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    I have heard several people talking about buying their casino hosts a gift. In the past I have heard that casino hosts were not allowed to accept gifts. With two conflicting statements, which is correct?

    If it is ok for a host to accept a gift, do they really expect one? Will a gift lead to better comps next time? Will the lack of a gift lead to less comps in the future? Just curious as to anyone's thoughts on this.

    Kurt

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    From what I understand, casino hosts are not allowed to accept money but will accept gifts. I sent mine 2 bottles of wine from a local winery after a great trip to the Rio last September. My host went out of his way to make sure my stay was enjoyable so I thought he deserved a little something.
    I don't think a gift is necessary or even expected but it surely doesn't hurt anything. I don't think the quality of your gift will have any effect on the comps for your next trip.
    I've read on some posts that people never see their hosts and don't know until they check out if anything will be comped. Mine stops by a few times throughout my stay just to say "HI" and to see if there is anything I need. This is the kind of host who deserves a gift.

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    Kurt, we sent our host a big basket of cheese/fruit, etc. He and his wife loved it! Nothing wrong with a gift, but money is a no-no. Wine, or any type of gift basket is always appreciated!

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    I have sent gifts first, before my stay. Personally I think i might have helped the last time I used Bob Cohen at the IP. Bob had us all set-up at VIP check and was very nice when taking our reservation. We took a late flight and did not arrive until after midnight. When we went to VIP check in it was closed (closed at midnight). There was a HUGE line to check in (which I thought was weird at 12:30am). I knew Bob worked nights and used a house phone to give him a call, he appologized for the closed VIP check in and said he'd see what he could do. He came to the front desk and opened the VIP check in for us. Very cool. saved lots of time. He even stood there and made sure we got a "good room", telling the check in girl "no put them there" (great room, low floor (save the elevator wait), looked right into the pool). this was the first time I had met him. I'm not sure he would have gone to all the trouble had I not sent the gift basket, but maybe he would have. He did send a note thanking me to the room. I have told my friends to call him and use my name. When I called this year he remembered me and said "you've been sending people to me haven't you?". he gave me the casino rate again and picked up the first night. The gift basket was sent 2 weeks ago with a note on our room preference. T- 8 days.

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    As others have said, a gift is acceptable while money is not. I don't think a gift is "expected" but I'm sure they're appreciated. It's more or less an expression of the appreciation for what the host has done for you.

    I seriously doubt a gift will lead to better comps next time since the comps are based on your rate of play and nothing else (I think!). That said, I think a gift might help the host remember who you are (since they deal with many, many people) and possibly give you some "added touches" for your next visit (like a room with a view, a fruit basket, or a small token of appreciation of some kind).

    Regarding the specific gift, I'd recommend finding out about your hosts likes and dislikes. One host I've dealt with doesn't drink so a bottle of wine wouldn't be the best gift. I've found that a nice box of candy (like Godivas) is usually well received.

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    When my friends and I went to Imperial Palace last year, we took a couple of wine glasses from our casino and gave them to Bob when we checked in. When we checked out, we left a $50 gift certificate for the Outback Steakhouse for him since he was not there. I am not sure if we are takng anything this year, we may just wait until we are ready for check out and see what has transpired during our stay.

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    I've read that host really like getting gift certificates. How many boxes of chocolate or bottles of wine can you use in a week. Gift card is as good as cash. Just got diamond card and a host at Showboat A/C our home area casino, heading to Vegas in Oct for a week at Paris, and would like to hook up with a host there, anyone know one or should I ask my Showboat host.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whobeme
    I've read that host really like getting gift certificates. How many boxes of chocolate or bottles of wine can you use in a week. Gift card is as good as cash. Just got diamond card and a host at Showboat A/C our home area casino, heading to Vegas in Oct for a week at Paris, and would like to hook up with a host there, anyone know one or should I ask my Showboat host.
    You might want to call Paris and ask for one!

    Worked for me a few years ago and Steve gave me a host name once!

    Same company owened casinos - I've gone in cold met a host - checked out 100% comped! they can and some do check your main casino!

    jim j

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    Smile Casino Hosts and Gifts.

    I have always sent or taken my casino host a gift i also send Christmas Gifts and cards and she has always thanked us sent cards back and looked after us very well indeed,we are not high rollers but we visit 3/4 times a year,we are going again on 18th April/28 April 2006 and would have loved to meet up with Steve but we are a day too late?we live in London and LUV everything Las Vegas keep up the good work.

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    Gift or Restaurant certificates work the best. Also a gift card that can be used for anything is a great gift.

    Steve

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