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Old 04-05-2018, 11:25 AM   #151
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Nice very enjoyable TR.

Kh9s hand, I think you mean K9hh?
I would like to say it was K9hh but it was Kh9s so just a pair of 9s and backdoor FD. It really was like 57-42, so pretty much a flip.

The hand where he had 47off was funnier because the flop was 1063hhh and he had no heart, but turned a gutterball and beat old guy who I'm pretty sure had aces with the ace of hearts.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:05 PM   #152
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I would like to say it was K9hh but it was Kh9s so just a pair of 9s and backdoor FD. It really was like 57-42, so pretty much a flip.

The hand where he had 47off was funnier because the flop was 1063hhh and he had no heart, but turned a gutterball and beat old guy who I'm pretty sure had aces with the ace of hearts.
The home game I ran in Boston for years was great fun- a bunch of friends who could reliably be counted on for at least 2 sessions a week. It was small stakes so purely for amusement (for me, at least).

I was basically the fish (by choice). The stakes were minuscule compared to my serious play and it was an opportunity to just have some fun, blow off steam and maybe put people on tilt. So to your point above, I'd be the one blind-capping, driving the action with 2 undercards, etc. I'd usually make just enough correct decisions/play to more often than not walk out a winner. Anyways, as someone who has taken 47o, 27o, etc countless times, I can unequivocally say-

- it is SHOCKING how often you can get there with trash.
- putting someone on tilt who doesn't understand variance and the fact that any two CAN win is priceless.

In any case, carry on with your excellent TR.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:12 PM   #153
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The home game I ran in Boston for years was great fun- a bunch of friends who could reliably be counted on for at least 2 sessions a week. It was small stakes so purely for amusement (for me, at least).

I was basically the fish (by choice). The stakes were minuscule compared to my serious play and it was an opportunity to just have some fun, blow off steam and maybe put people on tilt. So to your point above, I'd be the one blind-capping, driving the action with 2 undercards, etc. I'd usually make just enough correct decisions/play to more often than not walk out a winner. Anyways, as someone who has taken 47o, 27o, etc countless times, I can unequivocally say-

- it is SHOCKING how often you can get there with trash.
- putting someone on tilt who doesn't understand variance and the fact that any two CAN win is priceless.

In any case, carry on with your excellent TR.
Leon, you'd better stick to VP.. Tilt the machines.
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Old 04-05-2018, 04:09 PM   #154
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Leon, you'd better stick to VP.. Tilt the machines.
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No! Don't tilt the machines! That's probably what will get SkyNet in such a bad mood.

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Old 04-05-2018, 06:50 PM   #155
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Don't give the grinders and nits a shot at your money turd. Losing a pot to them is more tilting than the money itself. Stick to mix games
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:43 PM   #156
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The home game I ran in Boston for years was great fun- a bunch of friends who could reliably be counted on for at least 2 sessions a week. It was small stakes so purely for amusement (for me, at least).



I was basically the fish (by choice). The stakes were minuscule compared to my serious play and it was an opportunity to just have some fun, blow off steam and maybe put people on tilt. So to your point above, I'd be the one blind-capping, driving the action with 2 undercards, etc. I'd usually make just enough correct decisions/play to more often than not walk out a winner. Anyways, as someone who has taken 47o, 27o, etc countless times, I can unequivocally say-



- it is SHOCKING how often you can get there with trash.

- putting someone on tilt who doesn't understand variance and the fact that any two CAN win is priceless.



In any case, carry on with your excellent TR.


Hey leon,

Agree 100%. If Iím drinking I will sometimes play like this and can remember a couple of sessions at Aria and Bellagio where Iíve run $300 up to $2500+ and basically broken games. Itís so fun to put the nits on tilt and they start playing tons of pots to try and get you. It is amazing how often you can get there.

Eg I used to play 46 every time Iíd get it for a raise or 3 bet. Iíve flopped trips, boats and even once a straight flush with 46 and the look on opponents faces when you stack them is priceless.

Tbh Iím still definitely spent at times, eg 3 betting 34 suited on day 1 of this trip lol.

Just booked a couple of June trips for Vegas btw. Gotta save up a bit for those now.


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Old 04-05-2018, 08:59 PM   #157
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Hey leon,

Agree 100%. If Iím drinking I will sometimes play like this and can remember a couple of sessions at Aria and Bellagio where Iíve run $300 up to $2500+ and basically broken games. Itís so fun to put the nits on tilt and they start playing tons of pots to try and get you. It is amazing how often you can get there.

Eg I used to play 46 every time Iíd get it for a raise or 3 bet. Iíve flopped trips, boats and even once a straight flush with 46 and the look on opponents faces when you stack them is priceless.

Tbh Iím still definitely spent at times, eg 3 betting 34 suited on day 1 of this trip lol.

Just booked a couple of June trips for Vegas btw. Gotta save up a bit for those now.


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That's great. My favorite at low limit at the casinos (too douche-y for me to do to friends) was to make a hand with trash and announce my hand, lead all the way, yet somehow never get a fold OR a raise when beat. It's like, "I TOLD you..." then you do it again 5 min later and they still don't believe you. LOL

Hate having to save for Vegas. Luckily I was smart enough to sock a lot away from my last trip and I've had rungood on my few sessions since at my local. Hoping to bring 20k for my next trip and knock one out of the park...
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Hoping to bring 20k for my next trip and knock one out of the park...

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Don't give the grinders and nits a shot at your money turd. Losing a pot to them is more tilting than the money itself. Stick to mix games
Haha, so true. Losing to grinders is max tilt. But beating them is max fun, so it's a balance. Yeah, gotta get back to the mix games next trip.

Unfortunately nothing til end of May when I'm doing a friend's bachelor party at the Mirage.

Because of the bachelor party I can't play the $2500 lowball mix WSOP event, but I'm pretty excited for the $470 triple draw lowball mix at Aria on Monday June 3rd.

Also just booked a trip for June 22 and will get a chance to play the Monster stack again where I've run pretty deep before.
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That's great. My favorite at low limit at the casinos (too douche-y for me to do to friends) was to make a hand with trash and announce my hand, lead all the way, yet somehow never get a fold OR a raise when beat. It's like, "I TOLD you..." then you do it again 5 min later and they still don't believe you. LOL

Hate having to save for Vegas. Luckily I was smart enough to sock a lot away from my last trip and I've had rungood on my few sessions since at my local. Hoping to bring 20k for my next trip and knock one out of the park...
Can't wait for your next TR now!
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Hi TF,

Thanks for the excellent trip report.

Love the wine and food updates. How was the Schrader? We had an '05 CCS with an '08 Pride Reserve Cab at Delmonico during March Madness. As always, the Schrader started in second place then won a clear victory. I've never had an RBS - or any other Schrader made before 2002. Have you had the '07 Old Sparky? That was hands down my favorite of all Schraders tasted. Would love to hear your thought on similar Cabs.
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Hi TF,

Thanks for the excellent trip report.

Love the wine and food updates. How was the Schrader? We had an '05 CCS with an '08 Pride Reserve Cab at Delmonico during March Madness. As always, the Schrader started in second place then won a clear victory. I've never had an RBS - or any other Schrader made before 2002. Have you had the '07 Old Sparky? That was hands down my favorite of all Schraders tasted. Would love to hear your thought on similar Cabs.


Thanks. Epic Tasting note on day 3 for the 01 Schrader.


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Old 04-07-2018, 09:27 AM   #163
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Day 3

After another solid 4 hours of sleep, itís 11 am, Marquee dayclub is pumping. Sounds like itís time to regroup and smash some big wins. Not completely sure what to do for breakfast/lunch, wifey wants to go to Jaleo, a restaurant I have always had mixed feelings about. Jaleo is a Jose Andres restaurant and typically Iíve actually been quite happy with his restaurants (eg. Bazaar in LA), but have found them a bit on the overpriced side.

The coolest thing about Jaleo is that when it opened with the Cosmo in 2010, they had a secret restaurant in the back corner called E by Jose Andres. E is an 8 seat restaurant where you do a 15-18 course meal and while it is still there, itís now openly advertised on their website. For the first few years, nobody knew it existed and you had to send them an email and book one month in advance. They would then send you a Willy Wonka style golden ticket by mail which was pretty cool.

We went to E twice in 2011, and the first meal had some of the most memorable courses of our dining life. The second meal 3 months later was nearly identical to the first, except the chef was different and the consistency and quality of some dishes was down significantly. We havenít gone back to E since, though I am thinking about doing so this summer. We actually went to E and Robuchon on back to back nights in 2011 and E was the clear winner, except for the egg dish at Robuchon, thatís an all-time, top 5 legendary course.

Jaleo is a tapas style restaurant and one of their highlight dishes for sure is pan con tomate (tomato bread) with Iberico ham (pata negra). Jamon Iberico is the nut ham of life, on a whole different level from prosciutto, Serrano and jambon de Bayonne. The bellota version of jamon iberico is acorn fed and has the most incredible depth of earthy and nutty flavor. If you get jamon, make sure to always sample the bellota, not just the regular ones. We love this so much that we no longer actually order it at the restaurant though, we just buy our own Iberico leg for home consumption instead. Hereís one on our table.



Something I didnít know about Jaleo is that they have a $25 lunch special which gets you three tapas style courses and you can add a plate of paella as well for an additional $7. Seems pretty hard to go wrong.


Jaleo


Lunch special menu


Manzana con hinojo y queso Manchego - Sliced apple and fennel salad with
Manchego cheese, walnuts and sherry dressing.
This was very good, light and refreshing with a great balance of flavors and not overly strong fennel flavors for those who aren't huge licorice fans. A bit more acidity/lemon would have made this really shine.


Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas - Endives, goat cheese, oranges and almonds
This was unexpectedly super interesting in flavor profile. I wonder if there was a bit of tomato water in with this, as the whole combination was very savory and had many layers of flavor and a long finish. Would definitely get again.


Patatas bravas - Potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and aioli
We ate these pretty much daily in Spain. Love the very garlicky aioli and tomato sauce mixed together, rich, smoky and delicious.


Vieiras con piniones y PX* - Scallops with pine nuts and Pedro Ximenez
reduction
Great scallop, cooked perfectly, PX is the sweetest form of sherry, and when reduced with raisins, makes for a borderline too sweet sauce. But overall very good.


Paella with chicken - We added in the paella for an extra $7, having had several good paellas at Jaleo before. Unfortunately, this was an unmitigated disaster. Heavy, salty, and completely devoid of any other flavor. This was like a 1/10, dish with the chicken being the only edible item on the plate. Had to send these back, just terrible.


Gambas al ajillo - Shrimp sautťed with garlic
A few of these shrimp were nice, but there was a very bitter component to the dish, either burnt oil or dirty shrimp flavor that ruined it a bit.

The final dish was the grilled hangar steak with piquillo peppers. The meat was well cooked but old and tasted of blood. Another dish we did not finish.

The start to this meal was so promising, but once we hit the third course and paella, it all went off the rails. The shrimp were dirty, the beef tasted old and the paella was just a complete and utter disaster. I canít recall the last course so bad that I had to send it back. It came off the bill, so the lunch was still a relative bargain even for the first two courses, which combined interesting flavors and were very good. Overall, Jaleo still remains a great option if you need an Iberico fix, but Iím not rushing back for the lunch special. Stick with Milos across the hall.

Stuffed with paella salt and needing something sweet for dessert, we headed down for some VP and $1000 cookies in the high limit slot room. We always talk about the average cookie cost for the trip, and considering weíre decently stuck on the VP, we better be ****in cookie monsters at this point. These are only our 2nd cookie each for the trip, so weíre looking at about $750 a cookie at this point. Basically there are two options, either start winning, or eat so many cookies that weíre getting some decent cookie comps!


Cookies - $1500 each

This time we just put in a quick $500 and get the following hit.

Spoiler:


Nothing too exciting.

We also made another little bet on the Red Sox, who seemed to be the most consistent winner of this trip, and are still crushing. Maybe 5K on the Sox next trip is the way to go.



At this time I got a great phone call. We were on the wait list for Kabuto and someone cancelled last minute so there was room for us at 830. Yes, please!

Time to have some wine. If you have no wine interests, skip a few paragraphs. We go upstairs and pop the 2001 Schrader RBS, but forgot to bring a butlerís corkscrew. The roomís corkscrew sucks, and the cork breaks. Fortunately Iím able to pour the wine out into glasses and do the cork removal by plastic ice bag trick. Iíve put a video to some people from the deep south doing this if you have no idea how it works. Itís actually pretty cool and will then allow you to clean out the bottle and put the wine back in for transport.


Using bag trick on Schrader

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEYIHQCDFd4

Alright Riverdog, you asked for a tasting note. This is my first bottle of Schrader, and I have about 10 more bottles of 2014 and 2015 from their mailing list, so I specifically purchased this to get a sense of whether I want to buy more or just get off the list. Cali cab is only a small portion of our cellar, maybe 80-100 bottles in all, and while I love some of them, others are just overpriced, alcoholic fruit bombs. We love the purity of fruit that you can only get from the California sun, but the vast majority of cab in our cellar remains Bordeaux.

My favorites from Cali are actually much older ones, particularly the 1987s (particularly Dunn and Phelps Eisele Vineyard, before it became exclusively Araujo and now Latour owned) and the early-mid 90s vintages up to 1997. I think some 97s havenít aged particularly well, too much heat and lacking in structure, while 91, 92, 94-96 have done great. I really love the Caymus SS and Phelps Insigniaís from back then, now they have become higher in alcohol, rounder and do not have the finesse that they used to, particularly Caymus SS. There are also many less famous wines from Cali in the late 80s, early 90s that are fantastic. Whitehall Lane, particularly their Leonardini vineyard is great, older Cardinale (now way overpriced), Philip Togni, Montelena, etc.

The wine making style of the 70s to mid 90s seemed to focus much more on elegant, balanced wines that retained acidity, which is evidenced in the 13.5% alcohols of most of them. We have really moved into the Parkerized world of wine since then and the finesse is often gone. I am well aware this applies to Bordeaux and the rest of the wine world as well, I mean you can drink 09s now which is crazy. Doing one Montelena vertical from 1984-2003 a few years back, the stylistic change around 2001 was dramatic, I much prefer the older ones.

The big boy wines of Cali like Harlan, Schrader, Shafer, Bond, Screagle, Colgin, etc. are a whole different level of extraction and sometimes oaking (eg. Shafer) than many of these aforementioned wines. My limited experience with Harlan is that it is very good, but still hot, for Bond a 2008 Pluribus from last week had some bitterness on the finish, while a 2002 Vecina was a bit confected. I think Colgin is fabulous, and it has won side by side vs. Harlan for me. Shafer is out of control with the oak, making a near monolithic vanilla bomb but it makes for a very easy to drink wine. All this said, I still enjoy many of these wines, but need to evaluate them due to the price they command.

With all that in mind, the 2001 Schrader was to evaluate whether I should continue purchasing the mailing list wines and get a handle on the aging of this wine. Using CT as a guide, it sounded like this should be in a great spot, and 01 was a well structured and balanced vintage. Onto the tasting note.

Spoiler:


Wine is unfortunately just another form of gambling, and this trip we had another loss. Always sucks opening these $300+ bottles of wine and theyíre just ****ed in some way, whether itís pre-mox, TCA or just storage at some point in the wineís lifetime. No biggie, onto the next bottle.


A great bottle of wine.

Castello di Ama is a very famous Chianti producer, but LíApparita is a 100% merlot. I actually am a big fan of 100% merlots from Tuscany, with Galatrona, Redigaffi and Masseto all being great wines. Though Masseto is definitely not worth the price anymore and Galatrona is an absolute steal. Having never tried LíApparita, I came across a couple of cases at an amazing price, so had to try it. The provenance on this bottle was clearly great as it came at me with intense roasted Tuscan earth right from the get go. Pure, terroir driven wine, unmistakably Tuscan. But instead of the expected cherry and strawberry of the usual Sangiovese, this was deep and dark with black cherry and plum, as well as copious amounts of anise, great minerality and some smoke notes as well. Intense on the palate, great acidity and structure, this opened up over the next two hours and was a great wine. Very impressed and happy to drink one of these a year for the next 15-20 years. It has a great structure for aging.

We headed back downstairs and enjoyed the wine with some low stress 5 cent VP, which made for a great couple of hours before dinner.


Ooh, a 5 cent Royal. At this point I'll take anything.



Off to Kabuto, it was time to eat all the fishes. We went with the usual Nigiri only and then added about 10 more pieces. We were also at a table this time, which makes it a lot easier picture wise, though the bar is always the preference.


Ice cold Asahi, love their super thin glass, I swear it tastes better out of this glass.


Lime sake aperitif today


Tuna sashimi appetizer course - Very good


Oysters from Seattle - These just have such an amazing texture, love them.


All left to right - Toro on rice, Kanpachi (Amberjack), Akami (lean tuna), Kuromutsu (Black sea perch), Itoyori (Bream).
All very good as always with the Kuromutsu being the highlight. The flavor, density and texture of this fish was unbelievable, perfect in every way. The sweet finish after eating this piece probably lasted a full minute. We had to get more of that but only 2 more pieces left


Gyoku (egg), Anago (Golden sea eel), hagashi-toro (silky fatty tuna), Sayori (Halfbeak) and I think meichi-tai (Gingko fish)
The egg was much better than usual today, not usually a huge fan of their gyoku. Anago is always a great piece at Kabuto, the hagashi-toro was absolutely a great piece, pure melt in the mouth texture. Sayori is still my favorite when available, just amazing texture, much like the kuromutsu. Meichi-tai was solid.


Kamashi-ta toro (marbled fatty tuna), Kuromutsu redux, Hie-tai (star snapper), Botan-ebi (live sweet shrimp) and Kohada (shad).
Amazing second piece of kuromutsu, and the shrimp and toro were both spectacular as well. The other two were very good but not great.


Ishigaki-tai (spotted knifejaw), Zuke (soy marinated tuna), Kobu-tai kobujime (asian sheepshead wrasse), chu-toro (medium fatty tuna)
Another great lineup, zuke is always a great value piece, with the soy covering up the metallic note that is often apparent in akami. Both tai had great flavor and texture, and the chu-toro was delicious as always.


Wifey got a few special pieces where there was only a single left.
Anago redux, hagashi-toro redux, Akamutsu (red sea perch), Kuromutsu redux and Kasugo-tai (spring baby snapper)
The repeat pieces are obviously all amazing, and she loved the kasugo-tai, but said she preferred the akamutsu at Hiroyoshi the day before. Last trip the akamutsu at Kabuto was my favorite piece of the trip, so a bit disappointing I guess.


Toro hand roll - Particularly great today


Jiggly puff cheesecake, always great, what texture and silkiness while still remaining light.

Awesome as always, $300 with tax and tip for about 19 pieces of great quality fish. Man I love Kabuto.

We head back to Bellagio and walk through the conservatory, which is particularly nice this trip. The theme is Japanese Spring, and you can check it out here if you want.







We head back to Cosmo for a little more VP before I tuck the wifey into bed and head out for some more degeneracy.

Bravo shows the 20/40 Mix at Bellagio has 4 on the list, so I head to Aria because there are a few other doctors in town that I saw on the plane ride down to Vegas. Theyíre some younger guys and are at Jewel nightclub, so I figure we can meet up after for some drinks or pit games.

I hop in the 2/5/10 PLO game and proceed to be insanely card dead for the one hour or so that Iím there. I get one playable hand QJ109r and on a flop of Q73r, it gets potted and re-potted by two opponents, so Iím out of the way against a wrap and middle set.

The nice part about being card dead is that I meet a couple of lovely people at the table, Javanewt and her husband, Mr. Newt. I had known that they were in town for the weekend, and Java said she was a bit older than me and always played Aria PLO. Using the powers of deduction, I figured the number of females in their 40s playing PLO at 3 AM is probably pretty low, so was able to figure out who she was. Both her and her husband were super nice people, with lots of common interests, wine/food/poker/horses, so it was nice to meet. They had actually eaten at Hiroyoshi and Kabuto as well in the last two days, kind of hilarious.

We were a must move table, and after Mr. Newt left, the game broke so I met up with my other friends from back home. They were hungry so we went to Cosmo for secret pizza and waited half an hour for it at 4 AM. It was good, but not really half an hour wait good. What else is open after 4 though?

The next part of the trip might be the most memorable, and definitely not in a good way. The guys wanted to play lower stakes BJ with good rules so I suggested TI for $10 3:2. For some reason I decided to take a cab in Vegas for the first time in years. I have only taken uber/lyft the last couple of years because of long hauls etc.

We get in the cab with an Arabic guy whoís name is definitely in my mind right now. He is about to leave the Cosmo and is going to take the strip to TI which seems pretty suboptimal. I ask him to take Dean Martin and not the strip. He looks at me angrily, then turns right and floors it down Harmon-Aldebaran-Dean Martin. He is literally going 70 mph, runs a red light, and is swerving around like a psycho. I ask him why heís driving like this and he then turns the speakers up to max volume and rips into the TI parking lot at like 50 mph. Total ****ing nutjob. This guy is 100% a danger to the public. Unbelievable. I find out that reporting this to the Taxicab Authority requires me to literally go to a police station and fill out a report. I donít do this, but this guy is probably about one drive away from running over 70 pedestrians on the strip in a cube van.

Fortunately, today is not the day that four doctors get killed by this guy, and we make it to TI in one piece.

Sitting down with these three friends at the $10 BJ at TI, I realize immediately this will be hilarious. Weíve got people standing on twelve against a dealer ten, hitting twelve against a dealer 6, all kinds of crazy plays. The funny thing is they were telling me how blackjack is about a 50/50 game lol. Pretty sure itís like 40/60 now. I try to coach them, but itís one of those days where they always lose when they play correctly and sometimes win by playing bad. So they just do whatever. Iím sure sticking to the minimum bet at this table.

We play for about 2 hours and somehow I break exactly even while they all lose about $2-300. Inconceivable.

Itís about 630 AM so we safely take a nice Uber ride back to the Cosmo and go our separate ways. My mind is still going with the crazy taxi ride but eventually Iím able to fall asleep by about 8 AM.

Day 3
BJ Even
Poker -150
VP -1200

Day 4

I wake up about two hours later (total 9-10 hours sleep in 72) and Iím feeling pretty rough. Our flight is for 12:30, but for a bit of rungood, itís delayed to 2 PM. Yay, more gambling time. Iím far too tired to gamble, and donít really want to, so wifey heads down to get in a couple more hours of VP before we leave. While sheís gone, I complete the annual tradition (13 years running) of an Easter egg hunt for her. I secretly packed her ďnuclear footballĒ and mini eggs, kinderís, etc. so am able to make a little in room easter egg hunt while sheís out.



I get two extra hours of sleep and then we are off to the airport. We make sure to grab some extra cookies before we go.





Cookies are only $500 each now! Eat that Cosmo!

All in all, an interesting trip. Lots of VP runbad, probably only got about 10 hours total play of VP, but great food, fun times going downtown and one very good bottle of wine. Sadly I didnít get a chance to play much poker or any mix games this trip, which needs to be rectified in the future.

When I got home, I slept for a solid two days to recover, that was the delay in writing this TR. Having dumped about 5K for minimal play, and having played quite a bit in January (not Leon levels or anything), I decided to just email a host at Cosmo and ask if I can get anything more than just $50 free play. I kind of felt like 150K coin in might get a bit more than that, but I donít play slots, so I have no real idea. The good news is that a host replied and said theyíd be happy to comp me 5 nights, including weekend for my June trip, so at least I got something back.

Next trips will be in late May/June for a friendís bachelor party (20 guys, oh no!) and then with Mrs. Ferguson again in later June. Gonna head to Amsterdam and Santorini between now and then, so wonít be punting quite as hard, and should get some relaxing times in.

These TRs sure are pretty wine and food heavy, so I hope youíre still enjoying them.

Thanks for reading.

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Old 04-07-2018, 10:52 AM   #164
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Great TR, thanks for taking the time. Your tasting notes for the wines/fishes are motivating.

I'll be there May 30 through June 9. Not sure if I want to run into your group or avoid it
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Great TR, thanks for taking the time. Your tasting notes for the wines/fishes are motivating.

I'll be there May 30 through June 9. Not sure if I want to run into your group or avoid it


I would avoid. I donít know many of these guys that well except that theyíre pretty much alcoholics. I am laying 2-1 that someone jumps in the Bellagio fountain.


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Old 04-07-2018, 11:41 AM   #166
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You're making me want to hit Jaleo now, despite some of the suboptimal dishes. I went there with my wife years ago, I remember it being decent but nothing special.

Glad you got something out of the VP, 150k coin-in should definitely get you more than 50$ free play. Do you not have your "own" host at Cosmo?

Lastly, FU machine for the dealt quad 3s... on JOB.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:46 AM   #167
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Hey Leon,

Jaleo has some good stuff, just choose wisely. Just get all the Jamon Iberico and you'll be set.

Well I have my own host now, by emailing them, as opposed to the other way around. I've never had a host before now. I don't play $1 TDB and Ultimate X, I'm an ER doc remember

Yeah FU machine is right!
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Great report as usual...kind of interested to hit the lunch at Jaleo although as others have experienced, itís been a steady decline over, what, 10 years? Last time we went just for drinks
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Hey Leon,

Jaleo has some good stuff, just choose wisely. Just get all the Jamon Iberico and you'll be set.

Well I have my own host now, by emailing them, as opposed to the other way around. I've never had a host before now. I don't play $1 TDB and Ultimate X, I'm an ER doc remember

Yeah FU machine is right!
Had you ever tried to get a host prior? They approached me at the Stratosphere and my local, even when I played smaller. Granted at the Wynn I already had a connection, but I point blank asked my dad's host to become the family host. I ask bc I'm assuming had you asked before you would have gotten one. I think we fall into that weird category where we give them just enough action that a host is justified, but we're not obvious whales where a top end property is going to fawn over us.
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Great TR as always, fun read.
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Had you ever tried to get a host prior? They approached me at the Stratosphere and my local, even when I played smaller. Granted at the Wynn I already had a connection, but I point blank asked my dad's host to become the family host. I ask bc I'm assuming had you asked before you would have gotten one. I think we fall into that weird category where we give them just enough action that a host is justified, but we're not obvious whales where a top end property is going to fawn over us.


Nope. Never asked before. But tbh I never played that much VP until I read your TRs. Absolute Leon corrupts Absolutely!


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Great report as usual...kind of interested to hit the lunch at Jaleo although as others have experienced, itís been a steady decline over, what, 10 years? Last time we went just for drinks

Yeah maybe it would be worth going again for lunch if the other third course options arenít as bad as shrimp and steak were. The price is good, but milos is just so much better for close to the same price.

Their cocktails are very good, but again kinda crazy at $20+ a piece.





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You and your wife seem awesome.

Vegas cabbies are confirmed crazy.
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Old 04-08-2018, 05:54 AM   #174
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Came for the cookies. Was not disappointed. I forgot to snag free cookies on my last trip; Betsy was very sad.

I was 50% on guessing fish slices in your first kabuto report; much lower this time.

Hope to see more CRAPS on your next trip report.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:08 AM   #175
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the detail in these TR's is A+, thanks for sharing and sorry to hear about the VP run bad.

I applaud that you don't let gambling runbad ruin the trip
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