How Do You Earn Tier Credits & Comps on Buy a Bonus Bets?

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Wth the slow and steady growth of Buy a Bonus bets, some players are curious how you earn tier credits and comp dollars on such bets:

How are instant bonus buy bets on games such as coin trio or bank buster calculated when it comes to accumulation of tier credits/points. Are they credited to the player as if they were doing $100 dollar spins or if they had done an accumulative $100 on whatever the minimum bet would have been on the machine?

Joseph R.

When you make a spin on a slot machine, the players card system records the information, in part to figure out how many tier credits and earned comp dollars you are accruing.

Some casino provide tier credits based on the amount you’ve wagered, so with each bet you’re accruing tier credits based on the bets you’re making. Other casinos provide tier credits based on your expected loss. So they take into account your bet size as well as the house advantage on the game you’re playing.

These same rules are in place for Buy a Bonus. So if you buy a bonus for, say, $50, those casinos that give tier credits based on bet size will award them based on the $50 bet. Those that base it on the expected loss will calculate it based on the $50 bet and the expected loss for that game. 

Generally speaking, the Buy a Bonus payback percentage and the game’s overall payback percentage will be the same or awfully close, so the expected loss will be the same percentage, more or less, as if you did $50 in spins, and so you’ll be credited similarly.

So ultimately, the buy a bonus is still a wager with a dollar amount attached to it, and the program treats it the same as any other wager of that size. Since players will likely wager faster doing Buy a Bonuses relative to doing spins, you’ll likely earn comps and tier credits faster, but that’s also because you’re wagering more money faster.

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