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Big D’s 70th Birthday Bash

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by ttaylor001, May 22, 2018.

  1. ttaylor001

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    First off, I didn't do great in my live trip report last time, I promise to do better this time. This trip is going to involve HEAVY drinking, gambling and hopefully good eats...so let's start off.

    This will be my 3rd trip this year but this one is special. This trip is to celebrate my Dad’s 70th birthday. My Dad is my absolute favourite Vegas travel partner. He loves to drink/gamble and eat, all of my favourite things. We are also both Geminis, so we get each other. Also in attendance will be Big D’s wife P and my BFF Giselle. I will be arriving on Thursday, May 24th and everyone else arrives Friday. I like having a bit of time to myself so I can gamble and do my own thing without worrying about anyone else. Sounds selfish and it is!

    The slight possible glitch to this trip could be a potential Westjet pilot strike. While I am flying Air Canada, the rest of the gang is on Westjet. Fingers crossed that they make it. Big D says he is coming regardless of what he has to pay on another airline last minute.

    I am staying the first night at the Cromwell as I continue to try to stay at a new hotel each trip, plus I have used up both of my Gold Cosmo nights this year already so I needed one extra night, so I am comped for Thursday at the Cromwell. I move to the Cosmo Fri-Tues on a comp queen balcony room. I was able to use my two companion nights for Big D plus he is paying for the other two nights. It will be his first time staying at the Cosmo. Interestingly, this is the first time in many trips that I won’t have to pay an upgrade from the one bedroom terrace to the two queens. Normally I call the number on my email invite, but this time I booked through a host who reached out to me and he said I was coded for two queens….now I am wondering why I have had to pay upwards of $50 per night in past trips when I called the regular line…. I really do not like that one bedroom layout at all.

    Bankroll is $1K per day. I am hoping for at least one handpay! Hoping my keno comes to the rescue. Four of my five lifetime handpays have been from keno. The other handpay was on a Quick Hits fever machine that I thought was a penny machine, but was playing max bets on quarters. I may have been a wee bit drunko. I was lucky and got the bonus on the 3rd spin and the result was a handpay. My bankroll for this trip is largely funded by my tax refunds from 2016 and 2017 withheld winnings. As I am Canadian, I was able to file to get the withholdings back and luckily I got the money earlier this month, so this trip is mostly funded from previous winnings! I have one tax form already this year and hoping for more handpays this trip to add to the collection!

    We don’t have any shows booked and only two dinners planned. This trip is wide open to mostly drink, gamble, eat and repeat.

    Plans thus far:

    Thursday:
    Early 6am flight, arriving in Vegas at 10:30am
    Check-in for one night at the Cromwell – 1st time staying here
    Quick lunch - Chilli cheese dogs at Eatwell ($5)
    Slots/drinks at Cromwell
    Cards – hold em and 3 card at Flamingo (and drinks)
    Happy Hour at the Cromwell from 6-7 for $1 martinis
    Dinner – maybe Hell’s Kitchen – no set plans
    Hopefully early to bed as there is a 4 hour time difference and I need to be in good shape for Big D’s arrival Friday

    Friday:
    Check-in at the Cosmo
    Pop by Sportsbook to say hey to Bill, Enrique and Rob
    Pool time at Boulevard Pool
    Lunch - Earl of Sandwich – holiday turkey (love this)
    Late afternoon shopping for Big D’s birthday
    Snack – China Poblano for a couple of tacos to tide me over until late dinner
    The Gang arrives
    Late Dinner at Beauty & Essex
    Gambling bumble around Cosmo and possibly cards at Pho
    Drinks at Chandelier

    Saturday:
    Early morning keno/mimosas at Chandelier, moving to Sportsbook when it opens
    Breakfast – Wicked Spoon (2 for 1 with Gold tier status)
    Pool time at Boulevard pool
    4pm blow-out at Dry Bar at Cosmo (gotta look pretty for the birthday dinner!)
    6pm Drinks at Rose Rabbit Lie before the birthday dinner
    7:30pm Birthday dinner at Mastro’s – definitely having a lemon drop and the scallops
    Post dinner Drinks at Chandelier and hoping to meet some VFers including @Southpaw33

    Sunday:
    Early morning keno/mimosas at Chandelier, moving to Sportsbook when it opens
    Pool time
    Afternoon group gambling bumble towards MGM - stop by The Park and T-Mobile arena areas
    Evening – possibly go downtown
    Chandelier Bar later hoping to meet @TexasSteph

    Monday:
    Early morning keno/mimosas at Chandelier, moving to Sportsbook when it opens
    Pool time
    Afternoon - Happy Hour Bumble down the Strip ending up at the Venetian (Buddy V’s, Sushisamba, Sugarcane, Osteria della Pescheria)
    Big Elvis at Harrahs
    Bellagio Conservatory
    Gamble into the evening

    Tuesday:
    Departure back to reality

    I normally have a very detailed itinerary that never gets looked at once I arrive in Vegas but I love the excitement of planning. Unfortunately my computer hard drive crashed and I lost my itinerary for this trip so much less detailed than normal.

    I vow to stay on top of this trip report. Less than 48 hours before I leave and lots left to do!
     
  2. NickPappageorgio

    NickPappageorgio ¿Quién vigila a los vigilantes?
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    Good luck and happy 70th to BigD!!

    Don't worry, if you start falling behind on this TR we'll keep you in line.

     
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  3. DRPinVa

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    Sounds like pretty good planning to me! But I have to agree, I have a lot more fun planning to do things that I usually end up not doing at all. That's half the fun of it :) Sounds like a wonderful birthday experience for your Dad, hoping the airlines play nice. Have a safe trip out and will be looking forward to your updates...
     
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    I still think that's a fairly detailed itinerary. Good luck and have fun!
     
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    Good luck! Hope you hit a handpay everyday! Happy Birthday to D. Enjoy ever minute of your trip. Looking forward to following along.
     
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    I like the plans and whatever else arises through the haze of cocktails and gambol throughout! Happy birthday to Big D and I look forward to meeting up Saturday evening!! Until then...may the hand pay be with you
     
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    And then I have twenty things listed under each day but this trip is wide open. LOLOLOLOLOL Love it. I will post a pic of my travel planner for this trip. You'll see what "wide open" means. (that's what she said)

    I am adding you to my list. Please say hi. Don't be scared. I haven't bitten in years.
     
  8. NickPappageorgio

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    Scratching......on the other hand......So I hear.
     
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    I remember from a previous TR that you missed being there without your Dad. So glad he’s with you this time AND to celebrate a milestone birthday!

    Have fun and I hope your days go mostly as planned! Especially the winning part. And the drinking. And the eating part too!
     
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    Now I really wish we'd changed plans and come out this weekend....
     
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    It isn't too late to change plans again and get to Vegas....it's only Tuesday! Lots of time to pack!!
     
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    Foul temptress! ;)
     
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    Have a great trip and good luck! Hoping you add more handpays
     
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    A pic of Big D and I on a previous birthday. If you see us say hi.
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    Special times!!!! You look just like your Dad!!!!
     
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    The warm butter cake at Mastro’s is my favorite!
     
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    Happy birthday to big D and best of luck. I have found the best chance at HP’s lie in the HL rooms. I would recommend spending a little time there if you get up a bit. Will be following along!
     
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    I love Cosmo's high limit room, been spending more and more time there in past trips. Thanks!
     
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    Trip update - Westjet flights will go on Friday....not sure if everyone will get home with Westjet but at least they will get there. No strike action so far!
     
  20. DRPinVa

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    Gettin' back's not the important part :D Score!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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