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A look at casino gaming and entertainment around New Mexico

Derby days: Isleta is holding slot races; other casinos serve a variety of food

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The eagle, Isleta Resort & Casino’s logo, is shown on a wall in the casino. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

The eagle, Isleta Resort & Casino’s logo, is shown on a wall in the casino. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

The weather might be fickle this month, but at least one thing is consistent this May at area casinos – enticing promotions.

Head over to Isleta Resort & Casino on Saturday, May 17 for “Derby Days.” Earn 100 points on any Isleta Power Play slot machine and race your way to win your share of $500. Races are held hourly from 10 a.m. to midnight. If you cannot make it on Saturday, try again on June 14.

In the meantime, Isleta is offering “May Moola.” Earn up to 100 points on any Isleta Power Play slot machine from 8 a.m. Mondays to 4 a.m. Fridays through May 30 and you are automatically entered into the tournament. The top players will be awarded each Friday.

Bingo players are invited to be part of the Hawaiian Night session from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 17. A $19 All-You-Can-Play pays $1,199. There also will be drawings throughout the session. On May 26, be part of the Memorial Day sessions. The matinee session begins at noon with a $3 All-You-Can-Play that pays $300. The evening session begins at 6:30 p.m. with a $5 or a $10 All-You-Can-Play. For the evening session, there will be four drawings totalling $1,000. As a reminder, bingo closures take place on May 21 and May 24.

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS AND CASINO APACHE TRAVEL CENTER: Enjoy the $1,000 Spring Fling Slot Tournament through June. Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Casino Apache Travel Center, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday at Inn of the Mountain Gods, swipe your Apache Spirit Club card at any kiosk to print your tournament voucher. The top 10 scores win free Spirit Play.

ROUTE 66 CASINO HOTEL: Every week in May be part of the “$250,000 KaChingKo” promotion. This month, 40 guests will have an opportunity to win up to $250,000. Play your favorite slot machine or table game to earn entries every day to qualify to play the KaChingKo game. Five names will be drawn every hour beginning at 6 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday. Every qualifier is guaranteed to win a cash prize.

Ultimate Rewards card members get one free entry per day and can earn additional entries for every 100 points they rack up on their cards. Ultimate Rewards card members earn two times the entries on Thursdays. New reward card members receive two entries just for signing up.

Route 66 also has something yummy cooked up to satisfy your surf-and-turf cravings during its “Rib and Crab Cracking” feast on Tuesdays at Buffet 66. Enjoy pork barbecue ribs, braised beef ribs, prime rib and snow crab, in addition to more than 200 menu choices that Buffet 66 already offers. “Rib and Crab Cracking” is held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. It is $23.99 per person or $21.99 for Ultimate Rewards Club card members.

THE DOWNS RACETRACK & CASINO: Speaking of eating, The Downs has expanded its All-You-Can-Eat menu. It now offers new dishes including smoked prime rib, green and red chile enchiladas and rotisserie chicken. The menu items are delivered directly to your table. The All-You-Can-Eat menu is offered every Thursday through Sunday in the casino’s food court. Offerings also include fried chicken, fried fish, salad, rice, beans and tortillas, but vary depending on the day. Your choice of soda, water, tea and more is included. Triple Crown Club card members pay $8.99, nonmembers pay $11.99 for the All-You-Can-Eat dining option.

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