The names may change but the goal is the same - keep players coming back to the casino!
•1. Sign Up for Players Club Cards
JOIN THE CASINO PLAYERS CLUB and USE THE CARD whenever and wherever you gamble. Casinos love visitors who play and they want to see you coming back to their casino, not the one across the street, not the one across town. That’s why you’ll find a “promotions club” at almost every casino you visit. While these clubs go by various catchy names, they all exist to offer “comps” – based on play levels – that reward players for both machines and table games. Free rooms, meals, gifts, tournament entries, cash, show tickets and more are given out to reward valuable players and further instill loyalty. Check out the post on “Comps” to learn more about how and why to use cards and to see some of the gift booty P.B. and I have gotten for playing with our various club cards.
•2. Dress for Comfort
One refrain I hear over and over again in every casino – “Why is it always so cold in here?” It can be 110 degrees on The Strip in LV or in the Arizona desert and it will still be freezing inside the casinos. I have heard that the machines function better in low temperatures (just like computers) and I have heard that keeping it a bit chilly keeps players more awake – whether either reason is true doesn’t really matter when you are shivering in your sleeveless top, short shorts and sandals. Dress appropriately for the cool interiors and, if you plan on playing for a while, take a light sweater or wrap to fend off the inevitable blasts of cold air. For the guys, a shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up or down is a logical choice.
•3. Groove to Your Own Beat
My Apple iPod® goes just about everywhere with me and it’s always in my purse when I hit the casino. First, I love my music – which is not something I can always say about every casino’s choice of entertainment – and, even better, this trusty little device has saved me on more than one occasion from having to chat with a neighboring player whom I really didn’t want to talk to. Just put the audio plugs into your ears and you, too, can feign selective hearing as needed.
•4. Enjoy Your Own Drinks
No, I am not saying you should BYOB to your local casino but I have become addicted to those single-serve drink packets that you can mix into bottled water. Some of my favorite flavors are Peach Mango Green Tea and Cherry Pomegranate from Crystal Light® and the Grape Flavor with Vitamins from Propel®. Since the choice of soft drinks is sometimes pretty limited at casinos, I keep a stash of different drink mix flavors in my purse or I’ll just throw a couple of the slender packets into my pocket. When I’m ready for a sip, I simply ask the kind drink server to bring me a bottle of plain cold water, add the dry mix, shake and I’m happy.
•5. Ka-Ching, not Ka-Choooo! Keeping it Clean
I think of slot and poker machines much the same way as the exercise machines I use at the gym – better to use a quick rinse with hand sanitizer before and after using them than risk getting a cold from the previous patron. I’m not a total “germaphobe” but I’ve seen enough people coughing and sneezing while playing the machines to know that a quick squirt of sanitizer never hurts. A small bottle of Purell® and I’m good to go.
Next week - 5 More Tips for Casino-Goers