AcesAndEights
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June 7th, 2012 at 4:19:35 PM permalink
I got a letter in the mail the other day from my new host at the Flamingo (and any other Hararah's property) introducing herself to me. I didn't know my level of play was high enough to warrant a host; I'm currently Platinum but not even close to Diamond.

Having never had a Casino host before, I'm not sure what benefit it will be. I usually book my rooms through the TR website, and I usually have enough offers for free or nearly-free rooms at the low-end properties. I don't really go to shows. I don't really eat out at expensive places. Can she help me with discretionary comps that don't spend my credits?

With regards to gambling, I have dabbled in AP but am not really serious about it. And when I do try to play blackjack with an edge, I generally try to hit the MGM properties with better rules and play anonymously; at Harrah's properties I'm much more likely to just hit the craps table. So I'm not worried about that really.
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JamieV
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June 7th, 2012 at 4:27:53 PM permalink
That is pretty neat! I am a Diamond level player and have never been contacted by a host. I dont play very high either to warrant a host. But I am thinking you could ask for some discretionary comps. Flight rebate? Gas rebate? Never hurts to ask!
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bigfoot66
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June 7th, 2012 at 4:33:33 PM permalink
If you really want to make the most of it pick up a copy of Comp City by Max Rubin, he really explains how to work the system and how to handle hosts. And it is fun as hell to read.
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EvenBob
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June 7th, 2012 at 4:53:35 PM permalink
There's a host at a local casino thats so gorgeous its hard
to talk to her. Confronting beauty like that in person is
so uncommon I can't handle it. People are always telling
her to move to Vegas, she'll make a fortune as a host.
Think of Sam from the Las Vegas TV show, only better.
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PapaChubby
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June 7th, 2012 at 5:02:11 PM permalink
I've never received any significant benefit from a host. I'm a mid-range player, and have been surprised to have several contact me. Here's a summary:

Rio - Asked for dinner at Voodoo. Host made the reservation. But I didn't get anything comped, or any special treatment.
Rio - Asked for good tickets to Celine Dion. He said he could get me tickets. No discount. Couldn't tell me where they'd be located. I made my own reservations.
Harrahs - Asked for reservations or front-of-line for dinner for a group at Toby Keith's. Restaurant is not actually affiliated with the hotel, so the host couldn't do anything for me.
Aria - Made my hotel reservation for me (coulda done it myself). Made reservations for me to Crazy Horse at MGM. Except she screwed it up, and got me tickets to Copperfield instead. I had to change tickets at the last minute, and got crappy tickets to Crazy Horse. Woulda been better off doing it myself.
Tiltpoul
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June 7th, 2012 at 5:34:57 PM permalink
I'll echo the statements of the other Diamond players here that have not been contacted by a host in Vegas, so congrats on that... I'm already close to Diamond for the year (about 400 points to go, which I'll get on my next trip I'm sure).

I do have a host set up at Horseshoe Tunica, and she has been very helpful with me. She got me weekend comped rooms, which aren't impossible to get in Tunica but can be a challenge on the website, and food whenever I needed it. Granted, it was all buffets, but I'm low maintenance. In the past, I got spa reservations at a discount and at least at Horseshoe, they don't have to take it out of your Reward Credits.

As far as Vegas, I'm not sure how the comp system would work. On the one hand, they did diddly for me at Caesars when I checked out, deducting everything off my account; however, I really didn't play all that much, so I guess I don't blame them, and my room was a premium room with a fantastic view.

I don't really think it would be out of line to ask her what she can do for you and what she can't. If she'll just advance you a few meals after using your RC's up, it still might be worth it. If she can do it all without touching your RC's, then it's definitely worth it, though you'll be playing bad games with high house edges if you want to maintain it. If she's just going to drain your account then you're responsible for the rest, I'd say thanks, but no thanks. I don't want to be tied down to Caesars properties in Vegas, when there are so many better gambling deals in town.
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rebelaccountant
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June 7th, 2012 at 5:56:59 PM permalink
How much play does it take to get a host in Tunica?? I'm a middle level blackjack player there, but I'm moving down to Jackson so I'm sure it's all for naught. Hopefully I'll be able to get in a lot of play in Vicksburg now. Any insight on that?
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EvenBob
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June 7th, 2012 at 5:59:42 PM permalink
Quote: rebelaccountant

How much play does it take to get a host in Tunica??



In Tunica if a girl approaches you and says she'll
be your casino host for 15min for $100, she's
talking about something else entirely.
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Tiltpoul
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June 7th, 2012 at 6:00:52 PM permalink
Quote: rebelaccountant

How much play does it take to get a host in Tunica?? I'm a middle level blackjack player there, but I'm moving down to Jackson so I'm sure it's all for naught. Hopefully I'll be able to get in a lot of play in Vicksburg now. Any insight on that?



I can't help you with Vicksburg, but the big dog there is Ameristar and they heavily use the host system (at all their other properties). Good news there is that the hosts are pretty free to help you out; bad news is if you go to any other property, you retain your tier status but no points or comps.

As far as Tunica, you can request a host at any time, but Horseshoe is the only casino that really utilizes it. To be honest, they're most helpful in setting up rooms and any meal requests beyond buffets. But most of the time, buffet comps will be given to you if you play about 30 minutes; at Horseshoe, they'll USUALLY ask YOU if you want them. You do need to give them some play, but even a $5 BJ player will be offered a comp (and yet I see people EACH TRIP pay cash!)
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winmonkeyspit3
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June 7th, 2012 at 6:07:22 PM permalink
At my local casino I call a host if I need a room and don't have any offers. They know I play blackjack and craps and have me in the system as having an average bet of $31, which I think is a little on the high end, though I do tend to play for a lot of hours when I visit. She will never comp my room completely, but she will usually give me a rate of 49-79 dollars for a Friday or Saturday night when the rack rate is obscenely high like in the 200's. She does not deduct points off my player's card, though she puts something in the system because when I go for day trips the pit will always give me a buffet for 2 when I ask but when I'm getting a discounted room I have found that they come over to me and say "Sorry, we already helped you out a lot on the room" when I ask for the buffet. Never hurts to ask though, I would be up front with her and ask her what she can do for you.

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