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Getting More From Your Slot Club

Surprising perks and generous giveaways to look out for this month

By H. Scot Krause


Now that you’ve (hopefully) received your IRS tax refund check, how about a 5% free slot bonus for it?  Cash your IRS check, or any government issued check, at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and you’ll receive an extra 5% (up to $50) in free slot play money. This offer generally runs year round, so you can schedule a trip and hold onto your check until you make your trip.

With the rising costs of gas across the nation (some reports indicate we could see $5 a gallon by Memorial Day), Boyd Gaming can help you save at the pump.  As a member of Boyd Gaming’s B Connected slot club, you can receive a 5 cent per gallon discount every time you fill up at any one of Rebel Oil’s 50 participating stations. To receive a discount, B Connected members can swipe their B Connected card at the pump, or present the card to a cashier at Rebel Oil. No separate signup is necessary to receive discounts under the program.

Additionally, Boyd Gaming’s B Connected card doubles as a Rebel Rewards card, which qualifies members for additional savings. With Rebel Rewards, customers receive additional per-gallon discounts each time they purchase a wide range of items at Rebel Oil’s convenience stores. Discounts can be accumulated and redeemed within 30 days, allowing customers to roll back their per-gallon price as far back as zero (up to a maximum of 15 gallons). Additional information is available at You can locate Rebel Oil locations at

If you’re a Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards club member who has reached the Seven Stars Club level, you might not be aware that you’re entitled to a yearly gift, or how to claim it. Members can actually choose from a variety of gifts from the comfort of their homes.

Here’s how. First, sign into your Total Rewards account at Then click on “MyTR”. On the left side of the screen, click “View My Benefits.”  Scroll down to “Extraordinary Gifts Await You.” Click where it says “click here.” This will bring you to a whole new site with all your gift selections. Or, call 1-877-7STRGIFT to place your order.

Meanwhile, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is offering $25 in free slot play for new members signing up for their club.  Plus, from now through April 30 you can swipe your Player’s Club card once daily in Earth or Sky Promotions Center to enter to win a share of $250,000 in the “Play Around the World Giveaway.”  You have a chance to win an ultimate getaway to one of the top five casinos in the world. Plus, you could instantly win free slot play, Player’s Club points or hundreds of travel prizes.

While we often see signup bonuses, it’s much rarer to see after-loss rebates. You can find a good one at Terrible’s Hotel Casino in Las Vegas (located at Flamingo and Paradise), which offers table game rebates.  Ask for details in the table games pit area about a 5% loss rebate on losses of $500 and 10% on losses on $1000.  The casino also offers $3 craps games with 3-5x odds, and several 3:2 double deck blackjack games.

MGM Resorts International’s M life has expanded beyond being a players club and now provides benefits to all guests, in some cases transforming everyday travelers into high rollers. M life members, including non-casino customers, are now rewarded for practically every dollar they spend on hotel stays, restaurants, entertainment, attractions, spas, casinos and more at MGM Resorts’ 15 participating properties, allowing them to earn Tier Credits and additional rewards with each Tier Level. Dream vacations can be instantly shared with friends and family via popular social media networks.

M life members enjoy benefits at ARIA, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur in Las Vegas; Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi; and MGM Grand Detroit. Learn More about M life at their newly redesigned website:


Until next month, happy slot clubbing!


April Promotions

 Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno offers guests free slot and video poker tournaments daily from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm with guaranteed $500 in cash, plus additional prizes.  Table game players can get in on $1,000 “Hot Seat Giveaways” every Friday from 4 pm to 2 am.

Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona, offers ongoing promotions in its poker room.  Among the happenings in the Valley’s largest poker room are exciting tournaments, poker bonuses and exclusive promotions. Between 2 am and 12 noon there’s a $3 breakfast special offered in the poker room. Play for a full eight hours and receive a $5 food voucher, valid for five days. Players must have a valid Player Rewards Club Card, which you’ll need to swipe in and out to receive credit toward vouchers.

The Gold Coast in Las Vegas offers $5,000 Video Poker Tournaments every Saturday. Earn 300 points after 3 am on Saturday to play between 11 am–7 pm in Tournament Alley.

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas will host its Fourth Annual Spring Wine & Jazz Fest April 13-15. This three day wine and jazz festival brings together consumers, winemakers and winery owners with poolside receptions, wine tastings, barrel and bottle samplings, cuisine pairings and a live wine auction.

The Fest will feature more than 250 wines from across the West Coast. Regularly priced at $235, guests who book in advance can lock in a discounted ticket price of $199 for all three days of events. Tickets can also be purchased separately for each event.

The festival kicks off its signature events on Friday, April 13 with a poolside champagne and wine reception from 8–10 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with winemakers, owners and fellow wine enthusiasts while listening to smooth jazz at the property’s beautifully designed pool and shark aquarium, The Tank. Tickets to this event can be purchased for $35.

The Grand Tasting starts Saturday, April 14, where enthusiasts can sample over 200 wine selections from 60 of California, Oregon and Washington’s most prestigious wineries. This event will be held in The Grand events center from 7 pm–10 pm and will feature library selections, current vintage releases, live jazz and exquisite food from our award-winning chefs. Tickets to this event can be purchased for $100.

Rounding out the third day of signature events is the Champagne and Jazz Brunch, taking place on Sunday, April 15 from 11 am-1 pm in the property’s event center, The Grand. Guests will enjoy live jazz while dining on exquisite brunch offerings paired with sparkling wines from Domaine Chandon and Domaine Carneros. Brunch will be followed by a live auction featuring wine lots, large format collector’s bottles, and more. Tickets to the brunch and auction can be purchased for $100.

Tickets for all of these events can be purchased by calling 1-866-946-5336, or online at


H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and a 17-year resident of Las Vegas.  His work is regularly featured in Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Gaming Today, as well as in other gaming publications including the annual American Casino Guide Book. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to:

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