Does the Casino Give You Credit for Playing Free Play?

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When you play with free play, does the casino reward you? That’s what this player was curious about in a recent question submission:

If I have free play and I use my players card do I get credit for that amount as if I insert money?

Tony D.

Generally speaking, the answer is no, while you’re playing through it the first time. Free play generally needs to be played through once before it’s yours, so during that first play through, you don’t tend to get tier credits or comp dollars while doing that. (We only saw one example of that not being the case, at a casino that’s since changed its mind.)

However, once you complete that first playthough, whatever’s left is cash. And once you’re playing with cash, you then begin to get credit for playing with that cash.

It makes sense that casino would treat free play this way, given it’s something they’re already extending to you as an offer, and most players won’t miss out on much, as that free play being played once through is likely going to be just a small percentage of the wagers made during that visit. So you’re not missing out on all that much either.

Let’s say you got $100 in free play and love to play slots that pay back over time 90 percent. You’d be expected to do about $1,000 in spins with that $100 in free play, but only $100 of those spins would be exempt from earning tier credits or comp dollars because of the first time through on free play. 

So if you kept playing and an average outcome occurred, you’d still make that $100 work pretty well for you, an added benefit on top of receiving that free play to begin with. And in the end that just makes the casino visit even more rewarding.

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