I love creative gambling deals, and a good one is running through December 29 at Station Casinos’ newest Wildfires—one in Anthem and another on Valley View Boulevard. Here’s how it works: Hit any four-of-a-kind in video poker and you’ll be put on the clock for 10 minutes. Hit another quad during that time and get a 100-coin bonus. The only requirement is that you’re a Boarding Pass member playing with your card inserted.
This promotion is a blast to play. You don’t have to do anything special until you hit the first four-of-a-kind, then it gets wild as you try to knock off a second one for a $25 bonus when playing quarter machines, $50 on 50-cent machines and $100 on dollars.
As you’ve probably guessed, those 10 minutes are good for you. Using 7/5 Bonus Poker as an example, the 100-coin bonus changes the game’s 98 percent return to 102.75 percent, so getting in as many hands as you can during bonus time is the prime objective. Before you start, be sure you have enough money in the machine so you don’t run out, then just play fast!
Interestingly, 10 minutes of bonus time isn’t enough to give you an advantage on the game overall—unless you get creative yourself. Since the rules allow you to switch your denominations, the best strategy is to qualify by betting quarters, then play the bonus period for dollars. The value of this deal depends on how fast you play, but a $10 expected profit per bonus session is well within reach. Careful, though; if you’re not used to playing dollars, you might not realize just how much money you can lose in 10 minutes if you don’t run well. Jumping from 25 cents to 50 cents is another option that puts the whole play at about a break-even expectation, which also isn’t bad.
Since my office is close to the Valley View Wildfire, I’m much more familiar with that location—and I can tell you there are a lot of good things going on there. After experimenting with a Mexican menu, the kitchen is again close to what it was in its former incarnation as The Lift bar. This place has some of the best 24/7 food specials in town, including a $1.99 breakfast, a $2.99 burger & fries and an awesome $5.99 steak & eggs. If you’re looking for a good time to try it out, the Valley View Wildfire is showing the big Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman UFC fight for free on December 28.
Have a happy new year!
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.