Nothing beats free shot at beating the odds

Aug 20, 2002 5:11 AM

So there’s no such thing as a free ride? Sure there is, but you just need to know where to get it! How about free gambling? It’s true! Check out these free gaming specials!

The Orleans has a free entry keno contest called the "Big Easy" every Sunday night. There is no minimum buy-in. Just register at the keno counter for the contest before you play, with a chance to win the first prize of $500. Second place is $200 and prizes are awarded through fifth place, for cash and dinners. Contest starts at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday night.

At the Gold Coast you can play "Freeno," a totally free keno game anytime you visit the property. Players simply register six keno numbers and watch for your numbers on the boards located throughout the casino. You win $500 if all six of your numbers are drawn between 7-8 a.m. or 7-8 p.m. and $100 during all other times. If you win, you must collect your prize prior to the start of the next game. Register only once. They will become your permanent numbers to watch anytime you return to the casino.

For free Bingo, get to the Westward Ho at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays or Fridays. Eight free games are played at each session in the upstairs ballroom. A $50 jackpot is paid out on each game, costs nothing to play, and locals as well as tourists are welcome to attend. (Tip: Double your pleasure. Go a little early and grab a free ice cream sundae at the afternoon socials in the lounge, served everyday from noon to 3 p.m. Or try that new, crazy 49-cent ice tea/lemonade/rum combination drink at the bar!)

You can also play free bingo at Ellis Island (Koval and Flamingo), the Gold Spike (downtown), or the Opera House (North Las Vegas).

Free gaming chips? Sign up for a Player’s Card in the pit area at Silverton and receive $10 in free promotional chips.

Years ago, gaming tokens to be used in special machines for cash and prizes, were a popular promotion at many Las Vegas casinos. There are still a few of these promotions found around town. Head to Slots A Fun on the Strip for a couple free pulls on their special slot machine. (Pick up the necessary coupon from Circus-Circus next door.) Across the street at the Riviera, you can get a daily free pull on their special jumbo slot. Not too far from there, stop in at the Royal Hotel on Convention Center Drive. Sign-up during the day for their special promotions and receive a bucket of 20 free gaming tokens to try your luck on their special promotional slots. You can also save those tokens and earn additional coins (by playing slots and video poker), to use for meals and casino gift items if you so choose.

Slot club members can also get a daily free pull on special machines at the Luxor, Fremont, Tropicana, Bally’s and Four Queens.

Heck, you can even get a free shot at 10 grand playing Tic-Tac-Toe with a live chicken at the Tropicana. There was a winner just last week!

Try your luck at free gambling and good luck! Until next week, "Eat well, play well, stay well!"