August 29, 2010 Vegas Values Report

Here’s what we found for the week of August 29, 2010…

September Gambling PodcastHow To Have a Cheap Las Vegas Vacation – 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 September podcast Steve interviews Matt Weatherford, editor of cheapovegas.com, about how to get the most value for your money when visiting Las Vegas. They discuss getting cheap deals on rooms, food, gambling, shows and more. They also discuss the “resort fees” that many Las Vegas hotels now charge, plus Matt gives his best advice for first-time, as well as long-time, Las Vegas visitors. 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.

Palazzo/Venetian: FestiVino at Azure September 24, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Uncorking the bottles and pouring France’s premier wines in celebration of Bordeaux Month. Sample a varietal of Bordeaux wines from various wineries such as Château Vieux St Andre, Doyac Haut-Medoc, and Paranchere Blanc. Tickets are $29.  Order tickets online at: palazzolasvegas.com/azure.aspx?om_u=AUGLOC

M Resort: Special offer for Vegas Values readers: $5.00 off “Martini Time” with Tina Martini. Check out the only live cooking show in Vegas with new shows every week.  Learn healthy hints and pro tips and enjoy sampling dishes. Regularly priced $39.95 now just $34.95 for Vegas Values readers. Ticket price includes dining in the award-winning Studio B Buffet after the show. Live shows Thursday-Sunday noon and 4 pm. Book online at Ticketmaster.com with offer code “martini.” Offer expires 10/31/10. Offer based on availability. Management reserves all rights.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder:  Second Chance Football Drawings. Each losing $20 parlay or $50 straight bet will receive an entry into the drawing. Drawing is last Friday of each month throughout the football season. Win up to $500 cash.

South Point: September 1-30: “Rewarding Royals.” Hit a royal and get a reward.
5Ë machines- $10 free slot play
10Ë machines- $ 20 free slot play
25Ë machines- $50 free slot play
50Ë machines- $100 free slot play
$1 machines- $200 free slot play
$5 and up machines- $1000 free slot play
All dealt royals will pay double the reward. (No wild cards, first line, only, maximum coins played.)

Boyd Gaming Properties: Registration has begun for the “Pick the Pros” football contest at all participating Boyd Gaming locations. Now in its 33rd year, Pick the Pros is the longest-running football contest in Las Vegas.  The contest is FREE and a total of $500,000 will be awarded. Pick the Pros starts a new contest each week and there are no accumulated points to track, therefore guests can participate in one or all of the weeks in the season, with multiple opportunities to win $30,000 in prize money each week during the 2010 regular professional football season. Contest participants will not compete against the point spread, but instead pick winners straight-up. Each participant will receive multiple FREE entries per week to select their winning teams. Ruby cardholders receive three FREE entries, Sapphire cardholders receive four FOUR entries and Emerald cardholders receive five FREE entries.  The best performer each week is guaranteed a $10,000 top prize; an additional $20,000 will be split by other top players each week. Players can register at any of the 60 kiosks at Boyd Gaming properties including; The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, Gold Coast, California, Fremont, Eldorado, Jokers Wild.  Pick the Pros is open to all B Connected and Prime Rewards card members and membership is free. The contest begins on Sunday, September 12, 2010 and will continue each week through January 2, 2011. For further information, visit pickthepros.com or any Boyd Gaming race and sports book.

Circus-Circus: Rock & Rita’s invites revelers to join the “Great American Party” this Labor Day weekend. Friday, September 3, through Sunday, September 5, the restaurant and flair bartending hotspot will be lining up the tables and passing out pitchers for “Beer Pong-A-Palooza.”  Rock & Rita’s will be bustling with pong enthusiasts and new beer pong players alike with “Beer Pong-A-Palooza,” kicking off nightly at 10 p.m. A $30 buy-in will get revelers unlimited draft beer until 2 a.m., plus pair them with a teammate in the nightly tournament. Teams will play until they lose and the final team standing at end of each night be awarded with cash and prizes. Partygoers that opt out of “Beer Pong-A-Palooza” can also partake in the fun with unlimited draft beer available for $20 per person, along with Rock & Rita’s reverse happy hour featuring signature menu items for $5 and two-for-one drinks from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. all weekend long.

Rio: The final table of the World Series of Poker, the “November Nine,” has been decided. You could win a trip to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas to take part in the action. Try WSOP.com’s downloadable “play for fun” software and you could win and be part of the “Online November Nine.”  To learn more look for the “Free Download” button and visit: wsop.com/?ed_rid=AO8T37-CIAB0-DYLNYM-3ZO86C-5CA1PL-v1&ed_mid=1896258

Silver Nugget: September: Earn an extra $1,000.  $1 Royals pay $5,000 with Rewards Card inserted on any machine.

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

Ongoing August/September 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/

Western: Mystery Jackpot Bonus thru September 5, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Win great prizes just by playing your favorite slots.  For every $100+ jackpot you will have your chance to choose an envelope and win cash or other great prizes. Lightning Bonus: ANYONE can be a winner ANYTIME. Just play your favorite games and wait for the random lightning storm. Be the first to hit the target jackpot and win.

Sam’s Town: Tip-A-Cow Wednesdays, Wednesdays in August. Earn 10 base points then swipe your club card at kiosk. Chance to win up to $250.

Ellis Island: Table games Deluxe Poker Chip Set Giveaways every Wednesday. Earn tickets for:
• 1 ticket for every hour played
• 1 for every regular BJ
• 5 for every Diamond BJ on Super Fun 21
• 1 ticket for 7 or 11 on a come out roll.
• 3 for extra straight up number on Roulette
See Fun Pit for full details and drawing times.

Orleans: “Free Buffet Saturdays!” Earn 300 base points and receive one FREE buffet good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Points must be earned between 3 am-8 pm.  Print buffet voucher at kiosk.

Palms: $300,000 Pigskin Payoff Football Contest. Weekly contest throughout the season. $25 entry fee. Sign up at the Race & Sports Book.

Stratosphere: Level 8 Pool guests can cool down during Happy Hour with refreshing libations including 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. Open Thursday thru Sunday.

Suncoast: FREE (no cover charge) Pool Parties from 8-10 pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday thru September 11.

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 a FREE El Cortez logo duffle bag. 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.

Suncoast: FREE (no cover charge) Pool Parties from 8-10 pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday thru September 11.  Also: Double Royals every Friday and Saturday in August. Hit a second royal flush within 24 hours of the first and receive double pay. Fridays and Saturdays only in August. Rules posted at club booth.

Orleans: August: “Million Dollar Mondays!” 12 am-11:59 pm. 500 accounts will have $500 in Slot Dollars loaded onto their account (active and inactive). Must be a B Connected member prior to 7/26/10 to be eligible.

Las Vegas Hilton: BENIHANA CHEF’S SPECIAL: Throughout the month of August, Benihana is offering a Four Course Combination Hibachi Steak dinner for two for only $37 (regularly priced at $57.90). The dinner includes Japanese Onion Soup, Benihana Salads, Shrimp Appetizers, Hibachi Shrimp and Hibachi Steak with Grilled Vegetables, Homemade Dipping Sauces, Steamed Rice and Japanese Hot Tea. No discounts or other offers can be combined with this special.

Jerry’s Nugget: Swipe & Win is ongoing in August with everyday guaranteed winners. Held Mondays and Wednesday, guests can participate by earning 25 base points on slots, reels, video poker and video keno from 4 am to 11:55 pm. Once the points criteria are met, guests can enter to play the Swipe & Win Giveaway by going to any MoreClub Kiosk. Prizes range from free points, point multipliers, Neighborhood Partners certificates, up to $20 cash, $5 to $20 meal certificates, $5 to $10 match plays or $10 to $20 in Jerry’s Nugget gift cards.

Fitzgeralds: Donate blood or platelets in August at any of the four Las Vegas United Blood Services locations and receive one FREE voucher for 2 admissions to see Kevin Burke’s: Fitz of Laughter at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino.  Schedule your blood donation by calling (702) 233-9620 or visit United Blood Services.

Silverton Casino Lodge: “Lucky Lexus” Giveaway. Discovery Card Club players can earn ticket-less entries by playing their favorite slot, video poker, live keno and table games through August 28. Slots and video poker players will be awarded one entry for every 50 base points earned, live keno players will receive one entry for every $5 buy-in and pit players will receive one entry for every $5 in rated earning potential. New player signups will be awarded 25 entries for signing up at the Players Club desk. Ten winners will be randomly selected from all of the eligible entries. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and have three minutes to claim their prize. Drawings are held on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Players must check in between 2 p.m. and 6:59 p.m.
Prizes:
Tickets 1- 5 drawn win $300 in free slot play
Tickets 6 & 7 drawn win $400 cash or free slot play
Tickets 8 & 9 drawn win $500 in cash or free slot play
Grand Prize – 10th ticket drawn wins a Lexus vehicle or $30,000 cash or free slot play. Grand prize winner (10th ticket drawn) must choose whether to take the Lexus vehicle (actual grand prize won is a gift certificate valued at $45,000 to a Las Vegas-based Lexus dealer of the Silverton’s choice) or the cash prize equivalent, within a maximum of seventy-two (72) hours after the drawing.

Eastside Cannery: Earn 200 base points on Tuesdays in August (or 2 hours table play @ $10) and receive a Canniversary logo flex fit hat, or $5 FREE play, or 1 FREE buffet.  Or earn 350 base points (or 3.5 hours table play @ $10) and receive a Canniversary logo outback shirt, or $10 FREE play, or 2 FREE buffets.  Limit 1 offer per day; points are not deducted.

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.

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.)

M Resort: Buffets for life promotion. Began 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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