When you book a vacation package you are usually given some sort of coupon book for the casino where you will be saying. Magazines such as Casino Player and the Las Vegas Advisor solicit the casinos for coupons and offer coupon books to their subscribers as an incentive to renew their subscriptions. Steve Bourie's book, The American Casino Guide has coupons in the back.
The most valuable coupon that the casinos offer is one that is sometimes over looked by many players. It is the Match Play coupon.
How they work.
A match play coupon is used for the table games. The match play coupons can come in different denominations. Some of the coupons may pay 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 or 7 to 5. Most coupons are limited to the even money bets such as blackjack, the passline in craps or the red and black or odd or even on the roulette table. You place your bet along with the match play coupon and when you win your are paid for your bet along with a bonus for the values of the coupons. For example: If you were playing blackjack and had a $10 match play coupon you would bet $10 along with the coupon. If you win the hand you would be paid $20. Ten dollars for your original bet and $10 for the match play coupon. If you had a $7 /$5 coupon, you wold bet $5 along with the coupon band be paid $7 if you win. Five dollars for you original bet and two for the coupon.
On most of the even money bets your odds of winning are a little bit under 50/50. With the house edge your odds are a closer 49/51. The casino has a house edge because they do not pay off bets at true odds. When you are getting paid double or even $7 for $5 for your bet by using a match play coupon you actually have an advantage over the casino. That is what makes these coupons so valuable. However many players do not realize the value of the coupons, especially if they do not play the table games.
Even if you are a slot player you can take advantage of the match play coupons by making a single bet at the table. You don't even have to take a seat at the table. You can just jump in and play one hand and then go about you merry way. If you are not sure about blackjack you can bet on the red or black or odd or even at the roulette table or for some real excitement you can make a pass line bet on the craps table. In fact if you are with another person and each of you have a coupon; I can show you a bet that will guarantee a win.