Tag: Total RewardsView All Tags
WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
While many players clubs detail how much money spent equals a certain reward, they will often leave their table play more ambiguous. For example, while Total Rewards specifically details that $1 spent on dining equals 1 reward credit their explanation for how to earn rewards by playing blackjack or other table games isn’t so specific.
Total Rewards is the largest casino players club and has taken steps to, possibly, be the best. Their algorithms may be confusing and the rewards may not entirely make sense, but they do make it easy to earn and keep reward credits.
Total Rewards credits expire after six months of inactivity so you'll have to visit a Caesars property every six months to keep your points alive. Well, you used to have to visit a Caesars property. Total Rewards now has a few ways to earn Reward Credits (not Tier Credits) to keep your account active without stepping into a casino. It's a nice perk for people that can't make it to Las Vegas as often as they'd like.
Earlier this year, Caesars introduced a new Total Rewards credit card that offers many benefits including a Platinum Total Rewards upgrade along with Reward Credits, a Buffet o' Buffet pass and more. One of the sneaky benefits of the Total Rewards credit card can be found when browsing the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Total Rewards' Great Gift Wrap Up takes place at Flamingo November 7-11 and at Caesars Palace December 4-8. In addition to Total Rewards tier credits and reward credits you normally get from play at Caesars Entertainment casinos, you also qualify for “Gift Points.” Each Reward Credit you earn through Total Rewards during the year (until December 8) is equal to 5 Gift Points. Gift Points are earned in addition to the reward credits you earn. They're just a bonus thank you from Caesars for your loyalty as a customer. This is the eighth year of the Great Gift Wrap Up so people obviously enjoy it.
Caesars Entertainment / Players Clubs / Total Rewards / Station Casinos / Boarding Pass / Gansevoort Las Vegas / Caesars Palace / Vegas News / → All Tags
The past few days have been chaos for Caesars Entertainment. First, Caesars was asked to withdraw their Massachusetts casino project. Then, they dropped Gansevoort as a partner because of possible ties to the Russian mob. Then, there was a shooting at Bally’s this morning. And, now there are reports about money laundering allegations at Caesars Palace.
This all happened between Saturday and 7 a.m. today. WHEW!
WSOP / World Series of Poker / Poker / Online Gaming / Total Rewards / Players Clubs / Online Poker / → All Tags
The World Series of Poker spokespeople continued to assure us they would have real-money online poker available on WSOP.com during the summer and that day is finally here. On Thursday (September 19), the first real-money poker hand will be dealt at WSOP.com at exactly 9:19 a.m. Pacific time. (The time has no significance besides tying into the date.)
When the game launches, you'll only be able to participate while in Nevada, but you’re free to sign up no matter where you live as long as you’re 21 and have a computer, Internet connection and a mobile phone. This is no different than Ultimate Poker.
Total Rewards / Margaritaville / Caesars Entertainment / Players Clubs / Gambling / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
We don't really look to our players club cards to make a statement or be fashionable. When it comes to players club cards, we just want them to work. Players club cards are typically used to track spending in a casino in order to gain points for comps, get discounts or, with Wynn and Encore, use them to get into our hotel rooms. Flamingo may be onto something, though, that may make some of us want to flaunt our players club cards, especially the parrotheads among us.
There is a tiny Total Rewards desk inside the Margaritaville casino that will make you a special Margaritaville Total Rewards card. According to our friends on Twitter, this isn't anything new for Caesars Entertainment as they dole out special Total Rewards cards for WSOP, Chinese New Year and other special events.
Caesars Entertainment has casinos throughout the country and visitors in each city want different things. When this east coast gambler used to visit the Atlantic City Diamond Lounges there were buffet spreads laid out because many of the visitors were mostly day trippers and wanted meals. That's not the case as much in Las Vegas so the Diamond Lounges here are different. Diamond Lounges are more of a pitstop for Vegas vacationers then a dining destination like the Atlantic City visitor.
Diamond Lounges are open to all Diamond or Seven Stars level players at all eight Caesars properties in Las Vegas for no charge (besides whatever you spend gambling to gain access). There are no buffets in Las Vegas' Diamond Lounges, but there are chips and dips available throughout the day. There's a hot dish offered around dinner time that's usually fried chicken wings or some other fried finger food.
Every players club changes. That's evolution. Total Rewards changes for Caesars properties were announced earlier this year, but didn't take place until April 1 which is the new year for Total Rewards. It now takes more points to jump status levels (Gold to Platinum to Diamond to Seven Stars), but there are bonus points that are supposed to help you along. While other players clubs coldly remove perks without giving the appearance of adding anything at least Total Rewards is giving the impression that they're giving more with their increases.
It now takes 15,000 tier credits to reach Diamond level, but there are tiers within Diamond status that never existed before (kind of like the hotel-within-a-hotel concept at Caesars Palace with Nobu Hotel). Diamond level is the second highest tier status and it takes 10x the points (150,000) to reach Seven Stars (the top tier). The three levels are simply broken down by aspiration level:
Total Rewards will soon launch a new credit card from Comenity Bank. The current Total Rewards credit card from Bank of America is closing on March 31.
The new Total Rewards card offers a lot of perks for signing up. The most important may be for those of you who only get to Las Vegas once a year. The credit card activity is as good as spending money in a Caesars Entertainment casino. Spending at least $1 on the credit card at least every six months will keep your account active and you won't lose any points earned due to inactivity.
The plan for this year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) event is out. The WSOP setup is usually similar to previous years with a few tweaks to make it better. This year, the WSOP will take place May 29 through July 15. Once again, it will be spread out through the Rio convention area with a record 62 events.
One of the bigger changes to this year's WSOP is that the massive Big One for One Drop with a $1 million buy-in will be scratched and replaced with two, smaller One Drop events with smaller buy-in's. The payout still may be over $1 million, but that isn't guaranteed. Here are some highlights besides the Main Event (That's the one on TV):
Just days after we warned you that changes were coming to the Total Rewards players club this year, we received confirmation they were happening. Your 2013 status is already locked in through your 2012 play. These changes to Total Rewards will take effect for your points accumulated in 2013 for your 2014 status year.
If you're a Total Rewards member you may have already received a brochure with this year's changes. If you haven't seen the changes, here are details straight from the horse's (Caesars Entertainment's) mouth (brochure):