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Why I spread my play around

Discussion in 'Comps' started by smerrian, Mar 10, 2016.

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  1. smerrian

    smerrian Low-Roller

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    I think of Las Vegas as one big casino and my rental car as my scooter to get from one spot to another. I do like to get around all over the valley and that takes time so I book long trips. Next trip is 2 weeks long. I just finished booking hotels. I do get to stay a bit on the Strip and a bit Downtown. I have to get more play in at Stations so that I can get another offer from them, but here's how it's shaped up for Apr/May this year:
    5 nights at PARIS
    3 nights at SILVERTON
    2 nights at 4 QUEENS
    2 nights at GOLD COAST
    2 nights at RIO
    All comped, some with free play and/or resort credit. For a moderate-low roller, this is pretty good. I will have a $3,000 BR for this trip. My main goal, as always is to have a net $0 cost trip. My airfare from Philly was free with air miles so my only cost is car rental and gas (total about $350-400). Meal costs will be minimally higher than home so my goal is to win $500 over the 2 week period...oh, and have a lot of fun. :) I'm not into shows but like to drive into the environs of the Southwest. This trip will include an expedition to the China Date Farm and the Tacopa Hot Springs just south of Death Valley. Also included will be some star gazing at recommended sites outside the LV valley and some hiking on trails in southern Henderson. Shaping up to be a great time!
     
  2. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Low-Roller

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    Wow! Nice! Can you tell us a little about what sort of play you put in at a given property to get these kinds of offers? (e.g. which game, stakes, amount of time played at a given property, etc.).
     
  3. Letsdoit

    Letsdoit Low-Roller

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    Bravo!!!! That is the way to do it. I've been doing that too but between Cosmo and Mlife. Not a big player either, but the key is to recycle your money and get points. However, my last 2 trips out of the 11 that I've gone have been bad and didn't recycle enough to generate nice comps.

    I'm still getting free hotel, freeplay and resort credit but less than what I would have normally got.

    Good luck!!!
     
  4. mrstealth

    mrstealth High-Roller

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    Looks really good! Since you have a car and go for longer periods, you may want to add Laughlin into the mix. Looks like you do play at CET properties already, so would fit right in. With minimal play you should get at least 2 free rooms/week and small food voucher (free buffet or similar). It's an easy ride from vegas and breaks up the trip a little bit.

    Also may want to add some Boyd play to the list (Sams town or other) just to have if you end up being able to stay longer in the future or added flexibility if one of the other properties is full.

    Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing!
     
  5. smerrian

    smerrian Low-Roller

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    I play craps and vp. More vp than craps. I won't play on a short pay schedule so I only play craps at Paris and Rio. My husband plays slots. He will be with me at Paris to get our play in there. Silverton, Gold Coast and 4 Queens all have good vp pay schedules. I will play craps at the Rio. Station casinos also have really good vp pay schedules but I must not have played there much on my last two trips as I can only get discounted rooms...and that means a resort fee. No way! I had a comp room at Mandalay Bay 2 trips ago but was charged the resort fee even though the room was free. So, no mLife properties for me anymore. For an upscale property, I'm perfectly happy playing at Red Rock and getting a comp there...which I usually do. On vp I play the games I know: $1 JoB, $.50 or $1 DDB, JoB Multi-Strike if I can find it at 9/6 (Gold Coast...and it has it's own strategy) and I splurge with STP DDB 9/5 or 9/6 because I just love the game so much! (South Point and MSS). I won't play Ultimate X because it also has it's own strategy and I haven't learned it yet.) DON'T PLAY WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. IF YOU'RE WILLING TO PUT YOUR MONEY ON IT, SHOULDN'T YOU HAVE THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME IN YOUR HEAD?
     
  6. smerrian

    smerrian Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the ideas. I have been to Laughlin a few times. It's nice, but it's not Vegas. I live near Atlantic City (CET properties) so if it was just the gambling, I'd stay home. Actually, over the years, I've done just about all of the site seeing excursions out of Las Vegas. This trip does pose some new ones (see op). Also, I will be staying at a Boyd property (Gold Coast) this trip. From my previous notes, Gold Coast has just about the best shower pressure I've encountered in LV and great TV choices (all the news stations including MSNBC and the Cartoon Network so I can watch my favorites, Family Guy and American Dad). Gold Coast also has a heated pool, albeit it is small and uninspiring...good for a dip. Room decor, uninspiring, also. BUT they have great vp and I love their Chinese restaurants.
     
  7. si2ik

    si2ik Tourist

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    My coming up trip is similar also:

    10 Days with $3250 in FREEPLAY/Comped rooms and fees(I play roulette at minimal $300/bet and Blackjack $50-100/bet if i want to burn time, but my last trip play at blackjack was $500)

    Bankroll usually around $5k but this time with the FREEPLAY, probably only $3k

    $100 bucks for airfare from Dallas

    2 nights - Caesars / $600 FREEPLAY
    3 nights - Venetian / $450 FREEPLAY/$100dining
    2 nights - Caesars / $600 FREEPLAY
    3 nights - Cosmo(hopefully, still waiting for Kevin to respond)$600 FREEPLAY if he match my caesars offer or i can book MGM(still have $400 in resort credit at MGM that i saved the pass 5 years) with 350dining/2showtix but i rather want the FP instead of the dining
    2 nights - Caesars / $600 FREEPLAY
    3 nights - venetian / $400 FREEPLAY/$100dining

    48hrs to book back to back promotions at Caesars
    5 days for venetian
     
  8. gambler

    gambler VIP Whale

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    That sounds like a great trip you have planned smirrian. I'm rooting for you making $500!

    We have a similar style of play and bankroll. A couple years ago, we decided to branch out from our downtown stays and check out some new casinos (I'd never stayed on the strip before so we started there and then added some outlying casinos). As you say, we "spread our play around". It's been a fun experience. We got offers from all kinds of places, some easy to pass up and some too good to pass up.

    I laughed at your comment about shower pressure. That's high on my list of notes too, a casino can get bumped from my list if I don't like the shower pressure :).
     
  9. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

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    This is exactly what I do, minus Venetian because their offers are comparatively weak. I've been averaging $2200- $3000 freeplay per trip for the last few years. I enjoy changing hotels every 3 nights for the variety and starting a new stay with $300+ in slot or table play is always nice.

    Nick:beer:
     
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