Saturday, December 10, 2011

Poker rooms must remain competitive

Brick and mortar poker rooms can no longer take their clientele for granted. They must compete by offering freerolls, hourly comps and, of late, cash back. Wynn is offering $50 cash back for every 25 hours of live play, while the Tropicana will pay $7 per hour for the 3 hours between 4pm and 7pm. All this in addition to the hourly comp rate. South Point, the M, and the Station rooms are among many that have generous freerolls.

High hand jackpots, which come from the player subsidized $1 per pot, are no longer considered a perk. The rooms will have to start digging into their own pockets to return a proportion of the rake in the form of freerolls and cash back. After all, players are the ones subsidizing dealers' wages in the form of tips, and now rightfully expect something substantial in return for their patronage and loyalty.


lightning36 said...

I was hoping you'd be around at the bloggers weekend. I'll be back Super Bowl Sunday to give my favorite rooms a try.

Mr Subliminal said...

I had 2 friends from Australia in town for the weekend, so unfortunately I couldn't make it to any of the events. Hopefully we can meet up during the Super Bowl weekend.