The weather outside might be frightful, but the holiday promotions in Colorado casinos are downright delightful.
Christmas, New Year’s or simply the month of December have become popular times for giveaways, contests, promotions and dining specials.
Here are just a few of them offered in Colorado gambling halls.
At Creekers Casino, they’re giving away $1,000 every Saturday in December, along with holiday gift baskets. Don’t miss out on double points on Tuesdays and triple points on Fridays.
Santa’s got a brand new bag at Bullwhackers in Black Hawk, and it’s filled with holiday cash and prizes. Sports fans will like the continuing Million Dollar Footbull Contest: just pick the most winning or most losing Sunday and Monday football games.
Win some extra holiday cash at Canyon Casino in Black Hawk this month. Simply earn entry tickets for every 100 points, with up to five entry tickets per day.
In addition to weekly drawings, there’s a special holiday bonus round in which lucky winners will take home prizes such as a flat panel plasma TV, mini-camcoder, digital camera, or even a PC notebook.
For New Year’s Eve, Canyon Casino is giving away $2006 at noon and midnight, along with party favors and champagne.
Christmas comes early at Fitzgeralds in Black Hawk, where casino players can win gifts on Dec. 21. You must earn 50 points while playing slots or tables and you could be one of 700 lucky recipients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or one of 300 from 5 p.m. to closing.
If that’s not enough, Fitzgeralds is giving away $15,000 on Dec. 16, 17, 18. Every hour there will be a winner of $500 cash.
At the Riviera in Black Hawk, the first 500 players club members who stop by the booth on Dec. 16 will receive a free pewter holiday ornament. Also, all new players who sign up this month receive a gift. And starting on Dec. 26, players club members can win rodeo tickets by playing with their cards inserted.
December is a busy month at Gilpin Casino in Black Hawk. You can earn an adorable Christmas Russ teddy bear by accumulating 300 club points on Friday, Dec. 16.
Poker players will like Gilpin’s Nutz-Cracker Poker Tournament, planned for Dec. 27-28. For a $100 buy-in, players will vie (No Limit Texas Hold’em) for a seat at the finals, to be held Jan. 1, when 11 places will receive cash.
Or you can play Tuesdays and Thursdays (through Dec. 20) for a chance to win a seat at the L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in Southern California. The high-stakes tourney is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
The Lodge Casino is featuring 12 days of holiday gifts with over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Players will earn entries for a chance to win cash, a home theater system, X-box 360 game systems, iPods, Sony PSPs and much more. See the slot club for details.
At the Double Eagle Casino, Thursdays can be lucrative for players. The club member with the most earned Premier Cash Points will win $1,000 cash every Thursday in December.
On New Year’s Eve, Double Eagle has a big bash planned with Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors providing the entertainment, and the casino providing champagne at midnight, and a hot Roll the Dice Cash Giveaway in which a lucky player can win up to $1,200.
Not to be outdone, Colorado’s tribal casinos have a variety of activities planned for the holidays. At the Sky Ute Casino, slot players can win up to $300 every Thursday in December and January. Random hourly winners will be called and they will pick a "snowball." Each snowball will have a dollar value assigned to it between $10 and $300.
On every Friday in December, Sky Ute slot players will be picked at random for a turn in the Money Booth, where they can win up to $3,000 during their 30-second grab spree.
Every Tuesday in December until Christmas, Sky Ute slot players from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will have a chance to reach into the "Mystery Bag" and walk away with a Christmas-themed surprise.
If you like to pick your own surprises, try the Sky Ute’s Shop ”˜Til You Drop promotion every Monday this month. Slot players (again from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) could be selected to receive an envelope that could contain a $100 gift certificate to an area business.
Club members 55 years and older can receive a free drawing ticket at the Player’s Center good for hourly drawings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. If selected the player will spin the wheel to win up to $300, which could be doubled if the player picks a marked card from a deck.
Poker players at Sky Ute have some nice holiday promotions. Splash the Pot begins at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in December. The pit boss will put $100 into the pot on the Hold’em tables and the player who wins the next hand wins that pot including the extra $100.
Blackjack and poker players can win up to $200 during the Twelve Days of Christmas in the card room. Each player receives one entry form with two drawings held each day — one at 3 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. Each winner will choose a Christmas bear containing cash.
The hot action continues on New Year’s Eve, when Sky Ute players can fill out entry tickets beginning at 4 p.m. (at the Player’s Center). Then beginning at 6 p.m., one $100 winner will be called every hour until 10 p.m.