We made it back to Las Vegas in under 3 months, which is a bit surprising nowadays. It was a lot of fun though, even if we ended up back there in the midst of 105-degree temperatures. There’s lots of pictures below but I’ll get right to the point of my headline:
I made money through gambling this trip!!!
Yep – on the third day we were there (Sunday), my luck kicked in first thing that morning during breakfast. I always play Keno at that time as it’s a cheap gamble and while I rarely ever even win my money back, it’s something to pass the time. WELL. This time I played 3 games at $3 a pop using almost entirely random patterns to pick my 10 #s, and on the second game, BAM! I was able to get 7 of the 10 #s I picked! That’s $450! (If it had been 8 #s, it would’ve been $3000….can’t even imagine that).
Later that day, we went to Margaritaville Casino to gamble for reals, and while my mom and Larry played more Blackjack, I was ready for some action at the craps tables (I always have to be clever when I write about “craps”, as I shudder to get taken out of context by saying I went to play craps and it sounds like scat humor). After an hour and a half or so, I wasn’t really up or down, but then a woman came up with a bridal party or something, and it was clear it was her first time rolling the dice ever. It was one of those times where beginner’s luck / lady’s luck was fully in play. Not only did she get 4 separate points (amongst many repeats) to activate the Fire Bet which I was on for a buck, I had gone full-in with my odds bets, taking maximum, once the table was on fire. I ended up having $600 in my rack. It was awesome.
Finally, that evening after taking a gambling break, I was at the Flamingo Craps tables and after a few hours, walked away with $200. So yeah, that was a very satisfying gambling day to have and one for the record books, at least with regards to my usual gambling success!
Alright, here are the pics from the trip – including the drive up, the drinking with Michancy, riding the High Roller during the day, heading to MGM Grand for David Copperfield, and taking a stroll around that part of the Strip just for a nice way to spend the day without the threat of losing money!
Day 1 – Friday, July 25, 2014
Driving Up and Arrival:
The World’s Largest Thermometer in Baker is working again
Joan taking a well-deserved break in Baker
The dramatic valley as you approach State Line
State Line is way up there in the distance
View from our room on the 22nd floor in the Flamingo this trip
Great view of the High Roller
The quite-busy Flamingo pool
Nellis AFB in the distance
Arrival at the Linq
Margaritaville Dinner, Pub Crawling with Michancy
Margaritaville for our first dinner
Meeting Michancy at the newest Scottish bar that opened on the Linq
I could be drunk
High Roller and Linq at night
Back at the Boulevard Cocktail Company for some drinks and music
Day 2 – Saturday, July 26, 2014
Daytime Ride on the High Roller
It’s always fun to see the High Roller from a distance. It’s just so huge!
The neat mural in the ticket area for the High Roller
Fun lighting elements too
Not a busy day when it’s 1000s of degrees outside
We got a free drink here too
The loading area during the day
Looks like we’re in a futuristic spaceport
My attempt at stock photography, apparently
Looking towards McCarren
McCarran in focus
Nearing the apex of the observation wheel’s course
The Hard Rock Hotel w/ UNLV behind it
We’ve reached the top
You can see the shadow below too
The Bellagio Water Show in full swing
I have a similar shot at night
The massive support pylons keeping the High Roller up
Carlos & Charlie’s Dinner, Heading to MGM for David Copperfield
Dinner at Carlos and Charlie’s in Flamingo
Larry’s legs are looking good
The walk to the Flamingo Monorail station
The pool was still going strong
In the Flamingo’s Monorail station
At the David Copperfield show
Nighttime around Flamingo
Flamingo’s neon signs
Day 3 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 aka LUCKY DAY!
Keno and Craps Victories!
Played some random numbers and patterns this Keno hand
And I WON! Got 7 out of 10, winning me $450!!!
The board that made me a believer
A beautiful Thunderbird on display in Flamingo
Can’t imagine a car like this nowadays!
Here’s my results after playing craps at Margaritaville! $500 big ones!
Strolling Around Vegas Strip, including Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio, and Cosmopolitan
A snack break at Caesar’s
Outside Bellagio looking towards Paris LV
A great backdrop to watch the Bellagio water show with
Larry is completely unimpressed
Seeing the High Roller from a distance
The Jockey Club won’t surrender
Paris LV in all its splendor
Inside the Cosmopolitan at the Chandelier Bar
So over the top and dramatic
The Beetlejuic slot machine – did NOT pay out for us
Approaching Storm at Night & Dinner at Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill in Caesar’s
Dreary conditions ahead
We apparently just missed a deluge of rain which came minutes after this pic
Haivng dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Bar & Grill at Caesar’s
The sights on the walk back