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Chasing CET room comps

Discussion in 'Comps' started by VegasSchemer, Mar 6, 2017.

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  1. VegasSchemer

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    Hey all,

    First, I know, never chase!

    Here's my situation: I'm a lower roller who loves visiting Vegas with similarly frugal/cheap guy friends. I had gotten consistently solid comps from Luxor over the past few years but it's dried up. I don't have any corporate mLife offers right now, probably because of slightly lower play and some mistakes where I just wanted to try a new hotel and didn't play but used my card. Doh!

    I might be going to Vegas next week (I'm flying standby and it's a busy week so who knows) and want some advice on how to use my bank roll.

    The priority for my friends and I really is having the comped room for future stays. I hear CET is more generous on rooms and less so on the freeplay, food credit and back end comps. I think that works fine for our purposes.

    If put about 2k coin-in on slots at a CET property on one day of my trip next week, what kind of rooms offers might I see? FWIW, I do have a CET account but never play. Used my card for a discount at Rio last August and that was my only contact with them in 2016.

    We like good pools, so I'm thinking Flamingo will get all the action but I also read about the quest for rewards, and may decide to hop around (in a quest for that $3 worth of comps! haha). How would that impact future offers?

    Edit: Should also clarify that I'm looking for weekend nights. I know I won't get the busy ones but if we can at least get free rooms most weekends out of Flamingo, I consider it a successful effort.

    All advice is welcome! Thank you!
     
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  2. phantomfj

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    Not sure about what kind of room offers you may get, but you will definitely have free rooms after that play.......have you checked the TR website? If you have an account you may already have room offers on the calendar already........if you travel with the same group of people all the time, make sure they put in a bit of play on a TR card, when you book rooms online you can get much better calendar rooms if you put in a companion card # while you are searching...the only catch is the companion must be with you when you check in..........the companion needs minimal points to make a big difference.....good luck!
     
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  3. Kobra2848

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    As long as you do you Quest for Rewards in the same day it will not hurt you since CET counts any play at any of their properties. Just make sure you give the most play to the hotel that you are wanting offers from. Last month the wife used her card just for the quest and I noticed she now is getting some comped nights at some of the properties Sun-Thur.

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  4. DJ Ran

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    2 grand will definitely get you on their radar and will generate offers. Why the Flamingo? Caesars, Paris and Planet Hollywood are much better overall properties.
     
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  5. Nevyn

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    Two big differences for CET:

    First, it doesn't matter much where you play. Play at Caesars and you'll still see the same general stuff for Flamingo as if you had played there.

    Second, there are offers, but there is also a much more dynamic and accessible rate calendar. Players who get no CET offers still frequently get comp nights in the rate calendar (resort fee still charged unless diamond).

    I think at a minimum doing something like that, you would see weekday comps and perhaps non-prime weekends in the rate calendar at the lower end places (Harrahs, Rio, Flamingo, Bally's, Linq), and maybe some weeknights at the higher end ones. I'm not a slot guy so can't comment on whether you'd get offers with free play or higher comps than that. If you are reasonably flexible as to which weekend you travel, weekends at Flamingo are plausible.

    Do your friends play, too? You can combine cards in the rate calendar, as well.
     
  6. VegasSchemer

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    Just picking among the lower tiers recognizing I won't get much. With my vacation options, I'd rather be able to do weekends at Flamingo than midweek at Paris. I know many wouldn't agree but I don't Sunday-Thursday free too often.
     
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    Thanks for the feed back. It looks like one of the better video poker machines (I play occasionally) is at Cromwell. Good to know playing there is the same as playing everything over at Flamingo.
     
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    This is part of the reason I mention the rate calendar. It lets you compare all the CET properties rates at the same time. And you'd be surprised how often you suddenly get unexpected comp nights at a higher end place, particularly closer to your trip.

    And particularly in the winter months, you could end up with some weekends everywhere (except maybe Cromwell ... it is generally the last to come up COMP)

    So plan for Flamingo, but even after booking keep an eye on the calendar ...
     
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    just be aware, if you are talking about the 99+% payback VP machines in the front of the casino they are $50/tier point, vs $10/tier credit at all other CET VP machines.....
     
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  10. VegasSchemer

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    Thanks. Just read that on vpfree2.com. Slots looks like a better move than that if I'm doing the quest for rewards. Any CET Strip properties you'd recommend to play? I'm a casual player who mostly just plays jack or better but am willing to learn other games.
     
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    If you are looking at 2k coin in total, not sure the quest for rewards is worth bothering with. You are talking 400 tier credits (no bonus). If you spread that over 9 properties, its a bonus of 2250 tier credits.

    That is still just over halfway to platinum. And unless you care about parking, tier doesn't matter until Diamond.

    I guess you'd still get the contest entries.
     
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    Check out Tring's thread https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/a-video-poker-primer-with-bartop-listings-and-better-nickel-options.111193/ , it is stickied to the top of the comp section of this forum....CET is pretty bad for VP, I think there is some 8/5 BP on the floor at Rio. Sometimes it is worth it to check some of the multiplay games in the high limits area, often you can play only one line of these games if you choose to.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I've never seriously played VP and am just learning more about the game this morning.

     
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    Thanks for your input. I want to make sure I understand your point. Do you think it's not worth the effort because at my play level, the quest won't give me much perks? Or that with my low play level, I'm better off playing only at one spot to get room comps?

    It seems like where I play doesn't matter with CET.
     
  15. Nevyn

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    I am saying that based on what you said you would play, the bonus tier credits won't do anything for you (unless you take multiple more trips this year)

    I don't think think doing the quest (versus one casino) will hurt your comps at all. Its just the hassle of going place to place. If you find a casino crawl fun, go for it.
     
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    Got it. Appreciate the feedback. I'll be back in April, May and December, and this is a solo trip where I've got some time to kill during the day, so I might start at Harrah's and just walk on down the Strip to Paris (I'm planning to stay at MGM Grand).
     
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    If you already know you have 3 more trips, that is another benefit to the calendar. You could book all 3 as opposed to waiting for quarterly offers.
     
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    I agree with Nevyn's points on everything. $2,000 coin in a night on slots should get you decent room availability most of the time at the lower half or so of the CET pecking order.

    If the order is something like where the top "half" is
    Caesars
    PH
    Cromwell
    Bally's

    then you'll probably be in good shape at the rest, and Bally's would kind of be the dividing line that could go either way on any given date.
     
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    Substitute Paris for Ballys and you would have an accurate top 4 for CET (and switch PH and Cromwell, though not sure if you were intending to rank them).

    As far as a dividing line between upper and lower tier, that would definitely be Linq. They view that property as higher than the lower 4 since the renovation, but still below the top 4.
     
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    Hey schemer! If you've played at all at CET, I would check out playing with booking rooms, to see if anything is comped. I literally put 600 coin-in last year. (Probably gambled $150 bucks total for the year).

    Well, I tried plugging in my info, expecting to see nothing, due to almost non-existent play. Surprisingly, it was giving me free rooms at ALL hotels, if I was booking far enough out. (Though Caesars was weekdays only.) I am about as low as it gets on the CET barometer, so if I had offers, anyone might.

    I'd play with booking rooms to see what comes up. You might be surprised. Worst that happens, you don't have any, but it's worth checking!
     
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