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A look at casino gaming and entertainment around New Mexico

Bring your lucky leprechaun: March is filled with St. Patrick’s Day promotions at area casinos

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You don’t need to find the end of the rainbow to find your pot of gold this month. Many lucky promotions await you at New Mexico casinos.

Isleta Resort and Casino is offering several lucky promotions this March. (Courtesy of Isleta Resort & Casino)

Isleta Resort and Casino is offering several lucky promotions this March. (Courtesy of Isleta Resort & Casino)

Clovers of Cash takes over Isleta Resort & Casino throughout the month of March. On Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., hourly drawings will be held for cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. Five names will be selected every hour. Earn entries daily by playing your favorite slot machine, table games and poker.

Win your share of the Leprechaun’s Loot beginning today at Isleta. Earn up to 100 points on your Eagle Players Club Card playing any Isleta Power Play slot machine from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday throughout March. Every guest who reaches 100 points is automatically qualified to win his or her share of $12,000 in Leprechaun Free Play Loot.

St. Patrick’s Day, which is March 17, is packed with promotions. Take part in the Gold Coin Giveaway at Isleta. It’s your chance to win a Gold Coin during hourly drawings held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Earn entries by playing bingo, your favorite slot machine or table game. Gold Coin winners will have the option of selling their coins back for cash during the promotion.

Bingo players also can get in on the promotions during its matinee session from noon to 3 p.m. The $5 All-You-Can-Play pays $500, and the $2 St. Patrick’s Day game pays $1,000 cash. Guests ages 21 and older also get a complimentary $5 in slot play. The evening bingo session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The $5 All-You-Can-Play pays $500 and the $2 St. Patrick’s Day game pays $1,000 cash. There also will be two cash drawings, $500 each, totalling $1,000.

Rev up your engines and be part of NASCAR Virtual Racing. Earn 100 points on any Isleta Power Play slot machine and race to the finish line with your favorite NASCAR driver. Races will be held hourly from noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday through March 30.

Step away from the gaming floor and step into Isleta’s new Keno area. It’s a great place to pick your lucky numbers, relax and enjoy a fun game. The Keno area is open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

Visit isleta-casino.com for more promotions and events.

BUFFALO THUNDER RESORT & CASINO AND CITIES OF GOLD: Win one of three Dodge Challengers this March at Santa Fe’s sister casinos. Earn entries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and March 22 for your chance to win a Challenger. Five guests will earn a chance every hour to win a new ride.

Get lucky during the St. Patrick’s Day $10,000 Drawings promotion at Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold. The casinos will be giving away $10,000 in cash and free play from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. March 17. Check in at the kiosk to enter for your chance to win from $125 cash and free play to $750 cash and free play.

March madness doesn’t stop there. Be part of Hoops Madness every Friday throughout March. Earn 50 points on your Player’s Club card and earn a basketball. Each basketball has a prize inside, such as a free buffet, free play or cash.

Buffalo Thunder also has events for card game players including weekly blackjack tournaments offering $3,500 in prizes. Each tournament begins at 8 p.m. every Wednesday throughout March. There is a $50 buy-in and you just need to earn 50 points to qualify.

If poker is your game of choice, take part in weekly tournaments at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays with a $40 buy-in, and at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a $75 buy-in. Be part of the Texas Hold ‘Em Deep Stack Tournament at 1 p.m. March 29 with a $150 buy-in.

Don’t worry craps players, Buffalo Thunder has not forgotten you. Every Thursday the rolling action kicks off at 8 p.m. There is an entry fee of $25 and the prize fund will meet the total buy-ins plus $1,000 in promo chips. Visit buffalothunderresort.com or citiesofgold.com for more details.

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