I just came back from a Las Vegas trip where every meal we ate was courtesy of the program. I have brief reviews of everything My Vegas related I did here: http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=91079 I appreciate the advice I read on the board here, and I wanted to compile in one place what worked for me and any thoughts I had about the mechanics of the program. Apologies to those whose advice I have lifted for not giving credit to them - exactly where I learned this stuff is lost at this point. Games to Play There is lots of good advice based on hard data on this site. I pretty much ignored most of it. I primarily played two games: Studio City and Blackjack. I liked Studio City as it is the best game in my opinion for running in the background while doing other things. Every once in a while you can just to see if your are in a bonus round. Even the bonus round just requires a click or two and then that runs by itself. The other games seemed to require more interaction. Blackjack was what I usually played when I wanted to actually pay attention to what was going on. I think blackjack on My Vegas lends itself well to systems. Disclaimer: I am not recommending this in real life, as the casino always has an edge in Blackjack, and a system won't change that. However, a system can be fun to experiment with and can help you survive bad streaks and/or take advantage of lucky streaks. If you lose, no big deal, you'll get more chips eventually anyway. I can't recommend Martingale, as you will eventually lose a ton of chips which can be disheartening. I had fun and success with a variation on 1-3-2-4 (what I actually did is kind of complicated). The basic idea is betting 1 unit (say 1,000), and then if you win betting 3 units (3,000), if you win that betting 2 units and then 4 units. Anytime you lose you start over again at 1 unit. If you win the 4 unit bet you also start over at 1. This is a fairly safe system that should protect you from disastrous losses. I was fairly aggressive, using a bet unit of about 5% - 10% of my chip total maxing out at 10,000 as my highest 1 unit bet. How you actually do will depend a lot on when you get blackjacks and when and how successful your doublling and splits are. Getting maximum rewards Most of us travel with at least one other person, so if you both play you can get a total of 6 rewards. If you still want more, buying the $5 chip package currently gives you an extra reward "slot" you can use. So a $10 investment can give a couple the opportunity to redeem 8 MGM rewards in a single trip. Of course this is subject to change so your mileage may vary. You can confirm your $5 chip purchase "worked" by doing the following. Go to rewards and click on one that is available. Note that some rewards are not restricted to the same 3 in 30 days restrictions, so this tip won't work for them. A good one that seems to be always open is "2 tickets to Thunder". Click on next, and it should say, "Redemptions limited to any 4 rewards from MGM Resorts International, regardless of type, within a rolling 30 day period." Without the purchase it will just say 3 rewards. I don't think higher purchases make a lot of sense in most cases but I understand they can open up more slots. I believe other posts on here give more details. Getting the hard to get rewards. This again is subject to change, but two weeks ago they were adding new rewards daily at 7AM-7:15AM Pacific. It is a bit boring, but what worked for me is going to the reward I wanted at 7AM and continually clicking on the reward and then the Back to browsing link, over and over. Eventually the Sold Out button would turn to Next, and it was off to the races. I even made sure my email address was in my clipboard so I could fill out the form more quickly. For whatever it is worth, it was usually 7:10 or so when they would light up for me. Misc tips and comments Most of the buffets (Bellagio being an exception) are good for dinner, but we used them for lunch with no problems. The comp slip they gave had a dollar value enough for dinner on them. At Circus Circus and Luxor I asked if I could use the extra dollar value (since lunch is cheaper than the comp) for beer. Circus Circus said no, Luxor said yes. The Luxor woman said, "no one told me I couldn't", so you mileage may certainly vary. We didn't spend the full amount at the Steakhouse at Circus Circus, and the great waiter offered us a bottle of wine to take with us. This was above and beyond, but it makes me think you could ask if it isn't offered. Redemption is a slow process. They have a ton writing they need to do, so give yourself time. Of course if there is a line at the M-Life desk, the process can kind of suck. Some employees were much better at it than others. One employee said they were talking about streamlining the process, but I'll believe it when I see it. You can pick up your shows at any MGM box office. I don't know what the restrictions might be, but we picked up Tournament of Kings and Love (for two days later) at the same time at Bellagio. It worked out great at Bellagio for us, but we might have gotten lucky. There were three lines, VIP (empty), and long line for purchasing tickets and long line for Will Call. There was an employee standing next to the VIP line, and I asked her which line to stand in, expecting her to say Will Call. Instead, she asked for my M-life card, took it and told us to wait in the VIP line. 4 minutes later we had the tickets for both shows. I'm not sure if that was the way it is supposed to work, but we skipped both of the big lines. I would definitely pick up the show tickets at least 3 or 4 hours before show time, if not the day before. Close to show time is a mob scene, and I wouldn't want to be waiting in line as the curtain goes up. Speaking of lines, we were told our Bellagio lunch buffet voucher was also a line pass. It worked flawlessly and this saved us at least 45 minutes. We asked specifically if our reward was a line pass at Circus Circus and Luxor, and in both places we were told no. Strange. We made reservations for Tender at Luxor and the Steakhouse at Circus Circus through Open Table (http://www.opentable.com) and both times we were seated immediately. That's all I can think of off hand. Let me know if you have any questions.