Turning Bingo into Loteria at Station

Apr 12, 2016 3:08 AM

Bingo! That is what every lucky bingo player yells when they have covered the right amount of numbers in the correct pattern on their bingo cards to win the game. But throughout April the cry you hear at Texas Station and Boulder Station is “Lotería!”

For the first time casino patrons can experience the Lotería (Lottery), a highly popular card game widely recognized around world that features the art, culture, and folklore of many Latin American countries.

Similar to bingo, Lotería is a game of chance, but it uses images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers on ping pong balls. Each player uses a game card known as a “tabla,” that has a grid of randomly created pictures with a corresponding name.

Those who play Lotería think it is more dynamic and gives an interactive sense of play. Instead of listening for a winning number like in traditional bingo, players must pay close attention to “The Griton,” the announcer, who uses riddles as clues to identify the symbols on their game cards.

And the griton for these first-ever Lotería games is Victor Flores, “Mr. WOW,” thanks to an exclusive partnership with La Bonita Supermarkets. Mr. WOW’s charismatic television appearances as pitchman for La Bonita and his signature catchphrase “WOW” have made him a household name in the Hispanic community.

If you are looking for a fun time check it out. The game can be enjoyed weekly in April at the 5 p.m. bingo session, on Saturdays at Texas Station and Sundays at Boulder Station. For every $20 spent, players will also receive one Lotería tabla. Players can win up to $600 in cash, up to $250 in free slot play and La Bonita gift cards.

What else can we say except WOW!

THAT’S ITALIAN! We found an authentic Italian restaurant not far from our home, which has made husband Ron very happy. Gina’s Bistro, on south Durango Drive near Flamingo Road, is definitely the real deal.

The menu offers many traditional Italian dishes from appetizers such as arancinis (stuffed rice balls breaded and fried) and antipasto to pastas (cavatelli, gnocchi, ravioli, lasagna, pappardelle) to entrees of chicken cacciatore, veal scaloppine and cioppino to desserts (tiramisu, cannoli) and more.

The cavatelli is homemade and cooked to perfection and the prosciutto in the antipasto is some of the best we’ve ever tasted.

Host and owner Riccardo Santamaria, who grew up in a family restaurant business in Italy, is full of charm and makes your mouth water as he describes the specials for the day. The service is excellent, the food superb and the atmosphere authentic.

RAIN CHECK: Due to some typical Vegas weather this time of year, Downtown Grand has moved the public opening of Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck to Saturday, April 30 beginning at 8:30 p.m. The free poolside concert will include favorite local indie pop duo Goldboot, along with other special musical guests. Drink specials from the all-new specialty menu will be offered throughout the night.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Red Rock Resort, which turns 10 years old this month and is celebrating throughout April. You won’t want to miss the spectacular fireworks show scheduled for Saturday at 9 p.m. or the Silent Sundown Savasana (complimentary yoga) April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Sandbar pool area, which will be followed by half-priced martinis at Lucky Bar until 9 p.m.

The hilarious comedian Rita Rudner will perform inside Rocks Lounge April 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and there will be $250,000 up for grabs at the April 30 Birthday Wishes Drawing. It sounds like a spectacular party.

See you around town.

Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].