August 26, 2012 Vegas Values Report

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Cannery Hotel and Casino (North): Blood Drive will take place on Tuesday, August 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All donors will receive two FREE Cannery Buffet coupons. Those who are interested in donating blood can call 702-507-5724 to sign up or simply come out the day of the event. Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 lbs.
Boyd Gaming: Pick the Pros, Boyd Gaming’s award-winning football contest, will kick off its 35th season on August 28. Pick the Pros is a completely FREE contest! In addition to the contest’s guaranteed prize pool of $500,000, Boyd Gaming is introducing a new, special cash prize of $1 million, to be awarded to any player who correctly picks at least 196 of the 238 regular-season Sunday and Monday games. Participants must play every week of the season to qualify. Unlike other football contests, Pick the Pros starts a new contest each week, so players have a chance at sharing in a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool each week (totaling $500,000 in guaranteed prize money over the course of the season).  If there is only one top performer during a given week, that player will receive the entire $30,000 prize pool.  If there is a tie among multiple players, one player (selected by tie breakers) will receive a $10,000 cash prize, while all runners-up will split a $20,000 pool. In Pick the Pros, players simply pick winners straight-up (not against the point spread) in each of the week’s professional football contests.   B Connected membership is required to participate; membership is also free to all adults age 21 and older. Holders of Ruby cards receive three entries each week; Sapphire members, four entries; and Emerald players, five entries.  Only one entry per player per week will count toward qualifying for the $1 million grand prize. Players can participate in Pick the Pros at selected kiosks at six participating properties: The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, Gold Coast, California and Fremont. Entries for week one will be accepted starting Tuesday, August 28 at 5 p.m., and the contest will continue through the end of the regular season. For further information, including contest rules, visit pickthepros.com or any Boyd Gaming race and sports book.
Mirage: Visitors to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat now have the option to purchase an Annual Pass which provides unlimited entry to the facility. Passholders also enjoy 10 percent off purchases at the Dolphins’ Shop, Secret Garden Store and Dolphin Snack Bar. Annual Pass prices are $49.99 for adults and $37.50 for children (4-12). Each pass is valid for one year from date of purchase and is non-transferrable. The Annual Pass may be purchased at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat ticket booth or The Mirage Concierge desk. For information regarding the Annual Pass and other pass offers, please visit mirage.com or call (702) 791-7588 / (702) 792-7889. (Ongoing promotion until further notice.)
Terrible’s:  Deuces Wild Breakfast Special available every day with you’re a-Play card.  2 eggs any style, 2 pancakes and 2 strips of bacon for just $2.99. (Ongoing promotion.)
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Decatur: Celebrating Labor Day with a “Beer & Coke Giveaway” from September 1-3. Earn 300 same day base slot points and receive one FREE 6-pack of Budweiser, Bud Light, Coke or Diet Coke.  There is a limit one FREE 6-pack per person per day while supplies last and quantities are limited.  You keep your earned points. Swipe daily September 1 through September 3 at any kiosk before 11:59 p.m. after earning the required 300 points and print out a voucher to be redeemed at the Host Office during regular hours through September 3.  Points are not combined and they must be redeemed at the location where they were earned: Boulder or Decatur.  Visit the ace | PLAY Center for more information.  
Gold Coast: 11X reels/7X video poker September 1, 2 & 3. 11X reels every Thursday in September. 10X reels/4X video poker every Friday in September.
Planet Hollywood: Football fans can gear up for one of America’s favorite sports at PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. During Saturday and Sunday games, revelers can enjoy the daily happy hour of $3 domestic draft beers, two-for-one well cocktails, $5 shots, half-price bottles of wine and $19 Budweiser buckets. Football enthusiasts can also enjoy special pricing on drinks and beer during Monday Night Football.  For more information, call 702-750-1685 or visit www.pbrrockbar.com.
LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly Las Vegas Hilton): Return of its annual ultimate pro football handicapping contest, the SuperContest.  Contestants can win their share of nearly $800,000 by paying a $1,500 entry fee prior to the start of the regular professional football season and then picking five games each week against the point spread throughout the season. The prize structure is based on the number of entrants. Early bird entries for the contest end at 4 p.m. on September 3, 2012. Final sign-up deadline is 11 a.m. on September 8, 2012. The prize pool is structured so that contestants receive 100% of the prize money paid in. Complete rules are available in the SuperBook or online at www.thelvh.com/supercontest.

Win Free Casino Prizes: The American Casino Guide web site has a weekly contest to give away FREE casino prizes. There are different prizes each week and for more details, or to enter the contest, go to: WIN FREE CASINO PRIZES Please note that there are some options for earning entries every day by posting a casino review, making a tweet, or posting in the discussion forum. See the contest page for full details and be sure to check it each week to see what new prizes are being offered. Good luck!

FREE Slot Play in Las Vegas: The American Casino Guide is promoting an ongoing offer to get $40 of slot play for $25 at two casinos in Las Vegas: the Palms and the Tropicana. This offer can be used by current slot club members once per 30 days. New members can get $50 of play for $25 for one time use only. For details, go to - Discount Slot Play Once on that page the offers should appear, if not, click on "Las Vegas, NV" in the orange box in the upper right corner to take you to the offers.

FREE Slot Play in Lake Tahoe: The American Casino Guide is promoting an ongoing offer to get $40 of slot play for $25 at the Grand Lodge Casino at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. This offer can only be used by once per 30 days. In addition to the discounted slot play, you can also book up to two nights at the hotel at the best available casino rate (as low as $92 per night). The average room rate for this hotel is over $179 per night, so with the casino rate you can save up to $88 per night. For details, go to - Discount Slot Play Once on that page the offer should appear, if not, click on "Lake Tahoe, NV" in the orange box in the upper right corner to take you to the offer.

Ongoing August Promotions

Vegas Values Updates: The American Casino Guide web site has a Las Vegas 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.

FREE Alamo Discount Coupons - The American Casino Guide has three great coupons from Alamo that can save you money on your next car rental and they are all valid through 12/31/12. Just click on the blue "Alamo Discount Coupons" link for details.

FREE National Car Rental Discount Coupons - The American Casino Guide has three great coupons from National that can save you money on your next car rental and they are all valid through 12/31/12. Just click on the blue"National Car Rental Discount Coupons" link for details.

August Video Podcast - 10 Tips To Stretch Your Slot Machine Bankroll! - Steve Bourie, author of the American Casino Guide, gives 10 tips on how slot players can make their playing bankrolls last longer. Topics include: playing slowly, avoiding wide-area progressives, not always making max coin bets, always using your player's club card, forming a slot team with a friend, plus much more. To watch the podcast, go to http://www.americancasinoguide.com/gambling-podcasts On that page you can also access more than 70 other audio and video podcasts with various gambling experts and personalities.

Caesars Palace: Fashion’s Night Out at The Forum Shops. The 3rd annual Fashion’s Night Out at The Forum Shops will take place on Thursday, September 6 from 6 pm to 11 pm The stage is set for a festival of fashion with entertainment; refreshments; one-of-a-kind in-store events; giveaways; celebrity appearances; gifts, samples, and limited edition products. In addition, this year’s Fashion’s Night Out attendees can also register to win one of three $500 shopping sprees to be given away near The Fountain of the Gods at 9 p.m.  With more than 160 specialty stores and restaurants, there’s plenty for all to see, do, and enjoy.
Eastside Cannery: Any Cannery Row buffet on Tuesdays in August is just $7. Must show your player’s club card to cashier.  Also: Hot Seat every Friday and Saturday for table game players. $2,400 in weekly prizes. Five table seat numbers will be randomly selected to win a cash prize every Friday & Saturday at 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm & 9 pm. If the seat is unoccupied or occupied by a non-rated player, another table and seat will be randomly selected. The first four cash prizes awarded at each drawing will be $50 and the fifth cash prize awarded at each drawing will be $100. All prizes are awarded in Cannery Casino gaming chips. Minimum play required. Guest must present CAN Club Card to Table Games personnel prior to play to be rated. See Pit for details.
Station Casinos: $2 Million Great Giveaway Football Contest. The Station Casinos Great Giveaway Football Contest is a “no risk” football season promotion allowing anyone who does not win any weekly or end of season prizes to receive the entry fee back. A $25 entry fee registers players to compete for their share of $2 million in total cash and prizes including the opportunity to win one of two Dunhill Homes, a new Chevrolet Camaro or Silverado truck, or as an alternative to a vehicle, a cash prize of up to $20,000. Over the 17-week NFL season, Great Giveaway will award a total of $30,000 in prizes each week to players with the most wins or losses.  The contestant who picks the most season winners or losers will win a new Dunhill home valued at $225,000 or $100,000 cash. The popular “Fiddle in the Middle” returns with total cash prize winnings of $200,000 for selecting the equal number of wins and losses for the entire season. There is a $25 fee per entry with no more than two paid entries per person allowed. Those who purchase two entries will receive a bonus third entry for FREE. Contestants may also use Boarding Pass points at Station Casinos, Fiesta or Wildfire Gaming properties, or Jackie’s Club Cortez points at El Cortez, for payment or partial payment of entries. Contestants will also receive their entry fee back in free slot play if they do not win any weekly or end of season prizes.  Eligibility is based on paid entries only. Contestants must play all 17 weeks of the contest on all of their entries to be eligible for all prizes. Contestants may submit weekly picks beginning August 24 at 10 a.m. for the $2 Million Great Giveaway with their Boarding Pass at any of the 15 Station Casinos’ sports book locations or at the El Cortez. For added convenience, easy-to-use computer kiosks at each location allow contestants to register their weekly picks 24-hours a day. Weekly standings may be checked online. End of season results will be announced on January 7, 2013.
Golden Nugget: August. 28-30-$30,000 Double Time Slot Tournament. Two chances to win your share of two $15,000 prize pools. A $50 entry fee gets you into either or both days of tournament play. If you don’t like your preliminary score there will be $50 Re-Buy Rounds and Wildcard Drawings each day to better your chance at the daily Grand Prize. Special room rate available for all participants. For reservations call your Executive Host or Casino Marketing at 800-777-5687 or send an email to mycasinores@goldennugget.com
Terrible’s: $90,000 Choose Your Bankroll Drawings. Five winners choose a bankroll from a punchboard vault with a top prize value of $5,000 cash. Drawings are held at 7 and 9 pm every Friday & Saturday in August.  Receive one entry for every 50 base points earned. Visit the player’s club for complete details.
Sam’s Town: B Connected Movie Specials every Tuesday and Wednesday. Swipe your card at a kiosk to receive discount: Senior Tuesdays $3 ticket for seniors 60+ and Popcorn Wednesdays: get a FREE small popcorn with purchase of a ticket. (Both ongoing promotions until further notice.)
Emerald Island Casino (Henderson): August specials: FREE root beer float for players every Friday at 8 pm.  FREE ice cream social for players every Saturday at 8 pm and FREE strawberry shortcake for players every Sunday at 2 pm. 

Silverton: Offering an all day dining pass thru August to enjoy a variety of their restaurants. Monday through Friday purchase a pass for $30 and receive the following:
---Sundance Grill – Breakfast entrée, drink and coffee ($12 dining credit)
---Seasons Buffet – One lunch buffet
---Mi Casa Grill Cantina – Appetizer, entrée, drink and dessert ($20 dining credit)
Purchase the dining pass for $50 Tuesday through Friday and receive the following: (Offer not available on Mondays)
---Sundance Grill – Breakfast entrée, drink and coffee ($12 dining credit)
---Seasons Buffet – One lunch buffet
---Twin Creeks Steakhouse – Appetizer, entrée, dessert and drink ($40 dining credit)
Hard Rock: Free Play Frenzy every running on Wednesday and Thursday in August. Earn one envelope every 250 points earned, maximum of 3 envelopes per day.
Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam's Town: Offering a special Prime Rib and Shrimp buffet every Saturday in August. This buffet is being offered to B Connected members at an exclusive member price of $9.99, or $6 if the B Connected member pays with their points.
Cannery/Eastside Cannery: $24,000 Blackjack Madness Heads-Up Tournament August 26. Play your favorite table games at Cannery on Craig Road or Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway. Earn a minimum table score of 1,000 points for an automatic entry into the Blackjack Madness Tournament of Champions. See pit for complete details.
El Cortez: Throughout August, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive their choice of a free gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Walmart, Shell and Chevron. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

Gold Coast/Orleans/Sam’s Town/Suncoast: 11x slots and 7x video poker points every Sunday in August. 
Silverton: Pull tab “Cruisin for Cabo & Cash” August promotion.  Every day in August, Silverton Rewards Club members playing slots, video poker, live keno, table games and bingo have the chance to win cash and prizes by earning Cruisin for Cabo game pieces. Players who earn 250 base points will receive one blue Cruisin for Cabo game piece worth up to $1,000 cash, and players that earn 500 base points will receive one orange Cruisin for Cabo game piece worth up to $5,000 cash. Points must be earned during the same day during the promotional period between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. each day. Wednesday and Thursday’s in August are half point earning days. Earn 125 base points to receive one blue Cruisin for Cabo game piece and 250 base points to receive one orange game piece. Besides the top (or lesser) cash prizes, other possible prizes include: cruises for two to Cabo, free slot play, dining offers, bottles of wine and mystery gifts. Winning patrons will have until midnight the following day on which the game pieces were earned to redeem during normal club hours at Silverton Rewards Club.
Excalibur: Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will celebrate Labor Day Weekend with food and drink specials and nightly entertainment from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will kick off the weekend with happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, with $5 appetizers including Pulled Pork Sliders, Smoked Chicken Wings, Texas Nachos, Fried Dill Pickles and Spinach Artichoke Dip. Also during the happy hour, partygoers can cool off from the heat with $4 draft beers including Lynyrd Skynyrd Lager, Coors Light and Shinerbock as well as $5 well drinks and house wine. Starting at 10 p.m., guests can rock out to local Las Vegas entertainment with “Lyve Musyc” performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To end the holiday weekend, sing along to favorite classic rock hits during “Klassic Karaoke” on Sunday and Monday beginning at 9 p.m.
Palazzo: Carnevale Vino Tasting Tuesdays. Every Tuesday in August, from 5 to 6 pm, guests are invited to enjoy a FREE wine tasting in the scenic Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at The Palazzo. The one-hour tasting opportunity will feature wines from Banfi, St. Michelle Wines & Estates, Folio and Joe Bastianich and will be hosted by certified sommeliers.
Eldorado/Joker’s Wild Casinos (Henderson): August Thirsty Tuesdays – Earn 150 points and get a FREE 6 pack of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or 8 pack Aquafina Water.  Limit 4 per customer per day.
Rampart Casino: $50,000 Splash into Cash Drawings – every Saturday in August. Drawings at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. every Saturday throughout August.  One hundred points of slot play or one hour of $10 table play will earn players one entry in the weekly $10,000 drawings.  Thirty winners will be chosen every Saturday. Visit the club booth for details.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Decatur: Jackpot T-Shirt Giveaway– August 1-31. Receive one FREE t-shirt with any single hand pay jackpot win (not cumulative).  Limit one t-shirt per person, while supplies last. Visit the ace | PLAY Center for more information.
Eldorado Casino (Henderson): August Monday Mania Customer Appreciation Days – 99c Early Bird Breakfast Special 6 am-7 am.  Earn 300 points and get a food voucher good for select menu items plus you keep your points. 11am-3 pm Instant Cash Giveaway; win $20 cash twice per hour.  3 pm-7 pm 5x points.
Cannery: Earn 600 points on Thursdays in August and receive two FREE buffets. No points are deducted.

Golden Gate: Play slots to earn scratch cards to win instant prizes of free slot play and gas gift cards, or win entries into the Grand Prize drawing for a year’s worth of gas.  The promotion runs through August 31, or while supplies last, with a final Grand Prize Drawing scheduled for September 1 at 9 p.m. The grand prize winner may choose from $2,500 in free gas cards, $2,500 in free slot play or $2,500 in non-taxable play-till-you-lose promo chips and best of all, you need NOT be present to win!
Stations/Fiestas: Senior Wednesdays in August for players over age 50 with $30,000 in FREE slot tournaments (first entry free) and half point dining 6 a.m.-6 p.m. at select restaurants.
Squawk Show at Royal Resort: American Casino Guide book purchasers can show their American Casino Guide Discount Card (it comes inside each book) to get a 2-for-1 deal on the purchase of an adult ticket to Squawk! The Trained Bird Show at Royal Resort. The savings are $25.95!  Regular Adult Admission is $25.95 plus taxes/fees. To get this offer, just show your American Casino Guide Discount Card at the box office. Show currently plays every Friday - Monday at 3 pm in the showroom. The Royal Resort is located at 99 Convention Center Drive (1 block west of Las Vegas Strip.) Call 702-735-6117 for show reservations. (Ongoing promotion with your 2102 ACG card until further notice.)

Sam’s Town: Win a three night stay at Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. One winner each month. Prize includes:  4-days/3-night stay June 1 thru September 27, 2012 ; $50 Dining Credit; 2 Movie Tickets to Century Theater . Enter at: http://www.samstownlv.com/whats-new/promotions/win-three-for-free

LVH: Hot Seat Drawings. Get caught playing slots with your LVH Player's Club card for chances to win random FREE slot play. Winners are selected between 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on: August 27; September 3; September 24; November 11 - Veterans Day; November 22 - Thanksgiving Day; December 20; and December 25-Christmas Day.

Silverton Casino Hotel: Offering guests a special rate on hotel rooms during the summer months. For only $35 Sunday through Thursday and $55 on Friday and Saturday, guests can receive this special deal by providing the promo code SUMBB12 when booking a room toll free at 1-800-923-6619 or online at silvertoncasino.com. This special offer is based upon availability and subject to change. By providing the special promo code, guests can enjoy this rate and all the amenities the Silverton Casino Hotel offers now through August 30, 2012. Reservations must be made in advance to receive this offer. Limit three rooms per booking. Resort fees not included.
Regal UA Showcase 8 (Movie theater on the Strip near MGM Grand): Summer special: $6.50 Movie Tickets all day Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday after 11 pm.  

Sam’s Town: Earn 5 points after becoming a new member and play the "Money Madness" scratch card game. Every card wins an instant prize. Must provide e-mail address to participate.
Railroad Pass: Video Poker Mondays. Every member gets a FREE 5-minute entry every Monday. The highest score of the day wins $100. Second prize is $50. The third and fourth highest scores each receive $25.

2012 American Casino Guide: The 2012 American Casino Guide is available for sale. To see a list of the 198 casino coupons that are in the book, go to - http://www.americancasinoguide.com/2012-american-casino-guide-coupon-list.html The retail price of the book is $18.95. However you can buy the book directly from the American Casino Guide web site for only $11.75. To order the 2012 American Casino Guide , go to: http://www.americancasinoguide.com/order-now.html

Discounted Video Poker Software - One of the best ways to improve your playing skills is to use video poker software. By practicing with software you will easily be able to identify the best-paying machines in any casino, plus you will be able to practice playing those games so you can play at a near-perfect level. Additionally, some programs will allow you to print out strategy cards which you can take with you into the casino. The American Casino Guide website has set up a page to offer discounted prices on the three most popular video poker software programs: Optimum Play Video Poker (Mac Version), Optimum Play Video Poker (Windows Version), Video Poker for Winners! and Winpoker. For more information, just click on the name of each individual software program, or go to our discount video poker software page.

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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