I am at California hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. I didn’t sleep all that well because I am on a party floor. There are several rooms with what appears to be a very large, extended family, who are celebrating their “Most Important People on Earth” win and being the most important people on Earth, they have no reason to consider that anyone else may be trying to sleep. Must be nice!
Today I am headed to the Strip. I want to eat breakfast at Planet Hollywood and visit my beloved Riviera. Breakfast is $10 off with the Las Vegas Advisor coupon. I had some comps as well and it ended up costing me $1.07.
There is only one other table near me with people at it. Either my server was invisible or I was, because I only saw her one time. That’s okay though because this buffet has smoothies.
After eating, I got an iced coffee from Starbucks and walked across the street to Bellagio. I wanted to play in Cosmopolitan, but I had only been inside one time during this trip and lost money. I love Cosmopolitan too much to risk losing a second time and killing my extreme love for this place forever.
I attempted to get photos of the Bellagio Conservatory, but of course, it is closed as they do the change over from Christmas to Chinese New Year.
Of course, I took these two photos, as I do on every trip and probably did earlier in this trip:
Bellagio interior walkway:
Bellagio reception and Chihuly ceiling:
I played $20 in Cleopatra and cashed out when my iced coffee was empty, which also nicely coincided with my $20 now being $40.
Across the street to Cromwell to my Ultimate X machine! This machine was so nice to me this entire trip and continued loving me today! I have been fantasizing about this machine since coming home.
I left here up $220.
I walked over to Ellis Island, stopping in Westin for Starbucks. Here is a view of the High Roller from this way.
Inside Starbucks, there was a man on line behind me who was on the phone, talking about how he lost his wallet and could only eat at Starbucks for the rest of his trip, because they would let him charge it to his room. Not sure how he was going to do that without ID but not my problem.
I went to put some half and half in my coffee and discovered that some asshole had unscrewed the top so it spilled all over.
At Ellis Island, I have free play coupons from both American Casino Guide and Las Vegas Advisor. I get $10 from one and $20 from the other (You get to pick a chip for your free play and the $20 was just me being lucky.) I was hoping to have a great free play day like I did last week. I was almost at zero with it when I had a $30 win on four card nickel Keno. I cashed out and ran.
I tried taking the 202 to the 108 to get to Mardi Gras casino to use my free play coupon in Las Vegas Advisor but I don’t think the 108 stops there on the way downtown because I didn’t see it. My bus driver also did not stop at Westgate, even though I rang the bell. I had to walk back from the Sahara monorail station.
I had $10 free play here from Las Vegas Advisor. I tried finding the player’s club, looking in the spot it was in the last time I was here. A woman asks me if I need help. I tell her I am looking for the player’s club. She asks me “Did you get your free play and show tickets?” Oh you are a time share person. I say “I just need to find the player’s club.” “What do you do for a living?” I answered “nothing.” She says it must be nice, I say it is. I don’t have any idea why I am lying to her, other than I do not want to talk to her.
The player’s club is now merged with the cashier. This means the line is twice as long and with only one person working it, three times as slow.
I get my free play and lose it. Then I went degenerate on a Buffalo slot machine. I haven’t really gone degenerate in days. As much as I enjoy shoving all my cash into a machine and having zero wins, I left here angry at myself.
I crossed the street to walk past my beloved Riviera.
I walked over to Encore, intending to take Strip photos. I got a few of Encore, which is better than I did last time.
I broke even on Cleopatra Keno.
I wanted to keep going and perhaps end up at Cromwell again, for my beloved Ultimate X machine, but the sun was killing me. So I took the Deuce back Downtown from Wynn. It was 2:31 when I boarded the bus.
I took a nap and then went to El Cortez to visit Happy Feet massage. $20 for an hour long foot massage, yes please!
You walk up the spiral staircase near reception. When I got up there, I was offered free water or tea. Then I was taken to the room. There are a whole lot of massage beds in there, no privacy. But you aren’t getting undressed so who cares? I was the only person in there at this time (7:00 pm.) There is a hook behind your bed to hang your stuff. This is easily the best bargain in all of Las Vegas. I tipped $20 so even for $40 total, seriously best bargain.
Afterwards, I played some Cleopatra Keno. I cannot win. I just cannot. I used to spend hoursssssss at these machines at El Cortez. Now? Nope.
I did a final desperate try at four card Keno and it laughed in my face as it took my money.
I stopped at Binions of course. I love this casino. Always have, always will. I won no money, but did win another deck of cards. No, thank you.
On my way back to the room, I bought McDonalds because 24 hour breakfast. Suck it.
Gambling Day: + $30
Gambling Trip: + $690
Miscellaneous: (breakfast, tips, coffee, water, soda, massage and McDonalds): $61.32
Comps used: California room
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Breakfast: Red Rock buffet 8-11 free MyVegas
Dinner: California prime rib points
The D up to $100 free play ACG