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Pssst... Wanna know a secret?
How about the secret of getting free gambling junkets?
Junkets, along with comps, provide a lot of free services to the crapshooter. For example, you can get RFB (room, food and beverages) from both junkets and comps. Further, once you establish yourself as a steady gambler, you will be invited back, and in doing so, the casino will offer you more free rooms, free food and free beverages in return for your continued gambling.
Junkets first started on the East Coast, as a means to lure seasoned gamblers away from Las Vegas and into Atlantic City. Now, Las Vegas casinos do the same thing, in order to lure people away from the East Coast and into their own golden coffers.
Wanna know how craps pros get free gambling junkets?
Let's find out.
A junket always involves travel, and usually involves a group. The junket operator (hired by the casino) will charter an airline to take 80 or so gamblers to one specific casino. They will all receive full RFB and have run of the casino.
In return, they all pay the junket operator a certain amount of money (usually between $5,000 and $10,000) up front. When they get to the casino they can use this money to gamble with. Sometimes they get casino credit, and sometimes the operator gives them the full amount back in non-negotiable, playable chips. Either way, you always pay your junket expenses in advance of your travel and your gambling sessions.
Comps, on the other hand, are given to you after you gamble. Although airline reimbursement is possible, it will not happen until after you play and meet a certain minimum playing criteria, like $100 average bets for four hours a day.
Certain comps (like a buffet) are also available to players who bet as little as $5 – but junkets are available only to higher rollers.
There is a third way to get some free casino services, which is a combination of the junket and comps. This is called a turnaround and is a day trip to the casino, either by bus or train. Like the junket you need to pay in advance, but it is only $200 or so, and you will usually receive the same amount of non-negotiable playable chips in return. They will transport you to your favorite casino early in the morning, and then bring you back to your starting point late at night. You will usually get two free buffets as well. Turnarounds are very popular with Indian casinos and resorts that cater to locals.
If you're interested in these types of trips, just call your favorite casino and ask them for information. If your gambling budget is $5,000-$10,000 ask about junkets. If you gamble with $500 to $5,000 ask what kind of comps you can get. And if you gamble with $200 or so, ask if they have any turnaround trips.
Pssst... Now you know the secrets of gambling junkets.
The Crapshooter (c) 2007 by Larry Edell
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