El Cortez giving away gift cards; Palms offering Alaskan cruise

The El Cortez is celebrating August by bringing back its popular jackpot gift card program. All this month, Club Cortez players winning a $200-plus slot jackpot or $300-plus video poker jackpot can receive their choice of a $10 gift card from either Wal-Mart, Smith's, Shell or Chevron. There is no limit to the number of gift cards a player can earn. The casino also is giving away two free nights at the new Cabana Suites to all $1,200-plus jackpot winners.

On 17 of the next 30 days, the Palms will draw for an all-expense-paid seven-night Alaskan cruise including airfare, as well as several other prizes. The drawings will take place at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Entries are based on points earned beginning July 25, and players must swipe their cards by 6:50 p.m. to be included in that evening's drawings.

At M Resort every day in August, iMagine Club members receive a 50-percent point redemption discount at all restaurants, the gift shop and at Spa Mio.

On Sundays through Thursdays through September 30, Station and Fiesta casinos are offering a two-for-one entree promotion at more than 30 of their restaurants to all customers with either a Boarding Pass or Amigo Club card when paying with cash or credit card.

Every week during The Orleans' August "Sizzlin Summer Giveaway," players can earn a different gift. Sunday through Aug. 7, players earning 100 points ($100 coin-in; no point redemption required) receive a Pepsi six-pack with cooler. From Aug. 9-14, players earning 500 points receive a director's chair (and you can get a second chair by earning an additional 500 points). Players earning 1,000 points Aug. 16-21 receive a four-pack of solar lights, and from Aug. 23-28, players earning 1,500 points can pick up a George Foreman grill.

Rampart players earning 400 same-day points ($800 coin-in on slots, $1,600 coin-in on video poker) this Thursday receive a camp shirt. Tuscany players earning 500 one-day points ($500 coin-in) get $10 slot play to use Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Hard Rock is giving away one free beach towel to all customers this Tuesday. Players receive one additional towel (up to a limit three) for every 350 base points ($350 coin-in on slot, $700 coin-in on video poker.)

Bonus Point Days: Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 5x Tuesdays and Thursdays; 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): 6x slots, 3x video poker Tuesday, Thursday and Aug. 11, 13, 20, 25 and 27: Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays, 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Gold Coast (Coast Club): 7x slots, 5x video poker Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 16, 28 and 30, double cashback Tuesdays; Golden Gate (Club 1906): 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays, 4x Tuesdays; Hard Rock (RockStar Club): 8x slots only Saturday through Monday and Aug. 23-27; Orleans (Club Coast): 7x slots, 5x video poker Saturday and Aug. 15 and 29; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x Saturday; 2x Tuesdays and Fridays; Silver Nugget (Slot Club): 5x Aug. 7, 2x every day, 5x midnight to 8 a.m.; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x slots, 2x video poker Fridays; South Point (Club Coast): 2x Saturdays; Terrible's (Players Club): 5x Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10x slots Sundays (some machines excluded); Tuscany (Players Club): 10x Fridays in August, 5x Wednesdays and Sundays, 5x midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday (some machines excluded).

Notes: All MGM Mirage casinos: 2x Holiday Gift Points (redeemable Nov. 28-Dec. 13) through August. Many casinos were not able to confirm their August bonus point day schedule at press time.

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