Despite how insanely comfortable my bed was here at Green Valley Ranch, I was wide awake at 4:00 am. Let’s…go gamble?
I stop for coffee at The Grand Cafe. Meaning I ordered coffee, realized I didn’t put any cash in my wallet, and had to walk away to go back to my room which is a million miles away. Halfway there I realized hurr durr, I own both credit cards AND I have comps on my Stations card. I get that taken care of, sit down at a machine and HURR DURR HI I HAVE NO CASH ON ME.
Back to the room, back to the casino.
I decide to play Buffalo. I can never say enough how much I love these games. I am playing one of the ones with the super sized screen. I get one bonus symbol, then a second, then a guy walks by and smacks my machine yelling “GET IT! GET IT! GET IT!” and I do! And I win zero! Oh.
I keep playing and get another bonus. This time I win $118. WOO!
I go back up to my room, it is only 5:30. I pack my stuff and lay down for an hour. Then it is back out for breakfast. I get a buffet, free from MyVegas. My goal is to catch the 9:00 shuttle to the airport, so I can catch the WAX bus to downtown. I am moving to my last hotel of this trip today, California. I am very anxious to get down there because I want to be there NOW.
Let me tell you guys something. I do not know how I got this lucky. But my shuttle from Green Valley Ranch pulled into Zero Level at the airport, just as the WAX was pulling up. I was in my room at California by 10:00. That is right. I left Green Valley Ranch on a shuttle at 9:00 am, took a bus downtown and was checked in, and inside my room, only one hour later. It was a Christmas-Eve-Eve miracle.
California has remodeled a bunch of their rooms, but I am given an old one. I don’t care because I love this hotel and would happily accept any room here. Except that one where the roof leaked onto my bed and soaked it.
On my way out, I stop to rub Buddha’s belly. I tell him all about how I was in his birth country earlier this year. He just laughed at me.
I came back to California and played quarter Double Double Bonus video poker. I hit nines.
Then I try the new version of Lobstermania. This was my mother’s favorite slot machine and I feel obligated to play it. This machine is pissing me off. How can you have three full rows of the same symbol and it is not a win? I am becoming one of those psychopaths you see on slot machines that yell at them. I keep giving it the finger. I am wondering if security is going to come and escort me out. NEENER NEENER JOKE’S ON YOU. I LIVE HERE.
Finally I break away from the machine. I feel my sanity coming back. I turn around and give the machine the finger one last time and start playing a Buffalo slot machine. I turn a $20 into $40 and set off to eat lunch at the California’s Courtyard Cafe.
I get an omelette and some more coffee because I clearly need the caffeine. I take some notes, and pull out my phone to write the time. It is only 12:43. I am not sure why time is moving to unbelievably slow today. But this is not a complaint.
I went upstairs to take a nap. Then I woke up and decided to take the bus to Cosmopolitan to get that $15 free play they emailed me about. When I got there, the free play would not work. I went to the player’s club and was told that I was using a room key and not a slot card. Which was really, REALLY weird since it was the same card I used the other day to generate the free play. So my information is still on there from a year (two years?) ago.
I lost the $15 free play and another $60. Hint: This is why casinos offer you free play. They know you will lose more cash.
On the way back to my hotel, I noticed that Fremont Santa is now charging for photos. What a fucking rip off.
I headed back to California and played a bit before bed. I got dealt Jacks, which is the second time today I got a dealt quad.
Time for bed, this was my room view at night:
Gambling Day: + $200
Gambling Trip: + $170
Miscellaneous: (water, bus pass, Dunkin Donuts, tips) $22.36
Comps used: California room (not sure how much this would have cost, $40-40-ish?), $10 California dining credit that came with my offer, $15 free play Cosmopolitan
Freebies: Green Valley Ranch buffet from MyVegas = $7.99 + tax
Friday, December 23, 2016
Breakfast: Green Valley Ranch 8-11 MyVegas
Check into California
El Cortez ATM promo 5% back in free play
Dinner: California dining credit with offer
Downtown Grand 5x / 500 points = pull tab
Fitzgeralds $5 free play for every 50 points ACG/LVA