The Las Vegas Connection



May 13, 2013

Last Weekend to Qualify for Tropicana’s Slot Star Point Challenge plus a Chance to Enter Upcoming Blackjack Tournament

This coming weekend, May 17-19 is the final opportunity to qualify for the Trop’s Slot Star Point Challenge. The top three point earners from the weekend and one wild card winner will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the second annual $250,000 Slot Star Championship at Tropicana Atlantic City, June 20-23, 2013. Once there, they will compete with 350 of the best slot players from other Tropicana properties for a chance to win up to $100,000 in cash. For additional information on this big cash tournament, visit or find them on Facebook at Coming up in the next couple of weeks, Friday-Sunday, May 24-26 is the resort’s “$10,000 Spring Fever Blackjack Tournament” with a total prize pool of $10,000 being shared among the top scoring 36 players. The buy-in is $50 or get a free entry by racking up 10 hours of tracked table play through May 23. Your entry also includes a Mulligan coupon, and “Wild Card” drawing. For information, call (800) 343-4533.


“$20,000 Bases Loaded BJ Tournament” set for Golden Nugget

Batter up! The Golden Nugget is taking reservations for their “$20,000 Bases Loaded Blackjack Tournament” scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2. Based on 120 entrants, a first place prize of $10,000 will be awarded and other generous cash will be paid down to 20th place. There will also be four $250 bonus cash drawings held on Saturday with all participants eligible to win. Registration is Friday from 4-6 p.m. with a drawing for five $50 free slot play. The entry is just $50 and players may reserve their seats in advance by stopping by the Casino Host Office or calling (866) 714-4185, or email


Change of Ownership for River Palms

Tropicana Entertainment Inc. has announced that Laughlin’s River Palms has been sold to Reno-based M I Gaming for $7 million. The acquisition of the 1,001-room resort is subject to approval of Nevada gaming regulators.


Last Call for Room/Show Package Deals for Steve Miller Band and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Concert

A town-wide concert featuring Steve Miller Band and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is set for this Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Laughlin Amphitheater located between the Golden Nugget and River Palms (2550 S. Casino Dr.). Individual tickets are priced at $40, $50, $60, $80 and top out at $100, but a majority of Laughlin resorts are still offering room/show packages for this expected sold-out event. Time is closing in but you may still be in luck for snagging a room at Aquarius with packages beginning at $238.00 for a two-night stay, May 17-18. Included is a 2-for-1 ticket offer, 2-for-1 drinks at the Cove and a 2-for-1 Sunset Special at the Vineyard Restaurant. Call (888) 662-5825 and mention code: MILJETA. Packages at the Edgewater and Colorado Belle begin at $249.99 for the same dates, plus two concert tickets, $15 in Dining Dollars and $10 in free play after earning 750 base points. For reservations, call (866) 352-3553 and ask for M-Miller Offers. Next up is the offer at the Tropicana and the River Palms with show/concert tickets for the same dates, May 17-18 and two tickets to the show. Guests wanting to stay on Sunday will get that night free! Package deals for the River Palms (800) 343-4533, ask for promo R-2225 start at $199. Call the same number for the Trop, but use prom T-2225, where prices begin at $229.99.


“Laughlin Elvis Fest” Headed to Riverside Resort

There will be a whole lot shaking going on at Don’s Celebrity Theatre inside the Riverside Resort May 21-26 with the “Laughlin Elvis Fest,” a combination tribute show and contest getting underway each evening at 8 p.m. Tickets are going for $30 with a two-day pass available to see all the entertainment $50 and a three-day pass will set you back $60. The winner of the contest will be going on to Memphis in August to compete in Elvis Week for the World Championship Elvis Tribute Artist. If you think you have the right moves of an Elvis impersonator, visit their website at for a shot at joining the competition. For show tickets, call (800) 227-3849, ext. 616.


Local Player Hits Generous Penny Jackpot at Aquarius

A Bullhead City gentleman had some good luck at Aquarius with his recent win of a cool $18,106.24 on a penny “Hee Haw” slot machine.


Riverside Ready for “Pride & Joy Promotion” & “Cash Vault” Slot & Video Poker Tournament

If you are a member of the Riverside’s King of Clubs Players Club you can take part in their lucrative “Pride & Joy Promotion” in play through Friday, May 31. The top prize of $5,000 in cash, Riverside Rewards Money, comp dinners and free hotel stays will be awarded. Club members earning 1,000 points at a single rate on reel, video poker and keno games will receive one plush stuffed animal “Pride” the lion or “Joy” the Lioness. Each cuddly stuffed toy has a tag attached with a winning prize. There is a limit of five “Pride” and “Joy” toys each day per player. Tuesday-Thursday, May 21-23, it’s time for the Riverside’s “Cash Vault” Slot & Video Poker Tournaments with a guaranteed prize pool of $37, 899 combined in the two events. Enter either tournament for $150 or $100 buy-in for an additional player or entry into both tournaments. All fees include a discount three-night room rate of $129 which gets you three breakfast buffets per person. Call (800) 227-3849 for reservations.


“Mucho Dinero Pinata Pull at Avi

Cinco de Mayo may be over but Avi Advantage Club members are invited to try their luck for a share of $20,000 in cash and Extra Bucks Bonus in the “Mucho Dinero Pinata Pull” in play through Wednesday, May 29. Club members will win drawing entries through slots, video, table action and live keno throughout the duration of the promotion. Drawings are held every Wednesday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in May at Promotional Central. One winner will be selected at each drawing to select a piñata, pull the string and receive the prize hidden inside. Check with the club booth for further details.


5th Annual Rock ‘n’ Ribs Festival Cooking at the Belle and Edgewater

May 24-26, it’s time for some good home cooking on the Riverwalk connecting the Colorado Belle and Edgewater. The sister properties will present their 5th Annual Rock ‘n’ Ribs Festival serving from 4-9 p.m. on Friday; noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. A  variety of BBQ ribs and other outdoor favorite dishes will be available for purchase and guests will have access to the beer garden. Live entertainment will be provided by Neil Morrow.


Time running out for “Wheel of Fortune Millionaire Maker Sweepstakes” at Harrah’s

Total Rewards members will find serious money up for grabs at Harrah’s where they are offering their “Wheel of Fortune Millionaire Maker Sweepstakes” through next Sunday, May 19, 2013. Club members may stop by the promotional kiosk or Total Reward Center and swipe their club card to receive a free daily game piece through the remainder of the promotion. For every 25 Tier Credits earned, you will receive an additional game piece. Then just tune into the “Wheel of Fortune” television show through May 24 to see if the puzzle on your game piece matches the “Millionaire Maker” puzzle. Twenty winners will each win $50,000 and will also jet off to Las Vegas in August for a chance at the $1 million prize. Check with the club booth for complete information.


Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and can cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Laughlin tune your radio to The Highway Vibe 98.1, 98.9, and 99.7 FM for Bart Torres’ up-to-date Laughlin reports. GOOD LUCK!

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