We have all seen the scene: a high roller is flown into Las Vegas on a
private jet, met at the airport by a limousine to take him to his hotel suite,
and his favorite table is reserved for him upon arrival.
This scene is still
happening all over the world, but this is something that is reserved for a very
special player – the high roller.
The high roller is someone that many people
aspire to be, but not that many people realize what it takes to become a high
roller, either in a land-based casino or one that is online. While it seems
glamorous, there is a lot of risk involved in becoming this type of player,
which is why casino operators treat them so well.
Let’s take a look at the high
roller in general, and then more specifically as it pertains to the online
A high roller is someone that the casino deems as wagering a significant
amount more than the average player at their property. Now, the most common
mistake that is made is how someone calculates the player handle – the amount
that a player is wagering in a session. Many people believe they cannot be high
rollers unless they are betting hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a hand or
While that may have been the case in the land-based casino world, it isn’t
necessarily true in the online casino space. For example, a 4-handed game of
live blackjack deals approximately 1/4 the number of hands of the same table
online. So, if you are someone who likes to play multiple spots online at $25 a
hand, then your overall handle per hour may match that of someone who bets
bigger but only on one hand, and far higher than a land-based player playing at
Casinos take into consideration things like average bet size, game selection,
and length of the session when determining who is a high roller. There is still
some subjective consideration in the land-based world, as the pit boss is the
one overseeing the data being entered into a system. Online, the entire VIP
program is data-driven, which means that no matter what game you play, if you
meet the criteria, then you are in.
Land Based vs. Online High Rollers
The intricacies of what makes a playa a high roller are different between the
land-based and online world, and the perks are obviously different as well.
Let’s look at the land-based casino first. The casino has a physical property
where all the gambling takes place, so having the high roller in the
establishment is paramount to the casino owner.
However, hotels also own the property, limos, planes, etc., so it is much easier for them to offer a player
travel and accommodation on the house in order to entice the player back over
and over. These tangible perks are complemented by things like free dinners,
shows, and everything that a land-based property can use to their advantage.
The online casino has some advantages and some disadvantages when compared to
the land-based casino. First of all, with no gaming facility, the online
operator does not need the player to leave the house.
However, without an eye on
the high roller, there is no way to know if the player is only playing on one
site or spreading the love (and money) around to many. There are far less
physical goods that a player can receive from an online casino, but the
land-based casino cannot give out as many cash bonuses directly into a player
account as quickly as an online operator can.
As you can see, there is a big difference between the two types of casino
high roller management, but an operator deciding to qualify someone into that
status level still all comes down to how much a player is gambling.
Why Become a High Roller?
There are a lot of players who like the idea of being a high roller, but when
they realize how much they have to gamble in order to be considered of that
status, it tends to scare many off. One thing that we think isn’t explained
properly, especially in the online casino world, is exactly why someone should
want to become a high roller in the first place.
In many cases, if a player just
stuck to playing at one site versus spreading their play over multiple sites and
really took advantage of earning points in the most efficient way, then reaching
a status level may not be nearly as difficult. Think of it like your air miles
or credit card points – the fewer programs you are enrolled in, the more likely
you will end up a “high roller” in those programs.
For online casino players, the good VIP programs are transparent about what
their high rollers receive in the way of perks. Let’s have a look at the
different categories and what players should expect as they move up in status at
Designated VIP Host and Support
This is something that almost every casino we have reviewed offers its best
players, and trust us when we say that having a direct line of communication can
be truly rewarding when you have an issue with the site. A casino VIP team is
trained to give great care to its clientele and typically has more authority
than the general customer service representatives. This means they are more
likely to be able to offer you bonuses and other perks without having to ask for
approval from a higher-level staff member.
High rollers will get special
telephone numbers and account numbers that will ensure that only they get access
to this superior level of service. Of course, we hope that the rest of the
players at a site also receive excellent customer support, but these VIP staff
members are meant to have a limited number of clients to handle, so they are far
more available for the needs of the high rollers.
This is another easy one for the site to tick off in the column of perks to
give to high rollers. High roller players tend to deposit larger amounts, so
they should expect to receive either a higher percentage bonus than that of a
regular player or have the amount of bonus increased to a level more in line
with the amount being deposited.
From a perk perspective, this isn’t high on the list of what players will
remember, but it is the “free steak dinner” of the online casino world – when
you are hungry, you always know it is there for you. These bonuses typically get
larger the higher a status level you reach within the program, with the high
rollers receiving the best of the lot.
Depending on where you play, high rollers may be invited to play in private
tournaments that give away cash prizes. These can be anything from slots to
blackjack to poker tournaments, but they are typically free and only open to a
select group of players, making the odds of winning some money even higher.
This is a way that a casino can give away real cash to their high roller players
while still requiring a little bit of effort on the players’ part. Also, once
the high rollers are logged in to play the private tournament, there is a very
good chance they will stick around to play some of their favorite real money
games, which ends up being in the casino’s favor.
Extra Cash Back
Casinos regularly give cash back to their losing players, and this is true in
the case of high roller players. Hey, even players who have the most money to
gamble like to get something back if they get killed in a session.
We have seen
cashback percentages as much as triple for players who are considered high
rollers, which can mean a significant amount of money being returned after a
losing session. Now, we are hopeful that none of our readers would ever need
this perk, but who are we kidding…they don’t launch these casinos because owners
want to give away all their money!
Enhanced Deposit and Withdrawal Preferences
High rollers are very likely to be making deposits and withdrawals that are
much higher than the limits on the site, and a casino will make some
accommodations to help facilitate these transactions. Of course, the sites are
going to be far more helpful getting you to make big deposits rather than
sending huge payouts, but regardless, you should see an increased limit for both
in the list of perks given to the top players on a site.
Also, the wait time for
payouts tends to be far shorter for the high roller players, as they tend to be
the ones most vetted by the site and they’re considered the most trustworthy. If
you don’t see any increased limits for VIP players at the site you are playing
at, send the support team an email and ask. It is entirely possible the site
didn’t list this on their website.
Special Occasion Bonuses
Land-based casinos are great at staying in touch with their high rollers by
sending them gifts on special occasions, and the online casino world has taken
note and taken it a step further. The benefit of an online casino high roller is
that the operator can simply press a button, and a special bonus or reward will
be sitting in your balance on your birthday or your anniversary with the site.
We especially like the sites that take it a step further, getting to know their
players and rewarding them with wedding gifts, gifts for players’ partners on
their birthdays, and other special touches that make the relationship seem far
Higher Table Limits
This is something that is another no-brainer for a casino, especially an
online casino. It doesn’t matter as much at an online casino, to be honest, as
there aren’t typically other players sitting at the table which may be playing
at far lower stakes and also playing with worse strategy, etc.
This is why a
land-based casino has a high limit room – so that those who want to be in
exclusive company have somewhere to go. At an online casino, high rollers are
still given access to tables with higher betting limits which more closely match
the stakes level of the individual.
Private Event Invitations
This is a perk that everyone wants – to be invited to special events all over
the world that are hosted by a casino. In the early days of the online gambling
industry, there was far more of this going on, but as costs of acquiring players
started to skyrocket, there was less money dedicated to wining and dining the
However, there are still plenty of sites across sportsbooks,
casinos, and poker that reward players with trips to events. These are, of
course, reserved for the highest level of VIPs – the true high rollers – but
they are definitely something to aspire to and reason alone to stay loyal to one
Players have been sent to sporting events, movie premieres, fashion shows,
gourmet meals, and all kinds of vacations where they get to rub shoulders with
celebrities and with other high roller players. We love this and hope that more
sites get back into the game of flying their best players to some event at least
once a year.
There is a tangible benefit for the casino operator as well, as
this is likely the only time they will ever come face-to-face with their top
players. Creating that human bond has long been a significant factor in
increasing loyalty among online gamblers.
Best Sites for High Rollers
Now that you are armed with a full understanding of what defines a high
roller and what the benefits are to being labeled as one on a site, it is time
to determine the best place to play to maximize your returns on your particular
style of play.
We write reviews of hundreds of online gaming sites, and in each review we
perform, we take a long look at the all the factors that high rollers would want
to take into consideration before deciding to make a large deposit. Here is a
review of some of the top attributes of an online casino when it comes to
determining its value to a high roller.
Of course, we have to start with the VIP program itself. If a site doesn’t
have a VIP program (or doesn’t have one listed), we are already skeptical. We
think that all sites should have as much information as possible about the
makeup of their VIP programs front and center for players to see.
this is a serious deciding factor in a player’s journey to becoming a high
roller, and having to jump through hoops just to get the initial information
seems like a lot to ask of someone a site is expecting loyalty from.
A good VIP program has several components to it, starting with an
easy-to-understand qualification process. That is not to say that we think the
program should be easy to qualify for – in fact, we think it should require
significant effort to get to the top status levels, as they should be very
In return, the perks given to a player at the most elite level should
match the effort that they have put into qualifying. We don’t expect a site to
give away all its secrets, but we are sure that if a site wants us to play for
hours and hours and gamble loads of money, there had better be some tangible
rewards at the end of the road.
Following the review of the VIP program, we take a long hard look at the
bonuses and promotions on the site. After all, you are going to be depositing
and gambling a large sum of money, so any kickbacks you can get during play go
straight to the bottom line along with the VIP perks. We like sites that offer
an aggressive welcome bonus along with attractive reload bonuses and ones that
have loyalty points that can be redeemed for cash or other tangible goods – no
free spins for us, thanks.
Finally, you need to find a casino that matches the games you like to play.
The casino not only needs to offer those games, but playing those games needs to
earn you the points you need to reach new levels of the VIP program. Just like
in a land-based casino, the points you accrue are weighted based on the game you
As a rule of thumb, the better the odds are in the game, the fewer
points you are going to accumulate. This means that if you are a high-limit
slots player, you are going to earn points much faster than a medium-stakes
table games player. Each casino has a different weighting system, and if you
don’t see it in one of our reviews, then you will likely find an explanation on
the terms and conditions page of the casino site.
As you can see, there is a lot to take into consideration when trying to
determine if you want to be a high roller at an online gambling site. After
taking in all this information, we hope that you have a clearer picture in your
head about what constitutes a high roller, how to qualify as one, and what to
look for in a great VIP program.
While we always recommend that you bet within
your means, if those means allow you to qualify for the extra perks that come
with being a high roller, then you should definitely take advantage of them.
Remember that loyalty to a site allows you to have a better chance of achieving
the top status levels, so make sure you do your research and read as many VIP
program reviews as you can before deciding where to settle in with your
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that I have read this, I don’t think I have what it takes to be a high
roller. Is that bad?
No, not at all! Being a casino high roller isn’t for the faint of heart,
that’s for sure. The great news for online casino players is that most VIP
programs have multiple tiers which reward loyal players at all levels. True, the
perks won’t be as big as the ones reserved for high rollers, but at least you
are getting something, and these come without the risk of having to gamble at
Do I have to make a huge deposit to be a high roller?
Definitely not, although it helps. In some extreme cases, casinos tie their
VIP program to the deposits made by a player (we don’t recommend that you use
these sites if you want to be a long-term loyal player). Now, if you want to be
recognized early on by the casino and have the bankroll to do so, then we
suggest you contact the casino and let them know you want to make a large
deposit via wire transfer. The casino is more than likely going to track your
play earlier than they might a player off the street, so that may accelerate
your timeline to becoming a high roller at the site.
What are the best ways for high rollers to get paid?
For us, the best way to get paid a late sum is to use the method that allows
you to receive the most money in one payment. This is typically a bank wire, but
in some cases, it can also be one of the e-wallet solutions like PayPal or
Skrill. You are best suited to checking with your casino to see what method will
work best in your situation.
How do I make sure I don’t lose my status?
How a casino determines your ongoing high roller status is usually outlined
in the terms and conditions of the site. You can also speak to your VIP host to
see if they have any insight, and we suspect that the casino will contact you on
a regular basis to update you on your status so that you don’t let it slip. In
rare occurrences, a site will allow you to maintain a status level for life once
you qualify for it, but these tend to have the harder qualification parameters.
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