Rio has free play for locals; Suncoast, Sam's Town giving away cash

Through March 31, the Rio has a "Same Day Free Play!" promotion for locals only. Every day (5 a.m.-4:59 a.m.), players living within 50 miles of the casino receive one $5 free play voucher for every 50 same-day base Reward Credits ($250 coin-in slots, $500 coin-in most video poker, $4,000 coin-in on any machine containing 9/6 Jacks or Better; no point redemption required). There is no limit to the number of vouchers you can earn, but they must be redeemed the same day and played off prior to midnight.

Twice on Fridays and Saturdays this month (beginning Jan. 8), both Suncoast and Sam's Town are giving away five chances to win up to $4,000. Players can start earning entries this Sunday. There will be five names drawn at both the 4:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. drawings, and players must be present to win.

The Palms is running a promotion every day this month (except Saturdays and Jan. 18). On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Club Palms members can swipe their cards for various prizes including cash up to $500 (on Sundays), a Dell Inspiron 1545 notebook or Apple iPod Shuffle (on Tuesdays) or a "mystery necklace" (on Thursdays). From 8 a.m.-midnight Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the casino is offering special gifts for same-day point redemption.

Every Saturday this month is "Wallet Day" at the Eastside Cannery. Players earning 300 same-day points ($100 coin-in on slots, $150 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption required) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. can pick up a wallet in Marilyn's Lounge containing prizes from $5 free play up to $500 cash. There is a limit of two wallets per customer per day. Every Tuesday this month at the Rampart, players earning 250 points ($500 coin-in slots, $1,000 coin-in video poker; no point redemption required) will receive a mystery gift.

Players hitting a four-of-a-kind containing the "Card of the Day" this month at Jerry's Nugget's Main Bar will receive a double payout. The offer is available at the Main Bar only, and maximum coins must be played.

Bonus Point Days: Cannery (C.A.N. Club): 5x midnight-6 a.m. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 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.; Eldorado (Prime Rewards): 10x Saturday; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays, 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Fitzgeralds (Club Fitz): 3x Tuesdays; Golden Gate (Club 1906): 2x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays, 4x Tuesdays; Hooters (Owl Rewards Club): 2x Saturdays 8 p.m.-midnight; Jerry's Nugget (One Club): 3x Jan. 11, 13, 20, 25 and 27; Jokers Wild (Prime Rewards): 10x Saturday; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays, 3x Tuesdays; Rampart: 2x Mondays and Wednesdays; Sahara (Club Sahara): 2x Fridays; Sam's Town (Club Coast): 7x slots 5x video poker today; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x slots 2x video poker Fridays; Station Casinos: 5x for seniors (50-plus) Wednesday at all Stations and Fiestas; Terrible's (Players Club): 5x Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10x slots Sundays; Tuscany (Players Club): 10x Wednesdays and Fridays, 5x Sundays, 5x midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday (some machines excluded). Note: Several casinos were not able to confirm their January Bonus Point Days schedule at press time.

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