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Mlife pearl or higher - SKIP THE BUFFET LINE???

Discussion in 'Comps' started by -(J)-, Mar 15, 2013.

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  1. Kickin

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    Maybe no cost to the casino but there is a "cost" to higher level players if an express line can be used by the large number of lowest tier gamblers. Pearl at MGM requires around half the play it takes to reach the lowest tier at CET. Last time I was at MGM the few times I saw an express line somewhere the sign didn't include Pearl but I wasn't paying close attention. Never really dealt with any lines anyway. But I know I wouldn't feel too "rewarded" for being Platinum if I was in an express line and stuck behind a bunch of Pearl players just as a Noir player wouldn't feel too "rewarded" if he had to wait behind all the Platinum, Gold, and Pearls.

    Funny thing is that CET which tends to be worse for premium players actually offers more "premium" service to its higher tiers than Mlife. Out here in AC there are usually two separate express lines for Diamond and Seven Stars so at least Seven Stars really do get priority service. Usually nothing for Platinum though I may just have never noticed. At Mlife they basically say you can be a minnow or a high roller and priority service is the same....at least as far as the line pass tier benefit goes.

    Dollars to doughnuts they will change this as more and more people become aware of the express lines and start using them.
     
  2. stuntin909

    stuntin909 Low-Roller

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    Well those people are still more valued by MGM than the people stopping by just to eat who are not staying or gambling at the hotel. 95% of the time I use the "vip" lines there aren't more than 3-5 groups of people in front of me. No big deal.

    I don't mind being 15th in line in a VIP line compared to 150th in a regular buffet line. Sounds like people here want to be first in line everywhere. If my card allows me to reduce my wait time in line compared to the regular line, I consider that a benefit in itself. If you're important enough to the casino you will not have to wait anywhere for anything. Your host would take care of it for you.
     
  3. Kickin

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    stuntin I think you may be missing my point. First of all I'm not saying a Pearl holder shouldn't use the line pass. Of course they should, it's their right and MGM makes the rules not me. Second I personally don't give a shit anyway because I might eat at one buffet on a trip and I've never seen much of a line in the normal or express.

    But a line pass isn't an unlimited commodity, it loses value the more people who have it. And Pearl is beyond doubt a bullshit level. For example it takes about 8300 coin-in on slots in an entire year to get it. An average slot player could get that in an hour. A complete non-gambler would get it on one trip just from hotel spend. It's basically a level that anyone who gets rated should get. So who does it leave out? Just people who don't get rated and the extreme micro-rollers. That ends up making the so-called tier benefit have little value. Right now the program is still fairly new so people may not know they can use the line or may not have gotten their cards yet, etc. But CET for all its fukked up shit at least recognizes the problem of giving the same express line benefit to so many players. And their lowest tier still requires 3x the play as Pearl. But they have separate lines for Seven Star and Diamond. So at least their is a real benefit.

    That all being said, I really don't give a shit. Just wanted to make a point about Andy's post that their may not be a cost to the casino but their is in fact one to other players.
     
  4. mike_m235

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    Just anecdotal...I really appreciated the one time I used my line pass at Bellagio for dinner. It was maybe 7:30 Friday night and we had a 9:30 show. The line looked to be about an hour and a half long. We got seated in less than 5 minutes. And it worked out for the casino in that case, because I had time to play video poker after dinner and before the show, and dropped $500. I'd have been better off waiting in line.

    The other time I used it was Monte Carlo for brunch. We skipped maybe 5 groups waiting to be seated which hardly mattered, but I did notice that the person doing the seating made a huge point of referring to us as VIPs when talking to the other staff. I think she wanted us to feel important, but it kind of creeped me out a bit more than anything else.
     
  5. AndyAkeko

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    I understand your point that the more people who have access to the line pass, the less valuable it becomes (hell, that's Economics 101). But I think you and I have very different opinions of who is an average gambler. $8300 through the machines in an hour means $138 a minute, or $2.30 per second. I don't think that's anywhere near what a regular slot player goes through outside of the high limit room.

    If somebody is playing $1/spin, 10 spins a minute, it would take nearly 14 hours of play to hit Pearl level. Even somebody playing a $3 Megabucks game would take five hours to reach Pearl, so it's a little more difficult to achieve than you postulated.

    That said, M life also gives you credits per $1 spent for room, dining and entertainment. People who spend $1000 total on those things would be eligible for the pass, although I don't believe you get credit for the room until after you've checked out, so in essence they're rewarding returning customers.

    Your point is that higher-tier customers shouldn't be lumped in with riff-raff that is Pearl. I have no doubt Mlife would change its policy if there were long VIP lines at the buffet. That's likely why they require a higher level at the Bellagio buffet, a popular buffet at a hotel frequented by higher-tier customers.
     
  6. Dante

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    Just got back from the Bellagio. Ate at Cafe Bellagio (for breakfast) 2 times. Skipped the line twice using my buddies card. He was slower to recover from the hangovers and couldn't stomach breakfast. :p) Anyhow, they never checked the card either time...unless they were peering through my fingers as I held the card at my side.

    Could of sworn I saw Pearl listed on the sign. To be honest though, the normal line seemed to move at a pretty good clip.

    I think it is a good perk for Pearl members. We tried to get into a booked Prime on Saturday night. We were told...nope, not unless you are Noir. My buddy is Platinum.
     
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