August 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM
"Here are some of activities going on during August holiday at the area casinos"
Enchanted Odds - An Insight Into the Santa Fe Area Casinos
David Oakeley is a marketeer, journalist, and a ski/golf nut.
The month of July produced a huge winner at the Santa Claran Casino in Espanola. Playing the penny “Grease” (from the musical/movie of the same name) slot machine, one lucky person won over three-quarters of a million dollars.
The Grease slot games feature a total of 10 reels, 50 paylines and a 300 credit max bet. This is a multi-level progressive slot and accepts multiple denominations starting at just one cent. The highest payout available with the Grease slot machine is 40,000,000 coins.
Perhaps the most notable feature on the Grease slot machine is the two game screens. This game allows you the option to play a single game consisting of five reels and 25 paylines, or two games – 10 reels and 50 paylines. Please note – that in order to qualify for one of the progressives you must play all of the paylines on both screens with a max bet. This means a one cent Grease slot play will cost you $3 (quite a bit for a penny slot).
Here are some of activities going on during August holiday at the area casinos that provided information to Enchanted Odds.
Camel Rock Casino
Camel Rock is going great guns with a big three-car giveaway. On Saturday Aug. 11, 25 and Sept. 8, Camel Rock Casino will give away cash, gas, free slot play, gift cards and a 2012 Scion.
“How can I win”, you ask. Most gaming promotions require that you be a member of the free players club, that when you play any of the machines or table games, you insert or present your card. The more you play, the more points you can earn and the more points you earn, the more entries you receive. Different casinos have different rules, and rules are usually posted or available at the promotions areas.
Camel Rock is hosting the $10,000 Outlaw Blackjack Tournament with the finals set for Sunday, Sept. 2 when the top 49 high scores will vie for the top prize of $5,000 cash. Second prize is $2,000.
The big entertainment in August is the Itals with Native Roots will play on Friday, Aug. 17 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.
The Pueblo Artist Café is having a “Bring a Friend in August” breakfast special every Tuesday and Wednesday. New items have been added to the breakfast menu and cost for both meals on the special days is only $12. Breakfast is served 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Café also serves lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 10 p.m. on weekends). Prime rib and Seafood buffet is served on Fridays. There’s also a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The “Great Ohkay Get-A-Way Giveway” continues and will culminate on Labor Day (Sept. 3) when three winners will choose from the grand prizes that includes a trophy bull elk hunt, a destination ocean cruise, or $6,000 in cash.
Other gaming activities include a three-piece aluminum pan set when you earn 50 same day points; daily promotions including Ladies Night on Sundays and Fabulous Fifties (must be age 50+) on Mondays. Also, $3 blackjack is available from 3 to 5 p.m.
Ohkay features live music in Club X Wednesday through Sundays.
Santa Claran Casino
The popular Espanola casino is centering its August promotions around food, entertainment and daily gaming promos.
Tuesdays the casino offers three-time points; Wednesdays is Seniors Day; Thursday is Hi/Lo every hour, 7 to 9 p.m. with a chance to win up to $500; Friday and Saturday you can wish cash; and on Sundays from 2. to 8 p.m. The random “Hot Seat” drawings are worth $100.
Free dances for persons 21 and older are held every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. featuring local musicians.
And check out the food specials in the Café. Everyday has a different special including BBQ, Meatloaf, Pasta, Red Chile Grilled Salmon, Shrimp, Crab Legs; T-Bone steaks, and more.
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
The magnificent Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino and sister casino Cities of Gold, both in Pojoaque, are promoting the “$135,000 Southwest Treasures Giveaway” in August.
Drawings will be held every Friday and Saturday in August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6. to 10 p.m. Winners through 9 p.m. will get gift certificates and all hourly winners will be eligible for the $5,000 cash prize awarded at 10 p.m.
Other gaming promotions include the $3,000 Slot Tournaments on Tuesday, Blackjack tournaments every Wednesday and Poker Tournaments the last Saturday of every month.
Entertainment at Buffalo Thunder include an Aug. 9 Whitney Houston Birthday Tribute Concert and an Aug. 16 Michael Jackson Tribute Concert free to club members. There will be a King of the Cage event on Aug. 11. Entertainment also is available at the Turquoise Trail located on the Casino Floor and in Club Warehouse located on the 2ndlevel. The Golden Cantina at Cities of Gold also has entertainment Thursday through Sunday.
The Painted Parrot Buffet is now open for breakfast from 7 am to 11 am.