When comparing players clubs, there are many factors to consider; tiers and tier benefits; value of room and event offers; partnerships; comp return rate. Some clubs are better in one department than another. You should factor that in when choosing where to play.
Today I look at the return rate. To determine the rate, I’m using the base earning rate for points and the rate at which those are converted to freeplay and “pay with points” comp value. As a general the VP return rate does not apply to “fullpay” video poker or games with 100% theoretical returns. I am not including multipliers unless they are good for all tiers at all times. Most players clubs give you an accelerated earning rate at higher tiers. Continue reading Players Club Return Rates→
The Liberace “Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful” exhibit is still open at the Cosmopolitan. It opened last year as a short term exhibit but has been extended many times. It looks like the end is near, though. The exhibit is expected to close in October to make way for another venture. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to see a little bit of Vegas history.
Update: The exhibit is now closed. The Lucky Cat is now in that space.
updated Sept. 2016
The Cosmopolitan has made a few changes to its Identity players club. They have added a new tier (Sterling) and enhanced the tier benefits. The Cosmopolitan is primarily focused on dining and nightlife. Identity reflects that focus and rewards lodging, dining and retail purchases more than other players clubs.
I like the Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan. Their cocktail program is a major part of that. They have one of my favorite specialty cocktails. It isn’t on the menu, though, and it is only available on the middle level. Continue reading Secret Drink at Chandelier→
Just like the North Strip and South Strip, the Center Strip has a range of hotels to choose from, all within easy walking distance of each other. It used to have a wider range of room rates, but the loss of the Bourbon Street (many years ago) and with the Cromwell replacing Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, there aren’t any truly budget conscious options. The variety now is in hotel/casino brand and design. The main center Strip hotel options are Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, the Flamingo and in the near future, the Cromwell.
The most affordable option here is the Flamingo. It also has the smallest basic rooms, which are 350 square feet. That is small for a modern hotel room, but was really nice back when the Flamingo was built. The Flamingo also has one of the best pools in Las Vegas. When it opens, the Cromwell will probably be the most expensive, but right now the most expensive option is the Cosmopolitan.