Here’s what we found for the week of December 5, 2010…
December Gambling Podcast – All About Video Poker with Michael “The Wizard of Odds” Shackleford – A video podcast hosted on Youtube! 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 December podcast Steve interviews Michael Shackleford, also known as the “Wizard of Odds.” They talk about how video poker machines work and how to win on them.
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.
El Cortez: Guests can celebrate the holidays with FREE slices of fresh Marie Callendar’s pecan pie for all Club Cortez members on Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Club Cortez members can enjoy the treat game side while playing slots and table games.
Orleans: $1.2 million in free slot dollars up for grabs in the “12 Days of Holiday Cash” promotion December 12-23. Beginning December 12, 1,000 randomly selected B Connected members will receive $100 in free slot dollars. 1,000 lucky winners will be selected every day for 12 days. All the eligible B Connected accounts will have 1,200 bonus points attached on a daily basis. To receive the bonus points, you must come in daily and earn one (1) base point. Complete rules/details will be posted at the B Connected Club.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Encouraging the public to donate gently used coats and clothing at the Hard Rock Store to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. The Hard Rock Store will be collecting items now through Dec. 31. Any guests that make a donation will receive 25% off any purchases in the Hard Rock Store and Love Jones, and will received 25% off wine and sake in the Fuel store. Guests that donate will also be entered into a raffle to win a $500 shopping spree at the Hard Rock Store.
M Resort: ½ Price Dining Promotion through December. Dine at M Resort’s fine dining restaurants (Terzetto, Marinelli’s and Veloce Cibo) and receive ½ off when you use your iMagine Rewards points to pay. Tax, gratuity, holiday periods and alcohol are not included.
Gold Coast: “Take it or Trade it” in December and January. Slot and table players are eligible. Drawings will be held every Saturday at 8:15 pm beginning December 18 through January 29. Players earn triple entries every Friday. Keep $800 or trade it for an envelope that could have one of the following: $200, $300, $600, $1,000, $1,500 or $4,000.
Hooters Casino Hotel: NFR (National Finals Rodeo) Fever! $1.50 Bud and Bud Lights available at all casino bars 24/7. This promotion will run the whole month of December. From December 2 through December 12, you’ll find $3 Jack Daniel Shots and $5 Jack Daniel Drinks at all casino bars around the clock. Win a Hooters Custom Horse Trailer, a two horse “Royal T” trailer customized in Hooters orange and white. Earn drawing tickets through December 11 when you play with your Owl Reward Club Card. You can also earn drawing tickets when you buy retail or food and beverage items at the property. The drawing will take place December 11 at 11:00 p.m. Winner not need be present. Visit the Owl Rewards Club for more details.
Palms Casino Resort: $50,000 Tantalizing Tuesday Swipe and Win promotion every Tuesday through December 28, located in the Promotions Center in the Food Court from 8 am-10 pm. One prize will be awarded each promotional swipe day to all Club Palms members who earn 25 base points on slots or video poker per promotional day. Redemption for prizes other than point multipliers or promotional cash will occur in the Food Court from 8:00am – 10:00pm. All prizes must be claimed by expiration date on voucher by 10pm. Prizes may include but are not limited to: up to $500 cash, free slot play prizes up to $100, food credits and additional prizes.
Mandalay Bay: Disney’s THE LION KING invites Las Vegas locals to celebrate the holiday season with an unbeatable 2-for-1 deal. This offer is available for performances through March 15, 2011 and includes 50 percent off orchestra and front mezzanine seats. To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or Mandalay Bay Box Office at 702-632-7580 or visit lionking.com. Use code “HOLIDAY” and present a valid Nevada ID at the Box Office.
FREE $100 at Full Tilt Poker – The American Casino Guide web site has a great offer from Full Tilt Poker to get $100 for FREE! You don’t need to deposit any money or give any credit card information. You just get $100 for FREE! For all of the details, go to –http://americancasinoguide.com/promotions/online-poker/free-poker-money.shtml
Luck, Royals, Good Food and Jackpots to all….. Regards, H. Scot Krause
Author not responsible for omissions, changes and/or errors.
Ongoing December 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/
South Point: December: “PAY LE$$ WITH YOUR POINTS.” 50% off when paying with your club points at the following locations: all bars and restaurants, hotel, Gift Shop, Liquor Store, Bingo, Spa, Salon, Showroom, movies, bowling and all New Year’s Parties (excludes gift cards.)
Eastside Cannery: 50” HD TV Table Games Giveaway: Every Saturday (December 11, 18, 25) 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entries will be distributed to all rated table players every half hour. Thirty names will be drawn to win $25 – $250 cash and all winners will be entered into a drawing for a 50” HD TV. One TV will be given away each Saturday. Players must be present to win.
Orleans: Holiday Gift Blowout December 6, 11 am-7 pm. Earn 50 base slot points and redeem for a FREE gift in The Big Easy Lounge (complete rules/details posted at the B Connected Club).
Silverton Casino Lodge: December “Shop ‘Til You Drop” gaming promotion. Discovery Card Club players can bring their “Shop ‘Til You Drop” gift card to the Discovery Club every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December to swipe and win great prizes. Select lucky Discovery Club members will be mailed the promotional gift cards to get them in the holiday spirit. New Player Signups will receive one of the “Shop ‘Til You Drop” gift cards by signing up as a new member at the Discovery Club. Those who do not receive one by mail or as a new sign up may pick up the gift card at the Discovery Club during club hours. Such members will not be eligible for free swipes, but may earn one swipe on each day of the promotion. Swipe & Win prizes include:
—Cash up to $5,000
—Free slot play
—And mystery gifts
Qualifying Discovery Club members receive one free swipe each Thursday, Friday and Saturday and may earn one bonus swipe each day by earning 250 points between 2:00 a.m. and 1:59 a.m. the following day. Players may earn a maximum of one bonus swipe per day and as a bonus for the holidays, players get to keep all of their points.
Rampart Casino: $40,000 Cash Drawings: Saturdays (December 11, 18, 25.) Earn one entry for the cash drawing per 100 points of slot play or one hour of table play at $10 average bet. Winners will be drawn each Saturday at 7 p.m. Players may start earning entries on November 28.
Tuscany: Play to earn great gift cards in December. Each 1,000 points accumulated with play on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays gets a $10 gift card from a variety of department stores, gas and grocery. Restrictions apply. See Players Club for complete details.
Jerry’s Nugget: The Swipe & Win Giveaway gets even more generous with holiday-themed gifts added to the prize list. Once earning 25 base points on slots, video poker and video keno from 4 am to 11:59 pm, guests can go to The MoreClub Kiosk to play the Swipe & Win game. New prizes include holiday cakes, cookies and treats from Uncle Angelo’s Bakery and assorted Mystery Gifts from the Gift Shop. Players can still have a chance at winning valuable prizes like $200 cash, $100 free comp, Jerry’s Nugget gift cards and free instant points. The Swipe & Win Giveaway has continued to be a signature mainstay at Jerry’s Nugget since July 2010. Holiday Swipe & Win is available every Monday and Wednesday until December 29.
Ellis Island: Earn 2,000 points on any machine and choose a gift. Points are not deducted from the players account. Obtain your tickets from the Kiosk. All 2,000 points must be earned on the same day in December.
El Cortez: Hosting a toy drive in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas through Dec. 10. Toy donations will be accepted at the El Cortez casino cage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the toy drive and all guests who donate a toy will receive $10 in FREE play.
Vegas Club: The only bingo room in Downtown Las Vegas has moved from the Plaza and is now located inside the Las Vegas Club Hotel and Casino. They offer 6 daily sessions at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm and daily hot ball progressive games. The Las Vegas Club’s bingo room offers Las Vegas’ most liberal coverall – $10,000 in 52 numbers or less and also hosts a $5,000 Bonanza (50 numbers or less), $1,000 Bonanza (51 – 55 numbers) and $500 Bonanza (56 numbers or more). Daily Second Chance Coverall at sessions 11am and 5pm. Prizes include $125, $250, $375 or $500 in Free Slot Play. At 1pm and 7pm they offer double pay on even number games.
O’Sheas: Understanding that folks are feeling the pinch when it comes to spending, Dirk Arthur Wild Magic offers a 100 percent money back guarantee for guests that aren’t satisfied with the show. General admission tickets are $22.95 and VIP tickets are also available for $33.95 for reserved stage-side seating. Those who purchase two or more tickets receive a FREE plush tiger. Tickets are exclusive of tax and fees and are on sale now and can be purchased at both Flamingo and O’Sheas box offices, by calling (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting harrahs.com/osheas or lventertainment.com. Guests wanting a ticket refund should go to the O’Sheas Box Office located next to the theater immediately following the show.
Hard Rock: Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 coffee shop features two new graveyard specials available from midnight to 6 am, daily. Guests can enjoy New York Steak & Eggs, complete with an 8 oz NY Steak, two eggs, hash browns and toast, all for $4.99. In addition, the classic old-school burger and French fries is now available as a Burger Basket Special for $3.99.
Sam’s Town: Mystic Falls Park will once again transform into a popular winter wonderland for the holidays through January 2. To enhance the true holiday experience, Sam’s Town has partnered with Nellis Air Force Base for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Coinciding with the date of the lighting ceremony on November 24, Sam’s Town will accept donations of used mobile phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Each phone donated to the program equates to an hour of talk time for soldiers abroad. Teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money, founded Cell Phones for Soldiers. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Guests who donate used phones at the B Connected Club at Sam’s Town between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on November 24 will receive a coupon for a FREE hot chocolate, courtesy of Java in the Park, a beverage perfect to enjoy while perusing the holiday themed displays. Upon entering Mystic Falls, guests will be greeted with festive garland streams, whimsical snow covered lampposts and more than 50 glimmering trees adorned in lights. A dazzling 30-foot professionally decorated Christmas tree is sure to inspire holiday cheer. As the holiday show begins, three new polar bear scenes and a river scene with two fishing polar bears come to life in their snowy surroundings. Like in the Western snowy mountains, snow floats from the sky capping the waterfall and mountain range. All the while, light images and shooting water dance to traditional holiday music including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Let It Snow” and “The Nutcracker,” placing guests in the middle of a magical winter wonderland experience in the heart of the Boulder Strip. The free 15-minute winter show will take place at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly. For further information on Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland, visit samstownlv.com or cellphonesfrosoldiers.com
Westin Casuarina: New member promotion: If you don’t win, get back your losses up to $25 in FREE play. Promo is valid day of new member sign up. See Player’s Club for details. (New/ongoing until further notice.)
Harrah’s (Las Vegas Properties): Launched an innovative new way for guests to experience more of the best of Las Vegas’ diverse selection of shows with the All Stage Pass . This new program allows guests to purchase a pass for a one-time fee and see as many shows as they like in a 48-hour period. Participating in the program are entertainment offerings at Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, O’Sheas, Paris and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino offering the following roster of shows participating in All Stage Pass:
Jubilee! (7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.)
Human Nature (7:30 p.m.)
Rita Rudner (8:30 p.m.)
Matt Goss (10:00 p.m.)
Mac King (1:00 & 3:00 p.m.)
The Improv (8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.)
Legends in Concert (7:30 & 10:00 p.m.)
Chippendales (8:00 p.m.)
Divas Las Vegas (10:00 p.m.)
Nathan Burton (4:00 p.m.)
Matsuri (4:00 p.m.)
Anthony Cools (9:00 p.m.)
George Wallace (10:00 p.m.)
X Burlesque (10:00 p.m.)
Vinnie Favorito (8:00 p.m.)
The Price is Right (2:30 & 7:30 p.m.)
Dirk Arthur (7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.)
The All Stage Pass allows guests to see as many of the 17 shows offered within 48 hours of purchase and is priced at $99 (plus tax and fees) for Harrah’s Total Rewards members, $119 (plus tax and fees) for non-members. All Stage Pass holders receive preferred pricing of just $40 (plus tax) per ticket for premium shows including Cher, Donny & Marie, Barry Manilow and Penn & Teller. All Stage Pass can be purchased at the Planet Hollywood box office located on the casino floor across from the Heart Bar. After purchasing an All Stage Pass, guests simply visit the box office at the property of the show they would like to see and present their pass for one ticket. Tickets to shows are based on availability and can be picked up no more than two hours in advance of show time. For more information on the All Stage Pass and current show dates and times, visit lventertainment.com
Terrible’s: Thru December, earn 7,500 base points in a week (Sun-Sat) and receive a $75 comp to McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (points are not deducted). Or redeem 20,000 points and receive a $75 comp to McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant.
Gold Coast: Receive a 100 coin bonus on the video poker “Card of the Day” at the Redzone Sports Bar. (Ongoing until further notice.)
Suncoast: Suncoast Hit Parade resumes at the Suncoast Showroom every Thursday, at 2 p.m. The popular weekly matinee event is a 75-minute live entertainment variety show. Tickets are FREE for B Connected Club members. B Connected membership is free. Must be 21 or older. Further information is available by visiting suncoastcasino.com
Palazzo: Laguna is a full-service champagne and cocktail bar perfect for meeting and mingling. For $20, guests can enjoy “Bottomless Bubbly” every night from 8 pm to midnight. (Ongoing until further notice.)
Binion’s Gambling Hall: Mother Lode swipe and win promotion. Club Binion’s members earn points by playing slots or video poker and receive up to three swipes every single day on the Mother Lode. Every swipe is a winner and Binion’s is giving away tons of prizes including free slot play, free drinks, free food and cash. Cash prizes start at $50 for the first swipe, $100 for the second swipe, and the Mother Lode $2,500 with the third. Club Binion’s members earn their first swipe after just five points, get a second swipe at 40 points and the third swipe comes at 500 points. And not only will players receive their Mother Lode prizes, they will be earning cash back and comps simultaneously. For every $5 in coin-in on slots and for every $8 on video poker, players earn one point. The promotion resets daily, so players can come back day after day for their three swipes, and the chance at $2,500.
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.
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.
Westin Casuarina: New member promotion: If you don’t win, get back your losses up to $25 in FREE play. Promo is valid day of new member sign up. See Player’s Club for details. (New/ongoing until further notice.)
Eldorado Casino (Henderson): Thru November: “Saturdays Play on Us Cash & Bonus Cash Giveaway.” Win $500 in Free Play. Drawings at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Earn tickets thru slot play. Also: FREE Slot Tournament every Saturday from Noon-4 pm. See Prime Rewards for more details on all promotions.
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/
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder: Monday Night Mania continues through the NFL season with drink specials and prize giveaways during the Monday night games in the Palace Grand Lounge. Raffle entries are earned by purchasing any Budweiser product.
M Resort: Offering iMagine Rewards members a chance to win their share of more than $150,000 in cash prizes in their FREE football contest. The contest runs weekly thru January 2, 2011. Open to all iMagine Rewards members, the contest includes $9,000 in weekly cash prizes with $5,000 going to first place, $2,500 to second place and $1,500 to third place. iMagine Rewards club members can receive a FREE weekly entry as well as up to 10 additional entries daily by earning base slot points or rated table play. iMagine Rewards members earning 5,000 base slot points within the past 30 days of the date of their win will receive double prize winnings in FREE slot play. In addition to the FREE $150,000 contest, M Resort will celebrate football every Monday night throughout the season with drink specials in select casino bars on property. Specials include $1 select shots with every touchdown and $2 Miller and Coors draft pints. 32¢ª Draft Bar, which offers 96 of the coldest beers on tap, will be home to a live radio broadcast with KKLZ 96.3, the world-famous Miller Girls and prize giveaways. Visit the Race & Sports Book for contest details and registration.
Club Fortune Casino (Henderson): Features Monday Night Mayhem from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for football fans. Players club members receive FREE Budweiser and Bud Light draft beers for the first quarter of games. Club Fortune Casino has more than 550 slot machines, a brand new Poker Room, table games including blackjack, craps and mini-baccarat for guests to enjoy as well as a players club program. The Player Rewards Center business hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. The casino is located at 725 Racetrack Road in Henderson. For more information, call (702) 566-5555 or visit ClubFortuneCasino.com
Jerry’s Nugget Casino: Monday Night Football Parties. The Race and Sports Book will officially kick off the weekly Monday Night Football Party on September 13. Sports bettors making a minimum $10 bet on Monday’s football game or Night Racing will receive full access to the Party Zone at the Jerry’s Nugget Race and Sports Book. Guests will receive seating to watch the game throughout the Sports Book, meet and greet with football guru Harvey Hyde, plus receive a FREE drawing ticket to win an assortment of cash and prizes to be given away during the Big Game. Throughout the MNF parties, guests can chow down on delicious pizza slices and hot dogs all for $1 each. Budweiser beers will be $1 each for Party Zone guests. First quarter drawings consist of $25 cash and various prizes. At halftime, a $50 cash giveaway and more prizes will be given away, and finally $75 cash and even more prizes will be drawn after the Third Quarter. All winners must be present to win. Limit one cash prize and one gift item per guest.
Suncoast: FREE Monday Night Football Parties. First draft and hot dog are FREE. Prizes given away throughout the night.
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower: Brings back Pro Football Headquarters. Throughout the season, enjoy FREE admission, live Blackjack tables featuring beautiful entertainment dealers, and four live betting stations dedicated to football bettors. Savor Jalapeño Beer Brats with sautéed peppers and onions, BBQ Pulled Pork Ciabatta, Buffalo Chicken Wings and Build-Your-Own Baked Potato Bar—all only $2 each. Quench your thirst with $5 pitchers of Bud Light, delivered to your table by Cheerleader Cocktail Servers in the only showroom on the Strip to offer table seating. Plus FREE T-shirts will be given to the first 500 guests every Sunday while supplies last. Showroom doors open at 9 a.m. every Sunday beginning September 12. Pro Football HQ is in the Stratosphere Theater of the Stars showroom, located one level above the casino floor. Go up the escalator across from Roxy’s Diner.
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.
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.
Palms: $300,000 Pigskin Payoff Football Contest. Weekly contest throughout the season. $25 entry fee. Sign up at the Race & Sports Book.
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