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Trip Report - Cosmo, blackjack at Aria Bellagio

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Trip Report - Cosmo, blackjack at Aria Bellagio

First trip report I'll post a a reply.

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I’m mid 40’s go to Vegas 2 to 3 times a year. I usually go with my girlfriend (40) or with the guys during March madness or during NFL season. This time was with my girlfriend (gf). We mostly gamble and not do shows. Mostly BJ or craps. I’ve stayed at Wynn, Bellagio, TI, Mirage, Venetian, Pallazzo, Mandalay & The Hotel (at Mandalay). Lately mostly at The Hotel.

3 night trip. ORD to LAS…landed around 10:30 pm Sunday night. Picked up bag at carousel 1. No line for cab. Walked through barricade line straight to lane #5. Nice driver. I told The Cosmopolitan please. Asked her to take Swenson and not the tunnel. She said she would not take the tunnel unless it was some crazy crowded weekend like the Super bowl. She either took Swenson straight to Harmon or Swenson to Tropicana then right on Paradise then left on Harmon. Harmon runs into City Center. Either way it was quick. I believe the fare w/o tax was $14 or $15.

I’m a Mlife guy so try to mostly gamble (and stay) at Mlife properties. I chose The Cosmo because it was associated with Marriott and I had a bunch of old Marriott points that I never (or probably will never) use. I was able to get 3 free nights with the points I had. I was able to use some extra points and upgrade from a Studio terrace to a 1 bedroom terrace. I read a lot on TA and realize Cosmo target audience is 20 & 30 year olds and not me. Plus I knew this wasn’t an Mlfe property but was right in between two good ones that I could mosey over to easily and play. But, since it was a new hotel and I had 3 free nights we tried it. So here we go.....hopefully this isn't too long or boring...I'll probably get banned from this Forum...

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Day (Night) 1

Got to the Cosmopolitan around 11:15 pm Sunday night. Check in easy (10 minutes to complete). Two lines (that I could see) with 4 people in each. I jumped in one and my gf the other. About 7 check in folks working. There was another line (or two) of people behind a big pole that I didn’t initially see. I got to my attended first (so gf came with me).

I’ll digress here and say it was super important to me NOT to get a south view – which overlooks City Center and towards MGM, Luxor, Mandalay. While I think this view would be good (I really like seeing big green MGM, Luxor & Mandalay…favorites) the south side of the hotel is above Marquee Night club. I read it can be really loud on this side of the hotel with the thumping of the base till 4 or 5 am. And while I don’t necessarily go to bed early, it’s possibly we go to bed at 2 am – especially on the first night – and don’t want to kept up with the base of the nightclub. We learned our lesson while staying on a high floor at The Hotel overlooking the strip which was right under the night club there. So I really wanted to have north view, which everyone wants because it overlooks the Bellagio fountains (not super important to me). On Cosmo website the difference in price between a 1 bedroom terrace and a 1 bedroom terrace with fountain view is $25 per night; which I’m happy to pay extra (so my cost would Marriott Points + $25 per night)

I’m not a big “$20 trick” person, but have tried it a few times with mixed results. When I get to my attendant I lay two 20’s on the desk and say (not sneaky – just up front) and say thank you for helping me that’s for you. I then tell her I would like a fountain view with a high floor and that I realize there might be an extra charge for that but am happy to pay that. She thanks me for the money and says let me see what I have. She gives me exactly what I requested with no extra charge (yes!!). I wasn’t expecting that but great! I asked if we are in the West or East tower and she says the West. The only north facing view in the East tower was on 17th floor (no view of fountains given the big Bellagio sign).

We also ask for WiFi service and whispers the password to us. I’m not sure why she whispered it because there’s a $15 charge for 24 hour use (two components can use) no matter what…but can’t remember if I got charged or not.

So we are off to room 5303. And it’s a great room with a spectacular view. Odd number rooms face north (fountain), even number face south. 5301 (and 5300) are the most eastern rooms (on this floor) in West tower. The eastern rooms in the west tower are closer to the fountains; and while the western rooms in the West tower still have views of the fountain you are definitely farther away from them. I think the most western room number was 5353. I counted 9 floors above ours. Room was clean. Beds are super comfortable. Everything worked fine. TV took about 10 seconds to turn on after you hit the power button, which confused me as I first thought the remote wasn’t working. They have a bunch of TV stations plus Sirius radio stations on the TV. Menu on TV is good to check your folio charges periodically.

Off to eat…starving. It’s about 11:40 pm as we head out. Holteins & Italian/Mexican place on the 2nd floor of Cosmo close at midnight and as we walk by there it’s closed to new entrants. We head to Café Bellagio. It’s almost midnight and there’s about a dozen people ahead of us. While that seemed odd to me the nice hostess said it was normal. We ended up sitting at the counter. While it was fine, I thought it be a bit quicker (we are itching to get out and gamble). Both had scrambled eggs, bacon & hash browns. Off to gamble at Bellagio since we are here.

As you walk down the main aisle from the lobby there a bunch of 15 BJ tables off to the right. Most are filled. The 2nd half of the main aisle (after Baccarat bar) you come upon 100 to 500 min BJ tables on right and 50 to 100 min tables on left. Taking a right at the end of the main aisle (past the cashier) there are some 10 BJ tables. I always play 25 a hand even when I’m at 10 or 15 tables. My gf prefers 15 tables but will play 25 min tables occasionally. We sit at a 10 table with two other guys. We notice it’s really young at Bellagio – like young 20’s young. Probably because we are at/near 10 tables. We play for about an hour; I’m about even and gf down 100. She’s complaining about all the 15’s she’s getting. (she’s tired and crabby). Dealer is OK, but not the liveliest. Cocktail Waitress (CW) is non-existent. Not one CW came by. We leave table. GF wants to go to bed and I’m ready to gamble more. I walk gf back to elevator bank at Cosmo and head to Aria.

As we walk through the Casino at Cosmo it is just rocking. The Bond bar in the front is packed and has a DJ. Most tables are filled. While it’s young & fun; I’ve read the BJ rules aren’t the greatest plus I’m not getting rated at the Cosmo so I continue onto Aria. It is really easy to get to Aria from Cosmo. 2nd floor SE corner exit over the pedway bridge that leads to Crystals, through to Aria.

Love the smell in Aria. A couple of 15 BJ tables but mostly 25 and up. I sit at 25 table and buy in for 500. Great dealer, fun table & great CW service. I play for about 90 minutes. No memorable hands. No big losing or winning streaks that I recall. The first 30 minutes I’m down about 100 to 150; then slowly come back and am up 100 after about an hour. My biggest bet was 75 (a few times). (I progressively up my bets on winning streaks). I walk away down about 100 or 150. To me this is good as I don’t come close to burning through my 1st night allowance so the remaining rolls over to the next night. After I leave the table I check on the craps table, they are all at least 25 min; way too much for me. I head back to the room.

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Day 2

We head down to the Boulevard pool about 8:45 am. On the way we explore Cosmo a bit. I want to find the secret pizza place on the 3rd floor. As we take elevator to 3 we walk through the conference room area. Nice conference room area, and bigger than I thought. For some reason I’m surprised there’s a (fairly roomy/nice) conference room area at this hotel. We get to the place where all the nice restaurants are (Milos, STK, etc) and we can’t find the secret pizza place. There’s a bunch of unique looking and comfortable chairs arranged in two large circle areas in the middle of all these restaurants. It’s actually a really nice place to sit and relax. We mill around a bit more and take escalator up to 4th floor where the Blvd pool is.

Get to the pool. It’s overcast (and again Monday morning) so it’s pretty empty. I would say 25% to 33% full in the main/bottom level. I say main/bottom because there are 3 levels in this pool (and level 2 & 3 are empty or maybe 10% occupied). We get some loungers that are right near the wading pool area. Main pool is half deep and other half wading level. Some kids in the wading part w/parents and they are fine (not loud/screaming). We are right by the bar area. There is another small pool on this level as well. There are couple foss ball tables and couple of pool tables near about 8 flat screen tV’s. Nice set up. There’s a small restaurant/café at this pool as well where you can sit outside near the pool area or inside. I get a bloody mary at the bar. We don’t really need CW service as we are right near the bar. About 30 minutes later a server comes over and asks if we want anything, we end up order some more drinks and get one breakfast sandwich to split and some fruit. Food came in about 20 minutes and it was good. After we ate we roamed around the pool area a bit. There’s some really great spots to lounge at this pool where you can overlook the strip and/or the main pool area. After another hour we leave to check out the Bamboo pool. It says it’s on the 14th floor but really it’s on the 5th (or 6th) floor. We were able to walk outside from the Blvd pool to the Bamboo pool. The Bamboo pool is smaller than the Blvd pool and faces south toward city center.

The Bamboo pool is right off the Spa & Health club. GF popped in spa and reserved a 50 min stone message at 12:30 and then went to the Bamboo pool until it was time to go. I was pooled out so went back to room.

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Still Day 2

I get back to the room and housecleaning didn’t come yet and we didn’t have a “clean room / do not disturb” sign to leave out. I called to make sure they were coming. I left 20 tip and asked for extra towels. I headed off to the sports book at Planet Hollywood to check the future odds on the NFL teams. Harrah’s hotels seem to have better future odds than MGM hotels. On the way back from PH to Cosmo I stopped at the Walgreens which is right there. I got a new toothbrush, deodorant and picked up a six pack of miller light. I never do this (pick up beer at a convenience store and bring it back to the room) but since I had this great terrace overlooking the Bellagio Fountains I figured it was worth it. Walgreens was busy, but not packed. There check out is super efficient. They have about 12 to 15 check out folks in the front and goes super quick. I ended up getting nine 16 oz aluminum bottles since they didn’t have any six pack cans. Picked up a paper and got back to room and chilled out on terrace w/some miller lights. Couldn’t get on the internet on the terrace, internet only worked in the room. After about an hour went to Bellagio to gamble.

At Bellagio sat at a 15 BJ table at the main aisle third table in from lobby area. CW service not great. Dealer and pit boss were great; really friendly, talkative just really nice folks. I sat at 3rd base and just really enjoyed the table and watching the folks stroll by the main aisle. Up and down at the table, not a lot of winning or losing streaks. Started hitting a losing streak and that along with poor CW service (2 times in about 90 minutes) I left for another table. Down about 100 when I left. At end of main aisle they had a bunch of 25 min BJ tables. I sat at one with one other guy. Immediately I hit a nice run. Won about 800 in 20 minutes. CW good at this table. Most memorably hand was getting BJ on 250 bet. Next hand bet 300 and lost, but sill up 800. Another guy joined us and it was a good fun table with just enough comfortable talking. Dealer also good/fun. Played for about another hour at this table until gf joined me. (GF mentions housecleaning came and room looks great and we are totally stocked up on everything including extra towels…I guess my tip helped). I’m up about 1,000 for the day and it’s around 3:00 pm if I recall correctly. We ended up jumping to another 25 table at Bellagio but only stayed another 30 minutes more. We then head over to Aria for more BJ. Gambled there for about an hour then gf went on a losing streak so went back to room. I stayed and had a great time bouncing around from 15 table to 15 table. There were about 8 of them in the one area. Most dealers were fun. All players/tables were fun. CW service was incredibly good. At one table a fun couple came & played. A small Asian girl and a large guy. (they were only friends). They began doing shots - like 3 large shots (in mixer glasses) in 20 minutes on top of whatver else they were drinking. A couple hours later while at another BJ table I look up and see a girl fall over by roulette table totally blato. She was so bad they ended up calling an ambulance; and yes it was that same little Asian girl. After a couple hours gf came back to Aria and we gambled for a few more hours. Had a great time with the pit boss, dealers and other players. Ended up a horrible cold streak and lost 500 in about 30 minutes. We left and played for about an hour at Cosmo before going to bed. Get to room about 2:00 am.

Side note: gf says spa was really good. Small like The Hotel and probably a little better than The Hotel spa. Nice/good comfortable chairs/loungers. Masseuse was also very, very good she said. Since it was a Monday it was pretty empty so on a weekend it probably not as great, since small. She liked that all the amenities like brush, toothbrush etc were individually wrapped.

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Day 3

We get room service for breakfast. It’s was quick delivery and good food. Bill was around 85 which seemed expensive to me. We normally get room service for breakfast but I don’t recall it every being that much. Anyway, afterward we walk to Venetian. I haven’t been to Venetian in a few years and just wanted to go there. We walk across pedway bridge by Walgreens/Planet hollywood. We end up walking through Miracle mile shops. A lot of congestion around the construction area by IP the old O’Sheas. Carnavale court is up and running but man it’s right on top of the construction area. We walk in Casino Royal as I want to see for myself that they really hav $1 margarita’s and beers and they do. We make it to Venetian and walk around the canel area. We get a frozen daiquiri and sit in the Venetian sportsbook and watch some of the Olympic highlights. We’ve eaten at that noodle place right next to the sportsbook and it is really good. We leave out via a close exit by the sportsbook over a pedway bridge toward TI. We realize this pedway bridge is fairly new (2 or 3 years?) that goes over road from Venetian toward TI. We head back toward Cosmo jumping in doors at the Bellagio northern entrance.

After we get to room gf heads to Bamboo pool and I head down to get an Identity card and the 100 re-load promotion The Cosmo has. (by they way gf liked Bamboo pool better than Boulevard pool; quieter, more nooks, sections where you could find shade). The folks at Identify sign up were very nice. (Identity is the Cosmo player’s card). They explain the $100 re-load thing to me and off I go. (play first 100 of your own money and if you burn through that by midnight the same day you can come back to Identify desk and they will re-load 100 onto card. Any winnings from the 100 re-load are the players). I never play slots. Never. I purposely find the simplest $1 game (since I read $1 machines have a lower house edge than 1 cent machines) and play max play and burn through 100 in 10 minutes.

I return to Identity desk and say I’m ready for my re-load. The girls there looked shocked that I’m back so soon and say oh-my-gosh that was quick. The one girl asked if I had any fun at all and I laugh and say no. They reload my card and after more laughing and discussion they figure out I’m clueless with how to work my card on the machines and ask if I want them to show me - I say you bet. She brings me to her favorite machine it’s a 1 cent machine but explains that you can change it to 5 cent or 10 cent and shows me how and shows me how to put my pin in and retrieve my 100 reload. She watches me play for awhile and we are laughing and having a good time. (I can tell she would rather watch me play than go back to desk). I end up getting the jist of the game and actually had some fun.

I won $60. So basically lost 40 of my own money. Well worth it, because this trip I actually wanted to play some slots and set aside 500 to do so. So because of this promotion I learned how play/read a slot machine. I swung by the Identity desk and proudly displayed my winning ticket and thanked them again for their help. They showed me where to cash in my ticket as well (I didn’t even know how/where to do that. Did I mention I never play slots).

I went off to Aria to explore their slot machines and play my slot allowance. However when I got their I wanted to exchange my sapphire Mlife card for a gold card. I’ve been gold level for a couple of years but never bothered to get the card. So got my shiny new gold card then roamed around the casino looking for the “best” slot machine. After my marathon BJ day yesterday it was a fun/happy distraction for me.

I found a 25 cent machine put in 500 and changed it to a dollar machine then played max bet after 5 spins I won 30 and cashed out. I’m so pathetic. But I really liked that I was up money from the machine and didn’t want to lose money. Went to the machine to get my money and then hunted around for another machine. I’m so pathetic, but again it was a nice fun thing for me to do. I wasn’t staying long enough at a machine to get any CW service so I went to the main bar at aria and got a frozen strawberry daiquiri. Then back off exploring the machines again. Found another machine and put in 400 and won 17.50 after 3 pulls and cashed out. So pathetic, I know. Oh and also, I end up forgetting to remove my new gold card from every machine, so I have to go back and get it. Roamed around more for machines then finished my drink and got another one at the main bar. Then found a great machine. 40 lines was the max lines. I remember hearing that if your going to play a machine always play the max lines even if your not making the max bet. I put in 400 dollars and I switched the 25 cents to 50 cents and play 40 lines. I realize this is $20 a spin and am determined to play most (or all of my 400 I put into machine). After three pulls I’m up 150 dollars, (not credits). I’m like this is awesome…and really, really want to cash out and take my winnings but I with fresh drink in hand I trudge on and keep spinning. Another pull, I lose 20. Another pull I win and am up $199. I really want to cash out above $200. I keep playing for another 15 minutes and end up cashing out for $707.50. I kinda like slots.

I end up going back to the main bar and stay for another drink. I head back to Cosmo to meet up with gf. I hang out on the terrace with a miller light and watch the Bellagio Fountain show.

We end up going to NYNY. I read on TA about a reasonably priced Italian place at NY called Fornaio (sp?). So walked over to Crystals pick up the tram to Monte Carlo then walked over to NYNY. There were a lot of 5 BJ tables, all filled. We played at a shorty 10 BJ table. I bought in for 400. GF lost 60 quickly and ended up going to 3 card table across the way. I like atmosphere at NYNY. The players at the table were fun, but dealer wasn’t into it at all and was crushing everyone. I was up and down but ended up losing 250 and cashing out.

Found gf at 3-card table. It was a weird set up in that all the positions used I-pads to make their bets and either play or fold. She said it made the table a bit un-social since everyone was so focused on their I-pad. She cashed out their and we went to Fornaio.

It was about 6:30 pm, no wait and sat right down. You can either sit in restaurant or outside of which is essentially the casino. We sat inside. It was good. I got ravioli and gf got some angel hair pasta. The portions were good and not too much. Bill 56 w/o tip.

We stayed at NYNY and played craps at a 10 table. Dealers were good and decent loud players. My system at craps is bet 10 pass line (backed up by max odds) and two come out bets (backed up by max odds). Bought in for 400 and ended up cashing out for 50 after about 30 minutes. Left NYNY.

Went to Mote Carlo to play more craps and BJ. Craps same story as NYNY but only took 20 minutes. Then went to play BJ at a 10 table. Played for about 40 minutes and lost 150. CW service not good, only one drink in 40 minutes. Left Monte Carlo.

Walked over to Arian for more BJ. Ended up staying there for rest of night. A bunch of 15 tables a in the one section. Great dealers at Aria & CW service was outstanding. GF and I played sat down at a 15 table I bought in for 500. We were only ones at this table. 5 minutes later 3 Asian dudes sat with us - they spoke no English but talked a lot to each other. They started smoking and bothered my gf so she jumped to another table. I’m asthmatic, and so smoke really bugs me. However at Aria I can stay at a table with smokers because the ventilation there is better than other casino’s. Their AC/ventilation is from the bottom up vs. blowing air down from the ceiling; plus there’s little ventilation holes around the dealers money (they look like small black buttons about 8 of ‘em) that blows air up so away from dealer.

Anyway, these Asian dudes were hilarious even though I couldn’t understand them they were so expressive and crazy. The guy next to me split tens against dealer 6. Normally I would go crazy and not stay at table, but recently read (on this forum) that it doesn’t matter what other due as long as you play your hand according to basic strategy it’s fine. We were all laughing and having a great time, dealer (Bayou) really fun too. About 30 minutes later the Asian guy at 3rd base split tens against a 9. So funny. I ended up cashing out for 1,000 at that table. Walked over to gf table and played with her for awhile. Our dealer Charles was great. He had some great stories about Charles Barkley, Robin Williams and about high limit players. I won about 300 to 400 at that table.

I ended the night by showing my gf the slot machine I won money at. I put in 500 and ended up losing it all in 20 minutes. I hate slots.

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Summary: I liked Cosmo. The location is really great. I didn’t think that was a very big deal but it was so easy to get to Bellagio, Aria and other places. I would stay at Cosmo again, but only if I got a great deal but assume I’ll get better deals at Mlife properties so doubt I’ll go back to Cosmo.

We had a shake at Holsteins and it was good. We got it to go then sat on those comfy big, unique chairs that are near the restaurants Milos, STK. Oh and we finally did find the secret pizza place, it is really kinda hidden with no signage nor name. We didn’t eat there but it smelled awesome.

Lost 200 for entire trip; which is like breaking even. (If only I didn’t play slots!!!)

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"Got to the Cosmopolitan around 11:15 pm Sunday night. Check in easy (10 minutes to complete). Two lines (that I could see) with 4 people in each. I jumped in one and my gf the other."

That's kind of rude.

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Excellent TR! I've been waiting for a good table games and drinking TR. I can't wait to retrace those steps in a few months.

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Great TR,

You should have kept playing the slots when you were having your winning streak,

Mims

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What's rude about he and GF waiting in different lines? They'd have been there before the the people behind them in either line.

Enjoying the TR. Appreciate the detail. That's the thing about slots eh? It's so much fun when you hit something and yet so stressful "should I cash out." You're like me. I have a cash out target. It works sometimes!