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Newbie - what cards are a must?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by nia, Sep 1, 2012.

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  1. nia

    nia Tourist

    Sep 1, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I am learning the ropes before our 1st trip Oct 25th.

    I got us both signed up for Wynn's Red Card, Mlife and Total Rewards. We are staying at MGM.

    What other cards should I get?

    What is the benefit of linking cards?

    What free slot plays can I get if any?
  2. Hyperfocal

    Hyperfocal High-Roller

    Sep 17, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    The other cards on the Strip are Tropicana, Venetian/Palazzo, Cosmopolitan, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and Bill's.

    Cosmopolitan may still be running their loss rebate where you get $100 in freeplay if you lose $100 in one day in the casino. This has been extended several times, but may be gone when you get there. They have also been doing $10 or spin the wheel for prizes with new sign ups. IMHO, it's usually better to sign up in person to get promotions.

    Tropicana has had a similar loss rebate, but it's for $200 and only $100 is immediately rebated and the other $100 has to be redeemed on a future trip. Not sure if it's still going on.

    Treasure Island usually has a freeplay for new member offer, along with some comps for first day's play. i.e. earn 100 points get a cap or something.

    Venetian/Palazzo usually gives out some freeplay for new members, but they have had a few coupons that will up it to $25.

    Don't know anything about Riviera or Circus Circus. Bill's is a little casino and they have rotating specials for new sign ups.

    Don't bother with the free play offers from Hooters or Casino Royale, both these are on special machines that don't pay out unless you hit a jackpot.
  3. zlanga

    zlanga Low-Roller

    Jul 30, 2007
    Bergheim, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Just to clarify:
    The Tropicana rebate is lose 200, then 100 rebated immediately, 50 the next day, and 50 the following day.
    Hooters changed their freeplay promo now as well, it is a 1 time rebate program when you sign up for the card, and if you lose 100, it is rebated 50 the first day, 25 the next, and 25 the following. They no longer do the crappy free play on the worthless machines like they used to (thankfully!)
    I did the Tropicana one on my April trip, and will do Hooters next month since it just began back in July I believe. As the previous poster said, hopefully Cosmo is still running theirs for you as well, that one was 100 loss rebated at once rather than spreading it over 3 days, making it even more convenient.

    Good luck!:thumbsup:
    USBC Open
  4. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

    Jan 8, 2009
    Burnaby, BC
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    For a first trip to Las Vegas there are three that are "a must"

    Use at Casinos: MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, NYNY, Monte Carlo, Aria, Mirage
    Why: You are staying at MGM Grand and most of the casinos in your immediate area are MLife casinos so if you gamble that is likely where much of your play is going to be at by just using your card you will earn Express Comps that you can put towards your hotel bill or some dining.

    Total Rewards:
    Use at Casinos: Caesars, Harrah's, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Bally's, Paris, Planet Hollywood
    Why: you get a "fun book" when you sign up that has a lot of coupons in it for different attractions, shopping and dining. Also if you give them a good day or twos worth of play and you decide to come back to Las Vegas one day it is usually pretty easy to get free rooms from them (depending on your level of gambling they may not be the best rooms, but they would be free).

    Identity Club:
    Use at Casino: Cosmopolitan
    Why: They have a promotion called "Play $100 on us" and you should make sure you ask about it when you sign up for the card. Its a same day promotion where you can play $100 through their slots or video poker and if you lose it all then go to the Identity Club booth and they will give you $100 worth of slot play. There are already a few threads on this promotion and good ways to use it (some people play the first $100 hard, chasing a big win and then play the $100 slot play normally... others just grind the first $100 and then grind the second $100 and get a full days play out of it all).

    Because of where you are staying, right across the street from Tropicana, you might also look at their slot club because they have a similar promotion as Cosmopolitan but you don't get all the free slot play at once.

    After that its really just what you go out and see and do. Like you could go to Ti to sign up for their Club TI and get some free play out of it, but its at the far end of the main part of The Strip from where you are staying so not really worth shlepping all that way to get a few bucks in free slot play unless you are going to be in the area.

    Club Grazie (Venetian and Palazzo) and Red Card (Wynn and Encore) aren't really going to do much for you as a player either unless you are a higher roller - they are high end resorts that don't really market much to the low rollers. As a first timer you will probably want to see Venetian because its a great looking property inside and out and has some nice shopping, but if you are going to play in their casino I wouldn't worry about signing up for the card unless the line is short.

    Bill's Card is for Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon, located between Flamingo and Bally's, is another card not really worth signing up for. Casino Royale's "Club Royale" is the same... just not worth the effort to sign up for.

    For places like Hooters, Riviera, Stratosphere , Circus Circus and LVH... those are ones I'd just wait until a future trip if you decide to come back to Vegas and make your way to their parts of Las Vegas.
  5. atom

    atom High-Roller

    Feb 14, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    On my first trip to Vegas I made the mistake of getting too many cards and spreading my play too thin. If you want to get offers for discount/free rooms etc for a future trip, then I would pick a property that you like and concentrate my play there. If the Cosmo is still offering the $100 promotion I would take advantage of that.... I can't imagine they will have a better sign up offer in the future.

    Otherwise, save some signups for later. Sign up offers are only good if you have a chance to use them. Also, you can only be a new sign up once, so it can be worth holding out for a good sign up offer.
  6. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

    May 4, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    If you are not going to play at all casinos, it make little sense to spend time standing in line getting cards everywhere.

    Just my opinion. Some will go to every freakin casino on the strip and off strip, ....
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