I’ve never been to Vegas or Atlantic City, but I am making a casino trip to Tunica, MS next weekend. I’ll probably take $500 gambling money with me.
While I’m there, I will receive:
2 weekend nights in the casino hotel, regular price $95+, my cost = 0.
3-4 fine meals at either the casino buffets or restuarants, retail cost $18 for Friday/Saturday night buffets, +$10 or so per lunch/brunch meal. My cost = 0.
All the booze I can drink, and I will be drinking heavily both nights. Figuring doing the same in a bar would cost me about $5/drink, lets figure $75 worth of booze, my cost = 0.
Entertainment by a live band–dunno what cost value to assign, but I will pay nothing for it.
Probably about 15+ hours of various forms of gambling entertainment.
I may get laid if I happen to meet someone so inclined.
Adding the perks up, I get rooms @ $180 + meals @ let’s say $50 + booze @ $75 = $305 worth of goods/services for showing up and gambling. I have never left a casino with none of my original stake in my pocket. Figure I have a run of bad luck and walk away with only $150 of my $500 left. Not counting gas to get there, the whole weekend really cost me $45 in gambling losses.
Now, from the casino point of view, they make a little more than that…the perks they give me do not cost them the values I assigned. They probably make $150 or so they’d consider profit on the deal.
Granted, at the end of the weekend, I’ll actually have $350 fewer dollars than I have now, but in my mind, I got good value for my money. And there have been trips where I’ve actually left the casino with more money in my pocket than I had when I got there. That doesn’t happen often…say maybe 1 in 4 trips or so.
Obviously, this isn’t something I can do every weekend–but 4-5 trips per year isn’t so bad. I enjoy doing it, and I can afford it.