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how does a newbie learn?

Heading down to AC in November. Not to gamble, but might try my luck some time that week. I read this forum pretty much daily for info, so can't help reading things about comps,etc.

So, if I have it right, you go to the casino, sign up for something. You gamble and lose so they send you vouchers for free room nights? I guess so you come back to spend more money? So if you lose a little, good comps. Too much, not so good comps. what happens if you win? Do they write Dummy guides for absolute newbies like me?

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1. Re: how does a newbie learn?

theoretically, your comps and offers are determined by your action - how much you gamble - rather than your specific win or loss. theoretically, you should receive the same offers regardless of how much you win or lose. in practice, those who lose much more generally get sweeter offers. those who win a lot, especially on advantage games like video poker that have a very low house edge, sometimes get cut off from all offers entirely.

offers are sent via snail mail and e-mail, although vouchers are rarely used for booking rooms. more commonly, you'll get an offer code to use on the phone or to use at the casino's website. some food offers and some free slot play offers are made and redeemed only with physical coupons.

you should only play with as much money as you're comfortable losing... never gamble just to get comps.

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2. Re: how does a newbie learn?

I doubt there is a Dummies book for it as it continually changes. I suggest you sign up for a casino's gaming card, play what you're comfortable with and see if they offer you anything. After a while you can go to their websites, input your gaming card # and see if they have any offers like at least reduced roomrates

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3. Re: how does a newbie learn?

Thanks. Reality is that I won't be hustling down to AC to use any comps...not from Ottawa at any rate. But I hate not understanding. Really, gambling and comps is what this forum mostly discusses. I am just trying to understand it. It seems such a preoccupation. Of course, free stuff would be. I have a week in the City, so it migt halp to understand, so I can carry on a conversation should it arise. I can keep on lurking and see what I learn.

Thanks.

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4. Re: how does a newbie learn?

NEVER play for comps! Never!

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5. Re: how does a newbie learn?

As my friend UK states,comps are based on your action-total $ wagered.

Good advice is to play what you are comfortable with and if you earn some comps,so much the better.

I would have to add that gambleing is a dummy move to start with as the house edge is what it is and you will most likely lose in the long run.

Thing is-many of us just love to play-and once in a while-we win!

It's all about entertainment & fun.Consider whatever you budget for playing as entertainment $- don't bet the rent.

Hope you have a great time,get lucky & win!

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6. Re: how does a newbie learn?

Not a For Dummies guide but it should answer your questions.

amazon.com/More-Frugal-Gambling-Theories-Met…

And in fact there is a Gambling For Dummies

http://www.amazon.com/Casino-Gambling-Dummies-Kevin-Blackwood/dp/047175286X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346198365&sr=1-1&keywords=gambling+for+dummies

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7. Re: how does a newbie learn?

Thanks all. I am getting a clearer picture. I was in Vegas oh, over thirty years ago and loved the nickel slots. My one time in New Orleans, the one armed bandits were touch screen, no more sounds. I left pretty quickly.

We have a casino about twenty minutes away. Walked through only to see the Chahuli glass art in the adjacent hotel. Shows you how little I am driven togamble.

I have seen the advice about don't play for comps, but didn't understand it. Now,I do. Thanks. I will watch, learn and play what I might be willing to lose. So I can at least understand the talk. Pretty hard to avoid for a week in AC.

Time share exchange, ocean and birding. What a nerd, I am:-)

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8. Re: how does a newbie learn?

This was a big deal back in the early 90s,a guy wrote a book about how folks could profit by getting comps and couponing in las Vegas.I'm sorry i cant rememeber the name of the book or the author.But its not important in this venue because it wasnt applicable in AC.As is noted many many times,gaming in these two venues is in no way comparable.It would be nice if it was,but it just isnt and never will be.I enjoyed quite a few years of playing blackjack in AC in the 90s but I was always being careful to monitor the wisdom coming from Arnold snyder's magazine-just before the advent of the internet.And when that happened,it wasnt so good anymore.Not arnold's fault,but the casinos were watching too and the bean counters got to be more on the ball than the players.Now the bean counters walk a thin line between will anybody bother to play and can we suck in some math-challenged drunk blackjack players.I have happy memories of the fun days but very little optimism that the game will ever be any good again.

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9. Re: how does a newbie learn?

Here’s a brief list that should help newbies:

…casinocitytimes.com/article/the-easiest-way…

And here’s a nice summary about “comps”:

…casinocitytimes.com/article/comps-101-61038

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10. Re: how does a newbie learn?

Just to piggyback to on everyone else. Sign up for a players card at any casino you plan to gamble at. Make sure to insert your card each time you play a slot machine and show your card every time you play a table game so they can rate your play. Comps and offers are based on your play. You accumulate points based on play...average bet and length of play. Based on your points and the individual casinos gaming reward policy...you earn comps. Your offers will come via mail or e-mail if your play qualifies. I don't believe that anything is based on how much you win or lose...it's all about your play and how much money goes through the machine...not necessarily what comes out of your pocket.

If you earn comps during your stay and don't plan on visiting again for a long period of time...your comps will eventually expire. Check with each casino for their rules and regulations. We travel to AC a lot...close to twice a month so our comps don't expire since we are able to constantly use them. However, if we play at a casino that we don't frequently visit...we use the comps before we leave. Sometimes it's just a few dollars...so we pick up something small...a coffee, drink, snack, etc... For casinos that we frequently visit...we are able to let the comps accumulate for dinner, drinks at the bar, etc...