Podcast 98: Ethics of Gaming Your Comps; Cigar Wrappers; $32k Scotch; Dalmore King Alexander III Scotch

Podcast 98, 12/16/12

  • Introductories:  VDKA has 150 vodkas, not 60; Q&A with Dan from New Jersey
  • Ethics of gaming the comps system
  • Cigar trivia: Flavor characteristics of wrappers from 10 different regions
  • The $32k bottle of Scotch
  • Brief review of Dalmore King Alexander III Scotch
  • What to expect for episodes 99/100

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2 thoughts on “Podcast 98: Ethics of Gaming Your Comps; Cigar Wrappers; $32k Scotch; Dalmore King Alexander III Scotch

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    Great episode… lots of food for thought.

    Both of you had salient points regarding double-booking comps:

    Tony is correct in that comps are cause/effect. Casinos don’t just send out that first comp. You have to earn it. So, any comps are the result of gambling already done. You have earned them.

    Jason is correct in that to varying degrees, you are affecting other visitors. If you are fortunate enough to be getting comped during a holiday weekend when the town is sold out, you are indeed depriving someone else of a room. If you lock up an extra room during normal times, you’re most likely taking a room that would have gone empty. BUT… rooms are priced on supply and demand. Taking that room does have an impact (a very small one) on supply/demand and thus pricing.

    My take? Double-booking is OK if:

    1. You are going to use both rooms. You may book at both Luxor and Harrah’s and avail yourself of having a “home base” in two parts of The Strip. Need that afternoon nap and you are way up mid-strip? Just use your Harrah’s room instead of having to go all the way back to Mandalay.

    2. If you are going to give both places the play they expect. IE, spend one a couple of days playing heavy at each hotel. This also allows you to split your play and keep your average daily gaming amounts up at each property.

    Per the risk of mail-order cigars having issues, here’s the secret that your local shop won’t tell you: They generally get their shipments in via plain old regular slow UPS. Unhumidified. The same way you get them via mail order. In fact, some shops buy certain brands from the prominent mail order companies themselves! If you see a “5 Vegas” (pronounced Cinco Vega) on your retailers shelf, that came from Cigars International in PA. However most of their shipments come from FL. Over the years, many of the big name brands have been distributed by JR Cigars, coming from North Carolina.

    Cigars are resilient. As long as they are shipped in a box or bundle, they can be out on a truck for a week without appreciable loss of humidity. One of my local shops just takes the UPS delivery (from Florida all the way to Las Vegas in any kind of weather) and sets it in their humidor overnight and all is fine.

    However, once in a while, a cigar will have an issue. If you buy online, they will make it better (replace or credit), but you have to send the box back. With your local retailer, you can bring up a problem and they can rectify it on the spot. (Don’t feel bad for them. They report the bad product to the area rep for the cigar brand and the cigar company credits them back for the bad product).

    • Mike Reply

      @twitter-15141089:disqus — Good points on mail order. However, I have had bad experiences with mail-ordered cigars from Thompson in Tampa, Fla. Apart from generally being more expensive than other companies, they seem to store their stock at lower humidity levels. Cracked wrappers are common with them.

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