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Room Comps - I don't get how?

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Room Comps - I don't get how?

This may be a dumb question - I know you need to be a big gambler to get a room comped. How do the Vegas people know or even track if you're a big gambler?? How does the "comp"thing work?

Irvine, California
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1. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

Your play is electronically tracked by your players card.

http://www.travel2vegas.com/comps.html

And you'd be surprised - hotels will comp rooms to reasonably moderate gamblers if the circumstances are right in terms of marketing and other factors. The golden rule is NEVER to play with comps in mind. Gamble what you can afford to lose and treat any comps whatsoever (even if it's just a buffet) as a bonus.

Edited: 30 July 2010, 06:44
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2. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

You play with a players card. That tracks your play on the slots and video poker.

You give your players card to a pit boss when playing table games.

If you play really big, they will comp stuff.

You don't need to be a huge player to get offers from hotels for future stays. It varies from discounted rooms to free room offers depending on your play and the hotel you have played at.

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3. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

I just wanted to add that HET (Harrah's properties) is more generious for room comps for the lower roller in my experience. I'm staying 5 nights comped in Nov based on my play (which isn't crazy) in Atlantic City.

On the negitive side HET has less favorable rules for players (6/5 Bj & poor VP paytables) but I am currently happy with how they treat me.

Milwaukee
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4. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

As previous poster have said, the key is the players card. We have stayed free for the last few years, usually at Harrahs properties. However, this September we are staying at the Palazzo because they send me free rooms for 4 nights during the week. Now we played there a little, (using our cards) but I was quite surprised with the free rooms. Get a card everywhere you go. Many of them serve many casinos.

Clive, Iowa
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5. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

L and I aren't what you'd call big gamblers, really. I mean, we're both gold card members, and any gambling we did during the week there mostly was on his card (what I mean is if I wasn't on a table game, I had a copy of his card to use so that the majority of points would go on one account). Now, when we checked our dates we're going for the week in February, we put in his card number, hit the checkbox saying he was traveling with another Total Rewards member and put mine in, and voila! 3 of our 7 nights at Bally's are going to be comped.

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The one thing that I have noticed with HET is that when you put in your companions TR# along with your own the discounts and free/comped room offers come more often & are better ON LINE via there website

It is True your companion must be with your when you check in, but isn't that person with you most of the time anyway?

Playing one gold card for two people appears to work well if it gets you to the level beyond the 1st level but it appears to hurt comp level if the two golds together can NOT make the next level which i think is Diamond. The observation is for room comps only. The other stuff (food comps and tickets offers)appears to stand alone.

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7. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

My DH & I are "low rollers" and haven't even been to Vegas since Sept of 2008 but we still have comped rooms at every MGM property plus $100 free play and $25 RFB and show tickets. Our offers with HET have gone down to reduced rates and we no longer have comps with them so we will probably stick with mostly MGM properties when gambling on our trip in Sept. We always play with our players card, only gamble what we can afford and when we get comps, it's a bonus.

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8. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

When you say 'low rollers' though, what does that mean? I consider a 'low roller' to spend between $20-$100 per day gambling, a 'mid roller' anything between $100-$1000 a day and a high roller $1000 a day plus.

I guess it's all relative, but I can't imagine the casino's offering comps for people that only gamble $50 a day.

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9. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

As a point of interest, would it be worth someone like myself, who can only make a visit once a year, getting a card? Again I'm not a big gambler - $100 - $200 a day perhaps

Steve LL

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10. Re: Room Comps - I don't get how?

"When you say 'low rollers' though, what does that mean? I consider a 'low roller' to spend between $20-$100 per day gambling, a 'mid roller' anything between $100-$1000 a day and a high roller $1000 a day plus."

NYPrincess, as far as Vegas casinos are concerned $1k per day may earn you some decent comps but you're not even on the radar in terms of being a high roller! If you play blackjack at $1k per hand then you may fall into that category.

Overall bankroll is a factor but it's not the be all and end all. At table games your average bet and how many hours per day you spend at the table is what matters. Playing a couple of hands at $500 isn't going to earn you any comps, playing for a few hours at $25 most likely will. At slots and video poker it's all about coin-in - how many credits you put through machines. If you're lucky enough to win often and constantly "recycle" those winnings through machines you can earn a large amount of points (and comps) for quite a moderate outlay.