In January, with MGM National Harbor opening, I made the decision to switch my play from Caesars to MGM. I made Platinum with MLIFE last year; and, as a general matter, I like the MGM casinos in Vegas much better than the CET options. This year, in two trips to Vegas, I accumulated 168,000 MLIFE points - enough for gold; and just short of platinum. I was committed to returning just to rack up another 32,000 points. Then, I started reading about how MLIFE devalues play at non-Vegas properties. Gamblers at MGM Detroit, for instance, get about 1/5 tier credits for VP play compared to Vegas. So, there's a bit of uncertainly how MGM will deal with MLIFE at National Harbor. So, I decided to just stick with Gold. Plus, I'm pretty much sick of Vegas at this point and am in no rush to head back.
Over the past few months, I've walked inside the confines of the Horseshoe Baltimore and played a few hands of VP before first-pitch at the Yard on Sundays. To date, I've only got approximately 4,000 Total Rewards Credits. 11,000 shy of re-upping Diamond, which I've had for as long as I can remember. For whatever reason, I got the itch to go for Diamond again. And I came up with the following, absurd and admittedly stupid idea: get 2,500 tier credits in a day to earn the 5,000 bonus. So . . .
. . . this weekend, I'm banging in sick to work Friday. I plan on taking off for AC at 6:00 am, arriving around 9:30. And then I'm gonna grind . . . mainly the 100 hand VP machine at $5 a rip, which earns a tier credit every 2 hands ($10 coin in on VP). And I ain't stopping until I reach 2,500. I have no idea how long it will take. I'm prepared for the variance. I've read a bunch of the message boards, where people factor the -EV for this endeavor to be between $300 and $750. In my experience, this woefully underestimates the loss unless you run really, really well. I think you need to be prepared to spend $100 for each 100 tier credits on the 100 hand machine. The losses can be even greater on a single line machine (I've run through $100 and only earned 35 tier credits or so on many occasions). I'll be funded to get the job done no matter how I run. At some point, you have to be committed to finishing the job because it doesn't make sense not to. I mean, if you rack up 2,000 credits, you can't not get the remaining 500 because the additional bonus is 4,000....
Anyway . . . why am I doing this? Pretty much just because. The upside? Another year of diamond benefits, which really is not worth much. Beyond this, I'm hoping a day of 25,000 coin-in will boost by average daily theo and at least get free rooms for football season so I can stay comped on Fridays/Saturdays on my way up to J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS games this fall.
I'm hoping I can pound out the 2,500 reasonably early in the evening and then play some poker, as I love the room at Harrah's and miss playing. Depending how it goes Friday, I may try for another 1,000 credits Saturday before playing poker.
I'll update the results of this stupid endeavor on Sunday.