by Larry Edell
When you gamble, wouldn't you like FREE rooms, FREE food, and FREE shows? Well, a lot of gamblers get these things at absolutely no cost. Wouldn't you like to get these things for FREE also? The good thing about these benefits, or "comps" is that they are not reserved for high rollers! You can get comped if you are just a $5 bettor!
Want to learn how?
Let's find out!
The first thing you need to know is that there is a big difference in the way a casino rates you. Some casinos rate according to "spread" while others rate according to "bet." For example if you bet $5 pass line (with $10 odds), two $5 come bets (with $10 odds each), and place $6 six and eight, you are just a $5 bettor at the "bet" casinos and will not receive any comps. However, at a spread casino, your bets are totaled so you are now a $55 player - and are eligible to receive FREE food, FREE rooms and FREE shows for your gambling- just ask a casino host or anyone in the pit for details!
You should NEVER play strictly for comps, but if you do play, shouldn't you get all the comps you are entitled to? Is it fair that the person next to you, betting less than you do, gets a FREE room, while you get nothing? If you have any questions on comps, just call your favorite casino on their toll free number and ask for a casino host - it is his job to answer your questions.
If you don't have a favorite casino, you can choose one rather easily. First, make sure it comps on spread not bet. You might also ask them if they have different room floor plans - you wouldn't want to get bored staying in the exact same room all the time. And how about good shows and restaurants? Don't settle for anything substandard - if you play consistently at the same casino, then you deserve the best!
When you are actually playing in your favorite casino, you need to get a "comp card" (it's free) and have your play rated. Introduce yourself to the box man, the dealers, and if possible, the floor people and the pitboss. Always look at their name tags and call them by name whenever you make a bet. After you are there a few times, they will remember your name and may bump up your comps a little, because they want you back!
Finally, when you are finished playing, you can get your rating from one of the floor people. If your time or average bet is incorrect, you need to correct it center away. You can also ask the boxman for meal or show comps. Your room will be taken care of by your casino host when you check out. You can pick up any house phone, ask for a casino host, and make sure that everything is taken care of.
If you received a free room for two nights for FREE, you probably saved about $300. If you received nine meals (3 each day) for FREE, you probably saved about $180! And if you received two show tickets for FREE, you probably saved about $100. That's a total of about $580 in goods that you received for FREE! Even if you lose $500 playing, you can still come out ahead! See how valuable these benefits are? You NEED to treat comps like they are YOURS, which by the way, they are!
Have you always wondered how you can get FREE rooms, FREE shows and FREE food? Well, now you know!
And, as always, good luck at the tables!
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