Casinos spring forth with fresh promotions

Feb 26, 2002 6:08 AM

As the weather begins to warm up, the casinos are “springing” into action with new promotions for the month of March, as well as making plans for St. Patrick’s day celebrations. Here’s a rundown on the start of what looks to be another exciting month for slot and video poker players.

Plan ahead for some downtown fun at Jackie Gaughan’s El Cortez and the Las Vegas Club over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Both casinos will be giving away deely-bopper cloverleaf headbands to players at the machines on March 17. The headbands were all the rage during the holiday festivities downtown last year. The El Cortez will also be giving out “Lucky” commemorative coins on designated jackpots and keno wins that weekend, too.

From now through March 3, at the Hard Rock, you can “Rock Out and Race In” to win a chance to meet NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace in a private meet and greet session as well as other great prize giveaways. Earning 200 points or hitting a top award jackpot automatically gets you into the party on March 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. On March 1-3, the casino will hold additional drawings for race-related prizes every night at 7 p.m. culminating with a chance to win a trip for two to the Daytona 500 race in February, 2003. See the complete rules and details posted in the casino. New Back Stage Pass member sign-ups get an automatic free entry for the drawings.

The Orleans has a “Big Screen a Day Giveaway” going on for the entire month of March. Players win drawing tickets for hitting designated jackpots and drawings will be held every night at 7 p.m. Nightly prize is a 61" big screen TV and satellite system with one-year service. They, along with the other Coast Resorts, will also be offering some double point days during March, (see schedule page 13.)

The Four Queens will be “Hopping into Spring,” with their “Chocolates, Carats, and Cash,” promotion from March 1-31. Reel Winners slot club members who earn 200 points during the month receive a Russell Stover chocolate bunny and ten drawing tickets. For each 100 points thereafter, members get an additional five drawing tickets. The final drawing will be held on March 31 at 9 a.m. with a first place prize of a 2-carat diamond ring. Additional prizes will be awarded through five places for cash, complimentary hotel stays and meals, and gift baskets. Winner need NOT be present to win, but you win a larger prize if you are present. (Example: The first place 2-carat ring is reduced to a 1 carat prize if winner is not present to claim it.) There is also a free slot tournament for slot club members on March 7 and March 17 this month. Pre-register by calling: 1-800-634-6045 or 702-385-4011.

Bonus Point Days: (February and March) Arizona Charlie’s (Both locations) (Charlie Card) Double cash back (some restrictions;) Five times cash back on Thursdays (5,000 minimum points and same day cash out,) Barbary Coast (Fun Club) Double points Tuesdays; Triple on March 17 and 31; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): Six times points Thursdays and Sundays and same from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily; Fiesta Henderson & Fiesta’s (Rancho and Henderson) (Amigo Club) five times Mondays and triple points Fridays w/coupons available at booth; Hyatt Lake Las Vegas (Players Society) Double points Tuesdays and Thursdays and triple on Mondays; JW Marriott (The Casino at The Resort at Summerlin) (Club Razz) Double points Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (some machines excluded;) Gold Coast (The Club) Double points on March17 and 31; Key Largo (Players Club) Triple points Monday through Friday, four times points on Saturdays and Sundays; Magic Star (Gold Star) Triple points Wednesdays; Orleans (Club Orleans) Double points on March 17 and 31;Palms (Club Palms) Double points Tuesday and Triple on March 31; Plaza (#1 Main Club) Double points Mondays 6 p.m. to Midnight; Railroad Pass (Players Junction) Double points Wednesdays Noon to Midnight; Santa Fe Station (Boarding Pass) Double points everyday on $1 Santa Fe Express reel slots only; Silverton (Players Club) Triple points from 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 17 at 9 p.m. Slots A Fun (One Club) Double points on Wednesdays; Suncoast (Club Denaro) Double points on March 17 and 31; Terrible’s (Players Club) Five times points 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. everyday, and all day on Sundays and Thursdays; Tropicana (Winners Club) Double points for new members, first 24 hours only. (NOTE: All casinos could not confirm their bonus point schedules for March at press time. Call ahead to confirm. Stay tuned next week.)