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Trip Report July 4th - 8th

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Augusta, Georgia
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Trip Report July 4th - 8th

We drove down from our home in the Augusta Ga. area. Leaving at 3:00am to put the eight hour drive behind us and get a full extra day to visit the Gulfcoast.

We, as is our normal, pulled into Wal-Mart in D'Iberville to pick up odds and ends, plus call Mom and Dad to see if they needed anything. Our arrival was at 9:30am.

On over to the parents home to sit and visit, give my fiancee a chance to freshing up after the drive, then off to the casino's.

Although The Hard Rock had not officially opened, we drove on over to start our gambling. Dad was still tired from work so he decided to bow out of this casino run, but Mom was right with us in the thick of it. All three of us with out "Encore Player's Passes" in hand, now to find a machine to tickle a win out of.

There are only two area's with penny slots and the number of them is small. If you visit, when you walk past the "Guitars and Globe", straight ahead in the right side corner is a nice group of about 100 penny slots of varing themes, then in the far left hand corner is the other area of penny slots, about 50 can be found their.

I played and lost, but Mom and Debbie (My Fiancee) both played for an hour or so and broke even. Due to the size of the crowds, drink service was slow, but acceptable.

Off to play some at The Grand. Drink service her was incredable. I always had a fresh Beer in hand and Debbie a nice Frozen Strawberry Daquari. Mom won over $800.00 on a Hot Hot Penny slot, the gem theme, I walked out of there with $150 won on a Bonus Frenzy, but Debbie lost about $60.00 over the three hours spent there.

Over to the IP. We were comped two nights, and have learned that if a casino offers a comp, use it, or it wont be long and those offers will be history, that and Debbie and I were celebrating my 45th BD, all be it a few weeks early. Check in was supper fast and we were offered a high room facing the Beau Rivage so we could enjoy the fireworks from our room. 1537 was our room. The rooms are beautiful, ours having two queen size beds, nice, newly renovated bathrooms. Our only complaint was the pollen on the window obscured our ability to video the fire works.

Anyway, we played a few hours, enjoyed a comped meal in the resturant, all having small wins of less then a $100 playing over four hours.

Debbie and I retired to our room at about 8:30, being very tired from the long drive, and to enjoy the fireworks. Due to Thunderstaorms in the area the Beau Rivage postponed thier display, but the Biloxi city fireworks went off with out a hitch. We enjoyed them and were abel to see the Gulfport show as well from the comfort of our room.

I hate to do this, but I'll finish this up tonight when I get in. Have to get ready for work :(

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1. Re: Trip Report July 4th - 8th

Great start! I'll be looking for the rest tonight. We haven't stayed at the IP since pre-Katrina, but alway enjoyed our stays there and found the rooms to be very nice.

Sorry, we couldn't plan to meet while you were there. Hope the rest of your trip went as well.


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2. Re: Trip Report July 4th - 8th

Thanks for the trip report. We really want to make a trip there since we have never been to the coast area. TR are so helpful in planning a get away. Enjoyed reading, can't wait for the follow up.

Drogheda, Ireland
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3. Re: Trip Report July 4th - 8th

Looking forward to the rest of your report, we are heading there in October

Augusta, Georgia
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I always awake between 4:30 & 5:00am, a curse for many, but for me that is the way it is.

Made coffee that was supplied, showered then awoke Debbie. Now you ladies need to speed up life! An hour and a half in the bathroom with the hairdyers, makeup, etc., that slows down us men :)

Amy way, down to the IP Breakfast Buffet at 8:00am. I will admit I am spoiled with Terribles Casino in Las Veags were we pay $5.36 with a two for one, but at $9.99 each it was OK.

The best OJ I have ever drank, Eegs to order, plenty of fresh fruit, great table service, and the coffee was very dark and hot:)

We played a few hours, me hitting a $150+ on the Green Acras, and Debbie getting a nice $200.00 on a hot penny slot.

Sorry but the Grand Dauhter just arived. I'll get back to this in a bit :(

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5. Re: Trip Report July 4th - 8th

Enjoying your TR. We just returned from Biloxi also and will post later. You are so right about the orange juice on IP's breakfast buffet! It is the best! For anyone who has not been there. Do not order it when you go thru the line, just get it off their buffet. Tastes like it has just been squeezed. I am surprised your breakfast was not comped since two nights were. We just give them our player's card as we go thru the line and there's usually no charge. Looking forward to the rest of your report.

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Sounds like you are doing fairly well gambling. We have got to go!!!

My DH complains about the amount of time it takes us girls to get dressed also. We solved that problem by him showering first and then he heads to the casino while I dress.

I can't wait to hear more.

Panama City Beach...
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7. Re: Trip Report July 4th - 8th

Keep it coming! We'll be there in 68 hours!

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How were the Beaches??

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