Tall Tales from the Patterson Ranch

Our journey of home remodeling and life in the country.

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Vegas: Day 3

What the hell? Its raining A LOT here in Vegas. :( The temperatures are now a lot cooler, but its wet and the strip smells like ass. Apparently, the Las Vegas drainage system isn’t designed for mass quantities of water all at once, so when it did rain, the strip smelled like the sewer backed up. It reeked! The view from the room was cool, though.

Rain in Vegas

After eating at Max’s Cafe for breakfast, we went to the Rio, the Gold Coast, and the Palms casinos. The Rio was ok, but it looked all 80’s style. …bad 80’s style. :( I half expected the cocktail waitresses to be wearing leg warmers.

The Rio

The Gold Coast was interesting, more old-school, and the gaming area was nice, but it didn’t really hook us. They do have a 70-lane bowling alley, though, and that’s very cool.

The Gold Coast

The best was the Palms. The gaming area was really cool looking, except for their poker room. Their poker room was really small, and looked more like a large closet. There was one small doorway leading into the room, and the room had full height walls. The room was actually taller than it was wide, and there were only about six or so tables. We really wanted to go to the Palms to play video poker since the Travel Channel rated it the best place for video poker in Vegas. They weren’t lying! Tabatha and I were playing 25 cent machines and she hit the jackpot! We were playing a version called Shockwave Poker, and you could hit a jackpot either by hitting a royal flush, or by making quads within five hands of each other. Tab made quad nines first, which was neat, and then she was dealt quad eights!! :O The machine went all blinky and “CALL ATTENDENT” was flashing on the screen. It was funny because Tabatha was in shock not quite realizing what had just happened, and I went completely whacko. :P

The Palms

We did the strip this afternoon and evening. Well, we did most of the southern part anyway. We were getting REALLY tired and sore. The monorail sounded like it might be a good idea, but it turned out to be not as great of a thing as we’d expected. The monorail stations are about a block behind the casinos so you have to walk for freakin’ ever to get to them. For our money, its much better and easier to take the bus. We saw the MGM, the Tropicana (very cool), and New York New York. The Luxor and Mandalay Bay were on our list, but our feet hurt too much. :(

The Strip
The Tropicana
New York New York

From NYNY, we took the monorail to the north end of the strip and saw the Venitian. Their new poker room looks fantastic! We got to the Mirage just in time to see the Volcano display. That was really neat to see. We thought it would be a good idea to head up to Treasure Island early to see their free show, but even showing up 30 minutes early, we were stuck with a really bad view and could only see half of the show.

Treasure Island Free Show

When we got back to the Bellagio, we were just in time for the fountains. :D They were awesome at night.

Click here for a movie of the Bellagio Fountains.

After soaking our poor feet (did I mention that you should bring good walking shoes?), we headed back to Freemont Street. That was a disappointment. Apparently, after midnight everything winds down rapidly. Even the strip was pretty dead when we got back. I lost $120 playing craps ($40 at Binions and $80 at Bellagio), and Tab lost $20 playing video poker. We suck. Oh, well, we made a net of $5 at craps and $920 at video poker, and only lost $10 to the slots and $18 to poker. That means that our net gambling expenses were +$897. Even with all of our trinket purchases and meals, we’re still ahead. Gotta love leaving Vegas with more money than you brought! :D

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