This trip didn't get off to a good start because I missed my train to 30th St in Philly and had to catch the next one an hour later. I got to 30th St. Station (check out the architecture if you're there some time - the place is gorgeous!) just in time to miss the train I wanted, 12:00 noon on the dot. So I got the next train out at 1:40 and got in at 3:20, wondering if they would still have the GPS at Borgota. Went over there and zipped over (love that scooter!) to Mixx, where there was no line and I got to skip the maze line because of the scooter. I got the GPS (with a nice case) very quickly and easily, a far cry from other giveaways. I still don't know which model it is, but the lack of an SD card slot seems to indicate first generation. It's still a nice gift, and someone will likely get it for a birthday this summer. Just in case, I checked for slot dollars and was pleased to find $50 in my account. I played video poker for about 30 minutes and cashed out $44 without putting in a dime of my money.
I got the jitney (2 minute wait, I was on a roll!) and headed over to Trump for the Pick a Gift giveaway and to get a horse for the Preakness (I got number 7, no winner). I didn't remember it on the invite, but I had to play 30 minutes before getting the "free gift" so used a trick Ambrva taught me, playing quarter video poker for 30 minutes, playing only one quarter at a time. So I got in my 30 minutes and cashed out down $3, lol. BUT I was in a casino and hadn't even touched a slot, so opted for a little play on "Open the Vault" one of the cascading reels games, where winning symbols drop away to be replaced by new symbols. I began with $37 in the machine, promising myself I'd quit when I got down to $20. That machine began seriously cold, giving me dribs and drabs, usually paying out less than I had bet (20 cents a spin to start). By the time I got to $20, I was betting 60 cents a spin and getting some wins, so said the heck with it and increased it to $1/spin. 4 or 5 spins later, I got 5 tellers (with two wilds) for a $250 hit. So I cashed out for $268 (never did get the bonus round) and called it a day for gambling.
Got the voucher for my free gift and found the ballroom (in the back of beyond) where they were offering stuff. I saw a lot of people walking out with inflatable beds, and figured that was the only thing left. Surprisingly, they had all 6 of the gifts they began the event with available at 6pm with an hour left. They had 3 glassware things I didn't care about, the inflatable bed (sold on Woot.com days before for $30) a coffee machine and the thing I chose, (on the advice of a handsome older gentleman I'd spoken to an hour before) a 10 piece martini set. Of course, that 10 piece part is deceiving as they counted the 4 etched glasses and 4 glass olive sticks/drink mixers separately. I'm surprised they didn't count the lid of the martini shaker too, making it 11 pieces with the steel drink tray. It looked to be a nice set, but I haven't checked it out yet.
I had planned to use up my comp $$ earned on Playaway, as they expire in the next few days, but didn't have the time for a real meal. I opted to try Burger, as I vaguely remember hearing good things about it on here. I got the bacon cheeseburger and onion rings to go, as I had to catch the train shuttle within minutes. I ate half of both on the train - the burger was HUGE! And the onion rings were plentiful and good - definitely a place to keep in mind for future visits.
Another thing is that I hadn't brought a jacket with me as I thought the forecast was for the high 60's, low 70's in AC. Bad move as the wind made it a LOT colder than that, so I ended up getting another AC sweatshirt on the boardwalk. Not a bad deal tho - I got a warm button down sweatshirt for $13, which will go into my collection as soon as I wash off the ketchup and mayo I spilled on it from my burger, lol.
After all that, I got home about midnight thanks to a wait for a SEPTA bus that showed 45 minutes late. All in all a good trip, with two "free" gifts and up almost $300. Nice way to spend a Saturday, tho I'm thinking next week will be better with the meet up at the Irish Pub. :-)