December 23, 2012 Vegas Values Report

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December Video Podcasts - Two New Videos! - American Casino Guide author, Steve Bourie, interviewed two gaming industry executives while at this year's Global Gaming Expo.  The first is an Interview with Frank Legato, who is the editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. Frank is a nationally recognized expert on slot machines and Steve asks hims about server-based gaming which is the latest technology for use in electronic gaming machines in casinos. Topics covered include: what is server-based gaming?; what is the benefit of it for casinos?; what is the benefit of it for players?; how many casinos currently use it?; and can players trust casinos to use it fairly? The second is an interview with Videopoker.com's chief marketing officer, Greg Brown, for details on his site. Topics covered include how players can use it for FREE to practice playing different types of games, such as Triple Play, Super Times Pay and Quick Quads: how to play in FREE daily video poker contests; how to get a FREE two-week trial of a gold membership; plus much more To watch the podcasts, 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.

Sam’s Town: New Year’s Eve day promotion, Tuesday, December 31. From 1 p.m. through 11:15 p.m. on December 31, $1,500 is up for grabs every 15 minutes. If you’re in the lucky hot seat and your player’s card number is selected you’ll win $500 cash!  Two slot players will each win $500 and one table game player will win $500, round the clock. At midnight one hot seat winner will win $5,000 cash! All players using their B Connected card (inserted properly in a machine and actively playing) at the drawing times will be eligible to win, and there is no limit to the number of times you can win.
Palms: Christmas Day Buffet from 11 am to 9 pm for $14.99 including unlimited beer and wine. All diners must have a player’s card to receive the special price.
Gold Coast, Orleans, Sam’s Town and Suncoast: Offering a special Christmas Day Buffet for only $12.99 per person with your B Connected Card.
El Cortez: $3 Holiday drink special through December 27 at all casino bars 24/7, top shelf included.
Eastside Cannery: $7 all-day buffet on Wednesday, December 26. Must have a player’s card.
Jerry’s Nugget: New Year’s Eve Events: The many offerings for December 31, 2012 include:
o   Cash Bash Giveaway – From 4am to 11:59pm, slot and video poker players earning 199 points can play the Cash Bash Spin & Win Game, available at any MoreClub Kiosk. Guaranteed cash prizes range from $5 to $100.
o   $1,000 Guaranteed Coverall – bingo players have 3 chances to win $1,000 during the coverall games held 7pm, 9pm and 11pm. 
o   New Year’s Party Baskets Giveaway – live table game bettors playing on New Year’s Eve can win a New Year’s Basket filled with an array of wines, premium liquors and party treats. Drawings held at 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm and 11:30pm with 2 winners announced at each hour. Drawing tickets earned through qualified play at the tables on New Year’s Eve.
South Point:  Offering guests a 50 percent discount on all purchases made through Dec. 24 when they pay with their Club Card points. “PAYLE$$ With Your Points” is valid in all hotel and casino bars, restaurants,  gift shops, liquor stores, bingo games, spa and salon, showroom, movie theatre, bowling arena and all New Year’s Eve events. For more information, please visit The Club booth.
Silverton: Christmas Day Specials, Tuesday, December 25:
3-Course Christmas Menu
2PM - 8PM $48 Twin Creeks
11AM - 10PM $18.95 Sundance Grill
Seasons Buffet
11AM - 8PM $24.99
Featuring: Leg of Lamb, Prime Rib Carving Station and more!

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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 Football Promotions

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery: Food and drink specials during every Sunday, Monday and Thursday game this season including $1 hotdogs and $1 draft beers and $2 wings, chili nachos and chili cheese fries that all come with a free beer! They will also offer Monday Night Football giveaways for gift cards, autographed memorabilia and more.
Arizona Charlie’s locations (Boulder and Decatur): 2nd Chance Football Contest from September 5 – December 30. Every $10 losing parlay card or 3 team minimum losing off the board parlay wager of $25 or more is eligible for entry in this drawing for a chance to win one of $10,000 in cash and prizes. $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to ten winners at each property. Prizes include $1,000 cash, 42” TVs and more. Drawings will be held on Sunday, December 30 at 5 p.m. 

Sam’s Town: Monday Night Football parties in Sam’s Town Live! Every Monday beginning September 10, viewing parties of all Monday night football games will be shown on giant movie theater size screens with weekly prizes from the “96 Bottles of Miller Beer on the Wall” throughout the party given away by the beautiful “Miller Girls.”  The doors open at 4:30 p.m. for 5:30 p.m. game time. (Exception: doors open at 3 p.m. on September 10 for the double header.) Admission is FREE for all “B-Connected” members but you must swipe card at the door for admission. You will also receive one drawing ticket for prizes and one FREE draft beer coupon.  Additional drawing tickets can be earned with the purchase of food and beverage inside the party. Food for sale inside the venue includes stadium style hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, popcorn and more. General admission seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. All drawing entries are collected throughout season for chance to win prizes at the season finale Grand Prize Drawings to be given away during the December 22 game.  The Grand Prize is a $1000 gift card and 4 additional winners will each take home a $500 gift card.  KKLZ 96.3 and Miller Lite Beer co-sponsor the parties along with Sam’s Town.

Boyd Gaming: Pick the Pros, Boyd Gaming’s award-winning football contest 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. 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.

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.

M Resort: 32 Degrees Draft Bar Football Specials during all regular college and NFL games: 8 Wings and 4 Onion Rings for $8 and Slice of Pizza (Cheese and Pepperoni only) and a select 16oz Draft Beer $7. Drawings for football prizes during select NFL games.

Ongoing December 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 12/31/13. 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 12/31/13. Just click on the blue"National Car Rental Discount Coupons" link for details.

Cosmopolitan: Through December 27, receive an extra $25 in Identity Play on top of your Point Play for every 2,500 Identity Points earned in one day on your favorite slots or video poker. Visit the Identity Membership Desk for more information.

Palms: Play, earn & win gift cards now through December 28 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. From 10 am to 10 pm on promotional days, earn the specified points needed to collect gift cards valued up to $100 for gas, McDonald’s, Visa, Coffee Bean and more. See the Palms Player’s Club for complete details.

South Point: 5x slots and 2x video poker on December. Also, through December 24, all drinks at all casino bars are $2 or $1 when using your club points.

Rio: For the 12th consecutive year headliners Penn & Teller join forces with United Blood Services to raise awareness of the need for blood donations during the holiday season. Those who donate blood between Tuesday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 30 will receive two FREE tickets to Penn & Teller’s show. The blood drive will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 30 at designated United Blood Services locations and mobile units. Guests may donate at the following locations during the hours below: 
6930 West Charleston and 601 Whitney Ranch Drive
Monday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m; Tuesday – Thursday: 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Penn & Teller perform in the Penn & Teller Theatre at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino nightly (dark Thursdays and Fridays) at 9 p.m. Regular tickets are $75 and $85, or $95 for VIP seating. For tickets, visit the Rio Box Office, call 702-777-7776 or visit riolasvegas.com

El Cortez: Throughout December, 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 $10 gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Wal-Mart, Shell or Chevron. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 50” 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 and Suncoast: Giving away Pepsi Plush Stuffed Animals December 12-23. Earn 200 same day points and receive a FREE plush toy. Earn an additional 200 points for a second one. There is a maximum of 2 per day and a maximum of 8 total over the course of the promotion per person.  In addition, the Orleans will also have gift days on Fridays. Earn 300 points from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 28 for a FREE bottle of champagne.
Bellagio: Has unveiled its annual winter display for the holiday season. It features a 45-foot Shasta Fir decorated with more than 2,500 ornaments and 13,500 white LED lights illuminate it. Rich in nostalgia and tradition, the Conservatory transforms into a magical winter wonderland featuring oversized toy soldiers, a floral holiday card and an ensemble of faux baby penguins frolicking around an ice pond. A playful family trio of topiary polar bears are adorned with “fur” coats made of more than 35,000 hand-applied white carnations as the baby bear floats on a frozen pond. Another first for the display, a gingerbread village will be specially created by Bellagio’s renowned pastry team as motorized trains whirl throughout the meticulously crafted villages. Blending the beautiful holiday sights with delightful seasonal sounds, harpists fill the Conservatory nightly from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. New to the exhibit this year, carolers stroll the Conservatory performing holiday classics from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the week leading up to December 25. On view through January 5, 2013, the holiday exhibit within the Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Nevada (statewide): William Hill Race & Sports Book is unveiling the $10,000 20/20 College Bowl Challenge – the only contest of its kind in Nevada – with bowl season beginning this week. Each entry costs $20, and players will select 20 games from the 35-game slate, picking the winner against the spread. The contest card will be available at all William Hill books throughout Nevada with no limit placed on entries per customer. Entries can be submitted at any time until kickoff of the Pinstripe Bowl at 12:15 p.m. PT on Dec. 29. The contest can be played at all 75 full-service William Hill sports books in the state, and at all kiosk locations, including those at PT’s Taverns. The winner-take-all format will pay out a $10,000 guaranteed grand prize to the entry to select the most correct games against the spread. If the total amount of entry fees collected exceeds $10,000, then 100% of the additional entry fees will be added to the grand prize money.  As an added bonus, William Hill is offering a $50,000 bonus if the winner can land a perfect 20-for-20 card. The college bowl season officially begins on Dec. 15 with a pair of games, the first of which – the New Mexico Bowl, featuring Nevada and Arizona – kicks off at 10 a.m. PT. The last game on the bowl schedule will be the Jan. 7 BCS Championship, played in Miami between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama. For full contest rules and locations, please visit williamhill.us.

Sam’s Town: Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is decked out for the holiday season with its whimsical winter display and holiday-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show, now through January 1. Cowboy Santa adds to the festive atmosphere as he greets guests in the park. Sam’s Town will host the 15-minute laser light spectacular hourly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1, each show concluding with an artificial snowfall throughout the Mystic Falls atrium. For further information on Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland, visit samstownlv.com.

Silverton: 12 Lucky Elves Earn & Win Pull Tabs. Dates: December 2 – December 29. Silverton Rewards Club members will receive a Pull Tab by earning 500 points throughout the day. Points must be earned on each day and will not roll over to the following day. Wednesday and Thursday are ½ Point Earning Days. Players will receive a Pull Tab for earning 250 points. Players that earn a 12 Lucky Elves Pull Tab could win up to $12,000 cash, Free Slot Play, Dining credits, and much more.
Venetian: Da Vinci – The Genius is now welcoming children 12 and under with FREE admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids and parents, alike, will enjoy pushing, pulling and cranking their way through the exhibition’s 13 themed areas, featuring over 200 pieces. The exhibition also offers older students with a valid school ID a special discounted price of $17. Da Vinci – The Genius’ limited engagement in Las Vegas will conclude on January 27, 2013. The exhibition is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets prices are as follows: $25 for general admission; $23 for seniors 65 and older; $20 for Nevada residents. Tickets can be purchased at Imagine Exhibitions Gallery, The Venetian box office or online at www.Venetian.com.
Rampart Casino: Showcasing the “$75,000 Winter Wonderwheel of Cash” promotion with drawings every Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m. Players will earn double entries Monday through Thursday and 20 winners will be chosen to win up to $5,000 cash every Saturday. Visit the club booth for details.
Cosmopolitan: Transformed the iconic Boulevard Pool into a winter wonderland overlooking the heart of The Las Vegas Strip. The Ice Rink is now open featuring skating on real ice, custom-designed fire pits, warm cocktails, s’mores and much more. The Ice Rink will combine breathtaking views and a playful, yet luxurious atmosphere to create the most original winter retreat in Las Vegas.  This unique experience will allow guests to enjoy the brisk outdoors amongst fire pits, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, sample hot drinks and bites, and skate on real ice with family and friends. Special evening programming will offer a night for everyone including ‘Date Skate’ Mondays, where visitors will experience a date night on ice as scenes from beloved holiday movies play on the resort’s 65’ digital marquee.  Every Wednesday the most renowned DJs in Las Vegas will turn The Ice Rink into an outdoor club scene during ‘Industry Skate on The Strip,’ creating a nightlife experience unlike any other.  Finally, ‘Throwback Thursdays’ will give guests the opportunity to dig out their leg warmers and disco gear as they skate the night away to music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. A full bar will also be available, including The Ice Rink’s signature cocktail, The Campfire Delight, along with warm and savory food options. The Ice Rink will be open through Sunday, Jan. 20.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Holiday Hours from Dec. 24 – Jan. 4 are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.  All day skating access is $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents.  Visitors to The Ice Rink are allowed to bring their own skates, or can rent a pair for $5.  The Ice Rink is open to those that are at least two years old and children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 21 years old.  Admission to the unique winter atmosphere surrounding The Ice Rink is free.  The Ice Rink will be closed on New Year’s Eve. The Ice Rink is available for special event buyouts and group packages.  For information regarding either, contact Catering at CateringInquiries@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.  For additional information on The Ice Rink, please visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

Caesars Palace: Enter for a chance to win a weekly shopping spree valued at $1,000 at the Forum Shops and a final drawing for a $2,500 shopping spree to be given away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. (Yes, they are open Christmas Day!)  Complete details are available at the Concierge Centers.

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Silver Nugget, Lucky Club, and Opera House: Launched new “My Points” players club.  $1 coin-in = 3 points. 1,000 points = $1.00 cash back, comp, or merchandise. Special (through Dec 30): 750 Points = $1.00 in free slot play. Pit players now also earn actual points for play. New members receive $3- $100 in free slot play upon first carded play automatically.
D Las Vegas: Through Feb 28, 2013, D Las Vegas will be offering $50 free slot play or $50 matchplay to guests who present a Spirit Airlines boarding pass within 24 hours of arrival in Vegas.

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.

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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