Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!
It has been a while since I’ve made my way to this beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert. Las Vegas was calling my name and I shouldn’t have kept her waiting. I booked my flight through Allegiant, a smaller airline that offers lower fares but with limited destinations. It only set me back about $150 for a round trip flight to Vegas. Then I used a couple rewards from MyVegas to get a free buffet and bring down the cost of the hotel rooms by a few hundred dollars. MyVegas is actually a great free game on Facebook that allows players to play slots to earn real comps at MLife locations in Vegas. You can get everything from free food to free hotel rooms to free show tickets. It’s a great way to save some money out in Vegas and try new things while you’re out there. So now that everything was booked it was time to skip on over to Vegas.
A beautiful day for a short flight down to Vegas. I scored a window seat in an exit row, needed that room to stretch out. Once we were up in the sky it was smooth sailing.
Once I got on the ground I had to find a way to get to the hotel. The strip is fairly close to the airport. A cab will only cost you about $17 to get to the strip but you could always try a shuttle too. I decided to try out the shuttles and it only cost me $8. It wasn’t too crowded and it was just a short ride. If you’re on a budget, the shuttle is the way to go.
I got to the Luxor and I just wanted to dump my stuff and get some food. I always love the Egyptian theme of the Luxor. The giant sculptures and hieroglyphics. I got an upgrade to a renovated room but I wasn’t planning on spending too much time in there. I went down to get my free buffet and I wasn’t really impressed. The food was either over seasoned or bland and mushy. Thank goodness they had a tray of split crab legs just waiting for me to devour. I was able to fill up on delicious crab legs and shrimp. Luckily the buffet was free.
I decided to take it easy the first night and just play a few machines. I happened to sit at a video keno machine in the Excalibur and just started mashing the button while enjoy a few drinks. Then, out of no where, BAM! I hit a 7 out of 7 for a cool $1,750. I got my tax forms and whatnot and decided to stash away a good amount in the room safe. It’s always nice to hit a big win early on the trip so you can freeroll the rest of the time. I played a little more with no results and decided to call it a night.
The next day I made my way down to the pool to try and beat the vicious Las Vegas sun.
The pools were a little crowded and the sun was just too much. I needed to get away from it and stay in the air conditioning. I was feeling a little hungry and began my journey down the strip to one of my favorite sandwich spots, Earl of Sandwich. I always like that first walk down the strip and taking in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas.
I made my way to Planet Hollywood and quickly placed my order at Earl of Sandwich. I usually go for the Full Montagu. Hot roast beef and turkey with melted Swiss and all the fresh produce on top. This was exactly what I needed to keep my day on track.
After filling up, I thought I would try to play a little poker over at Caesars Palace. Once I got there, I jumped into a 1-2 no-limit game for $150. I literally played one hand. I was dealt AQ and the flop came AQ9. I bet out and was reraised. I called and the turn was a blank. So I bet out again and was reraised all-in. I called and my two pair was no good against this lady’s set of 9’s (three-of-a-kind). I stood up and decided to head back down to my end of the strip.
I made the long walk while grumbling about what just happened at the poker room and decided to just brush it off and start over. I don’t like staying in a negative mindset, especially when I’m still up and in a place where anything can happen.
The next day I was checking out of the Luxor and into the Excalibur. It was a quick glide over the skywalk using the moving sidewalks. I got a renovated room here too. It’s not too hard as long as you’re pretty friendly and ask politely.
At this point in the trip I was fed up with the machines there. I wanted to turn my focus on poker. I hit the felt and joined the 1-2 no-limit table at the Excalibur and settled in for the long haul. I must have been in that game for 8 hours because I have no idea where the day went. All I know is that I ran that $120 up over $400. It was a good feeling after that Caesars Palace fiasco.
I had lots of good laughs and met people from all over the world there. That’s the great thing about Vegas. You bring a lot of people together who are all trying to have a good time. Of course, if they want to fund part of my trip I’m not going to stop them. At least we’ll have a pleasant time and share a few drinks.
The next day I wanted to check out the pool at Excalibur and it was just overrun with kids. I mean, I get it, there isn’t much for the little ones in Vegas. Plus, the Excalibur pool has water slides and isn’t really deep at all. I didn’t spend too much time there but I always like to check it out.
I went back in and wanted to recreate the magic at the poker table. I guess I had used up the magic the day before because the cards just weren’t coming. My QQ’s happened to run into AA’s. My two pair gets beat by a bigger two pair. It just wasn’t happening for me. I hit up a couple more machines and they just weren’t being generous anymore. Sometimes you just have to quit while you’re ahead.
I was ready to get back home and save my bankroll for another adventure. Always have to pace myself and keep my head on straight. I always love coming out to Vegas and taking on the strip. I will be back shortly and I’ll be ready to fight another day.