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First Comp You Ever Received?

Discussion in 'Comps - General Comp Discussion' started by vegasmacker, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. Rick1323

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    My first trip was in 1969 on a junket. My cousin set it up for me. Since it was my first trip, I had to put up a $3,500 performance bond as good faith. From that first trip and over 200 more since, I have never paid for a room and very few meals or shows.........
     
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  2. vegasmeister

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    Wow. Never heard of a performance bond. So if your play didn't meet their minimum requirements they could take the shortfall from the $3500? Or was the $3500 kind of like front money that you were willing to put up to gamble with? Very interesting!
     
  3. bayoubengal

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    On my 21st birthday I went to a local casino down the street and got a deck of cards and some maradi gras beads I think. All after my business finance exam of course. Which I got an A on!


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  4. Rick1323

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    The $3,500 went on the books at the Dunes so they could track withdraws and the pit bosses tracked play. The "bond" was a guarantee you had enough money to be a player. If you didn't play up to expectations, you didn't get invited back. No computers, so it was all based on the eyeballs of professionals. But it worked like a charm. I probably went back 100 times on these junkets and there were never any problems.........
     
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  5. trewbrew

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    Rooms. First trip we took our two children and paid for everything. A couple of months later we received a mailer with free room offers. A couple of trips later I was booking rooms through a host for a group of people when we checked in he comped us a suite.
     
  6. iHeartVegas

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    I had gone to Vegas with family, and we stayed at the Riviera, since my sister was attending a conference there. I did some gambling (very low roller style) and was sent an offer for a free room for 2 nights. The next time we went, they actually comped my entire stay (3 or 4 nights), and added on some freeplay and a food voucher.
     
  7. Hoofy7

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    The Riviera gave me my first comps. They were damn good too! Lol Suites with the mirrors on the walls...tons of FP and FB.
     
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  8. Rick1323

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    Ah, Old Vegas, with mirrors and comps all over the place!......
     
  9. BillRider

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    We had been travelling to Vegas for around 5 years. We used to use an English travel Co that specialised in Vegas. We booked flight, hotel & car hire with them but it simply got way too expensive, even staying downtown. One time the travel lady asked if we gambled & if we had players cards. We had & did, so we followed her suggestion & rang the Las Vegas Club direct & asked about booking a 10 day trip, we thought we might get a small discount,
    Incredibly, to us, they comped the first 4 nights & at the end of the trip comped another 4. We were shocked at the time. 8 FREE nights.
    Luckily we have never been to Vegas since, without getting some nights free. Maybe we gamble too much?

    Things change, our first few years 2001 to around 2006 everyone thought we were Australians
    Downtown Vegas folks seemed never to have met an English couple before. One lady dealer from Africa was astonished to learn that people from England also spoke English, just like Americans!
    Comps are now harder to attain, even though we play more but we don't play just for comps, we just like to gamble.
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    We are totally addicted, we'll be back again, last week in April for 14 nights. Can't seem to get enough of Vegas, whatever the comps.
     
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  10. Jer

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    Stayed at Excalibur since it was the cheapest I could find in 1995. I had no idea what a players club was but I signed up for it thinking I'd get something for free when I did it. Nothing free, thought it was a waste of time.

    Fast forward to the last night of the trip where me and some friends had a fan fing tastic run at the craps table. 9 hours later and plus 4 grand at that point, I'm tapped on the shoulder by a host. She told me that my stay was comped and be sure to get breakfast for my group somewhere on her. Hooked. I contacted her a few months later and she said my play accumulated another 9 comp nights. Two thoughts, I was hooked and I needed to get this kind of treatment at a better property!


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  11. OneStudPuppy

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    Probably free nights at primm.
    From there it was Monte Carlo and Treasure island. All way back when. The treasure island one apparently
    They sent me the higher comp by mistake lol..
     
  12. Craps_Player

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    In the mid 90s I stayed at the Monte Carlo, my second trip to Vegas (1st being Palace Station). I didn't know anything about comps or rebates or player cards. I was not a player of note (and I don't consider myself to be one now). A guy called Eddie came up to me after being introduced by a pit boss to say hello (I mentioned that I wanted to eat Steak at the restaurant in the casino). Eddie hooked up a free meal for myself and a guest. From there, I stayed with this 'host' whilst building my Bankroll as I moved through income milestones over a couple of years. He left after MGM changed the systems, and I was assigned a new slots host, who I've been with ever since. That was 20 years ago! I've stayed at Monte Carlo every single visit. I've had offers from other casino hosts yet I stay with MC. The very nature of the gesture all those years ago still resonates with me. I don't know any other place that would come up to me and tell me to ease off when I'm going on tilt !! It's not a question about being hooked, as I used to wager previously, though not to the level I do now. It's really an example of service and creating a relationship that has lasted all these years. Frankly, I'm loyal to my host and that team. Monte Carlo is undergoing renovations now which will make my coming stay less desirable for sure, though the place really needs a full makeover.

    All this, over a steak dinner, and my appreciation of the history that my first ever host bestowed upon me. A romanticized version of the real Vegas, and indeed how it's changed.

    I realize that I know many of the dealers there by face, and they recognize me, some for the worse! I keep feeling that it's time for me to move on when i encounter impoliteness or disrespect, but my host keeps me rooted at the Monte Carlo. I'm so familiar with the hotel, it's almost a routine now.

    So, the first comp received has been the most important comp I ever received.

    This is a great thread !!


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  13. NickPappageorgio

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    First was basically a free stay (not including resort fee) at the LINQ. Plus, when we got there we scored an upgrade. To celebrate we increased our gambling bankroll and proceeded to have the worst gambling trip of our lives. I swear on VP I didn't even get a full house all weekend.
     
  14. iHeartVegas

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    I love this story and your view on it. Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. topcard

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    First non-cocktail "comp"? A pack of Marlboro Reds at a Stardust blackjack table... on my first "real" trip in 1980.
    First meal comp? Next trip in 1981...Stardust...blackjack table... got a $10 food comp at the table for their 50s-themed burger-joint.
    First room comp? That was also at the Stardust... later in 1981, I received a mailer from them, offering me 3-nights, and I've been using Casino/Hotel comp-offers ever since - only paying for my room a total of 3 times since then.
    (I also had a few air/hotel packages over the years that were cheaper than air alone, so I don't really count those as having "paid" for the room).
     
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    My first comp was probably a when I started signing up for players cards back in the early 2000's. But what I consider my first "comp" really wasn't mine, was given to me by someone else.
    Back in 2009 I was still fairly new in the industry I work in, and we have an annual convention in Las Vegas every year. Going to the convention is something we have to pay for ourselves, including travel and hotel room. Back then I couldn't afford much, I remember sharing a room at Bally's one year with 2 other people or splitting a $60 per night room at the Sahara in previous years. I may have gambled $20 or so and that was it.

    So in 2009 there was a woman I worked with who was a big player at the Las Vegas Hilton. She had a host and asked him to comp me a room, told him that I was a big gambler (not true at the time) and would sign up for a card. I recall it was a mini-suite and i had it to myself, sure beat sharing a room at the Sahara!

    I don't think I brought more than $200 with me, but I started playing dollar reel slots when I got there, and games like pinball. I remember just winning on everything constantly. I never got a jackpot but I know I kept on filling my wallet with cash over the 3 days I was there. I ended up coming home about $800 ahead, which was like $8000 to me today. Had so much fun I started going to my local casinos, and to Vegas on gambling trips, to eventually where I am today. Haven't paid for a room in Vegas since either, although I moved over to CET and get my free room during the convention there now.
     
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    In 69 3500.00 was a pretty big chuck of change. My BR isn't that big now
     
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  18. RM777

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    Great story! This reminds of my first trip to Vegas where I stayed at the Monte Carlo. I had a similar experience with one of the pit bosses which really made an impression on me. As a result my first comp was for one free night for the aforementioned trip. I stayed at the Monte Carlo a few more times but once I started getting comped at the Bellagio, my loyalty for the Monte Carlo quickly disappeared.
     
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  19. Hoofy7

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    Caesars Palace was my first comped rooms with free play and resort credits. This was so many years ago. I haven't stayed at Caesars Palace since 2002/2003 I think. Lol I felt like a million bucks and a high roller getting put in a suite and ordering room service. Funny how my bankroll has gone down since those days, but my expectations are higher on what I expect from my host and casinos I'm loyal to. I should mention the Caesars Palace comps though came from the relationship with my husbands football team. They always put the teams up when players came to town, so their comps extended to me as his wife. On my own gambling "merit", my first comps were from the Riviera which I actually loved playing at.
     
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  20. LandryBalla9

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    It was a comped room at PH a few years ago when I started going to Vegas on the reg, I had played a few years before with my dad staying at rooms we paid for so it was a nice change. I was hooked and Vegas is smart, I haven't really won since but keep going back lol
     
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