Gambling Comps 101 or The Ask Game
I don't know who did it or when it happened, but someone shortened the
word complimentary to comp and made it an industry standard.
In casino language, comps are cash or gifts (freebies) that the casinos
give to their customers as a reward for gambling with them. It promotes
good will and also entices players to be loyalty to the establishment. In
order to get comps from the casinos, you must play the ask game.
Most players think that comps are only for the guest who spend big
bucks at the casinos and therefore don't ask for them.
This is wrong. There are many different comps given out by the casinos
and it depends on how much money you play which comp you might get.
Casino properties give away everything from free candles to promotions
that offer free rooms and food.
A small comp that a casinos gives away to everyone is free drinks. Most
casinos will give you a beer or cocktail as long as you are playing. I
have seen high rollers ( big money gamblers) ask for special drinks such
as a rare Scotch Whiskey and the casino would get it to keep him there and
There is another comp that is generally easy to obtain and that is
Casino Rate. The casinos like you staying and playing on property. They
are willing to give you a discount on the hotel room rate and if you play
enough you can probably get a full room comp.
In order to qualify for comps you need to do two things:
- First of all you have to get your play rated. This means you must
sign up for the casinos player's club and use your card whenever you
play the machines. When you play table games you have to ask the pit
boss to rate your play.
- The second thing you must do when looking for a comp is to ask for
No one will ask if you would like a free meal or a free hotel
room, you will have to ask for what you want. If your play qualifies for
the comp you are looking for you will get it. If not you are told you
don't have enough play. You can then inquire as to how much play is
required for the comp you are seeking. Most of the casino employees will
bend over backwards to keep you on property and playing.
So to recap:
- Most casinos will give food and beverage comps freely if you
- Some will give the hotel rooms fairly easy during off peak times and
sometime during peak times if you ask.
- If you gamble big denominations, the sky could be the limit, if
A friendly smile and a polite inquiry can land you right in the middle
of some very nice freebies. Aways play the ask game when you visit a
Dr. D. is a person who loves to gamble.