Best Way to Earn Comp Dollars and Points in Casinos
When you first check-in to any casino in Vegas, there is a stand near the front desk for the casino’s player’s club system. Every casino company, from Caesar’s Entertainment and MGM Resorts to local Stations Casinos has a player rewards system. To participate in the rewards system, one must first obtain a player’s card. This card is your key to earn comp dollars and tier points at the casino. There are many different ways to earn comp dollars and tier credits, but some will earn you more points quicker than others.
The Basics of Earning Points
Let’s start with the basic mean of earning points, gambling at the casino. When gambling at the casino, you should always make sure you are using your player’s card, whether it’s in a machine or giving it to the dealer or pit boss at the tables. If gambling at a machine, comp dollars and tier credits will be earned based on the amount of money you play in the machine.
The amount of time you play at the machine has no effect on how many points you will earn. Most, if not all machines in casinos will have a countdown towards the next point(s) that will be earned. The countdown will go down after every hand or spin you play, and will be based on the amount of money you play for each hand or spin. Once the countdown hits 0 it means you earned points for your play, and it will then restart.
The process will continue in the same manner for the entire time you are playing. This should be a main focus of yours if trying to maximize your point earnings, and it will also give you a general summary of how many points you have earned on this session. Machine games that people generally play will include slots and video poker, but there are some others as well.
First Visit to a Casino is Key
The first day’s worth of play on a new rewards card can make all the difference. Casinos look at the action of new players and base mailers on it. Do not sign up for a players card if you only plan on spending a few minutes giving action. Wait until you can give a full day’s worth of play before signing up for a players card.
The first mailer a player gets is often the best one he will ever receive. Mailers have historically been sent through the U.S. Postal Service, but today they may also be received by email or text. The offer may include free slot play, table game bets, hotel rooms, and meals.
Low House Edge Casino Games
One of best ways to earn comp dollars and tier credits at a machine and give the casino a low amount of edge is to play multi-hand blackjack. Not every casino will have this game on its floor, but if they do and you are trying to rack up points quickly, you should go fire away. The concept of multi-hand blackjack is fairly simple. You pick the denomination and credits that you want to play (similar to that of any machine), and then you play 7 hands of blackjack at once versus the dealer all in one dealt hand.
The aspect of this game that makes the casino edge relatively smaller than most other machine games is what it allows you to do. In multi-hand blackjack, one can split, double, and get paid 3-2 on blackjack, something that is a rarity even at the low limit blackjack tables themselves. On top of the reduction in casino edge, by playing 7 hands you are playing that much more money in the game. Because of this and knowing that multi-hand blackjack is a machine game, you will be raking in the additional comp dollars and tier credits, and possibly some profits too.
Low House Edge Table Games
Other than machine games to gamble at in casinos, you can also play table games in order to earn comp dollars and tier points. However, the difference between the two is the number of factors involved with how many points you will earn. For table games, the amount you buyin for, the time you play at the table, and your average bet size per hour all have effects on the points you earn while gambling, with the latter two being the most important.
When going to sit at a table game, you should always start by giving the cash AND your player’s card to the dealer, so that you can get rated to earn both comp dollars and tier points. The pit boss will then put you in the system for how much you bought in for, and will be updating how much your average bet is throughout the time you are at the table. This is very important if you are trying to earn points, since your fate is in the pit boss’s hand. The pit boss will not watch every bet you make, so the average bet he/she puts in for you may not be accurate.
Checking with the Pit Boss
It does not hurt to get friendly with the pit boss since he/she can sometimes be on the generous side for your average bet. Regardless, you should be checking from time to time what he/she has for your average bet, especially if you are altering your sizing. On top of the average bet, the time you spent at the table is crucial to earning points. The longer you stay the better, as points earned are increased in exponential form based on time. In fact, certain casino companies will reward you with a higher status if you earn enough tier points in a 24 hour period, which generally means for you to have a reasonable average bet, along with playing for at least 4 hours at once, usually more.
Getting a VIP Host
The policy on VIP hosts changes from one casino to another. Some set a specific players club tier where a host becomes the reward. Others wait for a player to ask for it. Some casinos have hosts scour through data to determine if a player’s action warrants special attention. Once a serious player is identified, a host will introduce himself to the gambler.
What Does a Host Do?
A host gives players a personal experience while in the casino. They also give players a reason to visit when he may not otherwise. This includes special perks like a limo ride from the airport, hotel room upgrades, show tickets, and visits to resort amenities on the house.
It never hurts to ask a pit boss or slot attendant to call a VIP host after a big session. This can include large wagers, long playing times, or a big win or loss. At the very least, the host will simply say no. There is nothing to lose.
Earning Points and Comps Without Gambling
Besides gambling, there are other ways to earn points. Those include staying at the hotels themselves, dining or shopping at places inside of the casino properties while using your player’s card, and more. In addition, if you have gambled in the past and used your player’s card, you may get promotions for free comp dollars and tier points that you can earn without having to gamble.
So if your goal is to earn comp dollars and tier credits in the best way and as quickly as possible, make sure to carry around your player’s cards and use it whenever possible. One note if you are trying to save up your comp dollars. Certain casino properties have stipulations where you must gamble at least once in a certain period of time to continue to keep your current comp dollars earned, and some also have it so your comp dollars will expire in a certain time period. In order to avoid having the casino take away your unused comp dollars, make sure to see what the casino policy is first.