniable advantages - but let's not try that too often! Jumped out of bed to check on the handpay money in the safe. It was still there! Straight A for self-discpline! Apparently, I CAN handle Vegas. Feels good to reassure myself. Bad enough that all my friends already think I'm a degenerate. But what do they know? ;)

    Got ready for my move to Cosmo then. But before leaving downtown, a visit to the Donut Bar was in order. So delicious. I love my country, but Donuts in Germany are a disgrace. Some bakery shops attempt them but let's not even go into that. It's just sad. The best thing you can find is a Dunkin at a big city train station. So, imagine my excitement when I went in there. Nom nom.

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    Next stop was the Mob Museum. Had that one on the itinerary for the last four trips but never made it because...you know, Vegas happened. But today I had plenty of time and wanted to keep my daily bankroll together for Cosmo. Scored a little discount with the coupon book and in I went. Staff is very nice and the whole museum is just so interesting. I'm a huge sucker for mob movies and TV shows - so this one was clearly for me. Loved all the mob paraphernalia but the thing I most enjoyed was the movie of Vegas in the old days that played in one of the rooms. You can just relax on one of the red couches and enjoy the show. It's like an on switch for me. Give me some Vegas images and a Sinatra song and I'm a happy camper.

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    Possibly the greatest thing about the Mob Museum is that you can leave it and go to the Strip. And that's exactly what I did. Destination: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. My heart jumps a little when I enter the casino. Love the smell there, the atmosphere, the style, the people watching.

    Checked in and got a really nice Terrace Studio with a beautiful view of the Strip.

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    I'm certainly not a high-roller but Cosmo is taking care of me and in return, I play it a little looser when I'm gambling there. Since Cosmo values slot players so much I do most of my slot play there. But dang it, can the money go fast when the slots don't hit. Got one good win on a $1 Double Diamond machine. The rest was a bust.

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    So, instead I did what I do best. Hang out a Chandelier and play video poker. They make a wonderful Rye Old Fashioned there. One of my all-time favorite drinks. Saved a couple drink tickets, so I could get the Myagi, one of their specialties. I love peppermint in pretty much every form. Ice cream, chocolate, you name it. But best of all: in an expertly crafted adult beverage at my favorite place in the world. No VP hits to speak of but if you're enjoying yourself so much - who cares really?

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    Ended the night with some craps. Cosmo is one of the few casinos where it's nearly impossible to find a $10 table. Most of the time, $15 is the minimum. Which is steep for me. I typically play a pass line and two come bets with single odds and if it's going well throw a bunch of silly hardway bets out there. But at a $15 table that means you have almost a hundred bucks at risk on a lot of rolls. So, if a couple seven outs show up early, I'm done. Guess what happened? Ouch.
     
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    Great update! Hope i read better luck in future installments!
     
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    Day 4

    Visitation Day! Today, one of my best friends from home (let's call him C) came to visit. He had never been to Vegas and was lured in by the promise of a free hotel room and a buddy road trip across the American West. To my great dismay, however, he warned me beforehand that he wanted to be conservative with his money and not gamble much. I accepted the challenge and secretly plotted how to get him to play a little without risking much. I don't want to pressure him into risking money he is not prepared to lose but there are ways to get some low-rolling play in in Vegas without risking anything serious.

    Once C arrived, he was of course, a little overwhelmed like all Vegas newbies. He arrived in the evening and I took him to Mon Ami Gabi for dinner. The view of the fountains from there is just spectacular and I really appreciate that their prices are still reasonable in spite of their more than premium location. Also, the "reservation" system on the patio with the buzzers is quite clever. You can still wander around the Paris casino while waiting for the little thingy to go off, promising French-American culinary wonders and splashy Bellagio fountain fun.

    Since he had never been to an American casino, I familiarized C with the greatest feature of them all: free drinks! (In our country you have to pay premium prices for them AND pay an admission fee to the casino. Sad!). Sat down at a Heidi's Bierhaus machine and ordered a round of Coronas. Cocktail waitress was really nice and served us both even though only I was playing. Heidi never ceases to amuse me. It's an outrageously silly game, especially if it's your own culture that's being spoofed. Some Germans might find it borderline offensive, I find it gloriously ridiculous. Was a little lucky even and hit a Prost! bonus round. Didn't win much but I was super happy that I could show C Heidi's goofy song that's being played throughout the bonus. We had a blast and before we could lose much, the buzzer went off. Bon appétit!

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    We both had delicious steak and frites and greatly enjoyed the people watching and atmosphere. Took him up to the Eiffel Tower afterwards to get a view of the city. My Caesars Diamond card (which I got through a fiendishly clever little status match ruse - sorry, Mr. Caesar but I lost enough money to you to make me not feel bad about this) made that a) cheap and b) super fast and easy. Nice little perk. Was a little weird to do these supposedly romantic things with a guy friend. But, hey, it was still fun and we were both reminded of that "How I Met Your Mother" episode where two guy friends go see a musical in New York. "Dude, we're gonna do Broadway, bro style!"

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    C was down early that night because of that whole long-haul flight / time difference conundrum. So, what other chance did I have but play some more bartop VP at Cosmo? Tried out the bar at the sportsbook for the first time. Really enjoyed their draft beer selection and Attila, the bartender is a really nice guy. Decided to play some Deuces Wild because the Bonus Poker / Double Double Bonus had not been hitting at all. Serious and painful quad drought. And my last trip was saved by a miraculous run on Deuces Wild. I hit the 4 Deuces three times (once even with a multiplier). Sounds like a plan?

    Guess who got a whole lot of natural quads and nothing else on Deuces that night?
     
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    And you didn't switch back? :) LOL

    Just curious about how our prices (Vegas prices) compare to home.
     
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    You mean drink and admission prices at German casinos? Admission is really low, usually just €2.50 (about $3) but it still bothers me to pay to get into a place so I can lose my money there. And drink prices are premium for the German standard. That means pretty much normal bar prices in a larger U.S. city (or even on the lower end, especially when it comes to beer which is way cheaper in Germany. If beer cost the same as in the U.S. we'd have a revolution on our hands).

    So, we're talking roughly $5 for a beer, $10 for a wine and upwards of $10 for londgdrinks and cocktails.

    In general, you just get zero comps. ZERO! I think you guys begin to understand why I happily long-haul to Vegas to get my gambling fix ;)

    Some casinos are very nice though. Especially the ones with a lot of history in the old spa cities where the nobility used to spend their summers and gamble away their fortunes. The most beautiful are probably Baden-Baden and Wiesbaden. The latter is where Dostoyevsky's novel "The Gambler" is set. Apparently, he was in desparate need for the advance from his publisher since he had lost all his money there previously ;)
     
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    To give you a sense - this is Baden-Baden:

    https://www.google.de/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjsporHluniAhVKDewKHb3nBpUQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https://www.tourismus-bw.de/Media/Attraktionen/Casino-Baden-Baden&psig=AOvVaw0AjhSipgyseqm5VJTiqMir&ust=1560608688972227

    It oozes elegance and European grandeur. But it's all kind of strict and just isn't as fun as Vegas. For example, there is a dress code. Men have to wear at least a blazer (but you can rent them from the casino if you stop by spontaneously). And loud cheering is frowned upon. That really does it for me. The whole thing is just way too formal and rigid. We're there to let loose and have some fun for crying out loud...

    Also, LOTS of roulette in Germany. And I just don't like that game. The few times I go to a casino in my country I mostly play blackjack or micro-roll on the slots. Most slots are from a different manufacturer though called Novoline and aren't as much fun as in Vegas. They don't have the quirky bonus rounds and licensing from TV, movies etc. Sometimes you find American machines though. Buffalo gets more popular or older games like Whales of Cash or Pompeii.

    On the plus side, odds are really fair. Even on the penny slots you'll typically have a payback of 95% and upwards. And table games offer very low minimums, typically €5 on blackjack (all 3:2) and €2 on roulette.

    But then again, ZERO comps :(
     
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    Really enjoying this TR. keep it up. So cool showing your friend around Vegas. I love the wonder in a newbies eyes and it gets me all excited as if I were just experiencing it for the first time too.
     
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    Since I am not a drinker and I have been known to call a plate of bacon dinner, I am thinking I wouldn't mind so much if the payback was higher. But I ain't dressin' up!

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    UNLESS this is what I am seeing at a table... (And to start arguments on "Bond in my Bed", it's Moore, Brosnan, Connery, Dalton, Lazenby and then Craig. If Rachel Weisz was part of the offer, Craig would move way up.)
     
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    Great TR! It’s very interesting to hear what it’s like in Germany. Thanks for continuing it!
     
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