3 Tiers of Player’s cards at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Borgata Red Label, Borgata Black Label, and Borgata Titanium Label
At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, there are 3 tiers of players’ cards. There’s Borgata Red Label, Borgata Black Label, and Borgata Titanium Label. The Titanium Label card, which amounts to $1,000,000 in play per calendar year, doesn’t actually say “Titanium Label” It just says “My Borgata Titanium” The card is titanium in color and lists the player’s name, anniversary date, and card number on the front of the card. The Borgata Titanium Label card isn’t advertised, or seen anywhere really, so it’s sort of “elite” in its own way. It isn’t made of Titanium, as some people have asked. It’s made of plastic like the other player’s cards, but the Borgata Titanium Label card is the highest card you can earn.
About Comp Dollars
You earn comp dollars at Borgata by playing slot machines, table games and poker. You’ll have to earn 10,000 comp dollars in a calendar year to earn the Titanium card. The $1M in play that’s required per calendar year ends up being $10K comp dollars (used in shops, at the spa, for entertainment, or restaurants at Borgata or redeemed for My Borgata vacations certificates). If you use the comp dollars in the shops, at the Cafeteria, salon, Starbucks, or at the barbershop, they charge you double the comp dollars. I find that SUPER annoying, because I feel like it’s not fair. Sometimes, if I play some tight slot machines, I’ll spend $100, and I earn $1.00 in comp dollars. That means if I have a bad night, and play a lot of tight slot machines, I’ll spend $1,000 of my own cash, and only earn about $10.00 in comp dollars. I’ll go try to spend those at Starbucks, and since their lattes are at least $5.50, I get charged double, which is $11.00—so my $1,000 in play doesn’t even get me a latte at Starbucks. That’s ridiculous!
The machines are usually not SUPER tight, so you may be able to earn a little more than $10.00 in comp dollars if you spend $1,000. It all depends on how you play. If you take $1,000 and put them all into the $100 slot machine and don’t win anything, you’re going to earn $10.00 in comp dollars. But, if you put the money in a penny machine and play $1.50 per spin/bet, you’re likely going to be able to play a lot longer, so you’ll earn more comp dollars.
The comp dollars are valid for 180 days after you earned them. If you plan to go to Las Vegas, you can use the comp dollars for rooms at Boyd Gaming properties. You have to earn a minimum of $50.00 for the My Borgata Vacations certificates.
PARTICIPATING HOTELS in My Borgata Vacations:
LAS VEGAS: Main Street Station, The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast
MIDWEST: Blue Chip Michigan City, Par-A-Dice Peoria
SOUTH: Delta Downs Vinton, Louisiana, Sam’s Town Tunica, Sam’s Town Shreveport, Louisiana
About Slot Dollars
There are earned Slot Dollars and there are Bonus Slot Dollars that Borgata gives you on certain days, which you don’t earn, but they’re just given to you as a “Bonus” to reward you for your loyalty and play. Slot dollars don’t last as long as comp dollars, and expire only 90 days after you earn them. Bonus slot dollars can only be used on the dates that Borgata tells you they’re valid. If they tell you that the Bonus slot dollars can be used December 1 to December 2, you have to go to the Borgata and play the slot dollars on one of those 2 days. There are no rain checks. The gaming day doesn’t end until 6 am, so you can go up until 5:59 am on December 3, but then at 6 am on December 3, your bonus slot dollars would be removed from your account, and you will not be able to withdraw/download/transfer them to your slot machine. What’s new and SUPER ANNOYING in 2016, is that bonus slot dollars become available at 12:00 noon. So, let’s say Borgata puts bonus slot dollars on for Sunday March 6, 2016. You won’t be able to download those bonus slot dollars to your slot machine until noon on Sunday March 6, 2016. I’ll tell you why that’s annoying—in case you haven’t already figured it out. If you’re staying over at the Borgata on Saturday night, you’d have to check out by 11:00 am on Sunday morning. Checkout time for Borgata is 11:00 am. If you check out late, you could be subject to a late checkout fee. They can actually charge you another night’s stay if you’re checking out really late. If you check out by the right time, you have to take your luggage with you at 11:00 am and put it in your car (if you’re in self-park garage), and then go back in and either go spend money to eat, drink, gamble and sort of “burn time” until 12:00 noon rolls around. Keeping you hostage at the Borgata for that extra hour isn’t really fair. I used to checkout, have my friend wait with my luggage on the side somewhere, and play the bonus slot dollars on the morning of checkout. Then, I’d leave the casino. My gambling had already taken place the previous night, after all. But now, you have to burn this extra hour, so you’re almost always going to spend extra money, rather than do laps around the casino.
The earned slot dollars are earned by you while you play. The slot dollars are earned at half the pace as the comp dollars. So, using the example I used above, if I choose a tight slot machine and play $1,000 of my own money, and don’t win a single penny (which has totally happened to me, by the way), you’ll earn $10.00 in comp dollars and $5.00 in slot dollars. And you can’t use those slot dollars just yet. The Borgata has to see 24 hours of no play from you to activate the slot dollars you earned. This prevents you from using the slot dollars the same day you earn them.
So how do you earn the Borgata Black Label card or Borgata Titanium Label card?
Everyone starts out with a Borgata Red Label card. You insert that card into a slot machine every time you are going to gamble at that slot machine. Even if you plan on playing only $20.00, you should still put your Borgata Red Label card in the slot machine. If you’re planning on playing table games, then hand your card over to the dealer and he will give your player’s card to the pit boss so that your play can be recorded, and you get “comps” based on your play. For table games, it’s the amount of time you play that gets credited, plus the average bet. For slot machines, the time is also recorded electronically as is the bet amount. It doesn’t matter how long you play on the slot machines, though—it matters how much you play. If you’re going to play for hours at $1.00 a bet, then you’ll probably rack up $2,000 to $3,000 in play, or $20.00 to $30.00 in comp dollars. If you can rack up $1,000 comp dollars in one calendar year (starting on the day you signed up for your Borgata Red card), you will earn a Borgata Black Label card. You will know you earned a Black Label card because either (1) a casino host will come over to your machine while you’re playing and introduce him/herself and let you know that you’ve earned a Borgata Black Label card, or (2) you insert the Borgata Red Label card into a slot machine and it says “this card has been replaced.” When you see this message, you have to go to the My Borgata Rewards center and they’ll print out your new upgraded Borgata Black Label card. Your Borgata Black Label card will be good until your anniversary date, at which time your earned comp dollars reset, and you’ll need to earn another $1,000 comp dollars for that calendar year to earn the Borgata Black Label card again.
If you’re interested in the Borgata Titanium Label card, that’s a little more difficult to earn. Ok, it is a LOT more difficult to earn. The Borgata Titanium Label card is like earning 10 Borgata Black Label cards, because it is given to you once you earn $10,000 comp dollars in a calendar year. That’s a LOT of comp dollars to earn. It’s actually $1,000,000 of gambling in one year (starting with your anniversary date, or the date you signed up for your original Borgata player’s card). Now, that doesn’t mean you’re actually putting $1M dollars into the slot machines at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa each year. It’s $1M in play, meaning wins and losses. I’ve had the Titanium card for 8 years now, and I never played $1M in one year. I play about $2,500 each weekend, sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less. If you play with about $100,000 of your own cash in every calendar year, you’ll likely be able to earn Borgata Titanium status. For the Borgata Black Label card, you’ll probably need to play with $10,000 of your own cash in one calendar year. Once you earn the Borgata Black Label card or Borgata Titanium Label card, you’ll need to keep earning to keep the card, or you’ll be downgraded (From Titanium to Black, or from Black to Red). If you’re really close to keeping your card at its current level, but you haven’t quite earned the card yet by your anniversary date, you may be granted a visit or two to earn the rest of the comp dollars to keep your card. So, let’s say you signed up for a Borgata Red Label Card on April 10, 2016. And on April 10, 2017, you have earned a total of $850 comp dollars. You may be given a few more visits to earn the remaining $150 comp dollars to earn the Borgata Black Label card. The same thing goes for the Borgata Black Label card. If you have the Borgata Black Label card, and you earned $900 comp dollars in a calendar year (starting from your anniversary/sign up date), you’ll likely be given the chance to earn those $100 comp dollars in the next few visits. Then, once you earn that Borgata Black Label card (or Borgata Titanium Label card), your anniversary date changes to the new anniversary date (the date which you actually earned the card).
These tiers of cards have additional tiers within them, but this is a very closely guarded secret—so they won’t tell you what these differences are, but they’re internal. For example, I have a Borgata Titanium Card and so does my best friend Jimmy. I play about $100,000 of my cash each year to earn the Borgata Titanium Card, but Jimmy plays about $300,000 of his cash, so he’s a different Borgata Titanium level than I am. For another example, my sister has a Borgata Black Label card, and her husband does as well. My sister gambles about $50,000 of her own money to earn the Black Label card, but her husband plays about $10,000 of his own money, so he’s a different tier of Black Label. As far as I’m aware, there are 3 tiers to each level. Borgata Red Label Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and so on for Black Label and Titanium Label. The higher the tier in each level, the better the offers, rooms, comps, etc. I used to be Tier 3 Titanium Label which was the highest tier you could get. My monthly bonus slot dollars were $1000. When I gambled less, and became a Tier 2 Borgata Titanium Label, my monthly bonus slot dollars dropped to $500. And when I became Tier 1 Borgata Titanium (the lowest tier Titanium), my monthly bonus slot dollars were $250. That doesn’t mean I only got $250 in bonus slot dollars each month, but that was what was always given one time a month.
Hopefully, this helps clear up a little bit of your questions regarding Borgata Red Label, Borgata Black Label, Borgata Titanium Label. If you have any questions, leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to respond!