Watch for St. Patrick’s Day promotions on and around March 17th. Casinos celebrate this holiday with gusto! Plus festivities continue as March Madness begins on the 20th. Food and drink specials abound all over town.
In March seniors with players cards continue to get a 20% discount off “EVERYTHING, EVERYDAY!” This includes retail, restaurants, the gift shop, bars, lounges, the spa, and rooms. Until special players cards for seniors – or senior stickers on your regular cards – are issued, you might need to ask for this discount if it isn’t automatically given to you. Last time we were there, the gift shop gave it to us automatically but when Brad picked up some take-out at Marilyn’s Café, he didn’t get it and he had forgotten to ask. I guess he just doesn’t look like a senior!
“Play, Earn, and Win” continues, but it seems you can earn every day of the week. The mailer isn’t really clear on these details but it doesn’t mention the former Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays earning days. It says “earn March 3-14” and “earn March 17-28.” Then under the Redemption details it says “Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-midnight.” Then it has this confusing statement: “Combine and use points on any day.” Hummm…I’ll sure have to check this out on the 3rd or later and I suggest you do the same before you play! By the pictures it looks like all gift cards on the earlier dates and “stuff” and gift cards mixed on the last.
Drawings continue on Fridays at 7 p.m. The mailer doesn’t mention that the everyone-wins feature continues in March. It does mention a “grand prize of $10,000” on March 28.
Palms Power Pulls continue on the new days, Wednesdays and Fridays, “and will now be automatically loaded to your card and available from 10 a.m-8 p.m.”
We like the Brenden Theatre and Drift Spa coupons we get some months but it is frustrating that the mailer does not give the dates for which they can be used and the kiosk doesn’t list them until the first of those eligible dates. So, to keep from having to go to the kiosk every day to check, you can go to the players club and they will give you the dates. One note: although the mailer lists Drift Spa, the coupons in the past could also be used at the Kim Vo Salon, for services only, not products.
Not much new here in the promotion arena except for 17x points on St. Paddy’s Day – but for reel and video reel machines only (some machines excluded). However, as usual, they celebrate every holiday, large and small, with good food and/or drink specials. In the lounge during all Men’s NCAA tournament games you can find $1 20oz EI beers, $1 hot dogs, and five wings for $2. All during March Madness, March 18-April 7, $1 EI beer is available in the casino bar and lounge. And on March 17 you can enjoy a traditional Irish meal in the café, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., for $10.99. Of course it includes corned beef and cabbage and a complimentary green EI beer.
I’m learning more about the tier system at the Boyd properties. First, there are two categories, based on whether you are a local or non-local. If you live out of state and have a “destination” casino as your home casino, then you have 12 months to earn and keep your tier. The “destination” casinos in Vegas are the three downtown properties.
The other Boyd properties in Las Vegas are considered “locals” casinos. Locals earn and keep their tier status for only 6 months. I’m not sure just how the non-local system works but it is probably similar to the local one which is sometimes referred to as a “rolling system.” After a period of play over 6 months, those first month points “drop off” from your tier score (they call it the Card Score) the first day of month 7. This continues the first of each new month; the points six months old drop off.
In the past if you didn’t play the same amount each month or skipped playing some months – or you didn’t keep accurate coin-in amounts each time you played – it was complicated to figure out how much you needed to play to renew it the month your tier card expired. It also made it “impossible” for the clerks at the players club to explain it or to tell you how much you needed.
Well…I have very good news – a rare opportunity to talk about a new development in a casino that actually is good for players! Go to the Boyd properties players club Web site, https://www.bconnectedonline.com/ and establish an account if you have not already done so. Then click on “View Card Score History” and presto!–there is all the information about your play for the last 6 months AND how many points you need to renew your tier if it is expiring soon.
Previously, this Web site did not always update promptly and we would have to wait until the 4th or 5th of the month to see current point balances and tier status. Now there is an “Update” button that will give you this information more promptly, perhaps within a few hours of active play if not instantly.
There had been a question, discussed on vpFREE, how multiplier bonuses worked at Sam’s Town on the over-100% games which now take $4 to earn one point. Dan Paymar, an expert at video poker, gave this helpful example:
You get the point multipliers on sub-100% games but no bonus multipliers at all on any of the 100%+ games such as FPDW or 10/7 DB. On those games it takes $4 action to get one point. A while back I questioned whether we were getting the “normal” triple points for an Emerald card on 100%+ games. On Sunday I racked up 757 points on the FPDW (that’s at 1 point per $4 action). The next morning I checked and found that I had gained 2271 bonus points (3 x 757) and my card score had gone up by 3030 (equal to the actual dollar action).
Check http://www.southpointcasino.com/upcoming-events.php for promotion details.
RAILROAD PASS HOTEL AND CASINO
Details on promotions at http://www.railroadpass.com/promotions/
Tuesday, March 4, IHOP guests all over the country will be able to enjoy a free short stack of the restaurant’s famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day. Remember, all donations raised in your area will directly benefit your IHOP’s local charity partner The free pancake fundraiser will benefit St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in the Las Vegas area.