Note: This is an older Las Vegas trip report that I am posting for the entertainment of Las Vegas addicts and anyone else who loves fun. It was written back in 2008. Most of this information is now outdated and some places mentioned no longer exist.
December 15, 2008: Day Four of Twenty One
Wide awake at 5:30 am. So much for sleeping in. I watched the news and they say it might SNOW today. Wooooooooo. I also saw the local news report that Treasure Island was sold to Phil Ruffin. That’s pretty exciting. I leave for the morning with TEN BUCKS. That’s all I have left. I lose it and hit the ATM and then lose $30. Why the hell not.
I went to the Golden Gate coffee shop for breakfast. They have Eggs Florentine but not Eggs Benedict. Really? Eggs Benedict is a Vegas staple for me because I cannot seem to master the art of poached eggs at home. It’s not even 7:00 am when I’m done eating. I take a walk to Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee and hit the Las Vegas Club. I play nickel Triple Double Bonus video poker and gets fours with a kicker for $100. I also get yelled at for taking a picture, so I left in fear that I would hit a royal and have no picture proof of it.
I try and play around Main Street Station/California and nothing is paying at all. I’m back to the room at 9:00 am. it’s still not raining, still not snowing.
I took a nap and NOW its raining! I love rain in Vegas, I’m usually luckiest when it rains.
I went back out at noon. First stop is Main Street Station for their buffet, I had a free voucher. I don’t like lunch buffets, but it was free so I’ll take it.
After eating, I lose around Main Street Station. Then I put a $20 in a quarter Double Double Bonus video poker machine and it says I have $60 cash. How is this possible? I look around and try and figure out if maybe someone just walked away and left their money in it? I try and figure out what to do. How could someone leave $40 in the machine? My first guess is that someone had free play (I confess, I don’t even know if Main Street Station offers free play) and won big, cashed out and went on their merry way without realizing they still had free play in the machine? I try cashing out to see if it will give me my $20 back and leave what I’m imagining is their free play in the machine and I get at TITO for $60. So much for my left behind free play theory.
I put a $20 back in and it says I have 80 credits. I give up trying to solve this mystery and figure I just “won” $40. Add this to the dollar I found in the TITO machine at the California on my first night and I am almost halfway to recovering the $100 bill I dropped and lost at the El Cortez on my last trip.
I moved to Hitchcock and he is paying. I cash out at $100. Next to the TITO machine is an Eye of the Ancients slot machine that is screaming “HELLO JENNIFER! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. COME PLAY ME” so I sit down and play it. I get a bonus for $80.
I put $100 away for the future, and $75 away for tonight and I move onto the El Cortez. They are offering 3x points from 5:00 – midnight. I arrive at 5:01. I start out on nickel video poker and lose seven $5 bills. Time to play slots I suppose. Some slot game – Journey of the Long Boats (wrote this one down, surely didn’t remember it) and got a bonus for $38.70. I played Monopoly Grand Hotel and got a bonus for $11.84 and the next spin was a $6.78 win. I arrived at the El Cortez with $75 and leave with $55.
I take some pictures of the neon reflecting on the street and then get on the Deuce bus to the strip.
While on the Deuce, I take some notes and update the list of pictures I have taken. This is when I discover that my camera is breaking and the lens doesn’t open all the way. So when I see the preview before I take a picture, it looks fine. But once I take the picture, it has the lens cover in the way. I snap off the lens cover completely and remind myself that I have always HATED this camera to begin with so a new camera is tops of the list for when I get back. I get off at Treasure Island. I love Las Vegas in the rain.
Inside Treasure Island, I pick up my Mystere ticket for tonight. This is my favorite Cirque du Soleil show.
After getting my ticket, I play a new Slingo game.
I got the bonus about eight times and turned a $10 bill into $70. I left very happy and headed over to the Venetian – home of the overwhelming scent of dirty diapers. Tonight’s dinner is at the Grand Lux Cafe. After dinner, it’s back to Treasure Island. I have some time to kill so I play a Hoot Loot slot machine. This is an older machine and I have never ever hit the bonus. I’ve long since stopped trying but it’s raining out, why not. Oh man – I get the bonus! First time ever! Eeeeeee! It gives me one dollar. Boooooooo.
Mystere was great, this was my second time seeing it. Mystere ceiling:
On the way out, my Slingo game was all filled up so I tried another new Slingo game and lost. Then I played a The Price is Right slot (why) and I lose. I need to get OUT of this place, now.
I go outside and walk towards Wynn and spend quite some time taking pictures of the sign. I love the Wynn sign. The only downfall of sitting there spending time taking pictures of it is that you hear that stupid iPod commercial/song coming from the Fashion Show Mall 2398743289 times. I like to do handstands for you, I like to do something something for you, something something something for you-ooh-ooh-ohh….ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh for yooooooooou. It’s STILL in my head.
I take the Deuce bus back downtown and go through my pictures. I have finally learned to not smoke while taking pictures because then the smoke gets in the picture. but now I have learned that when it’s really cold out, you can see my breath in pictures. it’s really cold out.
But still no snow.