True and misconceived facts about casino rewards club cards.
If there’s one thing every casino gambling
strategy guide can agree on, it’s that becoming a member of the
casino’s rewards program is crucial. They laud the many benefits of
using a player’s club card – benefits we’ll get into later in this
piece. But they also tend to leave inexperienced gamers with
misconceived notions, either by absence of mention or deceptive
Today we’re going to cover all the facts about
using a player’s club card – the real ones and the common
misconceptions too-often erroneously perceived as fact. By the time
you’re done reading this, you’ll understand just how important it is
to sign up for a card before placing your first bet, and the
limitations incurred by its use.
True Benefits of Casino Rewards Club Cards
Most of what you’ve already heard, or naturally
assumed, about these cards is true. Inserting your card in a slot
machine, video poker game or other electronic gaming device will
record all of your game play, thereby awarding points (a.k.a. comp
points) based on the amount of money you spend playing.
Those comp points have a multitude of
advantages. As the name implies, the more you points earn, the more
comps (complimentary services) you can expect to receive. Regulars
often receive comped meals or beverages, while high rollers can earn
the biggest rewards, like free event tickets, a comped hotel room, or
if you’re a supremely big spender, a private jet to fly you into town
and limo service to escort you to the casino.
Comped services are the rewards most of us are
familiar with, whether we’ve experienced the benefits first hand or
not. But those points can also convert directly to casino cash.
Online casinos are especially famous for this, paying out, on
average, $1 in free cash for every 1,000 points. That’s free betting
money to play the games, with no restrictions.
Using your card also helps the casino to track
your activity, which may sound like a bad thing, but it’s not. If the
casino sees that you visited the property twice a month for five
months, then didn’t show up at all for the last two months, odds are
you’re going to get some ‘we’ve missed you‘ promotional
materials in the mail. These could include comp-like service promos,
like a free buffet lunch or $10 to spend on the slot machines.
Misconception about Using a Player’s Club Card
The most common misconception is that using a
rewards card is going to increase your odds of winning, especially on
slot machines. I’ve come across more than one (more than five, if I’m
being honest) people in the last year alone who believed that it was
essentially bad luck not to use their card when spinning the
reels. I saw one lady refuse to play when she realized she’d brought
the wrong purse, leaving her club card behind. I overheard her tell
her companion, “I can’t play without my card, you never win that
While it’s true she wouldn’t have received an
points for playing without her card, the thought that her luck would
somehow improve with it is completely false. Casino’s cannot alter
the random number generator (RNG) in a slot machine to pay higher or
lower based on the insertion of a club card. Nor can a machine show
preference to one person over another. The games simply don’t work
Slot machines operate on an RNG (remember, the
R is for “random”). Every spin is random. Every result is random.
These machines show no bias. It’s all about the exact moment in which
you press the spin button, not whether you’ve used a casino rewards
club card before pressing it.
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