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Hot Action, Cool Games

25 May 2003

Summer is official, at least I think it is official. The temperatures in Reno have been approaching the 90 degree mark, and the forecast for Memorial Day sounds like the perfect day for everything and anything. It's supposed to be around 72 degrees, light wind, and no precipitation... but then again... It is Memorial Day, and it is Reno, and the route over the Sierra does what it wants to and when it wants to. So if you are traveling to Reno for the holiday by car and you are crossing the mountains, leave the chains in the trunk for good measure. Stranger things have happened! At least four major ski resorts are open through Memorial Day thanks to the April bounty of snow that fell. Heavenly Valley Ski Area in South Lake Tahoe is re-opening just for the holiday weekend, they had about 8 feet of snow that fell in April, and there's plenty left for one last big bash on the slopes! Other resorts open include Squaw, Alpine Meadows, and Kirkwood.

Reno is cooking up all kinds of summer activities, all types of entertainment, all kinds of tournaments, whatever you are seeking, it probably is slated for happening in Reno! New slots over at Gold Dust West Casino include a penny progressive metered slot Beetle Bailey which has been so popular I haven't got to it yet! Boomtown Hotel and Casino is cooling down rising power costs with Power Bill Drawings that pay the power bills of monthly winners. Power Bill Drawing entries are handed out randomly to casino players. They are also easy to receive with hand-paid slot or Video Poker jackpot, straight or better Pai Gow Poker or three-of-a-kind Let It Ride hand, natural Blackjack or single Keno ticket purchased over $10. Entries are placed in the drum at the Player's Club booth. On the last day of every month, one winner is chosen and their gas and/or electric power bill paid for the month up to $500! Winners need not be present to win.

Don't forget, if you are planning on coming to Reno for some of the summer fun, that Harrah's Reno has the Xtreme Park on the Plaza, with thrills for all ages, and the outdoor entertainment happens on Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m. when Kool & the Gang will perform a FREE concert on the Plaza at Harrah's Reno. Known for their rock anthem, "Celebration," it's a treat, and you can't beat that FREE part!

Atlantis Casino Resort is celebrating its 12th anniversary by giving players the chance to win $35,000 in the 12th Anniversary Slot Tournament, June 8-9. The slot player who sweeps the competition takes home $7,500. Space for this exciting slot tournament is limited so call the Atlantis Tournament Hotline at (775) 824-4467 or toll free (888) 551-7007. The tournament's first place winner takes home $7,500. Second place receives $3,750 and the third place player wins $1,900. Contestants in first through 60th place win cash prizes. There is also a ton of money to be won by team competitors. Prize money is based on 250 entries and players must be 21. Also on June 8-9 is the $15,000 Anniversary Keno Tournament.... you can call the number above for details on everything. Also, for the ladies, coming May 27-June 7 is Thunder from Down Under which is an all-male Australian Dance Revue... so don't miss out! The pix are on the RENO GAMING GUIDE so you can see what treats you are in for.

May 26-September 15 marks GLORY DAYS 2003 at Gold Ranch. Kicking off on Monday, Memorial Day, they are having a $1500 CASH drawing... with five $100 winners at 6, 7, & 8 p.m. On Flag Day, June 14, Live Radio Remote with a special appearance by Rusty Humphries, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an American Flag Raising Ceremony, 4 p.m. $2,500 Cash Drawing Five winners of $100 at 5 & 6 p.m.; one winner of $500 at 7 p.m.; one winner of $1,000 at 8 p.m. There are more drawings and barbecues and events throughout the summer culminating with a major event on September 15 with a Customer Appreciation Party, 6 to 8 p.m. The Grand Prize Drawing is at 7 p.m. and that's when they are giving away a 2003 Jeep Liberty! Gold Ranch is going big time with this!

Fitzgeralds Casino/Hotel has given away another $500 in cash to James Broadous from Portland, Oregon, just for coming to Fitzgeralds and checking his birthday on the giant birthday cake. James won this money in the Fitzgeralds Born2Win promotion. Participation in the Born2Win birthday promotion is free and easy. A new birthday is posted every two hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Just go up to the second floor Fitzgeralds Lucky Forest to see if your birthday is posted. If you match your day or your month or your year, you will win a scratch card and a Fitzgeralds Hat. Match all three and win $500 cash and a scratch card. There is no purchase necessary to participate and you can win as many times as you like on the different birthdays. James just happened to be walking past the birthday cake when he noticed part of his birthday was posted. He received a scratch card and a hat for matching the month of his birthday. After scratching off three clovers he walked away with $500 cash. Born2Win scratch cards could be worth a free buffet, $500, $1000, $5000 or even $10,000. Just scratch three, match three and you are Born2Win. I've matched one or two parts of my birthday several times and have hats to prove it... my scratcher just wasn't scratching right or something when I scratched the card!

Eldorado's Bucks & Benz Giveaway Parties are one of the hotel casino's most popular special events! The Eldorado's latest Bucks & Benz weekend greeted more than 1,000 guests with leis and the promise of a lucky evening! Guests were swept away to an evening on the beach in the Eldorado Convention Center, beginning with a festive Hawaiian-style dinner and Ferrari-Carano wines. At the May 19 Giveaway Party, Brett Masters and Tanisawa Katsuko, both of California, each drove away winners of a brand-new Mercedes-Benz luxury car. It's easy to get entries and go to the events... just stop by the Eldorado Promotion Booth and sign up for your free card... There's plenty of time to get over to the Eldorado... next Bucks & Benz party is July 21!

The owners of the Peppermill Hotel-Casino are planning to build a $55 million entertainment center with a casino and theater complex in south Reno. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal article, they are negotiating to buy more than 10 acres of vacant land near US Highway 395 at Longley Lane and South Virginia Street. Plans call for at least 10 theater screens, a nightclub, family arcade and upscale restaurants.

There's so much going on, and so much more to come... Upcoming is the world famous RENO RODEO from June 21-29... 9 performances a day, over a million in cash and prizes, it's always fun.... and the ESPN Great Outdoor Games coming to Reno July 10-13... free admission to go watch the events, logging events, fishing, you name it... if you saw it on TV last year from Lake Placid, then you know what's coming. And Hot August Nights with the classic cars by the zillions... yep... it's fun to be in Reno. I never realized just how much fun! New slots coming out all the time, fresh venues of entertainment, less heat and crowds than Vegas, wow... I think I could jabber on all day about the neat stuff I've found in Reno! So instead, I'll just beckon you to all find the time or take the time and see what Reno and Lake Tahoe are all about. And if you want more news, and you want it weekly, while you are visiting the Reno Gaming Guide be sure and subscribe to the free newsletter by e-mail.