Hot deals downtown

Sep 5, 2005 2:32 AM

"Pyramid of Prizes" is back at the El Cortez now through September 30. Players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on slots of 5-cents or lower denomination video poker or live keno, or $300 or more on all other denomination on video poker receive a prize ticket for the "Pyramid of Prizes" that may be redeemed at Jackie’s Club for jewelry items from The Jewelers of Las Vegas. Collect from one to 10 tickets and redeem them for a variety of jewelry and gift items including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, money clips, bangles and much more. As you collect more tickets, the quality and value of the prizes increase. Each winner also receives an entry into the Saturday Night drawings for cash prizes, a slot machine or a HDTV.

Also downtown, Binion’s Gambling Hall kicked off a "Point Challenge" that continues through September 30. Be a top point earner (based on single points only) for the month of September and you could win the grand prize of a 2005 CadillacxLR with a retail value of $77,000. The additional top 13 point earners all win cash prizes as follows: second, $15,000, third, $7,500, fourth, $ 5,000, fifth, $3,000 and sixth through14th each of which will receive $500 for a total giveaway of approximately $125,000.

If you feel you can’t compete at that level, simply earn 750 points ($375 coin-in) in 24 hours and receive a free logo backpack (points are not taken from the players account.) There is a limit of one gift per day. The casino is also featuring double points everyday, 24/7 in September; however, only base points earned qualify for the gifts and the "Point Challenge."

From beach towels last month to barbecue sets for September, Nevada Palace will give you a set of cooking utensils on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with a minimum number of points earned (unspecified at press time.) The casino will also offer double points on all machines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in September and a progressive drawing will be held on Saturday’s with up to $35,000 given away. See the Player’s Circle booth for complete details on all promotions.

Quick bites: Swim-up blackjack at the Tropicana has closed for the season, and possibly forever. Expect a major announcement about the future of the aging Tropicana this fall. The $10 in free play given to new members signing up for the Player’s Club at the Riviera has been discontinued. A new promotion is expected to be announced soon. New poker rooms are expected to open at New York-New York, TI (Treasure Island,) the Venetian and the Hacienda all within the next few months. Stay tuned.

Remember, luck seems to come to those who prepare for it.

Bonus Point Days: Barley’s (Rewards Card) 5x Tuesdays and 2x every night from midnight to 8 a.m. (bonus points post the following day); Bighorn (Big Shot Club) 2x Monday thru Thursday, 3x Friday and Saturday; Binion’s (Club Binion’s) 2x everyday in September; Cannery (American Can Club) 5x Tuesdays and Thursdays all day, 5x Saturdays midnight to noon; Casino MonteLago (Club Uno) 4x slots only on Sundays, 2x all machines Mondays thru Thursdays; Casino Royale (Club Royale) 2x 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., 3x 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club) 2x Saturdays thru Thursdays and 5x Fridays; Fiesta Henderson (Amigo Club) 5x Fridays, 3x Wednesdays for 50+ (swipe card thru kiosk); Fiesta Rancho (Amigo Club) 5x Fridays, 3x Wednesdays for 50+ (swipe card thru kiosk); Gold Strike (Jean, NV-Jean’s Club) 2x Tuesdays; Golden Nugget (24 Karat Club) 2x Wednesdays and Fridays for Las Vegas locals only ($1 and up video poker excluded); Joker’s Wild (Prime Rewards) 3x Tuesdays, 5x Fridays; Longhorn (Big Shot Club) 2x Monday thru Thursday, 3x Friday and Saturday; Mirage (Connection Club) double free play (slots only) instead of cashback through Sept. 8, Nevada Landing (Jean, NV-Jean’s Club) 2x Tuesdays; Nevada Palace (Player’s Circle) 2x Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; New Frontier (Rewards Club) 2x on all machines on your birthday; Palms (Club Palms) 2x Thursdays and Saturdays (some machines excluded); Railroad Pass (Players Junction) 2x Wednesdays and 3x Thursdays; Rampart Casino (Rampart Rewards) 2x Thursdays and Sundays; Silverton (Player’s Club) 2x Mondays, 3x Wednesdays, 5x Fridays; Slots A Fun (One Club) 2x Wednesdays; Speedway (Pit Pass) 5x Mondays, 3x Thursdays; Terrible’s (Players Club) 5x Sundays and Thursdays, double cash back from Sunday thru Wednesday; Tuscany (Player’s Club) 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Wildfire (Wild Card) 5x Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; Wild Wild West (Wild Card) 5x Thursdays and Sundays. (NOTE: At press time all casinos could not confirm their bonus point days and schedules for September. Please call ahead to confirm.)