Here is an interesting suggestion concerning Casino Rewards Clubs, ADT, and ITV. In my opinion, Loyalty Programs need more than just ADT to decide players’ comps. ADT, or Average Daily Theoretical, measures your worth to the casino. But the loyalty system based on ADT needs something more. I call it Intrinsic Theoretical Value, or IVT.
For more of an ADT definition, check out our related post, Casino Comps and Average Daily Theoretical.
What’s ITV, you ask? It’s my invention. I ask you, “what is do you think is missing from how the casino industry determines your worth as a recreational gambler?” Here’s my attempt to improve Casino Rewards Clubs.
What Motivates Our Recreational Gambling Experience?
Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards. It’s something that arises within the individual because the behavior is naturally satisfying. This contrasts with extrinsic motivation, which involves a behavior to earn external rewards.
ADT is built on extrinsic rewards – comped dining, entertainment, and free slot play. The physical casino also offers extrinsic motivation: sounds, chair comfort, colors, and casino design to offer endorphin release. Even the scent of casino air is sometimes artificially enhanced for the gambler’s benefit.
Recreational gambling offers lots of extrinsic rewards. But the gaming industry has forgotten or chose to disregard the most important part. The chance of winning and the time spent in the chase are more important than all of that. In other words, the intrinsic incentive of fun in recreational gambling is ceasing to be a factor.
Average Daily Theoretical and Intrinsic Motivation
ADT (Average Daily Theoretical) is how the casino measures your worth. It considers how much you play, the denomination of your play, and the length of time you play in a day. I suggest that the casino guest measure the casino’s worth by developing a new IVT measurement ( what I call “Intrinsic Theoretical Value”). It would be a measure of bankroll length, gaming rules, rewards club comparisons, and winnings.
Seriously, an ITV sounds crazy, but it could work. The player would log the following when gambling:
- comparing the length of bankroll,
- gaming rules
- awarded comps over time
- and maybe an ambiance/fun quotient
We then would compare casino value in a vaguely measurable way. Think how cool it would be to visit a casino based on their “ITV.” Casino Industry Rewards, ADT, and ITV – are they a future consideration?
Lower slots odds, 6:5 Blackjack, automatic shuffle machines, fewer odds at the Craps table, and unplayable video poker have damaged our intrinsic motivation. Give the player fewer “bells and whistles.” Increase the hope of winning and the length of time our bankroll lasts. The ever-present greed in the gambling industry is causing a feeling of “why bother?” This is your recreational gambling ITV taking a hit.
Las Vegas Data Misunderstood?
In Las Vegas, before the pandemic, gambling CEOs seem puzzled by the dip in gambling revenue. But most months have visitation numbers on the rise.
One main reason is that the total gambling bankroll is shackled. Parking fees, resort fees, CSN fees, higher food and drink prices, and fewer player comps are all the culprits. Add a bigger house edge with game rules and payout percentages like 6:5 BJ and 7/5 video poker and “why bother?” That response is an internal feeling of hopelessness in gambling or a decreased ITV.
Casino Rewards Clubs are also squeezing the fun out of the experience. Cutbacks in comps and rewards, such as in CET’s Total Rewards and Boyd’s B Connected, change where we gamble. One example is shortened periods for accruing rewards points. Another is the tightening of casino rewards programs, making it harder to rise in tier level.
Conclusion – Casino Reward Clubs, ADT and ITV
IVT will increase with greater hospitality, gambling options, and less “nickel & dining.” CEOs wouldn’t need to be looking for skill-based games, stadium gaming, and sports betting as THE panacea for their misappropriated understanding of getting guests of all ages through the doors.
It’s really so simple. I feel good when my gambling experience lasts longer and is potentially better financially. I will visit more, stay longer, and take in more amenities at the casino property if my inner motivation has been met.
Binbin and NETimeGambling.com
Robin T. Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling) has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, The Bettor Life Podcast, The Art in the Game Podcast Springfield, Massachusetts. as well as ZorkCast with Michael Trager. In 2013, he created NETimeGambling.com. The mission was to provide a resource for recreational gamblers visiting New England’s expanding casino market events. Trip reports, gambling tips, casino promotions, entertainment, and much more are provided for those visiting our nine casinos.
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