Darryl D. McEwen

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is now part of the same MGM “family” of resorts as the Bellagio, Aria, Mirage and others in Las Vegas, the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss., and, later this year, MGM National Harbor, across the river from Washington, D.C., in Oxon Hill, Md. MGM also has resorts in Tunica, Miss., and Detroit.

Any My Borgata Rewards tier status and comp dollar balances will be transferred to MGM’s M life Rewards program beginning in 2017. Until then, Borgata players should continue earning comp dollars to maintain or achieve their current card status.

Offers at Borgata — complimentary hotel stays, gifts, free play, etc. — will continue to be based on play at Borgata.

Borgata Black cardholders who already have an M life Rewards Sapphire or Pearl card will be automatically upgraded to Gold M life Rewards status next time they visit an MGM resort outside Atlantic City. Players without an M life Rewards account will receive the same upgrade when they sign up. In either case, you’ll need to take your Black Label card to any MGM M life Rewards desk.

How are the two programs different?

Borgata’s player loyalty program has three levels — Red Label, Black Label and Titanium; MGM’s program has five — Sapphire, Pearl, Gold, Platinum and Noir. Titanium and Noir are “by invitation only.”

Borgata players earn tier status over a 12-month period based on the anniversary of the day they joined the program. MGM’s program is based on earning tier points from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the following year.

MGM gives players tier point and comp dollar multipliers based on their card level, i.e., Pearl, 10 percent; Gold, 20 percent; Platinum, 30 percent; and Noir, 40 percent.

Borgata’s comp dollars are accepted for hotel accommodations, food and beverage, entertainment, spa treatments, and, at a 2:1 ratio, i.e., one comp dollar equals $2, retail purchases. MGM Express Comps cannot be used for retail purchases, and all eligible purchases are on a one-for-one basis.

Ask Mr. AC Casino

Q. Is it true that a slot machine won’t pay off until enough money has been played to offset the win and earn the casino a profit?

A. No, there’s no connection between how much money players put through a machine and how much it will pay out. The casino makes money on all its machines combined, not each one separately.

Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at MrACCasino@gmail.com and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.

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