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We lost but ate ALOT trip report...

Topeka, Kansas
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We lost but ate ALOT trip report...

This was our annual June Anniversary, my end of June Birthday, and Mr. Ducky's July 1st Birthday trip. We have friends who live in the Vegas area, we have gone to Vegas for more years than I care to count, and we enjoy time away from the strip so don't mind changing hotels.


We'll just start with this and get it out of the way. Off-strip, Downtown, and on the Strip.

I play slots. Pennies, nickels, quarters, or dollars. Mr. Ducky plays PaiGow, 3 Card Poker, Texas Hold 'Em (probably the most), and some Blackjack

NOTHING! Zip, Zilch, Zero! Is the worst money trip ever.


Green Valley Ranch

This was our first night and only one night, because Mr. Ducky had a comp offer and we've never had an opportunity to stay there. He asked for an upgrade and was given a suite that overlooked the pool area and had a panoramic view of the strip. The room had a nice leather couch and table, matching leather chair with reading lamp, large dresser, 2 closets (one had a safe}, tub, shower, dual sinks, make-up table and chair, and toilet in separate room with door that closed.

We arrived on a Wednesday which was Senior Day...we are both over 50 so took advantage of the 1/2 off points for the buffet for supper. Check out the specials on their website and only age 50 for Senior Discounts is a good deal in my opinion! The next morning was also a free buffet since 2 breakfast or lunch buffets came with the room offer. We stop by GVR almost every trip but never had a room offer before and even in a regular room, we would stay again since we like the location and property.

The M Resort

This was a Comp Offer I received, and I was given a Classic Suite but they only had a Mountain View. Those of you who are familiar with the M know they have rooms facing North with great views of the strip but a regular strip view vs. a suite with a mountain view? (we don't have mountains in Kansas anyway) No brainer for us! Score!

We have the Hollywood Casino by the NASCAR track in Kansas City and both are owned by Penn Gaming, so we gamble there to get comps then use them at The M when we go to Vegas. I was lucky once before and given a suite so figured I would ask if one was available, and it was nice to have the nice big couch in a room separate from the bedroom. The picture on The M website looks exactly like the Classic Suite room assigned to us. We enjoyed a free buffet with my reservation and if you've never tried the buffet at the M, it is worth the drive out there since it it HUGE! The hotel also gave us several coupons to the Hostile Grape for BOGO glasses of wine. It is a nice get away in the lower level of the property that serves great wines and light foods. They now also have a swipe card system where the customer purchases a set amount on a card then picks different ounce amounts and varieties of wines and swipes the card to pay for each pour. I prefer a Bartender and Server and don't care for automated systems, but we saw several people enjoying that option.


The last nights of our trip were at Paris, and it has become our CET property just about every trip. We have a Harrah's in Kansas City so earn credits there to use in Vegas. We have no MGM properties close to us so try to put our money when we can get comps when we travel. I had booked a renovated Red Room (they look just like the pictures on the web site). The room overlooked the pool and the Eiffel Tower, and it had 2 beds. We didn't ask for an upgrade since we checked in on a Saturday, knowing the CET fireworks party was that evening, it was the weekend before July 4th, Canada Day was the next day, and I didn't see any familiar faces at check-in so decided not to even try and ask for an upgrade. The room was clean and comfy and fine for us the final nights of our trip.


As I mentioned, several of our meals were buffets, and we only have breakfast and supper when we are in Vegas since we tend to eat more than when we are at home and figure we eat less calories by only having two meals per day.

Charlie Palmers at the Four Seasons

We went with friends to enjoy the offering for Restaurant Week. The menu was a salad, petite filet, shared side of grilled carrots, shared side of mac and cheese, and peanut butter/chocolate bar (Mousse) with wine pairings and all was delicious.

Burgers and Brews

When we were at The M, we had breakfast one morning at the Burgers and Brews located right by the hotel lobby. We had no idea they served breakfast and no idea they had about 8-10 tables outside facing the pool area on the north side of the building so in the shade and out of the wind. It was perfect, cool around 9am, and the food and service was great!

PF Chang's

Since we hit a point every trip that we have no plans and don't want to make a reservation, we end up here. It is at PH next to Paris, I can purchase a gift card here at our grocery store and get gasoline credits, and we love the lettuce wraps. It works for us!


We ate at Giada's both breakfast and lunch for Mr. Ducky's birthday. Why? #1 it was his birthday and what he wanted and #2 he used his Total Rewards credits for breakfast and his Diamond Celebration Dinner that night. Both meals were fantastic, and I posted a review here on TA.

Mon Ami Gabi

Because he is spoiled, we love spending time with our friends, they drive to the strip, almost every trip our friends join us for breakfast at Mon Ami on the strip in front of Paris. The food is always good, we enjoy sitting outside in the mornings and watching people, and we go around 9am. So we finish eating just as it's getting busy and just as the sun is getting around the top of the building so before it gets too hot.

Center Cut

This is our new favorite restaurant, and I also posted a review here on TA. We were both pleased and will return! Amanda was the Manager that evening and we enjoyed talking to her about TA, my post, and our discussion here on the Forum before our trip. Frank was a great server and now that we've tried the restaurant, we both want to go back and try the Happy Hour. He told us the menus change about every month so people who come often (and local Vegas customers) will get a variety. The TV's on the walls around the dining area showed the old black and white pictures from the Rat Pack days, and it was just a casual atmosphere. We were in shorts, some in business casual (guys in Dockers and women in slacks or capris), and others more dressed like maybe they were going to a show later. We did not feel out of place at all though, and everyone was treated with the same service. It is one of the Hidden Gems TA always asks about only it isn't really hidden but is just fairly new, so give it a try! I know this is long but it's been quite awhile since I've posted a trip report and if you do have questions about a detail I've not included, please feel free to send me a message :)

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1. Re: We lost but ate ALOT trip report...

Sounds like a nice trip. A variety of hotels and dining. Most of which you already know you enjoy.

Did Mr Ducky play any Pai Gow this trip? In particular did he play or check out the Pai Gow at M resort?

Sorry about the bad luck this trip. Hopefully it will balance out in the future. Thanks for the report.

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Great TR! Thanks for sharing.

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Nice trip report, ducky. Thank you.

I was curious about your husband playing Texas Holdem. Does he play Texas Holdem in the poker rooms or the version of the game played with the other table games like where black jack is played ❓

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That was a really good mix of experiences Ducky. You showed your seasoned Vegas experience in your choices.

Too bad about the gaming, some visits are like that.

Good to hear from you.

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Sounds like a fun trip.. Hope you guys have better luck next time !

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Thank you for the report! Not often we hear of GVR or M. You have a nice comfortable writing style that makes for a good read.

Sorry about the gambling but sounds like a great trip nonetheless.

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Thanks for the TR. We were in Vegas last week of May (didn’t do a TR) stayed comped at Cosmo. That was our BEST EVER winning trip! I brought home all the money I took plus like $421. First night my husband won $1000 on a penny slot, then 2 days later won $2000 on a penny as well. Sorry, not trying to make you feel bad.

Topeka, Kansas
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Oh Kathy that is Awesome!!! We have always felt lucky if we come back with some money and always go with a budget knowing we can lose, but this is the first time it actually happened. Such a bummer :(

Art...Mr. Ducky plays the Texas Hold "Em at the tables out on the floor and not in the Poker Rooms. He really enjoys that game, but card games make me nervous so hardly ever watch!

Ktinca you KNOW he played at the M! LOL

He had no luck with Pai Gow anywhere...he didn't get a chance to play tiles at Harrah's this trip. Actually I don't remember seeing the tiles this time now that I think about it!

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9. Re: We lost but ate ALOT trip report...

Very nice.

That's great about the upgrade at Green Valley as well as birthday dinner at Giada sounds wonderful.

Its on our list of want to dine at places.

Happy Birthday to both of you.

Thanks for your trip report.

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Thanks for the report!

I actually prefer the long TR!

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