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Keeping your play consistent?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by heatherlovesvegas, Dec 14, 2013.

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  1. heatherlovesvegas

    heatherlovesvegas VIP Whale

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    By that I mean. I go on about 6 trips to Vegas a year, my trips are usually fairly short, sometimes even 1 night, and not usually at the same property. I think my short sporadic trips are screwing up my average.. or whatever it is they use to determine my status.

    I guess I'm curious is it hurting me to go to a property and spend like $80 before dinner one night, and that's it for the whole trip? I feel like I've messed up my TR and Mlife offers a little bit because of my sporadic gambling.

    I just signed up and started getting good offers at the Venetian this year and I'd like to keep them coming.. Am I better off staying away from gambling there with my card there unless I can devote a full trip of gambling to them? I'll probably visit the Venetian a few times, before I get a chance to stay again. What's the best way to keep things consistent?

    I'm a fairly low roller slot player, so any offer excites me! I guess I'd like to get the best bang for my buck.. any advice?
     
  2. Chuck2009x

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    If your trips are short and you always only stay at one hotel during a trip, only play at that chain's properties during your trip.

    If you don't do it that way, you're shooting yourself in the foot as far as offers.

    If you really like to casino hop, then there's nothing you can do about it.

    3 night stay at a CET property where you gamble your entire bankroll of $1,000 at CET properties = a $333 a day average.

    3 night stay at a CET property where you split your bankroll between CET and MGM properties = $167 a day average at both chains. You damage your status with BOTH.
     
  3. heatherlovesvegas

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    Yeah, that makes sense! Thank you! I do seem to have better luck when my play is really focused.
     
  4. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    If you give only small play or time at a property during a trip, you are definitely hurting your ADT. As the other post stated, if you are only taking a short trip, concentrate your play at one property. If its such a short trip that you don't plan to gamble much at all, just don't give them your players card. The comps you earn from an hour or less of play is probably not worth reducing your ADT
     
  5. flailing

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    Yes, I noted in another thread on offers that mine were cut in a third for the winter. During both my trips this fall I gave other casinos most of the action on the second day so not surprised by this, I specifically gave MB what I thought might have been enough to get a good offer but nothing really came. V/P could lose me for refusing to stock a good IPA on their comped drinks list. A beer that I really enjoy plus Pai Gow is like heaven. Drinking Bud Light and playing Pai Gow is like being bloated at work. That and VIP check in is important to me.
     
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    yes if your chasing comps it scrwes up your offers as they track everything.

    my suggestion is becuase you like to casino hop and play slots do it at any cet propert during your trip you will be fine
     
  7. domeboy

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    Heather, the best advice I ever got was just play where you are comfortable and you will get good offers in the long run. You can drive yourself crazy trying to understand how they use your gaming behavior and ADT to determine comps.

    I typically concentrate my play at CET casinos since I split my trips between AC and Vegas, and this works in my favor since they are in both locations. But, I also play a little at Borgata in AC, and at MGM in Vegas. This way I get really good offers at CET, and I can break up trips with comp stays at MGM and Borgata.
     
  8. Auggie

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    I agree. Trying to nickle and dime the system... its just not "that sensitive" to whether $5 more here or there would matter.

    That said, if for some of your trips your entire gambling budget might be $80, per the example you gave, then that is extremely low rolling and not likely to garner comps anywhere in Las Vegas no matter how often/infrequent your trips are.
     
  9. TheCanoe

    TheCanoe Low-Roller

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    I like to casino hop a lot, but I try to concentrate my play by the day. My last trip went something like-
    Sunday- CET - $800 BR
    Monday- Ccosmo 1k BR
    Tuesday- CET 1 k BR
    Wednesday $800 BR MLife
    Thursday $800 BR Cosmo
    Friday - 1k MLife

    This way, I have a higher daily average at each property, instead of just walking up and down the strip and spreading my play over every property each day. I also try and figure out shows and dinner prior to figuring out which day will be played where. So if dinner is at Craftsteak and we are seeing Ka, I make sure it's an MLife day.

    Not sure if his hurts or helps but It has to be better than what I used to do. Only I can seem to blow 6k ambling in 5 days and get zero offers out of it.
     
  10. Scottndindy

    Scottndindy Low-Roller

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    Just be careful not to spread out your play too much and get one trip out of it. Spreading mlife over 3 days instead of 2 will reduce your comps as they calculate by the trip.

    Using your card for anything can also affect your ADT. If you use your total rewards card for anything on a day you aren't playing there it will ding you. Also if you are staying at a CET Property with your total rewards card connected to your reservation it will ding you if you dont play.
     
  11. UKFanatic

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    That is correct, but just to be clear, MGM will calculate every day you stay there when determining your theo for the trip. In other words, if you book three days at an MGM property, but play four and a half hours each on the first two days and zero on the third day, your theo will be calculated as three hours a day, not four and a half
     
  12. TheCanoe

    TheCanoe Low-Roller

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    So even if I don't stay at a property, I should bunch them together? As in sun/mon CET tue/wed MLife thu/fri Cosmo? Well that makes sense.
     
  13. sindustry

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    Unless you are getting really good comps, I wouldn't worry too much about spreading play. I hop around all the time and still get plenty of offers from a lot of casinos. This has been the case for several years running. The way I see it, I am there to gamble and if my home casino is full of suck and kicking my ass, I am not going to pause or take a break...I am going to hop over to another casino. I dont go crazy room-charging thousands of dollars in hopes they will get comped off, so in the end, I am just content to have my up-front comps and am okay with partial back end comps. By sticking with the suck to just maintain ADT, I would probably piss away way more than a potential comp. Gambling in several different casinos is fun to me. I play at least 3 casinos a day...6 hours total minimum per day, up to 14-16 actual gambling hours per day.
     
  14. ardee

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    Go ahead and play at the Venetian/Palazzo and enjoy yourself.

    Showing up and playing isn't going to hurt at all.

    Have a great time and if you get some offers, all the better.

    I firmly believe one should use a player's card whenever playing at a property.

    It's the high(er) rollers at risk for the hours/amount played because they
    want to have all/most expenses taken off at the end and to keep an ongoing relationship with the property for greater benefits on upcoming visits.

    Not so much for low to mid rollers. If you play what you might have played without offers, then no harm no foul.
    When you get offers, take advantage of them on your own terms and you'll have a more satisfying experience. :beer:
     
  15. sindustry

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    Agree completely!
     
  16. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Just remember, you do NOT have to use your card when you play at every casino. Lots of people have no cards at all.

    If you are stopping in to play just a little, do not use your card. Simple. Not like you are giving up much in comps, etc with $100 play.
     
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