I want to thank everybody for the wonderful advice, tips, and recommendations I received from everybody in my other thread. I will now give a full report. Since my memory is a bit hazy, I'll give reports by location. I would upload photos but my camera isn’t finished, and I don’t know how to upload photos. The Airplane trip to Our plane was set to leave sometime 7:00 am from Bluegrass airport in Lexington, KY. We got off to a bad start. Our plane's engine couldn't work!!! I've had bad luck with engines starting on me lately. I was working on two hours sleep (bad back because I slept on the floor ), and I had to "book it" (no pun intended) to another airflight. We were originally supposed to go to Cincy, but got sent to.....Detroit (Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!) . . . . . :p) (you'll understand the joke) Anywho, the airport at Detroit was really nice. Granted, our pilot couldn't land worth a crap (I think domestic flight pilots suck, but that's IMHO). And then off to Vegas!!! That pilot couldn't land either. The flight into Las Vegas was cool!!! I got to see the strip from my window. I took a look and thought, "Wow, all the hotels are pretty close to each other. We won't need to walk far!!!" Needless to say, I was sadly mistaken. MGM Grand Hotel and Casino For economical and practical reasons (an extra night and a start on one end of the strip), we decided to pick this hotel as our base of operations. If I remember, MGM had the largest casino in Las Vegas. They had your usual slots, but they also had 5$ blackjack as well. We basically slept and played there and ate at one restaurant (more on that later) so there's not much more to discuss here. Overall, a great place to stay, and it had a connecting monorail to Bally’s which we used extensively. Emeril's Fish House This restaurant is located in the MGM Grand. It gets a from me. Emerill Lagassee's restaurants rule!!! I had a bean soup deal for an appetizer, and a salmon dish for my main course. And for dessert, bananna cream pie!!! I sure will miss the food in Vegas. Beats my usual 20 piece Chicken McNugggets and Big Mac any day. Paris Hotel and Casino I liked the atmosphere here quite a bit. The faux sky in the shopping center was pretty cool (though it pales in comparison to the "real deal" at Caesar's Forum shops). I didn't do any gambling here because there weren't any 5$ tables of blackjack at the time (and I still had yet to discover craps ). The waitresses were pretty cute in their faux Paris outfits. I didn’t go up the Eiffel tower though. Paris Buffet This was my first Las Vegas buffet. Needless to say, it sure beats the hell out of the Golden Corral Buffet. I mean they had lamb for crying out loud!!! I got to eat crepe for the first time as well. They also had good prime rib too (not excellent, but certainly not the run-of-the-mill stuff at other buffets or lower-end restaurants either). They also had an assortment of other foods as well, and a wide variety of cheeses to eat. The Monte Carlo Don’t remember much. We just used their monorail to Bellagio. Bellagio Hotel and Casino One part of me says I'm glad I didn't go. The other part says, "Damnit, Ocean's 11 was filmed here!!!" I am in awe by the whole place. The glass sculpture in the lobby is something to behold, although it looks smaller in person than on the Travel Channel. The Botanical garden is refreshing, but I only stayed there for a few minutes. The shops were pretty cool, although I’m not into clothing that much (note to self: hire fashion consultant). Limits were too high so I didn’t gamble here (haven’t learned Craps yet). The Fountains at Bellagio Cooler than advertised. I got to see them twice, once with the Pink Panther theme. Luckily, there’s a good view everywhere. I suggest the dead middle for maximum viewing. The Bellagio Buffet It’s even better than the Paris buffet. Quality and quantity are certainly up here. There’s food I’ve gotten here that beats any trip to Outback steakhouse any day. They’ve got good lamb and prime rib, an assortment of desserts, but the coolest thing in the world are the pre-cut Alaskan King Crab Legs!!! A little pricey, but then again, what settle for less? O I’m not spelling out CS (I can’t). It cost $120 for a ticket. I think I ripped them off. The show was that great. Clowns are funny again. Worth more than the money. Caesar’s Hotel and Casino I wasn’t too impressed with their casino as it seemed too dark and not enough college-age people walking around. Granted there was some construction for Celine Dion’s Coliseum, but I wasn’t too impressed with it, inspite of the “Rainman” charm it possesses. Forum Shops at Caesar’s It’s a running theme in every shopping place to have a fake sky, but the Forum shops do it the best. That’s simply because they run on a computerized schedule where the lighting changes to simulate different times of the day. Quite frankly, I’m impressed. If you’re a big clothing fiend and you love to shop (read, don’t take your wives here if you want to save money ), then the Forum shops is the place to go. Otherwise, if you’re more of a movies/videogames guy like me, than you’ll probably just stare in awe of the shops. They did have this neat movie memorabilia store right near the entrance to the Casino. Race for Atlantis Cool, but too short. It was worth it only because we had coupons to reduce the cost. Cheescake Factory I know, I know, they’re a franchise, but this is the first time I’ve ever had a cheesecake from this store. I liked the one I picked (Oreo), but I’ve had better (better meaning a softer cheesecake IMHO). Palm’s at Forum Shops I’ll tell you what, I’m not at all a big fan of fillet mignon as I believe it severely lacks taste, even when cooked rare. However, it was the only thing on the menu at lunch time. I’m still not a big fan of fillet mignon, but it’s certainly a testament to the restaurant when I actually quite like it. The mushrooms that were served with it were fabulous. The desert I got was Crème Brule (sp?) Spago’s We settled in here for dinner (lovely hostesses btw ). It was a lot better than I thought, considering I sometimes delve into cynicism when I evaluate the rants and ravings of celebrities. Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant was pretty cool. I had a seared rare tuna dish with an assortment of vegetables. I liked it, but then again, it was pretty pricey. I had a cabernet with the fish, although I’m not quite sure if that was the right wine. :b Bally’s Hotel and Casino I didn’t do much here. Casino is nice, but well short of extraordinary. The Venetian Hotel and Casino Simply beautiful. The canals, while I could imagine well short of the beauty of real Venice, were pretty cool to behold. The faux sky was cool and ranks second behind the Forum shops. Again, clothing gurus would love this place, I assume since I’m not into clothing all that much Can’t remember much about the casino though. They do have Krispy Kreme doughnuts however. Delmonico’s Steakhouse Emeril is the man!!! This place rules. I had the best steak and lamb I’ve ever had. I had a really nice red wine to go with this meal. I got lamb cooked rare for my main course, and it was absolutely magnificent. The leek really added that wonderful flavor to it, sort of akin to garlic which I love. My brother’s steak was awesome too, though I thought it was overcooked at medium-rare . Coincidentally, it was my most expensive meal at 80 dollars. Aladdin’s Hotel and Casino Didn’t do any gambling here, although I checked out the London club. All I can say is if you watch the Travel channel a lot, it’s all the truth: they have hotties for dealers The Desert Shop What is it with all these shops that are solely for clothing!? Again, a faux sky, and one neat little store with a Vegas gaming theme (surprise surprise). Todai’s Seafood and Sushi Buffet The best deal IMHO I had during the trip. Good quality sushi and crab rolls to boot!!! The Mirage I liked the casino atmosphere of this one the best, simply because I’m partial to tropical settings. I got to see the white and regular tigers. I played some here, but I’m constantly reminded of Vegas Vacation when I was here. The Volcano It got cold during one of the nights there. Needless to say, it got hot really fast when they were showing the volcano show. Great show. Treasure Island Didn’t do much here except played a few hands of blackjack. The Pirate Ship Show Get there at least twenty minutes before showtime. It gets crowded fast!!! And this free show proves that pirates rule!!! Sahara I hated this hotel. It was dark and depressing, and I lost five hands of black jack in a row with 18’s, 19’s, and even 20’s!!! Speed The only redeeming quality of this hotel was that it had the roller coaster. Awesome!!! See the coaster thread for details. Downtown Coincidentally, they were filming a Live-Action Looney Tunes movie near the Golden Nugget. The girl for one of the bigger roles looked pretty hot!! I heard Brendon Frasure was going to be in this. Golden Nugget I liked the casino here, and this was the first place I learned how to properly play craps (I’m talking the real deal, not just that Project Prom crap). Freemont Light Show or Experience The best thing about Downtown is this free show. The version I saw was a song variety from the 60’s (Stones and Hendrix music ) New York New York Hotel and Casino Pretty cool. Low limit gambling. They had the ESPN Sportszone, but I didn’t eat or stay there. Manhattan Express A little pricey, but I liked it nonetheless. Excalibur Hotel and Casino Walked through their casino. Nothing outstanding. Luxor Hotel and Casino No comment, lost money here. :p) Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino I liked the atmosphere here, and I won money at the craps table. Ran into a lot of people from Kentucky here oddly enough. My brother last summer went here for a friend’s wedding. They had about two cool restaurants here, but I was sadly running low on money at this point (I went here the day before leaving). One restaurant had a wine tower!!! Another had running waterfalls. I wish I went to House of Blues though. Mandalay Bay Buffet Good, but not spectacular. A little pricey for what you get. Blackjack I’ll only play this game at the $5 tables. I swear it’s rigged. It’s pretty easy to tell what tables are “rigged” by the dealers that clean everybody out. No joke, I had this one deal with five people. Two had 20’s and the rest had 19’s. Guess what? Dealer got Blackjack!!! Craps Quite possibly the funnest game to play. You develop comraderie with the fellow players, and if you know how to play it correctly, you can win money in large amounts and in a short amount of time. Words of advice: put money on the 8’s and 6’s. Slots They’re rigged. Don’t get me wrong, they’re fun to play, but don’t go in thinking you’re going to win money. Disappointments I’m sad I didn’t get to see M, the Amazing Jonathan, Lance Burton, or the Blue Man group. I didn’t even make it to Hotels off the strip either (Rio, Hard Rock Café) Oh well, maybe a next time? And where was Matt Chmeil? Final Thoughts Truth be told, I broke even for the trip (damn Blackjack…..) so I basically decided to use the money for DVD purchases. Oh well, there’s next time. If I learned anything valuable from this trip, it’s wear very, very comfortable shoes. You’re going to be doing a lot more walking than you would normally think. If there are any questions, I’m more than happy to answer. Again, Thank you HTF!!!