I promised that I would eventually talk about gambling during our recent Atlantic City vacation. Although this was primarily a recreational visit for us to an area which we hadn’t explored for five years, it was a Harrah’s Seven Stars event; and our custom is to play when we are being comped. (You don’t have to, of course, but not playing is the very best way to keep those “pesky” promotions from filling up your mailbox!)
Sometimes I get e-mails or comments complaining that Brad and I can find so many good plays because we live in Las Vegas but that an out-of-towner is out of luck. So I thought I would tell you how I planned an out-of-town trip and perhaps it would show you some techniques that could be helpful to you when you come to visit Las Vegas or travel outside your home gambling area.
- I found out about this event and its benefits through a mailing. Mail from single or umbrella properties that you have visited in the past is the #1 way to get free or discounted rooms and sometimes other freebies like show and food comps. I used a host to make arrangements, but often that isn’t a requirement. Just call the reservation number given in the mailer.
- One of the first things I always do is make up a schedule, filling in the various activities that come in the mailed offers. The first thing that caught my eye from this Atlantic City mailer was that there were two 7x-point days. VP play would be the main activity for those two days. The rest of the activities would be scheduled on the other days. Setting priorities is one of my strong suits! The other one is being flexible!
- Next I went to vpFREE2, the #1 place to look for good VP games we could play on the bonus-point days. This saved us literally hours and hours of scouting since we could play at any of the four Caesars properties. We found the best paytable was 9/6 JoB. We would have preferred to play this game at $5 single-line but we couldn’t find that in an open machine at the time we wanted to play. So we played the next highest denomination we could find, $1 ten-coin at Bally’s.
- When we are going to a new casino or area, we always ask for help on our favorite VP forum, vpFREE. (Subscribe at vpFREEfirstname.lastname@example.org.) We ask if there are any new changes that haven’t made it into vpFREE2 and for any information that will make our trip more enjoyable on and off the casino floor. We always get some good advice.
- We also talk to other players with whom we meet at the various events or at the machines. (It’s amazing how many friends we have made down through the years as a result of chatting with other players at the “good” machines.) On this visit the buzz was about Revel matching tiers for people with players cards from other casinos – and giving nice joining bonuses. That chatting made Brad and me an extra $500 because we hadn’t planned on going way down the Boardwalk to visit Revel.
If you are an out-of-towner planning a trip to Las Vegas, you can use these same basic methods. Someone wrote that Brad and I must have some “secret” plays and that is why we are successful. Some Vegas players do work hard on scouting out super plays, but they usually share them only with a very tight-knit group that I have not been asked to join. I usually find out about them when they are over!!! I just looked over our playlist – and we do not play any game that is not in the vpFREE2 data base. You can check the same LVA list I do for multiple-point days.
There is one important thing that Brad and I – and other Las Vegas resident players – enjoy and that is mailers from local casinos, which usually do not mail to out-of-towners. These usually have free play offers but often they tell about promotions that are not publicized widely in other places. But you are in luck. I’m going to start sharing here in this blog at the first of each month the promotions that I know about that I think might be of interest to out-of-towners as well as locals. And I will be urging other locals to contribute in the “Comments” section.