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Old Oct 12, 17, 1:58 am
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ZorkFest (casino & travel loyalty) - Atlantic City - December 1-2, 2017

So,

I wasn't going to start a thread about ZorkFest, since but then this happened. At least, I thought it was right to provide my side of the narrative.

ZorkFest is about travel loyalty and casino loyalty. It brings together two areas of interest of mine and I have always believed that many of the concepts are complimentary. I have been a huge fan of the Gaming Loyalty Programs forum on FlyerTalk and have been contributing there continuously since the beginning.

I believe that the ZorkFest website provides most of the information necessary, but just to highlight a few points :

- With a promo code and registration before November 1st the price becomes $115 (including lunch and a drinks reception).
- We have secured good room rates (for a weekend) for $99++
- The program runs from approximately 9 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday. Sessions are 45minutes each. You DO NOT have to attend all sessions. You can mix&match whatever sessions interest you. Each 45-minute time slot will offer two sessions. One on maximizing value in a casino, and one session dedicated to travel and rewards. Pick whichever is of more interest to you.
- This links up with another (free) social event on Saturday evening for a big AC FB group
- Those who register before November 1st have a chance to win Caesars Diamond Status (five will win, terms and conditions apply).

You can find promo codes from two of the speakers here and here.

ZorkFest is a passion project of mine. It is NOT a not-for-profit or a charity event. Though, I do not really expect this first event to be profitable. I always wanted to see if there was interest for this type of event. It's different than other travel loyalty/frequent flyer events. The event happens to be relatively convenient to New York and Philadelphia.

That's my story! (Well, actually, THIS IS MY STORY!)
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Old Oct 12, 17, 1:26 pm
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Originally Posted by baccarat_king View Post
So,

I wasn't going to start a thread about ZorkFest, since but then this happened. At least, I thought it was right to provide my side of the narrative.

ZorkFest is about travel loyalty and casino loyalty. It brings together two areas of interest of mine and I have always believed that many of the concepts are complimentary. I have been a huge fan of the Gaming Loyalty Programs forum on FlyerTalk and have been contributing there continuously since the beginning.

I believe that the ZorkFest website provides most of the information necessary, but just to highlight a few points :

- With a promo code and registration before November 1st the price becomes $115 (including lunch and a drinks reception).
- We have secured good room rates (for a weekend) for $99++
- The program runs from approximately 9 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday. Sessions are 45minutes each. You DO NOT have to attend all sessions. You can mix&match whatever sessions interest you. Each 45-minute time slot will offer two sessions. One on maximizing value in a casino, and one session dedicated to travel and rewards. Pick whichever is of more interest to you.
- This links up with another (free) social event on Saturday evening for a big AC FB group
- Those who register before November 1st have a chance to win Caesars Diamond Status (five will win, terms and conditions apply).

You can find promo codes from two of the speakers here and here.

ZorkFest is a passion project of mine. It is NOT a not-for-profit or a charity event. Though, I do not really expect this first event to be profitable. I always wanted to see if there was interest for this type of event. It's different than other travel loyalty/frequent flyer events. The event happens to be relatively convenient to New York and Philadelphia.

That's my story! (Well, actually, THIS IS MY STORY!)

Looks interesting. Seth is always a wonderful addition to a speakers line up. May take a drive there. Not interested in gambling at all as I think gambling is a waste of money but I'm sure I'll pick up some tips from the speakers that are for us non gamblers.
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Old Oct 16, 17, 1:45 am
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Looks interesting. Seth is always a wonderful addition to a speakers line up. May take a drive there. Not interested in gambling at all as I think gambling is a waste of money but I'm sure I'll pick up some tips from the speakers that are for us non gamblers.
Thank you. We tried to create a program where you could just focus on Travel Loyalty, Casino Loyalty or both. Very easy to mix&match sessions that are of interest.
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Old Oct 23, 17, 7:02 am
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Interesting. I got a dumb newbies question. I don't gamble, or rather I won't play a game where the expected value after playing is negative.

Can I game casino loyalty programs by not gambling?

For example, I have been to Vegas, registered for their membership cards, even matched MLife status. But I don't even get emails for discounted hotels that I hear that some people do. Again, I have never played a game at Vegas.
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Old Oct 23, 17, 7:50 am
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Interesting. I got a dumb newbies question. I don't gamble, or rather I won't play a game where the expected value after playing is negative.

Can I game casino loyalty programs by not gambling?

For example, I have been to Vegas, registered for their membership cards, even matched MLife status. But I don't even get emails for discounted hotels that I hear that some people do. Again, I have never played a game at Vegas.
No question is dumb....

Yes, you can by "spend." But also by very targetted minimal play. A broad concept, games with very low house edge (let's call them 1% to 1.5% games). Specific play, done the right way will generate offers. They might not be stellar offers, but if you are a "virgin" card (never played any casino games before) this is the perfect scenario. Remember, a game with a 1.5% edge, you can for sure break based on comps/marketing offers. But, there is a quite bit more beyond a scope of this post. These are both concepts that will be dealt with at ZorkFest. Using spend as a component can also be important for attaining a higher status level.

I think a lot comes down to if you need/want/use rooms in Vegas (or other markets) and what the value proposition is for free or heavily discounted rooms.
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