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Ask the Slot Expert: Are player's cards worth it?

30 November 2011

Many casinos offer special cards based upon play. Do you really get that much benefit from having those cards as what they cost in gambling to get?Just asking your opinion on this as I see how much some people spend to get these cards.

Jerry

Dear Jerry,

Let me answer your question in two parts.

First, do you get much benefit from the cards? Absolutely. Using a player's card is the only way for slot players to have their play recognized and to earn cash back and comps.

Now, let's move on to the second half of your question. Are the cards worth what they cost?

Using the card doesn't have to cost you a thing -- well, I should say that it doesn't have to cost you anything more than you were already prepared to spend (lose, that is). If you don't change your gambling behavior, any benefits you get from using your card are pure gravy. Sometimes just signing up for the card is enough to get offers for discounted rooms or meals.

That said, it's not worth gambling more just to get a particular perk. The math of comps is that the casino will return only a percentage of expected win in comps. It's built into the math that your expected loss will be more than the comp is worth.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots