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Switching over to MGM from CET

Discussion in 'Comps' started by StormHawk, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. StormHawk

    StormHawk High-Roller

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    I've been about 95% CET for the last 2 years and the offers have dropped off lately. I got an offer from Mirage that I'm using in June and I think that I'm going to start sticking to MGM properties. Are they like CET in regard to "casino hopping" or is MGM more focused on each property? I'm a low level player, is there any way to get my play noticed without playing above my level? (average $1,000 for a 4-5 day trip).
     
  2. mike_m235

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    With MGM, I've found that if you play machines (VP/Slots) then you get offers to multiple properties. If you play tables, the offers tend to come from the hotel you played at.

    As with everything related to MLife, your results may vary.
     
  3. gpenguins67

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    There are 2 different types of offers I get from them. One generic seasonal mlife offer that is good for any property... they give 1-3 days comped differs depending on which hotel (then remaining days discounted) then a set amount of freeplay and food which is the same for any hotel.
    Then I get the property specific (i only get excalibur and MGM offers). I used to stay at excalibur but havent stepped foot in there in a year and a half. Ive stayed at MGM the last 2 years. I think its more common to see the offers for other properties if you go in and spend a few bucks there every trip.

    I think as a newer player to MGM you might see some good offers at first but it will probably taper off with time. I have 500-1000 a day budget on average for 4-5 days and I can barely get 2 day comp offers anymore.
     
  4. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    I am assuming you are talking $1,000/day budget for 4-5 days. Sounds like you have a decent offer from Mirage. It makes sense to take them up on it. The question is where do you direct your gambling dollars during THAT trip to set you up in the best comp position for your next trip.

    I would say it depends almost entirely on what you play and on what type of property you would be satisfied with. If you are playing slots with that $1,000/day you might not do too badly with the mid-tier MGM props....NYNY, Monte Carlo, maybe even Mirage. Especially in the short-term, they might treat you better than CET with the initial teaser offers.

    The thing is, MGM definitely has a deteriorating offer system designed to offer less to already-loyal customers. Why bribe you when they already have you?

    If I were you I would take Mirage up on their offers for a year and let CET have some time to see you not coming in so they can start improving their offers to you. Maybe even throw $100 of quick play at Wynn or Palazzo to see if you can get a teaser from them.

    Now if that $1,000 is for the whole trip on table games, then I'd say you might not expect much from any of these places with the way they have cut things back.
     
  5. StormHawk

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    I'm on a budget of $1,000-1,500 total for a 4-5 day trip. I'm sure that changes things a lot. Basically I'd just like to get on somebody's radar somewhere and work my way up. Any tips on that?

    My offer is one comp night and 4 at $29+fees, which puts me at the same price as my offers from IP/Quad and Harrahs (who I have 2 1k trips and a 3k trip with in the last 18 months) and obviously Mirage is miles ahead of those properties.
     
  6. BeeeJay

    BeeeJay President of The Red Lobster Hostess Satisfaction

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    At that budget I wouldn't invest a lot if anything at MGM properties, they are giving you a solid teaser offer, but they won't continue for long. CET has to be the best bet, not sure how TI would work.
     
  7. Username

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    After 10 years of playing mostly MGM properties we never received even one offer until last summer....they finally sent us 3 free days at MGM Grand....and that was after we stopped playing there for 2 years....with CET we get offers every year now and we are VERY low rollers...so low you would think our wheels fell off.
     
  8. bacclover

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    Not exactly my personal experience. I do most of my table games at Aria/Bellagio/MGM, but by *far*, my offers are from Mirage

    But I usually prefer offers from marketing instead of an actual host, since if you've significantly underplayed your upfront comp and setup by a host, s/he may get upset (afterall, their performance is evaluated as such) and red flag you from their systems, thus ruining your chances for any future up fronts.
     
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    In my experience and we are solely slot players, we only receive offers for the resorts if we put in a good amount of play at a property. We put in over 4 hours at MGM on a couple trips and havent' yet triggered any specific offers ... so we played 5 hours straight at Monte Carlo in December to see what would happen. I know we can phone the properties to see what they will offer and I have, each has something for us.

    As to the OP, your budget isn't much for MGM if you get very little play out of it. As we know with slots you can get either very little and you can get a lot of play for your money, maybe you will hit lucky and get a good amount of play for your budget. If you want to try and trigger offers from MGM properties then put in a good amount of play (4+ hours at the property you want to trigger offers from) but don't expect much if you don't get much play... CET it probably better suited for you at your budget level if the playthrough don't amount to much.
     
  10. numeno

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    I agree.

    Now if you would be fine with places like Excalibur and Luxor, you can try them out. I would not expect comped rooms from Mirage on your next trip. MGM likes to offer discounted rooms a lot which means you still pay the $20-$30/day resort fee.

    I'm not sure what "dropped off lately" means with CET. If this means zero comped room everywhere, then yes they dropped too much. If this just means you only get some weekend comps from Quad/Harrah/Bally and maybe Flamingo. This are right in line where a few family are at. Every now and then a nicer property, but never PH/Caesars and Paris requires some luck.
     
  11. DonnyC

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    For me, with a bit higher of a budget...they dropped right off. rates are only $10 cheaper than if I didn't log in to Total Rewards.
     
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