What is a ‘Player’s Card?
A ‘player’s card’ is a loyalty card issued by casinos to regular players or those who spend long sessions at the venue, in order to track play and assign appropriate comps to the player’s account. Sometimes heard as ‘player’s club card’ or simply ‘club card’, the card can be picked up from the main desk upon entering the casino, and should be shown during every game to get its full benefit. The time and money spent on play will be recorded against the card, and used to assign a membership tier to the player.
‘Player’s Card’ Explained
In brick and mortar casinos, especially along the Las Vegas Strip, players who plan on spending time at the tables are encouraged to sign up for a player’s card. The card essentially represents membership in a loyalty scheme, and records the length of time a player is at the tables, along with the amount they are spending. This means that the casino can get useful information about how their customers are playing – and it also ensures that the right comp level is assigned.
Casinos often give out free gifts and rewards to their players, in order to encourage more spending at the tables and to keep the patrons of their venue happy. These rewards are known as ‘comps’, or complimentary items. The most common comp gift is free drinks from the bar, usually available to any player who spends an hour or two at the tables. Bar snacks and light meals may also be provided on the house for all casual players. For players who spend big or play often, the scale of the rewards increases. Common player’s card gifts include discounted or free hotel suits, gourmet meals in the restaurant and free tickets to sports events or shows.