Here’s what we found for the week of May 1, 2011…

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May Gambling Podcast Answers to Common Blackjack Questions with Blackjack Expert Henry Tamburin – 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 May edition Steve interviews blackjack expert Henry Tamburin for this video that gives answers to some of the most common questions that players have about blackjack. Topics include: Are all blackjack games the same? What are good rules to look for? What are bad rules to avoid? What is a continuous shuffling machine? Does card counting really work? Is it good to be a progressive bettor? And much more!

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Hard Rock Hotel: Rockstar Chic Promotion – Earn 500 points playing reel & video reel machines (1,000 points on video poker) to receive your choice of Hard Rock merchandise
o   May 2nd – 5th – Choice of Flask, Shot Glasses or Martini Shaker
o   May 9th – 12th – Choice of Gym Bag, Duffle Bag or Plush Blanket
o   May 16th – 19th – Choice of Beer Mug, Coffee Mug or 14oz Tumbler
o   May 23rd – 26th – Choice of V-Neck Sweatshirt, Thermal or Windbreaker
o   Maximum of 3 gifts per day.

Win free buffets for two at Tropicana Las Vegas, plus free Video Poker software – We have five certificates for two FREE buffets at the Tropicana Las Vegas that we are giving away!

To win one of our five FREE buffet certificates for two all you have to do is make a post in our forum during May 2011. At the end of the month we will randomly choose five winners. Remember, the more posts you make, the better your chances of winning! To visit the forum, go to – 

As an added bonus, each winner will also win a free copy of Video Poker’s Greatest Hits! This easy-to-use Video Poker Training software was developed by The program let’s you learn while you play eight of the most popular video poker games. The names of the five winners will be announced in early June here in the discussion forum.

Riviera: Launched a new player sign-up program called “You can win…or win!”  New Club Riviera members will receive up to $100 in free slot play. New players who sign up for a Club Riviera players card will get 50 percent of their slot losses reimbursed in free slot play, with a maximum of $100 free slot play awarded.  Play as part of the promotion must occur within 48 hours of initial Club Riviera sign-up. In addition, new members who provide their email address can also receive an entry into the $12,000 Free Slot Play Drawing where a member can receive up to $1,000 in free slot play.  

South Point: “Win a Toyota a Day” during the month of May $800,000 giveaway.
—1st place: Findlay Toyota Camry or Prius Hybrid.
—2nd place: $250 in Chevron Gas.
—3rd place: $250 in Chevron Gas.
Drawing details are available at the club booth.

Jerry’s Nugget: Kentucky Derby day (May 7) specials:
—Free Morning Treats: Beginning early Saturday morning, guests can head to the Race and Sports Book for complimentary donuts and coffee made fresh from Uncle Angelo’s Bakery.
—Track Sandwiches for Lunch: From noon to 4pm, hand-carved Track Sandwiches, a Jerry’s Nugget signature delight, will be served for $2 each at the Race and Sports Book. Track Sandwiches include Jerry’s famous brisket or roasted turkey on a fresh homemade roll.
—Bonus Gifts when wagering at the Race Book: Throughout the day, guests can wager on the race and receive bonus gifts. A 2011 Kentucky Derby Commemorative Glass will be given to anyone placing a $10 minimum Derby wager. Jerry’s Nugget polo shirts will be offered free to bettors making a $25 minimum wager on the Derby Horse Racing Matchup Parlay Card, a Jerry’s Nugget exclusive. Limit 2 glasses and 2 shirts per guests, while supplies last.

M Resort: Beginning Saturday, May 14, the M Resort Spa Casino will bring its unique daytime pool experience into the night when the four star resort introduces M Pool Live, the newest FREE nighttime pool party in Las Vegas. Held weekly, every Saturday night from 8-11 pm, M Pool Live will deliver an affordable, vibrant nighttime pool social scene filled with exciting live entertainment on the resort’s built-in outdoor concert stage, nighttime swimming, flowing cocktails and unmatched, personalized guest service.  With no admission charge, partygoers can take a dip in the main pool deck’s two 5,460 square-foot heated, infinity-edge pools and two large Jacuzzis, purchase a cocktail at one of two pool bars or dine on light poolside treats including salads, wraps, pizzas and from-the-grill favorites like sliders all while mingling with friends and listening to concert entertainment throughout the evening. For guests looking to kick-back and relax, the resort’s main pool deck offers more than 400 lounge chairs, 20 cabanas and 22 daybeds all with stylish décor and surrounded by lush palm trees and fire torches. M Pool Live will introduce unique and exciting new artists to the resort’s built-in outdoor concert stage including Los Angeles-favorite Wes Quave. Quave, along with his 9-piece band, deliver explosive performances that mix the sounds of Michael Jackson, Colin Hay, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder to create a must-hear and see musical experience under the stars. All M Pool Live guests must be 21 years or older. To make reservations for cabanas and daybeds, call (702) 797-1808. For a complete list of M Pool Live entertainment visit:

Caesars Palace: The Forum Shops welcomes Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit,  a unique, four-day culinary extravaganza. The highlight of this foodie celebration is the Grand Tasting event on Friday, May 6. The Forum Shops at Caesars is once again participating in this destination-wide celebration. Roman handmaidens will welcome guests at The Forum Shops distinctive booth located near the entrance of the Grand Tasting event. Visit The Forum Shops booth and register to win a $500, $1,000 or $2,000 luxury shopping spree at The Forum Shops. Set amidst the dazzling and dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace, the Grand Tasting will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world. Guests at the evening event will enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the city’s most celebrated chefs. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

Palms Casino Resort: $55K Pirate’s Booty Swipe and Win promotion Thursday’s May 5, 12 and 26, 2011 located inside the Food Court from 8am-10pm.  One prize will be awarded each promotional swipe day to all Club Palms members who earn 25 base points per promotional day.  Club Palms members may check their daily points earned by swiping their player’s card at the swipe machines located in the Food Court and promotional kiosks located on the casino floor.  Point multipliers and/or manual adjustments will not be valid for swipe redemption.  Points must be earned in the same day in order to be awarded a swipe.  Redemption for prizes other than point multipliers or promotional cash will occur in the Food Court from 8:00am – 10:00pm. All prizes must be claimed by expiration date on voucher by 10pm. Prizes may include but are not limited to: $1,000 cash, up to $500 in “Pirated” Slot Play (valid 24 hours), “Pirate Gear,” movie passes and other various prizes.

Eastside Cannery: Super Swipe Tuesdays (Every Tuesday in May-8am to 11pm). Earn 100 same day base slot points and swipe at kiosk. Everyone is a guaranteed winner. One swipe per person per day. Prizes include iPads, $1500 cash, free slot play and mystery gifts.

Ongoing May Promotions

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Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company: Barley’s at 4500 E. Sunset Rd. in Henderson, is hosting its eighth annual Brewfest on Saturday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. serving up specialty brews from more than 25 different breweries. This year will feature a charity component for the first time as the non-profit Beer for Boobs, an alliance with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, joins the festivities to help tap the cure. The Brewfest takes place outside on the patio and courtyard, the perfect place for guests to sample beer from more than 25 different breweries or purchase cocktails from the full bar. A $5 sandwich menu featuring barbecue pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, smoked chicken breast, half-pound burgers and bratwurst sausage is available as well. In addition to the selection of unique craft brews, there is live music throughout the day.  A DJ gets thing started, spinning tunes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Fab performs Beatles hits from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Ashley Red performs club rock from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the Brewfest are $30 per person or $25 for Brew Club and Wildcard members and can be purchased at the event. All guests must be 21 years or older. For more information, visit

Rio: McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon will host a “Getting Lucky in Kentucky” party in honor of the biggest horse race of the year on Saturday, May 7. Derby fans will enjoy some old fashioned Southern fun, and anyone donning a Kentucky Derby-style hat will be entered to win cash and prizes. All guests will enjoy the traditional drink of the races, the Mint Julep, along with cherry and grape bombs for only $5. Pre-partiers will also drink from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. for only $15, and from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. The open bar packages are priced at just $20 for ladies and $30 for guys. For more information, call 702.270.6200 or visit

Planet Hollywood: Piano! Las Vegas at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is now offering half price tickets to all Las Vegas locals.  Ticket prices for locals start at $14.99 for general admission and $19.99 for VIP seating plus taxes and box office fees.  To purchase tickets call (866) 932-1818, visit or go to the V Theater Box Office.

Caesars Palace: This Mother’s Day show mom you truly appreciate her by treating her to an authentic P.J. Clarke’s home-style meal – for FREE.  Well known as a welcoming neighborhood joint where real bartenders serve real drinks and where the good honest food is legendary, P.J. Clarke’s wants to pick up the tab for mom this Mother’s Day.  Bring mom to P.J. Clarke’s inside The Forum Shops at Caesars on Sunday, May 8 only, between 11:00 a.m. and closing, and she can order anything on the menu up to $35 with the purchase of at least $35 in other food and beverage. P.J. Clarke’s is located at the Forum Shops at Caesars (Level One), 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  702-434-7900. For more information, go to:

Western Casino: Now offers the following dollar choices:
—$1.00 Beer and $1.00 Shots: $1.00 Coors Draft and $1.00 Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey and Smirnoff shots.
—Your $100,000 Lucky Buck Giveaway!
$1.00 = $100,000. Match all 10 serial numbers and letters, on any one dollar bill, and win! Serial number changed every 30 minutes with complete rules and information available at the property. Any dollar can win!
—Western Cafe’s $1.00 Value Menu: Menu features sausage and egg biscuit, short stack of pancakes, classic hot dog, grilled cheese sandwich and many more choices.
—Gaming: Play $2 Blackjack 11 AM – 3 AM daily and $1 Craps 3 PM – 11 PM daily

Binion’s Gambling Hall: Binion’s Poker Classic starts 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.

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.)

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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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