It amazes me to see people sinking their money into a machine with out having a Rewards Card inserted in the card reader. I sometimes ask people why they don’t use a card and have received several interesting answers. Here are the truths and myths about these little plastic cards. Here is the Ultimate Truth About Casino Players Cards & Slot Machines.
Myths About Players Cards & Slot Machines
I hope you don’t believe in any of the following:
- “I don’t play enough to earn anything.” Rewards points can add up quickly. Take advantage of multiplier days and other promotions 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.
- “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 play without their rewards card at tables so they stay anonymous. They are called “refusal” players.
- “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. The Random Number Generator takes care of the winning – and losing.
- “Playing with your slots club card decreases your chances of winning.” The myth is that the casinos want you to win less so, insert your card and they can change your winning percentage. Again, the RNG ( Random Number Generator ) takes care of the machine’s payout. The notion that by using a casino club card lowers your odds of winning is a big misconception, and quite frankly illegal.
- “Using Your Player’s Card Shows can change my comps! – Well, yes – but not as you may think. Your perks depends on your theoretical value. Without use of the card, comps are nearly impossible for recreational gamblers. “Discretionary Comps” – complementaries handed out by management staff – rarely exist these days.
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- “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 only to select the next win or loss.
- “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 on a slot machine, they will report it anyway because of the paperwork you will sign. Check tax rules and use your annual win/loss statements to declare offsetting loses to jackpot wins when possible. Of course, you declare your winnings, don’t you?
When Should I Not Use My Rewards Card?
When your amount of $$ played will be substantially less than a ‘typical’ day, don’t play with your card. If you are rated based on average of $300/day, $25 on the last day only hurts your Average Daily Theoretical. But, only if you are a second tier player or higher. Changes in your ADT will diminish your comps. The following story is true.
Rewards Club Card DON’T – Playing Freeplay, then leaving. A friend of mine visited the local casino about 4-8 times per month. Most of the time, he stopped in only to play his free slot play and leave. Of course, he used his rewards card to access his freeplay. Every month after that, freeplay diminished month by month and his ADT never recovered.
Beware of small plays or “no-gambling” days at the casino. Playing your free slot play and walking away with whatever you made will have terrible consequences on you ADT. That includes walking in, swiping your card and walking out. It’s still considered a “no-gambling” day.
Rewards Club Card DO – Another friend of mine also stopped by his local casino about 4-8 times per month. However, this guy doesn’t use his card during short plays, only during a normal session. On these short plays, he plays a little VP or Video Keno, enjoys a drink, and is on his way with no record of small play. Otherwise, he uses his card all the time. This is an example when not using your card is a good idea.
Beware of Chasing Comps
Please Note – One of the most-common mistakes in gambling involves chasing comps. Far too many players think that they should continue gambling just to earn a specific reward or tier status. The key thing to realize here is that the rewards are never worth the theoretical losses you’ll spend to reach them. Don’t do anything that encourages you to gamble beyond your means. That $100 “free” buffet will never really feel worth it.
Play sensible, play with knowledge, and play responsibly with your Players Card.
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