10 Casino Money-Saving Tips From Jean Scott

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Jean Scott is the “Queen of Coupons” and in her many posts and newsletters, she included one must read with her “10 Casino Money-Saving Tips.”

Everyone like to save money at the casino. These money-saving tips should be part of every casino visit. Those considered “good” gamblers learn the best strategies on the best games and use any legal method to increase their odds and lower the casino’s advantage, thus, saving-money and lengthening their bankroll. Jean Scott is one of those authors who practices what she preaches.  Before continuing on, check out two of her websites Jean Scott’s Queen of Comps  & Jean Scott’s Frugal Vegas. For related posts in NETG, click on Big Data, Casinos, & Jean Scott & Playing Video Poker Like Jean Scott – The Monday Link

Jean Scott is the author of the best-selling book “The Frugal Gambler,” (a must for every gambler) a casino guide for thrifty low rollers, plus a sequel, “More Frugal Gambling.” She stresses sensible, responsible gambling and shows how to stretch out casino fun time whatever your gambling bankroll.

Retired from the high school English classroom, her passion is still education while she continues as an active player in casinos all over the country. Today, Jean Scott, who, in her words, is just an “ordinary grandmother,” is the world’s most famous low-rolling gambler and her fans are legion

While all of Jean’s suggestions are with Las Vegas in mind where she resides, her 10 Money-Saving tips in the Casino are great ideas to use or modify in our New England Casinos.  Here are her tips:

10 Casino money-saving tips from the Frugal Gambler

1. Study before you go.

Libraries and bookstores have oodles of casino and gambling books that will guide you on a money-saving path. The Internet is full of information on the various casino games. Learn which games have the smallest casino edge, or have a skill factor you could learn, or that enable you to risk your money more slowly. All of these will allow you to lose less and/or stretch your bankroll further.

Shooting at the Craps Table – have fun whatever your game is.

2. Treat gambling as a form of entertainment and budget it just as you do whatever else you do for fun, such as movies, eating out, and vacations.

Nothing takes away the fun factor more quickly than losing money that you need for life’s essentials. Do not take your checkbook or ATM or credit card to the casino with you. Decide how much you can afford to spend (lose), and take that amount in cash or safe traveler’s checks as your gambling bankroll. Make your gambling bankroll last the whole time you plan to be in a casino by dividing it into segments, i.e., in thirds if you are staying three days, in three-to-four session bankrolls for each day. Then never “borrow ahead” from the next session bankroll.

3. Join every casino player’s club you can, even if you don’t plan to gamble there.

You can join many online before you get to Vegas. Membership is free and many casinos give discounts to player’s card holders in their restaurants, gift shops, and for rooms.

4. Use your player’s card EVERY TIME you play, no matter how small the amount or short the time.

This allows the casino to track your play and thus know how much to reward you with comps, those freebie meals, rooms, shows, and other benefits that the casinos want to give their players.

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Mohegan Sun’s Momentum Players Club

If you play machines, there is a place for you to insert your card. If you play the tables, you merely hand the card to the dealer of any game and ask that your play be tracked. Casinos cannot give you comps if they don’t know you are playing in their casino.

    An added benefit of joining and using a player’s card is that casinos often send mail offers to everyone in their database, sometimes even to those who have played little or not at all. You will be surprised at the money-saving offers that will appear in your mailbox when you get home.

5. Don’t drink too much alcohol, even if the drinks are free. It will cloud your judgment.

More Money-Saving Tips From Jean Scott 

6. If you are losing too fast, lower your denomination.

Change from the dollar slots to quarters or from quarter to nickels. At the tables, bet the lowest-value chip allowed.

7. Slow down your play — savor the noisy, fun-filled atmosphere.

The bells and whistles, the clanking coins, the high fives at the tables, the excited screams of winners — this is what makes the casino such an entertaining experience.

Remember the days of casino trips with coupon books?

8. Look for coupons and specials for discounted meals, shows, and sightseeing tours.

You can find many of these in the freebie magazines around town: at the bell desk, at rental car agencies and motels, at the airport, and right in your room. Read the marquees for menu specials.

9. Look for promotions that will add value to a game you play:

a. bonus players club points, like double points on holidays or on a certain day every week;
b. bonuses for certain events, like the top jackpot on slots, a certain quad in video poker, or a special hand in blackjack;
c. drawings for which you can earn tickets by playing your favorite game.

10. Make your bankroll last longer by taking frequent non-gambling breaks.

Take in a show, go sightseeing, have a long, leisurely meal, take a tour or go shopping. Get your proper rest. A tired gambler is a gambler who will make decisions he will regret. Get a full night’s sleep and take a nap, if possible. Gambling is hard work!
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Remember, when gambling & comp-harvesting, embrace the math not the Myth.

Binbin

MGM – GameSense, Responsible Gambling, Every Property

 

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MGM Resorts

The gambling industry is consistently maligned for pushing gamblers toward addiction. The fact is that there are strategies the casino business use that influences players gambling more.  Libby Kane, in here article “9 Tricks Casinos Use To Make You Spend More Money” gives you some examples of age old ways a casino can influence your further gambling.

Remember, these chips represent real money.

 

 

We have many pleasures in this world and some do become unmanageable vices.  But, in recent years, the gaming industry has looked at ways to help their patrons stay away from addiction.

Anyone ever notice if a liquor store ever denied clientele from purchases because of suspected alcohol addiction?  Did you ever see someone notify a major cigarette manufacturer to ask that they be banned from purchasing their product?  well, how about the casino industry?

Self-banning, or self-exclusion, is a process of giving a casino permission to stop a player from entering a specific casino and has been available for years. Most compulsive gamblers and their family members believe that self-exclusion is the solution because the problem is the gambler going to the casino.” One of the problems that gamblers and their family members learn is that just because you self-ban from one casino doesn’t mean you’ve banned yourself from others.

When Massachusetts passed the he Expanded Gaming Act in 2011, particular emphasis was placed on encouraging responsible gaming and the prevention of problem gambling. The Act uniquely mandated a physical space for responsible gaming support inside all Massachusetts casinos, and directed MGC to pursue innovative and active methods and tools to meet this legislative mandate.  Plainridge Park Casino, the first Massachusetts casino in Plainville, MA, included three options to help against gambling problems:

  1. GameSenseMA.com, a website with tips and tricks to promote responsible gaming practices
  2. The GameSense Info Center at Plainridge Park Casino, staffed by GameSense Advisors from 9:00am to 1:00am every day
  3. PlayMyWay is an innovative budget-setting tool that prompts rewards card holders to voluntarily choose a daily, weekly and/or monthly budget to track their spending while at Plainridge Park Casino.

For additional coverage of Plainridge Park’s Responsible Gambling Program, check out our previous related posts “Plainridge Park Casino Officially Launches “PlayMyWay” Today!”

and

“Massachusetts Gaming Report – Keeping Track Of Its Residents Gambling Health.”

What came as a big surprise, at least to me, was when MGM recently decided to adopt the GameSense platform to all of ITS properties, due to success at the Plainridge Park property (owned by PennNationalGaming) and the Connecticut Lottery, among others using the program.

It is expected to be used in all Massachusetts casinos – Wynn Boston Harbor & MGM’s MGM Springfield.  Steve Ruddock, in his article

“MGM Adopting GameSense Responsible Gaming Program Throughout Its US Casinos” from OnlinePokerReport

said, “What MGM has likely seen is the light touch GameSense uses, as well as the positive perception of GameSense from casino patrons.”

I’ve always thought that MGM was a profit-first company, with little care for its players. But not only is bold move a plus for everyone, having so much data to use may also help Responsible Gaming Program Design in the future.  Steve continues with four important points:

  1. According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s annual report, 87.7 percent of survey respondents said their primary concern was resolved by visiting a GameSense Info Center or speaking with a GameSense advisor.
  2. A further 82 percent of survey respondents said they would visit the GameSense Info Center again.
  3. Furthermore, the industry as a whole is becoming more in tune with responsible gaming as a policy, rather than viewing it as a handcuff.
  4. Forward-thinking companies have come to the conclusion that embracing responsible gaming policies — and in doing so attracting the right type of customer — is good for business.

When winning is important to both sides in the casino business, this move by MGM can only be seen as a “win-win.”

Bravo!  MGM!

Binbin


Steve Ruddock

 – Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus for OPR is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.

 

 

 

Casino Industry Marketing Strategies – Meant to Entice ALL Generations

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TAKE THE POWER AWAY FROM THE CASINO            – BE AN INFORMED, KNOWLEDGEABLE & AWARE GAMBLER!

Are you a member of AARP?  I am.  I also receive the AARP Bulletin. Now, I understand the reading demographic is 50+ and education is important for AARP’s readers, but, this article doesn’t tell the whole story and makes us Baby Boomers out to be helpless – DO YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED HELPLESS?

aarpThis month, AARP included an article called “The Casino Trap.”  It’s theme –> the casino industry’s aggressive marketing of older patrons. It’s opening image – a coin slot machine from around 1960!  OMG! Why not show a typewriter instead of a computer! We seniors today are smarter, more mobile, more fun, more energetic, healthier, more sociable (we can be a bunch of “twits”) and frankly here to stay.

Alright, here are 4 quotes from the article and NETG’s response: Continue reading