Comps (complimentary credits, bonuses, freebies) are very popular in Las Vegas. They are also common in other countries. In Las Vegas competition between casinos is intense and some players are good at using the comping system knowing that comps can make or break a casino.
Comps are awarded on a rating system basis. A player gives his/her name every time he sits down at a table to play. The floorman keeps track of, or rates, his/her play (see Players rating system on this site).
The casino managers, supervisors or pit bosses can sign for meals, rooms, airfare, limos and almost anything if the player is a top rated high roller.
Other factors are also considered such as how busy the hotel/casino is. The comps you get on a quiet week day may be greater than on a busy weekend.
Usually casinos prefer players that spend time at the tables. A player that bets say $10 or $20 a hand for several hours is likely to get a better rating than one who throws $1000 or $2000 on a few bets and then walks away.
Setting up a credit line may earn you more comp credibility than coming to the table with cash. Additionally, because you have to sign a marker which involves the manager/floorman, your play will be more accurately reported. There is usually a minimum marker you can take. In the large hotels/casinos it could be as high as $500 but smaller casinos will probably allow much less.
The casino credit hosts can assist you with this. Basically it is the same process as applying for a credit card. You can also deposit a check/cheque or a cash deposit at the cashier's cage and draw against it at the tables. Unless you have strong control of your gambling activity and know when to quit, be very cautious about establishing credit lines. When you're paying hard cash at the table it is much more felt than writing your name on a marker.
Treat the comps as a bonus. Never gamble to increase your comp credits. Comps not only earn you credits, they make you feel privileged and valued. However, be careful about abusing comp privileges. You may find yourself asked to go elsewhere.
Casinos have the expertise and ability of making you feel important and valued but remember that most of you will be paying back for the services they give you through play.
If you are a slot machine player you still qualify for comp privileges. Join the slot club at your hotel casino and remember to insert your card in the machine every time you play.
Remember the casinos are there to make money, something they do supremely well. Be very cautious about establishing credit lines, many of which are infinitely extendable. When you're pulling hard cash out of your pocket and handing it to the dealer it is, in a most healthy way, much more painful than scribbling your name on a marker.
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