My first instinct is to play a game that pays odds (forgot to mention I can use them on ANY table game).

So, I know the odds in roulette are crappy, but given this literally free scenario I am considering doing 10 dollar coupon bets for the entire 650 worth on one row in roulette that pays 2 to 1. Giving my 650 dollar coupons a potential 1950 dollar value (in theory of I won every bet).

All opinios are welcome.

(as I said not considering the house edge)

Quote:Kennyrogers...So, I know the odds in roulette are crappy, but given this literally free scenario I am considering doing 10 dollar coupon bets for the entire 650 worth on one row in roulette that pays 2 to 1. Giving my 650 dollar coupons a potential 1950 dollar value (in theory of I won every bet)...

Take a look at this Wizard's page about coupons. You'll see from the table that if you wish to achieve the highest value for your coupons, making 1-way roulette bets is best. For a double-zero wheel, your EV is $650 x 92.11% = $599. (From that same table, you can see that betting on a double-zero roulette column, which pays 2 to 1, would have an EV of $650 x 63.16% = $411.)

Edit: As pointed out by 24Bingo, below, my comments are only for a coupon that is taken by the casino after a win or loss. However, Kennyrogers's coupons are paid AND replaced with chips, so they are like non-negotiable chips, or even cash.

Quote:KennyrogersJust want to gather some ideas from the board. I have 650 dollars in free play available at a casino. To be specific I can use this as coupons in any amount from 10 to 250. This is not match play, it is genuine free play. So...when the bet wins the house takes the coupon, replaces it with chips and then pays the bet!! So a 10 dollar coupon win is really 20 bucks in my pocket, as I have zero risk of losing.

My first instinct is to play a game that pays odds (forgot to mention I can use them on ANY table game).

So, I know the odds in roulette are crappy, but given this literally free scenario I am considering doing 10 dollar coupon bets for the entire 650 worth on one row in roulette that pays 2 to 1. Giving my 650 dollar coupons a potential 1950 dollar value (in theory of I won every bet).

All opinios are welcome.

My instinct would be just to make some cash from them and move on to the cardroom, for which the best strategy would be either darksiding with full odds or blackjack, either at $10 a pop. If what you want is to win big, though, your best bet is to go big - if you're going to play roulette rows, I recommend you play them 250-250-150 (in sequence, that is, not hedged). That way, you have a 1 in 30 or so chance of hitting all three (of course, you also have a 1 in 3 chance of losing all three).

Or another way, if you just want the possibility of a big win - try craps, putting $50 on the pass line (pass, not don't pass, because the possible wins are bigger) at first, taking full odds. When your remaining free play is in the $60 to $300 range, bet 1/6, rounded down. When you're below $60, just put it all on the field. Best-case scenario you'll almost triple your money, and if you do finish somewhere in the middle it will probably be a better-looking middle, especially if the roulette wheel is double-zero.

(Although hang on - what do you mean "zero risk of losing"? Why can't you lose? Don't they take the free play if you lose the bet, just like real money?)

Quote:24BingoChesterDog: The OP's situation differs from that described in any part of that article, in that the chip's cash value is paid on a win. In that way, it's closest to a "non-neg."...

Thanks! You're right; I missed that point.

Quote:wernerwWell, I think your calculation is a little bit wrong. Not considering the house edge, your 10$ coupon is really 10 bucks in your pocket. If you use ist on even money games, you win 50% of the games and lose 50%. Which gives you back 10$ per coupon on average.

(as I said not considering the house edge)

Wow! I just noticed your join date. You've been here longer than most of our top posters....very cool!

One questions though... What happens if you use it on blackjack and need to split two aces? Can you use a second coupon for the split? Also, what if a wager results in a push? Do you get to play it again, or do they convert it to chips?

Quote:AyecarumbaThe Wizard's coupon page also has a link to this article by James Grosjean regarding free play coupons. In essence, he recommends playing high variance wagers to maximize the value of the free play. The best bet? A single number straight up on a single zero roulette wheel.

Again, that only applies if they confiscate the coupon on a win, since treating the original wager as already lost, free play gets 1/2 the prize on an even money wager, but 35/36 the prize on a single number. Since the coupon's value is paid out on a win in this case, that doesn't matter.

Quote:24BingoQuote:AyecarumbaThe Wizard's coupon page also has a link to this article by James Grosjean regarding free play coupons. In essence, he recommends playing high variance wagers to maximize the value of the free play. The best bet? A single number straight up on a single zero roulette wheel.

Again, that only applies if they confiscate the coupon on a win, since treating the original wager as already lost, free play gets 1/2 the prize on an even money wager, but 35/36 the prize on a single number. Since the coupon's value is paid out on a win in this case, that doesn't matter.

I think it does matter if the coupon holder's goal is to maximize the value of their free play. The OP has the opportunity to risk nothing out of pocket to walk away with as much as $23,400 on a series of single number straight up bets (or course there is also a good chance he could walk away with nothing). Alternately, he could guarantee ~$630 on money wagers with hedges. What he chooses depends on his goal: maximum value or maximum guaranteed win.