September 30, 2012 Vegas Values Report

September 30, 2012 Vegas Values Report

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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Here’s what we found this week…

South Point: Virtual Nascar Racing during October every Sunday – Thursday at 3:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Earn 50 points to qualify to compete in the race and win your share of $400,000 in free play while sitting at your favorite machine.

Jerry’s Nugget: Swipe for up to 5x points on Fridays and Saturdays through October. All MoreClub players can play the “Swipe for Bonus Points” game at any kiosk from 4 am to 11:59 pm. They will receive a winning point multiplier ranging from 3x points to 5x points good on all slot and video poker games. Players must have their card inserted at time of play. Bonus points will be applied the next day.

Silverton Casino Hotel:  Have a fun night out for a good cause at the second annual “One Drunk Puppy Wine Tasting” event. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Noah’s Animal House. Noah’s Animal House provides temporary boarding for the dogs & cats of the clients of The Shade Tree Shelter who are affected by domestic abuse. Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers, music and a wide selection of international wines. The night will feature more than 50 World Class wineries with wines, sakes, beers and a silent auction featuring unique packages to support Noah’s Animal House. Shake your tails to music all night by the pool at Sway Pool Lounge and lap up more wine inside Veil Pavilion to help animals in need. Admission Cost: $45 in advance and $50 at the door, Saturday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Arizona Charlie’s Decatur: Oktoberfest Food Specials – October 1-7: Sourdough Café – 11 am to 10 pm – Bratwurst sandwich on an onion roll with sauerkraut, served with German potato salad or waffle fries. $6.99 with ace | PLAY card.

Venetian: Launched the plush new Sands Poker Room.  At more than 14,000 square feet, housing 59 tables and accommodating up to 600 players, it is now the largest poker room on The Strip.  To further celebrate its launch, the Venetian is introducing a host of new promotions for the Sands Poker Room including:
Poker Happy Hour- The all-new Venetian Happy Hour program gives players the opportunity to take advantage of amazing daily rake-free periods, from 10-11 a.m. and from 5-6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.
Point Conversion- To celebrate the opening of the new room, all poker cash game comps that are currently issued to Grazie card holders can now be converted into payment or discount for poker tournament buy-ins. Grazie is the loyalty program (traditionally known as a slot club card) for The Venetian and The Palazzo, which rewards guests with the ease and usability of just one card and one program.
“Bad-Beat Jackpots” are part of the daily schedule. The jackpot fund starts at $5,000 and will be paid out when ‘Quad Tens’ are beaten in any daily tournament, but it doesn’t stop there. Every other week the poker room staff will add $1,000 dollars to the jackpot and reduce the qualifying criteria from ‘Quad Tens’, to ‘Nines’, to ‘Eights’ and so on. Once the jackpot has been hit it will automatically re-seed to $5000.
For more information about the new Sands Poker Room at The Venetian, and the upcoming promotions and grand opening events, go to www.sandspokerroom.com.

Riviera: $40K Oktoberfest Slot Event:  Oct 21 – 23 includes 3 nights stay / entry into event / 2 tickets to awards dinner / 2 tickets to a Riviera Hotel and Casino show. 1st place wins $10,000 – Cost to event: $399 – – May be comped based on previous play at the casino. Call 702-794-9662 for more information.

Eldorado and Joker’s Wild Casinos (Henderson): Thirsty Tuesdays in October– Earn 150 points and get a FREE 6 pack of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or 8 pack Aquafina Water.  Limit 4 per customer per day.

Colorado Belle & Edgewater Casino Resort (Laughlin): Oct. 2-30—Free Dining!  Every Tuesday and Thursday in October, ACCESS Club members will earn $10 in dining credits for every 1,000 base points earned (up to $50 per day)—and keep the points!  Dining credits valid at Hickory Pit, Grand Buffet and Coffee Etc. at Edgewater, and at Pints, Mark Twain’s, Captain’s Buffet, the Deli and Pastry Port at Colorado Belle.  Details at Casino Services.

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

Excalibur: Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer football season “Bones and Beers” specials every Thursday through Monday throughout the football season. Fans will revel in food and drink specials that will complement the biggest games of the season shown throughout the restaurant on more than 22 high-definition flat-panel televisions. Guests will enjoy several “Bones and Beers” specials including shots of Patrón tequila for $5, pitchers of Coors Light or Lynyrd Skynyrd Lager for $15, Chicken Wings and a pitcher of beer for $22, or Pork Spare Ribs and a pitcher of beer for $30. The rockin’ restaurant’s season-long specials will culminate with an ultimate dream giveaway for any football fan: two tickets and airfare for two to the 2013 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 2. Fans will receive one contest entry ticket with every Coors Light or Lynyrd Skynyrd Lager pitcher purchased during football games.

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 September/October 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 12/31/12. Just click on the blue “Alamo Discount Coupons” link for details.

FREE National Car Rental Discount CouponsThe 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 12/31/12. Just click on the blue”National Car Rental Discount Coupons” link for details.

Plaza or Las Vegas Club: All new members receive $5.00 FREE slot play – just for signing up. Within the first 24 hours new members are also eligible for a rebate of up to $100 based on their slot or table loss. 50% rebated on 2nd day; 50% on 3rd day up to 6 months to redeem. Visit the Players Club for details.  (Sign up once only at Vegas Club or Plaza.) Replaces previous new member offers.

Treasure Island: Seafood Shack Debuts—Diners receive grand opening 2-for-1 dinner entrees for select dates in October. Featuring a nautical theme and a menu full of seafood-based items, Seafood Shack at Treasure Island is open for business. Seafood Shack features fresh catches of the day, huge shrimp, steamed clams, oysters in the shell, giant lobster tails, daily fresh soups, bountiful seafood salads, pasta and home-made desserts. On October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, diners can enjoy a grand opening 2-for-1 deal on all dinner entrees including fish and chips, coconut shrimp platter and the Cajun seafood pasta.  The Seafood Shack will be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and is located near the Buffet at TI.

Cannery (North): $9 Cannery Row Dinner Buffet Sunday through Thursday in September with your Can Club card.

Flamingo Las Vegas: The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas is now home to two recently rehabilitated brown pelicans rescued by the Pacific Wildlife Project. Flamingo adopted the birds, one male and one female, which were rendered flightless following injuries sustained after being entangled by fishing lines. The pair, “Bugsy” and “Virginia,” was introduced into their new home earlier today. The Wildlife Habitat has undergone renovations to best accommodate the new inhabitants. The island, which was originally home to a colony of penguins, has been repainted and repaired and a dock structure was installed as a perching area for the pelicans. There are also plans for vegetation on the island to be replanted with lush greenery. This FREE attraction is open 24 hours a day with two presentations daily at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Wildlife Habitat has become a popular attraction at the famed Strip resort and is perfect for all ages. Guests will see many types of animals in this 15-acre habitat housing four species of turtles, eight species of ducks, black swans, black neck swans, five pound white sturgeon, several 30-pound koi fish, 40-pound catfish and 50-pound grass-carp, five parrots, ten pink flamingos, two helmet guineafowls, two ibis, and now two brown pelicans. In total, the habitat is home to about 500 animals and it continues to grow and repopulate as needed.

Bellagio: The sights, scents and sounds of the harvest season have arrived at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On display through Nov. 24, the captivating fall exhibition takes guests on a romantic journey through wine country, without leaving Las Vegas. This year’s show boasts a bevy of seasonal visuals including an authentic cider mill, a vintage wine press and an aged stone face. Upon entrance to the Conservatory’s stunning display sits a covered bridge surrounded by flora dressed in traditional harvest colors: green, red and orange. Visitors are encouraged to walk across the bridge as large ginger leaves float silently overhead. Lying in the South Garden is a 6-foot-tall moss-coated aged stone face emerging from the grassy ground. A floral pumpkin made of 3,000 orange carnations and moss-covered boulders creates an intoxicating autumn atmosphere.  Also in the South Garden and surrounded by birch trees, the sounds of the harp, violin and cello will entertain guests daily from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. as they travel through wine country. Steps away, in the West Garden, a 40-foot-tall authentic cider mill gently flows into a rocky pond protected by a 15-foot-tall, traditional scarecrow. Hand-blown wine bottles, demijohns and petite and plentiful pumpkins awaken the spirit of autumn at every turn. The North Garden is home to a 1920s vintage-aged wine press and 20-foot-tall talking tree showered with wine grapes. On each side of the tree, grape and gourd-filled cornucopias spill onto the grassy earth while inviting guests to explore the wonder of wine. In conjunction with the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s exhibit “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light,” the Conservatory has created a floral interpretation of Claude Monet’s Grainstack (sunset). Located in the Giardini corner, the recreated painting is fitted within a 6-foot tall elaborately carved frame. The fall exhibit within Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town:  Mark your calendars: on Columbus Day (Monday, October 8), all four properties will offer point multipliers to B Connected members: 11x on slots and 7x on video poker.

September Video Podcast How To Take Advantage of Player’s Club Benefits Steve Bourie, author of the American Casino Guide, gives details on how to take advantage of player’s club benefits at casinos for slot machine and video poker players. Topics include: how your play is tracked; how to earn cash and comps; how to calculate a casino’s cash back percentage; why a lower cash back rate is given to video poker players; how to redeem your cash as “free play”; different types of casino comp programs; and much more! To watch the podcast, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK83Sj9BS3E

Terrible’s: Nifty 50 Tuesdays for age 50 and over. 5x points for your first 1,000 earned points. 2 for 1 Bingo voucher. 50% off coupon for the Cafe. FREE fishing game for prizes (bonus points, slot play, gifts, etc.) Every 300 points earned gets you another fishing game play, up to a maximum of 6. Swipe at kiosk for all promotions. (Ongoing promotion until further notice.)

D Las Vegas: Now 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.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino:  Celebrate National Taco Day and National Vodka Day, both on Thursday, October 4. The resort’s authentic Mexican cantina Pink Taco will offer all-you-can-eat tacos for $13 and vodka margaritas for $5. Just down the hall at the resort’s traditional steakhouse with a hard rock edge, 35 Steaks + Martinis will offer Ketel One vodka martinis, priced at $5 each.  Pink Taco is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 35 Steaks + Martinis is open from 5 to 10 p.m.

South Point: Video poker instructions will be given by Bob Dancer every Tuesday through November 20 in the South Point Showroom. Except where noted, there will be a beginner’s class from 12 – 1:30 p.m. and an intermediate class from 2 – 3 p.m. Classes are FREE and open to everyone 21+. 

Riviera: New member’s sign-up promotion: FREE t-shirt when you enroll. If you earn (within your first 24 hours of sign-up) 100 points, you’ll receive a FREE buffet. 250 points will get you 2 FREE tickets to the Riviera Comedy Club. 500 points will get you $20 in FREE slot play and if you earn 1,000 points you can pick up a $50 voucher to R Steakhouse & Seafood Restaurant. You can collect each gift as you reach each level. (Ongoing until further notice.)

The D (formerly Fitzgeralds): Offering a month-long contest, (now in progress) culminating in Bikefest and the grand prize winner riding away on a brand new Harley Davidson Street Glide FLXH. Players can earn tickets to enter the raffle-style contest all month long by playing slots and table games. The “Play to Ride” Drawing will take place Sunday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the D’s Showroom. To qualify for the Grand Prize Harley Davidson, entrants from the month-long tournament need NOT be present to win it, but many additional great prizes will be awarded to those who ARE in attendance at the final drawing, including: two $1000 Harley Davidson gift cards, two $1000 gas gift cards, two prizes of $1,000 non-taxable play-till-you-lose promo chips, two prizes of $1,000 free slot play, an autographed Sammy Hagar guitar, one $500 Harley Davidson gift card, one $500 gas gift card and $500 non-taxable play-till-you-lose promo chips. Visit the club booth for complete details.

Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: “Crazy Days” in September. Bigshot club members can insert their Bigshot player’s card every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and receive an instant award on their card up to $500 each day.

Silverton: Rewards Club members will earn 10 points for every $1 playing their favorite reel or video slot machines (NOT video poker) every Sunday in September from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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.

2012 American Casino Guide: The 2012 American Casino Guide is available for sale. To see a list of the 198 casino coupons that are in the book, go to – http://www.americancasinoguide.com/2012-american-casino-guide-coupon-list.html The retail price of the book is $18.95. However you can buy the book directly from the American Casino Guide web site for only $11.75. To order the 2012 American Casino Guide , go to: http://www.americancasinoguide.com/order-now.html

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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