Here’s what we found for the week of May 29, 2011…

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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

Silverton: 5x points on slots and 2x points on video poker plus $5 brunch buffets on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Golden Gate: Beginning June 1, the Golden Gate has restructured the 1906 Club and is offering an unheard of 1% back on slot play in the form of free slot play.  Starting June 1st, points will be worth 5 times as much as before and slot players will receive 5x times as much free play. The formula for slots is as follows: $1.00 slot coin in = 1 point. 100 points = $1.00 free play.  This equates to a 1% rebate for slot play, something we haven’t seen in Las Vegas (or perhaps anywhere else in the country) for many, many years. For video poker players, the rebate has increased 2 ½ times the previous rate, which is good but obviously not as good as the slot rebate.  It does, however, move them considerably up the ladder in video poker rebates to among the best in the country. The video poker formula is $4.00 video poker coin in = 1 point and 100 points = $1.00 free play, equaling a .25% rebate.  About the highest we’ve seen in recent years (without any bonus multipliers) is .33%.  There were standard clubs offering as much as .50 in years past but nothing like that these days. An extra nice bonus feature is that old points are included in this new club formula. Players visiting after June 1st will be able to redeem their existing points at the new redemption rate of 100 points = $1.00.

South Point: Two FREE breakfast, lunch or dinner buffets for all active and retired military personnel on Monday, May 30.  Must present Military ID to cashier.

El Cortez: FREE White Castle sliders will be served gameside while playing slots and table games to all actively playing guests on Monday, May 30, from noon to 6 pm.

Cosmopolitan: Through June 15: New member’s sign-up promotion: Receive up to $100 in free play if you lose $100 in one day when you join the Identity Club.  Bring your player’s card from any other casino and they will match your status.

Mirage: In conjunction with The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil 5th Anniversary, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is pulling up to The Mirage for FREE public tours and recording sessions June 6 – 11, from 3 pm to 8 pm daily.  Guests will be able to try out the latest in recording and video technology including products from Avid, Epiphone, Apple and more.  Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to bring the studio experience home by entering to win an Epiphone guitar signed by Yoko Ono. To enter, visit www.lennonbus.org/love.  The Lennon Bus is a non-profit mobile recording studio and HD production facility that travels the country year-round providing students of all ages with hands on multimedia experiences.   Pulling up to conferences such as NAMM and TEDActive, music festivals such as SXSW and Hangout Festival and touring with artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and The Warped Tour, the Lennon Bus offers the public access to the state-of-the-art technology used by the professionals. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video – all in one day.  For more of the Lennon Bus’ creations, visit its YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/johnlennonbus.

Hard Rock: $10,000 Rockstar Slots of Fame Promotion May 28–July 1.  Earn one drawing ticket for every 100 earned points playing reel & video reel machines (200 points video poker). Earn entries each week to enter that week’s drawing for a chance to win up to $1,000 in Free Slot Play each week. Drawings held every Friday at 7pm at Rockstar Club. Earn 2X drawing tickets every Wednesday. $10,000 total in Free Slot Play awarded.
Weekly award structure:
1st Place – $1,000 in Free Slot Play
2nd Place – $500 in Free Slot Play
3rd Place – $250 in Free Slot Play
4th Place – $125 in Free Slot Play
5th Place – $75 in Free Slot Play
6th Place – $50 in Free Slot Play

Rio: Play begins at the world’s largest, richest and longest-running poker tournament, the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker. Viewing of the tournament is FREE and open to the public (21 years of age and older). The action kicks off May 31 with the biggest names in the game competing for ultimate bragging rights in a highly exclusive $25,000 buy-in Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship.  This tournament is a rare one-on-one battle between players in a bracket-style format. On Saturday, June 4 thousands of poker players and fans will descend on the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament at 12 noon. The World Series of Poker is the gaming industry’s premier event, each year drawing tens of thousands of poker enthusiasts from around the globe to Las Vegas. Competitors vie for millions in prize money and the game’s most coveted trophy – the World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet.

Ongoing May/June 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/

Mirage: Cravings at The Mirage Hotel & Casino is celebrating the men and women of the armed forces this Memorial Day with complimentary admission to the buffet.  Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, all active and retired military personnel can take advantage of the offer from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.  Guests must show military ID to be eligible.   Cravings has 11 live action cooking stations featuring dim sum, noodles, a raw bar, wood-fired pizzas, rotisserie chicken, prime rib and dessert. After filling up at Cravings, head to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.  All active duty and retired military personnel who purchase one-full price ticket will receive one complimentary ticket for Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30. Guests must show military ID to be eligible. The Secret Garden is home to the White Lions of Timbaviti, The Royal White Tigers of Nevada, both Black and Spotted Leopards, as well as heterozygous Golden Tigers that carry the gene for the white coloration.  The Dolphin Habitat serves as home for a family of common bottlenose dolphins.  Although guests enjoy watching the mammals as they frolic in the water, the facility’s primary purpose is for educational programs.  For more information, visit mirage.com or call (702) 791-7111.

Cannery: Blood Drive, Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30 from 9 am to 2 pm. Donate blood and receive 1,000 Can Club points and 2 FREE buffets. Walk-ins are welcome or call 702-638-7400 for an appointment and reference: Cannery.

Ravella at Lake Las Vegas: Will offer a $49 room rate available May 26 – 31 in celebration of Casino MonteLago’s grand opening at Lake Las Vegas. Spend the evening at the slots or take your chances at a game of video poker before retreating to Ravella’s luxurious accommodations. During your stay at Ravella, enjoy special Memorial Day Weekend events for only $18 for adults and $9 for children ages four through 12 per event including two family friendly pool parties, with one hosted by Holly’s World and ABSINTHE starlet Angel Porrino. Event wristbands can be purchased upon check-in. Saturday’s Caribbean-themed bash will include a live steel-drum band, dishes like jerk pork shoulder and banana fritters, and even a shaved-ice station for the kids. When Sunday rolls around, head back to the pool for an afternoon with Porrino and her son Roman. Munch on summer favorites including smoked beef brisket, drumsticks and a hot dog-by-the-foot station. Relax with the entire family while you jam to top hits played by a poolside deejay. Kids will be delighted with balloon animals, face painting and cotton candy. For more information about Ravella or to make a reservation, visit ravellalasvegas.com or call 888-810-0440.

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.

Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Luxor and New York-New York
:  Premium pool seats, a new private and exclusive poolside experience, is proving to be extremely popular among pool-goers this summer. By purchasing a VIP chaise lounge chair for the day for a small fee, guests can gain access to a private pool area, enjoy elevated beverage service through Cabana Hosts, as well as receive additional amenities such as chilled towel service, tropical drink tastings and passed chilled fruits. (Ongoing thru pool season.)

Jerry’s Nugget: Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop continues the Steak and Shrimp Special, for the featured price of $8.89, available every day through May. Guests will enjoy their meal with choice of soup or salad, included in the price. Steak and Shrimp comes with a juicy 8-ounce New York Prime Cut Steak, char-grilled to order and seasoned to perfection along with the perfect complement of succulent pan fried shrimp. Side dishes include choice of whipped potato, baked potato, French fries or rice and choice of homemade garlic or French bread.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder/Decatur: May Cash Giveaway: Promotion runs May 16-29.  For every 5,000 base slot points earned during the promotional period guest receives $25 in cash. NO CAP on how many base points may be earned and redeemed for cash.  Point multipliers are excluded from this promotion.  Points earned at primary property only, either Boulder or Decatur.  Guest gets to keep their points. Once players have reached their goal they can redeem cash daily through Sunday June 5 by swiping ace | PLAY card at any kiosk to print a voucher.  Player must take kiosk voucher to the Main Cage to receive cash. (Kiosk will update every 15-30 minutes).  Visit ace | PLAY center for complete details. 

Mandalay Bay
: In celebration of its second anniversary on the Strip, Disney’s THE LION KING is introducing its first locals’ ticket offer just for children. For weekend matinee performances in the month of May, each adult purchasing a full-price ticket can purchase two child tickets for only $15.   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. Tickets can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Box Office or the MGM Resorts Call Center at 877-632-7000. Mention “ROAR” for purchase. The ticket offer is available for the 4 p.m. performance of THE LION KING every Saturday and Sunday in the month of May with a valid Nevada ID. Children must be under the age of 17; maximum two child tickets per one adult ticket. Recommended viewing age for THE LION KING is six years and older.

Eastside Cannery
: Super Swipe Tuesdays (Every Tuesday in May-8am to 11pm). Earn 100 same day base slot points and swipe at kiosk. Everyone is a guaranteed winner. One swipe per person per day. Prizes include iPads, $1,500 Cash, Free Slot Play and Mystery Gifts. Must be CAN Club member to participate.

Flamingo: In appreciation of our troop’s diligent efforts to protect the United States from threats both local and foreign, comedic legend George Wallace invites military members to attend his one-of-a-kind show for FREE. Military personnel, including active members, retirees and dependents, can present their government-issued military identification cards in exchange for a FREE ticket to his show at Flamingo Las Vegas throughout the month of May.

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.

El Cortez: Throughout May, 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.

Win free buffets for two at Tropicana Las Vegas, plus free Video Poker software – We have five certificates for two FREE buffets at the Tropicana 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 May 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

As an added bonus, each winner will also win a free copy of Video Poker’s Greatest Hits! This easy-to-use Video Poker Training software was developed by VideoPoker.com. The program let’s you learn while you play eight of the most popular video poker games. The names of the five winners will be announced in early June here in the discussion forum.

Riviera: Launched a new player sign-up program called “You can win…or win!”  New Club Riviera members will receive up to $100 in free slot play. New players who sign up for a Club Riviera players card will get 50 percent of their slot losses reimbursed in free slot play, with a maximum of $100 free slot play awarded.  Play as part of the promotion must occur within 48 hours of initial Club Riviera sign-up. In addition, new members who provide their email address can also receive an entry into the $12,000 Free Slot Play Drawing where a member can receive up to $1,000 in free slot play.  

South Point: “Win a Toyota a Day” during the month of May $800,000 giveaway.
—1st place: Findlay Toyota Camry or Prius Hybrid.
—2nd place: $250 in Chevron Gas.
—3rd place: $250 in Chevron Gas.
Drawing details are available at the club booth.

M Resort: The M Resort Spa Casino introduces M Pool Live, the newest FREE nighttime pool party in Las Vegas. Held weekly, every Saturday night from 8-11 pm, M Pool Live delivers an affordable, vibrant nighttime pool social scene filled with exciting live entertainment on the resort’s built-in outdoor concert stage, nighttime swimming, flowing cocktails and unmatched, personalized guest service.  With no admission charge, partygoers can take a dip in the main pool deck’s two 5,460 square-foot heated, infinity-edge pools and two large Jacuzzis, purchase a cocktail at one of two pool bars or dine on light poolside treats including salads, wraps, pizzas and from-the-grill favorites like sliders all while mingling with friends and listening to concert entertainment throughout the evening. For guests looking to kick-back and relax, the resort’s main pool deck offers more than 400 lounge chairs, 20 cabanas and 22 daybeds all with stylish décor and surrounded by lush palm trees and fire torches. M Pool Live will introduce unique and exciting new artists to the resort’s built-in outdoor concert stage including Los Angeles-favorite Wes Quave. Quave, along with his 9-piece band, deliver explosive performances that mix the sounds of Michael Jackson, Colin Hay, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder to create a must-hear and see musical experience under the stars. All M Pool Live guests must be 21 years or older. To make reservations for cabanas and daybeds, call (702) 797-1808. For a complete list of M Pool Live entertainment visit: theMresort.com.

Eastside Cannery: Super Swipe Tuesdays (Every Tuesday in May-8am to 11pm). Earn 100 same day base slot points and swipe at kiosk. Everyone is a guaranteed winner. One swipe per person per day. Prizes include iPads, $1500 cash, free slot play and mystery gifts.

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 starts May 30 and 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.

Imperial Palace: Matsuri is offering an incredible deal for Las Vegas locals to see their show at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Through May 31, locals can purchase tickets to the show for only $20 (plus box office fees and tax) with a Nevada ID.  Since the terrible earthquake and tsunami struck Japan last month, the show has been collecting donations at each performance to assist with relief efforts at home. In addition, through the month of May, Matsuri will donate $5 for each locals ticket purchased to the American Red Cross. The show has already raised over $2,000 and hopes to reach $10,000 by the end of May. The production show, comprised of 15 Japanese nationals, features traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through acrobatics, gymnastics, dance, and comedy.  Matsuri performs at 4:00 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays and 8:00 p.m. on Fridays.  The show is dark Thursdays. Tickets are available at the Imperial Palace box office, Vegas.com or by calling (888) 777-7664.

Palms: Guests staying at Palms Place may now indulge in a complimentary continental breakfast at Simon, offered from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 to 10 a.m. on Sundays. The continental breakfast includes coffee, orange juice, croissants, muffins and zucchini bread. Additional continental breakfast requests are available at a la carte pricing. Exclusions and restrictions do apply. For more information or to make a reservation, call 702.944.3292. (Ongoing until further notice.)

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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