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COMPS

17 November 2000

The Crapshooter
© 2000 by Larry Edell

Comps, or complimentaries, are important to any gambler. In fact, comps can sometimes turn a losing session into a winning session. If you gamble enough, you can receive free food, free rooms and free shows! In order to obtain and maximize your share of comps, you can break the whole process down into five categories: (1) Choice, (2) Odds, (3) Money, (4) Play, and (5) Save. By an amazing coincidence, these five subjects spell out COMPS, so they should be fairly easy to remember! Let's take a look at them, one at a time.

  1. CHOICE - You always have a choice of where to stay, so why not choose a casino that you really like, rather than one that offers free hot dogs or coffee cups? Does your favorite casino have a different floor plan than other casinos and superior restaurants? How about a good show and a nice lounge? Don't settle for something substandard. If you play consistently at the same casino, you deserve the best!


  2. ODDS - Make sure you get comp credit for spread, not individual bets. You should also get full comp credit for odds, proposition bets, and buy or lay bets. The casino should also offer you more than just 2X odds--true odds at the very least, and 5X or more if you're lucky. "True Odds" pays 3x on the six or eight, 4X on the five or nine, and 5X on the four or ten. A lot of casinos offer them, but call them first to find out. Remember, it's much better if you bet $5 with $25 odds than $10 with $20 odds. But in each case, you're betting the same money, so make sure you get the same comps!


  3. MONEY - Call the casino cage and ask them to mail you a credit application. Fill it out whenever your checking account is at its peak. Being able to write markers will not only increase your comp standing, but also give you free credit and better comps, as well. Make sure you also get applications for both the slot and table clubs and, if the casino is part of a hotel chain that has a "frequent visitor" program, ask them to send you one of those applications too! When you play and get your marker, break up your money into smaller sessions, and use a good money management system. Comps are so much sweeter when you come out a winner too!


  4. PLAY - When it's finally time to play, introduce yourself to the boxman, dealer and, if possible, the floorpeople and pit boss. After you play there a few times, they will remember your name. If you call them by name (they all have name tags) they will make it a point to welcome you each time you return. When you buy in, the boxman records your first bet, your buy-in and your average bet, so these should be as high as possible--but only when you start out. And make sure you tip the dealers. They are your best friends at the tables. Not only will they help you with your bets, but they can also bump up your comps so you come back! You should never play just for comps, but if you're going to play anyway, why not get what's coming to you?


  5. SAVE - Now that you're finished playing, it's time to save money by asking for your comps. But before you do so, ask for your time and rating, and make sure it agrees with what you think. You could bring a pad and pen and write down your bets, start time and finish time. If there is anything wrong with your rating (like they say you played for one hour instead of two) you must get it fixed before you leave the table. You can also ask the boxman for meal or show comps. Your room and other expenses will be taken care of by your casino host when you check out. When it is time to leave, pick up a house phone and ask for a casino host. Make sure everything is taken care of before you head for the departure gates. You need to treat comps like they are YOURS, which, by the way, they are!

Now let's look at what you can SAVE by PLAYING properly, managing your MONEY, getting the highest ODDS, and CHOOSING a good casino!

If you received free room, food and shows, this is how it might break down for a three day weekend:

  • $150 per night, two nights TOTAL $300
  • $50 per show, two tickets TOTAL $100
  • $20 per meal, nine meals TOTAL $180

Now you have $580 you didn't have before! This also means that even if you lose $500 during the weekend, you can still come home a winner!

So, next time you play, play wisely and remember COMPS -

Choice   Choose a casino with good floor plans, shows and restaurants!
OddsGet the maximum odds with maximum comps!
MoneyApply for as many different programs as possible!
PlayGet the pit personnel to do what they can to increase your comps!
SaveYou can save up to $580 in a weekend's play!

And, as always, good luck at the tables!


For more information about craps, we recommend:

How To Make Your Living Playing Craps by Larry Edell
Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps by Tina Trapp
Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win! by Frank Scoblete
Forever Craps by Frank Scoblete
The Captain's Craps Revolution! by Frank Scoblete
Sharpshooter Craps Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Craps! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
Larry Edell

If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com
Larry Edell
If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com