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Vegas Baby

Sandi over at is off to Vegas for her birthday and it reminded me of my own trip to Vegas a few years ago, about 2006. I know that whatever happens is Vegas is supposed to stay there but I shall share my story with you (as long as you promise not to tell anyone, of course!)

I went with my family, some of whom had been before and thought it was an amazing experience. I should say none of us are or were gamblers. I don’t consider myself to be a lucky person and rarely win anything so I tend to steer clear of gambling because I know I’ll end up losing a lot. I don’t even bother with the lottery.

Anyway, we headed there to soak up the atmosphere, see the sights and I was prepared for some shopping, of course. It’s a long flight from the UK, which is certainly not fun! We went in April and the weather was really hot. The weird thing about Vegas is it’s boiling outside but all the casinos have really strong air-con so you’re cold inside, makes outfit planning tricky!

We had an enjoyable few days of looking around and collecting some treats for ourselves. Because of the time difference, we got really tired in the evenings and it was hard to stay up. In hindsight, we should have slept for a bit early evening and spent more time out at night. Harder to do when you’re with family not friends though!

What I notice about America is if you order a spirit based drink, they are ridiculously strong. In the UK, spirits are measured in shot glasses to the centimetre and you have a single or double shot usually mixed with the soft drink. In America, you get like six shots in there with barely any room for a mixer. Yet UK has the drinking issue, weird! Needless, to say I struggled with the potency and ended up having beer instead πŸ™‚ Same thing happened in New York with a cocktail and the barman had to re-mix it for me, embarrassing πŸ™‚

On the last night, my cousin and I stayed out on our own while the older family members went back to the hotel. Walking through the tables at Mandalay Bay hotel, we were called over by two men playing on a Craps table. They asked us to roll the dice for them.

Neither of us had played this game before or knew the rules but we dutifully rolled the dice for them. I could see they were winning chips but was oblivious to how much.

Turns out, our rolling was pretty lucky – my cousin especially seemed to have the magic touch. The men ended up winning about $30,000. As a thank you, they gave us $1,000 chip and brought us all some Cristal champagne. Obviously, we tried to turn the chip down but they were insistent. I better add here that nothing happened with them beyond this πŸ™‚

This chip paid for our hotel room cost and the champagne was lovely – I’ve never been a fan but I can see why some people would pay for this one.

So that’s my Vegas story. If it had happened on the first night, we would have kept closer to the card tables in case someone else needed some dice rolling πŸ™‚

Do you have a Vegas story to share?



28 thoughts on “Vegas Baby”

  1. I live in the LA area, so Vegas is about a four hour drive and it’s easy to go often. I have a lot of Vegas stories, the first time I went was a nightmare, I ended a longtime friendship, one of the people in our group was hospitalized, and I really didn’t know anyone in the group except for one person. So terrible time. But funny, we always talk about how the drinks are watered down in Vegas, it’s the only way they can comp it. But the shopping and buffets are the best. Better to go in Spring or Fall, it’s a dry heat in the summer, but heat is heat in my book. We should all meet up in Vegas for a blogger meet up, in my imagination that would be so cool. We could stay off the strip and do it right girl, we’d do it right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Haha great story! So cool you live so close. OMG if they’re watered down there god knows how strong you guys usually have them then πŸ™‚ I would love a blogger meet there, would be hilarious!

      1. Haha, I had a friend (hardcore party girl) who used to say that Vegas was a magical place to never get drunk, just a little buzzed. I guess our drinks may be strong, I’m not a big drinker, but the ones in Vegas taste like candy, sweet yummy candy.

  2. Loved reading about your Vegas experience! I’m not a gambler, but I’d love to go there one day – just so I can say I’ve been there, done that!

  3. Went to Vegas last year, stayed in the Venetian and couldn’t believe it. it’s nothing like anywhere ive ever been before, and I still cant work out whether its a place that I liked or just seriously freaked me out! We went to see circque de soleil (the beatles one) and I loved it, but the place is surreal to say the least! (fun though!!  )

  4. I’ve never been to Vegas…that is like Disneyland, Hawaii, Paris, etc etc to me….these lands of utopia that people talk about and I see on TV…but are like magical distant places , ha.
    I guess I “know” about it from the movies? National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation ….

  5. Never been there either, it’s never really appealed. I have a problem with the whole gambling thing after an ex gambled me out of my home to support his habit.
    I’d rather go somewhere quieter. But I’ll happily look after the bubbly for you πŸ˜€

  6. Well, I find, if you are playing/gambling at the tables, they bring you drinks quickly and strong, because they want you tipsy and betting high, making errors…getting comfortable and losing your money!

    However, if you are sitting at the slot machines, they will take a long time to bring you a cocktail and usually watered down…unless they can see you are seriously there to play, like the old ladies with their bags of coins…taking a whole row of slot machines. (they are the worst!)

    Anway, I’m not a gambler, I’m terrible at it, except I bring luck to those at the roulette table. So, I always make a point to make someone else’s day…seriously, I don’t know what it is, but if I play for a bit others begin to win and have kept me in the game by giving me chips so I’ll stay seated. I think it’s fun and happy if I walk away w/$50.00 and lots of free drinks!

    You’re lucky you went in April as summer is when Vegas is HOT! You want those air conditioned places! I fear it’s going to be cold during the evening…and I hope not!


  7. I just went to Vegas for the first time this past Spring Break! I LOVE THAT CITY!! Can’t wait to do my Vegas recap post. Although I didn’t help anyone win $30,000, I did win $200 the first night! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed my guest post today πŸ™‚ I’m happy Carrie let me write a guest post because now I’ve discovered your blog to follow in the future πŸ™‚

    1. I look forward to reading it, sounds like you had a blast and well done on your winnings! I know, i’m glad I found both of you, yay for the blogging love πŸ™‚

  8. Never been to Vegas, which shouldn’t surprise you. πŸ˜‰ Do wanna make it there some day to check out some shows and shop. Definitely want to see Cirque de soleil (the beatles). This girl is pretty much the most unlucky gal in the world. I’ve never won a single solitude thing in my life so I it best that I not try my hand at the casinos! Not even $10 but off a scrath off lottery ticket. UNLUCKY! haha

  9. Too many Vegas stories. Which one do you want, the one with the sugar daddy, Superbowl Vegas style or the Natl Rodeo Convention??! πŸ™‚

    I used to live 4 hours away from Vegas and miss it dearly.

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