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Jen's Birthday Trip (how long does my birthday last, anyway?) Live TR! 3/30 - 4/2

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by jenblase, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. jenblase

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    Hey all! Heading out tomorrow from Chicago for a sort of spur-of-the-moment trip. Reason is I got a decent offer for my birthday month - $400 in FP and $300 in reward credits w/CET. I hemmed and hawed about going, but decided what the heck, you only live once! I don't even know if this should be called my birthday trip anymore since it was three weeks ago! But, for purposes of the offer, it's still my birthday month I guess!

    Staying at PH in an Ultra Hip w/Fountain View room, but hoping to get a suite upgrade when I check in. Got decent airfare out there on AA ($134 one way) w/upgrade to MCE, and then had to use miles for the way back, since returning on Sunday was hella expensive.

    Not too many plans set in stone other than hopefully meeting up with a few friends out there. For the most part I'll be solo so I'm hoping that doing this "live" will give me something to focus on and not go degenerate, lol. The first couple days I plan on hitting some off strip places, like M Resort and maybe Tuscany for their old Aristocrats. Definitely will hit Ellis Island for karaoke one night! Doing Carbone for dinner Saturday and want to try Javier's at some point for the seafood enchiladas - can't believe I haven't been there yet!


    I know it'll be a busy weekend with the ACM's and Buffett in town so hopefully the crowds won't be overwhelming. I'm not a big country fan so I'm hoping the casinos aren't playing *only* country music (like they do during the Rodeo), but if they are, I'll deal! Just will be happy to be in Vegas!

    Bankroll isn't huge for this trip, as I want to go crazy in April w/HL pulls and such for Spring Fling! Have my free play, a $543 voucher from Cosmo left over from the last trip (lol), and maybe another $2000. Going to try Derek's TITO method, use only $20's (instead of $100's) and cash out if I double up or get a bonus. It's hard to do but bonus = cash out.

    I actually went to my local last night because I had $345 in free play that I've been accumulating for a while. Turned the $345 plus $100 of my own into over a grand. Initially cashed out with $799 but then put $100 of that into an Inca Chief machine and got 5 cougars (I think) which paid $500! Then donked around here and there and ended up taking home $350 of that! So that helped pad the BR...

    Will update again when I'm at ORD tomorrow! Thanks for following!
     
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  2. Elf70

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    Have a great trip. I'll miss you by a day. I'm looking forward to hearing about how the Tito method works for you. Good luck!!
     
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    Good luck and happy belated birthday!!
     
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    Here are some of my nice hits from last night. Hopefully this won't be the only slot porn posted!!

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    Started with $100 FP and out with...
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    Didn't get pics of the $500 win, only video.



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    Good luck and happy birthday!!
     
  6. SamIAm

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    Happy belated birthday! It's always fun to plan a spur of the moment trip. Safe travels tomorrow. I was looking at the weather (we arrive Friday) and there's a wind advisory tomorrow. Hope you get in with no issues.
     
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    Good luck Jen.

    Looking forward to following along, interested to see have the Derek method works for you.
     
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    Good luck, Jen! Looking forward to seeing the Derek method in action!
     
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    Good luck Jen!

    Sounds like you have some great stuff planned. I know plans tend to go by the wayside once in Vegas, but try and keep M resort and Javier's on the agenda (especially if you haven't done the seafood enchiladas yet).

    Way to pad the bankroll at the local!


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    Good luck! Hope the wins continue in Vegas!


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    Good luck out there! Hope you have awesome wins to share with us.


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    How exciting have a great trip and keep winning!
     
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    Good luck Jen!

    I saw Buffett a couple years ago in Vegas. I wasn't a fan of his (just I didn't really know his music) and I had a blast! Check out the flamingo pool on Saturday for a big party and crazy outfit.


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    Checked in, saw I have TSA Pre, first win of the trip. I have had global entry, but it just expired, so I wasn't sure if I would automatically get TSA Pre anymore. Have to pay the $100 or whatever to renew my global entry soon.


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    Good luck and Happy Birthday! Win stacks O'cash!
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    If you travel a lot, get one of the cards that reimburses you for getting Global Entry or Precheck.
     
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    Darn it - I'm jelly of all this trips you are fitting in! Way to go on slipping this in with a good offer AND some padding from the local! End of April can't come soon enough so I will be following closely to hold me over til then!
    Good luck and set the goal for padding April's BR!!!!!
     
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    Good for you getting another trip to Vegas - have fun -eat well - get lucky!
     
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    Excellent idea - - "hitting some off strip places, like M Resort and maybe Tuscany". Think you will enjoy both and knock um dead.
     
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