She had flown in after work and arrived just in time to join us at the Chandelier Bar and would be flying out the next morning! The background on the stage is a singer that the Tropicana had arranged to have on hand to entertain the group. How compelling is the writing on the blog? I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all. Winning Solo session paid for my car repair and a former forum member recognized me! Recommendations Donald Trump Apple vs.
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We'll be staying at Aria the week of July 1 and heading over to the Encore to see Garth Brooks on July 4th, and we're so excited about the trip. We are at the Pearl level with MLife and we get some little offers here and there for comp rooms and resort credit, but we'd like to try to establish a relationship with a casino host so we can work our way up to where you are!
I'm so inspired by reading your blog: What advice can you offer to us for working our way up the ladder? Hi JL, I'm glad you are enjoying my trip reports. Sounds like you have a great trip planned for July!
In regards to casino hosts while I have assigned hosts at Mandalay Bay, Aria and Bellagio I generally don't book my trips with through them, I just call up VIP services on the marketing offers and book that way. If for some reason I do want something special that trip like a upgraded room and want to try and ensure I get that upfront then I would likely contact my host.
With Palazzo and Wynn, I do use my hosts and I have a more personal relationship at these properties then with my M-Life hosts, but again they can only do so much for me over my marketing offer, it really depends on how much gambling I have done that stay. Why it's helpful for mid-level gamblers to have a host though is if you feel you have done a lot more gambling then your last stay and earned more then the upfront marketing comps then you would want to see a host in order to get more taken off your bill.
M-Life these days with their express comps seems to have changed quite a bit how the hosts help the mid-level gamblers so you might discover that even with a host you don't receive much more then what ever marketing offers you are currently receiving. However if you want to meet a host and see what they can do for you I suggest a good place to start is during your July trip.
Toward the end of the trip if you feel you have gambled enough to warrant getting more taken off your bill then ask to speak to a host and introduce yourself and they will let you know if they can take more off your bill and if they like your gambling history they will likely give your their business card and suggest you call them next time you are ready to book a trip. As far as working up the ladder to higher comps via a host or marketing offer that's mainly due to what one is gambling each trip and not a relationship with a host.
Usually the host will only be able to remit back in comps whatever that casino's current formula is for comps though there are exceptions based on ones past history at that casino and if the host feels you are a regular that will make up in the future for what might have been a unlucky trip where you didn't gamble your usual amount.
There's a lot of good vegas and gambling message boards around the internet but www. Hope that helps a bit and good luck in July! Dear Diana, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thorough reply! I really appreciate it. I will check out the message board you recommend and ask to meet the host we've had some email communication with from the Aria. Thanks again, and I hope we'll be lucky enough to meet you on one of our trips! JL, have a great trip and I hope to meet you in Vegas on a future trip too.
Only a hour flight away from Las Vegas we visit frequently, sometimes once a month. I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all. This trip was about 7 months in the making as the main purpose of visiting Las Vegas in April was to attend the annual meet of the Slot Fanatics.
Originally I was going for 3 nights from April 10th to the 13th but this changed when friends Laura and Yon asked Gwen and I when our next trips to Vegas were so they could try to time theirs around ours so I mentioned my upcoming April trip and Gwen, Laura and Yon all ended up booking around that time too. Gwen decided to depart on Sunday April 7th and stay at Palazzo so I found myself scheduling a trip to Palazzo for two nights starting April 8th and changing my previous reservation for THEHotel at Mandalay Bay to arriving on the 10th and departing on the 12th.
My friend Terri who lives in Vegas was also going to be staying a couple nights at the Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay to check out their newly renovated rooms. After winning my tiny prizes for the Blooming Gifts Promotion I walked over to Venetian to play few slots before dinner. Rapunzel was a fun slot when the bonuses were active. Reminds me a lot of the Alice in Wonderland slots. When I started playing this morning I was a few hundred up, by the time I went to dinner I was about even for the day but had lots of fun.
It would have been more fun if I was still ahead but gambling so far this year has been a struggle for me. By the time I went to bed that night I had lots of fun playing the slots but I was now down a few hundred.
On the plus side, I had lots of Grazie points and I'm close to renewing Platinum status for next year at my favorite Vegas casino. Yes, I'm rationalizing here, don't judge. As I was walking from THEHotel to the casino I noticed a lot of construction going on through that long passageway and they now have a security guard stationed 24 hours a day right after THECafe before you get to the Elevator for Mix. After our dinner at Fleur we walked over to Four Seasons Valet to pick up Terri's car and she drove us all to WMS Studios where we had a tour and focus study to attend.
We had a huge surprised during the ECC when Boots showed up for it! She had flown in after work and arrived just in time to join us at the Chandelier Bar and would be flying out the next morning! Two weeks earlier I had been having lunch with Boots and told her that Brian wanted to go downtown to the Drink and Drag and she suggested we take a limo from Cosmo after the ECC and I had been disappointed that Boots wasn't going to make the ECC and our limo trip downtown so I was so happy when this ended up working out.
Of course I am happy for the guy. He is one of my best friends. But, this is getting to be ridiculous. I used some of the following criteria when creating this list: How often and how recently has the blog been updated? How compelling is the writing on the blog? How useful is the information in the posts? Is the content unique? How attractive is the blog? Here are the 15 best video game blogs on the Internet: The blog includes well-expressed opinions on a wide variety of gaming-related subjects.
The design is retro cool, too. Nintendo Still Does Retro Well. And Then She Games — Is anything more attractive than a cute, smart woman who loves to play video games? I have trouble of thinking of anything. Game Bias — Jed Pressgrove offers some distinct opinions here. You can listen to their latest podcast episode here: We Want to Stand Up.
Definitely worth your time. An example of what you can expect from Ryan: Symphony of the Night. Grubdog — Lots of well-written reviews. Caught Me Gaming — Sarca writes about video games and other entertainment related subjects here. I enjoyed her review of the movie Wild. Giant Bomb — Another well-written blog with a beautiful design.
I enjoyed the recent guest post about choosing the right fighting game. Ancient Electronics — Clever name for a blog about retro gaming. Incredibly detailed coverage, too—check out this post about Reelmagic Mpeg1 Decoder Cards.
Pop Culture Beast — They actually blog about multiple pop culture related subjects, but I linked to their page about video games. Some of their posts are news-related, like this one: Tides of Numenera Coming to Consoles.
Tel-Tel Mahjong is one of their recent posts. Nerdly Pleasures — I love the retro header and the overall attitude of this one. The title of their most recent post made me laugh, too: As I write this, their post about Pools of Darkness represents the th game reviewed there. Most of the content there is being transferred to YouTube.