Last month (June) the Palms ran a good “match your status” promotion. At that time I put the chart here on my blog – and many players took advantage of the offer, showing their card from another casino and happily collecting their freebies, two free buffets or buffets with added free play, depending on the tier levels.
But I heard a lot of complaints, so it’s time for me to give a little lecture on How to Take Advantage of Casino Promotions Without Letting it Ruin Your Life.
First, realize that no casino promotion lasts forever. The casino sets the promotional time limits according to their own marketing plans. If you weren’t going to be in Vegas in June, don’t waste time stewing over something you can’t change. Start looking for other promotions you could do when you are going to be in town. And even if a casino has been running the same promotion for years, don’t assume it will continue next month. Change is the name of the game in all casinos!
Second – and this might be the most important warning – be sure to check out all the details of a promotion BEFORE you get too excited about it or make a big effort to get to the casino. A phone call or two to the players club, perhaps asking to speak to a supervisor, might reveal some crucial details. Or, there are gambling forums on the Internet where you can ask about a promotion and you may get some additional details from the experiences of other players that will help you decide whether you want to pursue it. And if it is promotion that involves actual play, you would ALWAYS first check at the players club for the rules, hopefully in writing as well as in discussion with an employee.
Third, don’t be surprised when a promotion has limitations. Many do, for example, the amount of base points that can be multiplied on bonus-point days or specific hours/days the promotion runs. In this Palms promotion, although it gave some very good benefits, there were limitations. For example, your new “matched” tier card might not have all the benefits that someone who earned that card by playing would have received. Bounce-back free play almost never is based on your tier level – that is earned by your play.
Not expecting too much from a promotion until you know all the details can save you much disappointment and grief – and checking in advance can save you a lot of time and energy!