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Picking a home casino

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by VegasSchemer, Apr 6, 2014.

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  1. VegasSchemer

    VegasSchemer Low-Roller

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    I am looking to pick a home casino, where should I take my play?

    I will start out next week playing $15 a hand for 1 hour a day for two days.

    That's all I'm going to work with for now.

    Where is the best place to take my play for comps at that level?

    I'm mostly interested in free nights, although promo chips are cool, too.
     
  2. jackincols

    jackincols Guest

    My guess would be downtown joints, which I never stay at so I can't help you with which ones. The thing that might hurt you, even downtown, will be only playing 1 hr a day.
     
  3. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I cannot think of any place on the Strip that is going to give you free nights for that low level of play. Even if you're playing a game with a high HA, like roulette, you're still only generating about fifteen bucks a day in comps. You're not going to get free nights on the Strip, let alone FP, for that level of play.

    I guess try downtown or off-strip. I am not as familiar with how much play they require for a free room, although I still cannot imagine fifteen bucks a day in comps is going to get you a free room anywhere. Hope I am wrong and good luck
     
  4. VegasSchemer

    VegasSchemer Low-Roller

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    Gotcha. I enjoy seeing Vegas and enjoy playing a bit but don't know how much I'd like playing for a long time. 2 hours would be my play tops. Would that make a difference or do you guys hang out in the 4-6 hour area?
     
  5. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    What are you playing?

    Even two hours a day at that level is not going to get you much. My unsolicited advice, pick a home base casino based on wherever you most want to stay and be prepared to pay full freight. Don't chase comps. Just play as much as you want, at whatever level you are comfortable, and if you get some comps out of it, all the better. Sign up for the players club wherever you end up and if its one of the big Strip companies, you can maybe expect a casino rate on rooms in the future. But they aren't going to give you a free room just because you play one or two hours a day at $15 a hand.

    One other tidbit: if you're only playing a few hours a day, try and play during peak times. A full table may slow down the number of hands played per hour. That way, you might be able to stretch fewer hands into two hours.
     
  6. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    My advice would be to go with Boyd downtown. You will still need more play than you're planning/hoping for in order to get room-nights, but even 3 to 5 hours a day will likely get you there, with no resort fee on comped night or even full-pay nights.

    If you hate downtown, then try CET's Total Rewards. Find you a shoe-game with tolerable rules (no 6:5, if possible), and check your on-line account a few weeks after your trip. Good chance you'll see some Sun-Thu comp nights at Quad & Rio offered to you through Total Rewards. Beware though - CET "comped" nights are not free - you still have to pay the "resort fee".
    And, at $20-25 a night, you may be better off just booking a room where you want to stay and playing where, how long and for how much you desire.

    Plaza also provides room night offers for just a few hours of play per day...and your 1st trip, un-comped room nights are very reasonable.
    (good news though - on comped nights at Plaza, there is no resort fee!)
     
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  7. Texas Gramma

    Texas Gramma Low-Roller

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    The D

    I would recommend The D as a home base. It is in the middle of all the casinos... making it easy to roam around downtown Las Vegas. They have treated me and my family members like royalty... They give lovely room comps and also give you excellent free play, match play, and food comps.
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    The bigger a gambler you are obviously the more comps... but I am a low roller and I could not stay anyplace else downtown and get similar comps... they comp me more than Boyd properties... where I normally play at home.
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    We used to stay 3 days comp at one casino and 3 days at the other and when we asked... they now give us 6 days at The D saving moving from hotel to hotel. They are most accommodating about any "extras" you want for special needs.
     
  8. PopMegaphone

    PopMegaphone VIP Whale

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    Spot on post.

    15 dollar BJ isn't going to get much attention anywhere. I should know. I play at those stakes.
     
  9. makikiboy

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    I agree with just about everyone else. Even at downtown casinos you need to play $25 a hand for 3 hours to ask for a comp meal. At $15 a hand for an hour you would have to find a pit boss feeling sorry for you to even get a comped meal.

    At your level of play you should just pay full price (or ask for casino rates) and hope for a comped meal if anything. No sense you increase your play to $25 a hand or play for 3 hours just to get a comp (unless you are winning), more than likely you will lose much more in the long run.

    As for home base, it all depends on a lot of things. How old are you? IMHO the younger crowd stays and plays at the D because of the loud music (more of a "party" atmosphere IMHO) most of the time. The 4queens is next to the D and not as noisy. The boyd hotels have a lot of Hawaii people (they cater to the Hawaii market) but the atmosphere is mellow and not as fast pace (and not as noisy, no party pit crowd, etc.).

    Another suggestion might be to check out the downtown grand. Since they are new and looking for customers maybe it is possible to get cheap rates to stay there and they might even send you offers to stay even if you only play $15 a hand. No guarantees though so YMMV.

    :wave:
     
  10. kimandtim

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    I second the Grand. Everyone in our group of seven got offers for room comps/free play and food after just a couple of hours of $5/hand play.
     
  11. Bernie2

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    I would recommend the Riv great location across from CC and one block from the LVH, good bus service and great rates or so I think.
     
  12. wrxrob

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    Eldorado, in Henderson:evillaugh

    Not even sure if they have rooms, but $15/hand at their 25 cent roulette may gain some attention.

    If you want free rooms, you need to be at least a black chip player ($100/hand), and even that won't get you anywhere on the strip anymore.
     
  13. 16gauge

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    I think you would be better playing 3 hours at $10/hand all on the same day than $15/hand for one hour on two different days. Part of what the casino's calculate is your average play per day, splitting it up over two days, cuts it in half.

    I am generally a $5 - $10 / hand player. I'll play 3-4 hours/day. Sam's Town (off strip) constantly gives me two - three free nights with a small food credit for that level of play. Free nights are even good on the weekends.

    As another poster has mentioned, the Downtown Grand is currently sending our two night room offers for anyone who has signed up for their card and played a minimal amount. I got their card in December and played @ $10 total. I am getting the offers in the mail from them. I booked and will used one of the offers next week (two nights). I plan on playing my usual amount and will see if they will still be sending offers after that.

    Final note - have you ever gotten a Total Rewards players club card from CET? If not (and traveling with a companion that you will travel with again), have each of you sign up for their cards and play $20 in a slot machine on that day. Do not play there anymore after that. After a few month, check the total rewards calenders on their website using both your TR number and your companions TR number combined. You will probably see comp room offers Sun- Thur for Rio, Ballys, Harrah's, Flamingo, Quad, and possibly Paris. You will be new and an unknown to them and they will bait you with free rooms. If you take up their offer and don't play to their expected level while staying in the free room, you will not get them in the future after that.
     
  14. VegasSchemer

    VegasSchemer Low-Roller

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    Thanks for all the advice. I think my plan right now is to go to El Cortez because it has decent tables and play $15 a hand for at least 3 hours one day and possibly skip the second. I'm bringing a $250 bankroll but Downtown has an ATM with my bank nearby just in case. How big of a bankroll should I use?
     
  15. jammer23

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    El Cortez is the favorite place to play because 1) blackjack pays 3/2 2) double down on any first 2 cards, except after splitting) 3) single deck 4) low limit ($3 on weeknight and $5 on weekend). So, I highly recommend the place.

    The only not-so-good thing about this casino is this place has many players that have ZERO clue on how to play BJ.
     
  16. Breeze147

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    I agree on seeking a Boyd casino. California, Fremont, Main Street Station, Orleans. Orleans is not on Fremont.

    Boyd has been traditionally very free and easy with comps. Orleans is particularly easy to get free nights, free buffets, senior specials and so forth.

    Keep in mind that theses properties are not Wynn and Bellagio.
     
  17. downtowndonna

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    I like el Cortez, 4 queens and the D

    I am a low roller 5 t10 dollar bj. And have gotten 3 free nights from the 4 queens for the past 3 years. They are mailed quarterly I was even invited to a free 3 day slot tournament with free breakfasts and gift bags, and I do not play slot machines, only vp.

    I stayed at El Cortez last summer, and hardly played in their casino, and they send me mailers too. They have $5 single deck and $3 double deck blackjack! Also a big tip...use their ATM and you get 5% back. So if you take out $100, you get $50 free. They also give you one day to earn 5x points. If you stay there, get tower room $21 (it had sitting room and view of the strip) they give you a bottle of wine, and 1/2 off dining in the Flame steakhouse (awesome). Coffeshop has excellent $5 burger and beer combo. Also has prime rib dinner for $8

    While i was downtown, I spent $100 vp at the D, and am using their 3 night freebies in 10 days. Love downtown! They also give me $50 in gambling money and $35 dining credit.

    I've played a lot more a main street station, but I never get anything from them. I love their boars head bar though and cheap buffet
     
  18. TomTWI

    TomTWI High-Roller

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    Wish it were true

    That would be $5 free
     
  19. progrocker2112

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    I had to see this to believe it: http://elcortezhotelcasino.com/promotions/

    Guess I'll have to make the walk down this weekend. Any idea on how this works? I imagine you just save the ATM receipt and take it to the club desk, please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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