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Play it Right: Comps

2 September 2021

ABBY: Comps are great.

CINDY: Comps are awful.

ABBY: Which are they then, really, awful or great?

CINDY: I think they are both. Without a doubt they are both.

ABBY: We know that comps are “rewards” for playing the various casino games. The more money you bet, the longer you play, the house edge on the bets you choose to make, and maybe how often you actually come to the casino in a period of time can go into telling the casino what you are worth to them. They want to know what your theoretical loss will be over a given period of time.

CINDY: A computer will do it all and spit out how much you should get in comps. Now, the computer will decide who gets a free room during the weekday, who gets a free room on weekends, who gets a free buffet, a free café, or a free gourmet meal. How many of these you get in a given period of time, say three days, are determined by that computer.

ABBY: All games have an indication on how fast they are per decision an hour. Mini-baccarat is lightning fast, especially if the player is going head-to-head against the dealer. Maybe 159 decisions per hour! The house edges on two of the bets (bank and player) are low and one bet, the tie, has a ridiculously high house edge. Craps depends on what types of bets the player makes. You have great bets such as Pass Line, Don’t Pass, along with Place betting the 6 and 8. Other bets come in with edges that can go sky high, as in 16.67 percent against the player. There are new branded bets that soar into the 20 percent range. The game can go from somewhat slow at a full table to really fast at a table with a few players.

CINDY: Almost all players make multiple bets at craps and the rater has to put what he or she thinks is being spent per decision at what type of casino edge. This is a judgement call, even more so than a computer call. But once the computer gets the information it will spit out what our craps player is worth.

ABBY: Blackjack is usually easier. Amount of wager per decision, how many hands the player might play, whether the player seems to have an idea of basic strategy or they just kind of wing it. Maybe 70 to 80 decisions at a full table, maybe a 100 or more at a table with one or two players. The casino will use one or two percent as the house edge.

CINDY: Roulette has various bets, although the house edge remains the same on all of them. Total bet will be the operant condition. Roulette is a slow game, especially at crowded tables. That is good for the players. Although the house edge is rather high at 5.26 percent. If you get the chance to play the single-zero wheel, the edge goes down to 2.7 percent, a far better bet.

ABBY: Slot machines all have different house edges but all are pretty high on the lower denominations. But once you get over, say, $10 a decision then the edges will be counted more closely.

CINDY: Slots are the big money makers for the casino. Maybe they bring in 60 to 80 or even 90 percent of a given casino’s profits. Slot players are the “in” group, although many don’t know that.

ABBY: Video poker is not as big a deal, although these machines do bring in the cash. You are rated half as much for playing them than for playing the regular slot machines.

CINDY: If you play to get comps? Bad idea. Just take what the casino gives and play your games the proper ways. Never over bet just to get comps.

ABBY: Whatever comps you get, enjoy them. But don’t hunger for them.
Royal Flushes

Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.
Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.