Las Vegas comps are there for the taking. For the uninitiated, the term
"comps" refers to the complimentary (hence the name) rooms,
meals, concert tickets, etc., casino operators use to attract players
and keep them coming back for more. Generally speaking, Las Vegas comps
are issued according to a gambler's length and frequency of play as well
as the amounts wagered.
If you play anything from roulette to craps to baccarat, tell the pit
boss that you would like to be rated. If you are playing keno, mention
to the keno personnel you would like to be rated as you place your first
Most Atlantic City casinos combine slot rating with table rating, and
use the same card for both. The easiest thing to do when you enter a new
casino, regardless of what you play, is to go to the slot club, join,
and ask if the same card is used for table ratings. Even if you don't
play the slots, just joining the club may get you later mailings offering
In Las Vegas, some casinos follow different procedures. The 24
Kt Gold in downtown Las Vegas requires that you join the slot club
at the 24 Karat Booth and apply for table rating card at the casino cage.
At others, you might sit down at a table and ask to be rated and the pit
boss will take your name or ask you to fill out a card. Lady
Luck Casino requires you to fill out a card at the table and get an
actual "rating card" which records all your play. You hand this
to the dealer each time you sit down and pick it up again when you leave
the table. At the end of the day you turn this in to the VIP desk.
You can ask for Las Vegas comps as you play, or go to the VIP desk and
ask for comps. The slot club (Mad Money Club) has it's own booth, and
it's own card. But for your overall rating, the two can be combined. So
if you play both slots and tables, don't forget to mention this to the
VIP desk or host, so that they will combine the ratings.
keeps slot club and table ratings totally separate. This means you could
get two mail offers for free rooms, but cannot combine a 2-night free
offer from table games with 3-nights from the slot club into a 5-night
stay. At the MGM Grand, your table and slot play are combined. You can
get a card at the slot club booth or by talking to a host or by asking
for a ratings card while you are playing at a table. Always ask what the
rules are to avoid losing valuable rating points.
Some casinos, especially in Atlantic City, claim that they won't rate
you at table games unless you bet $10 or even $25. However, this does
not necessarily mean that they won't offer you a Las Vegas comp for a
meal. Even if you are playing for less than their "rating" amount,
if you ask the floor person for a meal as you are about to leave, you
just might get it. Generally speaking, 2 hours of play at $5 or more will
almost always get you a Las Vegas comp. If you fall below the amount needed
for rating, a common practice is to combine your rating with your spouse's/friend's,
or even pile your friend's bets on top of yours.
Never play solely for Las Vegas comps. If you're told that you need to
play longer to get one but you're ready to leave, leave. It makes no sense
to sit for a 1/2 an hour betting $5-25 a hand for a comp with a $10 value.
It's much more likely that you would lose that much or more in that extra
few minutes of play. Since the pit boss can be slow in writing out your
comp, you will do well to ask for it about 15 minutes before you really
want to go. If you ask for it and it doesn't show up, ask again, and when
you're ready to leave, stop playing. Sometimes the pit boss will wait
until he sees you get up from the table. Another point worth mentioning
is that pit bosses write Las Vegas comps more quickly, and for less betting,
than in Atlantic City.
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