Eastside Cannery offers good options

The Eastside Cannery opened last week at 5255 Boulder Highway. We found the casino large and spacious, with wide aisles between the machines and high ceilings, which makes it less smoky than several other places.

The players club, the C.A.N. Club, has the same name and structure as is found at the existing Cannery in North Las Vegas, but currently, separate cards are needed at each property. For video poker, you earn two points per dollar coin-in. For slots, you earn three points per dollar. You receive $1 in cashback or comps for 1,200 points. This implies a cashback rate of 0.17 percent for video poker and 0.25 percent for slots. (There are a dozen over-100 percent video poker machines that receive only one point for every $1 coin-in.) There are tiers, based on play over 90 days, and the details are displayed at the club booth and at www.eastsidecannery.com.

Although you need to search to find them, there are some good video poker machines available. There are 12 machines with single-line 5-cent, 10-cent, and 25-cent versions of very loose Double Bonus (100.17 percent with perfect play), Joker Wild (100.65 percent), and Deuces Wild (100.76 percent). Outside of these 12 machines, the loosest games are 9/6 Jacks or Better (99.54 percent) and 9/7 Triple Double Bonus (99.58 percent), which are found on Ten Play machines in denominations from 5-cent to $2. Upstairs, there are a handful of very old, but newly refurbished, 25-cent 9/6 Jacks or Better machines that are coin-fed and do not even have bill acceptors. At Nevada Palace, the previous casino on this site, these machines were very popular and have been retained to satisfy those customers.

Table games looked fairly standard for a local Las Vegas casino. Craps offers 20x odds ($5,000 maximum odds bet). One unusual feature is that at blackjack, middeck entry is allowed, albeit with a $100 maximum bet. Many other casinos do not allow this at all. You will find bingo, keno, and live poker as well, and the poker room offers a variety of promotions every day.

The C.A.N. Club will offer regular promotions, although it's possible that they're juicier than average to get things started. This month, every Monday and Wednesday offers 3x points. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, earning and redeeming 2,250 points (normally worth $1.875 in cashback) earns you a $10 gift card at a variety of neighborhood outlets. On Fridays, earning (and keeping) 750 points gets you a grand opening baseball-style hat, 1,800 points a dry-fit logo sport shirt and 3,000 points a logo silk shirt.

Bonus Point Days: Bighorn (Big Shot Club): 2x Fridays through Sundays; Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 5x Monday, Wednesday, and Sept. 16, 18, 22 and 24; 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.; Eastside Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 3x Mondays and Wednesdays; 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; Gold Coast (Club Coast): Double cashback on all points earned Monday through Wednesday and Sept. 18-21 (limited to $600 cashback per day); 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; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x Fridays; 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-Friday 12 a.m.-5 a.m.

The Player's Edge appears Fridays in Neon. E-mail Jeffrey Compton and Bob Dancer at jeffrey.compton@compdance. com.