Saturday, May 3, 2008

Las Vegas - Day 1.5

Did everyone forget? What a fitting location to be spending this week. OhCaptain is in sunny Las Vegas and this also happens to be the 2 year anniversary of OhCaptain Poker and looking at the blog archive, I should 200 posts very soon! Live posting from Vegas can be fun.

What a weird day we've had so far. I slept like crap last night. Our bus was loading from Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing, MN at 4:30 AM. I was wide slept from 11-12, then the alarm clock went off. Why? We don't know. I fell back asleep around 2 and slept til 3:30. Sweet! The alarm clock went off at 4. Ugg.

The flight left early and made good time. The only problem with the flight was we had fasten your seat belt turbulance from Minneapolis to Omaha or about half the flight. No sleepy.

We arrived here in Vegas at 9am PDT. We were told our rooms might not be available until maybe 6pm. Personally, I wasn't really happy about this, but what are you going to do?

OhCountess and I decided we wanted to walk to the hotel we honeymooned at. Our honeymoon was our last trip time here. In 1996, we spent 5 wonderful days at the Hard Rock Hotel. The walk back there was exciting and strange. A few homeless people, lots of hooker ads and plenty of construction. Holy crap! That hotel has gotten so much bigger then when we were there. The casino itself hasn't really changed much in 11 years, but the rest was nothing like our first stay.

We signed up, again (our first Rockstar cards had expired) for the Rockstar card. When you do that, you get a scratch off for an amount of "Casino Cash" to be used in a slot machine. Of course this lucksack turned his Rockstar card into $40. W00T! W00T!

While there, we got the call, our room was ready!!! Which was great. We were exhausted and hungry. Back to Harrah's for the buffet and a nap.

The nap. Well, this is another spot where things went a little wrong. I slept until 11pm. Crap! No problem. Vegas doesn't close. We headed out. I'm hoping to photograph a lot of it. You know, my other hobby. BTW - Anyone notice something weird about one of the photos above?

We made our way to the Bellagio. I'm a poker geek to the core, so I really wanted to see Phil Ivey's office. No one was playing in Bobby's Room, but Kenny Tran was using the room to make a phone call. No photography is allowed don't get caught. (Pictures coming...shhh)

The Bellagio is beautiful. I took a couple hundred pictures tonight. It might take a little while to go through them. Its 5 am. I'm gonna play a little online poker and fall asleep. Breakfast soon!

Maybe someone should call us and wake us up in a couple of hours.


Gadzooks64 said...

Hahahhaha, how did the Eiffel tower end up coming out of the Flamingo?

I took only a couple of pictures of the Bellagio when we went there.

I was in love with Caesar's Palace. The statuary, light fixtures, fountains, etc., were just amazing.

The Venetian also has some stunning architectural features.

And, of all places, Planet Hollywood has some very interesting stuff. The lights that change color are really really kewl. The shopping area that is still in the Arabian decor (left over from when it was the Alladin) had some very nice features.

Hope you guys have a fantastic time!

Can't wait to see all your pictures!

OhCaptain said...

Thanks for the encouragement! We check everything out put Planet Hollywood.

Caesar's Palace's poker room is da' bomb!