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Best casino comp tips

13 May 2017

Gambling at the casino can be a lot of fun, but so is getting some free things for your time and action. Earning casino complementary items with your slot or table game play is a benefit offered by most casinos in the US. “Comps”, which is the industry term for complementary items offered by casinos, can be especially rewarding.

Comps are designed to keep customers loyal to a specific casino. To make sure you are getting the best bang for your bets, always sign up for your player-rewards card, which is free at the casino. In addition, follow the Best Casino Comp Tips listed and you'll get your money's worth, and then some!

Also, remember that if you hit a taxable jackpot, you can get a year-end win/loss statement to offset your big hit! All your action is recorded by the casino as you use you player rewards card. Choose your best casino based on what you like, and consider your casino comps and comp points in the mix.

• Sign up for a player rewards card at every casino you visit. Some players have an aversion to getting a card. Players say they are unlucky when they use their card, or they don't want to know how much they are spending. Well, even if you are only playing the penny slots, your action is worth something. At least you can get a few casino comp meals for your play!

• Always use your player’s card. It doesn’t matter if you play machines or table games; you need to insert your card in a machine or present it to a dealer every time you play. You want the points and time so you get the comps. If traveling with a partner (spouse or friend), get a duplicate card. You will get twice the points and time with two cards working.

• Find the best deals. Ask if there are any specials going on. If you live in an area with several casinos, it is worth it to check online and find out who is offering the best sign-up bonus. Many properties offer cash, from $10 to $25 when you first get your card. The first-play incentive may be linked to additional prizes based on your first few days of play. Consider trying each of the casinos in your area, then moving on to other casinos until you find your favorite, based at least partially on comps.

• Accept mail! When you sign up, you can ask that the casino not send you mail or e-mail. Your choice, but you'll miss any number of specials casinos will offer during the year. Player's clubs are designed to promote loyalty. Be loyal to the club that takes the best care of you. Monthly promotions and drawings are announced via e-mail and snail mail. In addition, free room specials and free play coupons are often sent to player's club members. Don't miss out.

• Don't let your points expire. Even the best casino on your list has their player tracking software set so your unused points expire at the end of one year or so. When it comes to comps, "use it or lose it" is an accurate statement, even from your best casino!

• Use any other specials you find. One example is that the Avi casino in Laughlin, Nevada, has several specials in action at any one time. One is a free hour of child care in the kid's play center. Another is a free buffet with a blackjack tournament entry, while another is $40 in match-play chips for $30. With the match-play, you can't cash-in the chips, but every hand that wins pays in regular chips. So you get $10 free. These are the type of freebies that make being a club member really nice.

• Play on special days. Casinos have slow days. They want you to play on certain days so they offer drawings and extra points on some days. Take advantage and find the best casino deal you can! If you are planning on playing, find a way to play on the right day. An extreme example (usually you'll get double or triple points) is Fort McDowell casino in Arizona, which offers 13x points on the 13th of each month.

• The casino rate. Most properties have a special casino rate for their hotel rooms, called the casino rate. Instead of the full room rate, casino players are offered a lower (50-60%) rate based on their continued action in the casino. You don't have to be a high-roller to get a casino rate, just a regular player who uses their card on a regular basis. The best part is it's just a discount that takes no points. You can't expect to get that rate on a weekend or during a holiday period, but Sunday-Thursday is a good time, and you should approach a pit boss about the rate after you have put in some play, not before. They want to make sure you are actually going to be in action before they reduce your room rate.

• At tables, seats are often at a premium and the bosses don't want you tying up the extra chairs if you aren't playing, but if you were about to leave to find your spouse, get a quick hot dog, or check a ball score, you can leave your chips on the table for a few minutes. You are likely to get tracked for the time you are away, as long as you don't abuse the privileged.

• To get your comps you have to ask for them (this is a must). If you play machines, go to the Player's Club desk and they can set you up with buffets or other comps you've earned. For table game players, ask the floor person in the pit.


BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• Benny Binion brought the Eldorado Club and Apache Hotel in downtown Las Vegas in 1951 and reopened them as Binion’s Horseshoe. It was the first casino to have comps available to all gamblers including free drinks for slot players.

• Las Vegas “whales” are the crème of the high roller species. They are a small group of people that some say doesn’t exceed 500 individuals in the entire world. Their line of credit might run $4 million to $5 million for a weekend. The size of their bets might be around $50,000 at the low end. These are the people who get all the comps.

• Most casinos (in the U.S.) will give back up to 40 cents for every dollar you lose.

• It’s been reported that Las Vegas gives away $2-$3 million a day in comps.

• March 12, 2014, Las Vegas gambling pioneer Jackie Gaughan passed away in Las Vegas. He was 93. Gaughan invented the Fun Book, filled with coupons for free drinks, free slot pulls and two-for-one dinners.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

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