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Old 10-29-2009, 07:41 AM   #21
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We just booked a trip to Vegas in Dec. to celebrate DW's birthday (a big one - she can start collecting social security). We always stay at the Flamingo - reasonable rates and central Strip location. We found a deal - four nights (Thurs thru Sun.) for $261. We are taking Southwest from Washington Dulles to Las Vegas non-stop. Tickets would have been $369 each but we used VISA points for the tickets so $0 outlay. We will probably drop that much on gambling, shows and meals once we are there.

I will make reservations for dinner at dusk at the Stratosphere's Top of The World restaurant on her birthday and we will then head to Fremont St. for the light show. I'm still looking at which shows we want to see on the other nights.

We havn't been to Vegas in a couple of years. We always have a great time. Disneyland for grownups!

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:11 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by kaneohe View Post
My wife started on a penny slot machine. I thought she would be there for an hr w/ a $1.00 stash but it was gone in 2 pushes of the button and < 30 sec. I thought we had been robbed until I found out from another player that a penny machine doesn't mean that only a penny is at risk each game.
Yeah, they usually have the feature to bet multiple lines (up to 100 lines in some cases). And you can make each line worth varying amounts from $0.01 to $0.10-$0.20 typically. So you could potentially blow $20 a spin on a "penny" slot machine. However if you set everything to 1 line and $.01 per spin, you can play for an hour on a dollar most of the time. Good way to pass the time if you are waiting on a dinner reservation or a show to start or a sports game to end.

Or if you are a cheapskate like me, you can sit at the pennies and get "free" drinks (actually $0.50-$1 each after tip). We had 3-4 of us doing just this for a couple hours at the Venetian multiple times during our last stay. 2 Delicious large coffees for $1 total plus whatever we gained/lost on the slots, then later probably 20 strawberry daiquiris and some beers. Eventually I think they picked up on our scheme, but the daiquiris probably would have been $6-7 each at a bar (they were high quality). And I personally think it was fun to play for small change. Winning a buck when you are playing a penny or two at a time is just as fun as winning $100 and betting $1-2 each time. Vegas is great for the LBYM types.

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