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Old 09-15-2011, 11:39 AM
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Thanks for the advice I received from several of you prior to my recent trip -- the numbers you gave were in the ballpark.

With 30 hours of logged play I received very close to 300,000 tier credits while being rated at about $450/hand playing BJ.

I went via an MGM corporate host for 7 nights @ Bellagio, where the room was covered up front (non-suite) as well as two sets of tickets (1 show, 1 concert). The express comp system seems a little fuzzy, but I suppose that is where they grab from to comp food/beverage. I earned close to $1,000 in those comps but a majority were used behind the scenes for non-retail and non-tip expenses. Eating at the cafe only 3 times, room service breakfast most mornings, perhaps $300-400 in bar/champagne, and no "fine" dining sucked away most of my comps. We ate ZERO "nice" meals - instead opting for burgers and comfort food - often at non-MGM spots. I am still amazed that one can order a fruit plate, coffee, OJ, and cereal for breakfast (room service) and not escape for under $50 !!! OH WELL... it's VEGAS.. and they are bringing it to you!

Perhaps it's just me, but I would have thought with that level of play that they would have simply left my express comps in place to use at my discretion... but I suppose it all works out in the end. I asked an onsite host there if it would benefit me to go through him in the future, or stay with the person who set me up on this trip - and he seemed to think it did not really matter. Besides, the person I have been dealing with is easy to get in touch with and has helped with plans on several trips.

Losing a little more than $10,000 (understandably) does not really get their attention. He said if I had lost something like $40-50G that it would then come into play.

We had a nice lakeview room, one of the (just) remodeled floors. After seeing the condition of the carpet and wall coverings in the halls of non-remodeled floors, I can say that it was sorely needed! The "new" room was nicely appointed - much fresher than our rooms there in the past. I will note a couple of shortcomings: Even with the air set to 65, there were times at night when we slept without sheets. They claim that the new rooms are more energy efficient (with "better air flow"), but I have to wonder it there is not some master control of the room climate system which alters the function in the wee hours - it was nice and cool during the day and evening! Also, the wireless internet was the most unstable and slow I have come across. I had to restart it SEVERAL times a day. Granted, it is now "free", whereas in the past it was something like $15/day.

At least next time, I hit the ground running at Platinum - and should earn those express comps a bit quicker. Anything else that being Platinum is REALLY good for?

THANKS!
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:36 PM
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Hi:

In my experience, tier level (I am close to platinum) does not garner any comps, only increased rate of express comps. Although, that being said, it seems the rules change from person to person or day to day or...

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Old 09-15-2011, 12:42 PM
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Line bypass at buffets/cafes. Also at taxi lines. That's all that I've seen as useful.

I will say that the taxi line bypass is quite the benefit during the club/partying rush hour. Didn't think anything of it until I found myself in that situation. It was truly the best thing since sliced bread, at that particular moment.
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Line bypass at buffets/cafes. Also at taxi lines. That's all that I've seen as useful.

I will say that the taxi line bypass is quite the benefit during the club/partying rush hour. Didn't think anything of it until I found myself in that situation. It was truly the best thing since sliced bread, at that particular moment.
I was not aware of a special taxi line! When we left MGM after the Def Leppard/Heart concert the line for a taxi must have been 150 people deep. We opted for a $65 limo ride back to Bellagio.. !
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That's exactly the first time I used it! Left the MGM and saw that gigantic taxi line. Went right up to the taxi guy at the front of the line, flashed the card and we got the next taxi in the queue!
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That's exactly the first time I used it! Left the MGM and saw that gigantic taxi line. Went right up to the taxi guy at the front of the line, flashed the card and we got the next taxi in the queue!
So it's not another line - but rather you have to go up an "flash" your card? As long as EVERYONE (taxi guy) is onboard and aware of the perk, that's one thing. If not, then I could see a bit of a potential scene!

I was surprised that both groups sounded as good as they did - we lucked into some (almost) front row/center tickets! No idea who that first guy was!!
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with my Noir card i show it anywhere there's a line or wait or anything at any MGM property and i get next available. restaurants, clubs, buffets, whatever. the main reason i use this is to get a table at a restaurant with a 45+ minute wait on saturday night without a reservation. they actually hold empty tables all night just for players to show up unannounced and want a table. some places will even have a special area that they let you into. all the employees know about it even if most of the customers don't. the first time i learned about this was when i was chatting with my host and told her we waited an hour for a table at the steakhouse the night before and she asked why i didn't just show them my Noir card. i've done it ever since and it's amazing how quickly it works.
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with my Noir card i show it anywhere there's a line or wait or anything at any MGM property and i get next available. restaurants, clubs, buffets, whatever. the main reason i use this is to get a table at a restaurant with a 45+ minute wait on saturday night without a reservation. they actually hold empty tables all night just for players to show up unannounced and want a table. some places will even have a special area that they let you into. all the employees know about it even if most of the customers don't. the first time i learned about this was when i was chatting with my host and told her we waited an hour for a table at the steakhouse the night before and she asked why i didn't just show them my Noir card. i've done it ever since and it's amazing how quickly it works.
So - it works for the Noir card (have yet to see one of those!) what is your knowledge or experience with a Platinum? What does that take... a couple of million points --- or $2-5G bets?? !!
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:40 PM
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it sounds to me like you got totally screwed in the comps department. a regular room, and they used your express comps to pick up your F&B? that's totally undercomped for your play.

$450 avg/4 hours per day should have you in a Bellagio suite @ RFB anytime you want it with primary comps leaving your express comps to accumulate for you to use for spa charges or show tickets or whatever.

also, you should have earned more than $1k in express comps. i would have figured you'd be in the $1500-2k range.

i think it would behoove you to start a relationship with a host at the property. you're just a number to the corporate hosts and in the long run that will be worse off for you.
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So - it works for the Noir card (have yet to see one of those!) what is your knowledge or experience with a Platinum? What does that take... a couple of million points --- or $2-5G bets?? !!
i don't know about Platinum exactly, but i would just start showing it anywhere there's a line and seeing what it can do for you. Noir is invite only and you need a specific theo or actual loss to be invited. i think it's $100k theo or $200k actual loss for the year.
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