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Silver Legacy - February 25-28, 2017
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SeahawkSiren



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PostPosted: Mar Wed 01, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Silver Legacy - February 25-28, 2017 Reply with quote

Settle in Reno fans, itís time for a trip report! This was a much needed solo trip for me. In my 20+ years of going to Reno there have been many, many trips to Reno I have taken with other family members or friends. And then there are trips I have taken alone. I would be lying if I said I havenít enjoyed the alone trips just as much, if not more, than the trips with others. I can do my own thing, on my own timeframe, donít have to worry about what others want to do (especially the non-gamblers), when others want to eat Ė you get my drift.

My Reno adventure started on Saturday, February 25. I think this might be the first time I have ever arrived in Reno on a Saturday, and a good portion of the year the Silver Legacy does not even allow Saturday check-ins. But we are talking about late February in Reno, so the hotel does allow Saturday check-ins during parts of the winter season. I had gotten an outstanding deal on airfare with Alaska Airlines back in November on Cyber Monday with $79.00 flights to and from Seattle! Score! How could I pass that up? Well, I didnít!

I had a very early flight from Seattle to Reno which departed at 7:30 a.m. Now, as a diehard Washington Huskies fan, for those that read my February 2016 trip report from last year, I had to fly down to Reno on an Oregon Ducks plane. Painful. Well, for this trip, I had to fly down on this plane, which was definitely the second worst option after Oregon.

What is the deal Alaska Airlines? Are you trying to torture me?



WSU Cougars plane aside, I arrived in Reno around 9:15. Made it out to the airport shuttle area in time to catch the 9:45 shuttle so I was at my beloved Silver Legacy by 10:00!

I was leery about a Saturday check-in as I figured the room selection would not be too good since I was not getting there on a usual Thursday or Friday check-in. I am particular about room location. But it was no problem. I gotta say my host really did an extra nice thing for me. She comped me all 3 nights (my monthly mailer offers are always for 2 nights), but what she really did was ended up arranging a room for 4 nights even though I was only staying 3 nights. She had put in the notes when I checked in that I would be arriving in the morning so they had essentially ďheld the roomĒ so I could check in right away instead of having to wait until 3:00 (not that it would have been a big deal to just store my bag for a few hours). Very nice touch. Now I realize they would not normally hold rooms that would sit vacant all night if the hotel is full, but I thought that was really nice of her to do that for me since the hotel was not sold out. I even asked for a complimentary upgrade to a Panoramic room at the end of the hall with the double windows which face 2 different directions, and got that as well (my monthly offers are always for the Luxury category rooms).

View from Room 2380



After dropping off the luggage and getting settled in the room it was time to head down to the casino and get my new playerís card. As many of you already know, Silver Legacy, Eldorado and Circus Circus have merged their separate players clubs into one club. And they went way out on a limb here with great creativity with this new name. Itís now known as One Club.

Surprisingly enough, they did not start me at the lowest card level (Bronze), but instead started me at Silver.



They did honor the comps I had on my card from the old system, so the $70.00 or so in comps I had remaining on my old card did transfer to this new card. But it was a little funny to me that they had reduced my free play amounts the last few months! For years I was getting $40.00 in free play every month. In January it dropped to $35.00 and in February it dropped to $20.00. So I was already losing and I hadnít even started gambling yet! Ha ha! Whatev. But they did also give me $40.00 in Reward Dollars which is the new equivalent to resort credit. So I spent that in the gift shop on a few items including the incredibly marked up price of a bottle of the Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc wine that I like to drink when in Reno.

Did a little gambling at SL then headed for lunch at Cafť Central. Theyíve added some new menu items so I enjoyed this awesome antipasto salad.

Yum!



After lunch I went over to Eldorado to play more slots. Had a really good hit on a Vibrant 7ís machine.



Itís Saturday night in Reno! What to do. How about a concert? Time to head over to the Reno Ballroom where I had never been before. It is just across the street from SL. I got a comped ticket to the Experience Hendrix show. What a great show! Loved it! Performances by Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, The Slide Brothers, and many more. A great night celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix!





Loved these shots I got of SL and Eldo after the concert. Love seeing everything all lit up!





Woke up Sunday morning to enjoy coffee while looking at this beautiful view from my room of the snow-capped mountains.







Spent Sunday just playing more slots and drinking free mimosas and free wine. I ventured over to Circus Circus too and dropped some cash in their slot machines. So I did play at all 3 places on this trip, SL, Eldo and Circus. Will see if my offers change at all.

A couple of observations about new restaurants: The Triple Play Sports Grill on the casino level at SL was closed down. So weird as that place hadnít even been open for 2 years. They are in the process of putting in a new deli which should be open in May. There was also a great new pizza place, Hidden Pizza, at Eldo on the upper level across from Brew Brothers. Great for a late night slice of pizza to help soak up all those drinks before going to bed!

Here are a couple more nice hits I had:






Sunday nightís dinner was Spaghetti Bolognese



After Mondayís yummy breakfast



just spent the day playing more slots and enjoying more free drinks. I also placed a $100 bet that the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl next year. At 12/1 odds, that would be a nice payout. Go Hawks!



I was fighting a bad, bad cold on this trip so was not feeling too great with very little energy. So I did not venture out to any of the other casinos (besides these 3) so sorry, no reports for other places this time around.

Tuesday I was on the 9:00 a.m. shuttle to the airport for my 11:15 flight back to Seattle. Hmmm, what plane will I get to fly home on this time? Well, look at this! What are the odds?

Now I get to fly home in real style. Go Dawgs!



I had such a great time in Reno, as always! A nice late winter break. I did not earn enough points to reach Gold level. Oh well. Gold level will be hard for me to reach. I donít know what the future holds for me with this new points/comp system, but so far I still have a host and am still getting offers. If all that disappears or gets further reduced at some point, so be it. It will not stop me from going to Reno.

I did not pay one dime for my room, meals or drinks on this trip. No complaints here.

Well Reno lovers, I will leave you with this photo I took from my room on my last night in Reno. Gorgeous sunset!

See you again in September, Reno! You stole a piece of my heart 20+ years ago, and I donít want it back. Ever.

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JD



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PostPosted: Mar Wed 01, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Sea Tac - RNO Reply with quote

Oh man....i am jealous. I just love those Panorama rooms...well except for the hike from the elevators.

I last flew to Reno many years ago since I hate the PDX parking issue. PLUS I do love having the car to zoom up to VC .

Did you play any at the Silver Baron Lounge... under the mining machine? That's my favorite bar. But it's also where I won too much to get upgrades and comps . Mary says, "But we are way upside down on you...." (LOL).

Since I burned my bridges at Atlantis...I guess I'm going to have to do some butt kissin next trip.

Nice report.

Question: Did you use your card at ELDO at all? Under the old cards, it was easy to check your comp balance at any machine with the SL card. The ELDO CARD, NOT SO MUCH....had to find a special kiosk to check comp balance.
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alison



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PostPosted: Mar Wed 01, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great trip report! I would have been bummed too to see that stupid cougars plane...WTH!! GO DAWGS!! BOW DOWN.....

Who is your host there? I reached out to a lady named Sharon to see about getting three nights comped since my offers are for 2 nights and so are my friends. Typically do the comped nights include weekends? Did comps seem to accumulate as quickly as they did before? Haven't decided if we will stay 2 or 3 nights there yet. The host said she would bump us up to a deluxe room not that it looks very deluxe to me... Just a higher floor im guessing?

Where did you have you spaghetti dinner at?

Have you ever ate at Blues Brothers? Curious if its any good.
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Dave



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PostPosted: Mar Wed 01, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great trip Report! I loved the pictures and sounds like you had a ball. Wondering what you thought of the Silver Legacy Sportsbook? I have seen a few pictures and it sure looks nice but then again I liked it before. We have a group going down in a couple of weeks for March Madness. Sadly I won't be able to root for the Husky Hoop Team once again this year! I would love to see that Seahawk bet pay off for you. Did you play any cards at all or just stick with slots?
Thanks for taking the time to post a great trip report I really enjoyed it.
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JD



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PostPosted: Mar Wed 01, 2017 11:24 pm    Post subject: Sports book Reply with quote

After further review....on your SeaHawks bet. Would it have been better to make THREE $ 30 bets that pay $ 390 each than ONE to pay a taxable W-2G for $ 1,300?

Isn't the threshold for a W-2G in the sports book $ 600?
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PostPosted: Mar Fri 03, 2017 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Report, I've been staying a SL for the last yr. and the check in folks are
very accommodating. Between the three property's there are a bunch of good
eatery's. I used to go alone quite a bit, till my wife retired, now not so much!
Did you happen to ask the card desk if there is any way we can check our offers online,
since they changed I haven't been able to do it. Were going at the end of the month with offers for weekends also,. Thanks again.
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SeahawkSiren



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PostPosted: Mar Fri 03, 2017 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Sea Tac - RNO Reply with quote

JD wrote:
Oh man....i am jealous. I just love those Panorama rooms...well except for the hike from the elevators.

I last flew to Reno many years ago since I hate the PDX parking issue. PLUS I do love having the car to zoom up to VC .

Did you play any at the Silver Baron Lounge... under the mining machine? That's my favorite bar. But it's also where I won too much to get upgrades and comps . Mary says, "But we are way upside down on you...." (LOL).

Since I burned my bridges at Atlantis...I guess I'm going to have to do some butt kissin next trip.

Nice report.

Question: Did you use your card at ELDO at all? Under the old cards, it was easy to check your comp balance at any machine with the SL card. The ELDO CARD, NOT SO MUCH....had to find a special kiosk to check comp balance.


No, I did not play any at the Silver Baron Lounge. That is my favorite bar too. Such a great place and they usually have pretty good music in there too! Well, SL is not upside down with me JD so hopefully I will still continue to get offers. Although it would be nice to be on the plus side!

Yes, I did use my card at Eldo. And yes, it is hard to find machines to check comp balances there. I will be curious to see if I start getting offers from Eldo since I played there a little.

JD wrote:
After further review....on your SeaHawks bet. Would it have been better to make THREE $ 30 bets that pay $ 390 each than ONE to pay a taxable W-2G for $ 1,300?

Isn't the threshold for a W-2G in the sports book $ 600?


I didn't even think about doing that. I've never won enough in Reno to even require a W-2G so it didn't even cross my mind to separate out my bets. Something to consider in the future I guess.


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Wolfdog



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PostPosted: Mar Fri 03, 2017 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice report.
After more than 20 years, the "new" Eldorado doesn't give me the offers I always got. I'm branching out from downtown. Got a free PDXtoRNO Peppermill trip coming up. More play at Atlantis; re-start a relationship with the GS.
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SeahawkSiren



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PostPosted: Mar Fri 03, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alison wrote:
Great trip report! I would have been bummed too to see that stupid cougars plane...WTH!! GO DAWGS!! BOW DOWN.....

Who is your host there? I reached out to a lady named Sharon to see about getting three nights comped since my offers are for 2 nights and so are my friends. Typically do the comped nights include weekends? Did comps seem to accumulate as quickly as they did before? Haven't decided if we will stay 2 or 3 nights there yet. The host said she would bump us up to a deluxe room not that it looks very deluxe to me... Just a higher floor im guessing?

Where did you have you spaghetti dinner at?

Have you ever ate at Blues Brothers? Curious if its any good.


Mary is my host. My offers for comped nights do currently include weekends, but there have been times in years past where it was only valid Sundays-Thursdays. So you will have to check your offer you received in the mail. That's where it will specify what nights are valid.

Yes, the points did seem to accumulate pretty fast. I think I earned about 1,800 points on this trip (I never came close to earning those kind of points under the old system). But I probably would not have come close to earning that much on this trip either without the help of numerous good hits I had on slots and put money back into them (have fun now, kick self later). So even though the point ranges are much higher under this new system the points still seemed to add up fast. When I got to Reno (before I had started any gambling) I had about $70.00 in comps on my card transferred from the old system. When I left I had about $100.00 on my card and that was even after having every single meal comped during this trip from using my card. So it will be nice having money waiting for comped meals on my next trip in September.

The spaghetti dinner was at Cafe Central, the 24 hour cafe at SL. I do end up eating alot of meals there.

Yes, I have eaten at Brew Brothers several times. They have good food there. The wait to get in there is ridiculously long on Friday and Saturday nights so I'd recommend eating early or go on a different night. They also have live music in there on Friday and Saturday nights.
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PostPosted: Mar Fri 03, 2017 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave wrote:
What a great trip Report! I loved the pictures and sounds like you had a ball. Wondering what you thought of the Silver Legacy Sportsbook? I have seen a few pictures and it sure looks nice but then again I liked it before. We have a group going down in a couple of weeks for March Madness. Sadly I won't be able to root for the Husky Hoop Team once again this year! I would love to see that Seahawk bet pay off for you. Did you play any cards at all or just stick with slots?
Thanks for taking the time to post a great trip report I really enjoyed it.


Thanks Dave. Yes, I did have a ball, always do in Reno. It was hard to come home (3 days never seems long enough), but for obvious reasons I think it's good that I don't live so close to Reno and it requires flying for me to get there. And that makes it more fun to have these trips to look forward to when I don't go more than once or twice a year. Limits, limits, limits.

I personally love the new SL sportsbook. Was not a fan of the old one. It looks so nice and classy now. And that terrible bleacher seating from the old sportsbook is gone. Yay! Have fun watching March Madness there later this month. Yeah, the Huskies basketball team this year is pathetic. Wonder what will happen to Romar.

Yeah, it would be nice if I could win that Seahawks bet. I was surprised the odds were that long (12/1 - last year it was 6/1). I actually did try to make a bet on the Huskies football team that they will win the Pac-12 this year but for some reason that bet was not even available to make. The only one that was available to make was winning the college football playoff national championship game. The Huskies will hoist that trophy someday soon hopefully, but not sure it will be this coming year. The odds were 25/1 (but started at 40/1 so there's progress!). I'm going back to Reno in September and may decide to make a Huskies bet then! Go Dawgs!

No, I am just a slots player. I guess I should learn some of these other games (cards and dice) someday. The craps tables in particular are always hopping at SL.

Have a great time on your upcoming trip!
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PostPosted: Mar Fri 03, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spdmrcht wrote:
Great Report, I've been staying a SL for the last yr. and the check in folks are
very accommodating. Between the three property's there are a bunch of good
eatery's. I used to go alone quite a bit, till my wife retired, now not so much!
Did you happen to ask the card desk if there is any way we can check our offers online,
since they changed I haven't been able to do it. Were going at the end of the month with offers for weekends also,. Thanks again.


Yes, my host said we should all be able to check our offers again online at some point. It sounds like they have kinks to work out with this new system. I miss being able to check online too.
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PostPosted: Mar Sat 04, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I started checking my offers online I found out they were giving me a
lot of free tickets to most shows, would of never known if I hadn't looked.
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PostPosted: Mar Sat 04, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: fun fun fun Reply with quote

I can tell you had a good time in Reno. Don't we all? I thought that first plane was the best - WSU (my brother went to school there).

I am amused about the One card. I have a very old one somewhere. I used to play the One card at the Luxor in Las Vegas and the Colorado Belle/Edgewater in Laughlin. Of course I used it at the Circus Circus. For awhile the only casino was the CC in Reno. How things change. Smile I wonder if I am in the data base still?

Great slot hits. It sure looks like you must have come home with more money than you left....but you don't say.

$100 on the Seahawks? Good luck. I always buy about 4-8 baseball future tickets, but always just $10. My best hit was a few years back, coming through with a long shot of Tampa winning the American League at 75-1.

No trip till September? Do you realize how far away that is? Smile
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PostPosted: Mar Sat 04, 2017 9:59 am    Post subject: A Classic Reno Trip Report Reply with quote

Thanks very much for the really great trip report! Love the pictures! Hard to believe the old Sundowner's poster "Best Rest In The West" is still there.
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PostPosted: Mar Wed 08, 2017 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An EXCELLENT report and I love the photos! My note from my trip in January? That Hidden Pizza was really good, like surprisingly good.

Sounds like the show was super and I know how much you were looking forward to going.

That room? I just loved that they knew which side of the tower I like and what floor (a little Big Brother-ish, but I loved it). I've never had that two window room. I dig that.

Thanks again for the wonderful report, I really enjoyed it.
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