February 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

February A Crazy Casino Month

February brings special offers from area casinos


February is the shortest month of the year, but for casino players, it is filled with opportunity as the month includes Valentine’s Day and the President’s Day holiday.   This month also marks the start of the Lenten period, and that resonates in Catholic-heavy northern New Mexico.

Casinos love three day holiday weekends and the weekend of Feb. 16, 17, and 18 attracts many out of town visitors, as well as locals who have some play time.

The 40-day Lenten period (Feb. 13 – March 31) is one where some casino-goers take a break, but its impact isn’t that noticeable.  And like they do in New Orleans, some casinos take advantage of Fat Tuesday which will fall on Feb. 12.

Here’s some of the activity taking place in the Santa Fe/Espanola area:

- Buffalo Thunder Resort and Cities of Gold casinos are giving away three Volkswagen “Love Bugs”.  The giveaway dates are Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23.

- Buffalo Thunder will also have a $5,000 Slot Tournament every Friday in February.

Other gaming activities at the Pojoaque casinos include:

- Fat Tuesday promotion (Feb. 12) at both casinos from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

- $6,000 Valentine’s Day Slot Tournament for couples (Feb. 14); Valentine’s Day gifts at the Cities of Gold.

- President’s Day drawings (Feb. 18).  Cash in multiples of $5’s (Lincolns) or $1’s (Washington’s) will be awarded.

The Red Sage restaurant in Buffalo Thunder will have a three-course meal starting at $35 per person.  Reservations are recommended.

Ohkay Casino is having a month-long, $25,000 Mardi Gras promotion.  Drawings will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with prizes ranging from $50 in bonus play to $300 cash.

The Santa Claran is promoting its food fare during February with Lenten specials (no red meat) every day in The Café.  Each day offers a different special including crab cakes, shrimp scampi, salmon, tilapia and crab legs.

The Black Mesa Steak House will have special Valentine’s Day menus Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

The Santa Claran is utilizing its daily promotions, like two-time points on Tuesday, $250 Hot Seat drawings on Thursdays and the Slammin’ Slots Slot Tournament on Sundays, Feb. 10, 17 and 24.

New slot machines at the Santa Claran include the Fortune Chaser machines.  The black jack tables now are offering two, four, six and eight deck black jack. Those wanting to learn the exciting game of craps can do so every Friday and Saturday beginning at 5:30 as free lessons are available.

Again, most promotions require free membership in each casino’s players club.  Most casinos post their rules or are available for the asking.  More information many times also is available on each of the casino’s web sites.

Good luck!