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quick detour to local

Discussion in 'Non Vegas Trip Reports' started by JeJas, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. JeJas

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    Disclaimer:
    This is not a full report and there is no picture of the casino or of other players. My apologies.
    Also due to time constraint and for safety reasons, I didn’t visit the other casinos nearby.

    Introduction:
    I know Vegas has reopened and like many degenerates here I am following along all the trip reports.
    I wish best luck to all of them and also wish I could be there with them.
    But unfortunately there is no chance I can take a trip anytime soon.
    Flying is out of question.
    In late January I already cancelled all my booked Vegas trips for Feb-June.

    So when the opportunity arose, I took a 5-hour drive detour to pass by our “local”.
    The casinos there already reopened since May 18. But I haven’t been brave enough to pay a visit.
    For this trip/detour I didn’t plan to play much, I just withdraw $600 from an ATM on my way.

    Observations:
    parking lot: mostly empty.
    entrance: out of 4-5 entrances, only one is designated as new entrance, others are exit only.
    A rope is set-up and with marks on the floor for social-distancing in case people are lining up to get in.
    For me, I didn’t see any other guest, so no line no waiting.
    Security guard at entrance checks your forehead temperature.
    If you ask, they will provide you a mask. I didn’t ask as I already had my own one.
    Inside the casino, not much different from before when I visited in Jan.
    excep about 40%-50% of machines were turned off and with chairs also removed.
    Dealers at tables were wearing masks.
    Also noticed all self-serving drink stations were gone.
    Other than that, I didn’t see any other measures related to COVID-19.
    Number of players inside the casino were much less than usual,
    I would say just 1/3 of the normal crowd.
    I estimate 10% or less of players were wearing masks.

    My gambling:
    I directly went to the video poker corner. Half of the machine were off, as expected.
    I checked a couple of machine’s paytables, didn’t notice any change.
    Sit at one, activated my weekly $40 freeplay (my usual amount, didn’t see any after COVID bump), quickly gone. Moved to next machine that was on, put in $100, and selected $1 TDB.
    For 10 or so hands, nothing came up.
    Suddenly, got this bad boy by holding 3 spades.
    Took a picture, the time stamp is 1:46pm.
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    Waited more than 10 minutes for the slot attendant to appear.
    She was wearing a mask. After getting the information for W2G( SSN, ID etc),
    she reset my machine and went to get the money for me.
    I sat down and continued to play.
    I said to myself: now I should have more money, why not bump up to $2?
    So I selected the $2 denom (only $1 and $2 on those machines), and DDB (9/6).
    Within 4 hands, boom.
    Another bad boy, also in Spade, holding just 2.
    Took another picture, the time stamp is 2:00pm.
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    After a few minutes, the slot attendant came back with my money and W-2G,
    and said “You got another one?”. I smiled and nodded “Yes!!”.
    After I got my 2nd W2G, I continued playing, and putting in another $100 which was gone quickly as usual.
    Then I left.

    Total $12000 winning, subtract (6% state tax withhold, tips I gave to the attendant, $200 I put into the machine), still up $11000. That money will go to my bankroll for future Vegas trips whenever that happen. Hopefully I can make one later this year.
    Total time spent inside the casino less than 40 minutes.
    Didn’t get any drink or food. In fact I didn’t see any cocktail waitress even though I believe some are still working there.

    This is the second time in my life I got 2 single line royals within 1 session.
    Last time was about 10 years ago, I got 2 literally back-to-back royals both at $1.
    This time around, the two were 4 hands apart.
     
  2. Goldenknight

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    Wow, that's incredible. Well worth the drive!
     
  3. Texas Steph

    Texas Steph I think I'm addicted to Vegas...
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    Spectacular wins, well worth the 5 hr detour! Congrats!
     
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    Wow! I’m still waiting one my first. Congrats on leaving.....I would have gleefully hopped around throwing money at various machines.
     
  5. JeJas

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    Thank you guys!
    I am so glad I took the detour and it was totally unexpected.
     
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    Mainly two reasons I left:
    1. I didn't have enough pocket to hold the cash and W2G forms safely. I guess a good problem to have.
    I was not prepared for it.
    2. I had very limited time for the detour. I had to get back on time.
     
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    Congrats! Hit and run!
     
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    Wow , you didn't lose your time :cool:
    Félicitations !
     
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    Thank you!
    Had I not got the handpays, I would have spent the 40 minutes playing a healthy amount of hands,
    and checking some table games and say hello to some dealers.
    Well, till next time.
     
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    Congratulations! That's what we in the business call a big time hit & run!
     
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    I remember the same "problem" years earlier on vacation in the US, no safe at hotels, 9000 $ in my pocket all day, "fortunately" few days later, casinos resolved my... "problem" :D
    :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
     
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    I had that a few times as well.
    Have gambled so many years, we all learned that: winning money in the casinos is easy (so to speak), taking the money home is difficult.
     
  14. Thierry

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    So true !!!
     
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    Congrats on those two beautiful wins! What a great way to start gambling again.
     
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    Bravo.
     
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  17. jyen

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    Love hit and run story!
     
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