Things Your Casino Won't Tell You! Get the Secret Low Down.

Posted on December 7th, 2009

Are Comps Really Comps?
“Comps” is the shorthand  for “complimentary stuff”- it starts off with free snacks and drinks at places like Vegas, then moves on to t-shirts, meals, and all the way up to free suites and private jet transfers.

They are basically the casino industry’s version of Air Miles.  A loyalty program.

But next time you get that free meal or complimentary t-shirt, just add up how much you bet to get it. We can guarantee that it will be more than the cost of the t-shirt. (But then you knew that already didn’t you).

Don’t Use the Cash Points in Vegas!
There are alot of cash machines in Vegas- cash is king here, after all. But if you go for convenience over a normal bank to get your cash, you will be paying a whopping surcharge. The ATMs in the casinos in Vegas either charge a big commision or a hefty flat fee for getting money out. So bring your cash with you, or go to a bank to get your finances in order.

Invest in Some Strong Aftershave or Perfume
You know that recently baked bread smell you always notice in Tescos? Well, it’s there to make you (subliminally) buy more. And the casinos use this trick as well. Casinos often blow scents through their air conditioning systems to get everyone in a spending mood. The Venetian casino in Las Vegas and Macau is a classic one for this. So slap on the smellies- you need to smell like a cheap date so that your nostrils are effectivley over-ridden for the night.

You are Worse off Playing The Penny Slots
Alot of people manage their risk in casinos by playing slot machines that have low denominations, such as the Penny Slots. Wrong. Slot machines with lower denominations have worse payouts than ones with higher coin values.

So next time you are in Las Vegas, Monaco or Macau, bear those in mind. Or play online and avoid all of these pitfalls! (Well, we would say that, wouldn’t we).

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