High rollers are aggressively courted by the major Las Vegas casinos by offering them discounted or free hotel rooms, free buffets and other “comps” (which is short for complementary offerings). If you’re not quite a big-spender and the hotels aren’t chasing after you, should you try to bluff your way into a free hotel room in Vegas?
Calling a hotel and simply asking for a gambler’s discount may be enough to score a free or deeply discounted hotel room. However, don’t expect it to be a no strings attached offer. You should be prepared to provide answers to questions such as what casino games you usually play, your average bet, how long each day you typically play and how much gambling money you have for the trip. A casino that is providing a deep discount to a first time guest may also ask that you apply for casino credit and give detailed information on your employment and bank accounts.
If you’re willing to jump through the hoops and give up some of your personal information, be aware that your casino play will be closely monitored during your stay. If you don’t give the casino an acceptable amount of play, don’t be surprised if you are charged the normal, non-discounted room rate upon checkout.
A legitimate way to receive Las Vegas hotel discounts is to sign up with the casino’s player’s card program. With a reasonable amount of gambling, you will regularly receive offers for promotions that are invitation-only. If you take the hotel up on the promotional rate, you will still be expected to do most of your gambling at that casino.
Whatever you do, don’t gamble in order to just save a few bucks on a hotel room.