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What if “Comped” Rooms were abolished?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Blonde_4_ever, Oct 5, 2015.

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  1. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Wouldn't end but I might not go as often or stay as long (usually 6 to 9 days) but I would still go.
     
  3. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    this is like one of those questions,

    what would you do if the world stopped spinning.

    don't even know why it's a discussion.
     
  4. Julie888

    Julie888 High-Roller

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    The rooms won't end for higher level players.

    If you're at a lower level where they're already charging you a resort fee, if times are good they may go go further and end the comped room. These rooms weren't always available prior to 2008. In theory folks who may not have previously been eligible for comped rooms possibly could lose them, it's not an unreasonable question.
     
  5. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Agreed Julie, lots of discussion that can be had on this subject. Oh and shifter, there's a whole big world out there that doesn't spin around you or your particular set of circumstances so it is relevant to many.
     
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    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    No problem, i dont get comped rooms. Costs too much to gamble enough to get one.
     
  7. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I wouldn't go as often. Maybe only once a year. If they ever do this I believe it's the death bell for many places that depend on mid and low roller patrons.

    Maybe the high end places will still survive, the ones with high roller gamblers and trust fund babies and those others who max out their credit and sell their houses so they can "look" like a high roller.

    Yeah, I'll be pissed and probably spend my money on a boat and go fishing. Fuck them.
     
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    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    This has nothing to do with me.

    Comped rooms are the backbone of gambling establishments and have been for the beginning of time.

    They're never going away.

    The article is hypothesizing about an impossible event.
     
  9. breanna61

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    You are making my point in that your statement does "spin around you" or other "high rollers" for whom comped rooms won't go away. But for many of us mid level or lower level players they most certainly could. There was a time in the not so distant past that only higher level players enjoyed comped rooms. I've been travelling to Vegas for 33 years and prior to players cards, very few slot players ever got a comped room. Back then I played table games only so got a comp or reduced rate but nothing like what I receive today. When the players cards and comps for slots started, I added them to my play and definitely get more comp benefits as a result.
     
  10. grosx2

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    I had the same knee jerk reaction as shifter, in that this article is asking about something that will never happen.

    Breanna, you and Julie make valid points about what would happen if the play requirments for comped rooms drastically rise, to the point where only a small percentage of gamblers qualify for them.

    If that was the question that the OP intended to ask, then the title of the post "what if comped rooms were abolished" was a poor way to phrase it. When something is abolished, its gone for everyone, no exceptions.
     
  11. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Yeah, this isn't as likely to happen as the drink scenario. But squeezing out lower-level players is definitely an issue. As for me, no, it wouldn't stop me from going because I generally don't play enough to get a comp night currently. :thumbsdown:
     
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    It's an onion. Peel it back, it's an onion. Peel it again, it's an onion. Another peel, still an onion. Peel it too far and it's no longer an onion.

    At what point do we over-ask this when-does-Vegas-stop-for-us question?
     
  13. Aces and Eights

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    The question from the OP was if comped rooms were taken from me or anybody who wants to respond. Whether it's abolished for everybody else or not does not affect me so I won't respond for others. But the question might be valid in my case and many others if they raise the requirements for giving comped rooms. My response like many others is that I would not go as often. I go so often that the thrill of actually going isn't as great as many of those I read on these posts, so maybe it would be good for me. I would get the excitement back for the anticipation of going.
     
  14. pleepleus

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    Nate can probably chime in here, but when I asked for comps at Venetian Macau, they looked at me like I had 3 heads. Comping is not what they do out there and their casinos were packed (when it was easier to move money).
     
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    If I wasn't getting room comps (and all the other comps) I'd still do one Vegas trip a year- as a destination it still holds value to me. I only do the extra few trips because my only real cost is the airfare. The gaming bankroll comes from what I would have played at a local anyway.

    As for the likelihood of the room comps going- I can't see it happening. My past Vegas experience is spot on with Breanna's. But back in that time, if I wanted to gamble - I had to go to Vegas. They didn't have to give rooms away, Vegas was a unique gaming destination. With all the casino's around today, I don't have to drive more than 10 minutes from my house to get to a casino now. There's really no cost to the casino's to fill an otherwise empty room to get the players in, especially given the resort fees they charge that can cover housekeeping costs. If your play is high enough that you aren't being charged the resort fees, then they are making enough off your long term play anyhow (statistically). I could see freeplay being reduced, discretionary comps being a little harder etc long before I see them taking the rooms away- even for (possibly especially for) the low to mid rollers.
     
  16. Tbone3336

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    Given some of the prices of base rooms at some of the strip properties that I see when just pricing a Thur-Sunday stay, and when you include the resort fee and tax, some of them are pushing $1K for three nights at places like Aria, MGM and Venetian, hell even Excal had a $225 rate for a Saturday night, so while it may not completely stop me from going, it would curtail my # of trips a year, just as the price of Airfare has already, from 4-5 down to 2-3. I also agree I cannot see it going completely, but given the somewhat good times Vegas is experiencing, they may tighten the restrictions so where one may get a comped room at Harrahs for their play, they may not get one at Wynn.

    Going a bit off topic, I wonder how closely they monitor play when determining what type of comp, (on the corp, website that is not with a host) you may be entitled to. I assume they have an automated program that ties into their comp system that looks at your rating during a stay and spits out a level of comp listed on their website such as MLIFE that is done computer wise not with human input? Because as an example, my upcoming trip the MLIFE site only offered me reduced rates for rooms at Aria as my host left Aria for Cosmo, but when I called MLIFE they booked me in a comped Aria room with $750 free bets and RFB, so I guess their web program is not completely tied into what benefit you may obtain. Sorry this probably belongs in the comps section, just thought it related a bit to the discussion on room comps.
     
  17. bardolator

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    It all goes into the vacation value equation.

    Comps may not disappear but they do tighten and loosen, which affects low rollers like me. For a brief time several years ago we could not get a comped room. We took the $99 3-night Orleans slot tourney deal and gave another casino all our play. Now we get comped at the other casino. As long as we are comped at our new casino, and the casino has good games, we will continue to give it all our play. If not, literally all bets are off.
     
  18. bratkar

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    Simple answer : YES

    Complete answer: Hubby and I are the true term of low low low rollers. Havent been to Vegas since 2012. Long story short. I haven't seen any comped rooms on our cards in a long while. TBH, I gave up looking about 15 months ago. Went looking last Friday on a whim. Needless to say, we have comped rooms, we are headed to Vegas in December. Granted our room downtown for 1 night is costing the same as the resort fee on the strip, so I don't have much of an argument. But, I wouldn't have looked into anything if I had not seen those comped rooms...
     
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    If the rooms weren't comped, I think you'd find that play would be spread around more establishments. There's a subtle incentive to play where you stay while rooms are being comped but I think there's be a lot more downtown dollars spent by players staying on the Strip.
     
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    If comp rooms were not cost-effective for the casino management, they would have been gone long ago. Ditto with complimentary drinks when playing.
     
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