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Never closed: Sandia Resort & Casino now open around the clock, every day

Sandia Resort & Casino is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sandia guests had been requesting the extended hours, Roy Corby, general manager of gaming operations and interim chief operating officer, said in a news release. He said moving to 24-hour gambling was a big change operationally and that the slot machine floor was redesigned and reconfigured, and the carpet was changed. The hours of the Roadrunner Grill have been changed to around the clock to accommodate players.

“Today, Sandia guests have more room to enjoy their favorite machines in an environment that is far more comfortable and less smoky,” Corby says in the news release. “… All in all, we believe our gambling environment is the best in New Mexico, and now our guests can stay and play in comfort for as long as they want day and night, seven days a week.”

On the gambling floor, guests can win up to $6,000 playing “Peak-O” on Fridays and Saturdays. The promotion will take place every 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Guests will have five chances to win and can double their prizes on their last Peak-O chip. The promotion is available to Peak Rewards members. Visit the Players Club for more details.

Celebrate Mom’s big day during the bingo matinee and evening sessions on May 13. There will be two drawings per session for female players, who have a chance to win a designer purse and two free bingo packages. All women will receive one free level-3 package upon buy-in.

The bingo room also will have its Memorial Day weekend early summer special during the matinee and evening sessions on May 26, 27 and 28. There will be two drawings per session. Guests will have a chance to win a cash prize, a Sandia Lakes certificate and two free bingo packages. All active, retired and discharged military personnel with military ID or paperwork will receive a free level-3 package that pays $1,000.

Poker players can help Sandia celebrate 17 years of operation during Sandia’s Anniversary Tournament, starting at noon on May 19. There is a $153 buy-in and a $17 entry fee, adding $1,700 cash to the pot. Players must be Peak Rewards members to participate.

Sandia Poker has something happening all month long. Drawings for “Spring Fever Hot Seat Saturdays” will be held at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and May 26. Players will have a chance to win their share of $10,000 in cash and points. Bump up your points during “Deuces Never Lose Bonus Points” on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 30. Pocket deuces on Texas Hold ’em, win or lose, will earn 10,000 Peak Points.

Off the gambling floor, Sandia has tons of entertainment lined up. The Grand Ballroom will host the Fabulous Thunderbirds on May 25, Morris Day & The Time on June 2, and The Charlie Daniels Band on June 24. There will be shows in its newly renovated amphitheater this summer through fall, including Donny & Marie on July 21, Trace Adkins on Sept. 15, The Australian Pink Floyd show on Sept. 21, and Boy George and Culture Club on Sept. 27. Tickets are available at the Sandia box office and ticketmaster.com.

For more information on Sandia Resort & Casino, call 796-7500 or visit sandiacasino.com.

Got a tip on your favorite casino? Contact Rozanna M. Martinez at martinez@abqjournal.com or follow her on Twitter @RozannaABQ

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