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Unique times call for movement in the local gaming scene as a number of venues start their come back. The Tropicana reopened its doors last Thursday, while Park MGM made a first-of-its-kind type of announcement ahead of its slated Sept. 30 reopen date. The casino will become the Strip’s first non-smoking gaming venue.

The “new normal” is a seemingly fluid concept. As gaming establishments continue to leverage new technology, develop new policies and navigate during financial uncertainty, a new player enters the block.

The OYO Hotel & Casino (formally Hooters) opened its doors last Wednesday. The next day, the establishment tweeted out its first “big winner” who hit for $20,135.06.

OYO has a rewards club you may want to consider if you stop by. Right now, there is a new player promotion. Get $10 in bonus play for every 250 points you rack up on your first day. Bonus play maxes out at $500.

For every $1.50 you spend on coin-in and video reels gets you one point. You earn one point for every three dollars spent on video poker, video blackjack and keno. Table game points are dependent on the average bets amount, the type of game along with the time it is played.

Every 100 points you tally earns you $1.00 in free play or comps. You can use points on retail, free play, food.

Caesars smartphones

Caesars Rewards members can get a free smartphone. By paying $100 for the first two months of service, players can get a Samsung Galaxy J3 V.

The service provider for the phone is Boom Mobile. The service plan includes unlimited talk and text along with 5GB of data for $50-a-month, with no annual contract.

Gold Coast promos

The Gold Coast has a variety of specials to take advantage of for the rest of September.

Earn 11x the points on reels and video poker this upcoming Sunday. There’s no limit on the points you can haul in. This is available for Sapphire tier players and above. New players who sign up for B Connected get $5 in B Rewards for playing $10.

Giveaways are going on, too. Thursday, Sept. 24, you can pick up an 18-piece screwdriver set by earning 20 points on your B Connected card. There’s a Mystery Giveaway next Monday, Sept. 28. All you have to do is earn 20 tier credits.

Gold Coast is also giving away a blackjack beach towel, that resembles a blackjack table. You get the beach towel by filling up a stamp-card with seven stamps. Earn stamps for every natural blackjack. You can double-up your beach towels with an additional four stamps, after your initial seven.

There are a few different bingo specials. Best Ball prizes Mondays and Thursdays. If you win on the cash ball’s ending number, you get $500, the regular pack pay and the cash ball prize. The cash ball functions as the best ball.

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This weekend gives you a shot at 5 $1,000 coveralls on Friday and Saturday’s 7 p.m. session and Sunday’s 1 and 3 p.m. sessions. This is for regular pay games 1-7, and 9-12 with a four-pack minimum. The Saturday 9 p.m. sessions feature double and triple pay with four $1,000 coveralls.

This Week’s Big Winner: A player name Louise hit for a $789,062 progressive jackpot last Wednesday at the Fremont Hotel and Casino. She won playing Aristocrat’s Buffalo Inferno.

According to Boyd, Louise hit another jackpot totaling more than $5,000 on a machine a short distance away. Boyd says all of this happened while she was waiting on her payout from the first jackpot. Lighting striking the same area twice?

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Sebastian Ross

Sebastian Ross covers casino promotions and the Las Vegas gaming industry scene for Gaming Today. The Las Vegas native currently attends the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

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