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 Posted by BLUE NILE on 20 June 1999, at 2:12 a.m.



First off before I start, OPUS I own you one for not making are meeting, I was partying with the wife down at Mandalay Bay and lost the time. I kept pretty decent notes on my play and activities so I really don't know where to start, but the beginning. We started this trip staying at the Stratosphere Tower for $19 a day, the suites were decent size but not great in appearance. Here's the BJ conditions and what I noticed:

BELLAGIO - Excellent DD game, tokening will game pen to 65%, rec'd a little attention when bets exceeded $100 a hand for comps and rating.
Food comps were given after only 30 minutes of play, played $25 to $125 a hand, primarily at lower range.

EL CORTEZ - Still filthy after all these years. I did manger to hit the MATCH PLAY about seven out of about eleven times. Three times on $10 bets.


GOLDEN NUGGET - DD game avg. 55-65 pen, dealers still wash cards after two hours of play without fail(Halted a hot streak after 30 mins of play).


HARRAHS - DD tables were packed for 30 mins at 10:30 a.m. so I left. Applied for and got a gold card and played the slots for a hour.


LADY LUCK - This was a big hit!! Won the BJ Tournament on the 15th of June. $25 buy-in and $800 first prize. On the next day I losted on the last hand after attempting to double down with a hard 14. Excellent tournament with very good competition.


MANDALAY BAY - Every shoe was different pen., worst when winning, very lucky on my shoe out. Won 14 out of 18 hand appr. and was up about $325 out the box. After 45 mins of green play rec'd food comps at RAFFLES CAFE FOR $100. Finished up about $465 for the session. Loved the scenery, but always hated shoes. More on the bay later.


SLOTS-A-FUN - Single deck tables were crammed with losers that kept hitting 13's and 14's against the dealers upcards of 5 & 6. Left after about twenty minutes up $50 bucks.


WESTWARD HO - They really don't like losing here to much, floor supervisor kept interrupting play with offers of cheap deli comp. First night I did lose about $65 bucks, but the second night I brought in for $100 and cashed out about fifty minutes later for $350. No drunks at the table tonight. Overall played about 2 hours there are a $175 to $190 win.


STARDUST - Usually don't do to bad here on the DD game, but didn't fare as well this time, lost about $125 in a 30 minute session.


The game at the Stratosphere Tower didn't appeal to me what so ever. I only play the ELVIS slot and even he didn't like me there, losted about forty bucks. Have various meal/show comps to trade if there is any interest for them. Part 2 of trip report due later. BLUE NILE



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