The VIP Treatment
VIP: Being a Very Important Person
A VIP or 'Very Important Person' is something that carries with it a great deal of weight in many societies. It is obvious that aside form the basic services, people who are inherently more important receive better services for their money. In the gambling world, all this is translated into money. In the old fashioned 'brick and mortar' casinos, a VIP was usually a high roller or other celebrity. In today's modern online casinos that is no longer the case. All that is needed in order to be a VIP in today's modern casinos is to invest a sufficient amount of funds in your casino account. The precise sum varies from casino to casino but is generally not very high. Maintaining your VIP status may be automatic or it may be incumbent on playing at a certain frequency and certain sums. Some casinos offer newcomers the option of receiving VIP status for a while as part of a signup VIP club promotion.
What Treatment Does a VIP Get?
The range of preferred services which VIPs enjoy is dependant on the casino. These services and benefits usually include a certain amount of more personal treatment than accorded the regular players. This might even include a personal account manager or some such equivalent. In addition, casinos often have all sorts of promotions and player benefits which they award to their loyal players. These can be in the form of various cash or cash equivalent bonuses and prizes, free games or similar awards. While these awards often come at undefined and irregular intervals, they are usually sufficiently frequent to give the VIPs the feeling that they are getting the attention they deserve and that being a VIP is worthwhile. Of special note are those promotions which include trips and hotels surrounding big gambling events. These offer the high rollers the opportunity to participate in a particular event and enjoy the luxury of a real VIP customer. In many casinos the VIP status has an impact on wagering limits as well. VIPs are usually allowed to wager more money and thus enjoy higher payouts as well. In the case of payouts and the handling of disputes, VIP status has significance as well. Since an active and satisfied VIP member is in the interest of the casino, there is a tendency to lean more in favor of the VIPs. Transactions and problems will often be handled more quickly and efficiently and any issue which happens to arise will be dealt with immediately and as favorably as possible. This has made the VIP status one that many players wish to possess and is often seen as an investment which pays for itself in the long run. So all in all, as in many aspects of life, being a VIP is a very positive thing.