David Good
Casino Arizona Casino Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
"David Good"
The Casino itself is pretty nice -- big, and has a LOT of gaming options. It's hard to find electronic speed roulette (with a real spinner/ball)... but they had it. The parking lot was super clean and everything was polished and nice. They also allow RV parking in the back parking lot -- but there is a catch. While it was clear that they had a three-day maximum stay, what wasn't clear (until we arrived) were the terms. When you show up you have to get a player's club card. You then head to security and let them know you're staying in a RV. They'll take a bunch of information, make you sign some forms/waivers, and you're all set... for that ONE NIGHT. You see, in order for you to stay a second night, you have to accumulate 350 "points" on your player's card. What does that mean? Well, I HATE "points" -- because it's like going to a Dave & Busters... everything cost "points" and there is no super easy/clear 1-to-1 indicators for a dollar being a point, or a penny being a point, or anything like that. Points are always some oddball math and never easy to calculate -- BY DESIGN. You see, by making the point system confusing they hope that you'll forget how much money each game costs, or how much you truly have burned through. At least, that's how it works at Dave & Busters. With Casino Arizona the points don't replace money... you earn points alongside spending money or spending time. For example, if you spend X-amount of time at a Blackjack table, you earn X-amount of points on your card. What is the exact amount? They don't really tell you... it kind of just "depends" on what kind of game it is, how long you've been there, etc. Okay... so that's no help. So, what about the slot machine? Well... those are easier to figure out. If you play 20 dollars on a slot machine, you get 20 points on your card. That doesn't mean you lose the money, you just have to put the money in and play (gamble). I put 20 into a Wheel of Fortune slot machine and lost three times (at $5 per pull) until I won $42. I cashed out and my players card only had me gaining 20 points. If you're like me, you're thinking "it's going to take me forever to get to 350 points just to stay another night in the parking lot"... and that means you actually have to RISK $350 of your own money to do it. Sure, you might get luck and WIN, but this is a casino... and these are slot machines.. how lucky do you honestly think you'll be? This could easily turn into one of the most expensive "free" RV parking spots I've ever encountered. For those who are NOT worried about an RV, and are just looking to play... the points are still a bit confusing, and under-rated. When you first start off with the card they put 2,300 points on your card (or close to it). The points can't be used for gambling -- only for a discount on merchandise (like shirts and cups, etc.) or food (at the buffet). We opted for the buffet, since we were all starving. Those 2,300 points... guess how much they were worth? $4.38 (or close to it). Yep. All those points only represented a few dollars and some change. While we appreciate the free discount at the buffet, I was a bit disappointed with their point system. You have to risk a LOT of money in order to get any kind of value out of your accumulated points. Are YOU willing to risk TWO THOUSAND of your own dollars, and likely lose it all and be left with nothing but enough points to buy a Big Mac at McDonald's? Oh... and don't even try the electronic Roulette Table. It has a sign on it that clearly says that "every $100 of play is equal to 1 point" on your player's card. Yep. You read that right. Slot machines are $1 for 1 point... but electronic Roulette is $100 for 1 point. That means you'd have to RISK $200,000 of your own money just to earn enough points for a 12-pack of Pepsi at a grocery store. At that rate you might as well save money by flying to Vegas and renting a penthouse and playing on tables with real action.