Free Money, Free Rides, and a Shout Out for Security

I recently wrote about the big loss-rebate deal at the Riviera. Now two more casinos have joined the rebate rush: Hooters is offering one for $100 and the Hard Rock’s is $500. There are now nine casinos offering a total of $2,650 in free money via these offers—Riviera, Palms, Hard Rock, Tropicana, Cannery, Eastside Cannery, Cosmopolitan, Hooters and Westin. The Hard Rock and Palms are finicky about eligibility, so read the rules carefully. In most cases, though, you just have to be a new member of the players club.

Additional notes from my research for the June Las Vegas Advisor:

• Locals get unlimited thrill rides at Primm on Thursdays in June. It’s not exactly Six Flags, but that first drop on the Desperado roller coaster is the best in Nevada.

• Another strong Thursday deal is running at North Las Vegas’ Jerry’s Nugget, where you can get 50 percent off dining tabs of $10 or more at any Jerry’s restaurant. You must be a club member and swipe your card at a kiosk. Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop is exceptional and features mighty prime rib dinners that are a steal on this deal.

• Slice of Vegas Pizza has opened in Mandalay Place. At $5 for a slice of cheese, there’s certainly no deal there. But on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m., cheese slices and draft PBR are just $2 per.

• Keep your eye out for the band Pop Evolution. In May they played Tuesday-night gigs at South Point and they’re scheduled to pick up again mid-month. This band is an 18-piece tour de force, led by trumpet master David Perrico. They play in the showroom starting at 10:30 p.m., and admission is just $2. Beers are $2, too.

• South Point players club members can get $50 gas cards for $25 in points this month. If there’s anything that rivals cash for value, it’s gas. You have to earn the points gambling, but the video poker schedules at South Point are near the top for looseness.

• Here’s a tip that may save you time, which for some is as important as money or gas: Under no circumstances should you ever assume you can get a taxi from a casino that’s not on the Strip, close to the Strip, or downtown. I had to wait an hour and a half at 9 p.m. on a Saturday at Boulder Station, and it’s not the first time I’ve encountered the no-cabs scenario at an outlying casino. One good thing: While waiting I witnessed some of the most professional security work I’ve seen at any casino. Bike patrollers are routinely subjected to all kinds of abuse, but Matt and Dan handled it like all-stars.