Our “richest comp program on the Web” award goes to Omni Casino…
Sheri, Comp Lady at Omni Casino
When it comes to comps in online casinos, players are like a 10-year-old with a birthday envelope: hunt for cash first, read the card later.
Because while Las Vegas tempts gamblers with hotel rooms, drinks and show tickets, players on the Internet know there is no substitute for the cold, hard, green-stuff.
Smart players like InterCasino’s ‘CarGuy’ know comps are a way to make their money work harder while cutting the house edge. ‘CarGuy’ made $1,871.02 from comps in April. Now it’s your turn…
What are comps?
Comps are anything a casino awards you for playing. Like in a land-based operation: the more you play, the more you get. Comps are not match bonuses; random draws or anything else casinos use to get you in the door. They are cash rewards based on play and not on win or loss.
How they work.
Comps started surfacing in online casinos in mid-1998 and haven’t changed much since. Also know as “loyalty” or “frequent-player” programs, comps are awarded on a “points” basis. Every bet you make earns you automatically tallied points that can be later exchanged for cash. If you forget to ask, don’t worry. Comp cash is usually credited straight into your account. However most casinos won’t credit your account until you’ve amassed at least $20. Check the status of your comps points in casino software or online, depending on the provider. And if you can’t find a casino’s comp program right away, there is a good chance the casino has given it a name – usually something with a club-feel like Gaming Club’s “Jester’s Cash Back Club”.
Industry comp standards.
Comp programs are designed for high rollers. If you don’t play much, don’t expect a lot of comp cash. That said, like with frequent-flyer points, they add-up over time.
Microgaming casinos stick to the standard point-per-bet system. Visit Gaming Club or Riverbelle’s “Captain’s VIP Club” and you will find they offer one point for every $10 bet, all games, and are credited to your account by the seventh of the next month. Points are paid out in cash on a $10 per 1,000 points ratio. Anything less than 1,000 points are carried over to the next month of play. Riverbelle also offers four-tiered rewards. The higher the comp level, the better the contest the players is entered.
CryptoLogic sweetens the points-per-play pot. While InterCasino or The Sands of the Caribbean® Online Casino’s Baccarat, Blackjack, Paigow, Let It Ride and Video Poker games offer one point per $10 bet, Craps, Red Dog and Keno earn you two points, while Roulette, Slots, Spice Island Poker and Video Slots earn you three. Cash is awarded on the 25th of each month; totals less than $20 carry over.
Other industry heavy-hitters like Casino on Net or Lasseters Online also offer the point-per-dollar wagered rewards system. Casino on Net also offers invite-only VIP and Gold VIP rewards and lets you convert your comp points into cash at any time.
Maximize your comps.
When it comes to comps, little things make a big difference:
Double your money: some casinos will offer double comp bonuses days.
Watch your comps: some casino points become redundant with time (Microgaming, three months).
Don’t gamble for comps: gaming is for fun; comps don’t pay enough to justify unnecessary risk.
Transfer your comps between accounts: if you have to change accounts, keep you points by e-mailing the pit boss.
Best Comp Program: The Winner Is…
Our “richest comp program on the Web” award goes to Thaibet168 Omni Casino. Omni was awarded “Best Comp Program” in the August 2001 Gambling Online Magazine Readers Poll and it shows.
Pit boss Steven Blair designed the program to reward smaller players as well as high rollers. Now hundreds of players get rewards from this program every month. On top of cash, Omni gives out prizes for players hitting comp milestones in a given month. Prizes vary from $100 off an airline ticket (750 points) to a lavish “VIP” vacation to Los Vegas (30,000).
Best of all, Blair doesn’t expect a tip.