Several of the downtown casinos are offering premiums to new players club members. At the Golden Nugget, all new 24 Karat Club sign-ups will play a promotional slot machine to receive $5 to $1,000 in free slot play. New players club members at Fitzgeralds will receive a Fitz logo drawstring backpack after earning 50 points ($250 coin-in on slots, $500 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required). Four Queens customers receive a free deck of cards upon sign-up and a canvas tote bag after earning 40 points ($200 coin-in on slots, $320 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required) within 24 hours of sign-up. Across the street at Binion's, new members also receive a free deck of cards at sign-up and a T-shirt after earning 100 points ($150 coin-in on slots, $300 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required) within 24 hours.
The Stratosphere's new member sign-up is more elaborate. New members earning 100 points ($100 coin-in on slot, $200-$800 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required) from the time of enrollment to 11:59 p.m. the following day receive a T-shirt. Those earning 500 points receive $20 in free slot play. Earning 1,200 points gets you two free show tickets, and the truly industrious earning 2,000 points get $100 in free slot play.
Please remember that there is no charge to join any casino's player club, but you must be at least 21 years of age and have a government-issued photo ID.
PT's and Sierra Gold pubs will be sending the top Golden Reward point earner (based on play Jan. 1-18) on a tropical getaway for two to Hawaii, including a four-night stay at the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki and VIP tickets to the Feb. 8 Pro Bowl in Honolulu. The winner will be announced Jan. 23.
Players earning 500 Club Coast points ($500 coin-in; no point redemption required) at The Orleans this Sunday, through Thursday will receive a long-sleeve logo T-shirt.
Arizona Charlie's Boulder is giving out two mystery gifts through Sunday. Players have to earn 200 points ($200 coin-in on slot, $400-$1,600 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required) to receive the first gift and 500 points for the second gift. On Monday, the casino is giving out a Thomas Kinkade bill organizer to all bingo players making a minimum buy-in.
Players hitting the "Suited Blackjack of the Day" in the Excalibur's Fun Pit will win a Budweiser Mini six-pack. Please note that this only applies to the blackjack tables in the designated Fun Pit.
Bonus Point Days: Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 5x Monday and Jan. 10, 13, 15, 19, 24 and 29; 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.; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays, 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Eldorado (Prime Rewards): 9x midnight-9 a.m. Saturday, 5x Jan. 11, 4x Jan. 12, 3x Wednesdays; 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): 9x midnight-9 a.m. January 3, 5x Jan. 11, 4x Jan. 12, 3x Wednesdays; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x Saturdays; Sam's Town (Club Coast): 6x Jan. 19; Silver Nugget (Slot Club): 2x every day; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x Jan. 19; South Point (The Club): 2x Jan. 19; 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-Friday 12 a.m.-5 a.m. (some machines excluded). Note: Several casinos could not provide their January bonus point days schedules at presstime.
The Player's Edge appears Fridays in Neon. E-mail Jeffrey Compton and Bob Dancer at jeffrey.compton@ compdance.com.