Eureka Casino still has that neighborhood feel
October 18, 2016 3:01 AM
by H. Scot Krause
The Eureka Casino, just off-Strip, located at 595 East Sahara Avenue (between Paradise Road and Maryland Parkway) began as Friendly Fergie’s Casino in the early 1960’s and was renamed The Eureka Casino in the mid-1990’s when the Lee family (Ted and Doris Lee) began actively operating the business.
The newly remodeled Eureka is a favorite among locals and tourists alike as “the original neighborhood casino.”
The casino has continued to thrive without interruption for more than 50 years because of the Lee family philosophy of “loose slots, high payouts, customer service, and great rewards.”
Located only minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the Eureka has an 11,000 square foot casino featuring over 250 slot machines, the Casino Bar, and the popular Fat Choy Restaurant. They operate a sister property, The Eureka Casino Resort (we reviewed previously) in Mesquite, Nev. (www.EurekaMesquite.com.)
The Eureka Player’s Club is unique compared to most other clubs. Members earn points and comp dollars by playing the slot machines, but points are only good for promotions and to qualify for bounceback free play.
Points earned can be converted into drawing tickets to win prizes during drawings and each December’s “Santa’s Wish List” promotion. The comp dollars can be used for complimentary food in Fat Choy Restaurant, prizes displayed in the Casino Cage, or complimentary drinks or packaged liquor from the Casino Bar. Determining how to earn a point is based on the “theoretical hold” for each machine and is based on type of machine, denomination being played and length of time. Reports indicate $1 theo equals approximately 15 points.
Free play (bounceback) awards are based on points earned two months prior. Earn 2,250-5,999 points monthly and receive $5 free play loaded 1st-14th and $5 free play loaded 14th-month end.
Earn 6,000-11,249 points monthly and receive $10 free play loaded 1st-14th and $10 free play loaded 14th-month end. Earn 11,250-14,999 points monthly and receive $15 free play loaded 1st-14th and $15 free play loaded 14th-month end. Earn 15,000-29,999 points monthly and receive $25 free play loaded 1st-14th and $25 free play loaded 14th-month end.
Earn 30,000-44,999 points monthly and receive $40 free play loaded 1st-14th and $40 free play loaded 14th-month end. Earn 45,000 or more points monthly and receive $50 free play loaded 1st-14th and $50 free play loaded 14th-month end.
Comp dollars can be used at Fat Choy. Fat Choy is a restaurant where you can find Asian and American dishes. There are selections ranging from Peking Duck Bao to Ms. Wong’s Spaghetti and Meatballs to the Classic Cheeseburger. You can experience a variety of flavors and choices. Visit: www.fatchoylv.com to review menus.
Eureka runs daily, weekly and monthly promotions, including a card-of-the-day video poker promotion for card members on Mondays paying a 50 coin bonus when a player hits the 4-of-a-kind posted for that day. Four Rush Hours are held every Friday; $50 free play is awarded randomly to players every 15 minutes from 1 to 2 p.m., 6 to 7 p.m., 10 to 11 p.m. and 2 to 3 a.m.