!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a trip report.
I am NOT asking anyone to read it or AGREE with it,
and if you do not like me or my observations.........
PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay here we go-- and I WILL try to brief here.
Monday March 26 Woke at 2am--stayed in bed till 3 am
--COULDNT SLEEP!! ( and that will be a RECURRING theme
on this trip 8 hrs of total sleep for the trip!!).
did last minute stuff and getting aggrevated watching
445am > Mr B. picks me up and we stop for coffee and get
to Bradley at 545 am for the 645 am flight ( he was just
giving me a ride). flying Continental. Flight was
delayed...(SUPRISE, SUPRISE, SUPRISE!!) the ******* pilots
were LATE!! 1/2 hr.
Got into BEAUTIFUL Newark at 820am and the snow starts!.
nothing too brutal. But when we all boarded, 10am departure
the plane had to be DE ICED!! Little delay there.
Few minutes later , the eternal taxing to the runway
( it seemed like forever!!). Then was informed be another
delay, DEICING the plane AGAIN!! To be totally honest, it
did not look THAT bad outside, but better be safe then sorry.
After about 20 minutes now behind schedule about 40
minutes!! we were clear and the CANDLE WAS LIT and
AWAAAAAAAAAY we go!!!
Arrive in FANTASYLAND at 110 pm............40 min.
off to ALAMO TO PICK up the car. I get to Alamo, and the
line was waiting for cars was clear into MEXICO!!!!!!! About
150 people in front of me and only 7 people taking
customers. I figured it would be an hour. HOWEVER ITS
TAKING EACH PERSON 10 MINUTES.........BEGINING TO REALIZE
I MIGHT BE SLEEPING AT THE ALAMO SITE!!!!!!!!!
aFTER ABOUT 40 MINUTES, BEGINNING TO GET REEEEEEEEEAL
AGITATED ( WHO ME???????? LOL) and the natives were
getting REEEEAL testy along with the workers.
Some people heard the problem was that all the eastern
flights were delayed and they got hit all at once! 2 women
in front of me had called HERTZ or BUDGET, ( cant
remember!) at the airport and reserved a car.
A brainstorm!!! I said i was going back to the airport
and rent a car any car, even a GD tricycle, but i aint
wasting %^$@#(()! hours waiting for a car that i had a
So on the bus back to the airport, myself and the two
women were talking and this other man joined the
conversation, and GET THIS-- HE WAITED 3 1/2 hrs last
week to rent a car!!!! and they told him the same line
about the flights being delayed from back east!! BUT AS
HE GOT TAKEN CARE OF THE ALAMO REP SAID IT IS ALWAYS
LIKE THIS!!!! WITH DELAYS OF A FEW HOURS BEING COMMON!!!!
FOLKS ----TRUST ME HERE!! DO NOT DO NOT! DO NOT!!!!!!!!
WASTE YOUR TIME AT ALAMO!!!---- unless that is you want
to waste a good portion of YOUR VACATION TIME waiting in
a never ending line!
Get to airport and the two gals go to get their car and
i notice that there is a line of about 15 or so people
BUT there are 5 workers taken care of people.
I then notice right next to this counter a SAVE MOR rental
and no one in line........AHA! Gonna fry a few brain
circuits here with a ANOTHER BRAINSTORM!!! and run over
to SaveMor and see what they have. Yes there are cars.
Bing bang boom 5 minutes later on the bus to pick up
Paid double from the price would have paid at ALAMO but
I LEARNED ANOTHER LESSON. SOMETIME YA GOTTA PAY A LITTLE
MORE TO GET MORE......
Finally at about 230 ish of to the RIO!!!!!!!!!
More to follow.................
(in Part 2)
Get to the RIO. The check in line is into MEXICO! At this
point im beginning to think this a bad omen to what would
later happen at the tables ( AND I WAS RIGHT to an
extent!), but inoticed to my right there was a small check
in counter and no one was there. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......3
brainstorms in 1 day for me!!! Not only am i frying brain
circuits here but smoke is coming out of my ears , because
my brain working OVERTIME!!! LOL.
Figured if i played dumb--it aint that hard for me, TRUST
ME THERE KIDDIES!, may get lucky. AND I GOT LUCKY!!----no
not THAT kinda lucky!!-- a real sweetheart of a rep took
care of me. She was soooo nice, and was a doll, i started
giving here the whole story and maybe if she helped this
poor fat b******* would be out of her hair. She looked and
saw how long the line was and said even though the check in
was for high rollers ( which i AINT) if the lines are busy
they will take people who straggle over. 10 minutes later i
am on my way to the room. She was tipped approriately for
being SUCH a doll. Wish I got her name would have sent an
accomodation to her supervisor an HR.
Room 1279 in the original building great view of the strip!!!
So i unapck and try to rest ---(Strike 1)-----ANOTHER
stupid idea there!!
am WIRED!!!!!!!!! So at 445 leave the room to start the
ONSLAUGHT! promised VIPER i would 5$ on 28 on the first
roulette table...decided i was going to be a MANLY MAN and
play 10$ on the 28........5 rolls later nothing...and
tried some slots....STRIKE 2.went through 40 bucks
INSTANTLY!!!.Went to the Voodoo lounge for a quick
drink or 2 ---came with the package!!--
FOLKS the VOODOO LOUNGE IS A AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!!! Killer
view!!. Of course i used all my brain cells for the day
and forgot the camera ( Strike 3!!!).
So I had to get to VV for the ticket drawing and then to
ACE for the 7pm dinner at the YUKON GRILLE. Get there at
550 and was told wait 10 minutes.. So i am walking around
and see a dice table............BAAAAAAAAAD idea!! Got
hammered!! 3 people at the table not 1 of us made a point
and each of us had the dice twice!!
Go back to the where they are having the drawing....had
to wait again.....for what i have no damn clue! At
620 pm.....FINALLY get to spin. Won 1 dollar after dropping
a ton at the dice table....
Get to to ACE and go right to the Yukon grille......
FOLKS, THIS IS A MUST STOP!!! If ya can get there DO IT!!!!!!!!!
Had the shrimp scampi and the HE MAN prime rib portion....
with the LVA coupon it was 22$!! Food and service were
Hit the dice table and won a bit and played slots and VP
and broke even. REALLY LIKE AC( both of em..but east just
a little more)...people there are great.
was about 845 and had a little time before my GRAND ENTRANCE
AT OG's ( PS:Tom in IA.......your prediction was
waaaaaaaaaaaaaay off!! hehehe!!) And decided to stop at the
Castaways.. Would have been better off running into oncoming
traffic because the results at the dice table and slots were
pathetic at best!!
So of to Og's and yes i did make the grand entrance!!
and .........well you can figure out the rest!!!!
Get back to the Rio around 130 am ish and hit the tables
there ( remember i said i wouldnt play there much........
THAT theory was as useful as a bucket full of horse puckey,
because i gave them a decent amount of play.....YA ALWAYS
play where ya stay) and won a bit. Get to bed about 230am ish
Slept about 2 hrs but stayed in bed till 6 am ish and went
to the paris buffet.
I WILL DUCK FOR COVER WHEN SAYING THIS...... i thought it
was only average and did NOT justify the price.........
Got back at 830 ish. Had a 930 message.
FOLKS , IF YA CAN DO IT, GET A MESSAGE, IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!
and well worth the $$$ spent. LOVE the whirlpool
Back at the room at 1115 am and figured would try to rest.
YA DREAM on CHUBBY!!!
No luck there at noon i decided to go Silvertown. did
decent on slots and the dice table. People there are
real friendly. (There is a recurring theme here -----like
the off strip and downtown properties more than the strip).
Get back to the around 130ish and got a drink at the
IPANEMA BAR and wound up spending the afternoon getting
baccala'ed at the bar with a retired NYFD battilion
commander. Guy was a pisser and we were having a few pops...
I wound up getting one of the bartenders specials and
pounded those suckers and about3ish went back to the
room to try to rest
More to follow ..........
(see Part 3)
As i left off last nigth/early this morning tried to rest with no
Got up, freshened up and went downtown....Where to eat??
It was only 445, but was starving...Decided to get to Chicago
Joes on 820 4th street.( been wanting to get there for a few
years now and never seem to... not the best surronding area
i have ever seen, but I am not worried bout that.
Get in Get CALAMARIA in RED SAUCE and VEAL ANGELO.....
Food was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTC!!!!!!!! and a NEVER ending
and i mean NEVER ENDING cup of COFFEE....Think the bill
was 25$ !!! left a healthy tip because the service was
GREAT....kept on bring/asking if i wanted bread, the coffee
cup was constanly filled, and the staff was
FOLKS YA MUST ADD THIS TO THE MUST GET TO PLACES.
Off to downtown . Stop first at MSS Hammered at the dice
table--for some reason cannot win at their dice tables, but
won back what i lost at the slots.
To the shoe i go. And did well on the dice table and
slots.....Zingers were flying left and right at the two dice
tables i played at..Nothing, and i mean NOTHING on
God's green earth, INCLUDING, the green
part, matches a well placed zinger from the dice tables at
the shoe... cant remember the zingers flying because i was
trying to win and fire away with a few zingees of my own
( remember for some of us this is SKILLED LABOR!!! LOL).
But i was LMAO!!
FSE was just about ready to kickoff and when i went outside.....
THE STREET WAS MOBBED. More people than i have ever seen.....
Cannot descibe this show, was kinda weird ( new one--started
off with frogs and vegataion and wound up in space) maybe with
all the brain circuits that i used up just trying to get into LLV
yesterday and just with the 1 0r 2 drinks..........like every 10
minutes!! i missed something but did not get it....
Went to fitzgeralds, had the card the card there and hit decent
on the slots and dice.
saw the Legends of VEGAS FSE and that was
more like it.... DINO, LOUIE, FRANKIE,!!! etc...( these are not
only the ones shown on the show but are names of actual
drinking buddies at my social club too!!!LOL!!)Then to the
GN where i had valeted the car and hit for a little on dice
and then guess where??????
(Ps Tom In IA-waaaaaaaaaaaay off on that count!!).
After spending a fair amount of Time and $$$$ THERE!! went
back to the Rio and played and drank , and played and drank,
and played and drank.......
Real honey of a waitress named TAYLOR who was taking care
of me with the drinks real good!! at the dice table LIR
and Carribean stud poker. Lost but was having a great
time chatting with the dealers and that hot waitress TAYLOR......
she kinda looked like the LATINO girl on the cover of THIS weeks
TV Guide ( Josie and the pussycats issue). Finally get back to the
room about 4 am. Try to sleep....
430 i see the clock.....and at 5, 530, 600, 630!!! think ya get the
Finally at about 9am i just got sick and ******** tired of watch
the clock rolling around and not sleeping at ALL got up. was going
to parade up and down the strip......
More to follow..…...
So i get up , shower etc..... and leave the room and walk out
to the parking lot (near the GC) and i cant find my keys *****!!!!!!
I check my my pack that i always wear and empty the whole
thing out on the car. NADA.....
Checked the camera bag........NADA..... Starting to think i have
left them in the room?? Trek back and talk to security, who will
send someone "shortly".
Getting a bit agaitated and cursing my own stupidity........As i
get to the floor noticed the cleaners were right near the room,
and the girl was going to be cleaning my room shortly...Asked
if she open the door and she did and i calledsecurity from my
room to cancel the call..... I put the camera and the pack on
the bed, and then .........YOU GUESSED IT...... Mamaluke here
takes the ccar keys and leaves everything else behind. I only
realize this when i am all the way back at the car!!! Trek all the
way back and this time get everything!! And the cleaner had this
strange look on her face when she saw me. JEEZ I WONDER WHY.
Now its 11 am ish and want to eat before the meet and decide
on something quick. Toscanos? deli at the Rio.....had a pastrami
sandwich and it was good. CAN RECOMMEND TOSCANO's for
a quick bite......
Soooooo i am ready for the strip!!!!! Off to CP a loong time lucky
spot for me!! SHOULD HAVE RALIZED LOCKING THE KEYS IN THE
ROOM MEANT SOMETHING.....
At least the losing on the dice table was fast and painless!!!
EVRYONE made not one NUMBER, it was point established
7 OUCH line away.....Bet pass line 2, 12, 2, 3, shows. Go to
the slots and BOY did those 1$ slots eat my $$ quickly.
About time for the MEET!!!!!
Get to the Mirage about 1245 and see Dusty, then carole,
and the rest of the crew showed thereafter....Had about 15
or so.( Meet picture is posted) HAD A GREAAAAAAAAT time
but about 3pm starting to get beat, and everyone was
starting to disperse.....
So i figured go to the spa, get a sauna and a whirlpool, garab
a light dinner and will have catch a nappy poo!! The first 3 went
as planned ( I did the All American Bar and Grille, wings and a
burger--was okay) but i cannot sleep. Okay!!!!!!!!! lets push the
envolope a bit.....Go back to the Voodoo lounge with the camera
this time for pictures and the WITCH doctor drink......on my way
up i stopped to make change with a slot attendant and as i was
organizing my money...........
WAS APPROACHED BY A "WORKING GIRL!!!!!!!!" ASKED IF I
WANTED A "DATE"!!! the reply was as followed: "TOOTS my $$$$
and my dream girls are at OG's" and you couldnt carry their
panties!!" She was a bit taken back and i went prancing onto
the Voodoo, had the drink, got pictures and went back to the
room to try to rest............NOPE!!!........
well after watching the clock roll around to 830pm, freshened up,
said hello to my $$$ at the dice table and got just a little back
( NO SLEEP!! WHAT A SUPRISE!!!!!!),
off to OG's for (there a SHOCKER)! and was getting hungry
later on that evening, actually bout 2amish about and decided
to to stop at the GC. The PALMS under construction looked more
finished than the GC , guess they are doing construction and the
place looked utterly ridiculous. Metal support beams everywhere
ya went almost and the ceilings were removed. there were some
drunken cowboys 1 of which almost walked head on to these
suckers. After seeing this decided just to eat at the coffee shop
and make another donation back at the RIO.
Had the steak and eggs at the GC.
THE GOLD COAST COFFEE SHOP SHOULD BE CONSIDERED.
AN VERRY REASONABLE SPOT FOR SOMETHING QUICK AND
INEXPENSIVE AND THE FOOD IS GREAT!!
played at the Rio and decided to lose at dice LIR and CSP, could
not get on a run. The dealer at CSP when qualifing had major hands,
and would be killing us players. And when we would have a decent
hand, she would not qualify. At about 430 am i decide to "RETIRE"
.....Put out to pasture might have better!!! LOL
Actually fell asleep for about 2hrs and stayed in bed till about
830ish am. decided to get some shopping in and to
Gamblers book club.
GBC IS AAN ABSOLUTE MUST STOP FOR ANY SERIOUS GAMBLER.
after doing shopping decide to mail stuff back so i stop at the
Post office in back of the STARDUST on INDUSTRIAL. Usually
figure on at least a 1/2hr wait, but only waited 5 minutes, and
was taken. Hopeful of a change of luck????!! ONLY IN MY DREAMS!!!
decide to go to Terribles. The name accurately describes the dice
table there. Could also think of some flowery adjectives as well.
But their staff is INCREDIBLY friendly.....was about 1230pm and
getting hungry , and went to their coffee shop and had the
prime rib special.
ANOTHER GREAT COFFEE SHOP. TRY TO GET THRERE as well.
After having lunch played a little slots won a bit and decide
instead of leaving to compound my stupidity by going back to
the dice table. Would have been better off jumping off the Eiffel
tower at the Paris. But this was the slow type of losing, where
you are almost right there, but anytime close you get clocked.
So i eventually leave, want to rest but figured get a sauna and
a whirlpool and a quick drink(s) at the RIO. WRONG!! Got the
sauna and whirlpool and acouple of drinks and NOT ABLE TO
SLEEEP AT ALL!!
Do a little gambling and dinner at BUZIO's
BUZIO'S is a GREAT PLACE FOR SEAFOOD...AND DEPENDING
ON WHAT YA GET IS NOT THAT PRICEY ALL THINGS
CONSIDERED..........BUT INCREDIBLY NOISY, to the point that
you cannot have a conversation.
After dinner off to Og's for the last blast...........BUT at about
1230am my body was giving out.....Actually starting to feel
tired right after dinner.
Wound up leaving and going for a brief run at the tables back
in the room at about 115 am.
Slept 4 solid hrs woke up at 545 am... organized everything......
checked out no line and got the RIO BUFFET.
REPORTS OF THE DEMISE OF THE RIO BUFFET ARE TOTALLY
INCORRECT.... The buffetwas nothing short of SUPERB! and liked
it better for the price than the PARIS!!
One more quick run at the tables, ya can figure out the results......
Got to the airport at 1015....1 1/2 hrs before liftoff......Flight to
Houston and back to Bradley were uneventful and got in my door
at 1255 am SATURDAY
FOR ALL CONCERNED SLEPT 5 SOLID ( STRAIGHT THROUGH!!
--remarkable for me) on fri night/satmorning and 7 STRAIGHT HRS
last night!!--never EVER DO THAT!!!! and still kinda zonked!!!
DID NOT GET TO BATTISTA'S AND DOUBLE DOWN SALOON,
CASINO ROYALER,SUNSET STATION, OR MANDY BAY.
Really wanted to get to those places. Maybe in oct....
for those who have talked about the demise of the RIO, i frankly
do not know what they are talking about. i found the RIO STAFF
EVERYONE from top to bottom--( and yes those waitresses with
those uniforms have great tops and esp. bottoms!). were nothing
short of FANTASTIC. Every concern or questions was handled the
best way possible (atleast in my mind) and the staff was very
nice. YES GUYS ( and gals)I made sure to take care of the
waitresses and ,aybe that had something to with it ... andthere
was SERRRRIOUS eye candy there for both sexes.
Lots of Black being worn and a ton of STUCK up Californians.
sorry folks just what i saw and dealt with on the tables.MOST
OF THEM were VERRY full of themselves. There are also many
midwesterners ( Chicago area) and some of the "BOYS" from
NYC and NJ. Noticed a lot of "LINGO" and some "PINKY RINGS"
and "STUFF" if ya understand my meaning.
Being that i had got a rio card figured i give them some play and
see where it leads. BUT there are heavy duty players at the 5$ craps
tables and also th the other games...NOT SURE WHY THEY did NOT
play in the HIGH ROLLER AREA.
Slots were very tight.....figured as much....thats why i played
mainly table games....
was disappointed with it frankly... Only 1 open and it
was 80 ish all week and even if it was it looked like there was NO
area for people who like me like to swim laps. Whirlpool area in
the pool was TINY and because it was windy lots of leaves in the
whirlpool. That is why i stuck with Michaels salon for the sauna
and whirlpool. Liked the pool area at the Flamingo MUCH better.
Am, convinced know why people get messages. Will get at
least 1 on the OCT trip. Not sure where maybe at the RIO.
IF YOU HAVENT HAD THE CHANCE, GET A MESSAGE!!! Its worth
the $$$$$ spent.
Didnt not have one bad meal. Only meal that would qualify as just
average was the wings and burger at the All American grille.
Everything was verry good otherwise.
WILL DEFINETLY CONSIDER STAYING AT THE RIO AGAIN
(IN A SECOND)IF I CAN GET A GOOD DEAL. BE CURIOUS
TO SEE WHAT OFFERS I GET BASED ON MY PLAY......
was only on the strip 3 hrs or so totally, so cannot comment there.
DOWNTOWN/OFF STRIP PROPERTIES:
THESE ARE THE VALUE PLAYS FOLKS. I mainly eat and play
(except for the play i gave the RIO obviously) there and find
the people to be very easygoing friendly and fun, and enjoy
the relaxed cozy attitudes of the staffs.
did NOT do well . But thats the chance ya take.
There is always OCT!!! LOL
WILL HAVE A REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES ON THE LVSCRS (shortly)
for those who care to read about that. Lets just say OG's is one of my
MAIN REASONS to go to Las Vegas. Any additional info. please
GOTTA GO BACK TO WORK TOMORROW......YES KIDS I AM
DEPRESSED. BUT ONLY 6 MONTHS MORE TO GO BEFORE
THE WEEK LONG ONSLAUGHT THE 2ND WK OF OCT!!!
GOD I LOVE THAT TOWN!!!!!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR READING!!!!!
JOHN R. AKA jr-in-ct and the SARCASTIC WONDER!!
Stayed at Rio March 26, 2001 to March 30, 2001
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