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. The good thing about these benefits or “comps” is
that they are not reserved for the rich and famous. Or even high rollers, for
that matter. You can get comped if you are just a $5 bettor.
Want to learn how? 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
example, if you bet $5 pass line (with $10 odds), two $5 come bets (with $10
odds each) and place $6 on 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 and you are now a $55 player ”” and most likely 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 and other benefits
you’re entitled to? Is it fair that the person next to you, betting less than
you do, gets a free room while you get zilch? If you have questions about comps,
call your favorite casino and ask for a casino host.
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 plays; 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.
you are actually playing, you need to get a “comp card” and have your play
rated. Introduce yourself to the boxman, the dealers and if possible, the floor
people and the pit boss. 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!
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 right
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
(three per day) for free, you probably saved about $180. And if you received two
show tickets for free, you probably saved $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 they are.
It’s just a matter of making sure the