Here’s what we found for the week of January 23, 2011…

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February Gambling Podcast How to win at Blackjack with Michael “Wizard of Odds” Shackleford – 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 February edition Steve interviews Michael “Wizard of Odds” Shackleford. They talk about how to play blackjack, also known as 21, and how to win at the game.

To visit the podcast page, go to: On that page you can also access past interviews with noted gaming authorities, including: Michael “Wizard of Odds” Shackleford, Mike Aponte, Max Rubin, Bob Dancer, Stanford Wong, Jean Scott, Arnold Snyder, John Grochowski, Henry Tamburin, John Robison, The Wizard of Odds, Bill Burton, Jeffrey Compton, Anthony Curtis and others.

Hard Rock: $30,000 Rockstar Mystery Giveaway, every Tuesday and Thursday in February. Earn 500 points playing your favorite reel and video reel machines (2,500 points for video poker) to receive one chance at pulling lucky envelope from the Rockstar drum. Every envelope is guaranteed a prize including Free Slot Play, Bonus Points and Dining Credits. Be sure to visit before all envelopes are picked and receive your share of $30,000 in prizes! Limit two envelopes per day.

El Cortez: Throughout February, 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 an El Cortez fleece jacket. 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.

Orleans: Earn 500 base points on your B Connected Club card on Wednesday, February 2, beginning 3:01 am through 11:59 pm and receive one FREE Orleans Logo Windbreaker.  Limit of one per person.

Gold Coast: Kiosk Madness Tuesdays in February. Earn 10 base points with B Connected card then swipe card at any Kiosk to play. Win up to $1,000. All winners paid in points.

Luxor: This Valentine’s Day, get a “heart on” with FANTASY’s romantic dinner and date packages at Luxor Hotel and Casino, available throughout the month of February. Guests will enjoy two tickets to Vegas’ sexiest adult revue, FANTASY, and a satisfying dinner for two at one of Luxor’s delectable restaurants, Tacos & Tequila or Tender Steak & Seafood. On February 14, lovebirds will tantalize their taste buds with a flavorful prix-fixe menu at Tacos & Tequila or a delectable steakhouse dinner at TENDER Steak & Seafood, before being lured into their wildest fantasies by the seductive cast of FANTASY. Guests will also take home their experience with FANTASY’s sizzling 2011 Swimsuit Calendar. Packages range from $160 to $175 and can be purchased at Luxor’s box office. For more information on the FANTASY Valentine Package offer, please visit or call (702) 262-4400.  FANTASY performs nightly at 10:30 p.m. in the Atrium Showroom at Luxor. Tickets start at $39, plus taxes and handling fees.  Guests must be 18 years of age or older. Tickets can be purchased at the Luxor box office, online at or by calling (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4400.

Las Vegas Hilton: $75K Zodiac Fantasy Slot Tournament, February 17-19.  Call 1-800-457-3307 for entry fees and details.

M Resort: Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday, February 11. The M will host a traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance at 6 pm performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin. The dance will include a 30-person assembly with a 63-foot dragon including adult and baby lion dancers, Buddhas, musicians and festive flags. The dance will begin in the lobby to chase away evil spirits, continue through the casino floor, past the High Limit Salon, buffet, poker room and table games and end at the main lobby. The M will also recognize the New Year with festive décor including tangerine trees, welcome banners, lanterns and eight selections of Asian favorites like Satsuma, spring rolls, Beef Lo Mein and more at its award-winning Studio B Buffet beginning February 3. The poker room will offer special promotions including flop four 8s and win $888, make four 8s and receive $88 and the first 88 players to make 8’s receive a collective Year of the Rabbit gaming chip. Plus, play live poker every day from 8:08 am to 8:08 pm and a random lucky player will receive $88. In addition, a Year of the Rabbit collectible chip is available for purchase at the casino cage for $8 while supplies last.

Golden Gate: Players can earn points for Candy (small and huge) Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. Earn 100 base points in one day for your first Valentine’s Day gift. Or earn 1,000 base points in one day for a giant Valentine’s Day gift. Must be a member of Club 1906. While supplies last.

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

Ongoing February Promotions

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Suncoast: Buy one buffet, get one FREE for B Connected club members, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays in January. 4-8 pm.

Sam’s Town: “Hot Seat – Cool Cash.” Table Games players (excluding live poker) who are playing with their B Connected card every Monday-Friday from 5 pm – 7 pm will be entered to win the “Hot Seat”. Every 15 minutes, a player will be randomly selected to win $50 cash. Promotion is scheduled to run through February 4.

Lucky Club Casino: Every Friday one club member will be randomly selected to receive $500 in FREE slot play via text message. Sign up at club.

Railroad Pass: Want an iPad? Now’s your chance to win one of two 32GB iPads courtesy of Budweiser and the Railroad Pass. Qualify for tickets during the football playoff season just by using your Player’s Junction card while playing. You can receive a drawing ticket for every 50 points you earn through the end of the NFL Championship Game on February 6. The iPads and other prizes will be drawn right after the Championship Game.

Bellagio: Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is now a serene sanctuary with a Chinese New Year display guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui and celebrating the spirit of The Rabbit. Visitors are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year through March 5. The display is FREE to the public and open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Gold Coast: 10x points on slots/reels and 4x on video poker every Wednesday and Friday in February.

Palms: Simon at Palms Place is throwing the ultimate unconventional Valentine’s Day party, its Singles Soiree. The Soiree is for the unattached to defy the holiday’s typical traditions by being social with great food, delicious drinks, and friendly activities such as combating a heart-shaped piñata. You never know who you will meet. Prizes will be given away throughout the event including gift cards to Sunset Tan, Drift Spa & Hammam and Palms Casino Resort. The event will be held on Monday, February 14, from 7-9 pm. $40 per person – price includes Simon’s Singles Soiree activities, specialty menu and one signature holiday drink. Guests can make a reservation for the event by calling 702-944-3292.

Mandalay Bay: Disney’s The Lion King and Mandalay Bay invite guests to enjoy a great new deal  through February 28. The world’s No. 1 musical and Las Vegas’ premier four-star resort join forces to create this amazing 2/2 offer – 2 tickets to THE LION KING and 2-nights stay at Mandalay Bay for only $200.  Take advantage of this offer by calling (877) 632-7800 or visiting with code PDISN11 by Feb. 28.

Caesars Palace: International pop singing sensation Matt Goss is launching a new performance schedule of three shows a week, making each weekend last for three days and offering a $33 ticket price for Las Vegas locals on Sundays. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 16, Matt Goss Live from The Gossy Room at Caesars Palace adds the Sunday show and special offer for Las Vegas locals. Tickets for the 2011 shows are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Colosseum Box Office at Caesars Palace or by phone 1-800-745-3000 or on keyword: “Matt Goss.”  The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Arizona Charlie’s Decatur: Keno Kiosk Promotion: Place a $4 minimum bet in Keno on at least a 5 spot to receive a fifth game for FREE.  The FREE game will be a 5 spot game for $1 bet.  Bets may be placed in any order as long as they total $4 in one counter visit. Guest must swipe their ace | PLAY card at the kiosk located near Keno to receive their FREE game voucher, then give their voucher to a Keno employee to receive their 5th game for FREE.

Golden Nugget: Unveiled the first GOLD To Go ATM in Las Vegas. Furthering the success of the famous hotel, the Golden Nugget is the second location in America to feature the Gold ATM. The first machine in North America debuted in Florida. The operational inauguration of the GOLD To Go ATM vending machine dispenses 24-karat gold bars of various weights ranging between one and 250 grams. The vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and signature gold bars featuring the Golden Nugget logo.

Suncoast: Hit a designated jackpot (posted at club booth) or earn 10,000 points during the month of January and receive a FREE Suncoast logo jacket.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Launches Modern Art Rock, a dynamic monthly event series, beginning Thursday, Jan. 27 from 7 – 10pm.  Hosted in the posh lounge located on the second level of HRH Tower, Hard Rock Hotel and Vegas Seven invite guests to experience artwork by M Modern Gallery, music by up-and-coming folk and indie rock musicians along with hand-crafted signature cocktails.  Guests will enjoy complimentary Clover Club cocktails at the event.  A drink that pre-dates Prohibition, the complex cocktail blends gin, raspberry, lemon and egg white.  Guests are also encouraged to stop by Johnny Smalls for dinner before or after the event for the All-You-Can-Eat Tapas Special for just $19.99. Modern Art Rock room specials at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be available for 40% off, for guests on January 26 – 29.  Reserve online at or by calling 702.693.5544. Booking code for HRH Tower is HRHMAR1 and for Casino Tower and Paradise Tower is HRHMAR2.  Subject to availability. Event is FREE and open to the public, but guests must RSVP to

Rio: McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon and X107.5 presents “Wing Off Wednesdays” every Wednesday night. The weekly competition hosted by Dave and Mahoney will give wing fanatics a chance to qualify in the second annual Wing Bowl Las Vegas and scarf down as many tasty tender wings as possible. McFadden’s will serve pounds of the best chicken wings in town to confident contestants looking for a chance to enter the second annual Wing Bowl Las Vegas. The top two wing eaters of each of the four nightly heats will earn a spot in the final Wing Bowl event on February 5 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa and a chance at the $2,500 grand prize. The competition will take place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday between January 12 and February 2. Spectators can also enjoy the action with $20 bottomless domestic drafts and well cocktails or $25 all-you-can-eat wings and domestic drafts as well as Xtreme $1 Jameson shots as they cheer on their favorite contestants.

Riviera: Purchase a ticket to see Crazy Girls, Las Vegas’ sexiest topless revue, and receive a Crazy ACE card. After the show redeem the ACE card in the Crazy Girls Passion Pit. The card will act as your first card – an ACE! Join Club Riviera, and receive a Crazy ACE card for joining. Offer is valid weekly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9 pm. Visit the Crazy Girls Passion Pit at the Riviera Hotel Casino. It features sexy showgirls as well as “Bottoms-up Blackjack” where both dealers’ cards are always showing.  For tickets to Crazy Girls call toll free: 877-892-7469, or go to:

Primm Valley Casino Resorts: New Denny’s restaurant inside Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino is now offering a special $3.99 price for the world-famous Original Grand Slam Breakfast in celebration of the new location. The Grand Slam, known as one of America’s favorite breakfast menu items, includes two buttermilk pancakes, two bacon strips, two eggs, and two sausage links. The special price will be available for the first three months of operation (through March, 2011).


Mandalay Bay: Disney’s THE LION KING invites Las Vegas locals to celebrate the holiday season with an unbeatable 2-for-1 deal. This offer is available for performances through March 15, 2011 and includes 50 percent off orchestra and front mezzanine seats. To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or Mandalay Bay Box Office at 702-632-7580 or visit Use code “HOLIDAY” and present a valid Nevada ID at the Box Office.

How To Win on Slots Video – American Casino Guide author, Steve Bourie, has created a 10-minute video in which he explains how slots work and how to win on them. He also answers nine common questions that slots players have, such as: Do casinos put the “loosest” slots near the entrances?; If I play a machine and it’s been losing for awhile, does that mean it’s due to hit soon?; After I play a machine and leave I see that the next person who sits down wins the jackpot, would I have the won that jack pot if I had stayed at that machine? and more. Click this link to see the Slot machine video , or go to –

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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