Ask Zeus: Volume 3
"How Do You Handle Casino Panhandlers"
Over the years I've encountered a number of different scammers who play all sorts of games in order to get you to give them money: from the classic "I need bus fare home" to people who recommend betting a particular amount and then if you win, want a cut. While you may be of a generous nature, most often it's all lies although you still may feel bad as many times, the people asking may do so in a very nice fashion. There's an easy way to handle these situations with the following response, "I'm sorry, I have a personal rule to never give money in casinos". Works every time and I've never had a bad response after saying that.
"Do Casinos Pump in Oxygen to Keep Players Playing?"
No, they do not. But they will give you lots of free coffee to accomplish that goal!
"Does the Use of a Player's Card Affect Your Slot Play?"
The short answer: no, it does not. A Player's Card is used to track your play, not alter your play. Based on your play, the casino where the card is used will then market to you based on your style of play and other factors. My advice is to use a Player's Card whenever you play as it will lead to a nice number of perks such as free food and free slot play. Of course, if you find yourself spending hundreds after receiving $10 in free slot play and you went just because of the $10, you may want to reevaluate that strategy.
"How Do Comps Work?"
A comp is a bonus from the casino in the form of food, slot play, or other incentives as a thank you for your casino patronage. Casinos do their comps differently and most send you set offers after you've played at a particular establishment. Now, depending on your level of play, you may also be able to get additional comps, usually in the form of food, but you need to do one particular thing: ASK! Ask for a host and ask for a free buffet or dinner at one of the restaurants: at worst, they can always just say no, but you may be surprised at what they give you.
"Should You Tip the Slot Attendants After Being Paid a Jackpot?"
If you gamble in the United States and in certain other casinos around the world, if you win over a certain amount you will be paid by attendants instead of the machine itself. After they pay you, should you tip them? I feel you should although to what degree should be a personal choice. I generally tip $10 per attendant, maybe a bit more if the Jackpot is huge, but nothing crazy! (A small aside: my best tip was $600: I received 3-of-a-Kind playing 3-Card poker and won $800 or so. I then played $15 for the dealer on the "Pair Plus" bet and got a straight flush on the very next hand which paid me over a $1000 and $600 for the dealer, woohoo!)