Real time Vegas TR.

OK, first TR so be gentle. I will try to update this trip as it unfolds! Players are myself and wife. 5th trip to Vegas, so we have a good idea of the ins and outs. Side note, we got married here on 1-2-2003! Little White Wedding chapel...drive thru version! (hey, we have been together for 14 years, so it was the way to go!)

Combination anniversary trip and dw turning the big 40. Used miles to fly fc out of MHT toVegas on USAIR, gulp. First time in fc, pretty cool. Flight out on NH yesterday was just as the snow had started, but before the ice came later in the day. Onto Philly and arrived here at 1130 am on 1-12. Hooked up a sedan outside for 30 bucks, wifey loved that! Side note,we went thru the tunnel for the first time, fixed rate so who cares!

Staying at Bellagio (7nites), again first time, got a rate of 159 on travelocity even on the weekend. When I confirmed via the phone and again when we checked in, they were amazed at the rate...especially for the weekend. No upgrades, room is on 20th floor and facing Caesars. We have previously stayed at TI, Flamingo, MGM. Nice room, great bathroom and cool electronically controlled drapes!

Ok, so check in smooth, 5 minute wait. Bell guy drops off the bags, run over to ABC store at the Alladin, for some essentials, booze, h2o and snacks. Great store and very good prices! Picked up that tip on these boards! TY! Back to the B.

Down to the casino and time to let it rip. Bankroll for us tightwads will be 150 each, a day. Checked out a lot of the penny and nickel machines with varying luck. Good drink service and then over to Barbary for Big Elvis and the Victoria room, as well as some more gaming. Elvis is great and is Big, but gotta dig those pearly tones! Had some chinese food, and wife had a wrap. Very tasty, standard fare, and got out of there for 25 bucks, w/ tip.

Back to the B, for one more crack at the slots(that is all we play), at this point we had been up for 25 hours and hit the sack for the night. Great bed and pillows. We got to bed around 10, i got up at 3 am, made some coffee(brought our own maker and got some great coffee and ABC), checked email, and typed this wonderfully entertaining report. LOL

Thoughts of day 1...Bellagio staff and room, very good...ABC store rocks(saves us from going to CVS or Walgreens and is right across the street!)...weather, sunny and 50's, nice. I am too old to stay up for 25 hours straight! Thanks to all on this board, as I have lurked for years and learned much! Now it is off to BC for the 2.95 midnite teaser and then time to hit the slots. One last side note, we have done many of the touristy crap on previous trips, so this trip, no plans, just wing it every day!

Day 2...we left off, on our TR from yesterday, heading to the BC for breakfast. Got there around 530 am and were out and headed to NYNY by 6. Basically, just wanted to play at NYNY and pick up some crap at CVS.

No big wins or losses, again playing mostly penny and nickel machines. The only quarter machine I played was Elvis. He, per usual, sucked a 20 right out of my pocket in no time. Nothing else to note at NYNY.

Off to CVS and then we head off to Aladdin. At ABC, picked up some more room snacks, including fresh fruit! Walked around the shops for a bit, then back across the street for some R and R. A quick snack, and it is nap time by 11 am.

After nap time, made some joe and decided to see if we could get some STYXX tix. A call to the Alladin box office and we are now the proud owners of 2 tix for their gig Sunday! So we rally up and head across the street to the Aladdin to pick em up and sign up for their slot club. They had some deal where u get a free mug for signing up and then once you hit 80 points, you get 10 bucks off buffet, Hard Rock t-shirt, polo shirt and denim jacket. Lots of new machines here, so I tried Animal House 2 center. 5 bucks in and 3 hours later, i got the 80. Was up to 6000 credits at one point, finally cashed at 1000 pts. Wife wandered and tried some other machines and finally we head to get some chow at the Alladin. Forgot the name of the place, looks to be their restaurant that is open 24 hrs, American and Chinese fare mostly. 25 bucks including tip and we r toast.

Back to the B, in room movie and lights out at 1130. Weather was cloudy and 50s. Really dug the vibe at the Aladdin. The slot deal worked out nice. Down a c note for the day, all else was great. It is 430 am now, time to hit the shower, wait for wifey to wake and will get Friday cranking.

Day 2...we left off, on our TR from yesterday, heading to the BC for breakfast. Got there around 530 am and were out and headed to NYNY by 6. Basically, just wanted to play at NYNY and pick up some crap at CVS.

No big wins or losses, again playing mostly penny and nickel machines. The only quarter machine I played was Elvis. He, per usual, sucked a 20 right out of my pocket in no time. Nothing else to note at NYNY.

Off to CVS and then we head off to Aladdin. At ABC, picked up some more room snacks, including fresh fruit! Walked around the shops for a bit, then back across the street for some R and R. A quick snack, and it is nap time by 11 am.

After nap time, made some joe and decided to see if we could get some STYXX tix. A call to the Alladin box office and we are now the proud owners of 2 tix for their gig Sunday! So we rally up and head across the street to the Aladdin to pick em up and sign up for their slot club. They had some deal where u get a free mug for signing up and then once you hit 80 points, you get 10 bucks off buffet, Hard Rock t-shirt, polo shirt and denim jacket. Lots of new machines here, so I tried Animal House 2 center. 5 bucks in and 3 hours later, i got the 80. Was up to 6000 credits at one point, finally cashed at 1000 pts. Wife wandered and tried some other machines and finally we head to get some chow at the Alladin. Forgot the name of the place, looks to be their restaurant that is open 24 hrs, American and Chinese fare mostly. 25 bucks including tip and we r toast.

Back to the B, in room movie and lights out at 1130. Weather was cloudy and 50s. Really dug the vibe at the Alladin. The slot deal worked out nice. Down a c note for the day, all else was great. It is 430 am now, time to hit the shower, wait for wifey to wake and will get Friday cranking.

Day 3

My goal is to make this day's report short and sweet.

So after brewing some in room joe, it is off to the Mirage by 6am. Just played the pennies and nickels, with the occasional quarter thrown in. Never got on a roll but was able to play signifacant time and have fun. Good wait service and liked the casino overall, just a little on the dark side for me.

Back to the Bellagio to throw in a couple of bucks, no hits, so it is up to the room for some room service and a nap. We split a club and a couple of soups, and though a bit pricey, enough food for three!

Back down to the casino around 6, no hits, no wins, no errors for me, but the wife had a couple of hits and we end up for this session. We hit the snack bar for a burger, chili and fries. Now this place was a pretty good deal, 17 bucks and enough food for three.

Order up a movie and lights out at 12am. I am up at 430 typing this crap, my body still seems to think we are on the east coast...LOL. No plans today, hopefully something interesting will happen, so I can spice up these lame reports.

Good weather, sunny 50's. Today is heading to the 60's. I am out!

Day 4...really short...

you know the routine by now, in room joe and out the door by 6 am. down to the casino, again no big wins, but loosing slowly.

over to the alladin to place a bet on the pats, eat some chow, pick up some more h2o and supplies at abc. lost slow again here, ate a nice breakfast at some mexican cantina, 3 bucks for 2 eggs, sausage and potatoes with tortilla. sorry, bad at names, so ill try to pick it up today.

back to b for nap, watch some football with the wife and hit the casino again around 6. she was dressed to kill, i did the best i could. we ended up eating at noodles at the bellagio, excellent food, and decent prices! not as stuffy as the rest of the eateries here at the bellagio. a bit more gaming, watched a movie and lights out at 12.

time to hit the shower and down to the casino. sunny and 50s yesterday, today headed to 6os. go pats in the afternoon and then styxx tonight! im out! (sorry, no punctuation or capital letters!)

Day 5...

This was a long day...6ish am, out the door to the Aladdin. Play for a bit, and we hit Cheesburger in Paradise for breakfast. Nice joint, good eats and not crazy cash, but a bit more pricey than the Mexican Cantina. We decide to check out the Alladin, or should I say, check in for the day. Consider it research...we secured a very cheap rate and head up to the room by noon for some football and nap!

So as Brady and the boyz from NE put another hurting on the Colts, we take our time showering, and preparing for the upcoming STYXX concert tonite. Back down to the casino at 530 and happily walk over to the sports book to pick up my huge (lol) 50 dollar win bet! First time I have ever wagered on a game at a sports book, so I was psyched!

Play some pennies as we wait to head to the show. Nothing to write home about, but I hold on to my initial ten dollar wager for a couple of hours. Wife is doing the same. About 7ish we head to the concert and get ready to rock.

Nice venue at the Aladdin, very comfy chairs. The warm-up band gets going at 8 and they rock till about 915. They were very good, with some of Santana's original members, so they played some of their stuff and some Santana.

Styxx heads on at 930 and rocks us till midnite. Now I have been in bands since high school, and still gig out a bit with a band. We can get quite loud, but I forgot how loud a REAL band can be! They bring out a couple of jazz legends after their last number...damn it forgot their names, but these cats were still rockin and were at least 70. Styxx ended with Renegade...were slapping 5s with the crowd, so the wife heads towards the stage to get a high five from Tommy Shaw...we were only 5 rows deep, so she gets the 5 and we are off.

Now as I said earlier, we had checked into to the Alladin for the nite. We try to check out another hotel every time we come(we consider it worth it to see if we would like the hotel for a future stay). We had a great view of the strip...free upgrade, no 20 dollar trick. Although the room was decent, it was not the Bellagio bedding and the walls may be a bit thin. So we decide to come back to the B to sleep and will check out of the A tomorrow.

Hit the snack bar at the B and hit the sack around 2 am. I am up at 6 hitting some joe and we are gonna hit the pool today and chill. I am out!

day 6/7

so in the am we decide to high tail it to the caesar's and the mirage. checked out the new escalator, cool. looked around a bit and over to the mirage. play for a while and we decide to see how we are doing for comps...not playing for em, just checkin. now, before we left the bellagio in the am, we stopped by the player's to check as well. the b says the usual, you have x points, that is x dollars. no biggie, anyway, at the mirage they say, you have x points and x dollars and 2 for dinner and 2 for lunch. hmmm. don't really know about the whole comp thing but i am glad we checked at the mirage on the mgm card, cuz they obviously will give you more. lesson learned.

so we ended up staying at the mirage till din din, and eat our wonderful comped meal at the california pizza kitchen! yum! chocolate fudge brownie for dessert was awesome!

back to the b for the usual night movie and sleep. started checking alternate flights, as we see there is some snow in the forecast for our departure wednesday. finally decide to do it, switch for 2 pm flight to 7 am. unfortunately, had to give up the first class seats...no biggie.

day 7...coffee, caesars, mirage to play some more. no big wins or losses. have another comped meal at the mirage, and off to get back to the bellagio. nap time and off to the players club to see how we did for the week. ended up taking 100 off the hotel bill( room service and 50 in cash, no meals offered. so between the mirage and the b, we got about 250 bucks in comps and cash. we gambled about 1300 bucks, so we were cool with what we got.

head over to noodles for our last night of vegas. great food and reasonably priced. we ate there twice, no lines and great service!

off to sleep and wake at 330 am, shower, pack, check out and off to the airport. got there around 530. played a little, ate some breakfast and off to new hampshire. just as we had taken off the week before in snow, we landed in snow! how fitting.

final thoughts...love the room at the bellagio. most of employees nice, but we did run into our share of indifferent management types. saw lots of the younger beautiful, trendy crowd at the b, which is fine, just not our cup of tea. felt more comfortable at the mirage, alladin and caesars. would we stay at the b again? definitely. for the right price. we have always gone to vegas in january and it seemed busier than the other times. there was mlk day in the middle of our stay and it seemed there may have been more convention type folks around. abc store at the alladin is well priced and a good place to stop if you are staying in the area. slots, loose, tight, who knows? no big wins and we ended up down around 1500 for 7 full days...well within in the budget, so that is cool. the only machine that was hitting for me all week was the ice machine by the elevators! LOL

looking forward to another trip, probably look at staying at the mirage or caesars next time. hope you enjoyed the report, sorry no real excitement or cool hooker stories! LOL

pete











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