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MLK Weekend of Firsts at Cosmo: A Handy, HL Room & Tesla Ride

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  1. JB in MN

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    Late posting this trip report but I only found time to type it up last week.

    MLK weekend trip with my wife, her sister and husband, and a friend of ours who now lives in Chicago. Three nights at Cosmo, first time staying at the property for my SIL and our friend. My goal was to get over my hesitation to play in the HL room and to leave some front money at Cosmo; I have a stash of cash that I only use for gambling so I figure why shuttle it back and forth each trip?
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    Four of us were in from Minneapolis early and our friend from Chi was arriving later in the day. Host said a car would pick us up and sure enough it was there (he failed on this on my last trip). We asked the driver for a stop at the Whole Foods at Town Square and he did so without any objection. $20 tip to driver.

    Checked in at Cosmo, Andrea in the Autograph Lounge once again took stellar care of me. My host booked us two Terrace Studio rooms comped and third was a City View at $39/night. I asked Andrea if we could all be in the East Tower (and thus all in Terrace Studios) and she made a note on the reservation for my friend that East Tower was preferred. $50 sandwich tip to Andrea.

    Picked up Identity cards for all. Settled into rooms ate lunch from our groceries.

    Night view from our room:
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    Night view from our Chicago friend's room: IMG_3295.JPG
    I met up with VM who was in a slot tourney, which didn’t go well for him. We played some UTH, he did his best to instruct this first-timer; took me a while but I found my legs. After that we did some Free Bet BJ, I think we came out even or so.

    Put $100 in Ocean’s Pearl slot on my buddy’s card in hopes of re-generating some Identify offers for him. With VM’s coaching I turned $100 into $207 in about a dozen spins, then cashed out. I played a handful of times on my friend's card throughout the trip.

    Scarpetta for dinner for the five of us (friend got in from Chi with no issues and his City room turned into a Terrace Studio without him having to do anything at check in). We did the tasting menu with wine paring, it was good but now that it was my third time I’m ready to give it a rest, though I would go back to sit at the bar just to have their delicious Negroni-like Billionaire cocktail. I needed a certain number Identity points on my account before MLK day to maintain Gold and the tab for dinner covered me for one more year.

    Scarpetta desserts
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    We had every intention of having a Verbena in the Chandelier and meeting some people on a Vegas meetup but our dinner ran late. Met up with said gang for a HL group slot pull that was organized on a different board (cough, cough). We might have been better off taking five $100 bills and flushing them down the toilet…

    I wanted to introduce my wife et al to Pai Gow Poker, but all those tables were all full so we played some UTH, they weren’t ready for the high minimums so they didn’t last very long.

    They all went to bed but I played some FBBJ with a Kuwaiti dude who was in town for a fashion shoot for his leather boot manufacturing company (can't make this up, I swear). He was showing me pictures of the model from the shoot, etc, I was asking him if he was in town for SHOT show to market his wares and he knew nothing about it, was just in town for his photo shoot and was leaving before the show began. It was amusing and all, and after a bit I said my goodnights and left the table, neither up nor down.

    Since I had, at the time, been bit by Nate’s HL slot bug, I played Cleo II for a few spins and produced my first handy.
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    After getting the payout I walked by the FBBJ table and Kuwaiti dude was still there. I was on a bemused, winning drunk high and proudly showed off my W2G to the dealer and dude. He insisted I celebrate with a glass of 18 year old scotch (can't remember if it was Glenlivet or Macallan), like he was drinking. So, what the hey, we each ordered one from the CW on her next round. CW said she had to check my Identity card before I could get the drink. I was a bit flummoxed but gave it to her and she came back with the drink, OK no biggie. Kuwaiti dude then tells me "you know what the best thing is to go with this scotch? Smoked sunflower seeds." Again, can't make this up. So I'm thinking, and say to him "What in the f are you talking about, smoked sunflower seeds" thinking it's code for this guy wanting to smoke hashish or something. He's out to prove me wrong, and disappears for 10 minutes, only to come back with ... a bag of smoked sunflower seeds. And he gave me the bag as a roadie.
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    I can't say if the scotch paired as well with the seeds as he thought it did, but when I tried to order a second glass the CW said I'd have to pay for it. The f? I wasn't about to pay, and I wasn't about to make a stink (was already well schockered) so I just got a bottle of Pellegrino.

    When I told the seed story to my SILs husband the next day (bag of seeds to prove validity) we saw the dude in the casino later that night, and he was thus named my "Kuwaiti nut-muncher friend" lol

    Sunday morning we did greasy delicious brunch at Aria Bardot and unintentionally milked their $18 bottomless glass of pink wine for all it was worth while watching an NFL playoff game (can’t remember which one but someone was making a stab at a second half comeback and it was worth watching to the end). My second time having brunch at the bar at Bardot - I absolutely love it. The bar is a tad small but beautiful, the food and drinks are fantastic.

    Low rolled at Cosmo to no effect, craps, Free Bet.

    Walked to the Absinthe tent for the 7pm show. Everyone loved it, it was my fourth time and they mix it up enough that it still was enjoyable. Having said that I thought the original Melody Sweets did a better job.

    Carnevino for dinner. I think what they do with the aged Riserva steaks is fantastic but our meal was a bit over the top obnoxious. Enjoyable, yes, but we won’t be repeating/returning. Two big turnoffs this time were 1. The middle-older aged couple at the table next to us fighting. At first my SIL and I thought we were hearing things wrong but he was saying things like “And then you go out dressed like that? I can’t even believe you own something like that” and similar nasty, mean things. This, as the waiter is pouring their Louis XIII cognac service. Proof that money can’t buy happiness. 2. The ridiculous loud music they pipe into the restaurant. I remember this from two previous trips and it is literally unchanged. They bill it as “the music Mario and his crew like to hear in the kitchen” which was great, once, in the 90s. Stone Temple Pilots, GnR, Eagles, played LOUDLY was a major turnoff.

    The one Riserva steak would have been enough for us all but the waiter insisted the best way to enjoy it is to do a compare/contrast with a non-Riserva, so we ordered a Porterhosue to compare/contrast. Wayy too much meat for the table, especially after the sides. Highlights of the sides were the house salad, octopus and boar ragu. The meat was amazing but so much of it for us, it felt a bit obscene; the truffled pasta a huge disappointment for the price. “And the wine, was, delicious.”
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    After dinner we did some slots in V/P then cabbed to Cosmo and found a Pai Gow table. After a while with no major wins the food hangover was beginning, and no amount of digestif was calming the gut so we turned in for the night.

    Monday woke with a nice food and booze hangover, did my best to keep it at bay with Pedialyte, etc. Met with my host and got a FM deposit card from him.

    Some of the gang had lunch at Milo’s while others went to the gym etc. The waiter insisted the octopus at Milos is the “best you’ll find on the strip”, but I have my doubts after Carnevino (we didn’t order any at Milos).

    After lunch I deposited my money at the HL cashier cage with the FM deposit card. Short version is you have to give name, address, SSN, employer and job description/title. I was informed this isn’t used by the casino for any reason but they need the info on file for audit purposes. If/when I want the money back I have to get it in the exact same form/denomination I deposited it in. I was tempted to dump $15k in 100s and four quarters, just to see if this will be the case down the road.

    The above accomplished, I moved to a $100 min six deck game in the HL room and pulled $3k from my deposit money. I have elucidated on this in some of my earlier posts but playing in the HL room was a big mental hurdle for me. I’ve had the BR to play at a $100 min table but haven’t had the balls. Well, I found my balls and though I was nervous for a bit for no real reason, I quickly got over it and enjoyed the play. I was at first base and there was another played at third, we each played between one and two hands for three or four shoes. Finally he colored up for dinner and I doubled my buy-in to $6k so I colored up and paid back my marker.
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    Somewhere in here I played more slots, HL and otherwise, no major wins. Buffalo, Kitty hitter, Cleo II, China Shores.

    Our gang cleaned up, had some leftover Carnevino steak in our room and enjoyed the fountain view. We also had some other food and booze leftover from our groceries and needed to kill it since it was our last night in town.

    After doing so we went to the bar at MO for a cocktail, only to be met by closed roads/sidewalks at Aria for the Bourne filming. We had to walk through MC then backtrack along the boulevard, total pain in the ass. Beautiful view from up there, we had a table on looking south but I’d love to go back and sit at the bar. Equal PITA walking back to Cosmo. I did, however, spot $25 bacc at Aria which I thought was odd.
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    Holstein’s for dinner – five of us, three burgers and three malts and the total was less than the single side of truffled pasta we had the night before. My first time sitting in Holsteins and it is LOUD. I mean, is that really necessary? The place was dead, we were one of maybe six tables and the ridiculously loud music was not creating the vibe they were intending. The malts and burgers were great; I would have thought that more beef after the steaks the night previous would have been too much but we plowed through.

    Back at the casino we did more Pai Gow; but my non-gamboling friends were under-capitalized and unable to stomach their losses, so they called it quits. I played for a while with my SILs husband but we couldn’t get anything rolling; he ended even and I was down a bit.

    He went to bed and I was ready to, too, but then I pulled my head out of my butt and took the three yellow chips from earlier into the HL room. I sat down at what I thought was a six deck game but it was DD. Played up and down, mixing up playing one or two hands, mostly by myself. I use a progression when winning and had my bet up to $1250 for a double and lost. Clawed back from that and got on another run to a $2k bet that called for a double. Lost. I don’t remember the specifics but I had enough ammo to make the double without hitting my 50% loss limit, but man … it hurt. Potential for an $8k payout, poof. After that is was see-sawing but I couldn't claw back and hit my loss limit - walked when my $3k buy in was down to $1.5k. During all of this the bartender Stephan was taking great care of me (it was pretty dead in the room) mostly just Pellegrino but I finally asked him to pour me a nice glass of cognac. After I left the table I sat at the bar and asked Stephan about my drink, it was something from 1950 is all I can recall. So I had a 66 year old glass of cognac going for me, and it only cost $1,500. Which is nice.

    Next morning we packed, my SILs husband was going to SHOT show that day and checking out a day later than us. Friend from Chi was gone, caught an early morning flight. Can't remember my stats from my host but he knocked $300 off our tab. None of us paid for rooms, upgrades or resort fees. I tipped him $100 in a thank-you card that I brought from home and he said he’d get a car for us to the airport, “the Tesla, if it’s available.” OK, whatever.

    My wife, SIL and I shared a bottle of bubbly that I bought at the little tabac next to VaBenne. One of the more delicious bottles of Champagne I’ve ever had, mostly because of the company and environment (I will confess that I’ve had a crush on my wife and her sister for 30+ years, and yes, they know it :) ). We killed most of it sitting at Chandelier, taking roadies to the limo.
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    The ride to the airport was, indeed in the house Tesla – the S P85D. It had less than 900 miles on it and the kid driving it (seriously, I’d be shocked if he was a day older than 23) knew every bell and whistle, nook and cranny and he had only been a driver for six weeks or so (“I didn’t see a future in being a bell boy”). James Bond “Spy Who Loved Me” (007 is the secret code), Ludicrous mode, I don’t even remember it all because I had a pretty major champagne buzz on and I was so overwhelmed by the whole experience but this kid knew it all. $30 tip to him because he was so cute and charming. I’m somewhat of a car guy and I knew Teslas were cool but holy sh, this car was amazing. We didn't get to experience full Ludicrous mode but he did launch it at a red light. Very cool, loved the g's but strangely quiet.
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    Overall I was down for the trip; I funded my wife’s BR and the piddling play here and there never amounted to anything but I felt great about the trip nonetheless. I got over the mental hurdle of playing in the HL room and am ready to go at it again. I lost in the end, but I know I played my hands the right way, and I know I’m not going to win every session so I’m OK with the loss. That’s not to say I’m happy about it but I am mature enough to expect and accept it.

    Not sure if it was my host's doing or the sandwich I did at check-in, but being able to arrange rooms for my friends and having things go so smoothly made me look like a big shot high-roller. It wasn't my intention, but hey, I'll take it.

    I’m still in love with the Cosmo but a few things stuck out for me. The craps dealers Mariana/Jeff/Steve who I like so much have been busted up. They were the only crew that was consistently together for any/all their shifts but Mariana told me some high roller made a stink after losing a shit ton of money so now they’re busted up. Not sure if it's true or part of the other changes going on at the property. Steve was dealing 6:5 BJ (???!!) and he hollered hello at me – I did a double take and asked him wtf was he doing dealing cards? He just gave me a “wadda ya do?” shrug. Music on the floor – they have made some very minor, but, to my ear, noticeable changes to the mix. Wings?! Led fing Zepplin?!?? Sorry, I don’t want to hear that on the floor of the Cosmo, in fact one of the main reasons I like Cosmo is the weird/alt/whatever you want to call it music they play (frankly I’ve heard enough Zepp [and Eagles] in my life and don’t ever need to hear it again, anywhere). Looking forward to EggSlut but miffed that VaBenne had to go away; the first level VaBenne doesn't compare.

    Returning again April 30 with two or three friends, and really looking forward to the trip. Thanks for reading.
     
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    Nice detailed report with great pics. It was good to see you again!
     
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    Loved the report and you certainly had your share of action. The waiter at Carnevino was pissing me off just reading about it. I dispise waiters who think their primary job is overselling every customer. If you ask for a certain wine, they suggest something more expensive, ask for your favorite cut of steak and of course they recommend the most expensive cut. They tend to be especially horrible to women. I have no patience for them...none....and I let them know it.
     
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    Great TR. Love the food porn and vegas ones.

    Love the Cosmo balconies.
     
  5. JB in MN

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    No, I can't blame the waiter. He did a great job overall. If anything I was lit, on a Vegas high showing off with my beautiful female companions and threw caution to the wind and just ordered any/everything lol. I over ordered on the sides too.
     
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    Great trip report and pictures. Congrats on your success in the HL room - both playing there and winning a bit. Nice Cleo hit too! I'm staying at Cosmo for the first time on my June trip. I'm excited. Thanks for the report.


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    Great report! The room views and the carnevino dinner looked awesome!
     
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    Nice report.
     
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    I loved your report. Thank you for sharing. :) I think it is cute you have a crush on your SIL too!
     
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    Great report, thanks for taking us along. Loved the Tesla
     
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    Thanks for your report! I thought I noticed that change in the Cosmo music last trip too (December). Will listen again next month...I loved walking through there and listening to some of my favorite 80s alt/progressive music. I really cracked myself up one day realizing that the Smiths song blasting in the casino was from before most of the young guns in the casino were born.
     
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    Thank you Elf! I think you'll love the Cosmo. I hope to have another winning session in the HL room in a few weeks!

    TY Tring. Dinner was great, but too, too much. I was going to mention that my SIL bought my wife and I a 750ml bottle of that same wine for our 5 year anniversary, so I thought it was appropriate to return the favor (This trip was a delayed 10 year anniversary for us, 20 year anniversary for SIL and hubs).

    Thanks to you and all who commented. :)

    If you had told me in 1985 that in 2016 I would be married and have a three year old child with my wife, and her sister my SIL... I often think this and just smile and shake my head.

    TY kle! Smiths and I think there's some Cure in the mix too. I like a touch of the 80s but don't we all hear it enough everywhere else? I like the more contemporary stuff that I only hear on college radio but nowhere else, which is why it was/is so shocking to hear it in the casino, and I'm sad they're pushing it out.
     
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    Great TR, was great meeting you. I though would have preferred to pile up the $100 and set it on fire

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