Station Casinos has transformed the Boarding Pass players club. All new points earned at Palace Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station, Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort can be redeemed for free play at a rate of 1,000 points per dollar, or 0.1 percent. While free play is not identical to cashback, it's close. Free play can be downloaded (at new kiosks) and then played through at least once.
This "free play for points" program will be for new points only. Boarding Pass points earned before the changeover are unaffected and still may be redeemed for dining, gifts and travel comps.
The other major change in the Boarding Pass program is that the dozen or so video poker machines found in each Station Casino that return more than 100 percent with optimal play now require $4 coin-in to earn one point. All other games still earn points based on a $1 coin-in-earns-one-point formula.
Wednesday and Feb. 27, the South Point will draw 10 names to spin and win from $2,500 to $25,000 on the "Wheel of More Return." Each member of The Club receives two virtual tickets every day by swiping his card and can earn one virtual ticket for every hour he is actively playing with his club card. Tickets also can be earned at every bingo session. Drawings will take place at 8:15 p.m. in the Del Mar Lounge, and players must validate drawing entries at a slot club kiosk prior to 8 p.m. the day of the drawings as well as be present at the drawings to win.
Rampart players earning 350 same-days points ($700 coin-in on slots, $1,400 coin-in on video poker; no point redemption necessary) on Mondays and Wednesdays this month receive a salt and pepper grinder set. Cannery players can earn the same set by earning 599 points ($599 coin-in; no point redemption necessary) in one day.
The Monte Carlo will reopen its doors today after being closed since Jan. 25 because of a fire. Welcome back!
Bonus Point Days: Bighorn (Bigshot Club): 2x Mondays through Thursdays, 3x Fridays through Sundays, 4x through Monday; Boulder Station (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Cannery (American Can Club): 5x Tuesdays and Thursdays (some machines excluded); 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): 5x Mondays and Wednesdays, 2x Tuesdays; Ellis Island (Passport Players Club): 6x Sundays and Tuesdays; 5x Fridays (some machines excluded); Fiesta Henderson (Amigo Club): 5x Mondays and Fridays (swipe at kiosk); Fiesta Rancho (Amigo Club): 5x Mondays and Fridays (swipe at kiosk); Golden Gate (1906 Player's Club): 2x Tuesdays through Thursdays; Green Valley Ranch (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Hacienda (Club Matador): 2x Mondays and Wednesdays, 4x Tuesdays; Jerry's Nugget (More Club): 3x Tuesdays and Thursdays; Jokers Wild (Prime Rewards): 5x Mondays and Wednesdays, 2x Tuesdays; Longhorn (Bigshot Club): 2x Mondays through Thursdays, 3x Fridays through Sundays, 4x through Monday; Palace Station (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays through Wednesdays; Rampart (Rampart Rewards): 2x Saturdays; Red Rock (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Santa Fe Station (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x Fridays and Saturdays; Slots A Fun (Circus Players Club): 2x Wednesdays; South Point (The Club): 2x Monday; Sunset Station (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Terrible's (Players Club): 3x Thursdays and Sundays, 5x Mondays (reels only); Texas Station (Boarding Pass): 7x through Monday; Tuscany (Players Club) 5x Sundays and Wednesdays, 10x February 29. 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.