Casino Players Clubs were born as “Slot Clubs” in Atlantic City in the early 1980’s when the casinos there were trying to find a way to keep players from hopping from one casino to the next. By offering a reward for their loyalty they were able to keep the player coming back.

As we approach casino saturation in the Northeast, NETimegambling is on a quest to find your players club.  Recently, we began with a look into the rendition of Mohegan Sun’s Players Club “Momentum.”  Click HERE for that post.

Penn GamingNext we look at The Penn National’s Marquee Rewards.

THE BASICS

Level three of Five in the Marquee Rewards Program of Penn National
Level three of Five in the Marquee Rewards Program of Penn National
  • The club is free. Marquee Comps dollars can be used  for dining, shopping, and hotel stays at participating Marquee Rewards locations.
  • No CashBack. Does Include Free Slot Play Offers
  • You can receive special offers and invitations to promotions, sweepstakes, events, free SlotPlay or VLTPlay based on your level of play.
  • Tier points are accumulated and tier status awarded on a fixed six-month basis, January 1 through June 30 and July 1 through December 31.
  • There are five levels – Marquee, Celebrity, Producer, Exec. Producer and Icon.The higher the level, the more benefits are offered.  To see those benefits, click here.

FIRST, the Good

Marquee Rewards can be earned at 20 casinos in 12 states. A new connection for the future is Penn’s acquisition of M Resort and the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Hopefully, all properties will soon be completely connected, offering New Englanders a connection to comps in Nevada.LasVegas-927x282

They are connected to Carnival cruise lines, where free cruises for highest levels and even 30% off for second level Celebrity players are offered.

Preferred Parking, personal host, and VIP lounge access is offered to Exec Producer  & Icon Levels.

THE Bad

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine
Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine
  • Marquee Comps are earned at variable rates depending on game type, game denomination and level of play, so it’s very difficult to get information on coin in for either Plainridge Park or Hollywood, Bangor. Penn Casinos tend to be “won’t tell, so don’t ask.”
  • Casinos tend to be small racinos, where sports betting wagers don’t count towards any Marquee Rewards.
  • Table games are usually not included in the players club, while some are.  Ask at guest services to see if your table play is included in Marquee Rewards.

THE Ugly

Plainridge Park, Plainville Mass
Plainridge Park, Plainville Mass

Most are smaller casinos.  Most have incredibly bad Video Poker.  Some, like Plainridge Park, don’t have table games.  And most have few dining amenities, hotle options, and entertainment options.  except for Nevada, not your typical Resort Destination!

The Final Word

Marquee Rewards is rumored to offer a lower than normal % in in points returned for use.  A good Rewards club will return above 30% from your play – Penn’s Marquee is rumored to offer a little above 20%.

But no matter what the percentage offered, it is always  better to play with your players card in! – It’s like a rebate after buying an appliance.  The appliance isn’t free, but a little off the top always helps.

Next we look at the Foxwoods Reward Club.

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