Has your mailbox been as stuffed with casino offers as ours has lately? Thanks to the downturn in the economy, P.B. and I are hearing from every casino we ever stepped foot into over the years. Stacks of promotional flyers for free room stays – now for three or four or more nights at a time! – and invitations to tons of slot, video poker, live poker and black jack tourneys inundate us. (My mail carrier, Veronica, must think Doyle Brunson’s living in my guest room!)
We’re also being showered with bigger and better coupons for “free slot play.” Even our local Indian casinos here in Arizona are not only joining in the marketing fray but upping the ante with $100 for Diamond members at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa and $25 from Fort McDowell in Fountain Hills, just to name a couple. Those same offers usually come with food coupons as well. Free buffets, free dinners, free food vouchers – if you’re hungry they’ve got you covered.
Email offers? Check. Offers by phone? Check again. Leather jackets, Dooney & Bourke handbags, gift cards? Check, check, check.
So what really gets us into the casino and sitting at a machine or table? Locally, coupons for free slot play or cash are number one for us with merchandise giveaways a close second. But only if the item is something we want like the Sony PSP® we got last year at Harrah’s Ak-Chin.
When we travel several times each year to Las Vegas, we do look at the offers we’ve gotten when planning the actual dates. We especially enjoy slot and video poker tournaments and try to play in a couple of those each year. Oh, and cash and free slot play and gift cards are good, too. Merchandise doesn’t really get us to go to Las Vegas – too far for a leather jacket with “Caesars Palace” emblazoned on the back.
We’re curious. What are your favorite offers? What gets you to make the date?