Comps - a guide to a free weekend in Vegas on the house.
"Comps" is the abbreviation for "complimentaries".
The casino will give out gifts from cheap key-chains, to more useful stuff
as free drinks, free food, free shows, free golfing, free whiskey, free
rooms, free limo.
You don't want the key-chain, that is though of as a joke, not really
The deal is that the casino wants you to keep playing obviously. And
to do that they will give back some of the expected profit. Example playing
blackjack where the house has a 3% edge, if you play for a 1000$ during
an hour the casino is expected to earn 30$. They would then comp you a
20-40% of that 30$. But that do not mean you have to loose to get your
comp, you can be profiting big and then get the comp on top.
Do not be tempted to play for pocket change, and ask for the limo. It's
a big chance you will get a key-chain.
Comps come in two categories, soft comps and hard comps. Soft comps are
the easiest to get and are cocktails, restaurant expenses and shows that
the casinos produce themselves. Hard comps are reimbursements for airline
tickets, golf, concerts, off-site casino shows or anything else that cost
the casino real dollars. It pretty much comes down to how much you are
playing for, big cats can more or less demand what they want.
The people that are handing out comps are the floormen, and the pit manager.
The floormen can hand out small soft comps. And the managers are authorized
to hand out the big comps.
Play bigger when you see floormen around, bet less when no one is around.
This will give them the impression that you are spending more than you
Play slow. How long you have played is an issue when you want your comp.
If you play for an hour and you can slow the pace down to the half you
will only spend half as much money.
Be nice, nobody wants to comp an asshole. Remember to tip the waitress
when you redeem your cocktail comp. Flirt with the waitress and the floormen
Try to look like a looser. You don't have to be a looser, just look like
one. It can't hurt to put on a misery face. The casino loves a looser
and wants him to keep playing. The looser is more likely to get some comps
than the successful type. This may take some practice winning and looking
like a looser.
Try to establish contact with a manager. If you are a frequent visitor
to the casino, call him up before you arrive and tell them when you last
visited them so and so and now you are coming back, and ask if you can
get a discount comp to a room.
In the digital world of online casinos, the casinos have continued the
traditions of comping. The comps will tick in automatically. You get among
other things bonuses, rewards, cash-back, free rolls, etc etc.
Summary: win big, and then collect your complimentaries on top of your