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Xmas *and* NYE in Vegas? It's ON!! Group TR, 12/23- 1/2-ish

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by Texas Steph, Dec 20, 2020.

  1. aprilroncincy

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    Good memory! We were supposed to go the last weekend in January, but decided to cancel last week. We’re going to Biloxi instead, 1/25-1/29. Message me if you’re going to be in town!
     
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    Please start a new TR. The continuance of this thread is making me want to schedule another trip to keep it going even longer!
     
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    I know I've said it in trip reports before but I really do go out to Las Vegas intending to stay close to east coast time. This trip was ten days and I told myself repeatedly that there will be plenty of time to play and enjoy Vegas and I didn't need to go hard core, but steady. Yeah, screwed that up the first night. Oh well, try again next trip.

    I did make it down to the Sportsbook to play all by myself but that's only thanks to COVID. 10AM during holiday time would usually leave me the short seat but it was just me and Brandon for the morning. Quite, quite fine by me.

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    This image is only to show another rule being broken: Don't play on yesterday's money, especially if it's still in ticket form! Oh, and focus the damn shot.

    We had no real plans today other than to show the boys around and wait for @Texas Steph to show up. I don't mind the front section although I know it's not a favorite for most. When we first started playing at Cosmo, we spent almost all our time in the back near Va Bene.

    Just slotting around.
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    Always went with nickels because of my first hit. I don't why I am the way I am.

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    I never have scored a tremendous hit on this game but for the first part of the trip, it was really easy to get bonuses and it's quite entertaining. Plus, it's one of the cheapest max bets for a WAP starting at a million. This is where my girl @Texas Steph found me. We exchanged pleasantries, ordered up drinks and got ready to play together before we were rudely interrupted... BY a handpay! I don't have a pic because it wasn't me, it was Doug! I was just telling my girl that it is possible to get a good hit on Tarzan, even on a lower bet, and here comes Doug out of the gate with a bonus at $3. It's nice that you are guaranteed a multiplier in the bonus, just too bad it was only 2X. Still, a handpay! Saying Steph was shocked is the understatement of the year. Loved every second of it. I was still riding high on my two and here's one for my friends. What a Christmas Eve.

    The next machine was a loyal friend the whole trip and I still don't remember the damn name. It's at the beginning of the back, just past high limit and the less used restrooms. Each of the bonuses had good potential, my favorite being 8 spins as you can see why. The magic bet on this one seemed to be $4.40 which is usually high for me but followed the trend of the trip.

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    I wish I could say there were a lot of smaller wins in between the pics but alas there was not. I usually got up after $50 with no play or bonus but that might mean sitting at two to four machines for a couple minutes and moving on. I tried to remind myself that I was still getting a good cycle on points (since we still had rooms to pay for) but it sucked sometimes having people be envious of your hit and compliment you when you know this just gets you to back to even. And I'm not complaining about even! There have definitely been trips where "even" was out of reach.

    So I was still grumbling at myself for thinking I had hit two handpays in one day when I really hadn't. Usually this leads to total degen and chasing but not today, my friends. It's Christmas Eve and Santa is early. I used to play the 5 Dragons Grand when it was in the middle section and while I never had a big pay worth a picture, I would usually walk away with a little profit. Not today! Today, I'll waffle between playing Buffalo Grand and 5 Dragons, picking the fire breather only because it is more isolated in the corner and I can maybe take two puffs on my cigarette without guilt. I tried my patented $4 bet for a bit but it just got me grief. A little fast then slow play at $3 changed up the luck (or RNG) just enough to land me a bonus. As this is an Aristocrat game, there is no penalty or guilt about which dragon you choose so I always go for my favorite color blue, especially when it has given me extra games on the wheel. (Now if I retrigger, I have to go with the biggest multiplier. That's a rule lol.) (If you don't believe me on the return to player being the same, take a look at the pays screen for bonuses. This holds true for several Aristocrat games.)

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    Two handpays in one day, check. This now brought my handpays in Vegas to a total of six (I think), for my lifetime.

    Have to try out the new games. Like I said, they are more lucky lol.

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    Yup, no name again. I suck.

    This one is just showing off for @Texas Steph before bedtime. We were all slotting around near the elevators and this was completely unexpected. I do know this is a Fu something Riches and I used to hit it like a champ in the back section.

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    Ok, so I thought I headed to bed after this but my pictures call me a liar. I guess I had to wish my boyfriend sweet dreams.

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    Austin, it's been a long time since you lined up both the multipliers. Thank you for making them a 4X and 5X this time. Maybe you'll be more cooperative with bonuses later in the trip, but probably not. I thought we were exclusive...
     
  4. momnkid

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    Merry Christmas y'all!

    A bit ago, @Texas Steph mentioned that they were going to go to dinner at Ruth's Chris and use their diamond celebration reward. Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder! Even though I barely played with CET last year, a couple trips to Philly had me diamond again. I refuse to let the little scraps of comps they throw me waste so dinner at Harrah's it is. If we walk down, we can act like family and be tourists for a minute instead of hardened gamblers. It's a plan, Stan.

    I made plenty of reservations for the Chandy bar but I don't think I used any of them. I had more luck sneaking past the hostess and grabbing spots lol. This was always made easier by my pal @Texas Steph and her man Gregory. Glad they helped me out today as I needed to show off for @AyDee ! :)

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    Merry Christmas, mofos! You ain't gettin me today @IrishDave !

    So before the trip, I spent a lot of time trying to find a good Christmas sweater with sequins (picture back on page two or something) and I felt I was successful. Jim? He does not dress up and had no intention of getting a "Christmas" outfit. However, those intentions went out the window when our blender gave up the ghost and forced a trip to Kohl's (damn them and their 30% coupon crack). Something got into Big Daddy and he walked out with more sequins than I have in my whole closet lol. Let's start walking.

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    There was zero possibility of losing him in the reduced crowds lol. I did see two porn slappers and almost shed a tear. The boys didn't even take a souvenir from yesteryear! LOL

    I walk fast. I walk like I'm being chased by lava. I should probably look into speed walking and compete lol. But thanks to my pace, this gave us plenty of time to dilly dally in Casino Royale. (It took several reminders from Jim to me and me to Jim that we were going to dinner so we didn't hit up our favorite hot dog place. I can't imagine the talking to I would have gotten from Steph lol.)

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    Anyone seen this one before? It was new to me and I was grateful to see it as my other WOZ was gone (I miss you, flying monkeys!). Since Jim was trying it first, I sat at the Elvis next to it and got the whole place rocking with the sound fully up and the bonus going off every couple of spins. The boys loved this and got excited about beating each other on $20 bonuses. So cute. If I'd been alone, Elvis and I would have had words about his paltry rewards.

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    Liked the windows looking out towards the Strip. I didn't capture it but the new Linq entrance is quite trippy to watch.

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    Meat, then meat sweats.

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    @Texas Steph was shocked that there were three green vegetables on our table. We each had a pick. Yes, I am the potatoes LOL. I did eat the broccoli too, but you can shove brussel sprouts up your ass. Ok, don't do that. Just don't ask me to eat them.

    So while I started the day well, I felt Christmas was probably my worst day gambling. The cycling was shit and I had to scrape until almost midnight to get a mediocre pic. Oh well, I got my gifts early so stop complaining.

    A pic from Big Daddy to end the day. I do need to start adding his...

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    Know how I knew it was after midnight? Cuz I had a pic to take lol. Not sure why I had to "push thru" and didn't just go to bed.

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    Bet at $8.80. Shame on you, Tracy. Was in a terrible chasing mood. Guess that's what led me to Dragon Link. Genghis Khan was at $1000 for the major since we walked in the door. Found it occupied most of the time but after 1AM during COVID, it gets pretty quiet lol.

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    Hit a major on the trip, check.

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    Damnit! It's been going so long, it's back at a grand. Pretty sure I lost like $300 before I got my dumb ass up. Time for bed.
     
  6. 44inarow

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    I sincerely commend you for this. When I lived in New York I would just bust through groups of tourists (wanted to give them the stereotypical NYC experience!), but it's a little more awkward to do that here. And now with social distancing, people walking slowly six-abreast is infuriating. In addition, groups standing at the top or bottom of an escalator dithering about where to go should be arrested.

    The Linq interior is definitely very cool. I'm not a huge fan of gambling there, but it's a really nice space. Back when Frissora was CEO, they were actually intending to use it as basically a test lab for new technologies. It was called "Casino of the Future". They didn't fully go through with it, but the main casino looks great.
     
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    December 26, 2020

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    FFS

    We followed @Texas Steph downtown and I have one picture from the entire night. WTF

    I am ashamed.

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    The boys are seeing Fremont Street for the first time, AFTER they went to the Strat and jumped into oblivion. And all I have is a dealt 4oak. I cannot stand myself some times.

    Let me say I love these Progressive commercials about becoming your parents. I don't talk on speakerphone in stores and I keep my throw pillow quantities in check but I know I creaked and sighed getting off the couch last night.
     
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    When we got back from downtown, Jim wanted to drink a little more so we settled in at the Sportsbook. Two seats next to each other was too much to ask so we had to settle for a 4OAK TEXT WAR!

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    Both ready. But we did have to bicker about me playing three hands at once when he only had one and that I was at dimes while he was on quarters.

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    I know I broke the rules taking this before hitting hold. Shame, Tracy, shame. Didn't get a single kicker or multiplier but I'll take it.

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    Does this count as one or two?

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    Just give it up, Jim, and call me the victor.

    Thought we headed to bed. WTF

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    Ok, really did go to bed after this but I have no idea why I went from the Sportsbook near my elevator to the back again.
     
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    Oh, I wish! My next Biloxi trip isn’t until March. One of these days, our trips will coincide. Can’t wait to hear about your trip. (I feel safe there.....not crowded at all.)
     
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    Thanks to all who shared in this thread. Very enjoyable! Happy New Year to all.
     
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    Fantastic wrap ups @momnkid ! Very entertaining- so is Jim’s jacket!
     
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    As a person who grew up half my life in and near NYC I can relate. Nothing worse than meandering tourists. I made an art of fast walk dodge and weave. I have yet to let that habit die. It's ingrained in my DNA. And when waiting at a light in my car and people meander by I hear " knees to chest" and want to yell it at them.
     
  13. tringlomane

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    Nice hit!

    But hope you don't normally toss a kicker! If you do that most of the time, you're honestly better off playing DDB given similar paytables.

    But at Cosmo, single line TTB and TDB are worse than DDB. For TDB, better to play DSTP with or without multiplier when possible. Super DDB is a good game king choice for 25-50c.
     
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    Moving Day

    When we booked the trip, Little Bear thought his friend was coming on the trip for the duration. However, about three weeks out, he mentions that he is in a wedding on the 28th and would need to be home by Sunday night. This actually worked well thanks to Cosmo VIP. We stayed in the current rooms until the new rooms were ready. And by stayed, I mean the guys slept and I dragged my ass down to the Sportsbook for NFL Sunday at 10AM. Got my favorite seat after a small wait, begged caffeine from Brandon and watched some fun games. It wasn't crowded like in the past but there was a butt in every seat. The most excitement from the games was the fight between college teams that went on and on. I enjoyed the replays cuz one of the players was actually skipping lol. No real hands to note but I took pics so you're getting them.

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    It's so much harder for me to get a straight flush than a royal. That makes absolutely no sense.

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    I walked away $250 down but felt that was an okay payment for my seat. Hate going up down so figured I'd stop by Zorro for a smoke. Really was feeling the late nights about now. Made promises about early bedtimes I knew I wouldn't keep.

    Got into the bonus fairly quickly and enjoyed seeing this on the board.

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    Zorro, Zorro, Zoooooorrrrroooooo lol. Yeah, I sang along. Again.

    Stopped by VIP desk before heading up to find out what charges needed to be resolved and how many points I would be spending for the wraparound. Mariah became my new best friend because she did her beep boop bop on the computer, called the on duty casino host (and maybe my host) and said all charges were picked up! Sweet! We had built up points to $1400 to that could now be used for Christmas gifts and more freeplay. Love you Cosmo, love you.

    Changed rooms, got his friend off to the airport and settled in our new digs. Must have been tired because we took a nap after unpacking.

    Hadn't been in a one bedroom in a while and wished I was in a studio. I hate that you can't secure the shower area to build up a nice steam because of that damn opening to the bed. Jim tried twice and twice set off the smoke alarm lol. Never had steam do that before in a hotel room.

    Didn't take any more pics so I guess this wasn't a great gambling day. I do know I had a ball playing with Little Bear before bed now that we had FP to use. Oh, and found out he was smoking cigarettes. Had no idea how to hold them, was smoking Reds and I don't think he inhaled much LOL. I believe he was just doing as the Romans do and he hasn't smoked since he got home. Whew, another bullet dodged. Beginning to wonder if this is actually my child. I am sure Jim is his father as everyone says they look alike but they never say he looks like me... LOLOLOL.
     
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    Ahh, Monday morning and I am not at this stupid desk. Glorious. Not that we didn't get woken by emergency calls that suddenly weren't emergency calls when they found out our "holiday emergency" rates. Damage done though. Time to have a smoke and a pancake. You know, a flapjack and a cigarette. Cigar and a waffle. Pipe and a crepe. Bong and a blintz, that's the ticket.

    Back to my favorite and still don't have the name

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    I know I'm not the only "scoper" on this board. Not a lurker, God no, but keeping tabs on certain machines that seem to be hitting with more frequency than others. I am not a Huff n' Puff fan but I will play it on occasion if my Piggy Bankin' ain't showing the love. Over the now five days I have been circling the casino floor, I noticed that it was giving a lot of play at the penny denomination. I usually go nickels but I'm not stupid. Wanted to see what it would do for me but wasn't ready to max bet. I'm an idiot lol. These were almost back to back with good line hits before and between.

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    Only went for a couple more spins which was surprising. I think it was because I wasn't very high lol. I believe it was the following day that someone playing $1.50 hit the grand. Damnit.

    I tell Jim all the time "don't touch this game". It is a money sucker and there are better Monopoly games on the floor. Do as I say, don't do as I do. I even gave myself shit for playing it myself.

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    Bad girl, Tracy, bad girl.

    Since @Texas Steph and Doug had moved downtown for a couple nights, we booked Golden Nugget for the evening so we could spend some time playing with them. Packed a bag but told Jim that I was 50/50 on staying the night. It takes me forever to get used to a bed even if it's the same type I have at home. At this point in the trip, I can't risk not getting at least a few hours of good sleep. Of course, when I get in line to check in, all their machines go down and they can't make room keys. "It'll only be 15-20 minutes" but she said that three times before I gave up my spot at the head of the line. Found out later when it was empty and I could go right up that it took about two hours to get back online.

    We found them at El Cortez I believe or we walked there after meeting up. I do know our route took us to Evel Pie, a place Jim and I had never been. The three of them went for the pizza and beer special but I have to be difficult. I ended up with The Barry White and The Goblin Sausage. Delicious and they should be a combo special for potheads.

    We spent a lot of time playing with them at the D although the good hands were hard to find. We all wanted the straight flush but I had to settle lol.

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    4 Q

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    All I could hit. But I can live with it lol.

    Shit, forgot to mention. When we brought the boys down on Saturday, we checked out Circa. Jim actually paid for the three of them to visit the pool area. What a smart way to make money off saps lol. They did say it was cool but I'll wait. We did like the casino and would be happy to stay there on a future trip. Ahh, remembered. @Cosmo_Slot_Vice_President , why is there no Dollar Storm at Cosmo? I had way more luck on these than I did on Lightning Link.

    Decision time coming, do I stay or do I go now? Let me smoke a bit of this joint and ponder. Where to smoke it? Let me find the scariest dark alley so I can listen to Jim bitch the whole time. Check! Midnight has come and I decide we should go back to home. Gotta hand it to him, I am infuriating but he just went along with it and we were soon back at home base. Thought I went right to bed but thanks to pictures and timestamps, I do remember we got Little Bear out of his room and down for some late night gambling. While there were several bonuses, they were all fairly small and I believe Austin sent us up for the night. But not before he paid for my time lol.

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    This game has the best BIG WIN screens and sequences but I did not hear it nearly enough on this trip. Shame on you.
     
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    @momnkid , I hope we can hang out longer than 15 minutes the next time we meet..
    I would have liked to see the jello shots.

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    My excuses for not finishing this damn report.

    Handpay in 2021, check. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Way to go! I love that damn fish game. It flats sucks my money though.
     
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    I think we can forgive the lapse in posts, for some degen local winning. Congrats on those!!

    Still... they ain't gonna write themselves.
     
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    Sexist ass game thinking you were a guy catching "The Big One". Haha Nice hit though!
     
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