What Will $1 Million Get You During Fight Week?

Michael Kaplan | April 24, 2015 | The Latest

Las Vegas independent host Steve Cyr tells us all about the gambling thresholds that will define Las Vegas during the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight weekend.

1 - What Will $1 Million Get You During Fight Week?

Everybody knows that big gamblers get big comps at casinos. But when an event like the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight blows into town, well, all bets are off. “The comps are the same, but the criteria become different,” says Steve Cyr, an independent host at major hotels in Las Vegas. “A gambler who bets $100,000 to $150,000 would normally get a penthouse. For this fight weekend, though, he’s looking at a suite. And he doesn’t even get waitlisted for a ticket. Everybody wants to be at the fight.”

Here are some gambling/comp thresholds that Cyr has been seeing for the big weekend.

$1,000,000: Those who put seven-figures into play can expect four to six ringside seats for the fight, a penthouse, all the food and beverages he and his crowd desire, prime reservations at top restaurants, and airfare.

$500,000: These high-rollers get shots at penthouses, two ringside seats for the fight, pretty much all the food and beverages they want, prime restaurant reservation times, and airfare.

$250,000: Ordinarily considered a whale, he gets trimmed down a bit when Mayweather’s in the ring: he’ll stay in a suite, get two decent seats for the fight, food and beverage within reason, and airfare.

$100,000: This guy will overnight in a suite, have food and beverage comped as long as he doesn’t get too carried away, fend for himself if he wants to see the fight, and receive airfare.

$50,000: Never mind that he’s expected to bet an average of $500 per hand for four hours per day, he’s staying in a standard room, getting his regular food and drink comps, and having airfare reimbursed up to a point. Fight tickets? You must be joking.

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