Ellis Island Casino running 40 years strong

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Ellis Island Casino & Brewery has served the Las Vegas community for over 40 years providing a quality product and entertainment for guests year after year.

Over time they have expanded to 12 properties that include Casino Valle Verde in Henderson and 11 Village Pubs throughout Las Vegas and Henderson. Ellis Island is famous for its steak special and BBQ, and The Brewery serves over a million glasses of good cheer a year.

The casino features over 250 of the latest gaming slots including reel slots, video poker and keno. They also offer low $5 minimums on craps, blackjack and roulette. Sportsbook wagering is available seven days a week, along with free bingo every weekday at 9 a.m.

The Passport Player’s Club rewards through eight different tier levels and, based on play, guests can earn 10x points every day. Every $1 coin-in earns one point and 1,000 points equals $1 that can be used for free play, cash, food or to purchase store merchandise. 10x points can be achieved daily.

After earning 500 base points ($500 coin-in) all points thereafter will accumulate at 10x for the remainder of your play that day. (Note: Some high payback video poker machines are excluded from promotions.) Points can be redeemed for cash at the cage, downloaded for free play at any machine or used for food in the Café, BBQ and bars.

Tier levels are based on past six month’s activity and are primarily used to determine food offers and free pizza. The tiers are based on coin-in as follows:

• Copper – $300 to $2,999;

• Bronze – $3,000 to $5,999;

• Silver – $6,000 to $11,999;

• Gold – $12,000 to $23,999;

• Solid Gold – $24,000 to $59,999;

• Platinum – $60,000 to $143,999;

• Inner Circle – $144,000 $249,999;

• Elite Inner Circle – $250,000+

Players of silver tier and above get a priority seating line pass for the Café or BBQ. Local regular players receive free play based on their previous play. They can also receive free play every three days if meeting the requirements. Players also receive food offers based on their level of play over a rolling time period. On Tuesdays and Saturdays local regular players can earn a free slice of Metro Pizza and a 20 ounce craft beer based on tier level.

A new promotion is “Pick A Chip.” When a player has played $5 of coin-in, a promotion will activate on the kiosk so they can pick a chip and win up to one million points, free play, match play, points and more.

Tuesdays and Thursdays is 50-plus Club. Players receive a free beer or coffee, a drawing entry for $25 cash, a free bag of chips or cookies, a special $5 menu in the Café and a random prize from the kiosks that ranges from free play to cash, points or food.

Ellis Island is known for great food and specials. I have long touted the off-the-menu, filet-cut sirloin steak special as the best value meal in all of Las Vegas. It comes with soup or salad, choice of potato, and vegetable. It’s served 24/7 for $7.99, but to get that price you have to print out two coupons from an EI kiosk, the second after playing at least $5 in any slot machine with your club card inserted.

New members who sign up for the Passport Club automatically get the steak special for the entire table for only $9.99 and can still bring the price down to $7.99 after $5 of coin-in to earn a $2 off coupon. New members also receive $10 to $500 in free play bonus once they have played $10 in coin-in.

For more about Ellis Island and current promotions, visit ellisislandcasino.com

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].

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