Virgin River has that local casino feel

Apr 12, 2016 3:01 AM

Mesquite Gaming operates the Virgin River Hotel Casino and Casablanca Resort Casino in Mesquite, Nevada, about an hour’s drive north of Las Vegas off of the I-15. The two hotels combined offer over 1,200 guest rooms and suites.

Virgin River has the larger casino, about 37,000 square feet while Casablanca is about 27,000. Both casinos offer several dining options including Sierra’s Buffet at Virgin River and the famous Katherine’s Fine Dining at Casablanca plus two coffee shops. Casablanca also offers an 18-hole golf course and a health spa while Virgin River offers movie theaters and a 24-lane bowling center.

Mesquite Gaming’s Rewards Club is non-tiered and one card is universal between both properties where you can share and earn points on the same card at both casinos. Slot and video poker players earn one slot point per $10 coin-in on all machines (partial points accumulate toward whole values). Bingo players earn one slot point per $1 buy-in. Slot points can be redeemed at 25 points equals $1 in real cash back, downloadable slot machine credits or can be used for retail, food, beverage, golf or room comps.

Keno players earn one comp point per $1 keno wager. Race and sports earn comp points at various rates depending on wager type. Both casinos offer a variety of table games. Table game players earn two comp points per $1 theoretical loss. Comp points may be redeemed for retail, food, beverage, golf or room purchases. Accounts without any activity in 13 consecutive months will be archived. All points will be removed prior to archiving.

The current, $200,000 Lot-A-Bucks promotion is a slot floor-wide random bonus for carded slot players running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout April. Lot-A-Bucks awards free slot-play based on matching one to five drawn numbers. Participants must be actively playing with their Rewards card to be eligible for this promotion. Prior to each Lot-A-Bucks event announcement, the system scans for active carded players.

To win, the participant’s selected numbers must match the system generated numbers in the same order in which they are being drawn. Matching one number pays $5 in free slot play and the prize increase to $10 for two spots, $25 for matching three, $50 for four and the top award of $1,000 (paid in cash!) for matching all five numbers.

Participants receiving the Lot-A-Bucks top jackpot award for a fivenumber exact match will be noted on the player’s card display and a slot attendant will respond to verify the win. To redeem the cash award, winners must present valid photo ID that matches the name on Rewards card inserted into the machine at the time the cash award is won. Free play won is valid for 90 days from the day it was won and valid only at the property it was awarded. Details about the promotion can be found at the Rewards Club.

Both casinos are also offering 2x points valid from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 13, 20, and 27 and Thursdays, April 14, 21 and 28.

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H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: [email protected].