Choose a casino for fun and profit!

Jan 13, 2003 5:03 AM

Choosing a casino that will maximize both your profits and your entertainment expectations is extremely important. A lot of people end up at casinos due to the proliferation of "fun books" that are mailed or given out at tourist bureaus. These coupons will give you free hot dogs, drinks or coffee cups. But is this really the best method to choose a casino?

If you play craps for profit, you need to carefully choose a resort that will maximize your comps while offering favorable playing conditions. For example, some casinos offer 10X odds while others offer only 2X odds. And, some casinos offer comp credit for your spread rather than for individual bets. Of course, these are terrific advantages for the craps player.

However, after you are finished playing for the required amount of time and get your "free" meal or show, you might find that this is not exactly what you wanted. For example, say you visit a particular casino that offers 100X odds but they have standard rooms and a lounge act (no major show). In addition, there is only one mediocre restaurant. Even though this casino offered superior playing conditions, you’re bound to get tired of going there several times a year.

Another casino offers only 2X odds, however, they offer a superior show, five different restaurants and a Jacuzzi suite. Although this casino’s craps policies are less favorable than the first one, you might end up getting more value for your money in the long run.

Before you gamble, you should call a casino on their toll-free number and ask to speak to a casino host. Tell him that you would like to try their casino. Ask about the different restaurants, shows and rooms they offer. Ask if they base comps on individual bet or spread. Ask about the minimum bets and time required to get a free room. Write down the answers and call the other casinos you’re interested in so you can make an accurate comparison. The "ideal" casino is different for every crapshooter.

A friend of mine smokes cigars and chooses his casinos by the brands of cigars that are offered as comps. Someone else might only want to stay in a hotel that offers a Jacuzzi or a waterbed. Perhaps you might like a casino that has several different room floor plans, or one that has two different shows (afternoon and evening), or a free airport shuttle. One resort might have a terrific Chinese restaurant, while another might have a good Italian one.

IN MANY casinos the high odds being offered do not compensate for the inferior quality of their comps. Quite often, a casino offering 2X odds might be a better deal than one offering 100X odds. Comps are extremely important to any crapshooter, so choose your casino wisely!

And, as always, good luck at the tables!