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Winter promos heat up casinos

Nov 1, 2004 11:11 PM

The start of a new month always makes us salivate a little as we anticipate what the casinos may be offering over the next few weeks. Often, the marketing plans remain top secret until the last minute to keep competing casinos off guard.

As winter weather begins to blanket Las Vegas, the jacket and sweatshirt giveaways and promotions heat up, usually lasting through February. Casino logo-wear is extremely popular with the locals as well as tourists and the casinos benefit by getting their name out in public. It’s a win-win deal for everybody!

Start this season’s collection with a logo jacket from the El Cortez downtown during Jackie’s Jacket Jackpot Jamboree. For the month of November, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on slots or $300 or more on video poker or live keno will receive vouchers that may be redeemed for El Cortez logo jackets and 14 karat gold American flag pins. Each winner will also receive an entry into the ongoing Saturday night drawings for a chance to win a 52" HDTV or one of four slot or video poker machines for Nevada residents or $500 cash for non-residents.

The El Cortez has also opened a brand new race and sports book. Watch your favorite sporting events on 19 big screen plasma TV’s. The race book features all major tracks and lines are easy to read on giant electronic boards. During Monday night football, bettors get a free Vienna hot dog and draft beer with every $20 bet.

The November "Gift of the Month" at Fitzgerald’s is a photo album. Play, earn and redeem 800 points to collect the special gift. Fitzgerald’s also has a bank of quarter video poker machines located near the Club Fitz booth that will get you a free steak dinner with any four of a kind. Another upstairs bank of machines will reward you with four Krispy Kreme doughnuts when you hit a four-of-a-kind.

Good news, bad news. Las Vegas locals get double slot club points on WednesdayS and Fridays at the Golden Nugget downtown, but this long-running popular promotion no longer includes double points for $1 and higher video poker machines. On the good news side, all other machines (including slots, keno, and video poker machines for 50¡ and lower) still offer the double points twice a week for locals only.

On the Strip, the Imperial Palace continues the ongoing player-friendly promotion of offering a complimentary gift to players earning 200 or more points during any current trip. For November the gift is a fondue-style dipping set.

Remember, luck seems to come to those who prepare for it.

Bonus Point Days: Barbary Coast (Club Coast) 2x Nov. 11 and 25; Barley’s (Rewards Card) 5x Tuesdays and 2x every night from midnight to 8 a.m.(bonus points post the following day); Bighorn (Big Shot Club) 2x Mondays thru Thursdays, 3x Fridays thru Sundays; Cannery (American Can Club) 5x Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Casino MonteLago (Club Uno) 2x Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 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.; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club) 3x everyday (some machines excluded on Wednesdays); Fiesta Henderson and Rancho (Amigo Club) 5x Fridays; Gold Coast (Club Coast) 2x Nov. 11 and 25; Gold Rush (Gold Star) 3x Wednesdays; Gold Strike (Jean, NV-Jean’s Club) 2x Tuesdays; Golden Nugget (24 Karat Club) 2x Wednesdays and Fridays for Las Vegas locals only ($1 and up video poker excluded); Key Largo (Players Club) 3x everyday; Longhorn (Big Shot Club) 2x Mondays thru Thursdays, 3x Fridays thru Sundays; Magic Star (Gold Star) 3x Wednesdays; Nevada Landing (Jean, NV-Jean’s Club) 2x Tuesdays; New Frontier (Rewards Club) 2x on all machines on your birthday; Opera House (Mahoney’s Slot Club) 2x Tuesdays; Orleans (Club Coast) 2x Nov. 11 and 25; Railroad Pass (Players Junction) 2x Wednesdays and 3x Thursdays; Rampart Casino (Rampart Rewards) 2x Mondays and Wednesdays; Silver Nugget (Mahoney’s Club) 3x every night from 11 p.m.-7a.m.; Silverton (Player’s Club) 5x Fridays; Slots A Fun (One Club) 2x Wednesdays; Suncoast (Club Coast) 2x Nov. 11 and 25; Terrible’s (Players Club) 5x Sundays and Thursdays, double cash back from Sunday thru Wednesday; Tuscany (Player’s Club) 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Vegas Club (Play Barrick) 2x Mondays 6 p.m. to midnight; Westward Ho (Preferred Customer) 3x on all machines with balloons, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wild, Wild West (Wild Card) 3x Sundays (points post the following day.)

(NOTE: At press time all casinos could not confirm their bonus point days and schedules for November. Please call ahead to confirm.)