Here’s what we found for the week of June 26, 2011…

This information is from Scot Krause, our roving reporter, who supplies us each week with information on the best Las Vegas Promotions. It’s only available here on the americancasinoguide.com web site so be sure to come back each Sunday to find out about the best values in Las Vegas.

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Riviera: Got Gas? From July 1-31, you can win a $300 gas card, with $27,900 in cards awarded! There will be three winners nightly, with drawings at 7:15 pm each night in July at Club Riviera. Earn one entry for every 50 points.

Hard Rock: Beginning Monday, June 27, there is a new happy hour in town, this time at the Hard Rock Beach Club.  Partygoers can satisfy their appetites with specially-priced alcoholic beverages and delectable cuisine.  Drink specials include: buckets and pitchers of beer ($25), sport cups filled with guests’ favorite well drinks and Budweiser products ($14), sake specialty drinks ($5) and half bottles of sake ($50).  Happy hour fare includes: grilled pita and hummus dip ($6), Red and Rock sushi combo, consisting of a California roll and spicy tuna roll ($14) and the Beach Club salad, featuring smoked bacon, toasted pecans, grilled chicken, dijon vinaigrette and a drizzle of honey-mesquite barbeque sauce ($8). Happy hour is available from 6 to 8 p.m.  Monday through Friday at the West Pool Bar and the Palapa and from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the RELAX Pool Bar. 

Orleans: Thirsty Thursdays Giveaway. Thursdays July 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 11 am to 7 pm. Earn 50 points and receive a FREE 6 pack of Pepsi or Diet Pepsi and a cooler. Swipe your B Connected card at any kiosk to print voucher and present at B Connected Club to receive FREE Pepsi.

MGM Grand: Celebrate 4th of July with the CSI The Experience. CSI: The Experience is offering a special family package of four tickets for just $89 with mention of “family four pack.” Families can spend quality time together and team up to solve one of three mysterious crimes in the interactive exhibit. The family package is available at the MGM Grand box office located next to CSI: The Experience.  Located along MGM Grand’s Studio Walk, CSI: The Experience is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  General admission is $30 per person. The exhibit is designed for guests 12 years of age or older.  Multimedia portions of the exhibit are presented in English with Spanish subtitles.  For more information, call MGM Grand at (702) 891-1111 or go online to csiexhibit.com.

Venetian: Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular will continue to celebrate its fifth anniversary throughout the duration of the summer with a special offer for its fans. For a limited time, guests can enjoy a 2 for $99 ticket offer. This offer can be redeemed by using the code 99PAIR when ordering tickets. The offer is valid through September 4, 2011 and is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Phantom performs at The Venetian Resort – Hotel – Casino on Monday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm (dark on Sunday). Tickets are available by calling the Venetian Box Office at 866-641-7469 or online at Venetian.com. For groups of 10 or more, please call (702) 785-5394. For more information please visit phantomlasvegas.com.

El Cortez: Will celebrate Independence Day weekend with a classic car show, live bands and delicious eats from Engine 1 Pizza at the Jackie Gaughan Parkway on Sunday, July 3 from 1 to 6 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will showcase approximately 60 American-made, classic cars, courtesy of Ultracar LTD, Inc., with five of the vehicles open to guests for photo opportunities both inside and outside the car. In true “vintage Vegas” fashion, El Cortez will also have a 1963 pink Cadillac on display with an Elvis impersonator behind the wheel for photo opportunities. In addition to live entertainment there will be a cash bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and Engine 1 Pizza will be on location throughout the day with their delicious menu selections available for purchase. The mobile pizza oven is well known for their custom pizzas, which are handmade with fresh ingredients, such as the basil used in their legendary homemade pesto. The Engine 1 menu includes classic pizzas, artisan pizzas, breaded mozzarella sticks, breaded zucchini sticks, seasoned sweet potato fries, breaded mushrooms and boneless Buffalo wings.

Ellis Island: Quadruple The Heat drawings all summer. Drawings held every Monday through August 29. Four cash drawings of the high temperature of the day! Drawings held at 6PM, 7PM, 8PM & 9PM. Earn unlimited drawing tickets for every 300 base points earned same day.  Must be present to win.  Dollar amount determined by the high temperature of the day as posted at 6PM on LasVegasNow.com for 89109 zip code. Additional details at Promo Booth.

Primm Valley Casino Resorts: Celebrates the birth of the United States with a spectacular holiday promotion and fireworks display.  On July 4, Primm will launch its Swipe n’ Salute promotion that awards casino players free slot play. At 9:30 p.m., the casino will display the ultimate fireworks show that will paint the night sky with brilliant colors. The Swipe n’ Salute promotion will run for an entire 24 hours on July 4. Casino players will earn bonus slot play based on the number of base points raised throughout the day.  Bonuses can be redeemed when players reach the following benchmarks:
·         Earn 444 points, get $10 free slot play bonus
·         Earn 1,444 points, get $40 free slot play bonus
·         Earn 2,444 points, get $60 free slot play bonus
·         Earn 4,444 points, get $100 free slot play bonus
·         Earn 14,444 points, get $444 free slot play bonus
Guest can redeem their bonus one time throughout the promotional period.

June Gambling Podcast Visiting the casinos of Biloxi and The Mississippi Gulf Coast – 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 June edition, Steve takes a video tour of the casinos of the Gulf Coast in Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. He lets viewers see what each casino looks like, plus he gives details on what the area offers in the way of other attractions. To see the podcast, go to: http://www.americancasinoguide.com/gambling-podcasts

Ongoing June Promotions

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Win free buffets for two at the Gold Coast in Las Vegas – We have five certificates for two FREE buffets at the Gold Coast in Las Vegas that we are giving away!  To win one of our five FREE buffet certificates for two all you have to do is make a post in our forum during June 2011. At the end of the month we will randomly choose five winners. Remember, the more posts you make, the better your chances of winning! To visit the forum, go to –  http://forum.americancasinoguide.com/forum.php The names of the five winners will be announced in early July in the discussion forum.

El Cortez: Throughout June, 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 Island Shirt. 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.

Riviera: Riv It Up Harley-Davidson Giveaway. Play your favorite slots and video poker games to win a Harley-Davidson.  Through June 26, earn one entry for every 50 points, with 5x entries on Sundays. Drawing will be held on June 26 at 6 pm. Winner need not be present to win; however if the drawn winner is present, they may win up to an additional $3,000 in cash. Must register at Club Riviera.

Orleans: Earn 300 points and receive a FREE gift. Swipe your B Connected card at any kiosk to receive a gift voucher. Present at B Connected booth to receive the designated FREE gift as follows:
—June 26: Keypad Alarm System

Rampart Casino: “Cleaning Out the Closet in Addison’s Lounge” (June 30.) Earn 300 points and receive one FREE past promotional item.

Club Fortune (Henderson): Earn 1,500 points during the month of June and receive a FREE Indoor BBQ Grill. Keep your earned points too.

Palms: Federated Sports + Gaming (FS+G) and the Palms Casino Resort are hosting daily pro-am qualifying satellites through July 31, 2011 to give patrons a chance to win a $1,500 seat into the Federated Sports + Gaming pro-am event August 5 – 8 at the Palms. All games are no limit Texas Hold ‘Em with $40 to $340 buy-in options. Monday through Friday the satellites are held in the Palms Poker Room, times are based on demand; Saturday and Sunday the satellites are in the Key West Ballroom from noon to 10 p.m. with a super satellite at 7 p.m. and a guaranteed seat to the pro-am event. For more information, call 702-942-7777.

Rio: McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon will celebrate the Fourth of July with “Red, White and Booze” on Saturday, July 2. Guests will enjoy patriotic drink specials, American style drinking games and plenty of prizes. The party kicks off with a “Happy 2 Hours” from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. with all-you-can-drink cocktails for only $15. Next, partiers will enjoy an open bar from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. for $20 for ladies and $30 for guys. Plus, anyone to purchase the open bar will receive a raffle ticket to be entered to win prizes all night. Guests will also enjoy $2 red, white and blue Jell-O shots. Patrons may also enter the red, white and blue chugging contest for a chance to win a summer BBQ.

Mandalay Bay: Disney’s THE LION KING at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is extending its locals ticket offer just for children through the end of June. In celebration of its second anniversary on the Strip, THE LION KING will continue to offer each adult purchasing one full-price ticket the opportunity to purchase two child tickets for only $15 per ticket.  This applies to any weekend matinee performance through June 26. This special offer for local families is a way for THE LION KING to thank the Las Vegas community for its support since the show’s May 2009 debut. To purchase tickets, call Mandalay Bay Box Office at 702-632-7580 or MGM Resorts Call Center at 877-632-7000. Mention “ROAR” and bring valid Nevada ID to pick up tickets. Children must be 17 years of age or under; maximum two child tickets per one adult ticket. Recommended viewing age for THE LION KING is six years and older.

Las Vegas Hilton
:  Every Tuesday through August 30, play on select slot machines with your Las Vegas Hilton Player’s Card and you will receive 10X the points and 5X on select video poker machines.  Visit the Player’s Club for more information. Only available on select machines. You must have your player’s card inserted and accepted in the machine during play to earn point multiplier.

Silverton: Any Silverton Rewards Club member with a player’s card and a valid ID is welcome to participate in the “Go Bananas!” game piece promotion where the prizes include: free slot play, cash prizes, dining offers and more. The object of the game is to rack up points throughout each day to earn game pieces that are different colors, which represent different types of prizes. Players who earn a certain amount of points in one day between June 1 and June 30 receive a game piece of a specific color. Those who earn 1,000 points in one day receive a Blue Go Bananas! Players who earn 5,000 points in one day get a Red Go Bananas! Those earning 10,000 points in one day receive a Green Go Bananas! Guests have between 2 a.m. and 1:59 a.m. each day to earn points and they can only earn up to one game piece per day, but are able to keep all of the points earned. Guests can pick up their game pieces at the Silverton Rewards Club by midnight the day after they earn their points and the game pieces must be opened in front of an authorized Silverton Team member. The game pieces are worth different prizes: those who earn cash prizes as well as Free Slot Play offers will receive their cash and Free Slot Play upon redeeming their game piece. Free Slot Play will expire 30 days after the date issued. All other offers, including Food and Beverage offers will expire on December 31, 2011.

South Point: Swipe, Spin & Win every day in June. Earn 200 same day base slot points between 3 am and 11pm to spin the wheel on the kiosk for a chance to win: $50 free play, $50 gas card, $25 free play, $25 off any restaurant, 2X points, free lunch buffet, 2,500 bonus points or regular adult movie ticket.

Primm Valley Casino Resort: Offering FREE unlimited amusement rides for Nevada residents from June 1 through June 30. Casino guests simply need to present a Nevada ID any weekday in June and they will receive unlimited attraction passes for all members in their party.  Attraction passes are good for an entire day of free falling, splash making and rides for the entire family. For more information on Primm Valley Casino Resorts’ attractions and specials call 702-679-RIDE or visit their web site at primmvalleyresorts.com

Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town: $1.3 Million Winning Wednesdays. Every Wednesday in June from 10 am to 10pm. Swipe at any kiosk to see what you have won. One swipe after earning one (1) point based on slot play. A second swipe after earning two hundred (200) points based on slot play. A third swipe after earning four hundred (400) points based on slot play. Prizes range from $5 to $50,000. Prizes in the amount of $5 – $599 will be awarded directly to the winner’s B Connected accounts in equivalent point amounts. Those prize points may be redeemed for cash.

Crystals at CityCenter: In celebration of National Steakhouse Month, Eva Longoria’s Beso Steakhouse and Eve Nightclub will extend a special offer to Las Vegas locals, available throughout the month of June. Las Vegas locals that dine at Longoria’s luxurious Beso Steakhouse will receive 20 percent off their entire bill through the entire month of June in addition to FREE admission to her opulent Eve Nightclub. For nightlife connoisseurs, local guys will receive reduced admission for just $10 at Eve Nightclub while local ladies enjoy complimentary admission and FREE champagne until midnight. Residents will also receive preferred reservations and preferred VIP pricing on bottle service. For more information visit e4velv.com and submit your reservation.

Hard Rock: Johnny Smalls is now open for lunch from 11am to 3 pm Thursday – Monday and offers an all-you-can-eat-tapas special for $15.99. In addition, new extended hours on Friday – Sunday feature two-for-one cocktails and a late night menu with all-you-can-eat-tapas for $15.99. Rockstar Players Card required for discount prices.

Palms: Has created a special space on the casino floor entitled “Slot Emporium,” a dedicated gaming area filled with a wide variety of slots that offer unique prizes in addition to top jackpots. Boasting a variety of favorite slots, including Wizards of Wealth, China Shores, Roman Tribune, Hee-Haw Scatter, Rings of Riches, Golden Scepter, the Slot Emporium is sure to deliver an unmatched gaming experience.  The Slot Emporium allows patrons to play for jackpots in addition to special bonus prizes including an Xbox 360, a Harley-Davidson, iPads, MacBooks, Nikon cameras, designer purses, gift cards and more. The Slot Emporium is next to The Poker Room on the casino floor.

Planet Hollywood: Piano! Las Vegas at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is now offering half price tickets to all Las Vegas locals. Ticket prices for locals start at $14.99 for general admission and $19.99 for VIP seating plus taxes and box office fees. To purchase tickets call (866) 932-1818, visit pianolasvegas.com or go to the V Theater Box Office.

Western Casino: Now offers the following dollar choices:
—$1.00 Beer and $1.00 Shots: $1.00 Coors Draft and $1.00 Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey and Smirnoff shots.
—Your $100,000 Lucky Buck Giveaway!
$1.00 = $100,000. Match all 10 serial numbers and letters, on any one dollar bill, and win! Serial number changed every 30 minutes with complete rules and information available at the property. Any dollar can win!
—Western Cafe’s $1.00 Value Menu: Menu features sausage and egg biscuit, short stack of pancakes, classic hot dog, grilled cheese sandwich and many more choices.
—Gaming: Play $2 Blackjack 11 AM – 3 AM daily and $1 Craps 3 PM – 11 PM daily

Binion’s Gambling Hall: Binion’s Poker Classic runs through July 11.  The Four Queens Hotel & Casino, Binion’s sister property, is offering all Poker Classic participants a $24 midweek rate and a $52 rate on the weekends.  In addition, players with a receipt from any Binion’s Poker Classic event will be given $25 in chips after one hour of live play in Binion’s Hall of Fame Poker Room.  The receipt is good one time and must be used within 48 hours of the tournament event. From the first event on May 30 to the last on July 11, Binion’s will seat players for 43 different games, with five No Limit Hold’em events and two specialty events each week throughout the tournament. The specialty events include H.O.R.S.E, PLO 8 and Limit Omaha 8.  The Main Event will take place over two days starting June 30, and has the highest buy-in of the Poker Classic at $1,000.  Some events are as little as $100 buy-ins, while most fall within $150-$200 range.  Generally, the buy-ins at the Binion’s Poker Classic are about one-tenth of the World Series of Poker events.  To participate in any of the Binion’s Poker Classic events, players register the day of the event in which they would like to play.  Registration opens two hours prior to the start time.  For the special room rate at the Four Queens, reservations may be made in advance by calling 800-634-6045.  Players will need to show their receipt from a Binion’s Poker Classic event to receive the special rate.

Mandalay Bay: The Lion King Las Vegas will perform its final show on December 30, 2011.

Las Vegas Hilton: Cool by the Pool Happy Hour is back for the summer from 4 pm to 8 pm daily. Live entertainment, drawings, 2-for-1 drinks, $2 Shrimp Cocktails and $3 Ceviche. Admission is FREE.

Tropicana: “Even the Odds” New Member Promotion, through June 30, 2011. New members (not previously a member of any Tropicana Players Club under current or former names) receive reimbursement for 1st day slot loss up to $200 (reimbursed in free slot play: 50% of loss is reimbursed same gaming day; 50% of loss will be available in free slot play starting on the 3rd day of the following calendar month; valid for 1 year).  For example, if your actual loss on your initial visit is between $20-$29, you will receive $10 in free play reimbursement on the same day and $10 in free play available the following month.  $200 maximum reimbursement.

Hard Rock: New sign-ups for Rockstar Players Club – Receive a bottle of wine when you earn 250 points on Rockstar Players Club card (Ongoing until further notice.)

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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