I checked my TR account on my phone Sunday night and it said I was at 3.5K, and I was completely wiped out, so there was no chance of gambling through the night - but one of my paper rating cards must not have gone into the system yet, because after I landed I saw that I had 4819 TCs and had gotten to Platinum! Wooo! I also made it on MLife, although I have no idea how many TCs because their website has been broken for weeks. Thankfully I know I'm still earning them at least, because it says I'm Pearl.
Sadly I didn't even have a chance to hit a kiosk and upgrade either of the cards. So I have the status but but not the actual cards, blast!
Oh and I guess also an important aspect - I didn't lose any money either. My current cash count is $9000 and I spent quite a few big bills on non-gambling related activities, so I'm probably up about a grand. Need to check the notes I have in my phone, but there are a few sessions that get a little blurry. I was drunk pretty much the whole weekend (bachelor party) so I didn't do any advantage plays, just craps and a tiny bit of blackjack. And holy cow my feet hurt.
Sorry if this post feels like nothing more than self-aggrandizement, but I wanted to share with the board. It feels good...now I just have to go back before the credits and my statuses expire :)
Playing craps at Bill's, I tried to lay down my Total Rewards card about 3 times, convinced the dealers were giving me the run-around when they said they didn't take it. I pointed out that the "Bill" in Bill's is William Harrah but they were insistent. I know they used to have their own player's card, and I even have one at home, but I didn't bring it to Vegas because I thought they had finally converted over. Anyway, I finally just tossed them my license and had them look up my Bill's account and rate me. I was a little bummed though because I like playing there but it wasn't going to help me on my TR tier credits.
Also at Bill's, I was playing pass/come with full odds (as I was doing at most places) and leaving my come bet odds working on the come-out, so they had the little "on" lammers on one of my bets. Several times, I think 3 times during one session at Bill's, that number came on the come-out roll, and while paying out my come bet and odds, the dealer accidentally included the "on" lammer with my stack of chips. After I returned it the first 2 times, I decided that it would be fun to get one of those as a souvenir, so I tried to pocket it the 3rd time, but the box woman saw me and asked for it back. I returned it, of course, and we all gave the dealer some good ribbing. For the rest of my trip I was trying to get this to happen again at a bunch of other casinos, but it never did. I guess that one dealer at Bill's was just not paying very much attention.
While in Vegas, I went right from the sapphire M Life card right passed pearl and hit gold. After getting the card I thought about how fast I got that high considering I spent most of the time playing the better DD games. As for the TR card, I didnt give Caesars/Harrahs a dime of action. They dont deserve it.
While I understand and respect the sentiment, on this trip I was only playing craps and since I don't make field bets, there's no difference between the two chains (well outside of some prop bet payouts and exotic side bets, which again I don't make). Also TR gives much looser room comps. I stayed free at Bally's this past weekend and as I noted I was only a gold member previously. One of the dealers at an EE property (I don't recall where) was amazed that I was staying free for a Fri-Sat-Sun stay, especially since it was the final four weekend.
The one session of blackjack I did play was at the Flamingo, and it was actually a decent game, really an amazing game considering it was in an EE property. 8 decks and $25 min, but it was 3:2 with LS, so I didn't feel too bad playing it. DAS, DA2, and I doubt RSA but I didn't ask and never got 2 aces anyway. I tried to count it down a few times but I was too mentally exhausted. The pen was pretty good though, about 1-1.5 decks cut off. Now if I were jumping my bet up and down all over the place, who knows how the pen would have changed :).
What does platinum really get you? I know most of the comps really aren't worth it until the diamond level...
As stated, Platinum is hit or miss. In most properties outside of Vegas, Platinum doesn't mean diddly. It may help you secure slightly better offers, and casino employees are supposed to thank you for being a Platinum member. You do get a better discount at gift shops and restaurants, but other than Vegas, you don't get a dedicated line like Diamond.
Mark my words though... a new level will be coming soon... Ruby, I'm calling it. It will be between Diamond and Seven Star, set at 25,000 Credits, and Diamond will become Platinum Plus. Diamond Lounges will become Ruby lounges, etc.