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Ask the Slot Expert: Are players' clubs useful for quarter slot players?13 August 2014
Some do, some don't. One of the casinos in Atlantic City (I think it was Bally's) had a winner's wall on one of their boardwalk entrances.
I've noticed that big jackpot winners are getting fewer and farther between. I think it's because it's difficult to win $10,000+ jackpots when your $3 bet is spread over 25 or more paylines. And that's assuming you can even win $10,000 or more on a penny machine.
It's not really me saying that money left on a slot machine belongs to the casino, sometimes it's casino policy and many times it's the regulation in the jurisdiction.
I'm quite surprised that your friend's casino did nothing to try to determine the true owner of the ticket. They didn't even need to check surveillance footage. All they had to do was separate the two players and ask each one which machine printed the ticket. Then check the ticketing system to see which slot machine issued the ticket and who named the correct machine.
Is it worth it? Absolutely.
I think spending 10 to 14 days a year on vacation in Las Vegas makes you above average in terms number of days in Las Vegas.
It's much easier to get cards for all the major casinos today than it was when I first started joining players' clubs and collecting player's cards almost 20 years ago (20 years? Sheesh.) Now a half-dozen or so cards gets you set up in all the major casinos from Wynn to Mandalay Bay.
There's a principle in marketing that it's easier (and cheaper) to turn a current customer into a better customer, and a former customer into a current customer, than to turn a stranger into a customer. By joining the club, you're no longer a stranger. You've indicated your interest in the casino just by giving it your name and address, so you might get a discounted room offer even if you don't drop a penny in a machine (Hmm. I used to write "don't drop a nickel.") You might get a gift for joining the club or you might have to earn a few points to get a sign-up gift. You also might get bonus points for playing on your sign-up day.
The offers you get as a result of your play depend on the amount of action you give. You can earn free play, free meals, free rooms, free slot tournaments and whatever else the casino decides to give away.
The bottom line is that the casino rewards its players, but it has to know who they are. I don't know what offers you'll receive if you get a card. But I do know the offers you'll get without one — none.
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