Giveaways, parties in town

May 1, 2001 10:52 AM

Kentucky Derby parties and promotions will be plentiful around Las Vegas Saturday.

So if you’re looking for a deal to bet and/or watch the Derby, here is a listing of what is being offered:

The Orleans: There is a party in the Mardi Gras Ballroom with live betting windows. Also, there will be giant screens with complimentary refreshments and souvenirs. Doors open 8 a.m. Souvenir glasses will be given out at 1 p.m. and T-shirts with a $20 wager. The race book has tickets.

Gold Coast: There is a party in the Showroom with doors opening at 8 a.m. There will be big screen televisions and complimentary refreshments. With a $20 wager, there will be a free T-shirt and a collectable Derby glass.

Suncoast: Party will be in the Grand Ballroom starting at 8 a.m. There will be betting windows, and big and giant screen televisions. There will be complimentary drinks and souvenirs. Souvenirs will be handed out at 1 p.m. A free T-shirt comes with any $20 bet.

Barbary Coast: With $20 bet on the Derby, there is a T-shirt or Derby glass.

Stratosphere: There is a Derby day party in the Images Cabaret for $15. That includes chance to win a share of $2,500 in the Derby day contest. There is stadium-style food, beer and soda, and a free T-shirt with $25 bet.

Imperial Palace: With $20 bet on the Derby, there is a souvenir glass. Also, staff will hold drawings for official Derby shirts and IP logo merchandise, including the Beany Pal Frog during the day. There is a party for invited guests, which includes Turf Club and Sports Club members, in the Showroom. There will be a breakfast and lunch buffet and three betting stations. Also, there will be free T-shirts and drawings for IP Turf Club merchandise.

Bally’s: Party will be in the Grand Ballroom, but most spots are for invited guests only. Some spots are open to the public, but you have to buy the two-night stay for $219. There is room for 1,000.

Stations Casinos (Includes Santa Fe, Palace, Boulder and Texas): With a $25 bet, there is a T-shirt and sunglasses.

Sunset Station: With a $25 bet, there is a T-shirt, sunglasses and a collectable mint Derby glass. Also will be given away limited collectable souvenir beanie-baby horses.

Fiesta: Free T-shirts with a $20 bet.

Jerry’s Nugget: With $20 house quinella or parlay bet, there will be a Derby glass.

Terrible’s: With a $20 bet, there is a collectable Derby glass. Also, all $5 or more losing Derby tickets can be entered into a drawing, to be held 30 minutes after the race. First place is $500, second place is $400, third place is $300, fourth place is $200 and fifth place is $100. All Terrible points are doubled on any bet on any Saturday race, and triple points with Derby bet.

Las Vegas Hilton: There will be a private party in Pavilion rooms 9-11. Doors open at 2 p.m. There will be stadium-style food and an open bar. Each respondent receives a gift.

New Frontier: There is a private party for invited guests at Gilley’s Restaurant, starting at 10 a.m. Also there is a Derby glass with $20 bet.

Sam’s Town: With any $20 bet, there is a Derby coffee mug. On Sunday, there will be 30 $100 drawings (coming every 15 minutes). A wager ticket can be entered into the drum in the center of the book.

Plaza: With a $10 bet, there is a collectable Derby glass.

Harrah’s: Guests receive one entry ticket for a drawing with every $20 wager. Drawings will be in race book between races starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for hats, T-shirts and golf shirts. Everyone with a total rewards card receives a free program. There’s a Derby glass with $20 bet.

Regent Las Vegas: With a $25 bet, there is a collectable Derby glass. Also, there will be prizes given out randomly during the day.

Arizona Charlie’s West: There will be drawings (approximately every 15 minutes) from noon-3 p.m. in the race book. Drawing tickets are $10 (one per person). There will be an additional $1,000 put into the pot.

Venetian: Derby T-shirts with a $25 Derby bet.

Excalibur: With a $20 bet, there is a Derby glass.

Fremont: With a $25 bet, there is a free T-shirt.

Contests going on

If you’re a Kentucky Derby bettor who wants to compete against other bettors instead of the house, there are contests going on in Las Vegas.

Fiesta: The Fiesta race book will be holding a Triple Crown handicapping contest. It is a free contest consisting of the Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. There will be mutual payouts for first, second and third.

So let’s say you play a horse to win, place show, and it wins, pays out $10 for first, $5 for second and $3 for third. You get 18 points. And let’s say, your horse comes in second place and place is $40 and show is $30; then you get 70 points.

The contestants that have the most points accumulated after the three races win. First place wins $500, second place $300 and third place $200. If there are ties, the prizes are split.

If you pick one horse and it is scratched, you can pick an alternate. Participants have to come to the book for each Triple Crown race.

Signup for the contest lasts until Saturday 1 p.m. This is the first year for the contest.

"We’re hoping it’s a huge success," said Fiesta race and sports book director Bert Cirincione. "It’s something different for our horse players."

As for the number of people Cirincione hopes will enter the contest?

"We’re looking for as many as possible," he said.

Arizona Charlie’s West: Currently, Arizona Charlie’s West, has a Win and Quin handicapping contest. That contest, is on this Wednesday, and will be on Derby day as well.

For the Derby, you pick two horses and an alternate. There is a point system, which parallels money payouts. Top four finishers are paid. First place wins 60 percent of the pot, second place gets 25, third 10 and fourth 5.