Different deal, but the freebie stuff was gambled into more than the cost of the hotel, and enough left over for the Caesars brunch (the brunch at that time) for three. We even made money on the special slot machines (shocking, really). We spent most of the rest of the trip gambling at the other casinos, but it was a lot of fun. I remember most of the dealers had buttons that said, "Bob Stupak, He's Polish". Great memories.
The freebie chips were probably like one of these.