March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day collide at casinos

March Madness is upon us, and several casinos are running related promotions this week. At Palace Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station, Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort, college hoop fans can purchase $25 entries into the "Last Man Standing" winner-take-all contest. Whoever picks the winning team will split 100 percent of the entry fees ($25,000 minimum). Players purchasing three entries receive a fourth one for free.

Through March 23, all PT’s Pubs are running the "$20,000 March to the Championship Giveaway" including a chance to win a trip to the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. Players receive one entry for every four-of-a-kind.

Beginning Monday at the Orleans, all slot, video poker, table and sports book players can earn entries into the "$15,000 March Hoopla Drawing" at 4 p.m. March 23, where 10 winners (who must be present) will receive $1,500.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Arizona Charlie’s Decatur are holding a "$50,000 March Cash Mania" virtual drawing on March 28 when both properties will give away 16 cash prizes ranging from $250 to $10,000. A.C.E. Reward members receive one entry for every 50 base points earned in a gaming day, but they first must swipe their cards (only once during the promotion) at any kiosk. The drawings will take place at 8:15 p.m. A.C.E cards also must be swiped on March 28 to activate the entries, and players must be present at the drawings to win.

As you might have guessed, there are a lot of "green-related" bingo giveaways over the next few days. Fiesta Henderson and Fiesta Rancho are giving out St. Patrick’s Day daubers on Sunday. The Suncoast, Gold Coast and Terrible’s are giving out green daubers on Monday. Sam’s Town is waiting until March 18 to pass out its gift: a butter warmer with a tea light. All gifts require a minimum buy-in ($3-$4 at most casinos) and are only available while supplies last.

On Wednesday and March 26, the Suncoast and the Gold Coast are holding special drawings at their 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. bingo sessions. At each session, five winners will receive $100-$500 in cash. All bingo players receive an automatic entry with their buy-in.

Bonus Point Days: Cannery (American Can 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.; 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; Fiesta Rancho (Amigo Club): 5x Mondays and Fridays; Fitzgeralds (Club Fitz): 3x Monday; Gold Coast (Club Coast): 6x Monday and March 23; 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): 5x Mondays and Tuesdays, 2x Wednesdays; Railroad Pass (Players Junction): 2x Mondays and 3x Tuesdays; Rampart (Club Rampart): 2x Fridays; Sahara (Club Sahara): 2x comp dollars Wednesdays; Sam’s Town (Club Coast): 6x Monday and March 23; Silverton (Discovery Club): 5x Fridays and Saturdays; Slots A Fun (Circus Players Club): 2x Wednesdays; South Point (The Club): 3x Monday; Terrible’s (Players Club): 3x Thursdays and Sundays; Tuscany (Players Club): 5x Sundays and Wednesdays, 10x Monday and March 28; Westin Casuarina (Players Club): 2x Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wildfire (Wild Card): 5x Thursdays, 7x Saturdays; Wild Wild West (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.

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