The Steals of Summer

Silverton pull tabs, $7 steaks and more

The torrid season always seems to bring out a lot of little deals, and a passel of ?em showed up this month.

? At Silverton, gamblers who earn 500 club points in a day get a pull tab. Five hundred points requires $500 coin-in on machines, which is just over an hour?s play for a casual video-poker player, producing an expected loss of less than $10. However, the average pull-tab prize appears to be at least near that, with $10 free-play and $20 restaurant comps being common. Sundays and Fridays are half-point days, when you need only 250 points to get the pull tab. You can play this promotion once per day every day in July. Meanwhile, Silverton also has a 2-for-1 deal at Seasons Buffet, or 50 percent off for single diners, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month.

? Here?s another ?Silver? play, this one at the newly named Silver Sevens casino (formerly Terrible?s): a $7.77 steak-and-lobster special running till the end of the month.

? One of the best happy hours in town has gotten better. In addition to $1 oysters, $1.50 sliders have been added to the daily happy hour that runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at P.J. Clarke?s in the Forum Shops at Caesars. Order them in any quantity and add a draft beer for $3.

? Play a free video-poker tournament on Tuesdays in July at Fiesta Henderson. There?s $2,000 in prize money each week, with $1,000 for first, and prizes paid down to 20th place. The tournaments are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

? Go to the Four Queens and show a players card from any other Downtown casino and get $10 in slot free-play, even if you already have a Four Queens card. This offer can be redeemed only once (lifetime) per player.

? Swipe your Boarding Pass card at Station and Fiesta casinos on Fridays and Saturdays in July for a guaranteed prize, including $10,000, comped meals and slot free-play.

? Get a blackjack in the suit of the day in the party pit at the Plaza and get a six-pack of beer or soda.

? Ferraro?s across from the Hard Rock offers the ?Mezzanotte experience? every night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., with 50 percent off all food items and 25 percent off drinks. On this deal you can get pizzas, appetizers and salads for less than $10, and pastas in the teens. There?s also a full menu with steaks, chops, lamb and Ferraro?s vaunted osso buco.

? And this is more of a you-heard-it-here-first thing than a deal, but Station Casinos has bought the Lift bar on South Valley View Boulevard with plans to make it another Wildfire. That means no more good Lift food, free UFC telecasts and just plain cool dive-bar history. But Wildfire makes good hamburgers.