you're planning a trip to Vegas or hitting an International gambling destination,
you should have casino comps on your mind. Besides saving you money and maximizing
your gambling dollar, good casino comps let you see sights and sounds you very
well could have missed completely otherwise. If you're interested in learning
more about (and where to find the best) online casino comps, read all about it
in our online gambling section.
If you think comps are just for high rollers, you simply haven't learned how
to get them yet! More than 80% of a casino's comp marketing money goes to medium
and low rollers, and taking into account the fact that the casinos spend a good
portion of their overall marketing budgets on comps, that leaves us in a pretty
good position. The process of actually getting casino comps is simple, but relatively
unknown to novice gamers. To learn how to have you're next meal free, read on!
The first and last thing you have to do to get comped at the casino is join
a players club. This means you have to give up your personal information (oh
no, they might mail you more free offers!) but you get a shiny plastic card
out of the deal. This 'players card' is what the game is all about. You can
use it at the tables or at the machines; all of your play can be credited. Many
people have the concept that to get casino comps you have to be playing big
money, and eventually a croupier will simply walk up to you and slip you something
subtly. While this may look like what's happening, the real fact is the player
the casino comps has built up a good number of points by playing over time and
always using their comp card.
Getting one is easy and free, just find the right booth and ask, fill out a
form and hang on for a second. It's never a bad idea to ask for a second copy
of the card (say you always lose them, should they ask for a reason). If you
are at the casino with a friend or partner, one of you can play at a table with
one card, while one of you uses the other in a machine or at a different table.
They require that you write your name on the cards, so if you both sat at the
same table you couldn't earn points simultaneously. There is more benefit to
having one players club 'account' between the two of you than a separate one
each, because there is a slightly exponential aspect to how the casino comps
are rewarded. You'll get dinner for two at a fancy restaurant for earning 500
points (completely arbitrary numbers here) on one account, or you'll get two
dinners for one at a crappy restaurant for earning 250 points on two different
accounts (and oh yes, there definitely are crappy restaurants in Vegas, and
the fancy ones are a whole heck of a lot better!). That example was of course
just to get my point across, the 'number' of points is arbitrary, and truly
only relative to the length of time you've spent gambling and how much you've
So the process of getting comps is simply to grab a players club card so that
the casino can track your play. You can insert the card into whichever machine
you're playing on, and the casino automatically knows how long you've played
and how much, which directly affects which comps you are eligible for. At table
games just put your card down with your chips or cash as you sit down to the
table, and a croupier will take your information and track your play. One tip
you may hear is to keep your place at the table if you need a break. Just ask
the dealer to place your spot, and while you're gone you are still recorded
as having sat there. This means you're being credited for the time you're at
the table, and you're building your comp points up. Don't leave for long stretches
for very often though, or you may be politely refused a held place.
When it comes time for you to actually receive your comp, you don't have to
wait for a croupier to offer anything (and they may not, as it could be impolite
to let you know you're eligible for a free dinner, when your intention may be
to gamble a lot more and get a great comp, which of course the casino would
love to see you do) you can control it all yourself. Just walk right back up
to the booth you got your card from, hand it over, and ask if you've got anything
coming to you. It's that easy! The casino will then print up a comp or grab
your show tickets or whatever it is you're getting for free!
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