Maximizing player value through the application of cross-gaming predictive models

Eunju Suh (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University, North Miami, Florida, USA)
Matt Alhaery (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to, considering the potential to generate additional revenue from cross-gamers, identify variables predicting predominant slot-players’ propensity to play table games, as well as predominant table-game players’ propensity to play slots (cross-game play). Casino marketers often promote cross-game play through game lessons and coupons for game trial.

Design/methodology/approach

Logistic regression analysis was performed on the player data provided by a destination hotel casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Furthermore, the authors described how to estimate propensity scores, the probability of cross-game play, at the individual level, using a logistic regression equation.

Findings

Comparisons of cross-gamers versus non cross-gamers indicated that the amount of play and gaming values of cross-gamers were much higher than those of slot-only players. The results of a logistic regression analysis show that a player’s cross-gaming propensity can be predicted using gaming-related behavioral data. More specifically, cross-gaming propensities were associated with the frequency and recency of casino trips, the amount of money won or lost in gaming, player values to the casino, the duration of play and the length of a customer–casino relationship.

Research limitations/implications

It is recommended that future research apply the model tested herein to other samples and investigate other predictor variables to develop a better predictive model for cross-game play.

Practical implications

The findings and the model introduced herein could help casino marketers identify players with cross-gaming propensity and develop more targeted strategies for customer-relationship management and database marketing.

Originality/value

This study is the first attempt to estimate the cross-gaming propensity at the individual level and offers detailed guidance on how to use the propensity scores for targeting specific customers.

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Citation

Suh, E. and Alhaery, M. (2014), "Maximizing player value through the application of cross-gaming predictive models", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 26 No. 8, pp. 1243-1269. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2013-0221

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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