I just finished up posting my last trip report, which was a nonstop blood bath where my biggest win was a whopping $108.
Still, when my job reminded me I had two days off to use in August, I booked another trip. I got two comped (plus resort fee, fuck you) nights at Flamingo and three at Fremont. I had originally booked a MyVegas reward for two nights at Monte Carlo. In the end, I ended up cancelling (and losing my points) for that. I really just like smoking rooms in Vegas. MLife doesn’t have them. I do not want to forfeit my personal comfort for a free salmonella laced plate of scrambled eggs at the Bellagio buffet.
My flight was supposed to leave at 6:30. We boarded on time, which was a shock. We left late despite this, which was not a shock.
I landed at 9:30 and decided to shuttle to Flamingo. We sat there for a good half hour before leaving. And by “good” I mean “FUCKING LET’S FUCKING GO ALREADY.” The driver dropped me off nowhere near the entrance. If I were a degenerate packer, I would have been mad. But my bag is carry on sized so I don’t care.
I had initially checked in online, but the kiosk would not give me my keys. So I had to get on the check in line. The woman who checked me in looked at my ID and said “Oh! You live in Chinatown!” This was the first time someone has described my Brooklyn neighborhood as Chinatown. She is right. Bensonhurst has totally morphed from Italian to Chinese. It was just a surprise since before her, no one has ever said that to me.
I got room 11074. I would have had a great view of the Bellagio fountains if not for the stupid Donny and Marie wrap on my window.
The room had wooden floors, which made it feel hollow and run down. I still loved being here though. I haven’t stayed at Flamingo in many years.
I am not planning on gambling much tonight. I have $40 on me that someone gave me for my birthday. I am also willing to risk a $20 from my own stash. But that is my limit. I have gotten pretty good at curbing degeneracy.
I walked over to Cromwell and tried to find the Ultimate X machine I love. They have redone the casino so they are in a different spot. I first got sidetracked by an Ultimate X Bonus Streak machine. My first $20 went lightening quick here. I was so annoyed with myself. Over to the other side of the bank where I chose a regular ol’ Ultimate X video poker machine. I put in $20 and began playing Double Double Bonus on nickels.
AND. THEN. THIS. HAPPENED. $200 win!
I decided I was now allowed to play quarters and my luck continued.
So for a $60 investment, I left Cromwell with $360. Fucking sweet.
On my way back to my room at Flamingo, I lost $60 in a Buffalo slot machine. Because of course I did. But it is okay because I am still a winner. Guys, this feels great. I went to bed knowing that this could be the start of something fantastic, or this could be the one night I went to bed a winner. You absolutely never know what is going to happen when you are in Vegas.