Here’s what we found for the week of April 17, 2011…

Luck, Royals, Good Food and Jackpots to all….. Regards, H. Scot Krause
Author not responsible for omissions, changes and/or errors.

This information is from Scot Krause, our roving reporter, who supplies us each week with information on the best Las Vegas Promotions. It’s only available here on the web site so be sure to come back each Sunday to find out about the best values in Las Vegas.

Hard Rock: Get Tanked Gift Card and Free Slot Play Promotion: April18– 21 and April 25– 28. Receive one pick from Rockstar drum when you earn 500 points on reel and video reel (2,500 points for video poker). Win a Chevron gas card, Marie Callender gift card or Free Slot Play. Every envelope is a winner.  Max of two envelopes per day.

El Cortez: El Cortez is giving away one FREE box of See’s Candy or Passover Candy to Club Cortez players for every jackpot of $200 or more from April 17 to 24 (while supplies last).

Orleans: Spirits Giveaway April 22-24, 11am-7pm each day as follows:
—Sailor Jerry Rum Friday, April 22 “FREE” when you earn 200 points.
—Skyy Vodka Saturday, April 23 “FREE” when you earn 300 points.
—Seagram’s VO, Sunday, April 24 “FREE” when you earn 400 points.
Complete details available at the B Connected Club Booth.

Binion’s Gambling Hall: Binion’s Poker Classic starts on May 30 and runs through July 11.  The Four Queens Hotel & Casino, Binion’s sister property, is offering all Poker Classic participants a $24 midweek rate and a $52 rate on the weekends.  In addition, players with a receipt from any Binion’s Poker Classic event will be given $25 in chips after one hour of live play in Binion’s Hall of Fame Poker Room.  The receipt is good one time and must be used within 48 hours of the tournament event. From the first event on May 30 to the last on July 11, Binion’s will seat players for 43 different games, with five No Limit Hold’em events and two specialty events each week throughout the tournament. The specialty events include H.O.R.S.E, PLO 8 and Limit Omaha 8.  The Main Event will take place over two days starting June 30, and has the highest buy-in of the Poker Classic at $1,000.  Some events are as little as $100 buy-ins, while most fall within $150-$200 range.  Generally, the buy-ins at the Binion’s Poker Classic are about one-tenth of the World Series of Poker events.  To participate in any of the Binion’s Poker Classic events, players register the day of the event in which they would like to play.  Registration opens two hours prior to the start time.  For the special room rate at the Four Queens, reservations may be made in advance by calling 800-634-6045.  Players will need to show their receipt from a Binion’s Poker Classic event to receive the special rate.

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Mandalay Bay: Monday, April 18 from noon-8 pm, taxpayers drop off their federal tax returns at the special Shark Reef Station located in the parking area outside of Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and receive one FREE admission to the Shark Reef Aquarium attraction.  The FREE voucher is valid through May 25.  Convenient drive-through lanes for tax return drop-offs will be located near the Shark Reef Aquarium entrance. The United States Postal Service also will set up a special mobile postal station with postage available for purchase.  Easy access is available through the Mandalay Bay Convention Center parking lot located off Russell Road, near I-15. (Tip: If you have already sent off your taxes, just bring a stamped envelope addressed to the IRS.)

Imperial Palace: Matsuri is offering an incredible deal for Las Vegas locals to see their show at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. From now until May 31, locals can purchase tickets to the show for only $20 (plus box office fees and tax) with a Nevada ID.  Since the terrible earthquake and tsunami struck Japan last month, the show has been collecting donations at each performance to assist with relief efforts at home. In addition, through the month of May, Matsuri will donate $5 for each locals ticket purchased to the American Red Cross. The show has already raised over $2,000 and hopes to reach $10,000 by the end of May. The production show, comprised of 15 Japanese nationals, features traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through acrobatics, gymnastics, dance, and comedy.  Matsuri performs at 4:00 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays and 8:00 p.m. on Fridays.  The show is dark Thursdays. Tickets are available at the Imperial Palace box office, or by calling (888) 777-7664.

Palms: Guests staying at Palms Place may now indulge in a complimentary continental breakfast at Simon, offered from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 to 10 a.m. on Sundays. The continental breakfast includes coffee, orange juice, croissants, muffins and zucchini bread. Additional continental breakfast requests are available at a la carte pricing. Exclusions and restrictions do apply. For more information or to make a reservation, call 702.944.3292. (Ongoing until further notice.)

Tropicana Las Vegas: Launched its new, intimate poker room, which offers 2/4, 4/8, 10/20 limits, 1/2 and 2/5 no-limit tables, and can open higher games upon request. (Ongoing until further notice.)

Ongoing April Promotions

Vegas Values Updates: The American Casino Guide web site has a discussion board where you can read about any updates to each week’s Vegas Values report. You can also post any questions or comments you have about any casino promotions. Go to 

Hooter’s Hotel Casino: Anyone who books a room through April using the promo code SPR11LV gets: two frozen drinks at the pool bar, two coupons for 10 free wings at the Hooters restaurant, $5 bonus play for $20 in slot or video poker play and $100 free promotional slot play.

El Cortez: Throughout April, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive $10 to $1,000 in free play (randomly selected.)  All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

M Resort: Women only live poker tournaments every Thursday. The weekly ladies’ tournament will be held at 6 pm every Thursday and offer a $1,000 guaranteed prize. Buy-in will be $55 and refreshments, gifts and prizes will also be offered to those playing.

Coast Casinos (Gold Coast, Orleans, Sam’s Town and Suncoast): Coast Casinos Amazing April Cash Giveaway. April 3 – April 30. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000. 10 Winners every Friday & Saturday night. Drawing times vary at all 4 Coast Casinos. Slot and Table players eligible. See rules posted at B Connected Club Booth.

Fitzgeralds: Hosting “Luck-O-Motion to Winning” drawings. $25,000 in cash and daily prizes are being awarded nightly through May 28. The grand prize is a train trip through the Rocky Mountains with the final drawing to be held on Saturday May 28. The grand prize winner need NOT be present to win.  Daily prizes include free slot play, matchplays and dining certificates. See details posted at the club booth.

Mandalay Bay: The Lion King Las Vegas will perform its final show on December 30, 2011.

Arizona Charlie’s Decatur: Anniversary celebration on Monday April 18 from noon-6 pm celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the property. FREE cake and champagne will be served on the casino floor and everyone is welcome to attend.

Gold Coast: Earn 400 points between midnight and 6 pm on April 24 and receive a free Scented Candle.

April Gambling Podcast Answers to Common Slot Machine Questions with Syndicated Gambling Writer John Grochowski  – A video podcast hosted on Youtube! The American Casino Guide has a monthly podcast hosted by the book’s author, Steve Bourie, who talks about topics of interest to travelers who like to visit casinos and during the course of each show he interviews a special guest from the world of casino travel or gambling.

For the March edition Steve interviews syndicated gaming writer John Grochowski for this video that gives answers to some of the most common questions that players have about slot machines. Topics include: how they work; do video slots pay out better than reel spinning slots; are all machines regulated; can a casino change the payback on a machine; what is server-based gaming and how widespread is it; how can machines be programmed to act randomly; plus much more.

To see the podcast, go to:

South Point: “Pump with your Points” with ½ price gas cards in April. Redeem $25 in points and get a $50 gas card. Points must be earned between April 1 and April 30. Limit of ten cards per person during the month.

Las Vegas Hilton: Cool by the Pool Happy Hour is back for the summer beginning April 22 from 4 pm to 8 pm daily. Live entertainment, drawings, 2-for-1 drinks, $2 Shrimp Cocktails and $3 Ceviche. Admission is FREE.

Cannery: Earn 49 base points on Sundays in April and receive a FREE Flex Fit Hat. Keep your earned points.

Ellis Island Casino: Easter Egg Hunt every Monday in April. Guests playing with their Passport Player’s Club cards will be randomly selected to choose eggs filled with prizes from a “Traveling Barrel” from 3 pm to 8 pm. The random drawings will be held every half hour. Prizes include: Free Play, free meals, gifts and the top prize of $300 cash.

Orleans: Amazing April Drawings on Fridays and Saturdays.
—10 winners every Friday and Saturday (22, 23, 29, 30).
—Drawings at 6:15pm and 8:15pm (5 winners per drawing).
—80 total guaranteed winners.
—Earn double entries on Thursdays.
—$5,000 top prize per drawing.

Golden Gate: Win a Diamond a Day in April. Drawings for a piece of Tiffany jewelry held nightly at 8:00 pm from April 1-30. Grand Prize drawing on April 30.  Earn an entry with every 200 points at slots or with every $100 buy-in at the tables. Drums will be emptied after each 8 pm drawing and tickets held for the Grand Prize Drawing.  Need not be present at the Grand Prize drawing to win but collect a bonus prize, valued at $1000, if the lucky winner is present.

Lucky Club Casino: Wednesday Gift Days in April – Earn 150 points on the previous Wednesday and receive a FREE T-Shirt, Baseball Cap, Bottle of Liquor or Soccer Ball.

Bellagio: To celebrate the debut of spring, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens feature a spectacular floral exhibition filled with bright blooms and a playful carnival, on display through May 8. Four enchanting gardens lure guests with scents of tulips, hydrangeas and daisies, while a colorful Ferris wheel, moving carousel and greenhouse full of beautiful butterflies catch the eye and lift the spirit. The spring exhibit within Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Primm Valley Casino Resorts: Will offer FREE rides to Las Vegas residents this year throughout Spring Break from April 18-22. Locals searching for the perfect escape without the hassle of traveling and rising gas prices can find all the excitement needed for adults and children alike just 25 minutes south of the city.  Whether it’s heart-racing action or a 3-D experience, Primm Valley has everything families are looking for in an adventurous weekend getaway. The unlimited rides pass is valid on all attractions including The Desperado, a 209 foot rollercoaster overlooking the valley, and the Maxflight Cyber Coaster, offering a virtual reality experience to visitors as they ride coasters from all around the world. Little ones won’t be left out as they enjoy the kid-friendly Frog Hopper. With the extra savings on attractions, parents can indulge in their own fun, playing a round on one of Primm’s award-winning Tom Fazio-designed golf courses or enjoy a relaxing treatment at The Spa. For more information on Primm Valley Casino Resorts attractions and specials call 702.679.RIDE.

Sahara: The Sahara Hotel will close on May 16 with ownership saying it was “no longer economically viable” to keep the nearly 60-year-old iconic Strip resort operating.  Hotel rooms will be honored through the closing as well as all club promotions.

Las Vegas Hilton
: 10x points every Tuesday through April 30. Every Tuesday in March and April play on select slot machines with your Las Vegas Hilton Player’s Card and you will receive 10x the points. (5x points on select video poker machines.

Tropicana: “Even the Odds” New Member Promotion, through June 30, 2011. New members (not previously a member of any Tropicana Players Club under current or former names) receive reimbursement for 1st day slot loss up to $200 (reimbursed in free slot play: 50% of loss is reimbursed same gaming day; 50% of loss will be available in free slot play starting on the 3rd day of the following calendar month; valid for 1 year).  For example, if your actual loss on your initial visit is between $20-$29, you will receive $10 in free play reimbursement on the same day and $10 in free play available the following month.  $200 maximum reimbursement.

Hard Rock: New sign-ups for Rockstar Players Club – Receive a bottle of wine when you earn 250 points on Rockstar Players Club card (Ongoing until further notice.)

Atlantic City Blog – Want information on Atlantic City casino promotions? The American Casino Guide web site has an Atlantic City blog with information about promotions and events at all Atlantic City casinos. To visit the blog, go to:

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