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If you’ve been visiting casinos for a while, the concept of free play (Freeplay, as one word, is the trademark of a specific casino company) isn’t anything new. However, if you’re new to casino promotions or just noticed free play as an offer from MyVEGAS, you might not realize that it’s not quite as simple as receiving money.
Free play is a reward of “free money” that casinos offer players. It can be spent on video poker and slot machines. Free play isn’t real bills, but credits can be turned into straight cash homey as you win.
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Over the past couple of years, Riviera has done more promotions than most Strip casinos to attract gambling customers. Their most popular promotion has been $1 blackjack which started a year ago and is still available. The same can’t be said for Riviera’s craps promotion. While 1,000x craps odds sounds awesome, few players are going to Riviera to drop a minimum of $5,005 ($5 pass line and $5,000 odds) per roll.
Riviera’s latest promotion to attract new gamblers is an offer for up to $100 in Free Play. New players club members can receive up to $100 in Free Play. This isn’t a rebate on losses like you’ve seen at Tropicana and Cosmopolitan in the past year. This is Free Play in the casino with only one string attached:
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About a year ago, Palms totally revamped its players club so it must be time to tinker with things again. The biggest change to Club Palms last year was the addition of multiple tiers based on how much money is spent. This year, the players club has received a mild makeover which seems aimed at making sure anyone who has any kind of status is a consistent spender.
Earning 400 points still gives you $1 in free slot play and you must earn 2,000 points ($5) before you can spend it. In addition to earning points from gambling, you can earn 1 point for every dollar you spend in the restaurants, hotel, spa, salon and gift shop. The first changes you’ll notice are the requirements for each tier.
Over the past couple of years, MGM Resorts has expanded its customer base greatly by creating partnerships with a number of businesses around America. These match-ups have linked other players clubs and loyalty clubs with M life.
MGM's players club partnered with Ameristar casinos back in 2012 and then with Pinnacle’s MyChoice after it purchased Ameristar. In the past year, M life also has partnered with Southwest Airlines, Hyatt and even went outside of travel to partner with the UFC to gain new players. Now, M life is heading east.
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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.
That's where you get The Code.
Las Vegas' newest casino is well into its first official day of business after opening to the public at midnight last night. A gaming floor already brimming with guests of an invite-only grand opening party for SLS Las Vegas swelled even more when the public rushed in.
Before you join their ranks, you should know that SLS, an sbe property, offers The Code as its players club. That’s different, if you're familiar with it, from the existing sbePREFERRED loyalty program. While The Code is only used at SLS Las Vegas right now, that may change in the future. Current sbePREFERRED members will receive benefits from sbePREFERRED and The Code until the end of the year.
Even though players clubs are evolving to include non-gaming spending, it's the gambling that still moves the needle. One of the best ways to maximize your players club rewards is to be mindful of where you're staying and playing and when you're visiting Las Vegas. Before diving into the subject, it must be noted that playing for comps rarely pays off because you'll usually end up risking more money than the comps you receive. That said, comps are awesome so why not get the best bang for your buck?
Las Vegas is a demand based economy. The law of supply and demand says that when demand is high so are prices, and vice versa. Visit Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend (#LDW, yo) and you'll pay more money than you would when there are less people visiting in mid-December.
Station Casinos recently announced a partnership with Princess Cruises that will offer Boarding Pass players club members discounted and/or complimentary cruises. All Chairman level Boarding Pass cardholders (the highest status level of Boarding Pass) will now be eligible to receive a complimentary cabin for two on select Princess Cruises each year. Cardholders who have Boarding Passes at other levels will receive special cruise fares and offers.
Technology is moving faster than most businesses can keep up with. Unfortunately for them, there's a growing group of early adopters who want the newest technology as soon as it's available. This technology is as simple as making websites more current to offering mobile check-in. Las Vegas is a city that has to cater to both early adopters and super slow adopters. It’s pretty much impossible to keep everyone happy all the time.
This early adopter loves it when there are new developments in hotel tech and casino tech. It was exciting when Golden Nugget updated their 24K players club last month so that players could use kiosks for promotions and use slot dollars right from their players club card. Some casinos have been doing this for a while, but it’s always nice when another casino catches up.
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Make no mistake about it, Palms is hustling for your business. It's opened a new poolside burger joint for everyone to enjoy and began offering a couple of interesting concepts for incoming and outgoing hotel guests (a sad trombone update on that tomorrow).
Now, execs are making a big offer to bring in new gamblers. Through June 30, Palms will offer players club status-matching between Club Palms and any other club in town. In addition, bonuses will be offered. All-Star signups will receive two buffet passes, MVPs will receive two buffet passes and $25 in free slot play, and Hall of Famers will receive two buffet passes and $50 in free slot play.
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Now, members will be able to instantly download the points they've earned to their slot machine for use as free play. The new 24K Club offers $1 in free slot play for every 100 points earned. Free slot play will be available directly on your card within a few minutes of being accumulated.
Not all Vegas casino apps are created equal for some reason. Some apps have just about every feature you’ll ever need while others provide little more than pictures to make you crave your next Vegas vacation. The Cosmopolitan recently released an app that probably isn’t worth the 34 megabytes of space it will take up on your device. To be frank, you can do more on the Cosmo’s mobile website than you can with the app.
The Cosmopolitan markets itself differently than most Vegas casinos so you’d expect a different experience. You might expect a special one at that with features you won’t find anywhere else and cutting edge technology. Well... this app does offer some different features, but overall, is different than most casino apps in the worst way.