Effective March 1, the Borgata is raising the entry price for Black Label card holders to both the Amphora Lounge and the buffet from $10 comp dollars to $12.50 comp dollars per person. The Amphora Lounge is very nice and the buffet is decent, but this is another downgrade instituted by Mlife and there’s certainly more to come. I will be surprised if there are not video poker pay table downgrades at lower denominations and an increase in the parking fee, which is currently at $5.
Entry for two is now $25 in comps, which is earned with $12,500 coin in at video poker. If you play $1 denomination video poker at $5 a hand, at an average speed of 600 hands per hour, you’d need to play for a little over four hours to generate this perk. You need to earn $1000 in comps a year to earn your Black Label card, so you and a guest could go to the lounge 40 times (but you’d also have to play for 167 hours.)
Transition from Borgata Rewards to MGM Mlife June 2017
I really like the Borgata but if they lower the gaming odds, these prices (and even the old prices) aren’t reasonable. The full transition from My Borgata rewards to MGM Mlife is going to take place around June 12th 2017. When I inquired about exactly how this is going to happen, I was asked if I already had a Mlife card. The exact details aren’t worked out yet.
I am going to take advantage of all the current benefits at the Borgata over the next four months. Normally, I would be concerned about maintaining my rating, but I’m assuming that once the downgrading of the gaming odds and the comps is complete, the risk to return will not be worth playing at the Borgata anymore. I will be sad to say, “Goodbye” to such a nice property but if I don’t have at least a theoretical chance to break even, then I have to find a new and less expensive hobby.