My wife and I have just returned from a ten year anniversary trip to Las Vegas and much has changed since our last visit ten years ago. The Paris hotel/casino was very opulent and the food was unreal but I doubt we'll be going back anytime soon. It seems Vegas is no longer a cheap place to go and the odds on slots have certainly changed for the worse! Here is a list of my observations/gripes: Food has gotten very expensive, breakfast was at least $35 with tip, good luck finding a McDonalds, there was one at MGM Grand but that was a mile away. Alcohol: a beer was $6, 7 with tip. Even water was $2.50 or $3.50 depending on where you go. We did find $1 water at WalGreens but it too was a mile away. We stayed in a constant state of dehydration, I was sucking ice cubes from my drinks. You do get "free" drinks while gambling but the waitress came around very infrequently, that "free" drink costed about $40 considering the time we were on the slots waiting. It seems the odds have changed, ten years ago,we won enough to play for a while, this time we spent everything we took. It wasn't just us, we stood there and watched a guy feed a $100 bill into a dollar slot and proceed to lose it in just under ten minutes. After losing $200 in slots the first two days, I was a little shell shocked in playing table games, most minimums on the blackjack tables was 10 to 15 bucks. We met a couple who won $16,000 on the high roller slots but they were down $7,000 before hitting that. I would be sick way before I got to that point and was at what we had lost. After awhile it just wasn't any fun. Most shows were long sold out and would have been $300 IF we could have gotten tickets. I did win tickets to an old style Follies show at the Tropicana that would have cost $90 that was a topless show, my only luck with winning anything. In hindsight, we shoud have booked at least one good show before we left and stayed off the slots but there really is not that much to do other than walk around and sightsee, which we ended up doing alot of. I would be interested in hearing from any of you who have visited there recently to get your take on it but I think we'll be doing an all-inclusive to somewhere warm next time!