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Low Roller Casino Offers: Why Even Bother?

May 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM | by | ()

If you’ve ever used a player’s card while gambling in a Vegas casino, chances are you have received an invitation to return and gamble again. Offers for free or discounted hotel rooms, complimentary meals, show tickets, and gaming credit will accompany such invitations, based on your level of play.

While high rollers see the most generous offers, gamblers with more modest budgets are the most likely to benefit from comp offers. A couple free nights and a meal or two on the house are often enough to spur an otherwise unplanned Vegas getaway. True low rollers have historically been ignored when it comes to casino marketing offers, and that might be for the best.

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How Caesars Upsold Me into A Rio Masquerade Suite...With an Unexpected Zip!

Where: 3700 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas [map], 89103
May 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM | by | ()

To be honest, I consider myself to be a “middle roller.” I play green chip blackjack, and dollar video poker. Even with that level of play, I almost never have to pay for a hotel room. In fact, while I'll willingly lose quite a few dollars down in the casino, I've become psychologically averse to directly paying for a room. I understand that the gambling losses are a form of prepayment for the room, and I don't want to pay twice!

So, with this as my mindset, here's how the savvy marketing folks at the Caesars company convinced me to pay a little extra for a Masquerade Suite at The Rio Las Vegas.

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A Simple MyVegas Tip to Ensure You Receive the Best Rewards Available

May 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Want to use your MyVegas rewards on your next trip to Vegas? Secure them BEFORE you roll into town.

MyVegas is an excellent way to supplement your trip to Las Vegas with a few discounted items and even some freebies. The rewards MyVegas offers today may have been better when the game first launched but that’s a story for another day.

When the game first launched many of the rewards, specifically from MGM Resorts, were geared toward tourists. Indeed, when you look at the MGM Resorts rewards offered for players in Nevada, you'll see that they're different than those offered to people playing MyVegas in other states.

But then last year MyVegas added rewards from Station Casinos, in part, to offer Nevada locals some rewards that they might find useful. Those are the only rewards that this Las Vegas local looks at regularly. It’s always nice to extend the weekend by a day with a complimentary room every now and again.

The rewards you can get from Station Casinos don’t differ based on where you play the game but the same isn’t true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Here’s a sample from Aria last night.

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Total Rewards Bonuses Are Everywhere

May 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM | by | ()

We’re not entirely sure what exactly happened at Caesars Entertainment’s bankruptcy hearings but Total Rewards must have been a large part of the discussion. Since Caesars filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, their Total Rewards marketing has gone into overdrive. It makes sense since the database of customers is huge and there's minimal actual cost for these promotions.

You may remember that Total Rewards offered a 50% bonus on the first 50,000 Tier Credits you earned through March 31. This could equate to as many as 25,000 extra Tier Credits. It would take some money but if you planned on spending it anyway, the bonus was a nice boost.

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Comps 101: Rating vs. Points

April 30, 2015 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

Some of you are veterans to this type of information, but we come across several people often that are not quite sure exactly how a players club card works in the table games pit. As you likely know, when you insert your players card into a slot machine or video poker machine, every dollar you spend will earn you points for your play. You can use these points for comps on rooms, meals, drinks, and at some casinos, cash back or freeplay. Now, with that being said, let's talk about how it works in the pit.

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Total Rewards Has A VIP Inflation Problem

April 16, 2015 at 3:04 PM | by | ()

Caesars Entertainment, still navigating its way through a bankruptcy years in the making, is gambling with one of the most valuable assets in the casino industry. You probably know that we don’t mean the year old, $550 million dollar Ferris wheel. You might have guessed we’re talking about one of the mega resorts that line The Strip, but that’s not it. It’s the Total Rewards loyalty program, valued at more than a billion dollars, that is where all the action is.

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Will Cosmo Charge A Resort Fee On Your Comped Room? It Depends

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 23, 2015 at 6:51 PM | by | ()

In a previous VegasChatter article, one of our readers and Twitter friend Dave R. (@LasVegasSO) was unhappy because The Cosmopolitan charged a resort fee on a comped room. Since he reported this, I've stayed there twice, each time comped, without getting charged a resort fee. So, obviously, it can happen either way.

As I've shared in the past, Cosmo has been comping me rooms, because of my savvy excessive video poker play. Since I reached platinum status in its player club, I've received an offer for a comped room about every two months. I haven't yet been charged a resort fee on a comped room, but I also don't want to start! Out of naked self interest altruism, I wanted to find out what the criteria was for who gets charged a resort fee on comped rooms. So, I put on my investigative reporter hat and starting asking around. I asked the people at the slot club desk. I asked a nice lady that answered the phone at reservations. I asked a casino host. I even asked the head of VIP reservations! None of them would give me a direct answer. They all said the same thing, "it depends on your offer."

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Video Poker Tips For Beginners

September 4, 2014 at 7:24 PM | by | ()

Video poker is one of the most popular games in the casino for a lot of reasons. Some enjoy it because they prefer playing machines, others because players can find the highest returns and some just like to have something to do while sitting at the bar while enjoying a few drinks. Whatever the reason you play, you’re going to want to get the most out of the experience. Here are a handful of tips to make the most of your video poker sessions:

1. Play The Best Games: Playing the best games a casino offers will extend your playing time or even help you make some money. If there’s a game that returns 99% while another only returns 92%, you’ll probably play longer with the same buy-in on the former game. The longer you play, the greater the chances you'll hit a Royal Flush or another great hand. vpFREE2.com is a great resource to find the best games in a casino.

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A Look At Downtown Grand's MyPoints Players Club

November 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

The gaming at Downtown Grand may be hit and miss, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your players club card when you're hitting (or standing) at the 3:2 blackjack table.

Downtown Grand’s players club is called MyPoints and is a traditional casino players card in that it only rewards you for gaming. Many of the players clubs for casinos on the Vegas Strip have made the move to reward you for all spending in all parts of the hotel, from retail shops to the spa. That's not the case at this newly opened casino. Instead, here’s how you earn points with MyPoints:

Earn 3 points for every $1 coin-in when playing reel and video reel slot machines.
Earn 3 points for every $2 coin-in when playing on video poker machines.
Table game points are generated based on average bet and length of time played.

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MyVegas App Coming Soon

October 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM | by | ()

MyVegas has gifted many of us with rewards to MGM Resorts properties and it seems as if earning those rewards are going to become even easier. Since the launch of MyVegas most of us had to play the game on a computer through Facebook. However, MyVegas isn’t available to play on Facebook mobile apps. (Although, some diehards downloaded the photon app to let them play via the Facebook website on their mobile device.)

Well, we’re all going to have the opportunity to play MyVegas on a mobile device shortly. PlayStudios, creator of MyVegas, has announced that there will be an app for the game coming soon. The MyVegas app will be released sometime this fall for both Android and Apple devices in America. Once again, our friends in Canada already have access to the MyVegas app. The app is considered to still be in testing.

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How Hard Do You Hit The Minibar?

October 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM | by | ()

We’ve warned you about keeping personal stuff out of the minibar. Those pressure sensitive pads that charge items to your room instantaneously can make even accidentally bumping the minibar an expensive mistake. Still, we’re always amused when one of our drunken friends attempts to pull off an Indiana Jones-style swap of his half-empty travel-sized Listerine for a mini bottle of Grey Goose.

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Sharing The (Comp) Wealth

October 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM | by | ()

Sharing is pretty useful for many things in Vegas. You can share a cab, share a dessert, or even go the timeshare route. One class of things that are difficult to share here are casino comps. Whether it's free play, meal vouchers, show tickets, rooms or even goodies, the casinos do a pretty good job of making sure they're on lockdown for you and only you. That doesn't mean that these "freebies" aren't shared, by any means; it just means most people who want to do so must employ a certain amount of open espionage to do so.

Let's first address the question of whether or not you can share comps. The simple answer is no. Comps are only to be used by the person to whom they were issued. This is because that person has either demonstrated enough tracked play for any comps to be covered by the bottom line or is someone worth enticing. For things like rooms or meals, though, the casino can't stop the player from bringing guests. However, in most cases, they won't offer to extend or expand the initial comp to adjust for more than one person unless the play is there. In this instance, players will, sometimes, find they can "share" the room or the bill by asking a host to look at their combined play to see if that makes a difference. Sometimes it will, especially if one player bets or uses their card more than the other.

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