Originally Posted by The Palimax
I'm an occasional slot donator, and I'm getting $500+ in slot credits at a Tribal-run Harrahs this month -- and I'm not even Platinum -- so I think there's plenty of buffets and hotel stays and slot credits and promo nights we're not counting.
This.. It is really hard to calculate the true value of what you earn from VP play on top of the few dollars in profit that can be immediate in the short term. It depends on what offers interest you, how often you go to the casino, and how close you live to the casino.
If you live close enough to take advantage of most offers that you receive, it can be quite profitable. Point multiplier days, bonus coin days, gift giveaways, and free rooms/food can all be added to the "earned" column.
I play enough VP to consider it a nice little side income. It is a grind, but I have been profitable when taking into consideration what interests me. I never pay for a room (other than like $7/night in room taxes,) and I take advantage of all free coin and gift giveaways. Gifts can be used for presents for others or sold on eBay. Plus in AC where parking is not free, VP will get you to higher-tiered cards quicker so you don't have to pay for parking.
In reality, you won't make much from VP unless you get on a hot streak with lots of royals/quads in certain games, etc.. I only average around a couple hundo per month in actual cash profit, but it's nice to be able to go whenever I want and not have to pay for rooms/food/parking. It makes things a lot easier when I play live poker.