Vegas: The Players Card

To card or not to card, that is the question. Cards offer benefits . . . well, not so fast . . . some experienced players . . . who are not winners . . . can become suspicious of what they really do.

Players can accumulate points for many purchases at the company’s casinos. Some companies have multiple casinos, and points earned at any of the company casinos may be applied to the players card account. In addition to accumulating points, there may be discounts for items such as food, shows, and other items. It is advisable to inquire early.

Some players advise getting the casino players card before checking in to get a room the first time. This may provide offers at the player’s card registration counter, and the room registration desk.

Registering for the Players Card will, in most cases, require presentation of a form of identification. Drivers licenses work well for registration. Licenses usually contain all the information required to create the players card account, and are frequently scanned into the casinos database for future reference.

Generally, for each five dollars spent on gambling and other purchases, one point is earned. Each company and casino have rules on earning points. The real deal for registered members is offers received in the mail, or a player’s email account after the first visit.

This may include room discounts, free food, shows, slot tournaments and more. In some cases this may include flights with stay and play packages at different casino locations. Frequent visitors may benefit the most.

So, what is the issue regarding some experienced players becoming suspicious? Well, refer to the posting titled “Vegas: Slots-O-Rama.” They can accumulate significant point counts during repeat visits, and may have a similar experience each time . . . no jackpots . . . no millions!

They may feel casinos can track them at any time and manipulate their play outcomes on slots, card and keno machines. Many larger casinos track play and stay through a win and loss statement system. This is done for the serious players that use the report for tax purposes.

Point systems used by casinos may vary regarding the length of time they have to be redeemed. Some point systems may be good for a year, six months, and three months or other. It is good to ask the first time a card is obtained.

Generally, on slots, card and keno machines, in addition to the money inserted, amounts won and replayed, over time, also count toward point totals. Players may start with a small amount and play for a long time . . . on the other hand . . . they may lose it all immediately.

Players may insert a small amount, play a long time, breakeven and have enough points for lunch . . . it is unpredictable.

Getting trapped into the need to accumulate points for those offers to come in the future, may result in losing more than the offers will be worth.

Players not intending to return may use the player’s card for discounts during the stay. Redeeming points before leaving is a good approach.

Don’t leave it in the account to be deleted. You paid by stay and play . . . get the benefits.

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