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Gaming Days With Multiple Casinos in a Single Market

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Written by Joshua

UPDATED 8/21/22 to note a couple of exceptions, one confirmed and one still being researched. As with many rules, exceptions are out there!

Reader Alan checked out my article on a Gaming Day and had a question about markets where a casino owner owns multiple casinos:

I do have one question I was hoping you might know the answer to – how does a Gaming Day work between multiple casinos under a single company? I’m inclined to think that activity under the various casinos would be consolidated into one for any particular Gaming Day, but I figured it might be good to find out for sure.

Under MGM Rewards, there’s Bellagio, Aria, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Luxor, and so on – would it be interpreted any differently if I were to play with, for example, a $1,000 budget at one casino versus spreading it out evenly to the six mentioned above?

The good news is generally the casino companies want you to play as much at their properties as possible, so most of the time they treat a gaming day in these instances as a market-wide gaming day. So if you play across multiple MGM properties in Las Vegas, multiple Caesars properties in markets like Las Vegas or Atlantic City, and so on, all the play aggregates into an average that’s market wide.

This is helpful of course as all your play is rolled up into a market average that allows you to get offers that stretch across their array of properties.

Generally they tweak the offers based on the property’s status level among the stack. In Atlantic City, for instance, it’s harder to get nights at Caesars than Harrah’s or Tropicana. In Las Vegas, it’s harder to get nights at Caesars Palace than, say, Planet Hollywood or Linq. Similarly, offers for Luxor or Excalibur will trend more generously than those for Aria.

This is because the comp value of the room is higher or lower, so your overall comp offer is about the same value, but since the room is worth more, they have to trim in various ways, whether number of nights, free play that goes along with it, etc.

The only thing I’ve seen in rare cases, and it’s been awhile so I’m not sure this is a thing anymore, is occasionally MGM might float a property-specific offer if they see you really favor one over another. This would be one specific offer that’s more generous for that property than the rest of the offers. But it’s been a number of years since I recall seeing this, and may have been during a different offer era that no longer exists.

There are also specific examples where companies rate play at every property individually – this isn’t as common, but Station Casinos tends to work this way. And since the original version of this post went up, I’ve had a couple of players suggest Penn/mychoice casinos may be similar.

In any event, for the most part, and particularly for the largest players such as MGM and Caesars, playing across a single owner’s properties in a single market will roll up to a single average, all working towards the same goal, so you’re in good shape from that perspective.

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Joshua

My name is Joshua, and I’m a 30-something who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, games that give you a potential edge, casino promotions and systems and how you can get the most out of it.

2 Comments

  • This doesn’t seem to hold true for smaller markets / those outside of the mega markets. I play at two casinos under Penn Gaming – one in Detroit and one in Toledo. I would consider them the same market, mostly because they’re close and Toledo only has one casino. Although my reward play and comp dollars apply equally to both, any offers I get for free play and rooms are completely separate. I’ve had plenty of times where Detroit gives me decent stuff and Toledo doesn’t give anything because I haven’t driven down there in a while.

    • Hey Rich! Although Detroit and Toledo are only about an hour apart, they’d be different markets, not unlike Laughlin and Las Vegas, which aren’t much farther apart. Generally speaking the same market would be much closer together – most commonly the same city like a Biloxi, Atlantic City, etc. where players might hop between casinos on the same day with relative ease.

      That said, I did have someone else comment on Facebook that Penn may not be following this model and it’s each casino for themselves. If so, it would be a Penn-specific decision, similar to how Stations Casinos does things in Las Vegas.

      I did play in two of Penn’s casinos within the same market relatively recently, so I’ll await the offers (if they show up) and see what happens, and update this accordingly with some specific caveats. But I thank you for another data point to consider!

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