The Basics Of Living The Mlife
As we mentioned in the first post in our series on Mlife and its benefits, this series will help you as a player utilize and understand Mlife and how it can really change the way you earn and gain comps and access throughout MGM Resorts properties and even its partners. Now that part one introduced you to Mlife, how it is used and how it is structured, lets take some time to delve into how you earn the credits that get you the perks you deserve as a loyal customer.
There are two sides to earning Tier Credits with Mlife. The primary side, which is definitely the more traditional route, is via table game and machine play tracked by card or the pit manager of whatever table you are at. Table games are rated by average bet and length of time played, and machine play is tracked electronically when you put your card into the machine, just like anywhere else.
One thing to note, although some MGM properties use computer based systems at tables, a lot still work by hand written slips entered manually into the system later. So don’t be afraid to ask the pit manager what he’s got you at to make sure it’s taken care of and that you’re rated as fairly as possible. Sometimes mistakes happen and you should get every credit you deserve. Another thing to note: some properties have minimum bets for ratings. This is not always strictly enforced, but I’ve seen it done at Bellagio and Aria specifically where they will not rate unless it’s at $25 a hand or over, but always remember your mileage may vary and plan accordingly.
Heavy information out of the way, the rest breaks down simply. Play earns what are called base points. One base point is not specifically defined at the table game level, but is equal to $3 bet on slots or $10 on video poker. Some machines also do not allow you to earn base points, like video craps and other novelties, so always make sure you know where you expect to earn and where you plan to just have some fun. 1 base point then gets you 10 tier points. Keep betting, keep earning base credits, and keep earning tier points. Pretty simple right? One more thing I want to note is that although you also earn at partner properties, not all resorts have the same base point to tier credit ratio. For example, Beau Rivage is 2 tier credits for 1 base point, where as MGM Detroit is 1 to 1. Why the difference? Honestly, I’m not sure, but I’m guessing it’s due to revenue in gaming and the volume of coin in Vegas versus smaller, more independent venues in the MGM family.
But there’s some more interesting layers that come into play in the form of multipliers. With each tier you rise in the system, multipliers start to work into the equation meaning you earn even more tier credits for every dollar bet or spent. So, using multipliers based on tiers, and a hypothetical bankroll of $1000 bet on slot play, you can see how each tier earned makes gets you earning faster towards the next:
As you can see, the more you play, the higher you rise, and the faster you earn. It’s all in all a pretty great way to reward those people who play well and play consistently. Earn the credits throughout the year, and you’ll continue to rise in level. The clock resets though, each year on October first you revert to 0, but you keep the tier you’ve earned at that point until the next October at which point the same process happens all over again.
But that’s not even the most unique thing about Mlife, which is what can in reality allow even a non-gamer to earn Platinum status as I’ve seen several friends do repeatedly. That comes in the form of earning Tier Credits via spend too. That’s right, MGM also lets you use spend on room, food, and selected retail to earn even more credits and accelerate your tier advancement even faster. That and a few other surprises we’ll delve into in the next installment, so don’t lose interest yet, we’re just getting to the really interesting and beneficial things including a few even more surprising ways you can earn Platinum Status.
Be sure to check out our other Mlife loyalty program articles :
Living the Mlife: An Introduction
Living the Mlife: The Basics – Earning Tier Credits the Traditional Way
Living the Mlife: Points, Partners, and Payouts – Earning Outside of Gaming
Living the Mlife: Pearl, Gold, Platinum, and Beyond – Perks and Oddities