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Host question??

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Bamfbowhunter, Oct 19, 2012.

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  1. Bamfbowhunter

    Bamfbowhunter Low-Roller

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    How do people go about getting a host. Do most of them contact the host? Or does the host contact them?? I'm talking the lower level players. I hear lots of people on here that play about the same as me and have host. Just curious.
     
  2. Bamfbowhunter

    Bamfbowhunter Low-Roller

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    By the way I am looking more to the lower/mid level MGM properties. Like NYNY or mirage
     
  3. prozac

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    ..hi bam, for me personally, the hosts just came up to me, knew my name and gave me their card (how I don't know) ..after that, just email or call them ..vip services for each hotel can also forward you to your host ..

    .. so my answer would be "they will find you" .. how about other members??

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  4. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    most of my hosts have come through a recommendation from someone else. you can always just call the casino and ask to talk to a host or walk into a host office and meet someone, but i haven't really had good luck with that.
     
  5. paperposter

    paperposter VIP Whale

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    mine have all found me
     
  6. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    I'm not a huge gambler/player by any stretch, but I do stay in Las Vegas 40-50 nights a year, mostly for business. I decided 3 years ago to stay at one property after years of tryin' 'em all out. I picked the Hard Rock and got one of their Rewards cards. I play a couple hours each evening to wind-down from meetings and usually .25-.50 VP and some $1 slots. After about 6 months, I asked one of the valet guys (who're OUTSTANDING at the HRH) who's a cool host... they gave me a name and I asked for him. He came right out and I told him about myself and that I was really just looking for a "go to" person on property. My association pays for my room, meals, etc. so comp rooms aren't of much value to me (though I still get the offers). I was mainly looking for VIP seats at concerts (The Joint), Vanity (couple times a year) and cabana at the pool (again couple time a year and not at prime time), stuff like that.

    This has worked great for me, but at my level I doubt anyone would've ever come to me. I mainly enjoying placing my reservations (couple times a month) thru him... he knows what floor and what room I like and I ALWAYS get it. He just retired and I've been assigned to a new fella who really seems service oriented... hope it works out as well.

    I'm sure your situation is different than mine, but no harm in asking a bartender, dealer or someone you've kinda warmed up about a host to contact and then do it. What the heck... nothing to lose? Good luck...
     
  7. CinnamintStick

    CinnamintStick High-Roller

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    My host called me at my home. I also had another host called me while I was staying at Caesars and left a message on our room phone. I never got her name because by then my husband who answered the phone had to much to drink. Lesson leaned, if you have a message, be sober before picking up the phone.

    To be honest. My host has not done much for me. I get more on my offers and booking on line.
     
  8. nygambler88

    nygambler88 Tourist

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    Do you generally have to be playing in a HL room in order to receive a host and is there a certain betting level that is kind've an unwritten rule to receive one?
     
  9. Naturaleight

    Naturaleight High-Roller

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    Every host I've ever had I've contacted myself. Some were great, some were not. You drop the ones you don't like and move on.

    As far as level of play, it depends on the property. A $50-100 avg bet player will be much more highly valued at Monte Carlo or NYNY, than say Bellagio where they would probably sneeze at that bet size.

    I have heard that most properties expect near the $100 avg bet mark to qualify for a host.

    Bottom line is it doesn't hurt to ask or approach a host. The worst they will tell you is that they can't help you. No harm, no foul.
     
  10. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    There is a recent thread in the Trip Reports from a member who states she has a $300 per day bankroll, yet receives complimentary high end rooms at Caesar's Palace. She also mentions having a host there.

    I've been a member of VMB for many many years, and find there is a lot of variance in comps that people report here. I often read of people who gamble at about my level and receive all kinds of comps when I have never received any. On the other hand, many people who report they are being comped obviously spend a LOT more than I do at the tables or on the slot machines.

    If I intended to gamble a lot at any given casino, I believe I would present myself to the casino's VIP center and ask to speak with a casino host. I would then explain who I am, how often I visit, and what my level of play will be. I'm sure the host would be honest with what he or she might be able to do for me. At the conclusion of the trip, if my level of play was attractive to them, I'm sure the host would then stay in touch with me and be available any time I was ready for another visit.

    John
     
  11. Chuck2009x

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    Some of the MGM properties' websites have lists of hosts with their email addresses, that would be the most direct way of trying to get one if you want one.

    Other than that, the way it happens is your play catches someone's eye:

    • You set up a large credit line or wire a decent amount of front money prior to a trip.
    • Your play during a stay sets off bells with a floor person at tables or your slot play triggers something.
    • You go to the MLife desk to see if they'll take any charges off and the person at the desk calls a host
    • You call VIP Services at a property to see what they can offer and the person looks up your account and puts you through to a host.
     
  12. CinnamintStick

    CinnamintStick High-Roller

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    I am a slot player. When my host first contacted me was after I played 5 1/2 hours on American Idol at $6 a spin. It was not the amount I put in the machine. I only put $100 in that machine. I think my length of play has alot to do with it what caught their eye. My bank roll has never been big.
     
  13. mike_m235

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    That's a thought. Or you could call a host, book your room through them ahead of time for the trip (if you didn't have a comp anyway, there's no real loss there -- they'd probably give you a 'casino rate.') Then at the end of the trip, talk to the host again and see what they can take off. Then, when you book your next trip with that host, they have a record of you.

    Telling your host what you intend to do -- I've got to believe they get that kind of thing a lot, with some people being less than honest.
     
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