Holidays are good time for bingo giveaways

Feb 12, 2002 3:54 AM

If you’ve never tried playing bingo with a TED, it’s something a little different you might want to try.  TED is an abbreviation for The Electronic Dauber and the regular paper games you would normally purchase are stored in this small portable computer device that lies on your table while you play. When the bingo numbers are called you simply enter it on your computer game and it will automatically record, (“electronically daub”) the number on each card you have purchased. There are several unique advantages to using a TED. First of all, you should never miss a called number on any of your cards and you don’t need to worry about the letters being called.  You only enter the number and you don’t need to carry a dauber around with you.  Secondly, TED will automatically display your best cards and also allow you to view any other cards you’re playing as well.  Finally, the games can become even more exciting as it counts down the numbers needed to win a bingo and flashes on the screen.  Even a warning sound is given when one number left is needed to win.  If and when you do bingo, your screen will produce fireworks and most TEDs will play music as the finale. Almost all of the bingo rooms in Las Vegas offer TED’s, but you may need to get there a little earlier than usual to get one.  They don’t always have enough for everyone and often sell out at many sessions. Try it. You may never go back to paper bingo cards again!

If you like playing bingo along with the gift giveaways, the best days this month are the holidays, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. The following is a brief rundown on some of the planned giveaways.

Station Casinos including Boulder, Palace, Santa Fe, Sunset, and Texas, will all be offering a gift in honor of Presidents Day.  Bingo players will receive an attractive United States Eagle Statue at all sessions on Sunday, February 17.  A minimum $4 buy-in is required and gifts are limited to quantities on hand. (Note: Texas will also have a separate giveaway on Sunday, February 24, featuring different gifts at each session, including T-shirts, coffee mugs and lapel pins.)

The featured gifts at Sam’s Town will be a Valentine’s Heart Photo Frame on Thursday, and a sharp looking Car Organizer on Monday, February 18.  Gifts begin at the 7:30 a.m. session with minimum buy-in and continue all day while supplies last. (Note: A new $20,000 progressive game begins at Sam’s this month)

The Eldorado Casino in Henderson is offering free chocolate heart candies for everyone at all sessions on Valentine’s Day, and free bingo validation at all sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays all month.

A stuffed bear featuring the hotel logo, will be the special gift at the Castaways on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18.  Gift is available at all sessions with minimum buy-in, and of course, while supplies last.

Both the Suncoast and Gold Coast, as well as the Plaza, downtown, will all be offering holiday gifts too.  All three hotels will be giving away plush, toy Valentine Bears on Thursday, February 14, and free American Flag Key Chains on the following Monday.  Minimum buy-ins are required and gifts are only available while supplies last.  Both the Suncoast and Gold Coast are also continuing to offer triple points for your bingo play during the entire month of February, as well.

Until next time”¦Good luck, and may you all shout “B-I-N-G-O!”  (And take home some nice gifts this month, too!)