Here’s what we found for the week of August 1, 2010…

August Gambling PodcastEverything You Ever Wanted To Know About Craps with Frank Scoblete – The American Casino Guide has a monthly podcast hosted by the book’s author, Steve Bourie, who talks about topics of interest to travelers who like to visit casinos and during the course of each show he interviews a special guest from the world of casino travel or gambling.

For the August podcast Steve interviews craps expert and best-selling author Frank Scoblete. They discuss: the basics of how to play craps; good bets to make; bad bets to avoid; using controlled dice shooting to gain a mathematical edge at the game; the 5-count betting system; and Frank’s best advice for craps players, to visit the podcast page, go to: www.americancasinoguide.com/podcasts.shtml

On that page you can also access past interviews with noted gaming authorities, including: Mike Aponte, Max Rubin, Bob Dancer, Stanford Wong, Arnold Snyder, John Grochowski, Henry Tamburin, John Robison, The Wizard of Odds, Bill Burton, Jeffrey Compton, Anthony Curtis and others.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Love Jones at Hard Rock Hotel celebrates National Underwear Day with “Buy One Pair, Get One FREE!”  Whether small, big, sexy or slinky, Love Jones is celebrating intimate apparel with a buy one pair, get one FREE sale in honor of National Underwear Day, Thursday, Aug. 5.  Top brands such as Hanky Panky, Mary Green, Sexy Panties and Naughty Knickers, Undrest and Elle Macpherson are included in this one-time offer exclusively at the sexy lingerie boutique, Love Jones. Love Jones is a high-end lingerie shop that offers top-of-the-line lingerie and hosiery from designers including Carol Maloney, I.D. Sarrieri and Eberjey.  Ranging in apparel from fishnet tights to leather and fur, the boutique offers some of the sexiest French and Italian intimate pieces found in Las Vegas, including lingerie from its own exclusive line, aptly named Love Jones. Hours of operation are: 10am – 11pm Sunday – Thursday; 10am – 1am Friday and Saturday. For additional information, call 702-693-5555 or visit their web site at hardrockhotel.com

Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: Paying “Instant Cash Bonuses” to players hitting 4-of-a-kinds and $50 or higher slot and keno jackpots in August. This promotion is for all players, no club membership is required. The patrons will be paid cash immediately at their machine. Bigshot club members will also receive their normal points. Hit 4-of-a-kind 5’s thru 10’s and receive a cash bonus as follows: .05, .10, and .20 cent players with a 10 coin minimum bet will receive $2 cash. .25 and .50 cent players with a 5 coin minimum bet will receive $5 cash. $1.00 players with a 5 coin minimum bet will receive $10 cash. Hit any single payout of $50 or more on your favorite slot or keno machine and receive a $5 cash bonus. Hit a blackjack in diamonds with a $5 minimum bet and receive a $5 cash bonus.

Mandalay Bay: Locals and tourists who can’t get enough of Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay now have the option to purchase an Annual Pass which provides unlimited entry, discounts and exclusive offers for one year from purchase date.  This August Shark Reef Aquarium provides one more reason to visit as one lucky person will walk away with the unique distinction of being its 10 millionth guest. Discounts included with an Annual Pass purchase are 10 percent off regular-priced merchandise in the Shark Reef Gift Shop; 10 percent off birthday party rentals; invitation to private events; and special email offers. Additionally, the Annual Pass provides access to Shark Reef Aquarium’s Dive with Sharks program, giving dive-certified guests the opportunity to dive in the aquarium’s 1.3-million-gallon Shipwreck Exhibit – an experience previously limited to hotel guests of Mandalay Bay and THEhotel. One of the frequent visitors could be the guest named as Shark Reef Aquarium’s 10 millionth guest. The winner will receive a grand prize package including an Annual Pass; deluxe accommodations for two nights at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; admission to Disney’s THE LION KING; dinner at Chef Michael Mina’s acclaimed restaurant, STRIPSTEAK; and much fanfare, or “fin-fare” as the case may be.  This auspicious occasion is expected to occur within the coming weeks.  Annual passes are available for $40 for adults and $25 for children ages five through 12; children four and under are free when accompanied by an adult pass holder.  Open daily from 10 a.m., regular ticket prices are $16.95 for adults and $10.95 for children ages five through 12; children 4 and under are free.  Nevada residents with a valid ID receive a discount on admission – $13.95 for adults and $8.95 for children. 

Palms Casino Resort: Offering Club Palms members the chance to participate in the “Earn A Backpack” promotion Fridays through Mondays August 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23. The backpack comes with two glue sticks, two pencils, two pens, a pack of 24 crayons and a 70 page notebook. Point multipliers and/or manual adjustments will not be valid for gift redemption.  Points must be earned in the same day for gift redemption.  Gift must be redeemed on date that points were earned. Maximum redemption is one Backpack per person per day, Friday-Monday only.  Guests have the option of keeping the Backpack or donating them to Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas, Operation Homefront Backpack and Back to School Fair.  Players may sign a card donating the backpack. Players must earn the appropriate designated amount of base points in slots or base points on video poker in the same day in order to redeem the Backpack. Players must earn 250 base points on slots or reel machines or 1,000 base points on video poker machines per day Fri – Mon. Points will not be taken for gift redemption. Not valid on machines marked as non-promotional.

South Point: August giveaways: Sundays- Thursdays in August. Earn 300 same day video poker machines points or 100 same day slot/reel machine points to receive your weekly gift. And you keep your points.
Aug 1-5: Waffle iron
Aug 8-12: Bamboo cutting boards with cheese knife
Aug 15-19: Igloo Maxcold Cooler
Aug 22-26: Pizza stone set

Bally’s: July 30 marked 29 fabulous years at Bally’s Las Vegas for Donn Arden’s Jubilee!. To commemorate the anniversary, Bally’s Las Vegas is offering a special $29 ticket price to Nevada residents through Tuesday, August 31. One of the longest-running production shows on the famed Las Vegas Strip, Jubilee! features beautiful rhinestone-clad showgirls, lavish costumes, elaborate sets, world-renowned specialty acts, dynamic music, and graceful pageantry. Jubilee! is performed twice nightly, six days a week at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., dark on Fridays. The early performance on Saturdays is ‘not topless’.  Regular ticket prices are $52.50, $72.50, $92.50 and $112.50 and can be purchased online at BallysLasVegas.com or by calling the Bally’s box office at 702-967-4111. The specially priced anniversary ticket offer can be redeemed at the Bally’s Box Office, at the time of purchase, by showing a valid Nevada identification. Tickets for Jubilee! shows through August 31 can be purchased for $29 with a four ticket purchase limit. (Upgraded Director’s Choice seating is available for an additional $20, based on availability.)

Luxor: Two years ago, the world-renowned BODIES… The Exhibition made the move to Luxor Hotel and Casino bringing an exciting and educational addition to the property’s Atrium Level. To commemorate its success, the Exhibition is offering guests a complimentary pass with each ticket purchased from August 9-15 and is pleased to welcome Dr. Roy Glover, Chief Medical Director, for the first time since opening at Luxor. On August 12, guests have the opportunity to meet Dr. Glover and enjoy a piece of the exquisitely designed and detailed custom BODIES cake provided by Vegas’ favorite bakery, Freed’s.  Taking the celebration nationwide, the Exhibition is searching the country for its 1.5 millionth guest. The lucky winner receives a trip to Las Vegas for two including two nights at Luxor, VIP entrance to the resort’s world-famous nightlife venues, a private tour of the Exhibition and a gift bag valued at more than $250. Guests must visit any BODIES…The Exhibition venue currently showing around the country to find details on how to enter. The winner will be announced on September 17 via random drawing, so enter now before this opportunity passes by. Tickets to BODIES…The Exhibition are available at the Luxor box office or by visiting www.bodiestickets.com. Ticket prices are $31 for adults, $29 for seniors and $23 for children 4 – 12 years of age. The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last admission at 9 p.m. It is recommended that children 12 and under are accompanied by a teacher or parent as an adult guide. For additional information or to reserve tickets by phone, call 800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400.

Plaza/Vegas Club: Eat FREE Every Thursday in August. Every Thursday all month long, earn 1,500 points and receive a FREE $25 Dining Certificate valid at Stuffed Buffet, Firefly Kitchen and Bar, The Downtown Grill and Tinoco’s Kitchen.

Luck, Royals, Good Food and Jackpots to all….. Regards, H. Scot Krause
Author not responsible for omissions, changes and/or errors.

Ongoing August Promotions

Vegas Values Updates: The American Casino Guide web site has a discussion board where you can read about any updates to each week’s Vegas Values report. You can also post any questions or comments you have about any casino promotions. Go to  http://forum.americancasinoguide.com/

Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel: Will celebrate its two-year anniversary during the month of August. The “Canniversary” celebration will officially kick off on Sunday, August 1 with FREE cupcakes and champagne in Marilyn’s Lounge from noon to 5 pm. “Canniversary” events include a performance by Grammy Award-winning Brian McKnight on Saturday, August 21 in the Casablanca Event Center; a special casino player event on Friday, August 27 starring Rich Little and gaming promotions and giveaways throughout the month. 

M Resort: Buffets for life promotion. Beginning Monday, August 2, the resort is giving more than 150 guests the opportunity to win FREE buffets for life, one year or six months as part of its “Biggest Winner Club” promotion. Guests can earn one entry with the purchase of any meal at the resort’s Studio B Buffet. The “Biggest Winner Club” prize includes:
One VIP Studio B Buffet pass (for life, one year or six months) entitling the winner to enjoy a complimentary buffet for two daily.
Priority Line Pass and seating in Studio B for up to four (4) guests.
Custom-designed Studio B VIP t-shirt, hat and M apron.
Two tickets to any Martini Time show, based on availability.
Drawings for the winners will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 pm at Studio B Buffet. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their “Biggest Winner Club” prize. More than 150 guests will be awarded entry to the “Biggest Winner Club” wining buffets for life, one year or six months.

Rampart: Mystery FREE Play Tuesdays in August. Customers can play to a point qualification to swipe their card at the kiosk for Free Slot Play. Offers:
—Earn 250pts and receive $5, $10 or $15 in FSP
—Earn 500pts and receive $20, $25 or $30 in FSP
—Earn 1,200pts and receive $40, $60 or $100 in FSP
Customer keeps the points.

Ellis Island: Liquor Wednesdays in August. Clearing out inventory! Win a great selection of Liquor & Fine Wine. One bottle per winner. Must be playing with Passport Players Club card to participate in random drawings. See the Promotions Booth for full details.

Riviera: NEW! Queen Victoria’s British Pub is open 24 hours a day and hosts live bands, televises all European and British sports schedules, and offers special discounts to Queen Victoria’s Pub members. Attire is casual and the pub offers traditional British breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee and drink specialties daily. Club Riviera Members receive up to a 30% discount by showing their players card.

Plaza/Vegas Club: Crack the CODE. Every Friday and Saturday in August, players will have their chance to Crack the CODE and win $1,000 cash. For every 500 points earned by using their Players Card, they type in any 3-digit combination and if the safe opens they win $1,000 cash.  If not, each player can earn up to $50 in FREE slot play each day, $5 for every 500 points earned – everyone will walk away a winner.  See the Players Club for details.  

Colorado Belle/Edgewater (Laughlin): Cash Mania Giveaway August 1-31.  $250,000 River of Riches Swipe-Play-Win Kiosk promotion throughout the month of August. Every ACCESS Club member is entitled to one FREE swipe per day at each location. Patrons can earn up to five additional swipes for every 1,000 base points earned. Each swipe generates a three part ticket.  One piece is the instant win prize, one piece a collection game piece for secondary prizes and last piece, a drawing ticket for weekly drawings.

Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon: Bill’s Comp Explosion Giveaway through December 31. 6 chances to win $100 Comp Dollars daily. Your name could be one of the six drawn each day to win $100 comp dollars to use at select locations at eight Las Vegas Harrah’s resorts. See rules at the club booth or visit: http://www.billslasvegas.com/casino/comp-explosion/comp-explosion-rules/

Venetian: B & B Ristorante and Carnevino, brought to you by partners Chef Mario Batali and Winemaker Joe Bastianich, are currently offering local’s discounts with Nevada ID. B&B Ristorante is 20% off and Carnevino is 15% off. Both restaurants also have a 20% happy hour discount at the bar top only. B & B Ristorante showcases the duo’s acclaimed blend of exquisite Italian food and casual elegance, while Carnevino features all natural beef of exceptional quality and an international wine menu.

Jerry’s Nugget: Del Mar Handicapping Contest at the Jerry’s Nugget Race Book. Celebrating its fifth year running, the contest allows bettors a chance to win prize money of up to $500 cash and become the top Del Mar Handicapper of the Week.  Betting windows open at 8am. Contestants can participate for $10 every week and can enter up to three times. Every week is a new contest and a fresh new start to win the prize money. Entering is simple: choose five picks from the first eight races on a Saturday Del Mar Card and accumulate points for Win, Place and Show. The highest point earner will receive $400 cash and the second place highest point earner will receive $100 cash. As a bonus, winners will also receive a $30 dining certificate good to any Jerry’s Nugget restaurant once they show their MoreClub card. The contest continues every Saturday through September 4. Guests coming in early morning on race day will be served complimentary donuts and coffee. Track sandwiches, which consist of deli sandwiches made on homemade rolls, will be available at the Race and Sports Book for $2 each. Complete listings of the rules are available at the Jerry’s Nugget Race and Sports Book.

Mandalay Bay: Shark Reef Aquarium celebrates its 10-year birthday all summer long.  The aquarium is hosting a birthday party on August 21 where guests can enjoy an array of special prices and activities, including $10 adult admission and $5 children admission (children ages four and under are free); 10 percent off Shark Reef Store merchandise; $10 meal deal at Burgers & Dogs; and complimentary birthday cookies, face painting, balloon animals, birthday “fin” crowns and special appearances by “Sharky” the Shark.

Luxor/Excalibur: Vegas show-goers can get tickets to Fantasy, adult revue, and catch an additional show at Luxor or Excalibur all for just $75. This special offer includes one ticket to Fantasy plus one ticket to Criss Angel Believe from Cirque du Soleil, Carrot Top, Menopause the Musical, Thunder From Down Under, Tournament of Kings or Defending the Caveman. Tickets can be purchased at the Luxor or Excalibur box offices and are not available for purchase online. Some limitations apply. For more information on the “Fantasy Two for $75 Offer,” visit Luxor.com or call (702) 262-4400.

Caesars Palace: The Forum Shops has a special offer for the month of July. Shoppers can bring their receipts to concierge as their entry to win a shopping gift card. The Forum Shops will draw the winning receipt on Monday, Aug. 2 and whatever the temperature will be from Saturday, July 31, that will be the amount of the gift card. The winner does not need to be present to win.

South Point: July Friday Night Happy Hour at all Casino Bars, 4 pm to 10 pm. All drinks $2.

Golden Gate: $100,000 Crack the Code thru July 31. Receive a FREE attempt to crack the code with each 100 points earned in slots or $100 buy-in at the tables. Chance to win up to $100,000 cash with each attempt.

Palms Casino Resort: Offering Club Palms members the chance to participate in the 4-Piece Dish Set Play, Earn & Win promotion Fridays thru Mondays July 2-31.  Each promotional day, players may earn points for gift redemption.  All points earned in same day for promotion period may be redeemed for the featured Palms item.  Maximum redemption is one 4 piece dish set per person per day, Friday-Monday only. Players must earn the appropriate designated amount of base points in slots or base points on video poker in the same day in order to redeem the Palms 4 piece dish set. Players must earn 250 points on slots or reel machines or 1,000 pts on video poker machines per day Friday thru Mondays.

Plaza/Vegas Club: $12,000 Summer Cash Splash. From July 5–31 guests will receive 1 drawing entry for every 100 points earned by using their Players Card.  Three winners will be chosen at 8 pm at the Plaza nightly to win their share of $400 cash.  Need not to be present to win.  See the Players Club for details.

Hacienda: Pepsi Summer Cool down Cash & Gift Giveaway.  Now through August 28. Customers will receive one 2- liter bottle of soda by playing and qualifying with the following casino games:
Video Poker (excludes penny denomination machines) -Four of a kind in Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces with no wild card (maximum coin bet).
Penny & Nickel Reel Machines – jackpot of $50 or greater
Quarter Reel Machines – jackpot of $100 or greater
Dollar Reel Machines – jackpot of $160 or greater
Five Dollar Reel Machines – jackpot of $200 or greater
Live Blackjack – One suited Blackjack in hearts with a $5.00 minimum bet
The cash drawing will be held on Saturday August 28. A total of $500 cash will be given away each hour between 4 pm and 7 pm.  A grand prize of $2000 cash will be given away at 8 pm.

Rio: Locals Appreciation Offer: 2-for-1 tickets for Penn & Teller plus a FREE Souvenir Program thru August 31. For show reservations call: 702-777-7776 and mention code: PNTRJ.

Binion’s Gambling Hall: $50,000 Catch the Fever Giveaway started July 1 and is open to all new and existing Club Binion’s members. For slots and video poker, players receive a groovy “Catch the Fever” t-shirt with just 50 total points earned.  At 500 total points earned, slots and video poker players receive a disco bag with some “awesome” prizes.  On table games, players earn stamps on their “Catch the Fever” card at the rate of one stamp for every 30 minutes of rated play. With two stamps on the card, players receive the t-shirt and 25 stamps earn the cool disco bag with the prize inside.  All in all, $50,000 in cash, prizes and merchandise will be given away throughout the promotion, ending on August 31. See details at the club booth.

Miscellaneous Offer: Las Vegas locals can take advantage of a 20% discount when dining at all Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas restaurants through September 30, including Spago (Forum Shops-Ceasars Palace), CUT (Palazzo), Trattoria del Lupo (Mandalay Bay), Postrio (Grand Canal Shoppes-Venetian), and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at Crystals inside CityCenter. This discount is valid every day for lunch and dinner. Just show your local ID when you order.

Stratosphere: Hosting sizzling “Body and Soul” pool parties at Level 8 Pool. Partiers can dance to the world beat of Rhythmic Soul, a unique three-piece group featuring a DJ accompanied by live percussion and horn. Rhythmic Soul will perform on the pool deck Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. all summer long.  Level 8 Pool guests can cool down during Happy Hour with two-for-one bottle service from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and two-for-one cocktails from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The pool’s signature drink, Absolut Exposure, an exotic blend of Absolut Berri Açai, lemonade and blue Curaçao served in a 32 oz. pitcher is specially priced at $18. Other poolside amenities include recently upgraded cabanas, a hot tub, and a complete menu of sandwiches, salads and appetizers available from the Cafe/Bar.  Pool guests who love to gamble will enjoy beautiful Bikini Blackjack dealers at three poolside tables from 1 p.m. until close every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also challenge each other to a game of volleyball, bags or beer pong.  Located on the eighth floor of the Stratosphere, the Level 8 Pool is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: “Cash is King” drawings. On Mondays and Thursdays drawings will be held for: $300 at 7:00 PM, $200 at 8:00 PM. $200 at 9:00 PM and $300 at 10:00 PM. On Saturdays the drawings are: $750 at 7:00 and 10 PM and $500 at 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Draw until winners. Guaranteed prizes. 4 drawings/4 winners each night.

Wynn/Encore: Locals ONLY promotion now underway: Win a lifetime comp for two to The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas. Play slots at both Wynn and Encore to earn entries into the drawing for your chance to win. Win this prize for you and a guest to eat at The Buffet once a day for the rest of your life. Drawing for five winners will take place in the Encore Theater rotunda on Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. This promotion is for Las Vegas locals ONLY.

Las Vegas Hilton: Visit Fortuna, the coffee & wine shop located in the main lobby, and sample the flavors of a selection of four boutique wines to please your palate FREE daily from 4 to 9 pm. (Ongoing until further notice.)

Fitzgeralds: The Great Escape Give-Away-A-Day is underway through September 5. Players and hotel guests have a chance to win a vacation package daily at 10 pm and may choose from Mexico, the Caribbean, or Las Vegas for your destination. Guests can earn drawing tickets by playing slots and table games as well as a variety of other means. Visit Club Fitz for complete rules. New members enrolling in Club Fitz receive one free drawing entry plus a free souvenir shamrock keychain after earning your first 25 points.  

How To Win on Slots Video – American Casino Guide author, Steve Bourie, has created a 10-minute video in which he explains how slots work and how to win on them. He also answers nine common questions that slots players have, such as: Do casinos put the “loosest” slots near the entrances?; If I play a machine and it’s been losing for awhile, does that mean it’s due to hit soon?; After I play a machine and leave I see that the next person who sits down wins the jackpot, would I have the won that jack pot if I had stayed at that machine? and more. Click this link to see the Slot machine video , or go to –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wkubf1PrWg

Atlantic City Blog – Want information on Atlantic City casino promotions? The American Casino Guide web site has an Atlantic City blog with information about promotions and events at all Atlantic City casinos. To visit the blog, go to: http://atlanticcity.americancasinoguide.com/

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