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Coupons - Part II

11 October 1999

Last time we began to look into the art of couponing. We will continue with this subject as the Queen and the Frugal Princess answer some questions from our readers. Remember, if you have any questions, you can e-mail us at frugalprincess@hawaii.rr.com. We may not be able to get back to you personally right away, but we will try to address your questions in this column.

Q: Why do you take the extra time needed to go all over town redeeming your coupons when you could be doing some REAL gambling?

Princess: Here is where the Queen and the Princess differ in gambling technique. My husband's and my main goal is to have fun, and going on a coupon run is a lot of fun. You get to see more casinos and meet some interesting people. But more important, it helps to stretch out our miniscule bankroll and makes us feel like we're doing more gambling than we really are doing. Even with a string of bad luck on a coupon run, you can usually at least break even, and often will come out with a nice profit. On the other hand, Mom and Brad often find that it is more profitable for them to hunt out a good VP game with a good promotion and stick with playing that rather than leaving to go couponing.

Queen: Yes, this is true – but VP can seem like "work" if you stick at the machine for too long at a time – remember Brad and I are supposed to be retired! So we sometimes use couponing as a way to relax from the concentration it takes to play good video poker strategy. One of our favorite choices for our daily exercise is to briskly walk up and/or down the Strip and stop occasionally to "rest" by using a coupon. I liked to get "paid" for exercising!

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Q: Do you use every coupon you ever find?

Princess: Oh, no. Many are more trouble than they are worth, and sometimes there are restrictions -- you need to read the fine print carefully. My husband and I had a coupon for free food at the Hard Rock Casino, but we didn't see that the blackout times were on weekends and holidays. Here's where Mom and I differ. She would have left right then and gone to where she had another coupon for free food. But my hunk-of-an-Army-Ranger husband was hungry and we were enjoying the atmosphere there at the Hard Rock Casino. More importantly, we only had a few hours away from our kids and didn't want to waste time driving back and forth between casinos - so we stayed and paid for our meal. Sometimes time is our most valuable commodity! Most of our coupon runs are planned ahead of time so we use our time wisely, but you need to stay flexible.

Queen: Some people seem to be embarrassed by using coupons, but neither of us feels this way in the least. The casinos hand these coupons out to get people to come to their casino, and, by doggies, we are going to accommodate them! Some people feel like they have to stay and play at the tables or the machines after using a coupon, but we don't if there are no games that fit our play requirements. The casino is betting that you will stay and play, but you are not required to do so.

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Something to think about: "In gaming, the anticipation of pleasure is pleasure itself."" (Mick Roemer, IGWB, April 98)

 

Gambling tip of the month: You can "piggyback" promotions and play in a casino where two are running at the same time. For example, a casino is giving triple points one day during the month when they're giving out jackets for royal flushes. One time we were able to play 4 different promos in one casino in one day -- a monthly, weekly, daily, and an out-of-towner one.


For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
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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: