Coast Casinos kicking off pro football contest

Through Sept. 7, you can register for Coast Casinos' 2008 Pick The Pros football contest at the California, Fremont, Eldorado, Gold Coast, Jokers Wild, The Orleans, Sam's Town or Suncoast.

Beginning Sept. 7 and continuing every week through the football season the promotion will award $30,000 (including a $10,000 first prize) to the best winner pickers (based on actual scores -- not the spread). Registration is free, and each week is a new contest -- you do not have to participate the entire season to win.

Today and Saturday, the Hard Rock is giving away one miniature bottle of Jack Daniels, one pack of Marlboro Reds or Lights or $5 free play to players earning 750 base points ($750 coin-in on slots, $1,500-$4,500 coin-in on video poker -- no point redemption required). The gifts also can be earned at the blackjack tables (45 minutes of $75 average play). Players can earn up to 50 gifts.

On Fridays (including today) through Sept. 5, the Sunset Station Race & Sports Book will be giving away $3,200 in cash plus a free trip for two to the Breeder's Cup World Championships (Oct. 24-25 in Santa Anita, Calif.). Players receive one entry for every $10 race wager.

Stratosphere players earning 100 players club points ($100 coin-in on slots, $200-$800 coin-in on video poker) in one day will have a chance to spin for $1 million or their share of up to $120,000 in prizes. This promotion runs through Nov. 18, and all new Ultimate Reward sign-ups receive a free spin.

Every Wednesday through Sept. 24 Terrible's draws five names to win $50-$250 (based on Players Club tier) in free gasoline or free slot play. Players receive one entry for every 100 points ($100 coin-in) earned on their card up to a maximum of 250 entries per week. Drawings are every 30 minutes from 7 to 9 p.m. and winners must be present.

Players earning 1,000 points ($1,000 coin-in -- no point redemption required) at the Tuscany receive a $5 gasoline coupon cash coupon, and those earning 2,000 receive a $10 coupon.

For Las Vegas residents only -- the Las Vegas Hilton is giving away slot machines via a drawing on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Space Quest Casino. Tickets can be earned playing at the machines using your Resorts Destination Card through Tuesday.

Bonus Point Days: Bighorn (Big Shot Club): 2x Fridays through Sundays; Casino Royale (Club Royale): 2x 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., 3x 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Cannery (American Can Club): 5x Monday and Wednesday (some machines excluded); Eldorado (Prime Rewards): 5x Mondays; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays, 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Fiesta Henderson (Amigo Club): 5x Fridays; Fiesta Rancho (Amigo Club): 5x Fridays; Golden Gate (Club 1906): 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays, 4x Tuesdays; Jerry's Nugget (More Club): 5x Mondays; 3x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Jokers Wild (Prime Rewards): 5x Mondays; Longhorn (Big Shot Club) 2x Fridays through Sundays; TheOrleans (Club Coast): 5x Aug. 29; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x Fridays and Sundays; Rio (Total Rewards): 3x for Las Vegas locals through Sept. 1; Silver Nugget (Slot Club): 2x every day; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x (reels) 2x (video poker) Fridays; Terrible's (Players Club): 3x Thursdays and Sundays, 5x (slots only) Mondays, 10x (slots only) Wednesdays; Tuscany (Players Club): 5x Sundays and Wednesdays, 5x Monday through Friday 12 a.m.-5 a.m.

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