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September slots: Tournaments at the Downs give players a chance to win big bucks

The Downs Racetrack & Casino will start daily slot tournaments in September. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

September is for slot players at The Downs Racetrack & Casino.

The Downs will host daily slot tournaments Mondays through Fridays from Monday, Sept. 2, until Sept. 27. Six winners will be drawn to play two rounds for their share of $600 in prizes during each tournament. Drawings will be held at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the promotional period.

Patrons can win big during the “$27,000 Cash Weekends” promotion on Saturdays and Sundays in September. Guests have an opportunity to win their share of $3,000 in cash. Drawings will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Three winners will be selected in every drawing to receive $200 cash. Guests qualify by playing their favorite slot games.

Make the most of Wednesdays in September by earning five times the points. Players with a September birthday earn three times the points on their actual birthday and two times the points every Tuesday. Players receive a bonus five times the points on Monday, Sept. 2.

The live horse racing continues at The Downs. Watch and wager on live horse racing through Sept. 22. Live racing will go on daily during the State Fair from Thursday, Sept. 5, through Sept. 15, with the first post at 1:30 p.m. Post time is 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and on Sept. 18, 20 and 21.

The party continues at the First Turn Lounge on Tuesday through Saturday. Sing your heart out during karaoke on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and possibly win cash prizes.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the First Turn Lounge on Thursday for Ladies Night featuring drink specials all night and live music. Fridays and Saturdays also feature local entertainment. Dance to the music of the Westwind Band on Sept. 5, Tequila Rain on Sept. 6 and 7, Sangre Joven on Sept. 12, Gonzalo on Sept. 13 and 14, Peter Vigil & All Stars on Sept. 19, Fat City on Sept. 20 and 21, Northern Revolution on Sept. 26 and Black Pearl on Sept. 27 and 28. There is no cover charge.

Football season is here. Watch college and pro sports on 30 screens in the First Turn Lounge. Enjoy happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily and all day on Sunday. The lounge is also offering a game day menu.

More menu specials await you at the Downs Cafe, which offers full-service seated dining from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes prime rib, grilled pork chops, salmon, chicken-fried steak, sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. A variety of dinners are available, starting at $7.99. On Thursdays, diners can dig into an all-you-can-eat fried or baked chicken dinner served with a vegetable selection, salad and a choice of side dish from 4 to 9 p.m. for $9.99 per person.

Other casual options can be found at the Crown Room. Triple Crown Players Club members can enjoy their choice of a jalapeño chicken sandwich with shredded chicken, fresh avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime mayonnaise, served with fries. Players Club members can also opt for the chicken pasta carbonara with apple-wood bacon, pasta, spinach in a cream sauce served with garlic bread. Each special includes a beverage for $6.99 per Players Club member with card.

For more information on promotions and other happenings at The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

Rozanna M. Martinez


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