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    Casinos, players cards and comps?

    Most evenings we head to the casino. We both have players cards and have never thoroughly investigated if there were any comps available. I find the casinos are not very transparent when it comes to this info. By that I mean the websites don’t have any kind of link so you can look up rewards on your players card, at least as far as I have found. Our cards are really just souvenirs. While I don’t expect it to be like Vegas, I Question the point of getting a card. In Vegas, our play pays for our room and all our meals. I would think in Aruba we would get some benefit. Any thoughts?

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    at the Alhambra, all we get is some match play, maybe some free slot play and other really "stingy" perks.
    years ago, we had enough points for 3 nights to be used at divi dutch.... I do not know if that is even still a perk.

    at the Marriott, we get some points that we can use as payments for meals.

    at the Ritz.........we do not play there often enough to have scored anything .....maybe a Ferrari is waiting for us though.

    at the Crystal......we have the cards, but I do not think that we have ever gotten anything.

    like you, I question on why bothering?

    when we used to go to Atlantic City, we used to get comped rooms and meals at the Borgata.

    in Tampa, we visit the Hard Rock once every couple of months. their comps are ok...food and free slot play, but never any free hotel. (which is ok since we are only 23 miles away)

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    Two years ago I played $10-25 playback at the ritz almost ever night for 4 weeks using my card,at the end of the vacation I asked what in comps I had,they told me I almost had enough for breakfast for one,no longer go through the trouble of taking card out of wallet,lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky View Post
    Two years ago I played $10-25 playback at the ritz almost ever night for 4 weeks using my card,at the end of the vacation I asked what in comps I had,they told me I almost had enough for breakfast for one,no longer go through the trouble of taking card out of wallet,lol.
    I'm surprised it's even in your wallet if that's all you can get......!
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    I remember at the Hyatt years ago that comps were pretty much discretionary by the pit boss..... I got a nice surprise one night when one was offered and accepted after hitting 4 deuces twice at the same sitting at the bar.

    Although the Radisson used to track play.... I used to be able to count on a couple of dinner comps each stay just by asking.

    Now we stay on Eagle Beach and the Alhambra card really should stay in my wallet or the trash for all it's good for. I can generally count on a comped dinner (based on points earned) after a couple of nights play at the Glitz. The pit boss generally comps premium drinks when I play blackjack.... but gotta ask.
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    Peg the Ritz card is worth it for sure IMO. I have a card at the Ritz as well as the Hilton. The Hilton was not very good IMO- I did rack up a few hundred points that I cashed in for 100 in chips or something like that over a long period of time...not very impressive for the time I gambled there. The Ritz on the other hand I have built up some decent cash a few different times despite not gambling there nearly as much as I should. I have cashed out for several hundred several times. I have used the money to pay down my bill as well as buy things at the gift shop , and cashed out $100 to play slots. I believe I have approx 200 on credit currently that I plan to use at BLT next month.

    The pit boss makes all the difference in the world. My suggestion on how to earn more points is to cash in for a large amount and then bet more than you would typically as the pit boss cashes you out. They are lazy and will only watch for a few min and then they will plug your info into the computer. After they plug you in for how much you cashed in for and how much you are getting, the only other factor is how long you play....just beware if they come back up your bet a bit. I have found this to be pretty effective. I wish I had my card when I was younger and gambled more. That said- I enjoy building the points and would really push people getting a card to earn free money/dinners and gifts.

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    Peg, I have not gambled in Vegas in years but they are much more willing to give comps there than in Aruba overall from my experience. I had rooms available for free anytime I wanted to go after getting rated on my 1st trip. I can't say the same thing for the Hilton while the Ritz will welcome you but not like Vegas. As some of you may remember I had some serious issues with the Hilton staff one night after cleaning them out 2 nights in a row playing blackjack with the same group of guys...we actually all won but I was the biggest winner. They did not want my business at all..they made me take off my hat or at least turn it backwards to throw me off it actually got really, really ugly...not sure what the issue was outside of losing cash...but it was enough to prevent me from returning to playing their tables ever again. I won about 3k over 2 nights, but no reason to mess with me...They actually knew me, hell they gave me the Radisson poker hat I was wearing at the time....it was nuts! The manager sought me out to say sorry later that trip when I was play poker but you can't walk that back IMO and have forever lost my table business. The only time I gamble at the Hilton now is playing poker as its the only clean game on the island and I enjoy playing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Most evenings we head to the casino. We both have players cards and have never thoroughly investigated if there were any com
    ps available. I find the casinos are not very transparent when it comes to this info. By that I mean the websites don’t have any kind of link so you can look up rewards on your players card, at least as far as I have found. Our cards are really just souvenirs. While I don’t expect it to be like Vegas, I Question the point of getting a card. In Vegas, our play pays for our room and all our meals. I would think in Aruba we would get some benefit. Any thoughts?
    Last edited by Aruba4ever; 01-25-2019 at 11:45 PM.

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    Jay I don’t know anything about poker. That being said the house makes very little $$ on the poker games right?
    how do they figure comps on poker players?

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    Lucky I think its the 10 that got you...they almost don't rate the lower tables at all from my experience. I did the same thing one night and played at the 10 table and cashed in for 500 bucks and played most hands at 25 bucks and got almost NOTHING for points- well I think I actually got $6, lol. Sadly you need to play at the $25 table to get real points and then you will get decent ones based on my experience-see above. I typically cash in for $500 and play most of my hands for $25 but I will always double the table minimum when the pit boss is standing there for all the reasons I mentioned earlier before going back to my $25 bet. If you know the rules of blackjack its close to break even or better IMO...I don't mind taking my chances, drinking for free and earning points in the process. I will probably only gamble at the Ritz this year as I am working on earning some tickets to win "my" Ferrari they are going to give away to some winner at the end of the year.

    Quote Originally Posted by lucky View Post
    Two years ago I played $10-25 playback at the ritz almost ever night for 4 weeks using my card,at the end of the vacation I asked what in comps I had,they told me I almost had enough for breakfast for one,no longer go through the trouble of taking card out of wallet,lol.

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    The poker rooms in Aruba make some serious cash....its scary how much money they rack in. My best guess is when the Holiday Inn was at its hay day it was racking in somewhere between 750k-1 million per year running 2-3 tables each night with the number closer to a million IMO prior to expenses. The Hilton room was for sale a few years back and I looked into buying it until they gave me the monthly rate of 23k month plus employees costs to take it over and the buying conversion ended pretty quickly, lol.

    Sadly they don't really give much to us poker players at this point. They had a big points program going when the PPC took over the poker room a few years back or so they claimed. But as you may or may not know, they defaulted on paying about 400k in winnings on their large poker tournament...I never got my points despite them saying they had all our records and I had hundred in points that I was building....and they promised it would update once the new computer program was up and running- all Sandy (owner) did was lie and should be in jail......... I think I had the same problem as lucky ran into now that I reflect back on my Hilton points or lack there of. Most of my bets through the years (not the trip I got almost banned) were in the $15 range and as I found out at the Ritz you don't earn much with those bets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Jay I don’t know anything about poker. That being said the house makes very little $$ on the poker games right?
    how do they figure comps on poker players?
    Last edited by Aruba4ever; 01-26-2019 at 12:20 AM.

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