Why Vegas Casino Loyalty Is Broken – the Monday Link

Every Monday, NETG Brings you a Gambling Post from someone else for your interest, ENTERTAINMENT, and KNOWLEDGE. We Call this:

“The Monday Link”

When you have a team of experts the likes of Michael Trager (FOUNDER/CHIEF OF CONTENT), Marc Meltzer (VEGAS/SPORTS), Coach Kitty (AIRLINE/CASINO/VIDEO POKER), Eric Rosenthal (AC/COMPS/REWARDS) and the technology expertise of David Luke (CO-FOUNDER), and many others, you have an exciting group of experts, you have TravelZork.

Michael Trager, author of today’s Monday Link, is intensely interested in Miles+Points airline/hotel loyalty programs and learning to optimize the use of loyalty programs. However, Mr. Trager shows another passionate interest with today’s article – Las Vegas and Casino Loyalty programs. This is a great post that coincides with drops in gambling revenue in Vegas, even though visitation is up. Enjoy the following:

Embrace ALL Gamblers | Why Vegas Casino Loyalty is Broken

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The Lighter Side of Gambling

With all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, here is some humor to lighten the stress.

A Man Wins the Lottery rushes into his house and yells to his wife, “Martha, pack up your things. I just won the state lottery!”
Martha replies, “Shall I pack for warm weather or cold?”
The man responds, “I don’t care. Just so long as you’re out of the house by noon!”

Why didn’t the elephant like to play cards in the jungle? Because there were too many cheetahs.

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Wife 1 – “My husband’s going to a casino in central Asia.”
Wife 2 – “Tibet?”
Wife 1 – “Of course, why else would he go!”

How do you get a professional poker player off your front porch?  Pay him for the pizza.

img_0155A blackjack dealer and a player with a thirteen count in his hand were arguing about whether or not it was appropriate to tip the blackjack dealer.  The BJ player said, “When I get bad cards, it’s not the blackjack dealer’s fault. Accordingly, when I get good cards, the blackjack dealer obviously had nothing to do with it so, why should I tip him?”  The blackjack dealer said, “When you eat out do you tip the waiter?” … “Yes” replied the player.  “Well then, he serves you food at dinner; I’m serving you cards at blackjack, so you should tip me.”  “Okay, but, the waiter gives me what I ask for. So I’ll take an eight!”

Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. – Comedian Steven Wright

There’s the touching story of the young man who said to his girlfriend, “I bet you wouldn’t marry me.” The story goes that she not only called his bet but she raised him five!

thDid you hear about the new 3 million dollar State Lottery? The winner gets 3 dollars a year for a million years.

The best bet for a player to make is what is called a “Mind Bet” You stand behind the game watch the action and attempt to predict the winner. You never bet any real money you only bet in your mind. Last week a friend of mine lost his mind three times.

(From “Cheers”) SAM:”What’ll you have, Normie?” NORM:”Well, I’m in a gambling mood, Sammy. I’ll take a glass of whatever comes out of that tap.” SAM:”Looks like beer, Norm.” NORM:”Call me Mister Lucky.”

Dog Poker – A man walks into a bar and notices a poker game at the far table. Upon taking a closer look he sees a dog sitting at the table. This peaks his curiousity and he walks closer and sees cards and chips in front of the dog. Then the next hand is dealt and cards are dealt to the dog. Then the dog acts in turn with all the other players, calling, raising, discarding, everything the other human players were doing. However none of the other players seemed to pay any mind to the fact that they were playing with a dog, they just treated him like any other player. Finally the man could not longer hold his tongue so between hands he quietly said to one of the players, “I can’t believe that dog is playing poker, he must be the smartest dog in the world!”  The player smiled and said, “He isn’t that smart, every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail.”img_0156

And finally – Q: How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to swear?
A: Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell BINGO!

As the craziness of the season continues, we at NETG hope the preparations for your Holiday Celebrations go as planned.

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New England Casinos Offer Multiplier Days

I Love Multiplier Days!

One of the great equalizers to earning comps and decreasing payout percentages is gambling big on multiplier days. In New England, where the competition is about to get fierce and the eventual nine casinos are going to be battling for patrons money, multiplier days are one of the best ways to get people through the doors.  It’s also one of the type of promotions that gamblers should take advantage of.

Bonus point multipliers have long been used as a marketing tool in casinos. The practice dates back to the earliest days of player tracking systems. Multiplier days can increase your status/tier points and/or club points for dining, etc.

Mohegan Sun has always offered multiplier days. Now, Foxwoods & MGM Springfield are offering them as well. Oxford Casino in Maine has also offered these type of promotions for quite a while. Here are the list of multiplier days in December at New England’s casinos.

Oxford Hotel & Casino

OXFORD CASINO & HOTEL

In the middle of Maine (actually considered southern Maine), in the wilderness where the town of Oxford sits, you can find Maine’s newest casino, owned by  Churchill Downs Inc. It’s quite rural, with the biggest point of interest besides the casino being Poland Springs Water production center.

Oxford offers many promotions, and multiplier days are included. This month, Oxford’s typical points days includes:

The bad news about these multipliers is that they exclude Tier Points, Keno & Video Poker. Only slots and slot points are included.  The video poker is so ugly, you would think they would include VP as a compromise….just saying……

Mohegan Sun Hotel

Mohegan Sun Casino Resort

STATUS MAYHEM – Thursday, December 13th. Give your Momentum status a huge boost with Status Point multipliers from 6:00am – MidnightThe multiplier will randomly change throughout the day – earning you anywhere from 2X – 5X Status Points. Each multiplier is guaranteed to occur at least twice. What’s cool about this promo is that at least 2X is guaranteed throughout the day on your tier status points. Every hour, or sometimes on the half hour, the new multiplier is announced and posted on screens all over the three casino areas. (Not valid on poker play.)

DOUBLE MOMENTUM & STATUS POINTSFriday, December 21st. (Not valid on poker play.)

TRIPLE STATUS POINTSSunday, December 30th. (Not valid on poker play.)

Foxwoods Grand Pequot Hotel

Foxwoods Casino Resort

TRIPLE TIER POINTS – Foxwoods seldom offers multipliers, but probably due to the rise in competition, we now see them. Available last month, and now in December on Friday, December 14th (BEGINNING AT 6AM), you can earn TRIPLE TIER CREDITS on slots, table games, keno, bingo and race book. (Not valid on poker play.)

New Entrance renderings for MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield

MGM SPRINGFIELD Casino Resort

The newest New England casino, MGM Springfield, has added multiplier days as well. MLife Rewards Tier Credit Multipliers are available on Wednesdays in December.  The amount of the multiplier depends on your tier level:

  • Saphhire – 2X Bonus Tier points
  • Pearl – 3X Bonus Tier points
  • Gold -4X Bonus Tier points
  • Platinum & Noir -5X Bonus Tier points

You can earn Bonus Tier Credits on slot machines, table games and non-gaming spend. It starts at 12:00AM and goes until 11:59PM.

Take advantage of these multiplier days – they can make a big difference for your tier status, especially for those of us who low to mid-rollers.

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Remember, when you gamble, embrace the math, not the myth.