My research indicates that as of last fiscal year there are only 6 casinos in Northern Nevada that earned over $72 million in gaming revenue
That 2009 calculation is now obsolete, there are only 4 casinos in Northern Nevada that earned over $72 million in gaming revenue in FY2010
1 PEPPERMILL HOTEL & CASINO
2 ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT
3 ELDORADO HOTEL & CASINO
4 SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO
5 HARRAH'S CASINO HOTEL RENO
6 HARVEYS RESORT HOTEL (near Lake Tahoe)
I remember an article when they were renovating the Peppermill. The owner said that very few casinos in Northern Nevada were going to make it with the continued competition with Sacramento area Indian casinos. He was determined that Peppermill be one of the last ones standing.
Peppermill also dominates the Wendover region as well, and may soon be the only viable gaming company in the north. Ceasars incorporated has only a small percentage of their assets in Reno and Lake Tahoe anymore.
I had a mailer with 2 "comp" nights (weekdays) ... ... I check out ... "You have $10 sir."
"Sorry to tell you, but that offer you got that said "Comp" meant it was COMP meaning it comes off of your COMP account." He felt bad for them being misleading, but there wasn't anything he could do.
So your "free" room means they will raid your accumulated Comps to pay for the room. Strange. Still, it is a free room. They just let you think you've earned comps when they've in effect put a "hold" on your comp account without letting you know. Best thing: use up as many comps as you can on meals and then check out.
I had about $500 in comps left over from last year's play, and when I took up one of their online/mailed offers for free suites + cash / table play chip / free play / slot tournament / etc offers, not a single penny was taken from my comp account, and this was for multiple trips.
The ElDorado / Silver Legacy, OTOH, will take it from your comp account if you try to take advantage of the "complimentary rooms" deal for certain card levels (mine is a Premier @ ElDorado, Elite @ Silver Legacy) when you book a room on a whim. If your player's account doesn't have enough balance to cover, it will simply be placed in the negative and you will need to climb out of that hole through play to get back in the black. Exception is if you receive an (e)mailed offer specifically marked "no charge to player's account". I would think that Peppermill would do the same if it wasn't for mailed offers.
With Peppermill's recent renovations, they're moving away from the dark-neon theme which I like. And you can't top the cocktail waitresses here... highest % of attractive IMO, not to mention sexier uniforms.