Gambling Comps 101 or The Ask Game
I don't know who did it or when it happened, but someone shortened the
word complimentary to comp and made it an industry standard.
In casino language, comps are cash or gifts (freebies) that the casinos
give to their customers as a reward for gambling with them. It promotes
good will and also entices players to be loyalty to the establishment. In
order to get comps from the casinos, you must play the ask game.
Most players think that comps are only for the guest who spend big
bucks at the casinos and therefore don't ask for them.
This is wrong. There are many different comps given out by the casinos
and it depends on how much money you play which comp you might get.
Casino properties give away everything from free candles to promotions
that offer free rooms and food.
A small comp that a casinos gives away to everyone is free drinks. Most
casinos will give you a beer or cocktail as long as you are playing. I
have seen high rollers ( big money gamblers) ask for special drinks such
as a rare Scotch Whiskey and the casino would get it to keep him there and
There is another comp that is generally easy to obtain and that is
Casino Rate. The casinos like you staying and playing on property. They
are willing to give you a discount on the hotel room rate and if you play
enough you can probably get a full room comp.