Turning tax time into money time at the casino

Apr 12, 2016 3:00 AM

If you haven’t done so already, the often unpleasant task of dealing with our taxes is upon us with the deadline looming. The official last day to file this year is Monday, April 18 due to a little known holiday in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, casinos around the valley are giving us some tax breaks, perks and incentives!

Ellis Island: On Friday, April 15, the casino will be offering 15x points. Once guests hit 500 base points, they will have 15x points for the rest of the day. Also, when guests hit 500 base points, they’ll receive $5 free play.

Arizona Charlie’s: The Boulder and Decatur locations will host “Tax Day Hot Seats.” On Friday, April 15, at 2:15, 4:15, 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. four hot seat winners playing slots will be randomly selected to win cash prizes. ace|Play red and green members will receive $100 cash and ace|Play orange and blue members will receive $50 cash.

Cannery: On Friday, April 15, the North Las Vegas casino will host “Tax Day Free Play Frenzy.” Play any slot machine (with your club card inserted) from 4 to 8 p.m. to win free slot play. A $5,000 Tax Drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Drawing entries can be earned now through April 15; one entry for every 100 points earned. Winners will be drawn from the automated drawing drum on drawing night. Prizes include 10 winners each receiving $500 cash and you must be present to win.

Plaza: The downtown casino is offering a “Tax Day Payout Payoff Promotion.” They will “Pay the Tax on Eligible Jackpots.” Taxes will be paid in free slot play and based on the national average of 28%. Some restrictions may apply. Valid on Monday, April 18, only. See the complete details posted at the Royal Rewards Players Club.

Rampart: The casino will host a Bingo Tax Day Promotion: Tax Relief Ball – April 15 at all sessions. “Bingo” on B-15 and receive an extra $500 in addition to the regular payout. Validation is required.

Silver Sevens: Guests cashing their tax refund check or presenting ATM withdrawal receipt at the casino cage with a valid A-Play Club Card will receive one swipe on a kiosk for a chance to win up to $5,000 FreePlay, as well as a guaranteed 2-for-1 Bingo Blue Pack from the kiosk. Kiosk swipe requires guest to be enrolled in the A-Play Club. Prizes will vary from comps up to $5,000 FreePlay.

Lucky Club/Silver Nugget: On Friday, April 15, from 2 to 10 p.m., the casinos will offer a “Tax Relief Cash Box.” Win up to $50 in cash. Other prizes include free slot play, bonus points and free dining. Earn 500 points to participate.

Club Fortune: Monday, April 18, the Henderson casino will be giving away $15,000 in cash from 3 to 8 p.m., one winner every 30 minutes.

Mandalay Bay: One of my favorite Tax Day promotions is the annual free ticket to Shark Reef at when you mail your return (or an envelope addressed to the IRS). This year’s event will be Monday, April 18, from noon to 8 p.m.

Until next week… good luck and good gaming!

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: [email protected].