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Las Vegas Trip Report: The Day I Forfeit Seeing One of My Favorite Bands, to Play Video Poker

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 2005.  Most of this information is now outdated and some places mentioned no longer exist.

Thursday, June 9, 2005 – Day Five of Ten

I woke up at the California hotel, very sick again.   My head weighed 834783 pounds.   But I force myself out of bed at around 7:00 am and go out to my vacation.  Breakfast is at the Main Street Station buffet, great as always.   I play some nickel video poker and win $70.   Why haven’t I tried this sooner?

Get back to the room and take some cold medicine and nap.

Go back out at 3:00 and get a Binions burger.  Play a bit and just lose.  Lose lose lose lose lose.   And lose.

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As it so happens, one of my favorite bands ever are on tour and they are playing Las Vegas TONIGHT!  A well needed break from this afternoon’s losses.  Before getting ready for the show, I take a walk to Walgreens to buy mascara since I forgot to bring mine somehow.   On the way back I stop at Fremont to play $5 on nickel video poker.   I can’t stop doubling my $5 bills.  So I ended up here for hours and hours and hours and never did go the show.

Fremont Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

On the way back to the California, I stopped at the Plaza and played nickel video poker and then started playing quarters.  I got a straight flush!   This was so exciting!   I cashed out with $110.   Woooooo!

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PS: I published tomorrow’s trip report a while back, when Downtown Grand opened.  It features a stay at Lady Luck.  If you missed it, you can check it out here

Las Vegas Trip Report: Sweet Las Vegas Suite

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 2005.  Most of this information is now outdated and some places mentioned no longer exist.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 – Day Four of Ten

Up at?  I have no idea what time I woke up.  I went downstairs and back to nickel video poker.  I’ll tell you, a $5 bill on nickel video poker goes a long way.

Keeping up with my “want to stay at every hotel” shtick, I once again check out and once again switch hotels.  Today it’s the California hotel downtown.   The cab driver starts to take me in circles downtown.  I tell him “the California is the other way.”  He starts to argue a bit.   I start to argue louder.  He then apologizes and tells me that he is very upset.  He heard on the radio that 100 people in his country were shot this morning and he is very worried about his family.   I honestly don’t know if he was jerking me around or not, I just don’t know.  I told him it was okay and just to turn around and go back towards the California.  He did and that was the end of that.
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I arrive at around 11:30 and go to check in.   They don’t have any smoking rooms available so they are putting me in a suite.  Are you kidding me?  Most hotels would inform you “check in isn’t until 3:00, try back later”.  The California puts me in a suite.  Yay!   I’m here on an offer for $35 for the first night, second night comped.  So a suite for $17.50.   I LOVE Las Vegas.

What was interesting and also annoying to me was that I did not have the keys handed to me, they were handed directly to a bellman, who immediately grabbed my luggage before I even knew what was going on.  I was not expecting this and had no singles on me for a tip so I gave him a $5 tip.

W get to my room, # 1102.   It has a bedroom and a separate living room wtih a bar   There were two televisions, and of course, less than ten channels.  Not like it matters since I’m not here to watch television.   My windows faced Fremont Street and I could see the Rio and the Stratosphere.

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Went downstairs to gamble of course.   I wanted to try a dollar video poker game, but I was a bit scared so I stuck to quarters.   I broke even.   Hit the Main Street Station Triple 7 Brew Pub for lunch.   I love this place.