Here’s what we found for the week of May 8, 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 americancasinoguide.com web site so be sure to come back each Sunday to find out about the best values in Las Vegas.
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Venetian: Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is offering FREE admission to all moms on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, only with the purchase of one regular priced admission. Mention “Mom’s Go Free” at the box office for this deal.
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. Starting Tuesday, May 10, 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.
Luxor: BODIES… The Exhibition is offering guests two-for-one admission on May 8 to celebrate Mother’s Day and to kick off National Women’s Health Week, a weeklong health observance May 8-14 that empowers women to make their health a top priority. The Exhibition offers the perfect opportunity for women to embark on a journey of self-discovery, while taking the time to pamper their mind, body and spirit. Tickets to BODIES…The Exhibition are available at the Luxor box office or by visiting bodiestickets.com. Regularly priced tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and $24 for children 4 – 12 years of age. The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last admission at 9 p.m. It is recommended that children 12 and under are accompanied by a teacher or parent as an adult guide. For additional information or to reserve tickets by phone, call 800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400.
Gold Coast: Earn 400 points between midnight and 6 pm on the following Sundays to receive that day’s gift. Keep your points. May 9: Women’s Watch; May 22: Men’s Watch.
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.
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!
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 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 VideoPoker.com. 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: 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: theMresort.com.
Palms Casino Resort: $55K Pirate’s Booty Swipe and Win promotion on Thursday May 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.
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 pianolasvegas.com 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, Vegas.com 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:
See a list of ongoing Las Vegas casino promotions