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Staying Here, Playing There...

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Naturaleight, Sep 8, 2012.

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  1. Naturaleight

    Naturaleight High-Roller

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    If I have a host set up a stay at MGM, but do the bulk of my playing at Bellagio will it effect what the host will do for me next time? Who gets credit for your play when you play?
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    You will get mixed answers, but I think the host that works at MGM is paid to generate business at MGM.

    Why not call VIP services at Bellagio and see if they can match the offer, or something close. Personally, the idea of having to walk way back to MGM after playing at Bellagio is a bummer.
     
  3. mike_m235

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    Depends on the type of play, in my opinion. Slots and VP you have a bit more leeway to play anywhere.
     
  4. JillyFromPhilly

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    MGM treats each property as a separate entity. While your play may be consolidated in terms of Mlife tiers & points, failing to play enough at the property you're staying at will likely definitely affect future offers from that property, whether any extra charges [F&B charged to your room, etc.] get comped off your bill at the end of your stay [When that MGM host looks at your play at the end of the trip, he's only going to look at your play at MGM to determine if you get any extra comps for that trip] and could also sour the relationship with your host.

    If you are staying at MGM but planning to play mostly at Bellagio, if you're looking to maximize your comps & future offers, then it makes sense to contact a host at Bellagio and stay there instead.
     
  5. ABQJeff

    ABQJeff Low-Roller

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    I agree. I'd try to get an offer from where you plan on playing. I think hosts realize that you're going to wander a bit, but expect that you will do the majority of your play at their place.
    Then again I suppose it depends on the offer, and if you want to continue the relationship with the host who set you up. If you're not particularly concerned about the host or getting another offer from MGM and want to use the trip to build some rep with Bellagio then hey, go for it!
     
  6. Naturaleight

    Naturaleight High-Roller

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    I like playing at Bellagio, but the offers from the MGM hosts are much better. I don't like how each MGM property is so cut throat competitive with each other.

    Shouldn't they be trying to work in unison? Doesn't the money all go to the same place eventually?
     
  7. Tubbs

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    My understanding is that, although you will get full credit and earn full ECs for play at any MGM casino, your host only gets credit for play at your home casino. So a host will understandably be a little peeved if they book you in at MGM and you spend all your time at Bellagio.

    How would it hurt you? I don't know. Maybe your host would be a little less generous with discretionary comps and extras, they would perhaps be more reluctant to offer so much upfront on a future trip. From the host's perspective they are probably thinking "if he wants to spend all his time gambling at Bellagio, why the f*** did he not book at Bellagio"!

    Your host will not expect that you play 100% at MGM. Some time ago I remember a host quoting 75% of play at the home casino is good, but you can take that with a pinch of salt really. I don't think there are any set rules. It comes down to what your host can reasonably expect from you for what he/she has provided.
     
  8. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    As to the grain of salt and reality. The response from you host could go up and down depending on where he/she sits with the boss. Goals, recent good months vs bad months, micro mgmt issues, corporate directives, etc. etc. Like other businesses, everything eventually works towards the bottom line.
     
  9. Casinoman

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    My host at the aria said i can play at the bellagio all the time if i want to .I wonder why its ok there...
     
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    Maybe he doesn't care?
    Maybe he doesn't get it?
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    Maybe he is right.

    Side note - are you getting anything extra comped off by the host, or is everything offer and express comps?
     
  11. Casinoman

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    I got alot extra from him last and mostly played outside the aria in the mgm network
     
  12. fas87

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    This is extremely interesting to me. I mostly play where I stay to play off the upfront comp and allow for more to be taken off at the end of my stay as applicable. I've always understood that this is what I had to do.

    I typically stay at Bellagio or Mirage and haven't been able to try Aria because my wife doesn't particularly care for it. My next trip is at Bellagio, but I would love to play some at Aria just to get the feel of the place, and without affecting my comps at the end of my stay.

    I'll probably ask my host when I get there (early December) as to whether I need to concentrate my play at Bellagio. In the meantime, please keep this thread going - I would be interested to hear from others in addition to Casinoman who have successfully played other places within the MGM properties without comps being affected.
     
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