It is no secret that slot machines are big business for every casino you will set foot into. These days, the slot machines will bring in a significant percentage of the profit for your average casino. So how can you use the slot machines to get a little extra for yourself? Check out this article to learn the single smartest play you can make before you battle the one-armed bandits.
No matter what denomination of slot machine you choose to play, from the penny and nickel slots all the way up to the high roller machines, there is one thing that every slot player simply must do before they sit down and insert their money. Regardless of how casual a slot player you are, the benefits of this action can be significant. The best part is that it will only cost you a few minutes of your time.
This thing is joining the slot club or player’s club of the casino that you’re playing at. Different casinos will refer to them by different names, and they will usually have a theme similar to that of the casino itself. The way the slot club works is relatively simple and straight forward. Upon filling out the application, you will be given a card. It is the same size as your average credit or debit card. When you sit down in front of your machine of choice, you will notice that there is a slot in the machine for you to insert your slot club card. Playing the machine with your card inserted will allow the casino to electronically track how much you have spent playing a particular machine, and on slots at the casino in general if you should move from machine to machine.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why would I want to do that? The answer to this question is very simple.
Comps. It’s all about the comps.
“Comp” is short for complimentary, and that means exactly what you probably think it means. For wagering certain amounts with the slot machines (as well as other games, but for this example we will stay with slots), you will receive freebies from the casino. These can come in many forms. For example, you might build up credit with the casino that you can use at the slot machines whenever you like. This basically amounts to free money for you to gamble with.
Some rewards are larger, such as complimentary trips to a buffet or other restaurant at the casino. If the place you are playing at has a hotel, you might get a discounted room rate (or even free nights). If you’re a really high roller, you might get airfare or shuttle service to and from the casino.
The best part of all this? Well, there are two best parts, actually. The first one is that you don’t have to be a “high roller” to get the benefits of the slot club. When my wife and I first got to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we never played anything bigger than penny slots. Still, every month, we’d get mailings from the casino telling us that we had free money to play with. It wasn’t a lot of money for playing at that level, but even $5 for free is better than $0 for free.
The other best part is that, by and large, these clubs are free to join. All you need to do is go to the player’s club counter at the casino and give the worker behind the desk some information, usually your address, and show them a photo ID. You can establish your PIN right there, and your card will be in your hands in less than five minutes. Then you can start racking up the free stuff! There are a few slot clubs that do charge a fee, so you will have to decide for yourself whether or not it will be beneficial for you.
So before you start playing at a new casino, make sure you hit the window for the slot club or player’s club. It can’t possibly hurt you, and you will definitely see benefits out of it. Get out and start cashing in!