Casino madness begins!

Mar 4, 2003 4:01 AM

While March Madness will dominate all the sports and gaming headlines this month, there will be plenty of "Casino Craziness" on the casino floors too. Let’s get into March and see what’s happening.

One of Las Vegas’ newest locals’ casino, the Cannery can hardly "contain" themselves this month. For starters, $15,000 Progressive Cash Drawings will be held every Friday at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. this month. Players can earn drawing tickets for playing in the casino, (see rules posted) plus American Can Club members receive five free tickets daily. Every Wednesday in March players can receive a free 4-piece place setting after earning just 10 points on their club accounts and no points are deducted. Club members are also entitled to a free Bonus Pack coupon booklet that is loaded with discounts and special offers including a 2-for-1 buffet coupon. Plenty of bonus point days this month too. (See the schedule below.)

The Rampart Casino in Summerlin, a sister property to the Cannery, is running a similar set of promotions this month with following changes: The progressive cash drawings will be held on Mondays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Earn the place settings on Wednesdays for only 5 points. Bonus Packs are available to Rampart Rewards players here too.

The Plaza downtown hosts March Mania, a drawing promotion currently underway through March 16. To celebrate college basketball’s NCAA Tournaments over $10,000 will be given away among 64 lucky players. Players can earn drawing tickets for jackpots of $200 or more on all slot or video poker machines. In addition, #1 Main Club members (slot club) get one entry for every 500 points earned through March 16. Entries can also be earned in the pit and at bingo. Then, on St. Patrick’s Day night, March 17, the casino will draw sixty-four names from the drum and randomly match each to one of the sixty-four teams in the March Madness Tournament. Depending on how far the team advances from March 18, the first round, through April 7, the final game, each of the 64 participants will win amounts from $50 to $3400. Winners need not be present at the March 17 drawing, but all cash winnings must be collected by April 7.

Also downtown, Jackie Gaughan’s Gold Spike Hotel Casino is giving away logo sweatshirts on jackpots of $50 or more. Limited quantities are on hand and only available while supplies last.

Keno players have a little March Madness of their own out at Boulder Station this month. Through March 31, players earn a drawing ticket for every $5 keno bet placed with a chance to win a share of $1,000 in cash and prizes! The drawing will be held on Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the keno lounge. Prizes will be as follows:

1- $500 Cash Winner

1 - $250 Cash Winner

1 - $100 Cash Winner

3 - $50 Cash Winners

4 - Surprise Gift Winners

Must be present to win. Earn double drawing tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Remember, "Luck seems to come to those who prepare for it!"

Bonus Point Days: Barbary Coast (Fun Club) 2x March 17 and March 21; Cannery (American Can Club) 2x everyday, 3x Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6x Fridays from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.(Some machines excluded); Casino Royale (Club Royale) 2x 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., 3x 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Castaways (Club Castaways) 3x everyday from midnight to 8 a.m. 3x March 13-16, 5x March 4 and March 17; El Cortez (Jackie’s Club) 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3x March 17; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club) 5x every Thursday and Sunday and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily, (Some machines excluded); Fiestas (Rancho and Henderson) (Amigo Club) 5x Mondays and Fridays w/coupons available at the booth, 5x table games on Mondays; Gold Coast (The Club) 2x March 17; Gold Rush (Gold Star) 3x Wednesdays; Key Largo (Players Club) 3x everyday; Magic Star (Gold Star) 3x Wednesdays; New Frontier (Players Card) 2x on all machines on your birthday; Opera House (Mahoney’s Slot Club) 2x Tuesdays; Orleans (Club Orleans) 2x March 17; Palms (Club Palms) 2x Tuesdays and Fridays; Plaza (#1 Main Club) 2x Mondays 6 p.m. to midnight; Railroad Pass (Players Junction) 2x Wednesdays and 3x Thursdays; Rampart Casino (Rampart Rewards) 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2x Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.; Sahara (Club Sahara) 2x on your birthday; Santa Fe Station (Boarding Pass) 2x everyday on $1 Santa Fe Express reel slots only; Silverton (Player’s Club) 2x through March 17; Slots A Fun (One Club) 2x Wednesdays; Suncoast (Club Denaro) 2x March 17; Terrible’s (Players Club) 2x cashback only from Sundays thru Wednesdays 24 hours, 5x points all day Thursdays and from midnight to 9 a.m. Sunday thru Wednesdays; Tropicana (Winners Club) 2x for new members, 1st 24 hours only; Westward Ho (Preferred Customer) 3x on all machines with balloons, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.