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Part I - Wednesday, Thursday
Part II - Friday
Part III - Saturday

  • Slept 7 glorious hours and woke up about 10:30

  • Packed, and checked out of TEH ORLEANS

  • Just so you know, The Orleans is WilWheatonApproved, and the Plaza is not

  • Headed down to the Wynn to check out the poker room and possibly play some of the $5/$10 NL game

  • Wow, was the card room dead

  • So, since Wynn was pretty empty, I figured I might have a shot at the Bellagio $10/$20 NL game

  • Ok ok, you can quit laughing now

  • No really, you can, any time now

  • At least I self parked this time, so when I got there, saw the packed room at 1 pm on a Sunday, I didn’t have to tip the valet for almost parking my car

  • Called Eva to see what was up, and if she wanted to eat

  • Eva already had half a sandwich, so I grabbed some Wendy’s and headed down to the Plaza to catch up with the contingent

  • Saw Geek, Pauly, Derek, BG and a WSoP entrant playing in the Plaza tournament, and Hank and April playing in a $3/6 game

  • Scarfed down my Wendy’s (mmm spicy chicken) at the poker table behind Pauly, and put my name on the NL list

  • While waiting, go play craps, and win $64 playing the DON’T

  • I always play the don’t, as you get better odds for winning

  • Hank says it’s just bad karma, and I’m going to lose at poker for winning while betting the don’t

  • I think it’s just bad karma to tell Hank that I won while betting the don’t

  • I proceed to blame Hdub when I lose my $300 buyin with set over set

  • And then just to add insult to injury, that got the guy even, and he picked up his chips and left, dammit!

  • I hate that so very very much

  • Played a little longer, and Eva joined me to play

  • Pauly and the Grub stopped by, and I’m sure I looked horribly hung-over, which I wasn’t

  • No, really, I wasn’t, I was just entirely sleep deprived

  • You could bang cymbals in my ear and I wouldn’t wince, and I didn’t have a headache, I just wanted to go back to sleep

  • Watched BG’s friend Nate win the Plaza tournament

  • Cashed out

  • Gave everyone who was left a hug

  • Retrieved my car, and zipped off to the airport, got on the plane, and landed in Phoenix about ½ hour late

  • And very very tired

  • And I still had to log in and check the email I accumulated over the last week, since I didn’t crack open my laptop once the entire weekend

  • Which means it was a very very good vacation

Lessons Learned:

  • Come a couple days earlier than everyone else if I want to play “real” poker

  • When everyone else comes into town, don’t bother playing poker, just drink and visit with people

  • Everything in Vegas is better when you wear a tiara (and if you’re reading this and have tiara pictures, PLEASE send them to me)

  • I could have gotten $20 from the Geek instead of just $12

  • I have a serious name-warp when it comes to CHRISHAL

  • Phil Gordon is super freaking tall

  • Renting a car in Vegas is definitely the way to go

  • I am not better than Felicia at mixed games, but then again who is?

  • Next time, I’m pushing for everyone to stay at the Orleans.

    • If you need convincing, guys, they have the skimpiest cocktail waitress outfits I saw all weekend

    • Plus $5 craps

    • Plus a shuttle to the strip

    • Plus, hello, bowling!

So when are we going next?
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captain_boots From: captain_boots Date: June 8th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Their outfits are skimpier than the Rio's? When I was there, the Rio waitresses had a single strip of cloth that was at most two inches wide to cover their rears.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 8th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, dangit, I did forget about the Rio and their ribbons. But that's not important! :)
captain_boots From: captain_boots Date: June 8th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
maybe not to you! er, ok, not so much to me either as long as they're not like the waitresses in .. Harrah's I think it was. The ones I saw all had dye jobs because they were old enough to be my mother.
From: chrisdhal Date: June 8th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell, I'd settle for a cocktail waitress that was younger than 52. I think they have a minimum age requirement at the Plaza. Skimpy outfits are just a plus!

Does the Orleans smell? If not, that's reason enough to stay there. I basically stayed there because I booked kinda late and everybody else was staying there. Oh, and it was really cheap. I'd rather pay a bit more and have a decent place though.

I agree, a car was very useful, especially staying downtown. The $80 I paid for it was made up on the 2nd day.

I at least did the "visit with people and not play poker" thing though.

I'll have to try the tiara next time. I had a blast the way it was, I can't imagine how much better it'd be if I had a tiara!

Great reports!
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 8th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, the orleans doesn't smell, and the waitreses are young.

Also, it was pretty cheap - $49 weekday, $99 weekend I think? If that.

I paid more for my car, because I booked a package, but no way am I doing that again; I'll book everything separately and go with the dollar car or something on Eva's suggestion.

Plus, the orleans has BOWLING! And couches and chairs in each room, even if it's not a suite...
From: chrisdhal Date: June 8th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's definitely cheap enough, geez, as cheap as the Plaza.

Couches? Chairs? Don't tell me they also have coffee makers...The Plaza has not heard of the word "amenities".

Bowling too? That could be fun!

I'm sold. The Oreleans it is.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 8th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I bet if we were SMART, we could get a group rate, gasp.

I'm not sure if they had coffee makers - I think not, but I'm not a regular coffee drinker, so I don't pay that much attention to it.

They do have a froo froo coffee place downstairs and their buffet is one of the best.
From: joespeaker Date: June 8th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
In addition to being bad karma, betting the Don't in craps means you're going to Hell. Sorry.

Your Less Poker, More Drinking/Visiting Theory is going straight into the textbooks.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 8th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell it is, then! :)
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 8th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
also, more Pai-Gow, the game you play to get free drinks. :)
badblood44 From: badblood44 Date: June 8th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking at potentially going back in October during the Fiesta del Lago WPT event at the Bellagio. This would be a "real poker" trip vs. a social trip though....

I think you catch my drift. :)
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 8th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am most definitely catching your drift. Definitely keep me in mind - I've got to figure out how vacation's going to go with the wedding in August, but that should hopefully coincide pretty well with the timing of the project that I'm on.
From: drizztdj Date: June 9th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd vouch for the Orleans. Awesome place to go. And being a 170 average bowler, I'm happy to take prop bets :D
maigrey From: maigrey Date: June 9th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I put you in charge of getting us a group rate, then! :)
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