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Better to Combine Play?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by marksind, Jul 27, 2015.

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  1. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    My wife and I are "low rollers" who stay and play in downtown Vegas. We spend about 80% of our gambling time playing max bet 25 cent video poker, usually but not always with the best pay tables we can find. We play many different games, with Bonus Poker being probably the most common since 8/5 pay tables are still widely available downtown. We'll throw the occasional $20 in a slot machine. She'll play $5 or $10 Pai Gow with me, and I'll play blackjack at the $5 or $10 level.

    We used to get comp offers from a variety of downtown casinos, but as others have noted, it seems they've really tightened up in the past year or so. We try to focus our play at places we like to stay, which most recently has been the Downtown Grand. Still, we'll play elsewhere for variety and a change of scenery. I know it's best to concentrate play at one casino if you want comps. In the past we've gotten our own player's accounts and cards because we both used to get offers and could use them end-to-end for a longer trip. Now we either aren't getting offers or are getting ones of little value. So, to the questions: for a low roller, in the current environment do you think it would be better if we both played on one of our cards rather than each using our own? To the contrary, are there any reasons to each continuing to play on our own accounts?
     
  2. Krh2o

    Krh2o MIA

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    I don't know specifics of Downtown properties, as I never stay there. I do know with the strip properties, having both use the same card will generate more points and better "coin in" for a single account. In theory that should get better offers. With Mlife me and my wife use my card when we play, and so I get the better offers. The down side would be that if they cannot link the cards, your wife might not get the status perks with a different card, and also the offers will be in only one persons name/account so that the other person couldn't go without them. If that won't matter then you should be using one card for your play.
     
  3. Turtleman

    Turtleman VIP Whale

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    I know opinions vary on this (as they do on almost every topic), but Ms. Gecko and I are convinced we're better off with separate non-linked cards. We're low rollers, play mostly table games and a little VP, and patronize Boyd almost exclusively. We usually get the same offers, often combine them; and if nothing else, we each receive three free nights at any Boyd/Coast property on our Sapphire anniversaries.
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    If neither of you are getting offers (different from last post), they grouping all your play on one account will raise your adt and may generate offers. Still, $1.25 at a time VP is a going to be a low level to them.
     
  5. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    Sounds like for your situation playing on the same card may be advantageous if you're certain that ya'll will always go to Vegas together as comp rooms are mutually beneficial. Maybe take turns at different casinos deciding who's cards gets the play.
     
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