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Can someone explain "comps' to me please! I understand the theory but have never really figured out how they work for real (because the only comping that goes on in casinos in Europe is when the poor players tip the croupiers not the other way around
So where, what, who, when, why and how do comps work Esp in the USA although interesting to hear about other locations too. I am most interested in seeing how to use them to cut the cost of a stay in Vegas, Atlantic City etc but maybe this is only for high rollers not mere CL card sharks like me haha
Well in the USA my experience has been that you register for a player card, which you then put into a slot or give to the card dealer who then puts it into the system. The casino then keeps track of your wagering amount and issues a value system (say $10.00 spent equals a point) and when you accumulate enough points you are comped a free thing from the casino. This ranges from meals to gaming credits to hotel stays (and more).
The most I have been comped was a buffet breakfast at my local casino. Of course I had to wager more than a thousand dollars to get that. It was a decent meal, but didn't make up for the $200 I ended up losing during my trip there.
Online at High Noon, I have pulled back comps for cash to wager at their casino for blackjack. This is a fractional amount as well, but it was nice to see.
Hope this helps.
There are several casinos around here, but one REALLY gives the comps. They give hotel rooms, buffets, free play, prizes all the time like Easter hams, Christmas Wreaths, purses, video cameras, dishes, pots and pans, coolers, luggage, you name it!
Some days they have double points deals and you can turn your points into meals at the buffet or restaurants (they have a couple of them in the casino) or turn them into cash if you want. They give away birthday bucks, cars, and tons of money, too with contests. Trouble is I live too far away to go get the stuff most of the time, and when I did get my "free" Christmas wreath, well let's just say it ended up being an expensive wreath if you know what I mean, lol. I should have left right away, in other words.
On Senior day they give the seniors all kinds of deals, including a Dove Ice Cream bar. They really draw them in every Wednesday.
I get a Gazette every month, and some months my hotel room offer is 29 dollars, some months 10 bucks and some months free. My friend gets angry, because her son, who doesn't go nearly as often as her, gets far better and more offers. Just their way of trying to lure him in.
I wish the one closest to me gave away as much as my favorite casino does. It only gives like 5 bucks a month and no good prizes. My brother lives closer to the other one and is always driving up to take advantage of the giveaways. I did get a fancy cupcake and a seafood buffet on my birthday, lol.
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of the things, and no good thing ever dies.
Our casino is a cheapo. I don't even know if it's worth taking the time to use the card. They give $5 free to those over 55 on Mondays if you use your card.
Years ago they used to give away nice prizes. I got a picnic blanket, and I still have it. It was a nice one too. I think those days are gone for awhile.
They do have entries to win free cars every now and then.
wow slim, that sucks, I get anything free from the casino I go to, from meals to free rooms, and on occasion i get some comp cash.
That's interesting VP - so how does the system work? Slim mentioned a player card by which the casino tracks your wagers - I can understand that on machines but the amount bet on table games must surely be much harder for them to track, so how do they figure it out?
What I always do is give the card to the dealer and wager my highest amount for the first hand. For example, I played at a $5 minimum bet table. When I handed over my card, I wagered $25, so they track that I am wagering $25 per hand. After I get my card back I drop down to $5-10 per bet.
Fools them every time.
Nice trick slim. I like it.
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that is because of my status at the land casino I go to. I automatically get 4 free nights a month and around $100 cash. I don't know how the system works exactly but they know me well enough that they are willing to comp my meal which if I choose to sit down it eat now apparently includes the tip as well.
The guy that first turned me on to casinos had just returned from an all-expenses paid 4 day trip for 2 to Reno, complete with tours of the local lakes and vicinity. He said he did it (got the comps) by playing at penny slots in Tunica, Mississippi. (I know, I could have used MS, but it's just so much fun to spell out the whole thing! lol)
I was hooked immediately but I wanted to know more. I said you'd have to bet a million dollars on penny slots to get comped to that extent but what he told me next really floored me. I know it's true cause a couple of trips to Tunica later I was explaining it to a girlfriend (on a trip comped w/2nites, 2 buffets and $10 slorts) right there in front of a cashier while he was busy doing something else. When he looked up with a very surprised expression I asked if it was true. He said yes, but very few people know it.
What land casinos care about is how long you sit at a slot machine and how many times you push that button or pull that lever. It doesn't matter if you're spending 1 cent, or $.09, or $2.70 @ a penny slot, or $5 or $10 or $100 @ a $5 or even $100 machine. The longer your butt is in that chair and the more times you push that button, the more comps you're going to get. Providing,of course your card is in the slot.
The first time I went there with my boyfriend we did that, and after 2 trips the comps came rolling in. 2 nights stay twice a month @ Fitzgeralds w/2 free buffets and $5 slots coupon, one nite a month and $5 slots [email protected] Hollywood,some @ Resorts and other places.
This was 3-4 years ago, haven't been back lately. When you don't go for 6mos or so they quit sending them. I've heard they've cut back on comps lately because of the rotten state of the economy, but I find that hard to believe. They still want your $$$, maybe people are just not going as often because of the economy so not getting as many comps as before. Maybe they din 't know what I've just told you. lol
Hope some of you find this info useful.
PS on my most recent post...
re what slim said in this thread back July 27 this year...
I guess it doesn't hurt much I buy in on the $3 min roulette table w/$300! lol
But I usually get up to $450 or so and cash out, trying not to gloat as I walk away.
I read somewhere from a professional (?!?) gambler that if you're up 10%, that's a pretty good return on your money, a fair days wages.
I heard from a friend of a friend, you can join in $1000 on a gaming table just to get the comps then walk away after losing or winning a few bucks and find another game and so on.. I thought it's illegal.
I am excited. today in my email I received a comped room for one of my favorite Michigan casinos to stay in their new hotel. Needless to say I booked the moment I read it and now am staying Dec. 28th. I get some player cash too. Should be a fun experience. Hopefully Luddha will join me there so I can report a BIG win. will take some pics for you all.
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