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and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
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-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Comp Rolling

What is comp rolling?  A "comp roll" is when you try to get a food comp from a pit boss when you have not even spent one cent in the casino.  Now, how is this possible?  Comps are supposed to be based on time of play and average bet.  So, if you play blackjack for 3 hours and bet $50 a hand, each casino has formula to determine what you should be comped at.  Sounds fairly simple, right?

This is how to obtain a food comp from a pit boss if one has not gambled in the casino.  Please note:  This does not always work and you will get shot down.  But there is no harm in trying and the only person who will be irritated will be the pit boss (BFD).

  • Obtain a players club card -- you have to one of these.
  • Find a table games pit that is very busy -- this move will not work at a slow pit.
  • In a busy table games pit look for a pit boss who appears to be doing a bunch of tasks.  Try to find an "older pit boss" if possible.  I find that younger bosses are more attentive to detail and actually give a rip about their job.  The younger ones are more likely to check the computer and see you have not gambled one dime in the casino.
  • Interrupt the pit boss or motion the pit boss to come over and speak with you.  Usually they will visibily irritated or annoyed with you becauese you have interrupted them.  This is a good thing -- because they are very busy and have more important things to deal with than your stupid food comp.
  • Use the following line when speaking to the pit boss (you have to do some acting on this one):  "Can you check my card and see if I have earned enough points to get a sandwich at the deli?"
  • If the pit boss asks you what you are looking for then you have a chance.  "Looking for" means how much do you want?  I usually say "nothing big, just $10 or $15, so I can get something over at the deli." 
  • If he or she just takes your card and goes to the computer to check, then you are screwed.  They will come back and tell you have no balance for a comp.  Game over.
  • But remember, pit bosses are very busy.  For them to see if you have earned enough points for a $10 food comp at the deli is pain in the ass for them, especially if they have to look it up on the computer.  And from what I can tell, many pit bosses hate to have to look up stuff on the computer -- especially the older ones.
  • It is much easier for the pit boss to just give you the food comp and send you on your way -- especially the older bosses who find low level comps to be a complete waste of their time.  If you have worked it right, the pit boss will fill out a form for your comp, hand it to you, and you can go have a free lunch (or most of it paid for) at the deli.
Since I have moved to LV, I pulled this move about 5 times.  It is not something that can be done all the time, and if you ask for some outrageous comp -- like a dinner buffet, you will get shot down.  The key with this sort of comp roll is the small amount of the comp and how busy the pit boss is.

Good luck.  Below is a delicious large pizza ($16.00) that I brought home from the South Point courtesy of a comp roll.

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