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SilverFox

Vegas is my favorite place to get away. Mrs Fox and I fly to Vegas about 3 times per year. Our record is 6 times in a year, which was a bit much. First time out was a business conference and have been coming back for fun since. It's kind of nice to be welcomed with high-fives, handshakes and hugs at your favorite bar when that bar is a four hour flight from home. On the other hand, could that be a warning sign of a potential problem? Nah.

My favorite game is blackjack. Definitely a low roller. I occasionally play craps, but am still a bit intimidated by the game. I had a great roll one night at O'Sheas and the other players started calling me Silver Fox.

Mrs Fox and I are big into the nice restaurants, fun bars, and shows. Not a big fan of the night clubs. Can't see paying $450 for a bottle of booze, just to be able to sit down.

There is a certain "feeling" I get in Vegas that I don't get anywhere else. I haven't yet gotten enough of that feeling, so I keep coming back.
Living: Illinois US
Going:
Staying: Encore
Playing: Blackjack

Ratings & Reviews

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay

Stayed here for a business conference. Had the 550DDR Strip View room. The standard room was nice. Clean, comfy bed, plasma TV, double closets, large tub and separate shower, dual sinks and standard hotel beige decor. City Center detracts from the view north from the hotel. I also had a fantastic view of the airport. Fortunately, I wasn't particularly bothered by the sound of planes arriving and departing. The pool was always crowded and tough to get a seat in the sun. We opted for the Moorea Beach Club. Bikini Blackjack at the beach casino was fun. Would have broke even on gambling, but Mrs. Fox did not maintain her usual luck on the slots and I maintained at cards. Since it was a business trip this time, I didn't get to spend as much time in the casino as I would have liked. I tried to take pictures similar to the VegasTripping review. I plan to write a full review and see if ChuckMonster will post it. The biggest downside to the hotel room was no inside locks on the door. While I wasn't concerned about somebody getting in, I need the locks to keep my drunk ass in the room at night. I got up in the middle of the night to relieve myself and accidentally locked myself out of the room in the hallway in my undies. Good thing I wasn't alone. That could have been very embarassing.

Bally's Las Vegas

Bally's Las Vegas

I've stayed at Ballys several times. Ballys offers a good value. Rooms are nothing spectacular, but are large clean and comfortable. I always stay in the north tower deluxe room. Pool is not so hot, but the hotel is connected to Paris. We used the Paris pool, which was relatively nice. The steakhouse is good, but overall restaurants and shopping are limited. Jubilee show is worth seeing once. Price is right is boring if you don't get to play. I got to play, so it was fun for me. Decent casino. Not lucky here.

Flamingo

Flamingo

I like the Flamingo. Stayed here several times. This is my second favorite Harrah's hotel. I will only stay in a GO Room. They are small rooms, but very comfortable with great beds and entertainment center. It's just a cool room. Love Margaritaville and the breakfast buffet by the habitat is good too. Great pool when it is clean. They sometimes have trouble keeping up on the pool maintenance. Casino smells like coconuts. I like the low minimum pink Blackjack tables by the front door. Medium lucky at cards, but no luck at Flamingo slots.

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

I've stayed at the Rio several times. The Rio is slowing going downhill. Rooms are big, but are beginning to show their age. Voodoo lounge was fun before they went the way of the bottle service required to sit down. Masquerade show is still fun and the bevertainers are still fun to watch. They have a wide variety of restaurants. I've been to most of them and they are all pretty good, although, I'm not much of a buffet fan for anything except breakfast. Favorite restaurants are Buzios and Morterano's. RUB wasn't as good as I thought it would be. We saw Penn and Teller. I loved it. Mrs. Fox fell asleep. Have had great luck in the casino, but not any more. Table minimums have gotten too high. They took out most of the slots we liked and they ones that are left don't pay like they used to pay. They also ruined the pool by making their best pool into a stripper pool with a daily cover charge. All in all, no longer worth the inconvenience of an off-strip location IMO.

Ten Things

1: Winning
2: Hotel room comps
3: Carnival Bar
4: Dueling Pianos
5: Vegas Shows
6: Margaritaville (volcano nachos and Margaritas)
7: Trying new restaurants every trip
8: Sitting with a drink by the hotel pool
9: Landing at McCarran the first day
10: Dealtertainers (I like the cheese)


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