Visitreno Forum Index Visitreno
Visitreno.com's message board
There's a lot of information on the
MAIN SITE
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Trip Report 5-24-29

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Visitreno Forum Index -> Trip Reports
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
garyandsharon



Joined: 17 Dec 2005
Posts: 75

PostPosted: May Fri 30, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject: Trip Report 5-24-29 Reply with quote

Saturday, May 24
Left RDU heading to Dallas. Settled in our seats in Dallas and Gary notices an American Airlines mechanic in the cockpit with the panels open. Pilot announces they have to conduct a required procedural engine check. They rev the engines for 30 seconds. Pilot announces with a sigh they have to do further checks. They perform another rev of the engines. Forty-five minutes later in a much lighter voice the pilot says that we are on our way.

Arrive at the Pep and greet our friends, Dennis and Mary who traveled from Detroit. Greet our host and check into our rooms on the fourth floor. If this had been our first visit to the Peppermill we would not have returned. The room was shabby, duct tape on the carpet, stained and threadbare. We asked for low floor and a room that was close to the elevators near the slot machines. We realize they are working from highest to lower floors with the renovations in the tower. But we only sleep in the room. We unpack and head to the casino floor.

We head to the cube bar and park ourselves at the bar, order a cold one and proceed to play Bonus Deuces Poker at 5 coin quarters. Gary had bought Bob Dancer’s video poker software. We have been practicing for the past five months. I saved Q, 10 of diamonds and hit a natural Royal for $1,000. Yes, we will be playing with the Pep’s money. Small wins on slots and video poker rest of the night.

Head to the room, and received a nice anniversary gift basket from our host.

Sunday, May 25
Woke up at 7:00 a.m. to a steamroller rolling across our ceiling. They’re renovating the floor above us. When they said renovations were being done almost 24 7’s they aren’t kidding. The casino was sold out due to Memorial weekend, cold, wet weather, and a huge group attending a Chinese music concert. There were not other rooms available in the Tower. Our host offered to move us to the new Tuscan tower. I had double knee replacement in Feb. and knew the trek was not a good idea. We would tough it out.

Down to the cube bar. Gary sat down where I played yesterday, plays Bonus Deuces Poker, 5 quarters. He is dealt AKJT hearts. Yup, another $1,000 Royal.
I won a random jackpot $170. on Coyote Moon slots.

We all ate at the Coffee Shop, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. prime rib $8.99 special. It was good.

Our friend Dennis drinks Old Grand Dad whiskey. Bartender laughs and says, “We have your bottle from last year. Let me dust it off. Be right back.” Every time he ordered from the floor, the cocktail waitress would look lost and confused. Sometimes he got brandy and water. Became quite the joke. They all got the order down by the third day.

Monday, May 26
Woke up again at 7:00 a.m. to the rolling thunder upstairs. Moving whatever around the floor.
Gary heads to the cube bar and sits at “our machine”. No one is around but the bartender. Gary held 2 deuces and is dealt 2 deuces. $250. Ten hands or so later he is dealt on the deal 4 deuces/ace. $500. He cashes an $800 ticket.

Lunch at Coffee shop.
Dinner at Romanza. Veal for 3 of us. Mary raves about the salmon. Very good meal.

Tuesday, May 27
Same thing this morning as the last two. Downstairs early. (Monday, Gary was comped one $199 slot tournament entry. I paid $99 for the other seat.) We didn’t do very well. We each got $40. Played a lot of slots and video poker. Won and lost randomly on Larry the Lobster, Mermaid, Pelican, 50 Lions.

Ate dinner at the Sports Book Deli. I had the “New Yorker” stacked sandwich, had to eat it with a knife and fork. Gary ordered an “Italian Sub”. Gary got a portabella sub. Not happy. I had enough meat for him to end up with a great sandwich.

Wednesday, May 28
Getting used to getting up at 7:00. Breakfast at the Coffee Shop. I ordered Eggs Benedict, Gary ordered a Mexican omelte. Twenty minutes later the waitress tries to give us a fruit plate. Nope, not us. Finally get our breakfast. Both meals were good. Wait forever for the check. She’s holding the fruit bowl check in her hand. She leans over and say’s “someone else paid your check. Have a good day.”

I played 50 Lions at 50 cents. Went into a bonus and hit all lions and a row of diamonds. Cashed out $375. ticket. Won and lost at slots the rest of the time.

Gary had won a $50 dollar web drawing in Dec. last year. His third one in 5 years. We also had the $50 dining coupon from the Pep Passport mailer. We spent it at Oceano. Gary had Lobster Bisque soup, NY Ribeye with lobster tail. I had Lobster Bisque soup, 1 ¼ Lobster. We shared a Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brule. Excellent meal.

Thursday, May 29
Our final morning, leaving at 1:00. Packed and left our bags at valet. We hadn’t check out yet. We went up to the room to use the phone, and the whole 4th floor had been taken apart in the short time we left the room. They work fast.

We had $212. Pep promo money. Played various $1 machines. (MG – the .50 cent five coin machine has been removed). Gary cashed out $140.

Checked out with our host. Balance of our bill was $35. As were leaving, celebrity sports people were checking into the hotel for the celebrity poker tournament. 7” 2’ Artis Gilmore, retired basketball player was registering. Wish we could have stayed to see the rest of the celebrity players.

At the airport Gary played 3 coin Wheel of Fortune. Spin gives him 1,000 coin win. He cashes out $270 and a $70 ticket from Tiki Treasure.

Home in 6 ½ hours. Life is good! We can’t wait to go back, and to stay in a renovated tower room.

Sharon and Gary
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
remano



Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Posts: 717

PostPosted: May Fri 30, 2008 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good report and sounds like a good trip except for the construction. I've heard of hotels renovating three floors at a time so they can do the heavy work on the middle floor and use the ones above and below for noise buffers. Don't know if the Pep usually does that but it could be that they rented out the "buffer floor" rooms because it was such a busy weekend.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
john
Site Admin


Joined: 17 Dec 2005
Posts: 1180

PostPosted: May Sat 31, 2008 4:28 am    Post subject: I'm hanging with you Reply with quote

Nice trip! multiple 4 deuces, 2 royals, random jackpot, good food. It just doesn't get any better than that. The Cube Bar is one of my favorites - good to know it works for others, too.

Thanks Sharon, great report!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Barb



Joined: 17 Dec 2005
Posts: 82
Location: Portland, Or.

PostPosted: May Sat 31, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Lucky Reply with quote

Wow Sharon, you and Gary really had some good luck on poker and other machines. No wonder you can hardly wait to go back Very Happy Very Happy
I like 50 lions and pelican too. Good report!! Barb
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mammothgambler



Joined: 25 Dec 2005
Posts: 619

PostPosted: May Sat 31, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: congrats! Reply with quote

Garyandsharon,

Thanks so much for posting the trip report and it looks like you had good luck again, congrats on all the wins!

It's a shame you got stuck where you did...did they put you in one of the tower rooms by chance? I wouldn't be surprised if it was like the one I got stuck in back in March, it was pretty awful. Thanks for the heads up about the construction noise, I was thinking about going back next week.

I will have to investigate the Cube Bar on my next visit. So far, all of my luck has been in the machines around it.

Mammothgambler
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
garyandsharon



Joined: 17 Dec 2005
Posts: 75

PostPosted: Jun Sun 01, 2008 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barb, thanks. I sat there in awe when all the Lions came up on that bonus spin. Love that game when it hits.

MG - We chose the tower but didn't realize how fast renovations were moving along. We like staying in the tower, close to the slots (information desk) elevators. If you go, be sure to stay in a room above the 4th floor. Be sure to ask for a renovated room. The higher the floor the better for you. Trust me! Very Happy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mammothgambler



Joined: 25 Dec 2005
Posts: 619

PostPosted: Jun Sun 01, 2008 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garyandsharon,

Thanks for the info. Come to think of it, every visit I've had to the Pep has been on the the third or fourth floor so I will be sure to look for something higher. From what everyone's saying it looks like they started at the top and worked their way down. I didn't stay long enough to catch the noise last trip, so this is all good to know.

Mammothgambler
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
alison



Joined: 09 Jan 2006
Posts: 1137

PostPosted: Jun Sun 01, 2008 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the report. Sounds like you had a fun trip. Besides the room issues. That happened to us awhile back. The whole time we were there it sounded like something was moving back and forth on the floor above us. Highly annoying!!!

As far as renovations go, the last i heard was they had work completed on floors 14, 12 and 11 and they were working on the 9th floor. That was at the end of April. i will follow up to see how much further they have gotten.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
stan_allen



Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 1129

PostPosted: Jun Mon 02, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: One-armed bandit and hammer Reply with quote

Thanks for the wonderful trip report.

If I could hit like that, I'd certainly be okay with the 7 a.m. jackhammers!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
RenoLady



Joined: 23 Feb 2006
Posts: 316

PostPosted: Jun Wed 04, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a trip! Two royals AND a bunch of smaller ones, usually a trip like that leaves you wanting more and returning as soon as time allows. Thanks for writing!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BC Dave
Site Admin


Joined: 18 Dec 2005
Posts: 1479

PostPosted: Jun Fri 06, 2008 12:23 am    Post subject: top notch trip report! Reply with quote

Wow that's a great report....Almost felt like I was there. Too bad about the noise. No one wants to sleep alot in Reno, but at 7 A.M. you usually do!

John wrote:
Quote:
The Cube Bar is one of my favorites


The other 17 bars at the Pep are his other favorites.

(And mine!)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Visitreno Forum Index -> Trip Reports All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group