The Frugal Gambler

The Frugal Gambler

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by Jean Scott
     
 

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Jean Scott is the country's most renowned low roller. She stays at hotel-casinos up to 120 nights a year and never has to pay for a room or meal. She gets shows, manicures, massages, clothes, jewelry, even gifts for her grandchildren--all free.

How does she do it? She works the comp and slot club systems. She participates in casino promotions and drawings. She

Overview

Jean Scott is the country's most renowned low roller. She stays at hotel-casinos up to 120 nights a year and never has to pay for a room or meal. She gets shows, manicures, massages, clothes, jewelry, even gifts for her grandchildren--all free.

How does she do it? She works the comp and slot club systems. She participates in casino promotions and drawings. She uses coupons. She's an expert at video poker. In short, she plays all the right games.

In these pages, Jean Scott discloses the secrets of her low-roller success. After reading The Frugal Gambler, you too can employ these money-saving and vacation-enhancing strategies in casinos throughout America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929712420
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
765,502
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

At first glance, Jean Scott appears to be what she is—your average 60-something retired English teacher from the Midwest. In her secret life, though, she’s the most successful casino low roller in the country. Dubbed the “Queen of Comps” by CBS’ 48 Hours, by using slot clubs, taking advantage of promotions and contests, gambling with coupons, and exploiting everything in the casino world that’s even remotely vulnerable, Scott has developed a technique for getting everything she wants from the casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City. She has been featured on Dateline, Hard Copy, To Tell the Truth, and numerous Travel and Discovery channel documentaries, including 48 Hours. She lives in Las Vegas.

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The Frugal Gambler 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall it was a good read. I too would not carry around a zip lock baggy to put shrimp in. I'm glad I read it before my trip to Vegas. 12 hours at a video poker machine is a big 'NO WAY' for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After you read Jean Scott's book you will understand what I mean by my title to this review. Her information in The Frugal Gambler is presented well. While a lot of her advice is common sense to some gamblers, it never hurts to hear some of these things again. I treated her book like a salad bar; I took what I thought was of value and left the rest. For example, getting bumped off a flight does not appeal to me in the least. Perhaps when I am retired it will, but not right now. Some of the other advice I felt was splendid; such as attacking the promotions as a team, etc. Little things that you wouldn't think of. I recommend this book to entry level and intermediate gamblers who are looking for a way to increase their returns in many creative ways. A good book all in all, despite some of the ultra frugal tactics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Scott has gotten a lot of hype. I saw her on Dateline. However, she is not the best writer in the gambling field and this book is mediocre for most of its chapters. However, Scott does tell a good story and her exploits are fun to read. This is a lightweight book, however. She doesn't show you how to play games other than video poker, which she goes into in a highly superficial manner. If you are looking for heavyweight material I would turn your attention to books written by Stanford Wong, Jerry Patterson, Arnold Snyder, Edwin Silberstang and, my personal all time favorite, Frank Scoblete. These authors really understand the games, the casinos and Scoblete has some great insights into the comping area.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to steal food in doggie bags from buffets or wait in airports to get bumped on planes or collect millions of worthless casino gifts, then this book is what you are looking for. However, if you are a serious player and want to maximize comps in a sane way, then there are much better books to read. One reviewer mentioned Frank Scoblete's 'Guerrilla Gambling' and Max Rubin's 'Comp City.' Both are excellent books and far superior to Scott's book. I have to give the edge to Scoblete as he writes for both low and high rollers and his book contains valuable information about all the games. I would also recommend Stanford Wong's 'Idiot's Guide to Casino Gambling' and Jerry Patterson's 'Casino Gambling' as valuable books to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite a few words for those of us wanting information laid out in front of us. Actually, for completely uninformed travelers to LV, I see why she's dubbed 'The Queen of Comps.' For the rest of us, the information in the book is something the first-time player learns on his own - or at least should. Items such as room, food, show, and other comps is standard fare for most players, and airline bumping is done by teenagers everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Frugal Gambler' is a good book and has some very interesting advice. However, it is not as good a book as Max Rubin's 'Comp City' and it can't touch Frank Scoblete's masterpiece 'Guerrilla Gambling: How to Beat the Casinos at Their Own Game'. But Scott is a very entertaining writer and I do recommend this book highly, but some of the information is just too hard to put into effect and some is silly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clearly written and entertaining, this 'how-to-leave-Vegas-ahead-of-the-game' book is designed for the novice low roller looking for some return, not necessarily financial, for his gambling dollar. Ms. Scott offers common sense information and tips on how to get the comps you deserve ( easier than you think), how to maximize your chances of getting bumped on an airline, how to make the casinos notice your play, how to eat free and sleep cheap. She offers suggestions on the kind of machines to play, where to stay, and even delves into philosophical musings about moral choices gamblers are often faced with. Nearly all the material is geared to the low roller and occasional vacationer to Las Vegas. Well worth the price, it will open your eyes to goodies you never thought you had coming. Scott is a fluid and entertaining writer with a light and witty style, who even suggests how you might phrase your query when you approach a casino host. You will recoup the (low) price of this book the first day of your trip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining reading even for non-gamblers. The author clearly shows how to get the most out of the 'comp' (complementary) systems in gambling locations.