Match Play Coupons
Casinos are always inventing ways to draw people to the tables. This is especially true during these difficult economic times. One way to attract players is with match play coupons. They are used to lure you to the casino with the possibility of a free bet. If these coupons are played correctly they can be a plus to your play. If played incorrectly your loss could be greater than it would have been without it.
A match play coupon works as follows: You bet exactly the amount of the coupon. If it wins you win your bet plus the casino replaces the coupon with money.
Example: Your coupon is $100 so you put up the coupon plus $100. If you win you receive a total of $300. That is, you end up with your $100 original bet, plus your $100 win, plus $100 for your coupon, totaling $300. You won $200.
In a normal economy, players will receive match play coupons (mostly in the mail) for your average bet. The casino’s computers have all your gambling action and this figure is easily calculated. Therefore, when playing, if you wait to use your coupon until your bet reaches the amount of the coupon you can’t lose any extra money if you lose the bet.
Example: You have a $50 coupon and you are playing a progressive system with an initial $25 bet or less. At some point the system will require you to make a $50 bet. That’s when you use your match play coupon. You can’t lose any additional money if the bet loses.
The casinos’ latest trick is to give a $100 coupon to a $25 bettor or a $200 or more coupon to a $50 bettor. They know the $25 or $50 bettor would usually not bet that coupon amount on his own. But the coupon lures him to the casino to make that match play bet. If he loses the bet he loses more than he can afford and will probably chase that loss.
If he wins, the casino is still happy because they got him in the door. He usually keeps playing and without discipline he will lose anyway. The casinos are very good psychologists and know exactly how to play their players. They will tempt you to the poor house if you let them. I’ve received match play coupons as high as $500 and was able to play them without the threat of losing additional funds. Here are ways to play the coupons:
- Use a progressive system so that your bet will sooner or later get there.
- Raise your unit size to make it easier to reach, especially when you are ahead.
- Go partners with someone and use double or triple the unit size. This is an easy way to get there.
Match play coupons can be played to your advantage. Don’t let the casinos psych you out.