While maybe not a fortune, Fort McDowell had $1200 waiting for me.
Sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it? The funny thing is – it’s true! It happened to me this week at Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona and it proves – again – why you should use your player’s club card.
Earlier this week, P.B. and I decided to head out to “The Fort” to take advantage of some coupons that came in our quarterly “Fortune Club” mailers – one for $25 in cash, another for free dinners. After we turned in our cash coupons, we sat down to play at a couple of All-Star Poker™ machines. I chose the Spin Poker™ option – my favorite game – playing Double Double Bonus in the 10¢ denomination and, on my third hand, hit for a couple hundred dollars with four 2′s and a kicker. About 10 hands later, I was dealt the ace, king, queen and ten of spades…held the four cards… held my breath…and YES! Got the JACK for royal flushes on three lines and $400 x 3 = $1200 (and a W-9!)
With the free dinners thrown in, this turned out to be a profitable trip for us and all because of a $25 coupon. I think it’s more than we made in the stock market this week and a lot more fun!
There were a lot of people at the casino that same night, many of whom were cashing in coupons so The Fort’s promotion is paying off in terms of getting people in the door. It would be nice to think that they – and casinos everywhere – would continue to offer decent incentives to frequent players, especially in this economy. Jean Scott has a couple of really good articles this week on her blog at Anthony Curtis’ Las Vegas Advisor. In an interesting post from October 18, she talks about the different ways casinos can react to the economic downturn and in a second post from October 23; she outlines some “Slot Club Changes.” You’ll see, when you read them, how the two articles are related.
From my own perspective, while local casinos have no where near the competition that Las Vegas, Reno or Atlantic City casinos have, I would like to tell them that offering decent club incentives would keep frequent players coming in – good economy or bad. Don’t give me $5 or $10 to show up – at midnight – or other ridiculously-low, crazily-limited “bonuses.” You’ll weather the storm and build player loyalty to boot. Win, win.