Las Vegas Trip Report: Let the Degeneracy Begin!

 January 30, 2018

I am awake at 7:00 AM.  I decide i am on punishment today as I am blowing through my Royal Flush winnings.   Tonight I will take advantage of my fancy room at Cosmopolitan to chill in my fancy room at Cosmopolitan.  Right?  And just to cement that plan, I go ahead and lose $90 on my way to get breakfast.  Surely that will do the trick, right?

Breakfast is at Siegels 1941 to use the rest of my dining credit.  Breakfast isn’t any better quality than last night’s sub-par dinner.

After breakfast, I decide that maybe I have not fully committed to being on punishment so I further try and prove my point by losing another $110 before heading back to my room.  That’ll learn me.

I pack my stuff and walk to the Deuce, and head to Cosmopolitan, where for some reason, I have two free nights.  As I try to check in early, I am told I have a couple of options, but she only shared one which is a low floor in a renovated room.  I took it and I hated it.  Guys, I hated a room at Cosmopolitan?  I was on a very low floor.  It is so unseasonably hot outside that my balcony is a burning fire ball.  It was SO PAINFULLY HOT out there. I could never smoke one full cigarette because I was on fire.

Day time view:

And night time view, much cooler:

I am not a fan of the decor.

I definitely had these closet doors back in the 80’s:

Okay I liked this:

The bathroom was just weird.

And this cool tub:

That I did not get to use because you had to climb this to get in it:

I would have absolutely died if I had tried.

Although I am on punishment tonight, it is not yet night, so that means I am okay to play, right?

I lost $20 in Ultimate X Double Double Bonus video poker, but cashed out up $100 on Buffalo.

I took the bus from here to Excalibur.  I have a one night comped book so I can take advantage of some MyVegas buffet rewards.

I wanted to check in either with mobile or with the kiosk.  But it was showing a room cost and it should be $0.  So I waited on the long line of people who never ever have their credit cards and ID out before approaching the counter.

I went to the room just to snap a few photos.  I am not staying here.

I have a free play reward from MyVegas.   At MLife properties, the way free play works is that you have to cover the first bet.  I put in a $5 bill on Buffalo slot machine and hit this beautiful hand:

Next up is New York, New York.  I decide to grab and iced coffee from Starbucks and play my favorite Buffalo slot machine here.  I am honestly not sure why this machine is my favorite.   I mean sure, I won $600 on here one time.   But that was one time out of a million times and all the other million times, I lost a million dollars.  But I have to do it.  And I lost.  And it is my fault.

I leave New York, New York and walk to Aria, through what at the time was still Monte Carlo, but is now Park MGM.

This walkway used to be all stores, and now it is just fancy open nothing.

Dinner is at Aria’s buffet using a MyVegas reward.  The buffet would normally cost me $42.21, which is actually a lie. It would normally cost me nothing because I would never pay $42.21 for a buffet.  Some people like to tally up their MyVegas rewards and label them as “savings.”  For me, they are more like perks. I did not save $42.21 on something I would never have spent $42.21 on.  I would have used some of my millions of dollars of Binions comps.   But it is a nice perk to eat a nicer buffet.  Or it would have been if my prime rib had not looked like this. I am serious, this is what i was served:

This is my second time eating here and the last time, I could not get a server to bring me a drink.  I have one more MyVegas reward for tomorrow morning and it will probably be my last time darkening the entrance to this place.

I have $25 free play here.  I played a bit and kept going until I had a bit of a win and kept going some more.  That was a good decision.

I walked through Crystals mall back to Cosmopolitan.

Time to begin my punishment.  Spending a full night in my room.   Right after I go and gamble some.  I bring $140 down with me.

Guys, this was the best punishment night ever.  I am so glad I decided to not play.

I got so many Four of a Kind Fives on this trip that adding photos to this trip report was really difficult.  I hope these are all in the correct spots.

I did want to keep playing all night long.   But this win put me back at having all my budget in tact for the rest of the trip PLUS my Royal Flush winnings.  Punishment it is!

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23 thoughts on “Las Vegas Trip Report: Let the Degeneracy Begin!

  1. AvatarMike

    When we went in December 2017 we loved the Aria buffet. Sucks that you didn’t.

    Glad you’re back posting!

  2. AvatarTx Steph

    I was just thinking the other day… geez, whatever happened to Jennifer and her blog?? Imagine my surprise when I got an email notification! 🙂 I’m glad you are back as your posts always make me laugh, thanks!

    BTW, I’m sure any Nevada store would have cheaper cigs than New York, right?!

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      Hi Steph! I bought full priced cigarettes in NY recently and they were $14. My corner bodega charges me $11. So absolutely yes, they are cheaper anywhere in Nevada.

  3. Avatarjames carroll

    I love your trip reports Jennifer and this one did not disappoint. I would have carried those socks in my pocket for the rest of the trip, I have no shame. The escalator story was great but sorry you missed your bus. You did have a lot of nice hits and congratulations on all of them. I’m going to AC for two nights at the end of April, I may have to try the dirty sock method. LOL.

    Take care, Jim

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      Hi Jim! I hope you have a fantastic time in Atlantic City and don’t have to carry dirty socks around.

  4. AvatarNANCY

    oh wow – another great read from Jen…. loved it…. some good hits, good pics, comps you still have = means go back and use them… you make a LV trip sound so much fun and I always feel like I am there with you!

  5. AvatarJan P.

    What a pleasant surprise to see you’re back! I love your style of writing, and you seem to write what I’m thinking. Can’t wait for more!

  6. AvatarKen T.

    Avoid the Steak at all costs at the Fremont buffet, but their Spare Ribs and Chinese dishes are okay. Also, their rolls make a good late night snack. Their crap game is the best in Vegas, but their B.J. games are unplayable

    1. AvatarMike

      Fremont only offers 2x odds on craps and their blackjack is double deck. Where is your information coming from?

  7. AvatarAde

    Thanks to RF I have come across your blog, which I’m really enjoying working my way through.
    Your sense of humour really appeals to this English gent and I like how you write. However, I feel that I am missing photos on your posts that you refer to, unless that is part your style?

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      Hi Ade!

      I typically do post the photos I am referencing although to get this report out, I did a last minute rush job and it is possible I missed a couple. I do have about 27 photos leftover where I have absolutely no idea where they belonged. Welcome to my mystery novel blog.

      1. AvatarAde

        Thank you for having me Jennifer!
        Your blog was fun and you certainly managed to get around Vegas a lot in order to lose your money. I’m looking forward to the next mystery novel 🙂

  8. AvatarLorraine Okun

    Welcome Back!!! Such a fan…excited to have 2 more to look forward to. Now that my Mom’s gone I only do solo trips and always feel like you’re reading my mind.

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      Aw, I am sorry about your mom! I used to bring my mother on trips to Vegas and so many things remind me of her there.

  9. AvatarVice

    I wasn’t Impressed with the Aria buffet either. The Bacchanal is so much better on so many levels.

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      I still haven’t tried Bacchanal. I get so lost every time I go inside Caesars so I just stopped going there.

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