Casino Comps and Your Personal Status

Casinos are in business to make money. Gamblers flock to casinos everyday to, well, make money, although some people just want to have some fun. And just like any other business, casinos are always looking for ways to attract more customers and generate more revenues.

One of the promotional incentives that casinos offer to their customers is the comp, which is short for complimentary. Comps are gifts or "freebies" that casinos give to their loyal patrons. It is supposedly one way of thanking their customers for their continued loyalty and patronage, and as an incentive for gamblers to come back and gamble more.

There's nothing mysterious about comps, although it's in the casino's discretion as to what comps to give and to whom. The people who receive comps are usually casino patrons who spend a lot of money playing and gambling. In some games like slots, players are given slot cards which record the player's activities and the amount of money they spent, and this becomes the basis for the reward of comps.

Comps can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Some people believe that the more comps you receive, the higher your social status. This could be true, since the biggest gamblers are usually the richest people. Millionaires can afford to spend thousands of dollars in a single night at a Las Vegas casino, so they obviously receive more comps than ordinary gamblers who spend hundreds of dollars or less.

People wrongly associate the value of comps with a person's social or financial status. This is not always the case because there are some big spenders are not extremely rich people, while there are some millionaires who are spendthrifts at the casinos. So a bigger comp doesn't necessarily mean that the recipient is on top of the social ladder.

The truth is that the biggest losers in terms of wagering and betting money are the ones who receive more comps. Otherwise, the casino will not reward them if they don't bring money to the casino's treasury. A comp is no more than a discount or a rebate for the money a player spent in gambling, and it is just a small fraction of the total money spent by a gambler.

So forget about the idea that comps equate to your personal worth. The casinos don't bother to tell you otherwise because they know that people will play and gamble longer if they believe that comps have something to do with social status. Comps rely on one of humanity's greatest needs, and that is to feel worthy and appreciated.

So the next time you go to the casino, stop chasing the comps and just play your game. Winning the jackpot or prize money is much more important than all the comps you can receive. If you don't receive any comps, don't fret. It just means that you are a far better player and gambler than the people who lose a lot of money at the casinos.

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