The Players Card Trap

Total Rewards Gold Card

by Denver Gambler on April 10, 2012

in player clubs,Total Rewards




Since I live in the Chicago, when I want to gamble I have to seek out specific casinos. There is no gambling corridor or area, there’s just individual casinos placed randomly across the landscape. So when that gambling itch arises, the first question is always which casino will I go to. And this is where Caesars Entertainment has me suckered in.

For all intents and purposes, the nicest casino in the area is Rivers casino. It’s smoke-free, brand new, and easy to get to. But their players club only applies to that property and while casino comps are nice, I really want my play here to give me hotel rooms elsewhere; specifically Las Vegas.

The Caesars casinos that are most convenient to me are the Harrah’s in Joliet and the Horseshoe in Hammond. I have yet to go to Harrah’s, but the Horsehoe has been my casino of choice. While I like the Horseshoe a lot, it certainly leaves some things to be desired. The limits can be higher than I would like, and the Video Poker paytables aren’t great.

Now I know the Majestic Star casino, just down the road from Horseshoe, is supposed to have lower limits and better pay tables than the Horseshoe. But their players club doesn’t have any Las Vegas ties. Also the reviews state that the casino is fairly dingy. So while I’d like to check it out, I also don’t want any play to not get tracked for comps.

So I’m trapped by my players card. I want to explore more of the area’s casinos, but I also want Total Rewards points to use in Las Vegas. If the casinos were closer together, then I could check them out at the same time. Maybe I’ll try the Majestic Star at some point, but for the foreseeable future the Horseshoe will be my home casino.

Photo: Las Vegas Blog

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  • Goldie

    I agree about Caesars but I only go to Harrahs Joliet. But another option has come to the Chicago market. Ameristar has teamed up with MGM International. It’s relatively new but I think you can use your points and earn stays at MGM properties based on Ameristar play. I think this is great and will generate competition between the 2 gambling giants

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