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Best way to use $200 in Free Play

Discussion in 'Casino Gaming' started by Dancemom, Jun 21, 2013.

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  1. Dancemom

    Dancemom Low-Roller

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    I've got my first freeplay offer with this upcoming trip (well, apart from a few $5 ones locally) and I'm thinking it might be fun to do something with it that actually could leave me more likely to come out of it with some more slot money. Advice?
     
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    Smo Mr. Las Vegas

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    Take $200 out of your bankroll and replace it with this! Now you have even more money for a great dinner or 2.

    Play it all on some Video Poker, or maybe just half and see what you can win back!

    Find some old school 3 reel slots, like dollar or five dollar machines and play away. You may hit a nice win to supplement your BR for the trip.

    Or you could just give it to me and I'll help you get rid of it! :evillaugh

    I have $200 FP from Wynn and still don't know how I'm gonna play it yet! Maybe I'll scatter it around, like half on video poker and the other half on some $1 three reel Double Diamond Deluxe machines. That's what I'm thinking. But plans always change when I get there.
     
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    With bigger free play amounts most people do one of the three:

    A) Play it like normal
    Treat the free play like you would part of your bankroll, just instead of having two hundred dollar bills in your pocket you have a $200 bill on your player card.

    B) Convert it to cash
    This one doesn't make sense to me, but some people will play a super low variance game like 50 or 100 play video poker (Jacks or Better) and basically convert the free play to cash... or they will play electronic video roulette and put money on black and money on red at the same time (so they only lose if 0 or 00 comes up).
    They do this because they feel better having the cash in their pocket (usually less than the free play amount) and then gambling normally with it than using it off the card... if you are thinking of doing this I don't see why you would just do option "A" above.

    C) Go big
    The third option is to treat it like free money and go big, to play outside your normal comfort zone and chase after a big big win. IE: if you normally play penny machines at 50 cents a spin you might go to a nickle machine and try playing at $2-3 a spin... or if you normally play nickle machines betting 1 credit per line on 20 or 30 line machines ($1-1.50 per spin) then you might try betting 5 or more credits per line ($5-10 per spin) or even going bigger and playing something like a dollar video slot betting something like $15-20+ per spin where if you can manage to hit a bonus game you can win potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars.


    Most of the time I go for option "A" though sometimes what I'll do is add maybe 50% more on the freeplay and go for option "C" (IE: if I had $300 in freeplay I would add $150 to it so I am playing something big with a $450 bankroll).
     
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    pinklime Low-Roller

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    Funny, I have the same "problem" as you do. I have $550 freeplay for my next trip and I have been debating whether to play the $1 or $5 machines. I love the penny games because they are so much fun but it is very easy to go through a few hundred dollars on them without much to show for it. We all know that payback is better on the higher denominations so maybe that's the route to go?
     
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    Dancemom Low-Roller

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    Thanks! I normally like to play$1.50-$3 a spin on penny machines so I'm thinking of trying something like $4-5 a spin, keeping track of how many spins so I know exactly what I "made" from the freeplay. I don't normally play video poker (bores me) but thinking of trying half or so on that and half on some fun slots, assuming I'm even allowed to use FP on video poker (I read something somewhere that said some places don't allow FP on VP).
     
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    Smo Mr. Las Vegas

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    No need to keep track of your spins, use the counter for your players card. That's what I do.
    For instance, if it's with CET (Caesar's Entertainment, your Total Rewards card), they give one point for every $5 played through the machine. So watch that meter where you stick your card in. If I only want to cycle through $50 in one machine and I want to vary my bets with max bet or sometimes lower and then see how much I made, you would stop when the Tier Credit counter says 10TC's. The remaining balance is what you made without having to count your spins and making sure you bet the same amount every time. If you are playing Video Poker, the rate is $10 coin-in for one TC, so if you wanted to play $50 through the Video Poker, the counter would read 5 TC's.

    Once you get the hang of it, it's easy. Watching that meter also tells me how much I have cycled through the machine and helps me to set a stop limit as well.

    If your Free Play is for Mlife, Cosmo, WynnCore, or Venetian, then just watch their meters count to one while you bet away. Same principle but with different point values for dollars cycled through.
     
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