Sunday, 20 July 2014

Utilizing the Greyhound Bus Pass

Out of Vegas Finally. Took the bus on the last day validity of the greyhoud pass which was on 1st March 2012 and arrived in San Francisco in the morning 7 am of 2 March 2012. Fully Utilized that pass I guess. Overall there was 10 trips that I made on that greyhound bus.

Washington dc
New Orleans
Las Vegas
San Francisco

It was a bus journey through USA. I did but a single ticket from New York to Washington D.C and that was the first bus journey. Ironically the last one from San Francisco is going to be greyhound too. I was almost stuck in Vegas due to greyhound famous overbooking and mishaps schedule. Lucky enough I manage to board and some poor people was left behind.

Frankly on the last day I could not wait o get away from Vegas. I knew the longer I stayed there the more money I would gamble and loose. That’s why I lost another $200 while waiting for the bus to depart. Vegas gave me a whole new perspective on problem gambling. Well somehow I made it out of Vegas alive. Total Casualties was $1700 in Vegas $700 in New Orleans and up $300 in Buffalo. Hence I loss $ 2100 in the USA gambling.

Best part … since it was the last day to use the greyhound bus I took an overnight bus to San Francisco … so as long as you get the ticket checked before 1159pm … you can abuse the bus pass for one extra day J

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Strip Club in Vegas ….. Almost …. Casino trumps strip club …. *Drool*

Hostel Casino Event , $5 for a tour around Vegas best gambling spots and $ 25 back guaranteed. That was the advertisement on the notice board when I got back from Grand Canyon. 

I was tormented between joining my new found friend to go explore a Strip Club in Vegas or to go gambling again. As I waited at the common lounge for the call from *Ola* I was touted by the Hostel Casino Guide Danny.

Dude its guaranteed money back plus more. If you don’t get back at lease $25, I’ll pay you myself he said.

Since Ola decided to take his sweet time I decided to join this hostel gambling tour only till he called I reminded myself and then I would ditch for strippers. Times up and the group of gambling newbie’s gathered in front of Danny paying him upfront the $5 for the tour. They were really newbie for I realized gamblers … wouldn’t need a tour in Vegas .. Before hitting the tables.

How to Get Free Gambling Money in Vegas

This could only work if you were a first time in Vegas. It requires you to register a new membership with the Casino and get your free gambling money which was about $5 which you cant cash out immediate. It must be played but Danny knew the slots to go to and usually you get back about $5 worth … unless you are lucky and you get more.

Not all casino memberships gives you this free gambling money thou. So out of the many many casino in Vegas Danny brought us to about 4 of them that did. I only remember two of em that still spams my email regularly till today. Wynn and Treasure Island

Gamble - Strip Club - Gamble - Strip Club - Gamble …… GAMBLE 
Night Club in Vegas

Ola finally decided to call when we were halfway through the tour. But by then the small amount of free money I was gambling was actually causing me to have an itch … an itch to gamble for real. I blew off Ola …. Saying I was on a gambling tour…. I still regret this till today … hence I have never seen the inside of a strip club in Vegas.

Danny ended the night gambling tour at a nightclub which looked like a strip club though with girls dancing on stages with poles ….. Only they weren’t stripping. Still close enough ….

Gamble in Old Town Vegas

By 3 am most of the girls were tired out and called it a night. Some tried to usher, send them back to the hostel with maybe some motive but I was really really hurting bad not being able to play any table games seriously.
Old Town Vegas

Do any of you guys want to do some serious gambling … not big money but serious like try to earn some money from the casino?? Danny asked.

It was me and Danny against the Houses that night. So Danny weekly Hostel Gambling Tour was to earn him his weekly gambling money. All the $5 that he collected which was about $50 was his capital for that night. I had about triple that capital so I went along with him all the way to Old Town Vegas.

According to Danny, the strip is where the minimum bets are higher, tables are more exclusive and newer touristy type. Old town Vegas was classic, where the locals goes to play or at lease the seasoned Gamblers loiter about due to its more reasonable limits and atmosphere.

I learned Crabs that night …. A little bit of card counting … had a blast drinking and making random conversation with people gambling at 5 am in the morning. We headed back to the Hostel at 9 am …. Super tired and also broke …. Danny lost all his earnings that day while I lost an additional $100

I had to leave Vegas …. ASAP … pronto … 

Friday, 20 June 2014

A Break From Gambling …. Hoover Dam & The Grand Canyon

Its been only 24 hours in Vegas and I had to get away already. This place was poison to me. Hence the daytrip I book was a nice relieved after just one night hitting the tables …. When friends ask why did I go to Vegas in the first place …. My answer was always to see the Grand Canyon J

There are plenty of people offering Grand Canyon tours and Hoover Dam Trips or both at the same time and Vegas is actually a good place to do a day trip from. Price for a day trip at $99 which includes pick up , drive to Hoover Dam , Lunch, drive to Grand Canyon and Entry Fee into the National Park and a Drive Home. The tour agency which I had no chance to scout and beat around touts was taken straight off the Hostel Reception trusting that Hostels people wont rip you off that badly since people who stay in hostel are normally broke. SweetTours was the name of the company. Not sure if it was the cheapest one there is out there but oh well.

Today was also a magical day for it was 29 February 2012. Leap Year Day. So a visit to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World  was in order. *grin*

Woke up really really early almost 530 am after crashing in bed for 12 hours straight due to Casino overdose. It was freezing and never would I thought Vegas would be cold but that day … it was cold … must be the desert

Hoover Dam
Standard stuff in the morning shuffle where we went from one place to place picking up people plus just gathering and changing drivers but finally we were on our way to Hoover Dam and with sweet tours driven by Harold. Joyride on the tour bus seeing Vegas Boulder city which were the first community to settle down due to the construction of Hoover Dam. It was a nice comical town with a height restriction in the middle of the dessert. Even the McDonald signage was short about 1 storey only. I assume just to keep the historical town nice and petite since all the old building were small and cute

That Damm View

Hoover dam was a spectacular view, although we did drove on top of it the driver did not give a chance for the walking on it thou. He did however gave us a detour and show us a spectacular view of lake mead which was the lake formed by the dam. Salt lines of the dam showed that the water level was receding every year. After that was a three hours drive to grand canyon while we just watch wild hogs movie on the bus

The Grand Canyon

The grand canyon was a magnificent beauty that cannot be captured by pictures. It is just massively huge and stunning. One of the best part was that there was about six inch of snow from the previous night and it was really chilly, walking around the small path on a tiny portion of the canyon top we only walked about 3km. This of course all the while together with a Brazilian guy *Ola* whom I met in the bus and just kept each other company. Interesting enough thou he was below 21 years old and he came to Vegas hence there was many things he could not do like gamble and drink alcohol

Grand Canyon
At first I thought what a good thing as then there would be no temptation since he is underage to try anything anyway. He still manage to find a form of vice in Vegas thou. There is always something for everyone in Vegas …

Ola was kinda addicted to the strip club which allowed people over 18 but served no alcohol drinks. He was on a work and travel program from his university and Vegas was his last stop before going back. He almost convince me to join him that night we came back from Grand canyon but the hostel had a signboard showing the weekly casino event which captured my soul as per usual.

So continues the 2nd round of Hitting the tables …. and I shall carry home no stories of strip club in Vegas