It’s often taken for granted that the designated “locals casinos”—Stations, Fiestas, Boyds, etc.—are the only ones courting the in-town business. But that’s not entirely accurate. Both LVH (dating back to when it was the Las Vegas Hilton) and the Rio have good special programs specifically targeting locals. Now there’s a third at the Tropicana—the first of its kind to be instituted at a casino directly on the Strip.
You’ve probably seen the ads for a “20 percent rebate on slot play.” That’s a good perk. But for many, it isn’t where the real value is. The real deal is in what you get just for signing up for the Trop Plus Club, then showing your players card at the bars and restaurants.
For starters, use the card and all drinks in the two main bars—the Lounge and Lucky’s Sports—are half price. So a PBR draft that’s normally $4.86 is just $2.45 (the discount is on the base price, then tax is added). That’s just the low-end play. This deal is for everything on the shelf, including the top one. Do you want Patrón? Absolut? Glenfiddich? They’re all half-off. OK, at about $14 retail for these high-enders, the prices are a little pumped up to begin with, but this is the Strip. Bring your out-of-town friends and the discount applies to their drinks, too, as long as you’re paying.
Dining rewards start with a daily slice of pizza from the South Beach Food Court for $1.50 (more than $4 without the discount). The breakfast and lunch buffets in the Beach Café are also 50 percent off, which drops them to $9.50 and $10, respectively. Other meals in the Beach Café, Bacio (Italian), and Biscayne (steakhouse) get a 25 percent discount off the entire tab.
You also get 50 percent off Laugh Factory comedy club tickets and 20 percent off at Glow Spa. And to alleviate concerns about Strip parking hassles, there’s a dedicated lot for locals on the east side of the casino off Tropicana Avenue.
That’s quite a program, especially keeping in mind that it’s all available simply for signing up. For players who rise to Gold or Platinum status, it gets better, with 50 percent off in all of the restaurants, complimentary tournament entries and free Laugh Factory tickets, among other benefits. If you’re already a high-level member in another players club in town, bring that card in and the Trop will match its level.
Back to that 20 percent rebate on losses: The rebate is for slots only—no video poker or keno—so it won’t apply to everyone, and you have to lose at least $100 in a month. But if you play reel slots, getting 20 percent back on losses makes it tough to make a case for playing anyplace else.
Put it all together and you have another great deal that’s not available to the tourists, illustrating once again why it’s good to be a local in Las Vegas.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.