Bingo players reap holiday giveaways

Mar 12, 2002 6:12 AM

Like usual, the holidays are big days for bingo players in Las Vegas, and there are two major ones, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, this month. Station Casino’s, (Boulder, Palace, Texas, Santa Fe and Sunset,) will be giving away a free calculator/clock/calendar to all players on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17. They all will also have a surprise gift giveaway on both Sunday, March 24, and again on Easter Sunday, March 31. Texas will also give out a deck of official Texas playing cards with a minimum bingo buy-in on Tuesday, March 19 at all sessions.

Bingo is alive and well according to the Bingo World 2002 industry and trade show held last week at the Riviera Convention Center. Besides the fancy new daubers and bingo novelties, it appears that the wave of the future will be directed towards an increase in computer products, like TED’s, (The Electronic Dauber.) There will always be die-hard paper fans, and surely that’s here to stay, but soon there will be new computer products with larger display screens capable of displaying four or more games at a time. There are even table game set-ups that allow players to play video poker along side their bingo game! Behold the future of bingo!

Jerry’s Nugget has a St. Patrick’s Day $50,000 Big Game Bingo session at 9 p.m. If you hit the “Go for the Green” Coverall in 46 numbers you win the 50 grand! You can still win $25,000 if you hit it in 47 or 48 numbers, $10,000 for 49 numbers, or $5,000 for hitting it in 50 numbers. On Easter Sunday, bingo players at the 3 p.m. session will be rewarded with a fresh baked treat to take home from their on-premises bakery.

Not to be outdone, $35,000 will be given out in payouts at the Castaways on St. Patrick’s Day. The buy-in for the special event is $50 and includes play in two sessions, at 7 and 9 p.m. The latter of the two sessions includes a $10,000 coverall. Players all day will receive a green stuffed logo teddy bear as a gift too.

Bingo players at the Gold Coast or Suncoast get complimentary “Pot O’ Gold Daubers,” at all sessions on Saturday, March 16 and a free logo Frosty Mug on Sunday, March 17.  Earn triple bingo points at both locations all month too. (Earn nine points for every dollar spent in bingo, rather than the usual three.)

Porcelain gifts will be given out at Terrible’s during the Easter weekend. Collect a painted egg at the 5 p.m. session on March 28 and a porcelain doll at the 1, 3 and 5 p.m. sessions on March 31.

All the regular disclaimers apply to gift giveaways. A minimum buy-in is required, one gift per person per session, and supplies are generally limited to those on hand while they last. Arrive early to get a good seat and your gifts!

May the luck of the Irish be with you, and until next time . . . May you all shout ­­Â­­Â­­Â­­Â­­B-I-N-G-O!