Damn, it's 108f right now. Better stay in and write some stuff for the blog...
Since moving to LV, I have obtained players club's cards from just about every casino in the Las Vegas area. My goal in obtaining player's clubs cards are for two main reasons:
#1: To get free slot or video play just for signing up. Most places give you at least $5 in free play, usually $10 just for signing up. I use the free play right away.
#2: To hopefully have the casino send me comp play offers in the mail, which I then go use for free play at the casino. If one is disciplined and patient, it is possible to accumulate quite a bit of comp $$$. I then use the comp $$$ to enter poker tournaments. Some casinos are better than others on this. Example: Silverton sends me offers all the time, no matter what my level of play. Boyd Gaming (Orleans, Sam's Town, etc.) sends hardly anything, and when they do send a promotion, it sucks!
Here's an example of the worst casino promotion I have ever seen, courtesy of the Orleans Hotel (Boyd Gaming): http://jimmyhoofa-lv.blogspot.com/2010/04/worst-casino-promotion-ever.html
As of June 2010, I have accumulated $505 in free play money from various casinos. Some of it was video poker free play, some of it was table games free play, some of it was just free cash, and some of it was selling the comps that the casino gave me. I have only included the comps that I won with. Example: If I lost a $25 free blackjack play, then I don't include it since I did not lose any of my own money.
Now, this type of free rolling takes some discipline. My rule of thumb is if I double or triple the free play I leave with the money. Example: I got a $25 free bet at NYNY which I played blackjack with. I won the first bet. I let it ride and won again. I netted $50. I then left the casino. Same thing with video poker. I play until there's nothing left or I double or triple my money. If they give me $10 of free play and I build it up to $20, then I cash out and leave. Sometimes I will try to build it up to $25 or $30. This type of free rolling does take time, does involve driving around, and takes some patience.
What I am doing is completely opposite of the what the casino wants me to do -- which they do figure out after a while. Example: Harrah's has stopped sending me comps because they tracked my play and noticed zero play for all the comps they handed out to me! Same thing with MGM. Every now and then I will go play blackjack at a pretty high level which of course gets all the free offers going on again from those two outfits. But not to worry, I am still getting plenty of offers from other places.
So here's the list so far of my winnings for the year:
Green Valley Ranch blackjack -- $70.
NY NY blackjack -- $50.
Niketown Comp -- $50. I got a $75 gift card comp from Harrah's for Niketown inside of Fourm Shops. Instead of buying any of the overpriced merch. in the place, I sold the gift card to a person in the store for $50.
Fiesta video poker -- $70.
Harrah's cash --$75. Harrah's gave me $75 for booking 2 comp nights at the Flamingo. I just checked into the room, then pocketed the money and went home.
Fiesta "free" cash -- $20. I found a $20 bill on the floor in the Fiesta.
Silverton blackjack -- $65.
South Point video poker -- $45.
Tropicana video poker -- $20
Ellis Island video poker $20.
Silverton Tickets -- $40. I got two comp tickets to a concert at the Silverton. I sold them for $40.00.
Good luck out there.
"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites, and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money. That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "
-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995