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"Drive By" Trip Report and More on the Host Thing

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"Drive By" Trip Report and More on the Host Thing

Howdy all - Spouse and I needed to go to Cape May today and planned a "drive by get your cash, eat and get out" stop in AC. We started at Showboat, got our free beach towel (actually, quite nice and NOT made out of paper as I feared, what with all the Harrah's cutbacks lately...), picked up our cash back, walked over to Taj, got our free pots and pans, picked up our cash back, and out the door with our parking transfer. Not a dime was spent - take that, Harrah's!! Next to the Trop to pick up cashback and use food comps for very late lunch. Decided to try the Seaside Cafe - where we were regulars until Trop ticked me off in 2003. Food was excellent - service was not. The place was not crowded at that hour (4 pm) but they seemed to have a severe shortage of waitstaff and bus people. Waited half an hour to be seated, then another 15 minutes for someone to notice us, then 3 (count 'em) wait staff came (separately) to take our order before finally deciding whose table it was. No rolls, no steak sauce, no offers of drink refills, no enquiry as to if we wanted dessert, then another 1/2 hour to pay the bill. *sigh* Service at the Trop has not improved.

Decided since it was still early (6 pm) and the drunken hoards had not yet arrived, we would try a couple of video poker machines. I DO like the assortment of VP at the Trop - much better than at any other AC casino. No matter what game you like, they've got it in all denominations and with many offering progressive jackpots. Spouse was having his usual "unlucky" day but I hit for 5 of a kind after 10 minutes of playing and pocketed $1000! I was pleased!

We left at 8 pm after spouse tried unsuccessfully to get his mojo working. Hit awful traffic on the way home but all in all a profitable day.

When I got home, in the mail was an engraved (I'm not kidding) invitation from Caesar's concerning the grand opening of their Asian gaming area, with a free "premium" room for next Saturday night and a $100,000 cash drawing at 1 am by invitation only, plus $100,000 worth of Gucci items to be given away. The invitation told me it was sure I would like the new gaming area because it had all my "favorites" such as Pai Gow tiles and Pai Gow Poker (neither of which I have ever played in my life) plus the sumptuous noodle bar, etc. Best of all, I was directed to call any of the three Asian Marketing executives listed in the invitation.

Those of you who read my recent posts concerning my host will know that I have been stumped all along as to why I was assigned to Asian Player Development and I was content to think it was just an overflow issue, but after receiving this invitation I am wondering again. I am sure to be the only non-Asian at this event (I AM planning to go if I can) and maybe they'll realize their mistake then :)

I'll let you know if I win any of that $100,000!!


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1. Re: "Drive By" Trip Report and More on the Host Thing

I've followed your post regarding the Asian host thing - if you win the $100K, then I guess the aggravation was worth it :)

Maybe your host can instruct you in Pai Gow tiles and Pai Gow Poker play! I suspect if you are not playing, and am the only non-Asian around that host will have some explaining to do.

Thanks for making me smile.

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AMC - Congtrats on the win!!!

I believe you were my other "irritated at the Trop due to poor service". It seems that has not changed.

One of my friends loves Resorts. I think that next time I go I am going to tell them I am a Platinum person at Harrahs and that I would like to switch to them if they could make it worth it to me. They do have the Hilton in Vegas, so I think it might work out.

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I must need some sleep cause I neglected to tease you about the asian thing!! lol

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Congrats on your $1000 hit at the Trop...nice to hear that they actually parted with some $$$$$!!!! Now for the BIG question....are you bringing along your Black Cloud on your next trip?

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ACMama.... Glad you were able to get your (nice) gifts, even if you weren't able to stick to your "no gambling" mantra. Since you made a grand, we won't bust your chops too much about it, though.... <wink!>

It is too bad that the Trop has so much going for it as a resort, yet weighs itself down with things such as poor service, and cramped space.

ACMama.... Have some fun with the Caesars "Asian" night": dress up in Kabuki garb! LOL

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ACMama~~Nice hit. You must have the right Ch'i or something.

Are you sure that wasn't you getting out of the helicopter with the Hong Kong Billionaire on the roof of Ceasar's? Seems like someone else thought it was you too. Got you the ENGRAVED invitation, no less. Maybe I should start polishing up my Cantonese?

Looking forward to your report on the Pai Gow. Always good to learn new tricks.

Thanks for the great report


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Wow , another great win, i hope that luck rubs off on me.


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OMG AC Mama, I am CRACKING up!!!! Congrats on your win!!! Oh, please attend that event, and bring your cellphone camera--we want photos....I want to see one of you with your smiling Asian host! ;) You better take a couple of crash courses in Laotian or Vietnamese....wouldn't they be shocked if you attempted to talk back to them in very basic language!! I agree, service at the Trop is horrendous. I waited close to 45 mins for a drink once only to finally see a waitress and yell at her & have her say you're not in my section...but I'll send her over....and I wanted to say and will that be when she turns eighteen or sometime this year???

Do you remember the old stadium section in the Trop when you came in from the Boardwalk and up the escalator? There were a lot of video poker machines in there and 2 or 3 of those would always hit when I was in there. I wonder what they are going to put in that section next. They are remodeling now (or were when I was down there last on July 15th.)

Good luck to you!

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