This morning I woke up at Longhorn casino. I am up and out by 9:00. I go down to the casino and play. I am playing quarter Double Double Bonus video poker. I want to be playing four card Cleopatra Keno. There is only one of those open and I instinctively know that if I sit there, between two people, at least one of them is going to ask me for a cigarette. Turns out I didn’t even have to sit there as one came over to me to ask me for one. I hate that so much. I don’t know what it is about casinos that make complete strangers feel like it is okay to ask you to give them something you paid for with your own cash.
I gave him a cigarette and then said fuck it, I guess I can now sit at Cleopatra Keno. As I am playing, the cigarette grubber gets a phone call. He asks me where he is at, so he can tell the caller where he is. “Longhorn.” “What?!?” “LONGHORN.” He leaves, putting out the grubbed cigarette directly on the machine. Not in any of the billions of ashtrays sitting around. Longhorn literally has a clean ashtray on EVERY machine at all times, every single machine, every single time.
I am playing and I am doing pretty well. No HUGE wins, but I doubled a few $20 bills. I thought I had $70 in wins. When I got back to the room, I only had $50 in wins. I am pretty sure I dropped money somewhere. The TITO machine was spitting my money out so that it did not land in the tray and I caught a loose $20 falling to the ground. I think I may have missed another one. I sure as all hell hope it was found by someone other than that jerk who put his cigarette out on the machine.
Time to check out and head downtown, where I am checking back into the California hotel for a second stay here this trip. I take the bus there. The hotel is a mess. They are redoing everything and I guess now they are working on the reception desk. It has temporarily been moved to the casino, to the right of Keno. The line is sooooooooooo long, one person working. It takes forever. Finally I am next.
The woman in front of me said she paid for three nights through (some discounter) but the woman at the desk was showing only two nights were pre-paid and so she owed for her third. This went on for a while. I mean a WHILE.
Finally it is my turn. “Oh checking in? Step to the side please so I can check people out.”
There are no bell men anywhere. As a matter of fact, in the half an hour or so I have been on this line, a man is trying to get a bell man to help him. He has asked the lone worker at reception three times if there are any bell men working today.
I am trapped here.
Finally I get a room yay! I am in room 1113. Just a couple of doors down from where I was a couple of weeks ago. When I had a lot more money.
I dropped my stuff off and headed to Binions. I was smoking while playing and some man came up and asked me for a “couple of cigarettes.” Yeah, no.
I played in Binions for a couple of hours and only lost $20. This is how days should go. If I do not win, then at least let me play!
I went back to California for a nap and then back to Binions for dinner. I had a Binions burger, which somehow was the first one I had this trip. This is my favorite meal in Vegas.
From here, I took the bus to Boulder Station. I have never been here before. I always fantasized that I would win a million dollars here. So I may as well get that out of the way before it is time to leave.
The bus stop for Boulder Station is one of those ones that grates on my nerves. It stops between two traffic lights, which are pretty far from each other and both are far from the bus stop. I chose to walk in the direction of one and as I am walking, I begin to realize just how far it is before I can cross. I will no longer be anywhere near the casino. So I opted to dart across six lanes of traffic on Boulder Highway. Good news guys, I did not get killed! Going back to Downtown, the bus is right outside the casino.
I was so surprised to see how packed this casino was, which seems to be a typical thing for me at Station casinos. I should be used to it by now, but nope.
I got Starbucks and played around, including $5 free play I had earned. I got nothing. Except cheap cigarettes.
I headed back to Binions and I cannot play my preferred Cleopatra Keno machine because someone is on it. Not only is he is my machine, he is a guy who recently won $2500 on the Binions free pull, which I know because I recognized him from the photo Binions posted. Now he has $2500 and he has my machine. What a jerk!
I lost the rest of today’s budget, did the promotional spin, threw out my receipt for the free deck of cards, collected a free t-shirt, and went to bed.
Gambling Day: – $200
Gambling Trip: + $660
Miscellaneous: (tips, cigarettes, coffee): $78.56
Comps used: California room, Binions burger
Freebies: $5 slot play at Boulder Station, free t-shirt at Binions
Why do I bother making itineraries?
Friday, January 8, 2016
East Side Cannery 9-9 300 points = $500 cash or slot play
Check into California
North Las Vegas
Dinner: Texas Station $10 for $5 ACG
Plaza 10x slots
Four Queens double points ACG
Binions double points ACG
Binions $10 free LVA
Plaza $10 free LVA
Downtown Grand $10 free play LVA
El Cortez – pick envelope LVA
Four Queens $10 free play LVA