With Christmas drawing near, casinos get in the giving spirit in a variety of ways. Here are just a few:
Win a "Truckload of Toys" at the Reno Hilton on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. The truck is a Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab Truck, the load of toys are $25,000 in cash, a computer system including a printer, a 42-inch, flat-screen television, an audio-video home theater, a digital camera, a camcorder and a DVD-CD player.
Entries may be earned by playing video poker, slots, video reel slots, table games, keno, race and sports book and poker. Qualifying drawings will be held every Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with five qualifiers each receiving $500 in cash and an entry into the Truckload of Toys drawing.
Forget the 12 Days of Christmas. At Arizona Charlies East and West, its a total of 24-Days of Christmas. Beginning Dec. 1 and continuing through Dec. 23, $1,000 in cash prizes will be given away at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Then on (the 24th day of Christmas) Dec. 25, drawings will take place at 4:30 p.m. for $6,000, 6:30 p.m. for $7,000, 7:30 p.m. for $8,000, and at 10:30 p.m. a total of $10,000 will be given away.
Players playing pennies through dimes will be awarded one drawing ticket for every four-of-a-kind, straight flush on video poker or 2500-coin or more single payout on reels slots or video keno and two drawing tickets for a royal flush. Quarter and higher players will receive two tickets for a four-of-a-kind or 2500-coin or more single payout on reel slots or video keno, three tickets for a straight flush and four tickets for a royal flush.
Bingo and live poker players at the west property are eligible for one drawing ticket for every game winner (bingo) or aces full or higher (live poker). Keno players at the west property receive one drawing ticket for every $5 to $50 winning ticket, two entries for winning tickets of $50.01 to $100, three entries for winning tickets of $100.01 to $250 and four entries for winning tickets of $250.01 or more. Winners must be present and have three minutes to claim their prize.
Sleigh Bells Ring, are you listening? At Caesars Palace, Dec. 10-13, more than $281,000 (based on 250 entrants) will be given away in their Sleigh Bells Slot Tournament.
Each entrant plays four 30-minute sessions in this dual tournament. Scores will be taken from sessions 1 and 2 to determine the winners of Tournament 1, and scores from sessions 3 and 4 to determine the winners of Tournament 2.
Entry fee in this tournament is $750 and includes four days and three nights deluxe hotel accommodations, morning refreshments, $100 dining credit, a special gift, and awards party. Additional entrants, sharing the same room may join for $650 each. The first place winners in each tournament will receive $15,000. Cash prizes will be paid through 250th place in both tournaments, as well as bonus drawings and session prizes being awarded.
Bonus Point Watch (November): Arizona Charlie's East & West (Charlie Card): double points, Wednesdays, triple points Tuesdays; Barbary Coast (Fun Club) double points, Dec. 11 - 26; Castaways (formerly Showboat): double slot points all day every day (except Wednesday), triple points midnight to 8 a.m., triple points all day, Wednesdays, 4x points Mondays; Ellis Island (Passport Player Club): triple points Wednesdays, 5X points Fridays; Gold Coast (The Club): double points Mondays 6 p.m.- midnight; Hacienda (Club Matador): double points Mondays; Hard Rock (Backstage Pass): double comp points from noon on Sundays through noon on Fridays; Hyatt Regency (Regency Players Society): double points Tuesdays; Key Largo (Players Club): triple points all day every day; Orleans (Club Orleans): double points Mondays 6 p.m.- midnight; Plaza (No. 1 Main Club): double points, Mondays 6 p.m. to midnight; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): double points Wednesdays noon to midnight; Reserve (Club Reserve): 4X points Saturday and Sunday; Sahara (Club Sahara): double points, Friday thru Monday, triple points, Tuesday thru Thursday; Suncoast (Club Denaro): double points Mondays 6 p.m.- midnight