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Impact on comps during March Madness?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by mrem3200, Nov 27, 2015.

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  1. mrem3200

    mrem3200 High-Roller

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    I am a low level player, enough that I have a host (but just barely) and he booked my last trip for me with a little free play. That was my first time using a host. I have been talking with my friend about our next trip and we have narrowed it down to the second half of March, with no specific dates yet. So I guess my question is, how much worse can I expect from an upfront comp perspective if I want to go when there are tournament games vs. no games? While I would like to be there while the games are going on, it is not a huge priority for me. My last few trips I have been able to get free rooms (including weekends) at any CET property. Will there be a big difference on what he can give me on the front end depending on the dates/games vs. no games? I just don't know how much crazier/busier it is during the tournament.

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  2. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    It will be busy but there's plenty of rooms.
     
  3. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    It's not clear what you mean by "upfront comps" via a host.

    You can look at the availability calendar right now and see if you can get a room for any dates you're thinking about. And look in your TR Offers to see if there's any offers with throw ins that are bookable.

    At your self-described play level, a host probably isn't going to be able to do anything more for you than you can do yourself online. But he shouldn't do anything less, either.
     
  4. Grasp

    Grasp Low-Roller

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    The opening weekend (3/17-3/20 this year) will be slammed and continues to get busier every year. You can see the difference in hotel prices, airfare, etc. There have been reports on the March Madness in Vegas FB group of some comp blackouts at certain properties, but this will be a YMMV situation. I've never had an issue getting comps during this period and this year is no different. If you're not going opening weekend then this is all moot. The rest of the month is just normal Vegas weekends.
     
  5. ChickenBone Jones

    ChickenBone Jones Low-Roller

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    Yes the opening round is busy enough to affect "availability" of certain marketing offers. I love the sweet sixteen weekend. It's not as busy but you still have good games to bet on.
     
  6. PHVHost

    PHVHost CET Casino Host

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    Like anything else, what we do for offers and available comp rooms is based on supply and demand. Usually during event weekends such as great gift wrap up, NYE, super bowl, march madness, we don't need as much incentive to get people in since there are several more in line behind them and they aren't coming for the free play but more for the event parties. We typically black out free play during busy weekends, and rooms are more difficult to comp since we need to keep them available to customers that are higher level players. As big events come up, comp thresholds can change based on supply and demand. As a host it can be tough, especially if we latch onto a customer during slow periods. A suite or offer I can give a customer in August is a lot different than October, traditionally one of our busier months. This can complicate things because the player will get accustomed to a certain service level that just isn't sustainable during busier time periods. It isn't static, it is a dynamic sliding scale that changes based on conditions.
     
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