Here’s what we found for the week of July 4, 2010…

July Gambling Podcast – 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 July podcast Steve has a 10-minute video podcast hosted on You Tube about “How to Win at Video Poker.” In it Steve explains how video poker machines work and how they differ from slot machines. He also explains how you can learn to easily find the best-paying video poker games in any casino and use the proper strategy to achieve the best long-term payback percentages. To see the vdeio on You Tube, go to – Or, to visit the podcast page, go to:

On that page you can also access past interviews with noted gaming authorities, including: Mike Aponte, Max Rubin, Bob Dancer, Stanford Wong, Arnold Snyder, John Grochowski, Henry Tamburin, John Robison, The Wizard of Odds, Bill Burton, Jeffrey Compton, Anthony Curtis and others.

Caesars Palace: The Forum Shops has a special offer for the month of July. Shoppers can bring their receipts to concierge as their entry to win a shopping gift card. The Forum Shops will draw the winning receipt on Monday, Aug. 2 and whatever the temperature will be from Saturday, July 31, that will be the amount of the gift card. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Paris Las Vegas: Hosting an open-to-the public retail blowout sale in the Champagne Ballroom inside Paris Las Vegas Convention Center. Featured items include electronics, jewelry, handbags, designer fragrances, apparel and decorative home gifts. Quantities are limited.  All major credit cards are accepted but no personal checks. All sales are final. Sunday, July 4: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Monday, July 5: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

South Point: July Friday Night Happy Hour at all Casino Bars, 4 pm to 10 pm. All drinks $2.

Cannery: Earn 599 base points the same day on Saturday, July 10th and receive your choice of $15 Free Play, $20 Food Voucher or a FREE Swiss Army Leather Portfolio.  Customers may select one of the three prizes only.  Collect the entire series of Swiss Army luggage this summer. Swiss Army Items are offered only while supplies last.  Customers keep their points.

Golden Gate: $100,000 Crack the Code thru July 31. Receive a FREE attempt to crack the code with each 100 points earned in slots or $100 buy-in at the tables. Chance to win up to $100,000 cash with each attempt.

Palms Casino Resort: Offering Club Palms members the chance to participate in the 4-Piece Dish Set Play, Earn & Win promotion Fridays thru Mondays July 2-31.  Each promotional day, players may earn points for gift redemption.  All points earned in same day for promotion period may be redeemed for the featured Palms item.  Maximum redemption is one 4 piece dish set per person per day, Friday-Monday only. Players must earn the appropriate designated amount of base points in slots or base points on video poker in the same day in order to redeem the Palms 4 piece dish set. Players must earn 250 points on slots or reel machines or 1,000 pts on video poker machines per day Friday thru Mondays.

Plaza/Vegas Club: $12,000 Summer Cash Splash. From July 5–31 guests will receive 1 drawing entry for every 100 points earned by using their Players Card.  Three winners will be chosen at 8 pm at the Plaza nightly to win their share of $400 cash.  Need not to be present to win.  See the Players Club for details.

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

Special July 4th Promotions

Silverton: Sunday, July 4: $11,400 Free Play Giveaway. The Silverton Prize Party Patrol will randomly award Discovery Card Club players, playing their favorite slots and video poker machines, $100 in Free Slot Play every 10 minutes between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a “power hour” where players could win $1,000 in free slot play every 10 minutes. Monday, July 5: 9x/3x Points and $5 Buffet. From 2:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Discovery Card Club players with valid photo ID can earn 9x Points on Slots and 3x points on Video Poker. Players can also enjoy the Seasons Buffet for $5 from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. with Discovery Club Card and valid photo ID.

Stratosphere: “Red, White and You” pool party on Sunday, July 4 starting at 11am, open to the public with FREE cover, drink and food specials and live entertainment. The girls from BITE and the cast of American Superstars will make special appearances throughout the day. After a full day of partying, revelers may want to head up to Level 107 Lounge or Air Bar, the highest bar in Las Vegas, located on level 108. These will be the best spots on the Strip to watch fireworks all over the Las Vegas valley. Drinks will be flowing with $2 Jello shots, $18 Absolut Exposure pitchers, $9 Independence Punch and $10 Vodka infused baby watermelon. There is no better way to celebrate America than with a barbeque, so Stratosphere is offering $6 food specials including Jim Beam-roasted garlic barbeque smoked brisket on a kaiser roll with jalapeño pineapple cole slaw, ancho chili barbequed grilled chicken sandwich with jalapeño pineapple cole slaw, and Budweiser-braised bratwurst with sautéed peppers and onions. All sandwiches are accompanied by Cajun kettle chips. Guests can play to win poolside at Bikini Blackjack from 1pm until closing with beautiful bikini-clad dealers. DJ Sol Sirch will spin the sounds of summer to entertain pool party guests from noon to 8 pm. Volleyball, beer pong, bags and other fun beach games will be set up on the deck. Located outdoors on the eighth floor of the World Tower, the Level 8 Pool features a 67,000 square foot deck, hot tub, private cabanas and poolside café and bar.

El Cortez: Serving FREE White Castle cheeseburgers to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 4. Club Cortez members can enjoy FREE White Castle cheeseburgers while they play slots and table games. The complimentary burgers will be served from noon to 6 p.m. White Castle is famous for their one-of-a-kind Slyder which offers a delicious hamburger patty with White Castle’s signature steamed onions and cheese.

Ongoing July 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 

Hacienda: Pepsi Summer Cool down Cash & Gift Giveaway.  Now thru August 28. Customers will receive one 2- liter bottle of soda by playing and qualifying with the following casino games:
Video Poker (excludes penny denomination machines) -Four of a kind in Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces with no wild card (maximum coin bet).
Penny & Nickel Reel Machines – jackpot of $50 or greater
Quarter Reel Machines – jackpot of $100 or greater
Dollar Reel Machines – jackpot of $160 or greater
Five Dollar Reel Machines – jackpot of $200 or greater
Live Blackjack – One suited Blackjack in hearts with a $5.00 minimum bet
The cash drawing will be held on Saturday August 28. A total of $500 cash will be given away each hour between 4 pm and 7 pm.  A grand prize of $2000 cash will be given away at 8 pm.

Jerry’s Nugget: July: Swipe & Win Giveaway: Everyone is a guaranteed winner for guests who participate in the Swipe & Win Giveaway, held Mondays and Wednesday throughout July. Players earning 25 base points on slots, reels, video poker and video keno from 4 am to 11:55 pm on those days can enter to play the Swipe & Win Giveaway by going to any MoreClub Kiosk. Guests can walk away with free points, point multipliers, up to $20 cash, $5 to $20 meal certificates, $5 to $10 match plays or $10 to $20 in Jerry’s Nugget gift cards.

Rio: Locals Appreciation Offer: 2-for-1 tickets for Penn & Teller plus a FREE Souvenir Program thru August 31. For show reservations call: 702-777-7776 and mention code: PNTRJ.

Orleans: Play “Take it or Trade It” for your shot at $4,000 every Friday and Saturday in July at 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm near the south end of the Race and Sports Book.  Start earning entries on Monday, June 28.  Drawings begin Friday, July 2nd.  Earn entries from slots or table games play.  See B Connected Club for complete details.

Mirage: Through July 11, B.B. King’s Blues Club offers $9.95 breakfast and lunch specials daily throughout the World Cup. Patrons can also enjoy $12 pitchers of domestic draft beer. The games can be viewed on eight high-definition TVs around the club and there is no cover charge. Games are usually on at 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Breakfast menu is served from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Lunch menu is served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Binion’s Gambling Hall: $50,000 Catch the Fever Giveaway started July 1 and is open to all new and existing Club Binion’s members. For slots and video poker, players receive a groovy “Catch the Fever” t-shirt with just 50 total points earned.  At 500 total points earned, slots and video poker players receive a disco bag with some “awesome” prizes.  On table games, players earn stamps on their “Catch the Fever” card at the rate of one stamp for every 30 minutes of rated play. With two stamps on the card, players receive the t-shirt and 25 stamps earn the cool disco bag with the prize inside.  All in all, $50,000 in cash, prizes and merchandise will be given away throughout the promotion, ending on August 31. See details at the club booth.

Miscellaneous Offer: Las Vegas locals can take advantage of a 20% discount when dining at all Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas restaurants through September 30, including Spago (Forum Shops-Ceasars Palace), CUT (Palazzo), Trattoria del Lupo (Mandalay Bay), Postrio (Grand Canal Shoppes-Venetian), and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at Crystals inside CityCenter. This discount is valid every day for lunch and dinner. Just show your local ID when you order.

Plaza/Vegas Club: Red, White, and VROOM. From June 1 – July 4 guests will receive 1 drawing entry for every 250 points earned by using their Players Card.  Three winners will be chosen at each property every Saturday, 7 pm at the Plaza and 9 pm at the Vegas Club.  Each winner will spin and can win up to $1,000 in Free Slot Play. On July 4, the grand prize drawing will be held at 8 pm at the Vegas Club.  Ten winners will be selected and given 10 different keys.  The person with the key that opens the box will drive away with a BRAND NEW 2 DOOR CHEVY COBALT COUPE!  The other nine winners will receive $500 cash. Double entry days are every Monday and Wednesday.  See the Players Club for details.    

Stratosphere: Hosting sizzling “Body and Soul” pool parties at Level 8 Pool. Partiers can dance to the world beat of Rhythmic Soul, a unique three-piece group featuring a DJ accompanied by live percussion and horn. Rhythmic Soul will perform on the pool deck Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. all summer long.  Level 8 Pool guests can cool down during Happy Hour with two-for-one bottle service from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and two-for-one cocktails from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The pool’s signature drink, Absolut Exposure, an exotic blend of Absolut Berri Açai, lemonade and blue Curaçao served in a 32 oz. pitcher is specially priced at $18. Other poolside amenities include recently upgraded cabanas, a hot tub, and a complete menu of sandwiches, salads and appetizers available from the Cafe/Bar.  Pool guests who love to gamble will enjoy beautiful Bikini Blackjack dealers at three poolside tables from 1 p.m. until close every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also challenge each other to a game of volleyball, bags or beer pong.  Located on the eighth floor of the Stratosphere, the Level 8 Pool is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Hilton: Through July 11: High-def viewing for all the World Cup games. Action on all halves and 2 or 3 way betting options.  Food & drink specials and great giveaways. Receive a FREE shirt with a $25 soccer wager.

Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: “Cash is King” drawings. On Mondays and Thursdays drawings will be held for: $300 at 7:00 PM, $200 at 8:00 PM. $200 at 9:00 PM and $300 at 10:00 PM. On Saturdays the drawings are: $750 at 7:00 and 10 PM and $500 at 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Draw until winners. Guaranteed prizes. 4 drawings/4 winners each night.

Cannery: Wild Weekdays Kiosk Swipe & Win – Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays (6pm – 10pm). Earn 10 base points and receive one Free Swipe. Limited to the first 1,000 swipes per day.  Win a minimum $10 in (Cash or Free Play) up to $1,000 per day.  There is a limit of one swipe per player per day.  Customers keep their points.

Wynn/Encore: Locals ONLY promotion now underway: Win a lifetime comp for two to The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas. Play slots at both Wynn and Encore to earn entries into the drawing for your chance to win. Win this prize for you and a guest to eat at The Buffet once a day for the rest of your life. Drawing for five winners will take place in the Encore Theater rotunda on Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. This promotion is for Las Vegas locals ONLY.

Four Queens: Summer promotion through August 1, with $75,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.  The promotion dubbed, “Shake, Rattle & Roll Summer Giveaway,” offers players the chance to earn points that may be redeemed for prizes and drawing tickets.  Prizes are rewarded based on the points earned as follows:
Slots and Video Poker:
400 total points earned = 1st level collectable tin with a prize.
1,000 total points earned = 2nd level collectable tin with a prize.
1,500 total points earned = One drawing ticket into the $10,000 cash drawing to be held on August 1.
Each additional 200 points earned = One additional drawing ticket. Table game players are also eligible to participate.  See complete rules and details posted at the club booth.         

Las Vegas Hilton: Visit Fortuna, the coffee & wine shop located in the main lobby, and sample the flavors of a selection of four boutique wines to please your palate FREE daily from 4 to 9 pm. (Ongoing until further notice.)

Rio: The 2010 World Series of Poker is underway. Spectators are FREE to attend and watch all the action.

Binion’s Gambling Hall: 4th Annual Binion’s Poker Classic features deeper stacks, more of the popular HORSE events, and an earlier Main Event.  All-in-all, Binion’s will seat players for 46 different games over 47 straight days ending July 11.  The ever-popular No Limit Hold’em is the most featured, with 31 events scheduled. Due to player demand, there will be three HORSE events this year on June 4, June 18, and July 9.  The Main Event will take place earlier, slated for 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.  Registered players in this year’s Poker Classic also will be extended a special room rate at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino.  To participate in any of the Binion’s Poker Classic events, players simply register the day of the event in which they would like to play.  For No Limit Hold’em events, registration opens three hours prior to the start time.  For all other games, registration opens two hours ahead of time.  Last year, approximately 10,000 people played in the Poker Classic.

Monte Carlo: Lance Burton’s run at the Monte Carlo will come to an end on Sept. 4 so the Monte Carlo is offering tickets to his “Master Magician” show at 2-for-1 prices for the month of May with a valid Nevada I.D. The pre-summer prices offer a good opportunity for people of all ages to catch his show in The Lance Burton Theater. For reservations call (702) 730-7160.

Fitzgeralds: The Great Escape Give-Away-A-Day is underway through September 5. Players and hotel guests have a chance to win a vacation package daily at 10 pm and may choose from Mexico, the Caribbean, or Las Vegas for your destination. Guests can earn drawing tickets by playing slots and table games as well as a variety of other means. Visit Club Fitz for complete rules. New members enrolling in Club Fitz receive one free drawing entry plus a free souvenir shamrock keychain after earning your first 25 points.  

Rampart Casino: Email Campaign: New email addresses received by customers will receive a $10 Free Slot Play offer. Offer will be sent to their email address and brought to the Players Club for redemption. It will be loaded to their account the following Tuesday..

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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