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« Reply #4965 on: January 24, 2019, 05:18:30 PM »

What’s Vegas like at the beginning of December? I found a 7night trip, direct flights - Planet Hollywood. £500ish.. been twice before, June & November, both times at Planet Hollywood. Didn’t want to book it as I’m going with a friend who has never been before and don’t want it to be like a ghost town.

I've been twice in early December. That's when you really get to know who the locals are pokerwise, and the same people you will see off season for years at a time.

I like it. Vegas is never a ghost town, but its defo quieter, but that means better service and access to stuff.

Not warm, even cold in the shadows, but ok in the sunshine, but not bathing weather.
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« Reply #4966 on: January 24, 2019, 07:24:49 PM »

What’s Vegas like at the beginning of December? I found a 7night trip, direct flights - Planet Hollywood. £500ish.. been twice before, June & November, both times at Planet Hollywood. Didn’t want to book it as I’m going with a friend who has never been before and don’t want it to be like a ghost town.

I've been twice in early December. That's when you really get to know who the locals are pokerwise, and the same people you will see off season for years at a time.

I like it. Vegas is never a ghost town, but its defo quieter, but that means better service and access to stuff.

Not warm, even cold in the shadows, but ok in the sunshine, but not bathing weather.

https://www.vegasmeansbusiness.com/planning-tools/convention-calendar/?startDate=12%2F01%2F2019&endDate=12%2F31%2F2020&convention.roomattend=100

Only one sizeable convention in december: the...er..."Mary Jane" Business conference.

Vegas is always Vegas. Busier at weekends as LA descends on the city to gamble (NFL season) and party (millenials).

(Outdoor) pools will generally be closed, so be aware of that, if any of your group want to do some swimming.
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« Reply #4967 on: January 24, 2019, 09:16:53 PM »

5th to 14th December 2019 rodeo finals on in Vegas always good poker games in evening/late night then
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« Reply #4968 on: January 25, 2019, 06:49:48 PM »


Thanks for posting, but do I have to purchase economy classic first to see the offer? 


Just done a test booking for Classic on a random date in March. LGW-LAS return is £880 and I'm being offered an upgrade to Delight for £60.

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I booked a couple of hours ago and think I paid an extra £80.  It was £60 when I looked yesterday.   I am pretty sure you still gain on the extra miles alone, so well worth doing.   

I have read there are some issues with the dreamliner still, so you may not get a dreamliner, and the cabin is 3-3-3 rather than 2-4-2.   I took the window seat as that is probably best for kippage, and the O8 tournaments start at 3pm US time.   

Am out 23 June to 1 July.  Guess if I get to day 4 of the O8 championship I can get another ticket. 

Wynn looks a bit steep right now, so going to try and wait a bit.   There are plenty of others quite a bit cheaper right now.  Flights a bit rich too, but BA prices are similar, and they are both allegedly on sale, so guess there isn't much point in waiting that out.
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« Reply #4969 on: January 25, 2019, 08:33:43 PM »

I'm a Rush Tower soldier until the 30th/1st, and moving to Vdara for the last 10 nights.

Wynn has an app you can play for free nights, just pinging slots etc. Not worked out if it's worth buying chips to see if you can spin up a few free nights. There are no restrictions on weekends, just more expensive for rooms, and you cna stack 4 nights if you've enough 'jewels'

If I have a good Chelts, I might chuck £100 at it and see how I get on.
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« Reply #4970 on: January 26, 2019, 02:51:23 PM »

I'm a Rush Tower soldier until the 30th/1st, and moving to Vdara for the last 10 nights.

Wynn has an app you can play for free nights, just pinging slots etc. Not worked out if it's worth buying chips to see if you can spin up a few free nights. There are no restrictions on weekends, just more expensive for rooms, and you cna stack 4 nights if you've enough 'jewels'

If I have a good Chelts, I might chuck £100 at it and see how I get on.

Might duck this.   I dare say I'll blow more than £100 and chase. 

Palazzo didn't look too bad, then I realised that with the resort fee, the price wasn't much different.   $51 resort fee once the tax is added.   Then the cheaper rate (£180 total incl resort fee cheap?) is only available at a couple of sites I don't recognise.

There is a huge difference in costs this year as virgin points have less value, so instead of tax only in premium economy, I am paying around double that amount for economy delight, and could well pay more for a worse room.   

We need a sterling recovery pretty damn quickly.
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« Reply #4971 on: January 26, 2019, 03:17:16 PM »

I'm a Rush Tower soldier until the 30th/1st, and moving to Vdara for the last 10 nights.

Wynn has an app you can play for free nights, just pinging slots etc. Not worked out if it's worth buying chips to see if you can spin up a few free nights. There are no restrictions on weekends, just more expensive for rooms, and you cna stack 4 nights if you've enough 'jewels'

If I have a good Chelts, I might chuck £100 at it and see how I get on.

Might duck this.   I dare say I'll blow more than £100 and chase. 

Palazzo didn't look too bad, then I realised that with the resort fee, the price wasn't much different.   $51 resort fee once the tax is added.   Then the cheaper rate (£180 total incl resort fee cheap?) is only available at a couple of sites I don't recognise.

There is a huge difference in costs this year as virgin points have less value, so instead of tax only in premium economy, I am paying around double that amount for economy delight, and could well pay more for a worse room.   

We need a sterling recovery pretty damn quickly.

Haha, I've ducked it now that I'm in Vdara, but did look at it for a minute.

Not sure if you can dip out on the r/f at Palazzo, and obv get none of the gym/wiifi etc.

I got my flight for £100 more than I paid in 2010, so not too mad, even though I could have got PE for £100 more if I waited 24 hours. It was showing @ 1.3 when I booked, so felt like the smart move.
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« Reply #4972 on: January 26, 2019, 06:43:47 PM »

Any thoughts on meridian or jockey club?
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« Reply #4973 on: January 26, 2019, 07:38:32 PM »

Any thoughts on meridian or jockey club?

Jockey club is good, and connected to Cosmo.

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« Reply #4974 on: January 28, 2019, 07:51:52 AM »


Jockey club is not good, and connected to Cosmo.


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« Reply #4975 on: January 28, 2019, 11:00:21 AM »



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« Reply #4976 on: January 28, 2019, 11:33:13 AM »

Apart from the bad food, tatty rooms, air conditioning fails and Legionnaire's, is there any issue with staying at the Rio.  I think I should do it once, and given the prices elsewhere, this could be the year.
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« Reply #4977 on: January 28, 2019, 11:38:35 AM »

Apart from the bad food, tatty rooms, air conditioning fails and Legionnaire's, is there any issue with staying at the Rio.  I think I should do it once, and given the prices elsewhere, this could be the year.

Only other consideration is how often you intend to travel to other hotels. If you are playing away most days would rather stay cheaper(ie, Luxor/TI types) on the strip than pay all the taxis to stay in a shithole.
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« Reply #4978 on: January 28, 2019, 12:04:17 PM »

Apart from the bad food, tatty rooms, air conditioning fails and Legionnaire's, is there any issue with staying at the Rio.  I think I should do it once, and given the prices elsewhere, this could be the year.

Only other consideration is how often you intend to travel to other hotels. If you are playing away most days would rather stay cheaper(ie, Luxor/TI types) on the strip than pay all the taxis to stay in a shithole.

There are 3 WSOP events in 7 days when I am there, so should be expecting a saving in taxis, unless I just need to get out of the shithole.  I can normally get the Wynn for not much more than the Rio; this year it is more than double even with Wynn insider/Red Card discount.   

There are obvious advantages in satying at the Rio too.  I don't have far to go on dinner breaks, and given the brutal 3pm starts, the nearer the room is, the better. 

I could just stay at the Wynn midweek, and move to the Rio at the weekend.
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« Reply #4979 on: January 28, 2019, 02:21:57 PM »

Apart from the bad food, tatty rooms, air conditioning fails and Legionnaire's, is there any issue with staying at the Rio.  I think I should do it once, and given the prices elsewhere, this could be the year.

Only other consideration is how often you intend to travel to other hotels. If you are playing away most days would rather stay cheaper(ie, Luxor/TI types) on the strip than pay all the taxis to stay in a shithole.

There are 3 WSOP events in 7 days when I am there, so should be expecting a saving in taxis, unless I just need to get out of the shithole.  I can normally get the Wynn for not much more than the Rio; this year it is more than double even with Wynn insider/Red Card discount.   

There are obvious advantages in satying at the Rio too.  I don't have far to go on dinner breaks, and given the brutal 3pm starts, the nearer the room is, the better. 

I could just stay at the Wynn midweek, and move to the Rio at the weekend.

Hi doobs
Think you know the score already looking at your own comments .
I’ve stayed there the last few trips there now for convenience:

Pluses
Close to action be it big mtts of the trip or cash games on demand .
Value that dinner break in room big time especially if run good and make 2nd day etc .
Gym / spa / pool ok and I do use at least one of them daily if I’m in a good routine on a trip , love the steam room in spa though it’s hit and miss whether it’s working .

Negatives
Food options
Horrible casino to gamble in and spend time at a bar - I rarely do this much any more so never been that big an issue for me .
Room - meh but I only use it for sleeping or napping in .  Only plus is do get a small fridge .


Taxi to/from strip - obv depends where playing whether this costs or saves money on the overall trip .


If you don’t intend to play cash games at Rio I can see it being a close choice for you so may be consider other hotel for weekdays like you said.

Good luck , hope above helps .  Not sure if I’m going yet this year , not rushing and will decide in next few months .  Might end up a short trip to cover same mtts you probably are eying up .
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