1944 Las Vegas
Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
17Trip End Jan 11, 2007
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Then we headed off afterward. We landed at Treasure Island. We finally decided to sit down at a table. We played blackjack. Randy isn't exactly great at the game. He's more of a slots guy, but he doesn't like the randomness of slots anymore and he wanted to get into a table game this time around. He wanted to try his luck at a poker table. But I also know he's not the type to lay down anything near 100 for his bank. And to play a poker table, you need at least that minimum. So we played 5 dollar blackjack. He often made the wrong move. He liked hitting when the dealer was showing a bust card. Eventually our dealer, Kathy, asked him if he really wanted to do certain things. She would chastise him for not doubling on an 11 or hitting when he didn't need to. She was really helpful to him so that he could learn what the book said. Of course, he managed to ignore the book sometimes, but often it didn't end up badly
We went into the Mirage because Randy had never been. It was nothing special really. Then we went into the Wynn because neither of us had ever been inside
And continuing with the trend of visiting hotels we hadn't been in before, we saw the Frontier in the distance and decided to go there. We didn't regret it. Earlier in the day I told Randy my three criteria for a good casino. Since I'm the AC expert and I'd also been to Vegas, I thought I should impart upon him my knowledge of casino "themery". I told him that the best indication of a casino is its cocktail waitresses. That's pretty obvious, but it's the best indicator. The second factor was ceiling height. Little Six Casino has much lower ceilings compared to Mystic Lake Casino, and I remember the Borgata's ceiling to be very high and well-decorated. And the third indicator was number of mirrors. This was the least reliable factor, but I felt it to be a good one. I specifically remember the Sands and Trump Plaza to have a lot of mirrors and I remember those as not being the best out there. And when we got to the Frontier, we hit every single factor very reliably. The Frontier had the seventy-year-old cocktail waitresses, they had low ceilings (the smoke lingers), and plenty of mirrors. I think the mirrors give the impression of more space, and that's why casinos tend to like them. Or low-level security. When we entered the door, we saw great things. We saw the cowboy-themed slot machines which we took our picture with and we also saw casino "war" the table game. I mean red dog (acey-deucy) is pretty much close to war and it's a fairly acceptable table game, but just plain "war"? We thought that was only Lampoon's Vegas Vacation. We didn't know it was real. We had a hoot at the Frontier to say the least.
Finally we headed off to the other side of the strip. We went off to New York New York to find some low-level tables but we couldn't find them. But we did eat at the ESPN Zone because Randy needed to see the UNI scores. That's his alma mater. The service there was sub-par. And UNI lost in overtime. Needless to say, Randy was not pleased. But he did like the atmosphere of New York New York. So we went off to Excalibur. We knew we could find a 5-dollar table there even though it was night. We did. We played some one-deck blackjack but didn't fare well. When we went to multi-deck, we still didn't do well. Randy didn't lose as much at first, but we both lost our bankroll for there and fairly quickly as well. The Excalibur did not leave a good taste in our mouth.
That was pretty much our signal to start heading off yonder. We were tired and almost fell asleep at dinner. Then we lost a significant amount. But there was still the free entertainment to see! So we headed off to the pirate show. And getting from the Excalibur to TI was not a short walk. We left at 8 and barely made the 8:30 show. We even had to run a bit of the way just to make it. The show itself was alright, I hadn't seen this one before. And we got pretty good views considering we just arrived on time. But I was dead tired from doing some competitive speed-walking. Then in the middle of the show, the sound just stopped and everyone left the stage. Apparently there was technically difficulties. Boo. I was looking forward to the show too. The funniest part was the announcer when he announced to tell the "boy ship" actors to go back. I misheard and thought they said "bullsh**" actors to go home.
Considering our luck, we went back to the Flamingo. But not wanting to leave, I went into the Barbary Coast casino. It was this little thing right beside the Flamingo and I was curious how bad it was going to be. Actually it wasn't too bad. The ceilings were low, but the cocktail waitresses weren't so bad and there weren't many mirrors at all. But there was a lounge show, so Randy had to absolutely see one. So we went and watched a bit. He was a bit peeved though because he got a drink at the bar and they didn't have Jim Beam, but it also cost 5 bucks and was severely watered down. But the band was classic Vegas, and that's what we wanted.
After that, we finally left. And it was about 10:30 or something like that. We spent about 24 hrs in Vegas and got as much out of it as we could. There really wasn't much that we could think of that we hadn't gotten. We missed out on a buffet or a 99-cent shrimp cocktail. And we were kinda bummed we didn't hit the Hooters hotel actually. But other than that, we were satisfied with what we had, but we knew that we could've stayed much much longer.