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Summer Shopping & Rebates

Want some year-end rebates now? Why wait!

By H. Scot Krause


While most of the major slot club shopping events scheduled around the year-end holidays, here are a few that you don’t have to wait for!

“Shopapalooza” is coming to the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Las Vegas this month. All points earned from January 1 through June 28, 2015 earn Palooza Points that can be redeemed for a variety of gifts from Friday, June 26 through Sunday June 28, 2015. Gift items include electronics, jewelry, home appliances and more. View Palooza Point balances online at, at the Backstage Pass Rewards Center or from a kiosk on the casino floor. Earn Palooza point multipliers on Mondays through June 22. And every Friday thru June 19:

  • Earn 250 base slot points or $10 table theoretical to play the Palooza Points Giveaway kiosk game.
  • Prizes include: Free slot play, dining credits, Palooza Points, Macy’s gift cards and more.
  • Max 1/promotional date

Visit the Backstage Pass for complete details on “Shopapalooza.”

Treasure Island (TI) in Las Vegas has a year round shopping loyalty program called Treasure Chest. You earn Treasure Chest Points (TC Points) by playing your favorite slots at Treasure Island. TC Points are in addition to your other Treasure Island Players Club benefits and are accrued automatically. You’ll earn one TC Point for every TI Players Club Point earned. Then use the TC points you accumulate to redeem anytime throughout the year for a variety of brand-name merchandise including Swarovski, Dooney & Bourke, Sony, Apple, Movado, KitchenAid or use them for free slot play.

TI Players Club members receive one Treasure Chest Point for every one TI Players Club Point. One TI Players Club Point is earned for every $1.50 played on reel slots and for every $4.50 played on video poker slots. Designated video poker games will earn at a rate of $15 per point. Points earned due to point multipliers will not count towards promotional point balances unless otherwise stated. Each participant’s available TC Point balance will be confirmed in-person at the TI Players Club. Only the balance in the TI Players Club system will be honored.

TC Points will carry over year to year and will only expire after one year of TI Players Club inactivity. Eligible TI Players Club members must be present in person to receive and redeem TC Points. Treasure Chest merchandise may only be received by redeeming TC Points in person (however, you may have your selected items shipped and not have to carry them with you) and may not be purchased, in whole or in part, with cash or any other form of payment. TC Points are not transferable and have no cash value, but may be combined between two persons listed on a TI Players Club linked account.

Shipping to addresses within the continental U.S. is included. A physical street address and phone number are required for shipping. Gift Cards obtained through the redemption of TC Points are subject to the rules of the retailer named on the Gift Card.

Visit for further details, product catalogs and event promotions related to Treasure Chest or the TI Players Club, or call casino marketing at 800-944-3777 for any other questions.

As of May 1, at press time mid-month, a new rebate promotion has surfaced in Las Vegas. New Downtown Grand MyPoints members can receive up to $1,000 based on initial loss. The rebate is awarded for slot play only (not video poker.) The first rebate installment (in the form of downloadable slot play) is 50% of the overall loss within 24 hours, then two more of 25% rebates each in successive weeks for Las Vegas locals. For non-locals, 50% is rebated within 24 hours and two 3-month (25% each) periods to follow. The freeplay then can also be used on video poker should you so desire. The best play on this, since the initial loss is only for slot play, would be to play it on the highest denomination allowable—$1, $5, $10, $25 slots (there may be restrictions)—and hope for an initial big hit.

If that doesn’t happen, you replay the rebate on video poker (with a better overall payback return rate based on the video poker pay table) and hope to recoup. Again, with these rebate promotions, no telling how long they will last. If you’re not a Downtown Grand member as yet, there’s no better time than the present to join the club! (Good luck!) See Player Services for details on promotion. Good luck and happy slot clubbing!


Summer Promotions

Pechanga Resort & Casino, California’s largest with more than 3,000 slots and 140 table games, welcomes guests this June with promotions that can score them high-end electronics, Coach handbags, espresso machines, EasyPlay and something just about everyone likes, plain old cash. Stop by the Pechanga Club desk on the main casino level and you will be on your way to earning valuable perks.

Mark Tuesdays in June on your calendar for the I Scream for EasyPlay game. From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, Pechanga Club members may swipe their cards at electronic kiosks across from the Theater box office. Just by swiping their cards, they stand to win up to $1,000 in EasyPlay, or high-ticket prizes such as a Kindle Fire, Nespresso machine, Chromebook and Coach handbags.

June 4 and 18, Pechanga slot players stand to win up to 4,000 points and up to $5,000 in EasyPlay in the U-Spin Bonus game on their slot machines. Any guest who earns 1,000 points on June 4 or June 18 will automatically activate the U-Spin Bonus game.

Pechanga Bingo becomes hot in June. The $100,000 Summer Bingo Jackpot Frenzy gets underway June 1. A total of $100,000 will be added across all current Bingo jackpots to amount to three mini matinee prizes worth $10,000, two regular matinee jackpots of $20,000 and four evening jackpots of more than $25,000. The jackpot ball will increase by one number each week until the jackpots are paid.

The start of summer also offers guests some fun concerts and events. Grammy award winner Peter Frampton joins Cheap Trick on June 5. Air Supply celebrates with a 40th anniversary concert on June 21 and 90’s rockers Smash Mouth, Tonic and Toad the Wet Sprocket take the stage June 26. For tickets or more information on promotions, visit or call 877-711-2946.


The Plaza Hotel & Casino launched its new custom website. The website complements the ongoing growth and development of this iconic hotel and casino which started with a $35 million renovation to the property and followed by additional projects including William Hill Race & Sports Book and the addition of the Beer Garden. The site is 100 percent responsive to any device with no special apps needed. Royal Rewards Players Club members will be able to access their individual pages to view their current reward status. Additionally, guests can book a room, make a dinner reservation and buy show tickets on the site. Group, catering and event clients also get greater convenience as they will be able to access menus, production manuals and audio/visual pricing at any time. To celebrate the launch of the new site, The Plaza is offering two new promotions:


  • Your Best Bet of 2015 Sale: Offering 50% off room rates Sunday through Thursday. Guests will receive additional offers for food and gaming. Visit the website for further details and restrictions.
  • Grand Prize Drawing: For each reservation made on the website, and/or by signing up to receive offers, guests will earn an entry for a Derby Suite Package which will also include a dining experience at Oscar’s. Drawing winner will be announced on Facebook July 4th.


  1. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and a 20-year resident of Las Vegas.  His work is regularly featured in Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Gaming Today as well as other gaming publications, including the annual American Casino Guide Book. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to:



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