Posted On 24 Dec 2015
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Blackjack player w-chips-2011-webYES, you can get plenty of free stuff from the casino just for playing winning blackjack? Let me explain; simply have your “Players Card” entered when you buy in at the table – and every time you re-buy, ask that it be added to your original buy-in. That will accomplish the task. Thanks to the folks at one of my favorite casinos years ago, the formula was revealed to me.

The factors that are in a players control at the blackjack table are; 1) average bet, 2) length of play and 3) the type of game you are playing at that table. These factors – along with some house control factors, creates a “theoretical win”.

The math creating the “theoretical win” is what the casino should win from the player. For example – a player that plays perfect basic strategy at the blackjack table should lose about fifty two cents for every one hundred dollars played.

From the “theoretical win”, the casino creates a “comp amount”. This amount is discretionary and is an amount that the casino feels best recognizes good player loyalty. Patron’s are not entitled to its value like cash rewards from slots, where available, but is generally what the casino will “comp” up too.

So, you may ask, why do certain games types have larger bonus pay-outs? Some card games give the house a higher edge. Patrons playing those games will generate a higher comp value.

Now, another factor that plays into a casinos comp decision is the “quick loss” factor. Patron’s who lose a large amount of money in a quick period of time, will not generate a high comp value even though they are extremely valuable to the casino and deserve to get those comps. Casino Management will make a judgment call as to the patrons value and comp accordingly. This is the standard formula throughout the industry for table games. Like the so called Game of Life…being polite and courteous goes a long way towards getting what you want. Casinos want to recognize all players. Those with tight budgets are no exception.

Most important, secure a Player’s Card where ever you play, and always play within your means. After playing for what you think is a reasonable amount of time, ask if you can get a comp. Most likely you will and that’s a win for you and the casino.

So what kind of comps can you get? A while back I was offered a suite at Wild Horse Pass. This huge suite included flat screen TV’s, two bathrooms, refrigerator, bar, a lounge area, and a Jacuzzi. What does it take to get a comp for one of these suites? If you play on average of $250 per hand for a period of six hours, you too may get one of these for free.

Even though this sounds like a lot of money, if you are a “perfect strategy” player, it really isn’t all that much.   I have also received NASCAR tickets, $50 dinner comps, front row seats to concerts, and countless other cool things from doing nothing more than playing a winning game of blackjack.

What’s the moral of the story? Get that Players Card and present it every time you buy in at the blackjack table. It is a win/ win situation for players and the casino. Until next time I hope you play winning blackjack.

T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years and is known for his live tournament play. He has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world and has won the prestigious “World Series of Blackjack”. To contact TJ Jorgensen for questions or information on his books, send an e-mail to;

Editor’s note: I must say TJ is right on the money, I have sat at a table for only a half hour to an hour playing just $10 to $20 a hand and have asked the pit boss if I could get a couple of drink tickets (worth about 10 to 15 bucks) and after I’m handed those vouchers, another player at the table will ask “How do you get free drinks?” and I will ask “Do you have a players card?” and many times the answer is “No, why would I want one of those, I don’t want the casino to know what I’m winning” And I usually reply “Well – there you go” ”

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