Jean Scott is the “Queen of Coupons.” She and her husband Brad consider themselves retired from professional gambling, mainly video poker. However, her advice continues to be golden. One of her many posts gives us “10 Casino Money-Saving Tips.”
These 10 casino money-saving tips should be part of your casino visits. “Good” gamblers learn the best strategies on the best games. They will also use any legal method to increase their odds and lower the casino’s advantage. Ways to save money and lengthen your bankroll is the key.
Jean Scott is one of those authors who practices what she preaches. Be sure to visit her website Jean Scott’s Frugal Vegas.
10 Casino Money-Saving Tips
1. Study before you go.
2. Treat gambling as a form of entertainment and budget it just as you do whatever else you do for fun, such as movies, eating out, and vacations.
Nothing takes away the fun factor more quickly than losing the money you need for life’s essentials. Do not take your checkbook or ATM, or credit card to the casino with you. Decide how much you can afford to spend (lose), and take that amount in cash or safe traveler’s checks as your gambling bankroll.
Make your gambling bankroll last the whole time you plan to be in a casino by dividing it into segments, i.e., in thirds if you are staying three days, in three-to-four session bankrolls for each day. Then never “borrow ahead” from the next session bankroll.
3. Join every casino player’s club, you can, even if you don’t plan to gamble there.
4. Use your player’s card when you play.
This allows the casino to track your play and thus know how much to reward you with comps, those freebie meals, rooms, shows, and other benefits that the casinos want to give their players. Casinos cannot give you comps if they don’t know you are playing in their casino.
An added benefit of joining and using a player’s card is that casinos often send mail offers to everyone in their database, sometimes even to those who have played little or not at all. You will be surprised at the money-saving offers that will appear in your mailbox when you get home.
If you play machines, there is a place for you to insert your card. If you play the tables, you merely hand the card to the dealer of any game and ask that your play be tracked. Casinos cannot give you comps if they don’t know you are playing in their casino.
5. Don’t drink too much alcohol, even if the drinks are free. It will cloud your judgment.
More Casino Money-Saving Tips From Jean Scott
6. If you are losing too fast, lower your denomination.
7. Slow down your play — savor the noisy, fun-filled atmosphere.
8. Look for coupons and specials for discounted meals, shows, and sightseeing tours.
You can find many of these in the freebie magazines around town: at the bell desk, at rental car agencies and motels, at the airport, and right in your room. Read the marquees for menu specials.
9. Look for promotions that will add value to a game you play:
10. Final Casino Money-Saving Tips – Make your bankroll last longer; take frequent non-gambling breaks.
Jean Scott is the author of the best-selling book “The Frugal Gambler” (a must for every gambler), a casino guide for thrifty low rollers, plus a sequel, “More Frugal Gambling.” She stresses sensible, responsible gambling and shows how to stretch out casino fun time whatever your gambling bankroll.
Retired from the high school English classroom, her passion is still education while she continues as an active player in casinos worldwide. Today, Jean Scott, who, in her words, is just an “ordinary grandmother,” is the world’s most famous low-rolling gambler and her fans are legion.
Remember, when gambling & comp-harvesting, embrace the math, not the Myth.