Here’s what we found for the week of May 15, 2011…

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.

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El Cortez: Will begin its 70th anniversary celebrations with a wine walk and special viewing of the film “Bugsy” on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. Admission to the wine walk is $20 per person, and the event will feature a large selection of wines from California, Oregon, Washington State and Europe. Additionally, Lulu’s On The Move food truck will be on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway to offer guests a delicious selection of dining options. “Bugsy,” starring Warren Beatty and directed by Barry Levinson, is the story of notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel’s rise and fall in Las Vegas. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film will begin promptly at 9 p.m. Siegel once owned the El Cortez in the 1940s before selling the property to J.K. Houssels. Downtown Las Vegas pioneer Jackie Gaughan then bought the property from Houssels in 1963, and he owned the legendary hotel-casino until 2008.

Silverton: “Mercedes in May” weekly drawings every Friday at 7 p.m. through May 27. Grand prize drawing, Friday, May 27 at 9 p.m. 45 total guaranteed winners! $80,000+ in cash & prizes. See Silverton Rewards Club for complete rules and details.

Jerry’s Nugget: Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop continues the Steak and Shrimp Special, for the featured price of $8.89, available every day through May. Guests will enjoy their meal with choice of soup or salad, included in the price. Steak and Shrimp comes with a juicy 8-ounce New York Prime Cut Steak, char-grilled to order and seasoned to perfection along with the perfect complement of succulent pan fried shrimp. Side dishes include choice of whipped potato, baked potato, French fries or rice and choice of homemade garlic or French bread.

Ellis Island: May Madness CA$H Drawings. Drawings held every Wednesday in May for $1,000. $250 @ 4 pm, $250 @ 6 pm and $500 @ 8 pm. Get a ticket for every 300 base points earned same day in May. See promo booth for complete details.

Palms: $68,000 Pirates Plunder Play, Earn & Win Promotion Monday, Wednesday & Friday in May. Beginning at 12:01am and continuing through 10pm each promotional day, players may earn points for prize redemption.  All points earned in same day for promotion period may be redeemed for the featured prize offer.  Promotion dates are as follows: Monday, Wednesday & Friday – May 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30. Redemption hours for promotion are as follows: 10am – 10pm in the Food Court. 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 featured prize offer.
Redemption items include:
—Paisley Bandanas 
—Venetian Glass Starfish Necklace 
—Flask – Stainless Steel 
—Choice of Pearl Earrings/Bracelet 
—Ursus Vodka 
—Wine Variety 
—Captain Morgan’s Liter 
—Wine Bottle Treasure Chests 
—Ty Ku With Display Case 
—Collapsible Cooler With Stand 
—Telescope or Liquor Globe 

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder/Decatu
r: May Cash Giveaway: Promotion runs May 16-29.  For every 5,000 base slot points earned during the promotional period guest receives $25 in cash. NO CAP on how many base points may be earned and redeemed for cash.  Point multipliers are excluded from this promotion.  Points earned at primary property only, either Boulder or Decatur.  Guest gets to keep their points. Once players have reached their goal they can redeem cash daily through Sunday June 5 by swiping ace | PLAY card at any kiosk to print a voucher.  Player must take kiosk voucher to the Main Cage to receive cash. (Kiosk will update every 15-30 minutes).  Visit ace | PLAY center for complete details. 

Mandalay Bay
: In celebration of its second anniversary on the Strip, Disney’s THE LION KING is introducing its first locals’ ticket offer just for children. For weekend matinee performances in the month of May, each adult purchasing a full-price ticket can purchase two child tickets for only $15.   This special offer for local families is a way for THE LION KING to thank the Las Vegas community for its support since the show’s May 2009 debut. Tickets can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Box Office or the MGM Resorts Call Center at 877-632-7000. Mention “ROAR” for purchase. The ticket offer is available for the 4 p.m. performance of THE LION KING every Saturday and Sunday in the month of May with a valid Nevada ID. Children must be under the age of 17; maximum two child tickets per one adult ticket. Recommended viewing age for THE LION KING is six years and older.

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, $1,500 Cash, Free Slot Play and Mystery Gifts. Must be CAN Club member to participate.

Ongoing May 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 

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!

To see the podcast, go to:

Flamingo: In appreciation of our troop’s diligent efforts to protect the United States from threats both local and foreign, comedic legend George Wallace invites military members to attend his one-of-a-kind show for FREE. Military personnel, including active members, retirees and dependents, can present their government-issued military identification cards in exchange for a FREE ticket to his show at Flamingo Las Vegas throughout the month of May.

Rio: McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is throwing a massive May birthday bash on Saturday, May 21. The Irish hot spot will celebrate an entire month of birthdays in one mega celebration. Anyone turning 21 years of age or older will enjoy birthday cocktails on the house as McFadden’s wishes May birthday babies a happy anniversary of their birth from 10 p.m. until midnight. Plus, the first 15 birthdays to walk through the door will receive a FREE birthday surprise. To start the celebration off, the restaurant and saloon will host a pregame open bar from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. for only $15. And, friends and family won’t be left out of the celebration. Everyone will enjoy an open bar from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. for only $20 for ladies and $30 for guys. McFadden’s own Rachael and Julie will celebrate their birthdays with $5 cherry and grape bombs and $4 shots of Jameson all night.

Gold Coast: Earn 400 points between midnight and 6 pm on Sunday, May 22 to receive a men’s watch. Keep your points.

Hard Rock: Johnny Smalls is now open for lunch from 11am to 3 pm Thursday – Monday and offers an all-you-can-eat-tapas special for $15.99. In addition, new extended hours on Friday – Sunday feature two-for-one cocktails and a late night menu with all-you-can-eat-tapas for $15.99. Rockstar Players Card required for discount prices.

Palms: Has created a special space on the casino floor entitled “Slot Emporium,” a dedicated gaming area filled with a wide variety of slots that offer unique prizes in addition to top jackpots. Boasting a variety of favorite slots, including Wizards of Wealth, China Shores, Roman Tribune, Hee-Haw Scatter, Rings of Riches, Golden Scepter, the Slot Emporium is sure to deliver an unmatched gaming experience.  The Slot Emporium allows patrons to play for jackpots in addition to special bonus prizes including an Xbox 360, a Harley-Davidson, iPads, MacBooks, Nikon cameras, designer purses, gift cards and more. The Slot Emporium is next to The Poker Room on the casino floor.

El Cortez: Throughout May, 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 their choice of a free gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Walmart, Shell and Chevron. 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.

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 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.

M Resort: The M Resort Spa Casino 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 delivers 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:

Palms Casino Resort: $55K Pirate’s Booty Swipe and Win promotion on Thursday May 26. Located inside the Food Court from 8am-10pm.  One prize will be awarded that promotional swipe day to all Club Palms members who earn 25 base points that 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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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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