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Got shut down on a coupon (wasn't a new player)

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by LVisBeautiful, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. LVisBeautiful

    LVisBeautiful Low-Roller

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    I'm a product of the golden 1990s; when casinos would give generous comps and discounts for signing up in the players club. So my habit in a new casino is to go to the desk, sign up, and wait for the little freeplay or gift, then get going on the machines/tables.

    About 7 years ago, I was in Tunica overnight, walking around and I ran around to do my walkthroughs and sign up; and immediately noticed, sign up for players club..no gifts, no nothing, just an atta-girl, and zilch. So I kinda quit doing it and just went to the machines after that.

    Fast forward to a few days ago, I had my shiny ACG coupons ready to go and headed into the Fremont on Main Street to sign up and get my freeplay.

    Nope. No soup for you..

    I had already signed up with Boyd Casinos (whatever that means) back in Tunica. And they said I wasn't a "new player". Yes I am, I've never done the Fremont. Frowning Face.

    Was sort of sad because this was a big part of my plans in the trip. Anyhow..be forewarned, once you cross the lines and commit to the players club, its a commitment for life, so its best not to sign up comp free like I did in Tunica, the party is definately over on that.
     
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  2. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

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    This is true.
     
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  3. LVisBeautiful

    LVisBeautiful Low-Roller

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    We are going back in about 2 months and my husband is going to sign up and use that freeplay so all is not lost :D
     
  4. tatterdema

    tatterdema VIP Whale

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    Haha, I have learned the hard way also. I used to RUN to a new casino to sign up. These days I usually wait about a year or so, and find then they will have some kind of promotion. The good news, many times if they change owners you get a new chance. Has happened for me at the Strat a couple times. Also at the Trop I think. But then again, glad I signed up at the Lucky Dragon and got my $5 free play while they were still in business. Won $20 with it.
     
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  5. Hundley Fan

    Hundley Fan Tourist

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    Same. Back when Hard Rock opened in Las Vegas, they used to have a coupon for a free shot glass from the gift shop (no purchase necessary) in one of those magazines placed in hotel rooms. I have four or five of those shot glasses.

    When I re-signed up at Trop after the change of management, I was called for their hourly (?) spin-the-big-wheel drawing. You didn't have to be present if your name was called (an employee would do the spin for you), but you had to claim your prize within a few hours. I won $25 in cash from the spin.

    When I signed up at Lucky Dragon, they were giving $8 in free play, with the chance to win $888. At that time, they also had a promo where if you earned something like 10 points, you got an $8 food credit. I used it at Bao Now and got an order of three tasty char siu baos to go.
     
  6. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever LasVegas4ever.com

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    The sign up bonuses (if you can call them that) are dismal now anyhow.
    Not worth doing.
     
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  7. Diana Flores

    Diana Flores Low-Roller

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    With all this being said and all the "New Players Only" Deals, it makes me wonder what the incentives for buying either ACG or LVA books for next year.
     
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  8. pebbles

    pebbles VIP Whale

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    This year, LVA coupons are not for new players only, except for the Wicked Spoon voucher. It is only ACG.
    I hope LVA keep their coupons the same in 2019.
     
  9. Tonyfromjersey

    Tonyfromjersey Low-Roller

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    In August of last year was my first trip to Vegas in over 7 years. Several of the slot clubs still had me in their system, I was honestly shocked. So sometimes when you sign up it is for life.
     
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  10. LVisBeautiful

    LVisBeautiful Low-Roller

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    I got a lot out of my ACG book I’m pretty happy with it.

    I went to eat several places that have more than paid for it. If one coupon pays for the book it’s a W for me.

    One thing it does is give you the odds calcs and VP strategy and also tell you what’s available around the country

    I’m thinking about LVA too for the next trip.

    We need to support these coupon guides

    One critique of the guides: have you all heard of User experience?

    Both website designs are dated
     
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  11. deansrobinson

    deansrobinson VIP Whale

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    This last trip out to Vegas...'couple of weeks back. I signed up for TR years ago and I'm pretty sure the promo at the time was auto boost to Platinum. I knew I had plummeted in tier status, and don't much care one way or the other, but still....

    I couldn't find one of those machines to read your card for comps and promos, so we went up to the TR desk in Flaming Oh.
    The girl behind the counter pokes in my number and says I have $X. Then...she confiscates my 'platinum' card and hands me a 'gold' card.

    She say's "You're no longer platinum". I was tempted to say "And you're no longer attractive. So we're even". :nono:
     
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  12. Tex

    Tex High-Roller

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    I would have thought a guy named tonyfromjersey would have numerous alias and ids available to open new player accounts?
    Maybe I watch too much TV.
     
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  13. Grid

    Grid VIP Whale

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    I actually went to do the Circus Circus new player promo a couple years ago. We were planning on hitting the Adventuredome any way. Handed my ID and she said I already had a card. ME:Really? Her:Yes, I'll update your address. Me:What address are you showing?

    Turns out I pulled a card in the late 90's, back when I was in college. Nearly 20 years later, here I am LOL. I asked her if the promo (free shirt and some free play) was good for inactive players, nope...
     
  14. Hyperfocal

    Hyperfocal High-Roller

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    Still have a few places I've never signed up for a card, just in case.

    Best sign up was CET at Imperial Palace. Got a $100 loss rebate for your next trip. Lost the Hundo, got a coupon in the mail, checked online and had comped rooms available, found a cheap flight, checked in to a pre-resort fee comped room, walked over to the cashier, received a crisp $100 bill and became Vegas junky.
     
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  15. Bobby in CO

    Bobby in CO Tourist

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    Many of the Colorado locals give you a free buffet for signing up as a new player. I've heard a few people who sign up and the desk says if they haven't visited in x number of years, then they consider you a new player again. I can't remember how long they said, but I think it was 2 years.
     
  16. ddashner

    ddashner Tourist

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    I have had two experiences where I had a card previously and the casino updated their software or something and I was no longer in the system so I got the new player deal. One was at the Sahara where I got to spin the wheel and won tickets to see an Elvis show. The other was just a month or two ago at a local casino (Ho Chunk in Baraboo for those who are interested) where I ended up with a sweet $5 in free play. I am not positive on this third data point, but I think it may also have happened for the wife at Ellis Island where she got to sign up again.
    It seems like there are a couple common factors involved here -
    1)Small casinos that aren't part of a bigger group
    2)Changes to their system
    3)Passage of quite a few years