Small casinos can offer big slot club benefits; as is the case with the Longhorn Casino on the Boulder Highway Strip and its sister casino, the Bighorn on Lake Mead Blvd. in North Las Vegas.
The Bighorn and Longhorn are linked together with one club called the Bigshot Players’ Club. Points can be earned and used at both properties. There are no tiers and players are all treated equally as “Bigshots.”
A $1 coin-in earns 1 point on any machine game and points may also be earned through live table game blackjack play. Points are earned equally whether you play slots or video poker. Every 500 points is worth $1 in value that may be used for cash back, cigarettes and, occasionally available, other items such as logo wear.
Cash back must be redeemed in $5 increments. For even better value, 400 points = $1 in food comps in their Chuck Wagon Restaurant. They currently are offering a Steak and Lobster special for $10.99. There is also a special menu for Bigshot members allowing members to use their points for even deeper discounts on various meals.
Both casinos offer monthly good promotions that vary throughout the year. Currently in June, players can earn “Instant Slot Bonuses” every day. Natural four of a kind 5’s thru 10’s win an Instant Slot Bonus. Nickel, 10¢, and 20¢ players win $4 free play with a 10 coin minimum bet. Quarter and 50¢ players win $10 free play with a 5 coin minimum bet. $1 players win $20 free play, and $2 players win $40 with a 5 coin minimum bet.
Slot and video keno jackpots of $75 or more earn $10 free play. Suited blackjack or 3-7’s gets a $5 bonus with a $5 minimum bet on live blackjack. Club members also receive 2x points 24/7 throughout the month of June.
Both casinos offer live blackjack and some of the loosest rules in town. Bigshot members can earn points with live play. At the Longhorn and Bighorn, a blackjack player may double on any first two or three cards, split cards of equal count unlimited times, double after splits, re-split aces to three hands and surrender their bet for half if the dealer has no blackjack.
The Bighorn and Longhorn also offer one of the better paycheck cashing promotions in town. When you cash a paycheck you will receive $5 in free slot play, up to $20 in match play, plus an entry into the Double Paycheck Drawings. Both casinos hold two drawings on Friday nights and guarantee two winners will get their paycheck doubled up to $500. Bigshot members with play on their card receive an additional $50 bonus.
The Longhorn Casino has rooms available for as low as $24.99 and offers special rates for Bigshot club members. Hotel guests receive a fun book worth $24 when checking in.
Currently, the Bighorn has Corona Modelo and Bud Light for only $1. The Longhorn features $1 Miller Lite and usually another beer for $1, all 24/7.
For more information about the Longhorn, call 702-435-9170 or visit: longhorncasinolv.com. For more information about the Bighorn, call 702-642-1940.
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to [email protected].