CasinoCityTimes.com

Gurus
News
Newsletter
Author Home Author Archives Author Books Send to a Friend Search Articles Subscribe
Stay informed with the
NEW Casino City Times newsletter!
Newsletter Signup
Stay informed with the
NEW Casino City Times newsletter!
Articles in this Series

Gaming Guru

author's picture
 

Coupons - Part I

26 September 1999

We've been talking a lot about our bankrolls and more specifically, how to stretch our money. Using coupons is one of the most fun and frugal ways to do this.

Q: I hear you can make a lot of money with coupons in Las Vegas. True?

Queen: This is a subject near and dear to me. Before I was the Queen of Comps, the Las Vegas Advisor named me the Queen of KuPon. Brad and I have been couponing in Vegas and other gambling venues for 16 years; and yes, we have made a lot of money doing it.

Princess: There are many types of gaming coupons that we took advantage of when we spent a week in Las Vegas last winter. Here are some examples of the types of coupons we especially liked, where we got them and where we used them.

Las Vegas Advisor: When you subscribe to this extremely useful monthly newsletter (call 1-800-244-2224), you get a thick coupon book. Some examples are:

  1. Ellis Island -- Get $5 when you join the slot club.
  2. Sahara -- Receive $50 in chips for $40 buy-in – these are special casino chips that you must play on table games, not cash in – but by using them you are now playing with the profit edge in your favor.
  3. Vacation Village – full house on video poker pays double.
  4. Sunset Station – blackjack dealer doesn't take your money (up to $25 bet) if you lose that hand. (Queen's note: This coupon is no longer honored; it was "too good" and a few bad apples spoiled it for everyone by counterfeiting a lot of them.)
  5. Golden Gate, Imperial Palace -- $10 and $5 match play – if you bet $10/$5 and win, then you get paid $20/$10, instead of $10/$5.

WinCard promotions: We found this promotion at the cashier's cage counter and/or the slot club booth at both Lady Luck and Sunset Station. You will get $15 in chips for a $10 buy-in – just like at the Sahara with the LVA coupon. Look for posters or brochures advertising this valuable promotion – it can be found in many cruise-ship casinos, native American casinos, and many other casinos around the country, both land-based and on riverboats.

Casino Funbooks: These coupon books are often given to you when you check into a casino hotel, join a slot club, or ask at the promotion booth. Sometimes you will be given a book when you buy an air/room package from a travel agent or as you walk by a casino. Some examples of coupons we used from funbooks:

  1. Frontier, Imperial Palace -- $5 match play on blackjack, roulette, and craps – if we won, dealer pays us $10 instead of just $5
  2. Hard Rock Casino -- $10 match play
  3. Vacation Village – 3 for 2 roulette and blackjack (win, paid $3 instead of $2), 1st card an Ace in blackjack, and 7 for 5 blackjack – we also got to spin a wheel for a chance to win half of our airline fare when we showed our ticket at the promotions booth within 12 hours of our arrival.
  4. Orleans – Get $20 for $15 buy-in – this is purely free money and you are under no obligation to gamble with it – also a $2 keno ticket for $1 (we played this during dinner and our kids enjoyed picking the numbers!)

Queen: Coupons are everywhere! You can find them in the freebie magazines left in your room or at the bell desk, in the local newspapers or even on the Internet (e.g., http://www.lasvegasfunbook.com/nrb or http://www.billhere.com/coupons-lists.htm). Keep an eye out for discarded fun books lying around – some people don't even take the time to look through them. I still look in trash baskets as I saunter by, trying to look casual; Brad has threatened to never walk beside me again if I go back to pawing through catsup-soaked garbage like I used to in my younger more eager days!!!! After subscribing to Casino Player you will find a packet of coupons in your mail, and Steve Bourie's yearly-published American Casino Guide has an extensive coupon section in the back for casinos in Vegas and in many other jurisdictions.

We will be continuing this discussion about coupons in the next installment of the Frugal Underground. Until then, get creative and search for coupons wherever you can find them! Remember, using coupons is one of the easiest ways to stretch your bankroll, and it's fun too!

Something to thing about: "The creators of video poker did something that no other gambling game developer has been able to do. They made a push, which is a tie, seem like a win." Anthony Curtis, Publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor

Gambling tip of the month: Don't throw away your expired coupons. Ask the casino if they will still honor them and they will often extend the date.

Articles in this Series
Jean Scott

Jean Scott started out life as the daughter of a minister, raised to believe that thriftiness was next to godliness. In 1983, after raising her family and retiring from teaching high-school English, Jean visited Las Vegas for the first time and thought she'd died and gone to bargain heaven. Her life-long propensity for frugality was fully stimulated by the ubiquitous bargains, coupons, and promotions of the town.

Not only that, but the love of games and the competitive spirit she'd developed in early childhood were challenged in the casino. By studying the available literature and practicing intensely, Jean learned how to gamble smart -- first at blackjack, then at video poker. By trial and error and an eagle eye for deals, she figured out how to use the rating and slot club systems so well that she began getting all of her meals and hotel rooms comped by the casinos, without being a high roller. One year she and her husband Brad stayed 191 days in casino-hotels without paying a single room charge or food bill.

Finally, after 15 years of on-the-job experience, during which she and Brad learned how to win more than they lost in a casino, she combined her love for teaching and writing by penning the best-seller book The Frugal Gambler. This practical non-technical book is the leading casino guide for thrifty low rollers, in which she stresses sensible and responsible and shows how to stretch out casino fun time no matter how small a person's bankroll might be. The Frugal Gambler catapulted to #2 on amazon.com's bestseller list after Jean and Brad's story was told on a recent episode of "Dateline."

Her passion is still education while she continues as an active player in casinos all over the country. She conducts video poker classes and is a popular speaker and writer on gaming subjects. She has a monthly column in Strictly Slots magazine and a weekly Internet column called Frugal Fridays on www.lasvegasadvisor.com.

Jean Scott's exploits have been featured in newspaper and magazines articles and on the radio, not only all over the U.S., but overseas as well. She has frequently appeared on TV: on local news shows, on the Learning, Travel, and Discovery Channels, and in a travel feature on British telly. Besides "Dateline," she was seen nationally on "Hard Copy," "Extra," and "To Tell the Truth". When she won a new Mercury Mystique in a casino drawing while being filmed for "48 Hours," Dan Rather dubbed her the "Queen of Comps."

Today, Jean Scott, who, in her words, is just an "ordinary grandmother," is the world’s most famous low-rolling gambler and her fans are legion.

Jean Scott Websites:

www.queenofcomps.com

Books by Jean Scott:

Jean Scott
Jean Scott started out life as the daughter of a minister, raised to believe that thriftiness was next to godliness. In 1983, after raising her family and retiring from teaching high-school English, Jean visited Las Vegas for the first time and thought she'd died and gone to bargain heaven. Her life-long propensity for frugality was fully stimulated by the ubiquitous bargains, coupons, and promotions of the town.

Not only that, but the love of games and the competitive spirit she'd developed in early childhood were challenged in the casino. By studying the available literature and practicing intensely, Jean learned how to gamble smart -- first at blackjack, then at video poker. By trial and error and an eagle eye for deals, she figured out how to use the rating and slot club systems so well that she began getting all of her meals and hotel rooms comped by the casinos, without being a high roller. One year she and her husband Brad stayed 191 days in casino-hotels without paying a single room charge or food bill.

Finally, after 15 years of on-the-job experience, during which she and Brad learned how to win more than they lost in a casino, she combined her love for teaching and writing by penning the best-seller book The Frugal Gambler. This practical non-technical book is the leading casino guide for thrifty low rollers, in which she stresses sensible and responsible and shows how to stretch out casino fun time no matter how small a person's bankroll might be. The Frugal Gambler catapulted to #2 on amazon.com's bestseller list after Jean and Brad's story was told on a recent episode of "Dateline."

Her passion is still education while she continues as an active player in casinos all over the country. She conducts video poker classes and is a popular speaker and writer on gaming subjects. She has a monthly column in Strictly Slots magazine and a weekly Internet column called Frugal Fridays on www.lasvegasadvisor.com.

Jean Scott's exploits have been featured in newspaper and magazines articles and on the radio, not only all over the U.S., but overseas as well. She has frequently appeared on TV: on local news shows, on the Learning, Travel, and Discovery Channels, and in a travel feature on British telly. Besides "Dateline," she was seen nationally on "Hard Copy," "Extra," and "To Tell the Truth". When she won a new Mercury Mystique in a casino drawing while being filmed for "48 Hours," Dan Rather dubbed her the "Queen of Comps."

Today, Jean Scott, who, in her words, is just an "ordinary grandmother," is the world’s most famous low-rolling gambler and her fans are legion.

Jean Scott Websites:

www.queenofcomps.com

Books by Jean Scott: