Here’s what we found for the week of October 3, 2010…

October Gambling PodcastEverything You Ever Wanted to Know About Baccarat with Michael Shackleford, the Wizard of Odds – 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 October podcast Steve interviews gaming writer Michael Shackleford, also known as the Wizard of Odds, to learn all about baccarat. They discuss how to play the game; the casino’s mathematical advantage on the various bets that are offered; the best strategies for playing; and whether or not the game can be beaten in the long run. To visit the podcast page, go to:

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: Throughout October, 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 FREE El Cortez logo jacket. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing. See Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

Station Casinos/Fiestas: $3M Weekend Super Giveaway. Includes both Fiestas and all Station Casinos. Drawings held every Friday & Saturday night in October. 50 points = 1 drawing entry. Earn drawing entries by playing slots, table games, live poker, and select race and sports wagers. Five $1000 winners at each drawing. Also: Swipe your Boarding Pass or Amigo Card at any kiosk every Friday & Saturday. Every swipe is a guaranteed winner. Prizes include $10,000 cash, free slot play, free buffets, dining credits, free rooms, bonus points, multipliers, free bingo, free gifts and more. See rules posted for more details.

Suncoast: 10th anniversary specials, Sunday, October 10, 2010:
—10x points on all slots & video poker.
—$10,000 Drawing at 4 pm.
—10x Odds on Craps.
—Bingo Anniversary Ball and 3—$1,000 Guaranteed Coveralls.
—Cake & Champagne – 2:30 pm to 4:20 pm while supplies last.
—$10.99 Sunday Brunch
—$10 Food Specials in Café Siena, Senor Miguel’s, Bagel Corner, Oyster Bar & SC Prime.

Rampart Casino: “10/10/10 $10,000 Giveaway,” Sunday, October 10. Every hour for 10 hours 10 random winners will win their share of $10,000.

Hard Rock: More than 10 reasons to visit the property on 10-10-10 (October 10, 2010). The 10-10-10 promotion will be available throughout the property and will allow guests to experience exclusive deals all day long. Check out several of the promotions below:
—STAY: Upgrade your stay for only $10.
—RELAX: Indulge at Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa with $10 entry fee or relax with a 50-minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage for $110.
—BRANNONHAIR: Enjoy a $10 manicure at BrannonHair with the purchase of a pedicure.
—SLOTS: Play your favorite slot machines and be one of the lucky 10 players to win $1,000 in Rockstar Cash from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
—BLACKJACK: Play a suited Blackjack with ace and 10 which pays double for $10 wagers.
—VIDEO POKER: Draw four natural 10’s on $0.10 denomination machines and collect $10 Rockstar Cash bonus.
For additional information and more promotions, call 702-693-5555 or visit

Jerry’s Nugget: “The Perfect 10 Giveaway.” Jerry’s Nugget celebrates the number 10 by giving away up to $110 cash to every player. For two days, Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10, guests can earn just 10 points to play the Perfect 10 Scratch Card Game at the kiosk. The scratch card will reveal one of ten prizes, which includes 10x points, $10 sports, pit, or keno match plays, $10 Jerry’s Nugget gift cards, $10 cash, $10 Neighborhood Partners Certificates, $10 comp dollars, 1010 points, or even $110 cash. Players have from 4 am to 11:59 pm to earn points and play the Perfect 10 Giveaway.

M Resort: October: Comp Buffet Promotion –Earn points for FREE buffets. Must earn points the same day the comp buffet is used prior to 8 pm to qualify. Offer does not include a line pass. Limit one meal per iMagine Rewards members per meal period. Offer not valid on holidays.
—Lunch (Monday – Friday)
300 points on Reel Slots
850 points on Video Poker
—Dinner (Monday – Thursday)
450 points on Reel Slots
1300 points on Video Poker
—Seafood Buffet (Friday – Sunday)
600 points on Reel Slots
1700 points on Video Poker

Colorado Belle/Edgewater (Laughlin): October 1-3: $250,000 Money Train swipe-play-win! ACCESS members receive one free swipe per day at kiosks at Colorado Belle & Edgewater. Earn up to 5 additional swipes per day for every 500 base points earned. Win up to $500 in Saturday Drawings (7 pm Colorado Belle, 8 pm Edgewater). Complete rules and details at the ACCESS Club

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

Ongoing October 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

Jerry’s Nugget: Mystery Cash, held every Friday in October. Players earning 999 points while playing on slots, video poker, video keno and reels on Fridays will have the opportunity to play the Mystery Cash game at the kiosk. They’ll receive cash prizes ranging from $10 to $100. A MoreClub card must be inserted properly into the machine before playing. Guests have from 4 am to 11:59 pm to earn points and play the Mystery Cash game.

Golden Gate: $3,000 Blackjack Tournament October 16 and $2,500 Slot Tournaments October 22-24. $25 entry fee for either tournament. Space is limited but all players are invited to participate. Reserve your spot at the Player’s Club booth.

Riviera: FREE Slot Tournaments, October 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28. First entry is FREE to all Club Riviera Members. Times: 10:00 am, noon and 2:00 pm. Prizes: 1st place. $500 in Free Slot Play; 2nd place $250 Free Slot Play; 3rd place $150 Free Slot Play; 4th place $100 Free Slot Play; 5th place $50 Free Slot Play. See The Player’s Club for details.

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

Sam’s Town, Suncoast, The Orleans and Gold Coast: “Pumpkin Patch Pick” is back. Through October 30, B Connected card members can earn entries into Saturday drawings at each of the four properties, with a total of 200 players each getting a shot at up to $10,000. In the Pumpkin Patch Pick game, contestants punch out one of 36 spots on a board, each containing a cash prize ranging from $250 to $10,000.  As an additional level of excitement, some cards offer winners an additional punch.  Slot and video poker players earn one entry at a property for every 50 base points earned at that property, while table game players will receive an entry for every $5 wagered.  Each Saturday in October five entries will be drawn twice a day at each of the four Coast properties, with winners being invited to play the Pumpkin Patch Pick game. Players must be present to win, and drawing times vary by property. Complete contest details and rules are available at the B Connected booth at the four participating properties.  

Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: Held over: The following payouts are now doubled for the month of October: Paying “Instant Cash Bonuses” to players hitting 4-of-a -kinds and $50 and higher slot and keno jackpots. Guests will be paid cash immediately at their machine. No club membership is required but 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 $2.00 cash. .25 and .50 cent players with a 5 coin minimum bet will receive $5.00 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 $5.00 cash bonus. Hit a blackjack in diamonds with a $5.00 minimum bet and receive a $5.00 cash bonus.

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

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: New 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.

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 with offer code “martini.” Offer expires 10/31/10. Offer based on availability. Management reserves all rights.

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’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 their web site.

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.

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:

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.)

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 –

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:

Football Promotions

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

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 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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