How about dinner in Vegas?

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by KenSmith, Apr 30, 2004.


Choose a restaurant for dinner, Friday May 14th

Poll closed May 8, 2004.
  1. Benihana (At the Hilton, but no large tables)

    1 vote(s)
  2. Smith & Wollensky (Steakhouse, opposite Monte Carlo)

    2 vote(s)
  3. Outback Steakhouse (at Casino Royale on the Strip)

    5 vote(s)
  1. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Time to choose a venue

    We've had three recommendations for a venue for our dinner. The count of guests is officially at 17, and I expect we'll make 20.

    The three restaurants:

    • Benihana, at the Hilton: It's certainly convenient, but I see two problems with this choice. One, the table configuration is 8 guests per table, so we'll be split into 3 groups. Two, Tinker can't attend there.
    • Smith & Wollensky, a well-known steakhouse, located opposite the Monte Carlo. Read more here:
    • Outback Steakhouse. a national steakhouse chain, located mid-Strip at the Casino Royale.

    I've posted a poll to gauge the opinion of all those attending. With cmonseven's help, a decision will be made soon. The poll will be a factor, but I'll get her off the hook and say it's not the only factor.

    The votes are anonymous, but I'll 'fess up to mine. I'm voting Outback for purely financial reasons. I have lots of comp dollars built up there, so I'll be eating courtesy of Casino Royale if we end up there.

    I'll be comfortable with any of these three however.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2013
  2. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member

    I love Outback, but!

    If the Outback at Casino Royal is like the ones here in Texas, they only have four top tables at the biggest and mostly booths. They also have a Outback (bigger one) across from Rio if we decide on Outback.

    Tinker can eat at the Hilton, (just can't play there).
  3. tirle_bj

    tirle_bj Member

    Please add one

    We'll be 5, as it came out. Ken, please adjust your list. Thank you, tirle_bj.
  4. Jackaroo

    Jackaroo New Member

    One more?

    Hope I'm not too late to join in. Just got back to this thread today after playing the mini at Turning Stone Monday. (Didn't make it past the 1st round. Lost a max bet on hand 23 needed to be in contention on last hand 25, busted out on hand 24.)

  5. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    I look forward to seeing you again.

    Our count is now at 19.
  6. cmonseven

    cmonseven New Member


    Is anyone arriving Wednesday night? Also, after registration on Thursday, would anyone like to grab a drink?
  7. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, on both counts. :D
  8. tahoewolf

    tahoewolf New Member

    Arriving Thursday, but yes to to drinks. ;)
  9. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member

    Don't forget the Calcutta on Thursday!

    Hilton Calcutta will be after the wild card drawings on Thursday don't forget. I am sure I'll need a drink after that.
  10. gflan

    gflan New Member

    Let the festivities begin!

    I don't know about the rest of you...but I'm counting the hours until I get on that plane! I'm arriving Wednesday "morning" (not too anxious huh?) but I'll be at the other end of the strip the first night. Drinks on Thursday sounds great though. Sure sounds like it's going to be a great weekend!
  11. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member

    Dib's on 1st place.

    I thought I'd call for 1st place at the Hilton before anyone
    2nd is still, I wish it was this easy.

    I to am getting ready for the big tournament.

    1. Yard work
    2. Cleaning the office
    3. Cleaning the gutters
    4. Planted tomatoes
    5. Trimming the trees
    6. Washed car
    7. Paint the house (outside)
    8. Planning Hilton Calcutta
    9. Planning SUPER-MINI's (2)

    This is why I am ready for the Hilton, I need the rest...LOL.
  12. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Why I'm arriving on Wednesday

    When I was booking my travel, I ended up with a choice of flying on Thursday, or Wednesday. Normally, I wouldn't come out a day early, especially in this case when my wife Jan won't be coming along. However, flying on Wednesday was a little cheaper...

    The real reason? I can't imagine how awful it would be to have a flight scheduled on Thursday which was cancelled or delayed causing me to miss the mandatory sign-in at the Hilton. Once I thought about that, my decision was made. :p I arrive just after noon on Wednesday.
  13. cmonseven

    cmonseven New Member


    Dinner reservations for Friday night have been made for the Outback Steakhouse located on the Las Vegas Strip across from the Mirage. [(702) 251-7770, 3419 Las Vegas Blvd.]

    Reservations are at 7:00PM under the name of Angie. We will have one big table for all of us. They don't normally take reservations, but since we have a large party, they will try to have the area ready for us right at 7PM. We may have to wait a few minutes though.

    Transportation: I will have two available seats in my car. Let me know if you need a ride. Anyone else renting a car and care to car pool?

    Can't wait!!
  14. cmonseven

    cmonseven New Member


    Anyone willing to pitch in for a limo to dinner? We could all go together that way.:cool:
  15. Jackaroo

    Jackaroo New Member

    Transportation to Outback

    I will have have 4 seats available.

  16. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    I'll be on my own getting there, since I'm headed over an hour or two early, to play this month's batch of coupons at Casino Royale and get a comp for Outback.

    For anyone driving, you'll want to park behind the Casino Royale. There's a driveway between Casino Royale and the Venetian that leads to a parking lot behind the casino. If the parking lot is full, there's a garage available there as well.
  17. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member


    So tell us more about these coupons, how do we get some?
  18. gflan

    gflan New Member

    We'll get there on our own

    I hope to have a little time to play at Casino Royale before dinner. No trip is complete without a session at the $1 craps table! Ken do they have any 9/6 JOB machines?
    Looking forward to seeing you next week!
  19. cmonseven

    cmonseven New Member


    What are JOB machines?
  20. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Three questions answered

    TxTour: Coupons at Casino Royale:
    If you haven't signed up for their players club yet, you're in for a treat. They usually have a special set of coupons for first-time signups (I think you must live outside Nevada as well). When I signed up, there was a 2:1 blackjack coupon good for bets up to $100, among other nice coupons.

    Every other month I get another set of coupons, one batch for each upcoming month. They're not as good as the initial set, but they're still quite valuable. Typical bi-monthly mailing includes 2:1 BJ ($25 max bet), $10 match play, $5 match play, and a $25 bonus for 4-kind on 25c denomination or higher, with two free room nights (three in the offseason).

    Now, Casino Royale is not much to look at, and there's only one decent blackjack game in the casino, a double deck game. Hint: Use your 2:1 at the awful 6:5 single deck games! But everyone is very nice, and the offers are hard to beat. The rooms are clean, but nothing special. I usually compare them to a Holiday Inn.

    cmonseven: What is JOB?
    JOB is short for Jacks Or Better, which is the most common video poker game.
    9/6 JOB is a video poker paytable that pays 9 coins for full houses and 6 coins for flushes. This is normally referred to as "full-pay" Jacks or Better, even though the return on the game is still under 100%, at 99.54%.

    gflan: Is there any 9/6 JOB?
    No unfortunately. I never saw any 9/6 in there, but apparently there were a handful of games until recently. I learned about them when I read that they had been removed. I play my coupons on the 8/5 Bonus Poker games, which have a return of 99.17%. If you play during triple points hours, that's still close to break even before the coupons.


    More on cashback and comps:

    Cash back is odd there since it's based on coin-OUT. So if you have a bad session on video poker, you won't make much cash back. But it all evens out in the long run. The normal cashback rate is 0.25% of coin out, but every day there are several hours of double points and triple points.

    There are two important points to make about their point-earning system:

    First, You must earn a minimum of $10 cashback before you can redeem it, and the cash-back expires 24 or 48 hours after your last play. So, if you earn enough to cashout, cash it or lose it.

    Second, and this is the best part in my opinion: In addition to the cashback points, your play also earns comp dollars, usable in these restaurants at CR:
    Outback, Denny's, Subway. Table play earns comp dollars at a very nice rate as well.

    This is one of the best comp deals for low action anywhere in Las Vegas, and it's located right in the middle of the Strip.

    I'd recommend if several of you are new to this casino, perhaps you should sign up together, and pool your results so you can play higher limits on all the 2:1 coupons, with less risk of losing a lot.

    I'll also wait until dinner at Outback to tell one more reason I like Casino Royale.

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