5 Considerations For Casino Freebies

One thing that we all like to get in the mail is offers for FREE STUFF!  Casino Freebies are always a fun part of the gambling experience. I always wonder if my mailman thinks I have a problem when he sees the mailers I get from casinos all over the country. If they were to inquire about it, I’d have to say “It’s all research, of course.”  Meanwhile, let’s look at 5 Considerations For Casino Freebies.

Casino Freebies, Comps

Yes, everyone enjoys free stuff from the casino.

But, we all realize that “free stuff” isn’t free, right? And don’t think just because you played that $20 with your card in for 15 minutes entitles you to anything, either.

Free stuff means casinos want your patronage.  It’s not because they REALLY like you and just want to show you they care.  There is a price to casino freebies and comps from casinos. The reality is casinos want you to spend two things on their property – money and time.  And, logically, they feel the more time you spend, the more money you’ll spend.

Casino management software tracks slot players and video poker players, so what they see, is what you get. Of course, without inserting your card, you won’t get anything. Table players have to deal with a more subjective system but still, you need to present your rewards card.

The days of discretionary comps have passed us by, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for a meal or room – just don’t expect it.

1) The Big Play

You will get a better casino rating if you go to the casino less frequently, but when you do, play longer.  So, Instead of a bankroll of $100 for three visits, try $300 for one long visit.  Remember, money and time are what casino management is looking at.

TravelZork Video Poker expert Coach Kitty has a great series for thought and application concerning the best way to bring the factors of money and time in your favor. Check out the links below:

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CoachKitty at TravelZork

The Big Play Casino Gambling Day – Part 1

The Big Play Casino Gambling Day – Part 2

The Big Play Casino Gambling Day – Part 3

2) Beware of Short Play

Once upon a time, a gambler friend of mine went to the casino, played his free slot play usually on a $1 Full-Pay JOB video poker machine, cashed out after the correct number of hands for the available free slot play ($10 free slot dollars, $1 per hand) and left, usually with most of his free slot play. Casinos don’t like this.  

If you follow this practice, you may end up with most of your casino freebies diminishing quickly. You may walk out a winner in the beginning but don’t burn the “comps bridge” – it’s difficult to rebuild them.

3) Casino Freebies, Comps – Read the fine print.

If you are given free Dining Promotions, be sure the casino isn’t expecting you to stay and play.  Many dining promotions expect you to stay and say so “in the fine print.”  If you don’t stay awhile, marketing will decrease your offers or cut them out.

For example, comp rooms from casinos or connected online social casinos like “MyVegas” offer free slot play only, but only if you stay there for at least two nights.Casino Freebies, Comps,

4) The free hotel offers come with a cost.

If you hope to continue similar hotel offers or get better offers, expect to gamble more than usual.  A free stay, and no play, will probably mean a lower-rated offer next time, or none at all.

5) Finally, Don’t Chase Comps

Gamble to entertain yourself, or give yourself a chance to make a few bucks. If you’re not an advantage player, play within your financial means.

The formula casino marketing uses to give out promotions is skewed in their favor.  Comps should be included when evaluating the house edge, but should never be the sole reason for gambling.

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That’s all for now.  Remember, embrace the math, not the myth!