Meeting Your Casino Host.
Once you meet the casino host always introduce yourself. If you are looking for a comp you should ask the host if you qualify for a comp to the restaurant, show or whatever else you are looking for. In the "Frugal Gambler", Jean Scott states that by asking you are avoiding putting the host in an awkward situation if your play has not met the requirements for that particular comp.
I like to meet a host before I ever ask for a comp. I like to introduce myself say hello and inquire about the comp policies up front. This way I am making contact with them but not asking for something at the first meeting. When I visit a new casino and think I would like to stay there in the future I ask to speak to a host. I then introduce myself and ask for their card explaining that I am considering staying there in the future and wanted to meet them so I can contact them when I'm ready to make my reservations.
If you have been staying at a casino ALWAYS make sure you contact a host before you check out. You may have enough play to qualify for free nights or at least a reduced rate. Many players who feel they didn't have much play are surprised to find out that they qualified for a free room. You don't know unless you ASK!
Ask is what you should do. Never demand a comp of feel you should get something for nothing. The hosts will do their best to make your stay a pleasant one but they must be accountable to their bosses. Also you should never abuse a comp. Some players will look at a restaurant comp as an invitation to order everything on the menu whether they want it or not. Don't be a pig. It will only come back to haunt you when you ask for a comp in the future.
Finally remember that a host is a person with feelings just like you and
I. All of us like to be appreciated for our efforts. Be sure to thank your
host for their hospitality. It's a nice gesture to send a written Thank You
note when you get home. You can even send a letter to the hosts supervisor
praising the fine job they do. Establishing a good relationship with a casino
host can make your visit to the casino even more enjoyable.
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Until next time, remember:
"Luck comes and goes...Knowledge stays forever."