Guide to Casino Comps

The idea of comps is one of the most misunderstood in the casino gaming industry. Many casual gamers believe they’re solely reserved for the high rollers – you know, the type of people you see in your typical James Bond movie.

However, that’s far from the reality (thankfully). Most comps go to people just like you – regular folk who don’t have millions of dollars, but are just looking to have a good time at the casino while spending a little bit of money. Nothing spectacular, but something more than just a few dollars.

What Are Comps Exactly?

The term is a shortened version of ‘complimentary’. It’s basically a freebie that the casino will give to a patron of their establishment. They range from small ones to absolutely astonishing freebies. These are just some examples:

  • Free chips for you to play with – Don’t expect much here, it’s just a little bit to entice you to keep playing

  • Meals on the house – these can something be quite good. Dinner at a decent casino can be worth over $100

  • Free gifts – these are usually nothing to write home about. It’s common to get things like pens, cards, hats or key chains.

  • Tickets to theater shows

  • Free drinks

  • Room Upgrades

  • Free Hotel Stays

There are many factors that influence the kind of comp you are offered:

  • The casino – some places are more generous than others

  • The player – the casino will assess how much they think a given person will spend and will alter the comp size based on this estimate.

  • Luck – Sometimes, the casino will see you as a high roller when you aren’t.

  • The Pit Boss – some bosses are a little more gung-ho when it comes to comps. These are the ones you’re looking for!

Why do Casino Gives Away Comps?

We’re sure you can figure this one out, but it’s worth re-iterating this. Casinos offer punters comps in order to keep them coming back. In other words, it’s a strategy to make more money. The term ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ certainly applies here.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that casinos offer comps due to the goodness in their hearts. No, it’s all part of an overall strategy to get the most money out of players. If they don’t think you’re going to spend money at the casino, they won’t offer you comps – or at least, they’ll save the good ones for other players.

Remember, casino owners weren’t born yesterday. They know that there are plenty of punters out there (like us) that want to get something for nothing. They are well aware that there is a sub-culture of those looking to maximize comps. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to ‘comp up’ – if you can make the casino think that you’re a worth comp investment, and then you’re in business.

There are several ways you can maximize your comps:

  • Stay at the hotel for a few nights, become familiar

  • Dress the part

  • Tip generously

  • Use casino restaurants and hotels

  • Use your comp card

Finally, there’s no harm in asking! Once you’ve placed a good number of bets, have a chat with someone at the casino. Let them know you’re there. They will either offer you something straight off the bat or they will start to notice you in the coming hours/days. Comps will follow!