Casino, Hotel & Airline Chain Partnerships and How to Benefit From Them

THE MONDAY LINK

Eric Rosenthal is my friend.  But that is not the reason he is featured in this week’s Monday Link.

Eric Rosenthal is a writer, podcaster, gambling and travel enthusiast. By combining his knowledge of travel and casino loyalty programs, he teaches people how to travel and maximize value for their gambling dollar. Eric is one of the featured speakers at the Casino and Travel Loyalty Conference ZorkFest, where he shares his passion for what he calls Comp Harvesting. He has directed me to the best way to use Total Rewards (Caesars Entertainment rewards club) and MLife (MGM’s rewards club.) If there is a best way to look at using, earning, or transferring reward club points, he’s the man to ask.

Today’s link will help you look beyond the use of one club in the usual way.  There are lots of ways to use club cards and co-branded credit cards for the maximum benefit.  You may like to check out Eric’s archives at CasinoCityTimes.com. 

Eric Rosenthal knows Caesars Total Rewards inside and out.

So, here our Monday Link for today

Chain Partnerships and How to Benefit from Them


One final plug for the Casino and Travel Loyalty Conference  known as ZorkFest. If you attend the next ZorkFest, you will never look at rewards comps and points the same way again. Four things you should be doing:

  1. Following the website TravelZork.  It is an unbelievable resource combining travel and gambling, put together by Michael Trager.
  2. Following Michael Trager’s Casino Podcast and Travel Podcast – GOT 9 minutes?– A daily chat about casinos, luxury travel, Las Vegas, and gambling with a focus on experiences. #PaxEx (Passenger Experience) and #CasinoEx (Casino Experience) are major areas of conversation and exploration. Get your daily dose. #ZorkCast powered by TravelZork.
  3. Following the Podcast that includes Eric Rosenthal called Las Vegas Confessions.  It’s very informative and entertaining – but be careful, the language can be explicit.  Just fast forward past the introduction.
  4. Finally, follow TravelZork for information on the next ZorkFest. Plan to attend, you won’t regret it.

Binbin

The Ultimate Truth About Casino Players Cards & Slot Machines

players-clubIt amazes me to see people sinking their money into a machine with out having a card inserted in the card reader. I sometimes ask people why they don’t use a card and have received several different answers.  The other day, someone was spouting off every slot myth in the book – “teaching” everyone around him, whether they cared or not.  However, the biggest sin of this whole escapade was that he had taken out his card to “get a bonus” for nearly 10 minutes.  His bet was over $8.00 a whack!  Just think of the comps he missed out on due to his “Casino Paranoia.”  That was the most foolish thing he could’ve done.

All of the following was said to me one time or another and are completely false. An explanation of why is provided.  But some slot players build their play on suspicions and conspiracy theories.  I still hear about the “switch upstairs” – you know, the one that changes the machines from paying out to completely cold.Plainridge Casino Floor

“I don’t play enough to earn anything.” You would be surprised to see how quickly points can add up.  Take advantage of multiplier days to increase your points and tier status.

“When I use my card the machine knows and doesn’t pay off.”  There is no connection between the card reader and the slot machine. There is NO WAY that using a card will affect the way a machine pays. They are two separate systems.

download (4)“I don’t want to give out my address to the casino.”  The casino cannot send you any promotions if they don’t have your address.  Some high rollers without their players club card at tables so they stay anonymous.  But as face recognition software gets better, even that may become difficult.

“I take my card out and I get a bonus – explain that!” Again, there is no connection between the card reader and the slot machine. There is NO WAY that using a card will affect the way a machine pays.

“Playing with your slots club card decreases your chances of winning.” The theory is that the casinos want you to win less in order to recoup the perks and rebates that you receive from playing with the slot machine club. The reality is that the amount of money returned is negligible, and the casinos don’t mind paying it.  Your perks depends on your theoretical value.  Click on the following link to see a previous post explaining Average Daily Theoretical.

“When I use my card, I never win. The machine knows and it doesn’t pay off.” Although a very interesting and popular myth, this is absolutely false. The notion that using a casino club card lowers the odds of winning is a big misconception, and quite frankly illegal.  Remember, the players club software is a different system and does not have a connection to the Random Number Generator working in the machine.

download (5)“The slot machine can tell the difference between playing maximum and minimum.” That’s why I take out my card when I change my bet.”  The number of coins played has no effect on whether or not the winning symbols will line up. It only determines how much you will win or lose. Many players will vary the number of coins they play per spin because they believe there is a pattern that can make them winners. Some players will even cash out during their playing sessions so the machine will “Think” a new player has started playing. Slot machines are computers and there is no way they “know” when a new player starts playing. The RNG is continuously running and is used to select the next win or loss. It is not linked to the to the coin receptor so varying your coins or cashing out and starting again will not help you win.  However….know the machine you’re playing.  Some extra bonus symbols are added, or some winning combinations are not available at certain denominations.  Still, not connected to the players card.

AND FINALLY

“Using a player card enables the casino to report my winnings to the IRS.” The fact is, it makes no difference. If you win $1,200 or more they will report it either way. If you have a net losing year, which you probably will, at least the casino will have evidence of it. Such annual win/loss statements may be used as evidence to declare offsetting loses to jackpot wins.

Play sensible, play with knowledge, and play with your Players Card in the card reader.

Binbin

Momentum Players Club At Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun

Some think Rewards or Players Clubs at casinos work against you, or even gather information to distribute to advertising or even the IRS. I just think they are a positive way to decrease the house edge with comps.

What does the casino use the players club for?  Basically, to offer discounts and complimentary items in exchange for adding your name for their marketing database, for the ability to track how and where you spend your money.

In the 7 New England Casinos, we have 6 distinct Slot/Rewards clubs two of which are under Penn National’s Marquee Rewards – Hollywood Bangor in Maine, and Plainridge Park in Massachusetts.

Mohegan Sun has five tiers (levels) now – Core, Ignite, Leap, Ascend & Soar – to their Momentum Rewards Club.

Here are some basics for Mohegan Sun’s Momentum Club.  Statistics are based personal experience and search,  vpFree2, and Mohegan Sun’s Momentum website:

Mohegan Sun's Momentum Players Club

Mohegan Sun’s Momentum Players Club

IMPORTANT NOTE for VIDEO POKER PLAYERS: ALL FULL PAY VP MACHINES DO NOT EARN PLAYERS CLUB POINTS!  Check for a small white placard on each machine displaying FULL PAY, NOT ELIGIBLE.

Accruing Points

Video Poker stats – $390 – $550 coin-in = 1 status point ; short-pay VP earns Momentum Dollars

Approximately $167 coin-in on slots = 1 point

BASIC FACTS:

Cashback: NONE
Marketing Comps: Yes
Discretionary Comps: Yes
Points Expire: After 1 year of inactivity
Slot club day runs from: 6:00AM to 6:00AM

You can spend Momentum Dollars at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. You can’t accrue Momentum points at Resorts.

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Pennsylvania

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Pennsylvania

Momentum Club perks by level include:

  • The Core status card is the initial card and free of charge. It has many basic benefits associated with it, such as free slot play, and is available to all guests over 21.  If you sign up as a new card holder online, you can receive a special offer of free slot play.  Click HERE for more to fill out the form.
  • The Ignite status card is available to guests who earn 400 Status Points during the six-month qualifying period. Guests who earn Ignite status will have all of the associated benefits that the Ignite status card offers. Ignite members will be given 50 Choice Credits each month with which they can design their stay based on their interests while visiting Mohegan Sun.
  • The Leap status card is available to guests who earn 600 Status Points during the six month qualifying period. Guests who earn Leap status will have all of the associated benefits that the Leap status card offers. Leap members will be given 200 Choice Credits each month with which they can design their stay based on their interests while visiting Mohegan Sun.
  • The Ascend status card is available to guests who earn 1,400 Status Points during the six-month qualifying period. Guests who earn Ascend status will have all of the associated benefits that an Ascend member receives. Ascend members will be given 800 Choice Credits each month with which they can design their stay based on their interests while visiting Mohegan Sun.
  • The Soar status card is available to guests who earn 4,000 Status Points during the six month qualifying period. Guests who earn Soar status will have all of the associated benefits that a Soar member receives. This card level does not have Choice Credits. Soar members have full access to all of the benefits that are received by using Choice Credits without having to manage a set amount of Choice Credits each month.

    Resorts in Atlantic City accepts Momentum Dollars for all amenities

    Resorts in Atlantic City accepts Momentum Dollars for all amenities

Other NOTES worthy of mention:

  1. Qualifying periods are the same, April through September
  2. As you elevate your Status, Momentum Dollar Accelerators will kick in to boost your Momentum Dollar earning rate. Ignite, Leap, Ascend,  & Soar boosts status points 10%, 15%, 20%, and 25% respectively.
  3. There is no opportunity for spending to earn points or status.  
  4. Mohegan Sun has an inflexible policy concerning “non-gambling” days.  If you use your momentum dollars for dining or drinks, if you take advantage of any offer comped to you, and if you swipe your card in a kiosk without gambling, Mohegan Sun counts it as a “non-gambling” day.  This means it is used to diminish your Average Daily Theoretical which calculates what comps you will be offered.  Be smart with what perks you use and when.
  5. Advantages: Ascend and Soar members may park in our Riverview garage, and Leap, Ascend and Soar members may park in the Indian Summer garage.
  6. When you play at a higher rate, you will earn more Status Points and Status Points are how you move up to a higher Status Card level.  Many times throughout the 6-month period, triple and double multiplier days are offered to boost your status even faster.

STATUS POINTS, MOMENTUM DOLLARS & CHOICE CREDITS

Inside one of three VIP lounges at Mohegan Sun

Inside one of three VIP lounges at Mohegan Sun

  1. Momentum Dollars are spendable at any of the shops or restaurants. These dollars are earned by gaming. One Momentum Dollar is equivalent to one dollar when using them for purchase in any of our shops or restaurants.  This is for ALL amenities.
  2. Status Points are earned through gaming and determine which card level members fall into.  Status Points, unlike Momentum Dollars, are earned at the same rate throughout every card level.
  3. Choice Credits are complimentary credits that are given to Ignite, Leap and Ascend members each month. Ignite members will receive 50 Choice Credits each month, Leap members will receive 200 Choice Credits each month and Ascend members will receive 800 Choice Credits each month.  Choice Credits can be used for VIP lounge access, Seasons Buffet entry, hotel stays, scooter rentals, gaming exchanges (available to Leap and Ascend members only) and Arena tickets.

 

That’s all for now.

Binbin