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Tournaments these days

Discussion in 'General Vegas Talk' started by GlenBaccarat79, Aug 15, 2016.

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  1. GlenBaccarat79

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    What the fuck every happened to the 'real' tournaments? The one they used to have without re-buys and charging something. LOL, they found a way to sucker in the players??? I remember up to the time around 2006-2008ish and back, all the baccarat and blackjack tournaments were for their better/larger/Platinum and 7 Star card holders/etc., etc. Everything comp'd, great get-togethers prior to the tournament with promo gifts, etc. Everyone got a set amount of 'non-value' denominated chips. Played like hell. Winner got cash (eventually turning to free-play and then the cost thing and re-buys, etc.). Everyone coming got a real nice promo gift also, like a set of 4 crystal 'Baccarat' glasses or something else, at least a $400 or so, plus value in a store like Nordstrom's or Macy's, etc. Nice touches, all seemed to go by the wayside for today's standard of trendy players in awe of the casino with the night club and celeb chef'd restaurants.

    Now it seems like it is admission and re-buys. WTF?
     
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    Yup. I love when Mlife sends me some elaborate invitation and I open up the 10 layers of crap to find an invite that says "You're cordially invited to come out for our slot tournament. Your $5000 buy in will get you entry and complimentary room for three nights."

    Yeah, I'm going to drop half my bankroll on a tourney, then come out there and you're only going to give me a free room instead of the usual room/suite, FP, and F&B. Thanks but no thanks... I'm sure I could get that other stuff thrown in, but I still can't justify paying ANYTHING for a slot tourney, let alone 5 Grand.
     
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    yup, but then they figured out that they don't have to put on such great tourneys and events.

    people will still come in for the lame offerings.

    and if the same people refuse, other people are lined up to take their spot.

    Wynn is the last group still putting on quality events.

    absolutely everything at MGM has gone completely to crap with PGP.

    even if you lose enough to be AQ, you're really only getting the quality of tourney that everybody used to get.

    it's kind of like the airlines: "first class" these days is what coach originally was.
     
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    100% Spot On!
     
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    The last tournament I played in Vegas was at the Mirage. Host put me in. I wasn't planning on staying there, and I told him I was going to be at PH where I regularly stayed for years. He told me, he would put me in a regular room and when I checked in, go to the room, mess up the bed a bit and throw a couple towels onto the counter in the bathroom and then hang the do not disturb sign out on the door. Keep the room for two days. It was then a requirement to be staying at the property if playing in the tournament, etc.

    But there was no admission fees, no buy-in's or re-buy-in's. It was all a perk of being an regular gambler at your favorite properties. And the prizes usually always paid out in cash $$$, not free-play.

    They had the sign up in the high limit room. Sign up, get some nice snacks and the promo gift. Played later that night, everyone had to play a qualifying/elimination round. Got your allocation of 'non-value chips' I think it was $10,000.00 worth. The top 1 or 2 from each table would go to the next day's competition. The next day they once again start with a set amount of 'non-value' chips and the 1 high player from each table would then play one additional round. Then once again the high player from each of 7-9 tables would then proceed to the final table where there would be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes.

    I think all those days are now gone in lieu of the shitty tournaments the players dwell over paying to be in. Fuck man, I was going to say looks like the free parking will also be going by the wayside, but that too is already happening. LOL.
     
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    yeah, the days of the big gifts and huge payouts have gone the way of the dinosaurs. the recession of 2007-2009 did away with the casino sponsored events and turned into player hosted events where the players generate the prize pool. as long these rebuys and add on events keep generating interest from the players, things will never change. I even had a casino host admit that these are now money makers and revenue generators for the casino. these events only exist now as a way for the casino to not only generate income, but bring players into the casino under the guise of hosting a tournament.
     
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    Yeah Mirage sent me three emails, and one mailer for their slot tournament sometime soon. I looked at buy in and laughed pretty hard. They can yummy down with that offer.
     

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