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Another free drink regulating system is being tested at casinos

Posted: 11:53 PM, May 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-31 12:37:50-04

Just as Las Vegas casino customers are getting used to free drinks being regulated at video poker tables, another change to the drink comp system is on the horizon.

According to VitalVegas.com, the same company that's making sure you're spending enough money gaming before you get your free drink is now testing a system that will do the same thing for slots throughout the casino.

It was just last year that Caesars Entertainment rolled out an automated system tracking video poker players' rate of play before rewarding them with the traditional free drinks.

"They are really going after maybe one percent of their guests. And those are the guests that are not gambling."

Scott Roeben, blogger for VitalVegas.com, says the company that makes and installs the red-light, green-light system for bar tops is testing out a system for slots on the casino floor. 

The benefits to the casino are obvious. According to the Roeben, the system has saved $1 million in comped drinks at a single location where it's being used. 

"These aren't charities. They aren't nonprofits. They are there to make a profit," said Roeben. "And they are more than happy to give you a free drink. You just have to show that you are playing enough to earn it."

Roeben admits to at first being resistant to change, but he and others now see it as a part of doing business.