Look to small casinos for big-time deals

Jul 29, 2002 11:28 PM

August looks to be as hot as ever, both in and out of the Las Vegas casinos. There are plenty of opportunities available to players this month for chances at extra cash, gifts, and jackpot bonuses.

Of all the Strip casinos, one of the smallest, the Barbary Coast always seems to find a way to reward players in big ways. During August, the Fun Club celebrates with a "Summer Cash Giveaway." Every hour, 24 hours a day, a slot, video poker or video keno player will be randomly selected to win a $25 cash prize. There will be a total of 24 instant cash winners everyday. Make sure you’re playing with your slot club inserted and listen for your name and number to be called. Complete rules are posted at the Fun Club booth. (This is similar to sister property, Gold Coast, promotion, in which players were randomly selected a couple of months ago for $100, or $50 without their card inserted.)

Ellis Island’s Passport Club kicks off a wild, almost unheard of, new member’s sign-up promotion this month. New members who sign-up for the club anytime during the week can come in on any Saturday and earn 25 times points for their first 24 hours of play. If you are already a club member, you’re not left out. Bring a friend to sign up for the club during August and receive 5,000 free bonus points. Enroll your friend in the club and they will credit your account with 5,000 free bonus points and as an additional bonus they will also give your friend 5,000 free bonus points just for joining!

Downtown at the Plaza, throughout August, #1 Main Club players can win a chance to double their jackpots up to $1,000. Players hitting jackpots of $200 or more on slot, keno or video poker machines, $200 jackpots on live keno, or $500 Bingo jackpots are eligible for a spin on the "Double Your Jackpot" wheel. Wheel spins will be conducted everyday in August next to the Showroom steps at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. In addition to the opportunity to double their jackpots up to $1,000, other wheel prizes include Vivitar cameras, meals, rooms, club points and more. Every spin is a guaranteed winner of some type of prize. Be sure to be playing with your slot club card inserted and turn on your change light for an attendant to verify your jackpot and give you a ticket to participate in the spin promotion. Complete rules and details are posted in the casino.

Bruce Springsteen will be appearing at the Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday, August 18, and the Hard Rock will be providing a chance to win free tickets through slot play. Twenty pairs of tickets to the concert will be given away in a drawing to be held in mid-August. Earn one drawing ticket for every point earned between August 5-17. New members signing up for the Back Stage Pass club receive an automatic free entry ticket too.

Get to Sam’s Town on August 2 or 3 and for every select 4 of a kind you hit, you will receive a Sam’s Town Cooler Bag filled with a six pack of Coke or Diet Coke. (Coke lovers, here’s your chance! These promotions almost always feature Pepsi products for some reason!)

As always, review the rules and regulations of all promotions prior to playing and remember”¦ "Luck seems to favor those who prepare for it!"

Bonus Point Days: (July and August) Aladdin (Club Aladdin) double comp points for July and August; Arizona Charlie’s (Charlie Card) 4x cash back on all old and new earned points every Thursday in August, (some restrictions apply); Casino Royale (Club Royale) double points 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., triple points 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Castaways (Club Castaways) triple points every day through July; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club) 6x points every Thursday and Sunday and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily. 6x on August 17 and 25x for new member sign-ups on any Saturday in August. (Some machines excluded); Fiesta’s (Rancho and Henderson) (Amigo Club) 5x Mondays and Fridays w/coupons available at booth; Gold Coast (The Club) 2x August 15-31;Gold Rush (Gold Star)

2x August 15-31;Gold Rush (Gold Star) Triple points Wednesdays; Hyatt Lake Las Vegas (Players Society) Double points Tuesdays and Thursdays and triple on Mondays; Key Largo (Players Club) 4x Monday thru Friday and 3x Saturdays and Sundays; Magic Star (Gold Star) Triple points Wednesdays; MGM Grand (Directors Club) Double Holiday Gift Shoppe points through August; New Frontier (Players Card) Double on $1 reel slots ONLY through August and double points on all machines on your birthday; Opera House (Mahoney’s Slot Club) Double on Tuesdays; Orleans (Club Orleans) 2x Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to midnight, 2x Fridays 4-8 p.m.; Plaza (#1 Main Club) Double points Mondays 6 p.m. to midnight; Railroad Pass (Players Junction) Double points Wednesdays from noon to midnight; Rampart Casino (Rampart Rewards) Double cash back Mondays and double points on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Sahara (Club Sahara) Double points on your birthday; Santa Fe Station (Boarding Pass) Double points everyday on $1 Santa Fe Express reel slots only; Silverton (Player’s Club) 3x Aug. 30-Sept. 4; Slots A Fun (One Club) Double points on Wednesdays; Terrible’s (Players Club) 5x 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; Westward Ho (Preferred Customer) Triple points on all machines with balloons, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (NOTE: All August bonus point days could not be confirmed at press time. Please call ahead to confirm all schedules!)