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New and Exciting Experiences Battle the "Creatures of Habit"

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    Note: Sorry for the long delay getting this up. This will be in two parts with the last part coming in the next couple of days.

    Day 1: Sat. 4/29/23 You Get What You Pay for with Priceline and Thrifty!

    Note: Sorry for the long delay getting this up. This will be in two parts, with the last part coming in the next couple of days.

    We once again decided to go on another April Vegas trip in the hopes of nice pool weather. But this time we added two new properties to our growing hotel stay list, Harrah's for tonight and Cosmo for tomorrow that was followed by 4 nights with our favorite lazy river at MGM Grand.

    We rented a car again to help shuttle our luggage and fulfill our desires to visit off-strip. For several weeks, we had a refundable reservation, but a couple of days out to save ~$50, we changed it to a non-refundable Priceline Express Deal. We earmarked the savings toward a possible fountain view upgrade at Cosmo as our $99+tax Terrace Studio offer with no resort fees didn't apply to fountain views.

    We flew out of O'Hare for a better time slash save a few bucks. Unfortunately, Southwest flies out of Terminal 5 at O'Hare. This is also the International Terminal, which is also under construction. Most of the food choices are right past security, and at 8am on a Saturday, many were closed. Once you really began walking toward our gate, which was the second furthest in the terminal, there was virtually NOTHING for food. Of course, we are a little hungry, and we settled on this. Self-serve popcorn.

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    It was fine, expensive, but fine. The popped kernels broke off much weirder than normal though, and M got one of them lodged deep in her throat and began to hack her head off in the gate waiting area. Whoops. Fortunately, I avoided doing the same.

    One of the few times that we masked up this trip. We're likely going to mask up on planes from now on.

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    Added this pic too because the shirt I was wearing was my favorite Aussie rules football team, which I also had a $50 promotional bet on that night to win by 17 or more. M made it with her vinyl cutter. Sadly I didn't take a good pic of myself all day that day. The shirt looks like this.

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    We were on the tarmac for a half-hour, but otherwise a mostly uneventful flight. But on the 737-700, M learned she doesn't like the right side of the plane, or our row seemed unluckily small. And of course, the seat mate next to me decided to wear a puffy coat the entire time and made no effort in respecting my space. At least I was mainly touching his coat, I guess. But the right side of the plane gave us better pics of Vegas coming in at least.

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    Get to the car rental center, get into the Thrifty line with a short line. Get to the front of the line, and the clerk, Donna, did as little as possible to help us. We got off to a bad start when she said that it would be a two-hour wait for our reservation. They didn't have enough cars at the moment ready to go.



    Well after the long, delayed flight, with insignificant amount of food eaten today, M wasn't the kindest in her response to that fact. And she also inquired if Thrifty would do anything about the fact we would have to wait two hours. Of course Donna said no. M then generally spoke about her frustration out loud that we were stuck with this non-refundable reservation and if she could refund it, then she probably would and rent at the several other empty counters at that moment. But Donna apparently isn't good at customer service, decided that she wasn't going to finish the transaction, and that we should tell Priceline we were denied rental. What the fuck??? We didn't curse her out or anything, scream at her, didn't claim it was her fault that there were no cars, or anything like that. I'm sorry, customers aren't going to be cheerful when learning about a two-hour wait. Oh, by the way, Donna wasn't wearing a nametag. I wonder why?

    So we got back in line, which was thankfully still small. The huge main line was actually at dollar, who is connected with Thrifty. That line would have taken us an extra forty minutes if we would have been forced to the back of that line. But at the Thrifty line, we went to the other clerk, Greg, within a few minutes. And given the scenario, we knew the car delay was coming. We were very polite, and he was the same. And he even said he could offer a future coupon for our inconvenience. But he didn't have any on hand, and we would need to talk to Daniel, the manager, at the dollar desk for one and tell him that Greg sent you. So we did this, not standing in the dollar rental line because “fuck that”, and we got the coupon. We were initially excited because we thought Greg meant 50% off. No, he meant $50 off, on a “pay later” rental. Oh well. But Daniel did tell us Donna's name and encouraged us to detail our experience to corporate. Hmm...Was Daniel not a fan either?

    But Donna's estimate was close to right. Almost two hours. There were two lines, and we wasted fifteen minutes in the SUV line, not the car line. Unfortunately, this ordeal now meant zero chance to bump into @Texas Steph and @Wiscolovesvegas as they were to fly out this afternoon. As for cars, you mostly got the one that came up next. In our case, this was a Kia Soul. Thankfully, it was a 2023 with lless than 10,000 miles and had a nice fuel economy, so no complaints on the actual car. We asked the gate agent at Thrifty if this was typical for a Saturday afternoon. He said that it happens a decent amount.

    Of course, we were hungry and wanted to get supplies, so we settled on In-N-Out next to the Blue Diamond Target. It will never blow you away, but it's pretty good for the price.

    Finally heading to the Strip after 3pm!

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    Another casino we wanted to hit up, but didn't. Meh.

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    Now nearing official check-in of 4pm, we went straight to Harrah's to check-in. Of course, it's full of kiosks, but fortunately, the line wasn't huge. When we got up to the front, of course the lady guiding the line told us to use the kiosk. We said that the kiosk probably won't honor the room preferences we want. She made us try anyway. Well, the kiosk couldn't even read my license! So we waited until someone behind a computer could help us. He asked us if we were in a king, and we blurted yes, even though the room type we actually reserved was a room too small to put a king in there. He typed away with our standard requests in mind: quiet room and no adjoining door. And he actually moved us into the Valley tower (usually a bit more expensive), and the room was a good fit on the first crack for once. Bad start for those that bet on us having a lot of room changes!

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    Pool was nothing special, but it was pretty busy with a thirsty, young crowd.

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    I had been in contact with @Lousyatcraps and was hoping to meet up with him to chat for a bit. He planned to go to Venetian in the late afternoon, so that worked out well for us.

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    We met up at Bar Luca and generally caught up on things. As a Canadian, he was having hope of an Edmonton-Toronto Stanley Cup Final. Sorry buddy, maybe next year. Also when I pointed out the shirt M made, he admitted he would want to see an Aussie Rules match if he visited Australia. We saw him hit quad Aces on 50c DDB right after we got there. So he also had a good time moneywise chatting with us! My luck on the other hand was blech.

    This was my highlight from actually playing at the bar, some Able Baker Atomic Duck IPA (7%; 4.5 sips)

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    The conversation with @Lousyatcraps was much better obviously! Eventually his brother stopped by and said a quick hello as they had to get ready to see Iggy Pop at Palms. Good to see you again!

    We stopped at Venetian briefly, but nothing doing, so work our way back to Harrah's.

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    We paused for a volcano show from across the street. For the first time in years that I can remember it went off at 7pm! Do you really want to get rid of this Hard Rock? :(

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    Now we debated on dinner, and we decided on Chili's near the South Outlet Mall because we suck at food. Since we suck at food, we also don't like to pay those casino restaurant prices. But the food itself was pretty good, and then we debated on what we wanted to do the rest of the night. We typically try to avoid the Strip on Saturday night, but since we booked Harrah's with both of us on the “clock”, I felt like we should play those properties somewhat. Plus after tonight, I wasn't sure if we really would get back to that end of the Strip for the rest of the trip, especially with the F1 track surfacing.

    So we basically decided to park at Harrah's and no longer move the car. I was also texting @IrishDave in the hopes I could bump into him too. But he was at Cosmo, and after we parked the car, I knew M wasn't wanting to go too far as she was generally was wearing out from the travel day. Sorry I couldn't get around to catching up to you again, buddy! Hopefully soon!

    Got back to the room to regroup, and we went out to hit our nostalgic CET casinos, Flamingo and Linq. We walked toward the Linq and saw the end of the Kings-Oilers game on a big screen where the Linq Sports Book USED to be. We were happy for an Oilers win because a) we won $75 each on another promo sports bet back home

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    and b) this almost assured we would be in town for Game 1.


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    I went to The Book bar since it's rare I show up while it is still open. Unfortunately, for the second trip in a row I believe, their 24-beer beer wall, is FUBARed. Or more likely, they are too cheap to R (Repair) it.

    But on tap, at the actual bar, they did have a new beer to me! Revision Brewing's “Vegas as Fuck” (6.5%; 4 sips), a lighter spin-off of “Reno as Fuck” that I am still yearning to try.

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    M ran off to the Rematch Bar since she knew they served frozen strawberry daiquiris. Unfortunately, she moved down to one credit when she hit it as she is on the quad board before I am! Dealt threes, where's the kicker?!?!

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    Then we moved to O'Shea's. Served by Matthew (aka “Aussie”), who also recognized my Geelong shirt of course, and I was happy to tell him that my team were significantly in the lead. They ended up winning by 32, and I won my bet. Of course, we had to ask him if Frozen Bailey's were available. They had it, and we both had one.

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    This time though, I felt like they overdid the cappuccino mix. Tasted more coffee-like than before. We finished them, but didn't run back to order another.

    And my first quad of the trip! And first ever at O'Shea's!!!

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    Move on to Flamingo now.

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    Ran to Bugsy's Bar for a beer. I THINK this Hop Valley's “Viva Hop Vegas”, which I forgot to check-in to Untappd, but the beer pic looked nice. And from what I recall, it tasted pretty good too.

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    Got a quad at Bugsy's!

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    After I got my beer and quad, I joined M in the main VP section and while she played pennies I took a shot at Super DDB (97.69%). It paid off!

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    Eventually went back to Harrah's, we played a bit, I got some random wins, and then called it pretty early by my standards. Early travel day caught up to us.


    Day 1 Results:

    Note that any sportsbets made in Illinois are NOT in the result total.

    Palazzo: -$40.00
    Venetian: +$0.13
    Linq: -$20.00
    O'Shea's: +$25.00
    Flamingo: +$80.00
    Harrah's: +$29.08

    Day 1 Total: +$74.21
    Trip Total: +$74.21
     
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    Day 2: Sun. 4/30/23 And Now for Something Completely Different...Staying at The Cosmopolitan

    Woke up and prepped to move out of Harrah's. We both woke up pretty stuffy in the morning. But felt better once we got out of bed. The a/c wasn't too awful for me because M waved her hand at the thermostat every time she got up. As you'll see, we really like our a/c. We went to the Front Desk to check out because I decided I would like to use my rewards credits on the resort fee and tax, but the part of the room on my CC, I would leave there. At times, I worried she would screw it up at times (agents have before with us), but she did it right.

    Now all the while, I was tempted to sign M and I up for William Hill in Nevada because as a new member in Nevada, if you make a minimum $50 deposit and make a minimum $50 wager on your first wager, you receive 5000 rewards credits ($50 at 1:1 redemption), win or lose! Not as good of a deal as most states, but in Nevada, it's not shabby.

    So we loaded the luggage in the car, but before going elsewhere for the day, we signed up. We inquired with the clerk if we have to bet all $50 at once, but she was unsure. Her boss would later verify that yes you had to.

    Most of the registration is online, and then you can fund at the cage. During this process, I couldn't seem to find my platinum card, so to save time, I decide to reprint it since it couldn't be that busy, so after that, we completed the process. And then went onto lunch. The reprinting blurb is bolded for a reason.

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    This time another “creature of habit” thing, Pieology Pizza. They all closed around where we are at and in the St. Louis suburbs where my mom is, so we tend to visit it every trip in Vegas since COVID appeared, maybe longer. M is a rewards member and had enough for a free soft drink. But initially it didn't work as they changed app programs! Fortunately, after installing the new program, she still had her points.

    As for the pizza, we have had better. Something was off today, particularly the onions.

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    Since it was VERY close to Pieology in Summerlin, I talked M into going to Beer Zombies in Downtown Summerlin. I have wanted to go to Beer Zombies for at least a few trips now. But when M drives in Vegas, getting chauffeured to a bar is hard. And this was a bar while some other Beer Zombies locations are bottle shops. Spoiler: We didn't get to one of those bottle shops. However, the beer I had there was pretty good. All flight sizes for time/cost concerns.


    First off Zombie Duck Hunter, a collab with Able Baker (7.2%; 4 sips). It mostly reminded me of Atomic Duck, but a little more hoppy and bitter.

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    Next End 2 End Burners from Beer Zombies (8%; 4.5 sips). A great, smooth hazy with light citrus flavor.

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    Then sampled Blue Raspberry, a Sour IPA from Evil Twin Brewing (6.5%; 3.5 sips). I think I was expecting more of a true sour here, but instead they held onto more IPA character. Not very sour or fruity.

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    Now another “must do” while in Summerlin, visit Red Rock casino. Given my record there, I sometimes wonder why though.


    But before hitting the casino, M was taking pictures, looking to turn them into “diamond painting” templates. This is now a major hobby of hers, while my major hobby is to promo abuse sportsbetting in Illinois. SHIT.

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    Well, today I walked away ahead at Red Rock! Holy shit! It's either my second or third win there lifetime over more than a dozen trips. But while I was at Red Rock, I bet $50 on the William Hill app on Bruins -1.5. Well, that was fucking dumb.

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    Nice slot hit for M too.

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    We didn't want to spend TOO much time at Red Rock because we wanted to check-in near on-time as NEW Cosmo hotel guests!

    Our hope was to upgrade to a Cosmo fountain view. But while M was driving on Flamingo between Clark Co. 215 and Las Vegas Blvd, I peeked at the current rack rates. They were only selling City Rooms (no balconies) at ridiculous rates versus what we paid, $400 for that night. I warned M of the bad news; she was clearly disappointed because we now figured an upgrade was unlikely, but we still planned to ask at the desk.

    Got to the desk, and I asked about a possible view upgrade to our room. Given what I found on the website, I didn't dare try a “$20 trick”. She said, “Yes, I can upgrade you to a fountain view for $50+tax tonight.” Imagine me as Alan in this video below as I was up $74 yesterday and $25 at Red Rock today...”Going once! Going twice!” Jim Perry, the host of “Sale of The Century,” reminded me of my dad, at least in looks. RIP to both of them.



    SOLD!!!

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    This sale was not without controversy, however. M really wanted the Boulevard Tower because it would most certainly give us better access to the Boulevard Pool, which we both prefer. But the agent assured us this would be quieter, without an adjoining door, and NO Marquee noise, which we heard from our Aria assignment a few trips back. The assignment was 4017 Chelsea Tower, and I trusted the agent on it. Other than the walk to the pool, which we screwed up on Sunday, this room was a great location for us. But if you're in the Chelsea tower and want to go to the Boulevard pool walk directly through the casino to the Boulevard Elevators. The other routes take you way out of the way.

    Thankfully that view began to change M's mind quickly.

    The rest of the usual room pics.

    This was above the closet. It amused us because in the upper right there is a girl in a bikini with big boobs along with a bearded man dressed in western gear?

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    Now of course we came into this room on a mid-90s day. It's certainly not as cool as we like, even if we set the thermometer to 65F, the lowest it goes. Call the front desk, she told us to move it to 68F as the thermometer is supposed to not go below 68F. So we do exactly what she said just to appease her, and we get a burning smell as it turned the heat on. Dumb bitch. We, of course, debate about moving. I currently like the view we have, and I'm not convinced that moving rooms will necessarily solve our problem. She caved into me. Should she have? Meh. We ask for “engineering” to look at it while we go to the Boulevard Pool. Did engineering fix this to our satisfaction? Of course they did not.

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    Boulevard Pool was great as usual and high 90s made it a GREAT Cosmo pool day. Wish I could say the same all trip...

    View from the elevator lobby.

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    More balcony pics. I'm gonna overdo this, sorry.

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    Panoramic shot by M

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    And now the pics everyone expects to see. 8:01pm

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    Just the Las Vegas Strip view. Traffic starting to back up at 8pm because they are resuming lane closures.

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    Zooming the previous shot to the max with our Galaxy S23's. 30X doesn't look too bad. The zoom definitely helped later with pics.

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    We're getting hungry, and we clearly decided to not move the car. So the “creatures of habit” went to Moneyline Pizza at Aria for some of our favorite pizza in Vegas, not some Cosmo restaurant where they are actually staying. On the way, I decided to pull the trigger and buy Golden Knights tickets for Game 1 versus the Edmonton Oilers!

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    Pizza twice in one day?!?! Yes, and I am not a huge fan of pizza. But I am a BIG fan of THIS pizza. And it was “different enough” for us. I just love the right amount of kick of this tomato sauce. The sausage is great too. Yes, we're boring.

    And on the menu, they had Lovelady “Love Juice” that I love!!! (5.8%; 4.75 sips) Light, soft, juicy with good citrus flavor!

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    Easter display.

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    Walked back to Cosmo. We didn't hear a peep out of you, Marquee! Thank God.

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    Now, we really took advantage of the upgrade and went back onto the balcony. Some of these pics M will likely order as “diamond paintings” as well. Noise was what you would expect given traffic. Only exception, there was a fire alarm going off at Chateau I believe given the flashing lights for the hearing impaired. We could hear the siren across the street, which I guess is a good thing if it was a real fire? But given our personal record with CET properties, of course it wasn't. Our first trip together to Vegas, the Bally's fire alarm went off. False alarm.

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    We then ran down to the casino to try to “play” for this offer. I chose one of the better nickel games possible without betting 10 per hand. 8/5 Bonus Poker Deluxe (97.67% after STP),

    Chandelier looked too full, but Sportsbook bar was still open, and we were able to get two seats together. Settled on the not-so-craft (it sells in all 50 states) New Belgium “Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA” ( 7.5%; 4 sips). It was better than the other times I tried it. We struggled with the light system, but M and I did get our first drinks covered. But she just wanted a Coke.

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    But even if I would have to pay for the drinks, I would be ahead!!!

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    More 7s! 2 out of 5!

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    Bartender calls last call now and asks if I want anything else. I asked for the same beer and since I was “yellow”, she gave it to me.

    When Boner Poker Deluxe kicks you in the nuts. The second best nickel choice is 9/5 TDB w/DSTP (97.51%), $200 would have been much nicer than $20.

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    Another 2 of 5!!!

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    Play a few minutes more with the idea that I will quit $100 ahead. So I did. But I NEVER turned the light green. I had $306 coin-in in 45 minutes.

    We move to the floor and see a “new game” to me, “Lucky Suit Poker.” Here are the rules plus the best paytable offered at nickels (96.87% before feature). If the average multiplier for a 2-9 of the lucky suit is exactly 3X, then the lucky suit multiplier averages 5X, and then the return of the game is unchanged from the feature. I have a bad feeling that is what it is.

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    The game was originally set at Hearts for the “Lucky Suit”, but we changed it to Clubs soon after after I asked M. It was likely a good choice.

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    4 out of 5 flushes? What?

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    Pretty good for not having a winning hand to start! I somehow got the Ace of Clubs to be the first dealt card three times and the King of Clubs twice!!!

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    A more disappointing hand:

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    It was a back and forth with the rest of video poker for the night, but Cosmo was really generous overall! My winnings nearly paid for the room and upgrade!



    Day 2 Results:

    Sports: -$50.00
    Red Rock: +$25.00
    Cosmo: +$120.75

    Day 2 Total: +$95.75
    Trip Total: +$169.96
     
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    Day 3: Mon. 5/1/23 All Aboard!!!

    Got up a bit earlier than usual (and stuffy again until we left the bed) in an attempt to go to the Boulevard Pool one last time, but this time walked through the casino. Pack the car, check out, and move the car to Bellagio to go the Bellagio buffet. Since the back up on Las Vegas Blvd didn't really block the turn lanes to Bellagio, we weren't delayed by resurfacing too much.

    Her requisite picture.

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    Then there was nearly no wait for M to redeem a BOGO Bellagio buffet and $25 of myKonami freeplay, so we thought we were having great luck today already! The buffet was decent, but unfortunately, they got rid of my favorite thing (at least for today), skirt steak.

    And we really didn't take any good pics of the food...whoops.

    So now needed to play off M's $25 freeplay. When she gets freeplay, she tends to try “new to her” slots. She used tiny $5 increments. First $5, nothing (shocker). But her second $5 of free play...”All Aboard!!!”



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    M now over doubles her Biggest Single Win in Vegas on her 25th trip!!! Converted $25 of free play into $445.23 by hitting the Mega Bonus twice in the feature!!!

    Narrator Voice: M ended up being a winner on this trip.

    Eventually move onto another “creature of habit” moment, The Bellagio Conservatory.

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    Then move ourselves to MGM Grand for the rest of our stay. Unfortunately, a conference was in town, so our hope to turn our myVegas assigned two queen room into a king was a no-no. Then we tried to get ourselves situated into a room that we are okay with. Harder than it should be. We wanted quiet, no adjoining door, and a cool enough room to sleep. The latter has been issues here, especially on higher floors. Assigned 23-116. Not very cool, but we weren't sure if a/c had been run long enough. So we went to the pool first.

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    We had a nice time in the pool, but a weather theme for the week began as it was definitely windy. Get back to the room, and the room wasn't any cooler. Shit. Called up for someone to look at it. We waited around for a little bit in hopes they would show up. Over an hour went by, nope. F this, we were hungry by now. Ellis Island BBQ for tonight.

    Beer before dinner. Planet Utah Double Red IPA (8%; 4.25 sips). I guess they named it this because all their beers are now brewed in Utah? Pretty solid beer though, I miss styles like this.

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    No quad for me here, but M got one!

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    Apparently she sat at a machine with “a light” and didn't really play enough, but since she got a root beer, bartender let it go...

    I “two beered”.

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    The ribs and chicken combo.

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    Good as usual. A few more slots before going.

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    “Frequent Flyer” World Traveler Bonus. According to the payglass, I won about 85% of the maximum prize.



    Then move onto Aliante for “Outback Jack” and some cheap gimmick VP.

    You KNOW you're at a Boyd property when you see this.

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    Hop Valley “Viva Hop Vegas” (7%; 4.25 sips), which I misread the can first. Mistakenly thought it was Crafthaus brewery.

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    M dug up the Gold Nugget like I did last trip! She won $52.50 total.

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    I was screwing around with 3-Way-Action Poker. But it's the 99% paytable!

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    Could I? On this game?



    Moving to Ultimate X.

    Why three to a flush is better than nothing at Ultimate X. Haha

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    Multiplied premium! That's better.

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    Other than hitting the straight flush, it's the best I could do...

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    I wish I cashed this out. But no, it just ate my money.

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    Another weird straight flush draw. Drew all red 8s.

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    Sadly, Ellis Island didn't keep with us as much as we would have hoped, off to South Point for some cheap breakfast.

    Playing a bit before eating though.

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    Beaver Bonus for M!

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    Five Chucks!

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    Dealt Straight Flush for me on Deuces.

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    Now something I can't recall happening to me on quarter Deuces. A redrawn quint!

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    Five buoys for M!

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    Breakfast was good and did the trick. Chilly wind in the parking lot walking back to the car. Got back to MGM Grand a bit before two. Didn't bother to play there tonight.



    Day 3 Results:

    Ellis Island: -$32.00
    Aliante: -$35.74
    South Point: +$40.00

    Day 3 Total: -$27.74
    Trip Total: +$142.22
     
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    Day 4: Tues. 5/2/23 The Traditional Front Desk Juggle

    Woke up very stuffy this time, but that drastically improved when we left the room. Whatever “engineering” did last night didn't cool off the room nearly enough.

    So we inquired about another room move a little after 11am. Of course this a terrible time to change rooms and we all knew it. They told us to come back after lunch to try to find a new room, but they also were willing to give us a $100 Food and Beverage credit without asking, so that was nice.


    So we went to NFI at NYNY as we were planning to eat there at some point in the trip anyway. We forgot to ask if it was just at MGM Grand or any MGM property, so “gambled” on NFI, but we were right in the end. Food was pretty good. And the waitress told us after we mentioned we had a warm room, she mentioned it was Nevada law to provide air conditioning in hotels. Our room wasn't that bad temperature wise, but I could tell that she wouldn't put up with our room issue either.

    Food was pretty good. I got the same thing as last time, a chicken Caesar salad, but the new chef added a new drizzle on top on the salad, a pesto vinaigrette and balsamic reduction. I hate pesto. Glad I asked for it on the side.

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    Get back to the room. Temperature went up two degrees while gone. Fuck. Inquire about possibly moving rooms again. Now since most people have checked in, they really couldn't move us anywhere good again, well, they had an opening on the seventh floor, but M worried about hearing a/c units or people on the ground. Said we could come back tomorrow, but then M said, well, what if they can't move us then and that she was getting frustrated wasting an hour every day over this room. But without asking again, they gave us another $100 in F&B. Well, I guess we were eating more MGM restaurants than planned. Call “engineering” again since we were stuck there. Also the thermostat looked ready to die. It turned off while we were in the room. Wait over another hour. Fuck it, we needed to eat and burn food credit as this first credit expired at 11 am.

    This time we went to La La Noodle at Park MGM.
    We ordered the same things as last time, Kung Pao Chicken for me, and General Tso's for her. Also a “Lucky Buddha” beer for me (4.8%; 3.25 sips). A pretty standard import pale ale.

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    Well last time, M thought this was one of the best General Tso's she ever ate. This time way too many pieces were overbreaded and overdone.

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    Unfortunately, M wasn't sure if she would like any of the other remaining entrées on the menu. So they just took it off the bill, which is okay, but M still needed to find food. Nothing at Park MGM looked appealing to her, even all of Eataly.

    One small benefit, both of us got $50 on accident for our $25 of myKonami free play which we needed to play off before heading out.

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    Then moved over to NYNY and M tried America for food that was more to her liking. Service was rough thanks to M being the waitress's second ever customer. The only thing she liked here were the cheese sticks. The fries had an awful smell and the cheese steak wasn't good either. Ugh, she just kept striking out.

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    Got up to room, and the room looked made, but nothing better with the a/c. Went back down to front desk, and they would send another person up there. He said that he shouldn't be long. Then went back to MGM Grand and played a bit, but didn't hit anything and decided that we should go up to the room just in case the new maintenance guy was there to further explain the issue.

    When we arrived, he was already working on it. He said the previous guys just did Step 1: Replace the Filter. So he did Step 2: He cleaned around the coils. And the output temperature from the vent dropped from 60F (you'd never want it to be higher than this) to 53F. So we hoped that would be enough, and we gave him a little bit of cash for the clear effort.



    Day 4 Results:

    Park MGM: +$27.00 (including $50 FP)
    NYNY: -$40.00
    MGM Grand: -$40.00
    Sports: -$5.00

    Day 4 Total: -$57.00 (including $50 FP)
    Trip Total: +$85.22 (including $50 FP)


    Will I keep my winnings, or will they get swept up by the Zamboni? Find out in the finale!

     
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    Haha. The only time I willingly walk from Chelsea to Boulevard (or reverse) thru the casino in my swimsuit/cover up is when I’m drunk. But that usually is a Level 3 thing to grab pizza.

    I prefer Boulevard tower too, but my first preference is always fountain view or an upgrade. And the walk between towers can be very entertaining art wise and people wise.

    I miss it. I gotta book a trip soon. Waiting for your updates! Seems like a great trip so far.
     
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    I feel like I need to play an Asian themed slot now.

    Vegas now up 4-0 on Dallas halfway through the game.

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    Day 5: Wed. 5/3/23 Go Knights Go!!!

    For the fourth night in a row, we woke up to a stuffiness that significantly improved once we got out of bed. Not super cool getting up this morning, but it was just enough to be okay. Today we decided to make it a afternoon at the MGM pool and split a burger there. The burger there is pretty good and they give you a lot for the price. We forgot to take a pic of it, but we took one in our last TR. No pool pics either, it was bearable, but pretty cool and windy. We made wagers in the pool though on the Knights. M's wager was her $50 William Hill wager. Also no pics of Raising Cane's, which we had a snack of before the game. So our first picture of today in the TR came at 5pm, going up the escalator to the MGM/NYNY overpass.

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    Fuck off, Mother Nature. It was WARMER in Edmonton than it was in Vegas that day?!?! Grrr...29 Canadian = 84 American.

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    The Knight vs. Oiler guy on the ice. And a dragon burning the Oiler guy away. Haha

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    Got past Brossoit. 1-0 Oilers. Boooo...

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    Caught the faceoff near where the puck was on the ice!

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    Mark Stone deflected the puck past Skinner for the Knights third goal of the first period!

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    This pic was also notable because the guy in the Oilers jersey waiting to be able to return to his seat actually sat right in front of us and just LOVED my Nordiques jersey. Hahaha He thought it was really cool that I wore that to the game. Nice guy, tipsy, but nice. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your Vegas trip, Ray!

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    M decided to play “Cats” and began with a $20 bill. All on 30-cent wagers.

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    A new beer to me, Big Dog's Las Vegas Craft Lager (5%; 3.75 sips). Sorta like a Budweiser.

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    M was still winning.

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    Ran the $20 to over $100!

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    A nice winning find at closing time, which is 11pm Sunday-Thursday. Ugh. But Park MGM's West Bar has like ten taps dammit.

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    Then the creatures of habit ran off to our favorite late night breakfast place at South Point again.

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    Got back to MGM Grand a bit before two and tried to shove more points on our cards.

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    Only multiplier greater than 10X the whole trip. A shitty looking pic to go with the shitty hand.

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    My first Space Dust (8%; 4.25 sips) at a casino bar for the trip!!! I held out a long, long time!

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    First multiplied quad on STP/DSTP for the trip! 5X Wankers!!!

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    Three minutes later, more Wankers!

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    First straight flush of the trip!

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    Unfortunately, this was spread out over a couple of hours, so not a winner at MGM.



    Day 5 Results:

    NYNY: -$8.75
    Park MGM: -$14.40
    South Point: Even
    MGM Grand: -$33.00
    Sports: +$22.35

    Day 5 Total: -$33.80
    Trip Total: +$51.42 (including $50 FP)
     
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    Day 6: Thurs. 5/4/23 Return to the Valley of Fire and Cuatro de Mayo Chaos

    Today we really didn't have a lot set in stone because we kept putting off making plans for this day as it was to be the coolest day of our whole trip. So for the last few days, we debated if we should even go to the pool at all today. It ended up being the coolest day in Vegas for the last four weeks, topping out at only 68F in Paradise. As much as it pained M to do so, she said to skip the pool. We had several alternatives that we haven't hit in awhile, like Downtown. We could go somewhere new like the casinos near Water St. But the “creatures of habit” decided to go back to the Valley of Fire for the second April in a row with this time trying to put our improved Galaxy S23 cameras to the test.

    Well, we went to the Bellagio buffet for brunch this trip. Where are our waived resort fees? Asterisk dickheads.

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    In-N-Out because fast, cheap, easy.

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    Now Atl Atl Rock was much more interesting as they had stairs for you to view these petroglyphs close up. But the way they made the steps, a metal diamond pattern that you could see though, was bad for me. I was looking down through those steps a lot and fearing my current elevation.

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    We parked at Luxor and M changed her clothes in the car. We got there pretty early, so we walked to Mandalay Bay first to get $25 more each of myKonami free play.

    Drank a Sam Adams for the first time in years at EyeCandy at MB. (5%; 3.75 sips)

    A Unicow sighting for M! But it was not even close to hitting.

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    This picture looked worthless, but this was a 5X mystery win. I'm not sure why they put this in the game math model though as the game has enough variance already.

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    I also got myKonami freeplay at Luxor. This was my fourth 10X on the game; the first three were bricks.

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    We sat down to dinner at Tender.

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    Dinner was good once again as far as taste goes, but M was irked because she thought our waiter did much worse when he realized we were going to be cheap over this dinner versus the average couple. We only split a steak and two sides.

    So we went back to MGM Grand because she also wanted to change because she didn't care for the dress that she wore to dinner. The casino looked busy as hell. Shit. Then we heard a good amount of talking from the room while walking in the hallway. Double Shit. The noise came from the room right next to us. Triple shit!!!

    So now M was really pissed slashed depressed now. The room's walls were impressive though, imo. If we had the TV on at a normal volume, I barely heard them. Only when someone gave a good laugh or yelp, I heard things. But this scenario is EXACTLY WHY, we do NOT want adjoining doors. If we had an adjoining door, we would have heard so much more.

    So I hung out with M in the room for awhile. I hinted to her that I might go down to the casino later; it's our last night in Vegas, etc. Eventually went downstairs to Whiskey Down and play 9/6/5 DB (97.81%). While playing, overhearing a conversation between a guy, who bragged about how good he was at cunnilingus (not that term of course), and two women that sounded like hookers. They claimed they had other jobs and stuff and one of them claimed that she was married. That one asked, “How I was doing?” A classic hooker line, of course. I said, “Losing my ass at video poker.” She suggested that I should switch to blackjack as she was good at that game. I bluntly said, “I know how to play blackjack. I like playing video poker more.” She wouldn't bother me after that.

    Victor was the bartender there for me tonight. He was excellent with large pours and good whiskey suggestions.

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    Unfortunately, M was still very disenchanted with the crowd and the chaos, particularly at Whiskey Down, so she decided to go back upstairs. :(

    Gave up on Whiskey Down for a bit and bumped into my favorite bartender at MGM Grand, Alex! He's in the background here. I was lucky to even catch him this trip as he wasn't even supposed to work tonight, but they called him in.

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    Four minutes later, quad 4s!

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    Once Alex got off work and said my goodbye to him, I went back to Whiskey Down where Victor was still working. He gave me another shot or two before he got off, and eventually, I ended up at this machine and was able to hear the sweetest words in of all of video poker, “Quick Quads!”

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    Day 6 Results:

    Mandalay Bay: +$18.10 (including $25 FP)
    Luxor: -$31.00 (including $25 FP)
    MGM Grand: +$129.00
    Sports: -$11.00

    Day 6 Total: +$105.10 (including $50 FP)
    Trip Total: +$156.52 (including $100 FP)
     
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    Day 7: Fri. 5/5/23 It's Cinco de Mayo and We Have Zero Interest in the Party

    Well, today was much like yesterday. No real concrete plans and had the time to fill in what we wanted to do. It was a little bit warmer than yesterday and considered going to a pool again, either MGM Grand or Cosmo, but we decided to go visit a few more casinos that we missed so far this trip.

    We had Fatburger for lunch, which is another creature of habit thing. They now have it in the Chicago suburbs!

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    But no handpay for me this trip I guess. Blah.

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    Then we went to Rio because it's been years plus we wanted to withdrawal our William Hill Sportsbetting account.

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    Small hope they would bring it back since they left up the signs. Wishful thinking, I'm sure.

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    Please leave quarter paytables like this (97.79%) at the bars @RioLV_Dreamscape, or even make them better if you can! The casino was depressing on Cinco de Mayo afternoon. I hope you do a great job with the takeover!

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    Played on that Double STP game a bit, and withdrew our William Hill accounts. The sportsbook employee had to put M on the phone with William Hill because she withdrew more than $100. lol

    Then we got the hell out of there and decided to revisit Seven Magic Mountains since it had been a long while.

    It was busier than we have ever seen it. I assumed many people from California were stopping to visit on their way in. Now this trip, M had a lot of Google Play Credit, so she was toying with spending a little to get Google's “Magic Eraser” on her phone. Throughout the trip we called it the “Giannis Magic Eraser” thanks to his commercial for it. It would be particularly beneficial here. But for ease, I've just left some people in the background.

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    Went to this place pretty quickly.

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    First beer I had was a Bad Beat Cloudy Daze Hazy IPA (6%; 3.75 sips). It reminded me too much of a macro hazy and was a little too earthy.

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    Then a Moosehead Lager because I haven't had it since I joined untappd. I used to drink it in college because it was a decent price sometimes. But now, I dunno wtf I was thinking. Bleh foreign lager. (5%; 3 sips)

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    Now it's getting late. We ate Jack in the Box because we haven't had it in ages; it was decent, but very expensive for fast food.

    We arrived at the airport with no major issues. When we reached the terminal though, there was a woman that looked to be in her twenties a floor above us that was screaming and crying and was clearly audible from over 100 feet away with one person trying to calm her down. Inconsolable would be the word to describe her. We weren't sure if something traumatic happened or what, but I hope everything ended up being okay with her.

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    Day 7 Results:

    Gold Coast: -$32.78
    Rio: Even
    M Resort: +$5.00

    Day 7 Total: -$27.78
    Trip Total: +$128.74 (including $100 FP)
     
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    Epilogue: A (Total) Caesars Rewards Nightmare

    Well, that wrapped another trip up for us. And somehow I squeaked home a small winner even before freeplay AGAIN!!! Eleven of the last twelve now! I am utterly shocked. But more importantly, for the first time in a LONGGGG time, M is a BIG winner! Her big slot bonus on that Bellagio free play was pure profit!!! Her biggest winning trip win in Vegas ever, winning over $500 total!!! She said she was “gypped” by the weather though and would like to go back before her birthday if a cheap flight and rooms would appear!

    When we got back to Chicago, I began to resume my sports betting on the Caesars Sportsbook app in Illinois. Well, my account looked to be about 10,000 rewards credits ($100) short. I wondered if the front desk agent used them to pay the Harrah's room rate and tax too. Nope, my credit card charge stayed on. Then on May 7th, I looked for my monthly reward credit summary. April looked fine.

    So now began the revolving door of phone calls to various departments of Caesars, each one of them could only see part of the story. I kept calling the hotel, who told me to talk to Caesars Rewards, but every phone number they would give me would lead me to nowhere. Either the choices on the phone would be in a loop, or they would never pick up. Probably on the sixth time, I explained my story to a Harrah's operator, and she said she would stay on the line until I got patched through to a local Las Vegas Caesars Rewards agent.

    Finally, a person who could see what really happened. Well, remember when I needed that extra card copy Sunday morning? Well, apparently I left it in a machine Saturday night I guess, and someone grabbed it. On May 3rd, they then went to Café Hollywood at Planet Hollywood and charged $54 of food (which is $108 of rewards credits thanks to 2:1 bullshit) on my account. Someone didn't check their ID to match my card. Assholes.

    Fortunately, if I was willing to take a picture of my ID and sign my name below it in triplicate and send it to them, they would appeal to Planet Hollywood to restore my stolen rewards credits.
    Also they would lock my card, so it couldn't be used in Vegas unless I showed ID at the Caesars Rewards desk. This was pretty much an open and shut case because I always sign my name with my middle initial. My middle initial, the first letter of my dad's first name, is NOT on my Caesars Rewards card. It is on my Penn Play card though, dammit. Lol But Caesars Rewards restored my balance about four days later.

    So please don't be a dumbass like me and leave your card in a machine! Thanks for reading everyone!!! Go Knights Go!!!
     
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    Congrats to M on her big win! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
     
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