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Vegas Newbie... comp advice MLife vs CET? Low Roller

Discussion in 'Comps' started by klankslayer, May 27, 2017.

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  1. klankslayer

    klankslayer Tourist

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    Hi all,

    Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm staying at Mirage for 3 nights in August. I've got an life sapphire card, and just signed up for CET TR online.

    I just wanted to know what to play and how much to gamble in order to move up to mLife Pearl or the equivalent to that for TR. If I gamble with say $200 a day and play VP, would that be enough to get Pearl? Will I get email offer for my next trip?

    Just trying to get basic info as I'm new to this!

    Thanks all!
     
  2. MiamiDave

    MiamiDave You Can't Handle the Truth

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    Without even doing any math, I would say you won't get pearl in that situation, no. I put in a decent amount of play on my trip in January over a few days and I was still a bit short of pearl when I left. If you have good credit, your best bet might be to get the Mlife Master Card reward CC ASAP. Spend $1,000 on it as soon as possible (your normal expenses, and pay it off as soon as you get the first statement) and you'll get 10,000 points which is equivalent to $100 in freeplay or express comps that you can use on your trip. With the card, you also get automatic pearl status for free parking at MGM properties, the buffet pass for fast access, and preferred check-in at mlife properties so you don't have to wait in the longer line.

    If that's not an option, I would consider putting in your play at a Boyd property. I think you're a lot more likely to get some room comps from them.
     
  3. klankslayer

    klankslayer Tourist

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    From reading around, it seems much more likely to get comp night offers at CET properties then MGM... correct?
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Okay...

    Hint #1 : Offers are tied to play, not to card or tier level.
    Hint #2 : See #1


    (in any event, CET is much more liberal in offering room comps for you to come back)
     
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  5. DaiLun

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    I agree, on your budget, and presuming that you don't "hate" CET properties (like I did for many years), CET is probably your best bet.
     
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    Head across the street and see if you like the vibe at Harrahs, Linq or Flamingo. If you do, play one day's gambling budget there. That would likely generate midweek comps at those properties, as well as Ballys and Rio.

    Isn't really that much of an advantage to either Mlife Pearl or TR Platinum and, unless you get very lucky and are able to play a very long time, you won't reach them in any case. Pearl is probably a bit easier as room spend earns 25 points per $ so $500 in room charges would get you halfway there.

    Mirage is a very good place to stay and you will enjoy your time there. Good luck!
     
  7. AndyAkeko

    AndyAkeko Time magazine's 2006 Person of the Year

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    I also think the benefits for MLife Pearl (buffet line passes, 10% multiplier on comps) are better than the benefits for CET Platinum, which really doesn't offer much more than Gold. Plus as mentioned above, if you're already staying at Mirage you'll be earning points as it is. Total Rewards would be better if you have CET casinos near your home and can earn points throughout the year. The Tier Credit multipliers can get you to Platinum faster with Total Rewards, but at $200/day you're probably not going to reach the minimum 500 point level (which only offers a 125 point bonus anyway).
     
  8. ChilliPalmer

    ChilliPalmer Low-Roller

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    CET is easier to get comped nights at, but from top to bottom their properties are more dated and less desirable. MLIFE has much better resorts but comps are a little tougher. MLIFE also credits resort spend into the equation. If you spend $1,000 on food, spa, tickets, etc that would net you 25,000 points and pearl status for example.

    Keep in mind resort spend doesn't really factor into comps, just status in the case.
     
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  9. klankslayer

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    Awesome to know, thanks all for the input!

    I will try and give a majority of my play to CET properties like LINQ and Paris. My 3 previous trips have all been southern strip (MB, Luxor, and MGM. Haven't gambled at CET at all.) Will be nice to see the north end and some new properties!
     
  10. DaiLun

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    A caution for mLife. Make SURE that you are Not playing one of the "premium" machines. Look for a little silver sign (about 1-1.5 sq. in. On the machine that says) "$10 for 1 tier credit" or words to that effect. One Of the reasons that I cut back my play at mLife is because too many of the machines that I like are $10/1TC vs. $3/1TC.
     
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  11. DaiLun

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    Correct-a-mundo on the spend. I have a friend that's a local and made Gold last year solely on spend.
     
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  12. K-9treatbaker

    K-9treatbaker VIP Whale

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    IMO CET would be your best bet for getting comps, They seem to be more generous, at least with me. And I do not gamble a whole lot of money. $50-75.00 a day is my gambling bankroll when I go to Vegas. And I have offers for many of the CET properties for free rooms. Go figure.LOL

    Enjoy your Vacation.
     
  13. moefoe81

    moefoe81 Low-Roller

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    What are you playing? Slots?

    Ernie
     
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    It all depends ofcourse you also have to be lucky with a good host ofcourse
    im a lowroller now but when i started comming to vegas (i was a lowroller too) i played alot of slots.......i checked which company could give me better perks and hands down CET was it so i went with CET as i played alot of slots(and lost pretty money) i became diamond...diamond status give you alot of perks(free 100$ dinner each year,free spa(only ceasars and linq spa you have to pay a little to get in,free nights,no resortfees and free entrance to diamondlounges) even to that point that when i wouldnt be diamond i wouldnt go to vegas anymore(too expensive!!)....i also have a mlife card and that i use for the myvegas(free fb slotsplay where you can earn points for free buffets etc) so just get both and see yourself whoch company will treat you the best and play there
     
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    Stick with CET for room comps, though of course you have to pay the resort fee.

    $200 a day is getting you very little extra. Don't go chasing a card level up. The only way you are getting to diamond on that level of gambling budget is if you fluke a jackpot and then play a hell of a lot of coin through subsequently.
     
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    I would also add don't go chasing comps. That's the biggest mistake you can make in a casino.
     
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    Yeah, don't even think about tier level, it doesn't directly affect the availability of comped room offers.

    If your max loss per day is $200, you are probably better off giving all your play to CET casinos, you will end up having more comp room availability and more choice of hotels. It won't hurt to venture into an MLife casino and play for a couple of hours on one of your trips - that should get you a teaser comp offer of some sort that you can take advantage of on one trip, but on an ongoing basis, that budget won't get you much at MLife except discounted room rates, with the possible exception of Luxor and Excalibur where mid-week rates are pretty low to begin with.
     
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    Moefoe81,
    I am a slot player. I usually bet between .40 and .60 cents, sometimes .90 cents if I'm lucky enough to have won enough to keep playing.

    I also like to play nickle video poker, but with video poker, comps are a lot slower. But, sometimes I just want to relax and make my money last longer. LOL

    I have found the cet properties to be generous with comps, such as free rooms as stated earlier.

    I'm hoping my upcoming trip I can get some of my resort fee's comped, from play.

    This is probably my imagination, but I always seem to win more and last a lot longer when playing the older slot machines, such as Hoot Loot, Frog Prince, White Orchid, etc. I really like the older version of quick hits, and if I play those machines, I will bet 1.50. :woot: Such a big spender I am. LOL
     
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