Back from Vegas
Me and the Shrew are back from SIN CITY. We flew back home last night to New Orleans.Oh what tales I have of Las Vegas! Unfortunately, my fingers are handcuffed like Scotty. To protect my F-A-M-I-L-Y, I'll have to leave out the truly sordid tales on the blog. If you wanna know all the dish and the dirt, email me.
We all came back losers.... SOME more than others. I was actually UP Saturday afternoon. I had almost as much money in my wallet as I did when I first arrived in Vegas on Thursday. But through a few poker tournaments and making donations to those one armed bandits, I had to join E.Shrew and my brother in the loser's lounge. But I did win $75 in video poker at the airport, so that made me smile.
I had originally budgeted $100 a day for incidentals like food, drinks, tips, etc. Well... Vegas has gotten more expensive. I probably spent closer to $150 a day on incidentals. Everyone had their hand out for tips. It is easy to blow $100 right off the bat when you first arrive. You hire a limo to pick you up from the airport, tip the limo driver, tip the bell hop, tip the guy that brings your luggage up to your room, and buy a $40 monorail 3 day pass.
Word to the wise: spend the extra dough on a nice hotel. The Sahara was an economical DUMP. The rooms were warmer than I was accustomed to during the day. The temperature was regulated by the hotel, so you could never take an afternoon nap in a really cold room during the day. There were only three elevators going up to the Alexandria Tower, so the wait time was unbearable. I do give the Sahara props for having low table limits and cheap food. That was nice. But, it is definitely no PALACE in the desert.
We made my brother walk and see all the nice hotels. I think we wore him out with all the walking. We had fun in the arcade at the NY/NY Casino. Me, the Shrew, and my brother battled each other in a car race simulator. Do you know who won??? I DID OF COURSE! In the first race, I rammed my car against each of theirs right before the finish line to move from third place to first. In the second race, they ate my dust most of the way. Each time, the arcade attendent put my olympic gold medal around my neck for winning FIRST PLACE. I was basking in the glow of victory as my foes were nauseated.
Me and the Shrew caught the Phantom show at the Venetian. It was SO awesome. The special effects were spectacular and the music was spine-tingling. We thought there may have been some lip syncing going on during certain moments in the show, but we can't be for sure. For $140, I didn't mind a little lip synching. I was definitely entertained.
Playing in poker tournaments is more fun that sticking money in the one armed bandits. At least if you don't win, you feel like you had some control over your fate. We played in a big tournament at the Luxor on Friday. My brother and I were swiftly out relatively quickly. E.Shrew managed to snag 4th place and won $150. That's okay, because I ended up winning $1,000 on a nickle machine while he was still playing. I had to go back and personally thank my table poker players for knocking me out. They all wanted a cut, but I flatly denied their request.
If we go back to Las Vegas, I think we'll just play in poker tournaments all day. The interaction with the other players and playing a role with your own fate by saying "ALL IN!" is much more enjoyable than taking a hit in blackjack, throwing dice, or pressing MAX BET in a slot machine. When you go to Vegas, you shouldn't feel compelled to put your hard earned money in the machines or risk it at the tables. Find something that you truly enjoy to spend your money on.