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Which hotel in Las Vegas gives the best comps?

Old Oct 31st, 2001, 04:29 PM
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Which hotel in Las Vegas gives the best comps?

I am wondering which Las Vegas hotel gives the best comps? I also wonder if anyone knows any basic comp structure, or is there somewhere online I could look it up?
Old Oct 31st, 2001, 04:51 PM
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A friend of mine (whom I think has developed a serious gambling problem, by the way) is a member of every major casino/hotel, but swears by Ceasar's. She now only goes when they send her a notice of everything free. She literally doesn't spend a penny and even sometimes gets free chips in addition. Also, the last couple of times she has gone to claim her free room she has been upgraded to a major suite. By the way, she only plays slots -- but lots of them. I have stayed and joined at Mirage, Bellagio, and joined, but not stayed at Caesar's, and have not spent a lot of money at any of them. Yet I just got a coupon for a free two night stay at Caesar's between now and February -- a lot more than either other hotel has offered.
Old Oct 31st, 2001, 05:43 PM
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Hey Pat, I know you realize this already, but your comment "She literally doesn't spend a penny" is misleading.
The reason the casinos provide comps is because (over the long haul) they make far more money on gambling losses than they pay out in comps and gambling winnings.
I, too, ride on the coattails of a problem gambler friend of mine. He is handsomely rewarded for his time at the tables.
Free rooms. Not just one, last time we were in Vegas he asked if he could have extra rooms for 'a few friends'. The comp hostess' response? "And how many rooms would you like, sir?" She gave him 4 rooms...all comped. Meals for ALL of us were comped, including alcohol (wine, champaign).
But we all know that when you count the value of what the casino comps out, versus player losses at the tables, over time the casino wins big.

As for Jim's question: there is a simple formula the casinos use to calculate comp totals. The formula varies depending on: what game(s) you're playing, how long you play, how much you're betting.
The casino knows, on average, exactly how much money they'll make if you play, say, 2 hours of blackjack at an average of $25 per hand. They'll comp you on the order of 5-10% of their winnings. If you find the right person to speak with (casino host or hostess) they'll give you the formula the specific casino uses in most cases.
Old Oct 31st, 2001, 06:50 PM
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All of the above info is correct, but a more direct answer to your question:

The smaller/local casinos off of the strip are the most generous with comps (for example, although the Hard Rock is off the strip, their comps are not the most liberal, something like "The Reserve" or The Station chain of casinos are most liberal), then the downtown hotels, followed by the strip hotels which are the tightest.
Old Nov 1st, 2001, 07:42 AM
Denver Jim
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To expound on what what Roger and "there" said I would add this: wherever you stay, contact the pit boss, tell him/her what you are "playing" and then ask this simple question: at what level do I need to play to receive full RFB (room, food and beveage). The PB will then let you know exactly how much you need to average in gaming and for how many hours you need to keep it up (i.e. if you play BJ, they may tell you you need to play $25 minimum for four hours per day--it doesn't matter if you win, lose or break even, just that you match that level of play). Obviously, this amount will vary from place to place and, as "there" pointed out, some casinos offer much more at lower levels than do others ( I love The Mirage but they offer lousy comps).

Good Luck.

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