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MLife Slot Tournament Invite Strategy

Discussion in 'Casino Tournaments' started by Covfefe, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. Covfefe

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    Does anyone know if there are higher-level slot tournaments (300K+ prize pool) that you only get invites to by playing at a certain property? I have a decent ADT (~$1200), but it might be an issue that most of my play is at a lower-tier property, and therefore I have a lower-tier host (who is barely responsive to anything), so the best I've gotten into is the ~100K events. Would it matter if I cold-approached a host at Aria/Bellagio, and just told them straight up what I'm looking to do?
     
  2. Elf70

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    They definitely have higher level tournaments with higher qualifying criteria. I don’t think a $1200 ADT would qualify but you’ll never know if you don’t ask. I would definitely approach a host and let them know what you’re looking for. The tournaments I’ve seen are both property specific and some cross properties.
     
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    That'd be interesting if there's any strategy to get invited. They have various different slot tourneys targeted for different tier members based on their history of play?

    Let me know what you find out!
     
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    This is one of the many Las Vegas tough nuts to crack. I don't know any special formulas nor can I truly answer the question directly, but I can at least speak based on personal experience.

    For starters, my last stay at Aria (I think) was sometime in 2019 (it was a while back). Been staying at other Mlife properties since the reopen (last year and this year) but putting in a lot of play. I only had minimal play at Aria in the last year while I was waiting for food and things like that. Well, about a week ago, I got an invite to Aria's $1.6 million slot tourney next month ($5000 buy in). I don't even have a host at Aria, but I followed the directions on the email which said to call VIP Services. From what I've observed with regards to this tournament but even others a while ago, VIP Services can't actually book the tournaments, but they transferred my call to, I assume, the host on duty, and the on duty host will set me up for the tournament.

    I haven't had any indication personally that playing at a property is necessarily a prerequisite for getting offers from that property. If you're seriously putting in the play then hopefully offers just start showing up. I didn't set out with a goal of getting tournament invites, but it just kinda how the cards fell. I'm not sure the success rate of cold calling about a huge tournament if you haven't gotten an offer. At least with an offer in hand, you've made the initial "query the database" cut.

    With all that said, it seems to me Mlife has shifted to a model of more multi-property tournaments and less single property tournaments. Just my observation...
     
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    Ugh... I SPECIFICALLY asked my host if there were any buyin tournaments going on at any of the MLife properties, and he told me nothing like that was going on for the rest of the year.

    At the very least, I need to be ditching him ASAP.

    Can you give an idea of what kind of action you had been putting in previously?
     
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    Mlife has a ton of tournaments. Maybe you don't qualify but they exist. Here's some past/upcoming ones:

    Feb 25 - $300,000 It's Raining Freeplay (Park, NYNY, Excal) - comp
    Mar 18 - $1,500,000 Freeroll (Bellago, Aria, MGM, MB, Park, Mirage) - comp
    Mar 25 - $850,000 Bracket Bash (Bellago, Aria, MGM, Park, NYNY) - $750 buy in OR comp
    Apr 23 - $1,600,000 Aria Taste (Aria only) - $5000 buy in
    Apr 29 - $300,000 La Vida Loca (Park, Mirage) - comp
    I haven't seen anything for May or beyond yet.

    Mostly I like comp tournaments (as long as the payouts are fair) because it's no money up front, and the opportunity cost is more palleteable. They don't let you into a tournament AND redeem Freeplay from an offer, so your real tournament buy in is the fee + your normal offer Freeplay amount.
     
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    Cherriesjubilee is spot on. I called in to ask if I can join the tournament for next weekend and they told me that I would need to change my accommodations from stay well to standard and give up my FP and resort credit to join it. Not what you are looking for but apparently that's how it works.
     
  8. Grid!

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    These tournaments are a corporate deal. Doesn't matter is you play only at Excalibur, if your level of play is enough, you will be invited to one at Aria. Where you play, and who your host is, has nothing to do with these things.

    I get offers for slot tourneys at places I have never been, and casinos I don't have a host.

    With that said, how they back-fill these things is important to know who gets in on them! For a bigger prize pool (and one that is easier to take something decent home) those offers are sent out to the higher coded slot players. If you play tables, you might be BJ ones instead. These players are GA (Group A).

    If they don't fill enough spots to run the tourney with GA, they will send invites out to some fringe players that didn't qualify for the 1st cut, GB. Group B gets to play the same tournament, but since they aren't worth as much to the casino (Lower ADT) they get sent a cheapened up version. Their invite doesn't come with the suite as GA. And for them to play in the second chance rounds, they need to earn a certain amount of points, unlike GA.

    And if they STILL cant fill it up, GC invites go out. Group C now might have to pay for their room, and sometimes, pay for the tournament. They get to play with GA & GB, but since the casino knows they cant expect to win as much off them in a trip, they might have to pay hundreds of dollars to join in the fun, pay for their room and still get the same "earn points for a better chance" as GB.

    This is why you see fancy people in silk shirts, playing away next to older woman in Packers jerseys. By the letter of the law, everyone is on the same playing field, and use the same machines sets to the same odds. But, those fancier players are coming in with no expenses, and the free ride to throw out low scores via second chance rounds are just given to them.

    It is much better to be a big player in these things. Then again, when talking about Vegas, it is just better to be a bigger player period!
     
  9. Grid!

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    For sure! They don't host these things cause they like us. It is all just another way to use money from the comp pool you built up.

    If you are worth $350 a day to them in comps, that could get you a suite for 3 nights, $150 in free play and $150 in resort credit. OR You get free pass into an otherwise $500 buyin tourney and a basic room comped for 3 nights.

    The casino values both of those at $1K.

    You can get the better room and the credits, or the tourney and basic stay. You cant have both.

    You can take the money and the hammer. Or, you can walk out of here right now. You cant have the money and your freedom!
     
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  10. Charis

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    Wait, what do you have against Packer jerseys?


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    Nothing at all! These outfits just scream "I'm rich and I'm flaunting my wealth"! The silk shirt crowd are obviously the non-Highrollers

    [​IMG]
     
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    @Grid! thanks for the super detailed explanation. That makes total sense haha
     
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    Haha!

    I could put the obligatory bears fan meme but I won’t.


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  14. J.Renee

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    I got an invite to the Spring Fling one in May for a $500 buy in at Bellagio, but I’m wondering if it’s a buy in does that mean I have to give up my normal offer? I know with the free ones sometimes you do.


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    There’s a buy in one at Bellagio next month. Also I seem to remember there was another one I got a few months back about some kind of series.

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  16. Elf70

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    Yes. For MGM you normally have to give up your regular offer to take a tournament offer.
     
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  17. J.Renee

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    That’s what I thought. Ty


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    Visited the local first time for mgm property. Got 450 free play 200 in good in Vegas. Then got this in a email. Is this a generic slot tourney. F4ECAF27-2F82-46AC-A753-023B4A939F16.png
     
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    I received this one too, and booked it. My first slot tourny. Tried to get my wife in with a buy-in, but it's invite only.
    My offer is two nights comped with no resort fee or taxes. And I believe everyone walks away with at least $250 in freeplay.
     
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