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Total Rewards Newbie

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Ratdoggy, Aug 2, 2012.

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  1. Ratdoggy

    Ratdoggy Tourist

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    How does the total rewards card work? I went to the website and it's kind of all over the place, even the FAQ.
     
  2. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Post what you might want to know and some of the vets on here are sure to help!
     
  3. raisingoo

    raisingoo Low-Roller

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    I'm not sure what your specific questions are, either, but...

    ...it's a "slot club" card. Almost all casinos in Las Vegas offer a "slot club" card. (Very few do not.) It's FREE to sign up. All you'll need is some form of ID, such as a state drivers license. You can go to the Total Rewards desk to get one in any participating casino (more on that below).

    Even though it's a "slot club" card, it will "work" at Total Rewards properties at slot machines, table games, and also live poker rooms.

    What do I mean by "Total Rewards properties?" Well, this would be the properties in Las Vegas that fall under the CET (Caesars Entertainment) umbrella. It also works at CET properties outside of Las Vegas, such as Atlantic City and some other places, but since this forum is vegasmessageboard.com-- the Vegas properties are (off the top of my head) Caeasar's Palace, Paris, Bally's, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Harrah's, Planet Hollywood, and The Rio.

    How does the card "work," you might ask? Well, every time you play a slot machine, you'll insert it into the machine and it will track your play. Every time you play a table game or live poker, you can give it to the dealer who will also arrange for the pit boss or the poker room to track your play, too.

    What does this do for me, you might ask? Well, it will earn you "comps."

    What are "comps," you might ask? They could be free or discounted hotel rooms, or free or discounted food, and so on. It depends on the level they track you at. Total Rewards levels are Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Seven Stars. Even at Gold (the lowest level), you can still get discounts on things like rooms and food, and sometimes free rooms, too, during slow periods.

    How quickly you earn these things and what level you play to earn X amount of comps is discussed endlessly on the "Comps" forum here.

    You can always choose NOT to use the Total Rewards card when gaming, but you are in effect giving up some potential benefits by doing this.

    Keep in mind that playing more just to earn comps is always a bad idea. Statistically, you will always have to-- on average-- play and probably lose a lot more to "earn" X in comps than X is worth. So don't think that comps will always offset potential gambling losses-- heck, in almost all cases, they won't. But if you're going to gamble anyway, you might as well get free/discounted hotel rooms or free/cheaper food at minimum, especially if you are interested in gaming at the 8 Las Vegas properites I mentioned above.

    There is a website, totalrewards.com, that will assist you in telling you how many "points" you have earned and what you can do with them. It will also help you book discounted/free rooms.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. stuntin909

    stuntin909 Low-Roller

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    Everyone starts at Gold.
    Platinum status requires 4,000 TIER credits.
    Diamond 11,000 TIER credits.
    7 Start 100,000 Tier Credits

    1 point = every $5 worth of bets you make on slots. On Video Poker its for every $10.

    Benefits include free or discounted rooms. After you reach platinum and up you start to get random benefits like cut in line at checkin, casino cage, taxi lines, and restaurants, etc.
     
  5. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    It is a club/card that tracks your play and rewards you with levels and points good for stuff.

    Pretty difficult to answer a question that big.
     
  6. Hyperfocal

    Hyperfocal High-Roller

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    You earn credits by playing in the casino, using a TR credit card or purchasing through the TR marketplace. There are two kinds of credits. Tier credits are earned only through gambling, and count toward getting a Platinum or Diamond card. The other are Reward Credits, which are the comp points -- you generally earn one Reward Credit for each Tier Credit you earn, although if you play longer on a single machine, you'll get bonus Reward Credits. Tier credits reset each Jan 1. Reward Credits expire 6 months after you earned your last credit. As long as you earn one reward credit each 6 months, they will never expire.

    Reward Credits are worth roughly one penny each for food or gift shop items at CET properties. (There are some variables with non-Vegas properties and with non-CET operated venues.)

    For example, if you have 1000 Reward Credits (points), you could have them swipe the card at one of the hotel gift shops or restaurants and have $10 in comped stuff. Just tell the clerk you want to pay with points.

    If you only have a couple hundred points, you can go to a gift shop and get a free candy bar or similar.

    This is separate from comped or discounted rooms through the total rewards website, which are based on the average daily theoretical loss from your gambling.

    If things aren't all that clear, it's because they don't want them to be clear.
     
  7. Ratdoggy

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    I was just looking at my account. This is what it had online
    Does this mean I didn't spend enough (We aren't big gamblers)
    In english how much is this worth (probably not enough)

    Rewards Credit Balance: 278
    Account Status as of: 8/20/12
    Current Tier: Gold
    Tier Score: 135
    Rewards Credit Exp. Date: 2/19/13
     
  8. ClarkGrswld4

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    you have $2.78 in comps
     
  9. wennykilson

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    278 Rewards Credits is about what I have currently, and is worth $2.78 in a CET restaurant/shop.
     
  10. Ratdoggy

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    Can't even buy a refrigerator magnet with that:cry:
     
  11. Auggie

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    But you are close to being able to buy a bottle of water in the gift shop :)


    But to be realistic: you have only 135 tier credits.

    While that many tier credits may represent about $675 in coin in played through the slots or $1,350 played through video poker, it might sound like a lot of money but to the casinos, and especially as far as comps go, it really isn't very much at all and probably representative of a budget of $50-150 a day in gambling money ($675 in "coin in" doesn't mean you had $675 to gamble with, but that while playing you had some wins and cycled those wins back through the machines until you either ran out of money or quit, and that playing of your money through the machines over and over again amounted to $675 played through)
     
  12. ROTJob

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    Gift shop water is up to $5 a bottle. To quote one of the Bally's pit bosses, he "still has a way to go."
     
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