Let’s continue our discussion about when/whether to turn down a good offer when a casino has downgraded their best VP machines. This is really a common decision we have to make, whether it is about an out-of-town casino where we play only occasionally or one right here in our hometown of Las Vegas where we may have played regularly for years.
This really isn’t a new dilemma. We have been adding and subtracting casinos from our playlist for 26 years. Casino offers are almost always based on past play, and usually the more and/or the longer you played the better the offers. So when you have been playing regularly, your offers will extend past – and sometimes way past – the time when you decide you will stop playing there.
Some people pointed out in their comments that since an offer was based on past play, you have a “right” to use it and not give any play. Sure you can do this – and it is not illegal or even immoral.
However, you have to decide if it is “wise,” that is, in your future best interests. I’ve always been a don’t-burn-your-bridges player and sometimes we have passed on a good offer because we feel that sometime in the future this casino may become a good play again.
However, in the last few years, because we have been playing at much higher denominations, we have received such super great offers that we have taken more chances and accepted an offer when we weren’t sure how much we would play. We still almost never give zero play in this circumstance, but we may play at a much lower level than we usually would.
We have found that this action usually has not hurt us. It often happens when casinos change owners or management (which often occurs), they often “start from scratch,” sending good offers to players who used to play there, especially at the higher denominations, no matter if they had a few “blemishes” in their history.
There is no blanket rule we follow in all cases. We may know that a particular casino will not hold a couple no-play visits against you – and we are not ruining our future possibilities with them. On the other hand, we may know that this is a big casino company and stiffing one of their casinos may hurt our offers in others where we still do want to play. We take into consideration whether little or no play will ruin our daily average in these companies that send out offers based on that all-important number.
We have stopped playing at many casinos over the years and then started back again. Perhaps they have introduced a new slot club with better benefits. Or, maybe they run a good promotion. Or, occasionally, they may have put in some new, better video poker games. And we have often found, just as we do in a new casino where we have never played, that giving one big play day will usually start the offer engine back up, no matter what we did in the past.
Stay tuned because in my next babbling I will discuss another subject that has strong bearing on what you will do when a casino downgrades its video poker inventory.