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Where will I get the best comps playing 2 x $10 BJ (pressing)?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by notfromconcentrate, Jul 2, 2017.

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  1. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    As per the title, I'm wondering where I'll get decent comps playing two $10 hands at blackjack, but pressing on wins (meaning my "average" bet will be more than $20 combined)... we'll say a minimum of four hours per day at a given property.

    From what I understand, this would barely warrant any kind of attention at strip properties (and given that one would need to be playing at a $5 table to play two hands at $10 each, I don't expect such a game would be easy to find on the strip). What about downtown, or off-strip?

    For context, my idea of "good" comps would be a room (any room with four walls and a bed - I'm a single 24 year old guy, and could not care less about frills like throw pillows, fancy-sounding bathroom products, and exotic finishes of sorts), and whatever dining.

    Hotel must have a good pool (so, not The Cal), be near public transit (as I don't drive), and have decent dining on site (ideally some 24 hour sit-down options - but if it's downtown this isn't a big deal, as I will go out of my way to have late night eats at the Market Street Cafe).

    Plaza is the dream, but open to other options as well if this action would do better elsewhere.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. FullBoat

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    I think just about any place downtown other than GN you'd get a room comp with that kinda play. From what I hear, DTG has a nice pool, but it's pretty much open to everyone, so that's a down side. The D has one, but it's not that "stripish". Just a pool with chairs around it. The Nugget probably has the nicest pool downtown right now, but they have higher limit tables, and harder to get comps with lower play.
    Here's to hoping that the new place will have a nice "party pool".
     
  3. adbynot01

    adbynot01 Tourist

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    Downtown at the D or the Downtown Grand sounds like it would fit the bill. Going to be hard finding low table limits on the strip that has nice amenities that you are looking for.
     
  4. hillwood24

    hillwood24 High-Roller

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    You might consider playing a single $25 hand. In my experience, that single green chip draws a lot more attention from the pit than four red chips.
     
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  5. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Agreed. Though I prefer to play two hands at a time. That's just me.
     
  6. jimboguy

    jimboguy My sloppy joe is all sloppy and no joe.

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    Reach out to Fe'Adolphus, Plaza host who participates on the board. He may be able to give you an idea if your BJ play would garner any comps at Plaza.
     
    Hopefully the weather will be nice.
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    ruralhipster High-Roller

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    If you combine where and when reasonable comps on $20x4hr/day got reasonable comps I would estimate:

    First tier strip resorts until the late seventies/ early eighties .

    Second tier strip resorts until the mid to late nineties.

    Bottom tier strip, most downtown and mid level off strip properties until early this decade.
    Maybe some of the lower end off strip properties currently.
     
  8. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    Betting $25 a hand at 3 hours you will at least get a comped meal. That's what the pit boss told me when I was playing bj, I was making $10 - $15 bets and higher and after a couple of hours I asked about a comped meal. But it is up to the discretion of the pit boss so guess he felt sorry for me and gave me a lunch buffet voucher.

    I could be wrong but playing $20 on the table for 4 hours won't get you very much, esp a room. And even harder with your prerequisites. But as someone else mentioned, you can check with Curt at the Plaza (Fe'Adolphus), at least he can give you an idea what you can get. I think the "higher" end casinos like GN and maybe Plaza may be harder with your play. DTG has a nice pool but I'm not sure about what qualifies for a comped room, I think it may be similar to the Plaza. You could try the lower end casinos like El Cortez (no pool though), it is possible that your play may warrant a comped room.

    With your level of play you should just try and see if any downtown casino will give you a comped room for the night. But that's JMHO.
     
  9. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    That sounds pretty well in line with what I anticipated. I'm not expecting the world. There are much bigger players out there, and I'm not under any illusions that anyone's going to be jumping out of their chair to take this kind of action.

    For what it's worth, I regularly get comp meals at the Cal and at Fremont from $5 blackjack play. I'm aware that $25 is the minimum average bet at Boyd to be considered for room comps. Since my total average wager would be in that range, I was thinking that I could be in line for a room on that basis. Again, not anything special. But this is just trip-planning strategy for me. If I know I can get a free room in exchange for bets I'd be making no matter what, I'd rather only pay for the flight down, and maybe a few meals, instead of hunting down hotel deals and making the same bets anyway.
     
  10. jimboguy

    jimboguy My sloppy joe is all sloppy and no joe.

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    It's also tough to ensure you're being rated accurately when you're purely a table games player. I've found that comp rooms have come much easier after adding video poker to my gaming repertoire, and I attribute much of that to more accurate coin-in tracking with a player's card inserted into a VP machine compared to the mood of a suit in a pit.
     
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  11. The Rumor

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    If you played at that rate for hours a day you could likely get comps downtown at a number of joints.

    One of the issues you would run into on the strip is they often want you to double the min bet to play two hands - good luck finding decent $5 tables. You'd be better off sitting at Ballys playing $15-$25 on a single hand to start.
     
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    Playing one green chip sounds like a good idea, but I seem to get decent comps by buying in with more money, even if my minimum bet is around $25. I like to buy in for around 4-500 hundred a few times and it seems to get the attention of the casinos, at least at some like GN, Plaza, SLS etc...
     
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