Check cashing is a (bingo) ball

Jul 20, 2004 1:31 AM

Casino paycheck cashing promotions can be profitable, providing you have the self-discipline to handle carrying all of your payday with you into the tempting casinos. The Cannery has instituted a new check-cashing promotion called "Bingo Check Cashing." Every guest receives a free play on their bingo computer system when they cash any check and every bingo play is a winner. Guests can win prizes from a free drink to $15,000 cash. Prizes are awarded according to the number of hits the guest gets on their bingo card.

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery serves an excellent porterhouse steak dinner special every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $3.95. That’s a fabulous "On the Cheap" deal all by itself, but if you’re a gambler it gets better. Every Thursday through August, if you earn just 500 points on your Passport Player’s Club card, you’ll get any entrée in the restaurant for a mere 99 cents, including the fabulous porterhouse special. Everyday is triple points so it adds up fast to an easy, nearly free comp. You keep your earned points, too. After earning your 500 points, access the kiosk to receive your meal ticket and turn it in to your server.

The Flamingo Las Vegas has a new late night special running in Lindy’s Coffee Shop. A Las Vegas favorite is the steak and eggs special for $5.95 available nightly from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Following The Mirage, the buffet at TI is now closed for extensive remodeling. Acclaimed designer Jeffrey Beers will spearhead the renovation, creating a new buffet experience. The remodeled buffet is expected to reopen this November.

Other buffet prices continue to rise. The once great, best cheap meal play in Las Vegas, the buffet, is steadily climbing all around town. Aladdin’s Spice Market dinner buffet is up to $23.99, but is still considered to be one of the all-time best buffets ever. Stardust’s Coco Palms dinner buffet is now $12.99 and breakfast is up almost a buck to $7.99. The Las Vegas Hilton’s champagne brunch and dinner buffets are now $14.99 and the Plaza’s Chop Chop Chinese Buffet breakfast ups the price to $7.95.

The Las Vegas Strip Monorail finally opened this past week after lengthy delays. So, is it a bargain? The $3 one-way fare traversing the Strip is about $9-$10 less than a cab ride and in most cases is faster. The bus is still a little cheaper but not nearly as cool or fun to ride and is definitely much slower. A $10 all-day pass is also available.

Until next time, at well, play well, stay well.