What is an Account Card?
An account card is a membership card or payment card associated with either a bank account or a membership account. The card can be used to add and/or withdraw funds, or it offers benefits to the holder such as entry to venues and access to services. For gamblers, ‘account cards’ can be loyalty or VIP cards issued by the casino, permitting them entry to exclusive areas or ensuring the right level of casino comps is issued. The ‘account card’ can also be the payment source used for gambling.
Account Card Explained
When a gambler refers to their ‘account card’, they often mean a bank card or credit card which gives them access to funds they can use for playing. Some VIP gamblers are allowed to gamble on credit, and settle their debts at a later date – but most casino punters need to provide cash or electronic payment in order to purchase playing chips. Using an account card at an ATM or to make a point of sale purchase allows that player to buy chips and start playing. When those chips are cashed in at the end of the playing session, most casino banks will pay in cash unless a large amount is won. However, some will transfer a chip balance to an account card.
An ‘account card’ can also refer to a casino membership card. Some casinos have loyalty schemes which their VIP players can sign up to, while many require that all players hold some form of membership card. Joining the casino is usually free for basic level membership, which allows access to low-limit floor games as well as to restaurant and bar services. Some casinos will offer a VIP membership tier that either costs a set fee to join, or is based on levels of play. Account cards are often used to track play at tables and slot machines so that the right level of comps can be awarded to each player.