The mychoice players club is now available at Penn National Gaming casinos. It’s taken more than a year but the Penn National Gaming merger with Pinnacle Entertainment is just about complete, which ultimately means joint benefits for cardholders.
Late in 2018, Penn National Gaming announced they would be using the mychoice (My Choice) players club from the newly purchased Pinnacle Entertainment. Customers from both casino operators are now mychoice players club members.
Marquee Rewards is the old Penn National Gaming players club. Guests may still use that card for the time being. Any Marquee Rewards points earned this year will be transferred to the new mychoice players club account in 2020.
These large corporate casino mergers can take some time. The customers of the companies usually don’t see a change at their favorite casinos until the players club, marketing, and hotel reservation systems are finally merged.
After some consolidation, Penn National Gaming now operates 33 casinos in the following states:
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
mychoice members say hello to Las Vegas
Some benefits have changed for existing mychoice customers but there’s one big improvement. The former Pinnacle Entertainment customers now have direct access to complimentary and discount hotel rooms at Penn National Gaming’s resorts in Las Vegas. Penn National owns the Tropicana on the Vegas Strip and M Resort in Henderson.
Prior to the merger, mychoice customers only had access to Las Vegas through a partnership between Pinnacle Entertainment and MGM Resorts. This new direct access should make it easier for former Pinnacle customers to gain access to Las Vegas.
Earning mychoice tier points
Mychoice allows Penn National Gaming customers a wide array of opportunities to earn tier points. The new mychoice players club has as many ways to earn tier credits as any casino loyalty club in the country. Tier credits can be earned spending money in the following ways:
- Slot Machines: 1 tier point for every $5 of coin-in
- Video Poker: 1 tier point for every $10 of coin-in
- Electronic Table Games (stadium gaming, blackjack machines, etc): 1 tier point for every $40 of coin-in
- Traditional Table Games: based on type of game, length of play and average bet
- Horse Racing: 1 tier point for every $10 bet
Penn National Gaming recently announced a slew of strategic partnerships for sports betting. There could be credits earned as they ramp up sportsbook operations.
Out of Casino
- Dining: 1 tier point for every $5 of purchases at participating outlets and casinos
- Drinking: 1 tier point for every $5 of purchases at participating outlets and casinos
- Retail: 1 tier point for every $5 of purchases at participating outlets and casinos
- Hollywoodcasino.com: 2 tier points for every $1 of purchased credits
Check with the bar, restaurant, or retail outlet before making purchases to ensure they are a participating outlet.
Mychoice tiers and benefits
Tier credits are useful because they allow customers to earn a higher status with a casino players club. The higher the tier, the better the benefits. Here are the mychoice tier levels and how many points need to be earned for each level:
- Choice: 0-999
- Advantage: 1,000-17,999
- Preferred: 18,000 – 49,999
- Elite: 50,000 – 199,999
- Owner’s Club: 200,000+
One of the biggest tier benefits available to Advantage level members and above are invitations to the Las Vegas resorts. After earning 1,000 mychoice tier points, members will receive offers to stay at the Tropicana or M Resort. These offers can include hotel, Free SlotPlay, and dining credit. The higher the tier, the better the offer.
Owners Club, Elite and Preferred mychoice members have access to VIP lounges at certain Penn National Gaming casinos. These lounges typically offer complimentary food and beverage service to be enjoyed inside the lounge. Unfortunately, guests may not take the goods to go.
The most unique mychoice benefit is for Owner’s Club members. These members may use credits for an annual luxury gift including a 1-year Mercedes-Benz lease.
The Mycash benefit
Mycash is an additional reward based on tier spending. Certain expenditures using a mychoice card may result in members earning mycash rewards, which vary by property. Each casino bases mycash rewards in part on a member’s tier, play and/or purchases.
- $1 in mycash can be redeemed as follows:
- $2 Food (excluding 3rd party outlets)
- $2 Hotel
- $1 Bonus Rewards (slot play)
- $2 on-property retail outlets
- $2 on social gaming (hollywoodcasino.com and/or mobile applications)
- 2 Credits on mychoice Mall
At a minimum, a mychoice member will earn at least $1 of mycash for every 400 tier points earned. Mycash earned through social gaming (web sites and/or mobile applications) isn’t redeemable for cash or free slot play.
Earning and using comps
Tier points bring benefits but they might not be useful on every visit to a casino. Comp points are used regularly on visits to a casino. Mychoice comp points are accumulated at participating casinos and at HollywoodCasino.com by mychoice members.
Earning comp points isn’t quite as structured as tier points. Comp earning rates on slot machines, video poker, and table games vary by game type, denomination, and length of play.
Mychoice member may redeem comps online and at mychoice casinos for the following:
- Food and Beverage (participating outlets)
- Retail outlets
- Free SlotPlay
- Mychoice mall