Tax-Day Bonuses, Loss Rebates and UFC Viewing

Did you land a tax refund this year? If yes, there are several ways to tack on a few bonus dollars if you don’t mind cashing your check at a casino, as several offer incentives. New to the party this year and featuring the best deal overall is Downtown Grand, where you’ll get 5 percent of the amount of your refund check in slot free play up to a maximum of $100. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for $5,000 on April 15 at 9 p.m. (you must be present to win). El Cortez is also offering 5 percent in free play, but the maximum is only $50. Based on previous years, more tax-day deals are likely to turn up at Cannery, Eastside Cannery, Silverton, both Arizona Charlie’s, Ellis Island, Lucky Club, Silver Nugget, Rampart, Club Fortune, the Plaza and Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.

Westgate Las Vegas has instituted a $100 rebate-on-loss deal for new players’ club members. According to the rules, the rebate is distributed in slot free play via a letter that indicates the dates for redemption. That’s not much to go on, but it shouldn’t be a problem for locals to meet the timetable.

Speaking of loss rebates, I wrote recently about the $50 reimbursement at Mr. G’s Pub & Grub on Desert Inn Road, but didn’t mention its daily video poker happy hours from midnight to 4 a.m., 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5–7 p.m., during which a 4-of-a-kind in 5s through Kings gets a spin on the bonus wheel. This is an excellent perk that drops the house edge below 1 percent.

There are also deals for non-gamblers. Show a players club card at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur or Boulder to get a 2-for-1 buffet on Tuesdays. Wednesday is “Country Night” at Ravello Lounge in M Resort, with select drinks free for women from 6–7 p.m. Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand is running a 50 percent off promo that’s restricted to locals: Book over the phone or at the ticket window, as this deal is not available online. On the negative side, Las Vegas’ best Bloody Mary deal is now a little less so: The price of the Sunday Marys at Irene’s on Spring Mountain Road has been raised 50 cents to $2.50. Originally only $1, this is still a bloody good play.

For UFC and some boxing pay-per-view events, you can usually undercut the cable fee by watching at a bar or casino viewing party, where admission usually runs $10–$50. The current best deal is at the Déjà Vu Showgirls gentlemen’s club, where entry is $10 for locals ($20 for out-of-state) when you drive there yourself and includes free pizza, as well as domestic beers, wine and well drinks from 6–10 p.m. It’s a good atmosphere, with the dancers leaving the customers alone to watch until the fights are over.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and