Casinos pay 'dividends' on stimulus checks

May 27, 2008 7:00 PM

On the Cheap by H Scot Krause | Want to receive a bonus when cashing your government "stimulus check?" The El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas will give you a five percent bonus when you cash your check at the main cage. Cashing any government issued check will get you five percent in free slot play.

Silverton Casino Lodge is also offering Las Vegas locals an opportunity to cash your government stimulus check now through July 2 (or show proof of direct deposit). Players will be given a chance to swipe for random prizes including 3x payment up to $5,400, free slot play from $5 to $500, a free mystery gift or a free MGD beer.

 Every swipe is a winner. Those who cash their check also receive 50 percent off at all restaurants when using their points and a complimentary hotel night’s stay when you buy two nights.

Want to learn to play the hottest game in the casino? Free poker gaming lessons are taught at the Rio on a unique teaching table, designed for beginners wanting to learn the basics of poker.

The teaching table features a specially designed felt that visually highlights the key elements of the game (hand rankings, betting options and other key characteristics of the game including when to bet, fold and check). During the free lessons, students learn the basics using tournament-style play chips to simulate actual poker room play.

Personable teaching dealers help guide students step-by-step through the game and answer questions along the way. Daily free poker lessons are available at Rio hourly between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Visit the Poker Room for details and to schedule an appointment.

With gas prices soaring, why leave home? Several Station Casinos are offering a "local’s only" vacation package from May 26-Sept. 6. The Great Escape Package, available at Palace Station, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Texas Station and Sunset Station includes a one-night stay, $25 Station Casinos gift card, $25 table games match play coupon, $10 off bingo with $25 buy-in, a 5x points coupon for the day of your choice and four games of bowling (except at Palace or Boulder Station). The package price is $49.99 Sunday through Thursday, $79.99 for Fridays and Saturdays. The price does not include resort fees or taxes.

The very hip, progressive lounge 4949 inside the Santa Fe Station is always innovative. On Thursday, June 5, they will be offering a Champagne Tasting Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. offering six different types of champagne from Moet and Chandon. For $20 per person the evening includes champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a free gift. RSVP by calling 702-658-4933 to reserve your seat.