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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 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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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 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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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.
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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We're back with some helpful hints and tricks for everyone's (it's everyone's, right?) favorite comps earning Facebook game, MyVEGAS. If you aren't playing MyVEGAS by now, you can start immediately by going here.
Previously, I outlined my redemption of vast amounts of
free stuff comps rewards, which have been working out perfectly for my Vegas visits. However, when I went back to do a second round of redemptions recently, I noticed things had changed quite a bit! With increased game play and MGM Resorts' constant expected tinkering with prize availability and loyalty point costs, I noticed it was a little more difficult to get what I wanted. After some digging around, I found a few helpful hints and tricks that could help you get that beloved reward, too.
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Everyone likes to feel as if they're getting something extra when they're on vacation, especially in Las Vegas. For players at any level, casino comps are likely to add something to the experience whether based on your previous play, your relationship with a casino host, or simply walking into the host office and asking. However, clarity and transparency aren't exactly hallmarks of the process so here are some tips to help make the most out of your comps on your next trip:
Know Where You Are Coded
Every player that signs up for a player's card is "coded" to a property meaning that either the computer or someone in player development or marketing has determined their dominant property. Sometimes, this works without issue. Other times, it can wreak havoc on the offers a player receives. For example, a player signs up for a card in Vegas during a business trip or vacation, but lives beyond a reasonable driving distance and is actually closer to another property within the same chain. In this instance, we'll say Tunica. There are two possible outcomes: 1) they will be coded to Vegas and all the offers will be from Vegas; 2) they will be coded to Tunica even though they have never played there simply because it's the closer market.
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Ever since we shared news that the Bellagio Fountains reward had been redeemed on MyVEGAS, the popular Facebook game by MGM Resorts that's proven to be the real deal when it comes to comps, we've wondered just who cashed in those one million loyalty points. Today, we have the answer. And, the picture.
Meet Eric and Sue Wiebusch. Eric surprised Sue with the special honor of choosing the music to which the iconic fountains dance as a 60th birthday present. The couple picked two songs then relaxed on the Prime patio with champagne in hand and friends at their side to take it all. Their song choices? God Bless the USA and Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds.
Well played, Eric. Well played. Both in real life and on Facebook. And, yes, we all apparently need to step up our Vegas game now.
VegasChatter member theduke282 let us know on June 25 that the top prize on MGM Resorts' Facebook game was sold out, but he wasn't sure if that meant someone had actually redeemed it, or if it was just removed as an offering.
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MyVEGAS is a fun game and great for tourists, but it's fairly useless if you live in Las Vegas and don't like Cirque du Soleil shows. Yeah, I'm that guy. When I'm in a casino I gamble, bet on sports, eat steak and drink too much vodka. When I started playing MyVEGAS the goal was to play enough to get a free crash pad for a night. Well, that never happened.
I didn't realize that MyVEGAS was made specifically for tourists until they started removing comp rooms from my rewards as I approached the point threshold. For example, a room at Luxor may have been 75,000 points, but when I attained that many points the rooms were gone. All hope wasn't lost as rooms at The Mirage or Aria were still available around 150,000 points but, again, as I approached 150,000 points that reward was gone. That may have just been strange timing, but it felt sketchy.
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We don't gamble for comps, but it's nice to know what is available to us. Some day, we may earn enough points to get that awesome satin jacket from Luxor. If casinos continue to offer point multipliers -- like the email pictured above from Boyd Gaming -- we might just get that jacket.
Players club points are a funny thing. The casinos want to draw players in with their offers, but they don't want to offer too many points to just anyone. When you live outside of Vegas, you'll receive more room offers and free play to draw you in. Once you're in town, you may end up at a casino for one of the random point multiplier days. The locals casinos (Boyd, Station, etc.) offer different kinds of point multipliers just about every day while the national casinos are will have specific offers tailored to the individual player. For example, Caesars Entertainment will send out point multipliers only good for a specific player on a specific day at a specific casino.