Friday, December 31, 2010: Day Eighteen of Nineteen. Last Full Day
[This is day eighteen of a nineteen day trip report. If you want to start at the beginning, you can go here.]
Oh how I hate going home.
I am still at the Riviera. I wake up at 10:00 and am out at 11:00.
Whoa what the hell is going on here? The Riviera is PACKED. Damn, all these people must have piled in for New Year’s Eve. Yesterday I had the casino to myself. Today I am unable to play MY Double Double Bonus video poker game because there is a couple on it playing one quarter at a time and holding all the wrong cards. Oh hey look – let’s drop a pair of Jacks because you have a Jack and a Queen that are the same color but not the same suit. Sure, that is the correct play! I am so happy for you that you are on MY machine because with skills like that, you are just running up the progressives without any chance in hell of hitting one yourself!
That said, I lost $40 on Double Double Bonus video poker.
I walked down the Strip to catch the 119 bus to Ellis Island. It stops right on the side of Palazzo, across from Treasure Island.
The restaurant at Ellis Island is PACKED. Being solo, I got in right away though. Take THAT all you people with your big fancy party of twos and threes.
Ellis Island has two Ultimate X machines. Both are taken. I play a 50 play penny video poker game in the same back. I am dealt Jacks for $125. SWEET.
I try and make a big deal so that the Ultimate X hogs will get jealous and leave. It doesn’t work. I thought I finally got my wish when one guy got up but it turns out he was only going to the ATM right behind us. UGH.
I try some Keno and won a little bit. Finally it is my turn at Ultimate X. I put in $40 and I load my $12 free play from my points and go at it. I got as high as $50 and never cashed out.
Walking back to the Strip, I once again stop at the Westin for Starbucks.
I pass through the Barbary Coast and what is that? OH MAN ULTIMATE X IN NICKELS! WHEEEEEEEEE! I WANT TO PLAY!
Well see, there is a guy sitting at the machine and not playing it. I say “guy” because it wasn’t until a few seconds later that I realized I should be using the misnomer “DOUCHEBAG.” Because you see, I asked DOUCHEBAG to move and he said “No” and then turned away from me. I want to grab him by his throat and pull him backwards onto the floor and beat some sense into his smug face. But KARMA dammit. This is so unfair.
I walk to Imperial Palace to Ultimate X and I get my second royal on this machine! No multiplier, but I don’t care! Here it is in all it’s blurry glory:
Next I play Cleopatra Keno, played forever and cashed out only because I was starving.
Lunch (dinner? It is 5:33) is at Hash House a Go Go at the Imperial Palace. I’m waiting impatiently for anyone to take my order. Pounding headache.
Someone please take my order. H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E
After eating, I have to walk to the Riviera since the Strip is closed to traffic for New Year’s Eve, which means no more buses.
I get to my room and housekeeping took all my toilet paper, tissues and towels. You have got to be kidding me. I call for them to bring some up and wait way longer than I care to.
I am not a big partier in Las Vegas. I also don’t really care that it is New Year’s Eve. All that means to me is that there are too many people in the casino.
Since I am going home tomorrow and would like to not do laundry when I get home, I take one more trip to the Circus Circus KOA to wash all my clothes. I sat in the laundry room absolutely frozen the entire time. I am in Vegas every December, this may be the second coldest I can remember.
After my laundry is done, I concede that okay FINE, I will go outside for the stroke of midnight. But not before I play me some video poker. And BAM.
I ended 2010 with a $590.25 Aces with kicker progressive. I was shocked.
Here are some blurry fireworks: