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What happened to my freebies?21 May 2007
In this context, ADT stands for Average Daily Theoretical. It tells the casino how much it expects to win from you each day you play in the casino based on your past trips.
One thing you have to be careful of when you visit a casino without playing is doing something that starts a trip in the casino's player tracking system. For example, let's say the casino is giving away umbrellas. You have to show your players card to collect the umbrella. When the casino swipes your card, the system knows you're in the casino and it starts a trip for you.
Another example. The casino sends you a bonus cash coupon. When you present the coupon for payment, the system knows you're in the casino and starts a trip.
If you don't play at all on this "trip", a zero trip is included in your playing history, which can do some damage to your averages.
Let's say you played a 90% payback machine on your last two trips, you played $2,000 through the machine each trip, and you lost $200 each trip. Your actual loss is the same as your theoretical loss. Your ADT is 90% of $4,000 divided by 2 days, or $200.
Now you go to the casino to pick up a freebie, but you don't play. Your ADT is now 90% of $4,000 divided by 3 days, or $133.
Most casinos look at only your last five or so trips in calculating ADT, so a zero trip will eventually fall out of the calculations. Still, the calculations could be enhanced to acknowledge the fact that players sometimes just hit the casino to pick up a gift and maybe a meal and don't play much if at all. The formula could drop a recent zero trip and substitute a better trip that otherwise would not have been included in the calculation.
Now that you know how the formula works, you can use that knowledge to improve your offers. First, concentrate your play in one casino each day. If you split your time between the two casinos each day, your ADT would be cut in half. Second, concentrate your play in one day. If you spend the night, playing a little on the day you check out can hurt your averages. It adds another day onto your trip and you could go from being worth $200 a day to only $100 a day. You have to find out when the gaming day begins at the casino (usually between 6 and 10 a.m.) to know how late you can play without adding on a day.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
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