Kentucky Derby promotions set; Sam's Town giving away $1.6 million

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, and similar to other big events, many of the casino parties are invitation only. But there is still a lot of good action for everyone else, especially if you are placing a bet.

The South Point's Kentucky Derby party kicks off at 8 a.m. with free admission as well as free food and drink coupons with wagers.

Jerry's Nugget's celebration begins in the morning with free donuts and coffee followed by hand-carved "track sandwiches" from noon-4 p.m. They are free to "qualified bettors" and $4 to everyone else. Your first two $10 bets earn a commemorative glass and all $20 wagerers (on the casino's Horse Racing Matchup Parlay card) receive a special racing polo shirt.

Immediately after the race (post time is 3 p.m.), Arizona Charlie's Boulder will give away a digital photo frame, a $100 gasoline card and a $50 gasoline card. Everyone placing a $20 bet receives an entry.

Sam's Town is giving away $1.6 million during its "A-May-Zing May Cash Giveaway." At 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, the casino will draw 20 names, each of whom will have a chance to punch his way up to $10,000 cash. Entries can be earned at both the slots and tables, and players must be present at the drawings to win.

C.A.N. Club members earning 2,499 same-day points on Thursdays ($833 coin-in on slots, $1,250 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required) at the Cannery will receive one seafood buffet and $20 in free play.

All this month, South Point players earning 800 points ($800 coin-in; no point redemption required) between Mondays and Thursdays will receive that week's special gift. The first week's award is a seven-piece margarita set, followed by a Hamilton Beach personal blender, a George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine and an Igloo summer cooler set. Players earning 800 points (Mondays-Thursdays) who give the Club their email address also will receive a coupon for a free 6-pack of Pepsi.

Bonus Point Days: 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 (C..A.N. Club): 5x Monday, Wednesday and May 12, 18, 20 and 26 (some machines excluded); Eldorado (Prime Rewards): 5x May 17 and 31, 4x May 18; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays, 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Fiesta Henderson (Amigo Club): 5x Tuesday; Fiesta Rancho (Amigo Club): 5x Tuesday; Gold Coast (Club Coast): double cashback Tuesdays and Saturdays; Golden Gate (Club 1906): 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays, 4x Tuesdays; Jokers Wild (Prime Rewards): 5x May 17 and 31, 4x May 18; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x May 10 and 25, 4x reels only May 15; Silver Nugget (Slot Club): 5x today, 2x every day; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x Fridays (slots only); South Point (The Club): 2x May 10 and 24; Terrible's (Players Club): 3x Thursdays and Sundays, 5x slots on Mondays and 10x slots on Wednesdays; Tuscany (Players Club): 10x Tuesdays, 5x Sundays and Wednesdays, 5x Monday-Friday 12 a.m.-5 a.m. (some machines excluded). Note: All Station and Fiesta casinos are offering 5x points for seniors (50+) every Wednesday. Please swipe your card at a kiosk to activate the multiplier.

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