Rodeo promotions take center stage

The National Finals Rodeo runs Wednesday through Dec. 15, and as always, several of the casinos are tailoring their promotions to the occasion.

On Dec. 15, the Golden Nugget will give away a 2008 Ford F-150 truck. Tickets can be earned starting Wednesday at the tables, slots or by redeeming rodeo ticket stubs. The winner does not have to be present at this drawing.

Slots A Fun will hold daily drawings for cash and prizes at 4 p.m. Dec. 10-14 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15. At 10 p.m. Dec. 15, the casino will draw for additional cash and prizes including a custom-made hand-tooled saddle worth approximately $3,000. Check at the players club booth for details regarding how to earn entries and if you must be present at the drawings to win.

December's jackpot prize at the El Cortez is a denim shirt with a limit of six per person. Players hitting a $200-plus jackpot on slots or a $300-plus jackpot on video poker can pick up a shirt or a (no-limit) $10 gasoline/grocery/merchandise gift card.

At 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 22, Santa Fe poker and table game players can win a variety of electronic prizes including iPods, LCD and plasma TVs, digital cameras and Best Buy gift cards. Players receive one entry for every average $10 bet per hour in the pit or for every hour of live play in the poker room. Winners must be present at the drawing to win.

The California, Fremont and Main Street Station are giving away Coca-Cola holiday plush toys through Dec. 27. Players earning 100 points ($100 coin-in; no point redemption required) in a day or betting an average of $20 for a minimum of two hours at the tables can pick up the plush toy of the week.

The Opera House casino has removed all table games to make room for additional slots.

Bonus Point Days: Cannery (American Can Club): 5x all day Mondays and 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.; El Cortez (Jackie's Club Cortez): 3x 5 p.m.-midnight Sundays and Mondays, 2x Tuesdays or Thursdays (sign-up at booth prior to play); Eldorado (Prime Rewards): 3x Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 2x Saturdays through Thursdays, 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Fiesta Henderson (Amigo Club): 5x Tuesdays and Saturdays; Fiesta Rancho (Amigo Club): 5x Tuesdays and Saturdays; Gold Coast (Club Coast): 3x through Jan. 14; Golden Gate (1906 Player's Club): 2x Tuesdays through Thursdays; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays, 4x Tuesdays; Jerry's Nugget (More Club): 3x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Jokers Wild (Prime Rewards): 3x Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; Las Vegas Hilton (Resorts Destination Casino Club): 2x Reward Dollars Thursday and Dec. 7, 15, 22 and 28; Orleans (Club Coast): 3x through Jan. 14; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays through Wednesdays; Rampart (Rampart Rewards): 2x today, 2x Sundays; Santa Fe Station (Boarding Pass): 5x points - players choose Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, and Saturday or Sunday; Sahara (Club Sahara): 2x comp dollars Wednesdays; Slots A Fun (Circus Players Club): 2x Wednesdays; Suncoast (Club Coast): 3x through Jan. 14, 7x today, 7x Dec. 24-30; Terrible's (Players Club): 3x Thursdays and Sundays, double cashback Sundays through Wednesdays; Tuscany (Player's Club): 5x Sundays through Thursdays through Dec. 27, 10 x Dec. 31 and Jan. 1; Wild Wild West (Wild Card): 5x Thursdays, 7x Saturdays; Wildfire (Wild Card): 5x Thursdays, 7x Saturdays.

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