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Ask The Slot Expert (Las Vegas Slot Clubs)14 November 2002
I have to admit that I haven't been to the Stratosphere in years. I did play there in its early days. I have a complete set of their collector's coins and I was lucky enough to hit the progressive (about $1500) on Gorilla Mania. The Stratosphere doesn't have the collector's coins or Gorilla Mania machines any more.
Because of its location, the Stratosphere has to be very aggressive with its slot club and machine paybacks. I don't know anything specific about the slot club today, other than that I believe they even give a small amount of cashback on their 100%+ payback video poker machines.
As for the other slot clubs on the strip, I recommend looking at the hotels first. Start by making a list of the hotels that have rooms, restaurants, and a casino that you like. Then narrow your list down further by investigating the slot clubs. It's much easier to get information about the hotel and casino--all you have to do is walk through the place--than it is to get information about the slot club. Few, if any, of the slot strip clubs publish comp requirements. You'll have to ask someone at the booth or a host.
Another reason to start with the hotel first is because a good slot club can't make up for a bad hotel. The Imperial Palace could have the greatest slot club in the world, but I won't stay there again because most of the dining options are mediocre and I've celebrated a birthday while waiting for their incredibly slow elevators.
In any case, the B-level joints will have lower comp requirements than the A-level joints. For example, the Stardust, Flamingo, and Tropicana will have lower requirements than the Mirage and Caesars Palace.
One hotel you might want to check out is the Barbary Coast. They have the most positive expectation video poker machines of any casino on the strip.
Since the Desert Inn closed, I spend most of my time on the strip at Treasure Island and Caesars Palace. I've almost always been pleased with the way I've been treated at TI, both in terms of the offers they've sent me and what they've comped based on my play. Caesars is a little different. I've received a number of good offers from them, but I've found the requirements to get comps once you're there to be above my level of play.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
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