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Recommended program for someone starting out?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Brewfangrb, Sep 10, 2014.

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  1. Brewfangrb

    Brewfangrb Low-Roller

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    So I've already signed up online for MLife, so I can pick up my card right when I arrive during my upcoming trip. I know MLife covers all of MGM's properties and that's a pretty wide swath of different casinos on different parts of the strip. I also know TR covers another pretty wide swath of properties, so between the 2, a good chunk of the Strip is covered.

    I'm a low roller (comfortable enough at $25/hand on BJ, with minimums on the pass/come w/ max(ish) odds on those bets on craps) and I don't expect much. I'm mainly hoping for decent offers on rooms to make coming back relatively affordable (for me). If I get a little more (like comped resort fees, a bit of F&B or a bit of FP), that's great, but I won't chase comps and I know I don't deserve much beyond that.

    But my questions are:

    1) Are the rest of the properties (for the most part) covered by a property-specific program? Or is there another program out there that would cover another large chunk of places?
    2) Is it worth signing up at all these places even if you don't intend on playing there much (just stopping in for a bit while hopping, etc)? Even if there's some intro reward for sign up? Or is it just another card that makes my wallet look worse than it already does?
    3) I know for a player like me, it makes sense to concentrate your play--not only on one program, but generally at one property to get offers for that property...so should I just sign up for everything and then once I find something I like, just focus on my play with that program?

    The reason I ask is I'd like to start going semi-regularly (perhaps once or twice a year) but I'd also like to try to pick different places to stay to see what I like. (I didn't pick the Grand for this trip--I'm just following my sis and BIL...but I'm not mad or unhappy about it and may end up really liking it...but I think it'd be interesting and fun to try, say, MB or even PH on my next trip--I can tolerate room rates that don't require me to go to Excali but the Wynn and Bellagio are out of reach--so places like the Grand are good for me, rate-wise).

    Assuming the Wizards survey is reasonably current, the MGM actually has some of the best BJ rules that fit my play (S17, DA2, DAS, RSA, Surr) but other places either only give the more favorable rules at a level I'm not yet really comfortable (or honestly, can afford) or places offer ok but not very good rules.

    (And I know this is negligible...really a 0.28% game isn't that different from a 0.45% game when I'm going to lose long term anyway...but if I can get good rules at a place I like, that's ideal, right?)

    Sorry...this turned out to be waaay longer than I intended, but I hope you are patient enough to read it and understand what I'm thinking and asking. As always, I really appreciate everyone's input and tips.
     
  2. lotso-bear

    lotso-bear VIP Whale

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    CET is the most generous with room comps. If you don't have high standards with your hotel rooms then this would be best for you.
     
  3. sindustry

    sindustry VIP Whale

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    My opinion is check out as many casinos as you can and sign up for their cards. Trying out as many casinos gives you an opportunity to see what you like and what you don't like. You will also most likely get teaser offers from many of these places, so you will be able to come back for free or at reduced rates, to get a more intimate feel for the casino.

    The more you visit, the more you should concentrate the majority of your play at the casino you are staying. This will ensure you continue to get offers and increase your chances for better offers.


    Explore and have fun on your uocoming trip!
     
  4. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    Both Mlife and Total Rewards are good start with since they both own so many properties. You'll have your choice on how nice or how budget friendly the property is. Find a casino who's vibe you enjoy and play there. At $25 a hand you probably won't attract much attention from Bellagio or Aria but a property like New York would likely hook you up in the future. Though I hear at the $25 level, Bally's has some of the best blackjack rules. NYNY and Monte Carlo are blackjack wastelands.

    As mentioned before Total Rewards is easiest for rooms. I give minimal play to a CET owned casino in Louisiana and occasional midweek rooms pop up for Vegas at the lower end props like Flamingo and Ballys.
     
  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    The wizard's survey isn't terribly up to date. MLife has been tarnishing some properties lately. Monte Carlo is supposedly 6:5 for everything but high limit now.
     
  6. Kickin

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    1) No other program on the strip covers multiple casinos like MLife and TR. All the rest are property-specific.

    2) Its worth signing up if you're at a casino. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit a place just to sign up but that's up to you. Sometimes just being in their database can get you mail offers for a little discount or something. I've signed up at places and played a tiny bit that first day but still get random offers from them years later.

    3) You are better off in terms of future offers if you concentrate play at one place but no need to rush to fixate on one property. I think you will enjoy MGM and you are right they have a lot of good blackjack though I'm not sure if $25 are S17, maybe someone else can confirm. I know at $50 or $100 you will find S17 for sure..
     
  7. dutchvelvet

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    I agree with KC. I'd try to concentrate your play at MGM. If you bet green chips for 4 hours a day you will probably get a marketing offer to return with some comped rooms there. If you split your play up too much you'll just get discounted rates.
     
  8. Sydney10

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    Others on the board can confirm, but..........

    You can play at any CET property and your total Vegas play will be factored into future offers and comps, not just the property you are staying at. Future offers are geared to your level of play. eg a bigger player will be offered Caesars vs a player with minimal play being offered Harrahs or Linq/Quad.
    Mlife seems to be more property specific. Offers and comps would be more based at the property when you are staying.
     
  9. Brewfangrb

    Brewfangrb Low-Roller

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    Really helpful, everyone, thanks! I think I'll certainly sign up for TR and others if I happen to pop in--a discount or promo is worth the few minutes of my time.

    A sort of preliminary, low-expectation goal I'll have for this trip is to play enough to at least get a discounted offer for MGM to bring me back when I might have more time to play a little at a number of places. Not sure I'll have the time to do that too much on this trip since I'm going with non-players.
     
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