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    Default Fall 2020 Vegas trip

    Preparing for another extended leave...in Vegas!

    This will be the first post-coronavirus lockdown trip to Vegas. Yes, masks will be worn, and the action will be heavy!

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    Wynn Las Vegas reveals 548 positive COVID-19 cases among employees
    However, Wynn Resorts contends contact tracing results showed 98% of employees who tested positive got the virus outside of work, and that they are testing the h. out of current employees to make sure they don't work once infected.

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    Excitement is building as the trip nears. It is not exactly next week by any means, but relatively soon.

    My wife is bringing all these interesting items she has gotten into lately. She has this massive red LED / infrared device she got for home - salon quality obviously that is not going with us. It's one of those deals that costs something like ten grand in the U.S. but I managed to get it for two delivered via some wholesale contacts.

    And now she got two portable ones - these portable ones contain gemstones besides heating up to 70 degrees Celsius - one has jade and tourmaline, the other some other gemstones, both have red LED, to bring to Vegas with us. Relatively portable anyway.

    Whatever makes her happy. Young girls are into this type of stuff these days, but it's not exclusively the realm of the young. This is along the lines of William S. Burroughs and "organes" - a pseudoscientific concept variously described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force, but then again who knows maybe red and blue LED light therapy actually does do something.
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    Checking the Vegas casino coronavirus outbreak list
    https://www.truepassage.com/forums/s...1191#post41191
    of the casinos we plan to stay at this Fall one is very low on the list, and the other two are at least not at the top.

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    Excitement is building as the date for the Vegs trip approaches. Part of that enthusiasm has to do with that - it's not like we're going to Vegas to stay in some bargain joint off the strip (i.e. we're not talking about the Moonlight Motel, which is out on Paradise Boulevard and actually a very fine place of lodging and only sixteen blocks from the Strip, with its own pool and . . ., or even about going to Caesar's Palace to beat them for about $38 at the blackjack tables, and then head for the Circus-Circus to whoop it up . . . .) but rather will be staying in average 2000 square feet power suites and man handling great stacks of black, purple and yellow chips on the way to Victory.

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    Arrived yesterday. There is definitely a different vibe in Vegas, and it's not just to do with the masks and anti-coronavirus measures.

    There was some southbound traffic on the way in, although didn't really hit much if any traffic on the northbound route in.
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    Why there was so much traffic on a Tuesday in Southern California around 1pm, I couldn't tell you. Lot of trucks, lot of trucks everywhere, both directions.

    An hour outside of Vegas the southbound lanes narrowed down to one, and there was bumper to bumper stretching as far as I could see,
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    but luckily for those leaving Vegas, the jam didn't last too many miles.

    Arriving into Vegas, not much looked different from the outside,
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    but driving around the areas close to the Strip (hit a bank to change a couple of C notes for $5.s and $10.s for tips before pulling in), there seem to be a lot of out of town African Americans afoot. Now, not all of Vegas is white by any means, but these people were clearly from out of town. A caravan of these sped past us on the way in, and looked like L.A. residents.

    Within the casino, I saw very few well dressed people like us - not a very upscale crowd milling about. I saw this one gentleman with a blazer with his wife, and we nodded at each other. There weren't too many like us.

    I'll be posting Adventures time delayed for security reasons. This won't be as much fun, but I'll keep records and release them all to once each time we move to a different resort. The plan is to be here all month, and with all the suites on a full comp all that matters is winning!
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    Sounds like something out of Mad Max where undesirables infiltrate the cities.

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    Troublemakers aside, the general caliber of the Vegas crowd has gone downhill quite a lot. And this low end crowd consists not necessarily of minorities but of a lot of white trash too. The lower price hotel rooms and deals may have lured these people in.

    For example we went to one of the highest end restaurants in our hotel the other night and when we arrived, dressed extremely well, slipping the maitre d' a ten (party of two) for the great, very large table he gave us far away from the others (I'm sure it helped also that the top host at the property made the reservation), we were treated like gold. Not that this restaurant was by any means filled with low lifes, but not much in the way of dressed up people were there either.

    On the Strip some entrances are closed off
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    to try to regulate people through fewer available checkpoints, and some of the hotels are starting to employ metal detectors at entrances, and more drug and explosive sniffing dogs (maybe the dogs may sniff out firearms that have been previously fired?). There might be bag searches too for arriving guests.

    These searches are "random" though and might depend on your appearance. I walked in and out of several of the top resorts on a short walking tour of the Strip and I wasn't even temperature checked, while some of the crowd that walked in right at the same time as I were detained.

    Still, I haven't noticed low lifes in the VIP rooms or high roller pits. Occasionally someone will walk in with a few hundred, sit at the table and then realize quickly that the minimum bet is $200., and walk away.
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    Things are good, will have a day to day update posted from my log upon leaving this resort. Keep getting extended - on a full comp!

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    We will be leaving this resort tomorrow, and I will post a day by day from the journal I kept, as far as the gambling.

    As far as Vegas in general, I had long talks with different people...pit bosses, my host, the shoe shine man. Everyone concurred - this is the worst Vegas has been as far back as any of us may remember. I was here in Vegas on the first flight after 9/11, in 2001. Vegas was empty then. No one wanted to travel right after 9/11. And yet - the few who WERE here, were part of the typical Vegas crowd, including both tourists, and high rollers (I mean - hey - billionaire high roller Kerry Packer was here too, stuck in Vegas after all air travel was cancelled).

    Post 9/11, empty as Vegas was, the demographics hadn't really changed a great deal, other than that some of the overseas Asian high rollers weren't flying in.

    Today, post coronavirus pandemic, EVERYthing has changed, as far as the composition of the crowd. People aren't really flying in much, especially from overseas, due to fears of catching coronavirus on flights. It's mostly Southern California and other closely visitors here now, and locals from less desirable (such as North Vegas) areas where the smaller casinos remain shut down, so the locals end up on the Strip.

    Hotel rooms, including at nice places like the Venetian and Wynn/Encore, are down to Motel 6 rates (around $120. a night weekdays, with only one night a week - Fridays - bumping up to $299.), such that droves of people who would not normally think of going to Vegas, a much lower end crowd, are here. These people are not gambling much, they're not dining out much, and many of them are packed into one room, bringing their own alcohol, getting wasted, and causing "problems" of all sorts most especially out on the Strip at night, but even inside many of the resorts too.

    Las Vegas Strip Increasingly violent



    Over all, most of this crowd in Vegas at present is not here to gamble, not here to fine dine, mostly here to drink heavily and party.

    And while the free rooms for essential workers SOUNDS good in principle
    Venetian on Las Vegas Strip offers free night stay to first responders, essential workers | Coronavirus | fox5vegas.com
    many of these "essential" workers are low lifes with low end jobs that are somehow deemed "essential" who get drunken and cause trouble. Go to Cosmopolitan for example, and see if you don't observe at least one fight and even up to a few, in one night, is what other friends of mine who are here at the Strip right now too tell me is going on there.

    It's just not a nice, well dressed, well mannered Vegas right now. Not to say that there is anything wrong with getting rowdy, but there is a time and place for everything. The sirens are going off on the Strip constantly, and there they go again right now as I type this, and I don't see it getting better until sometime next Spring, when room rates are scheduled to rise again, which may finally deter the lower end crowd from coming here in such droves.

    Bottom line: if you stick to your high roller suite, and the high roller VIP areas, and stay off the Strip at night, you'll almost surely be okay and have a good experience - but, stray off the gold paved path at your own risk, as you may encounter trouble.
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