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June giveaways: Cash drawings and slot play start the summer season

A view of Sandia Resort & Casino’s gaming floor with Tlur Pa lounge in the background. (Courtesy of Sandia Resort & Casino)

A view of Sandia Resort & Casino’s gaming floor with Tlur Pa lounge in the background. (Courtesy of Sandia Resort & Casino)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If this past Memorial Day weekend was any indication of how fun and exciting Sandia Resort & Casino can be, then I’m really looking forward to things to come there in June.

Where do I begin? First off, there is the $300,000 “Summer Funds Giveaway” that kicks off Sunday, June 1 and runs through June 30. Ten thousand dollars will be given away every day and there will be a $3,000 winner.

There also will be free slot play drawings throughout the month of June from noon to 9 p.m. every hour on Mondays and Thursdays. Cash drawings will be held every hour between noon and 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All are hot-seat drawings.

Why wait until Friday when you can enjoy TGI-Thursdays in June? Every Thursday $30,000 will be given away. Drawing times are 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be 10 winners selected for each drawing and winners will receive $1,000 cash or $1,200 in free play.

On June 15, earn six times the points in slot play if you are a Peak Rewards Club member.

Bingo players also can enjoy some fun promotions such as the “Bingo’s Take a Drive Special.” Earn drawing tickets during both sessions on Monday, June 2. Bingo will be holding a drawing on Monday during the evening session for one year’s worth of gasoline.

Bring your dad for the “Bingo Father’s Day Special” on June 16 during the matinee and evening session. All men get a free level-one package with every bingo buy-in and also receive a dauber and drawing ticket. There will be two drawings each session for a $250 sporting goods gift card.

Start earning your cards through the June 29 evening session during the “Bingo’s Fun in the Sun Alaskan Cruise Getaway.” Bring back the one-on card on June 29 for a special game during the evening session. The winner of that game receives an Alaskan cruise package valued at $4,000.

Card players get ready. “The Poker 2014 Deepstack Series I” begins at noon on Sunday, June 1. There is a $165 buy-in and $1,000 added prize money for a possible $25,000 prize pool every tournament.

There will be poker tournaments every Sunday at noon and every Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a $40 buy-in and $300 added prize money to every tournament. On Thursdays take part in “Poker’s Thursday Night Bounty.” Registration begins at 8 a.m. and there is a $55 buy-in with a $20 bounty on every player. The tournament begins at 7 p.m.

Also enjoy some great concerts this June at Sandia Resort & Casino. James Taylor performs on June 11 (it’s sold-out), Lady Antebellum on June 19 and the band I’m most excited to see, 311, performs on June 26.

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO: There is so much going on at Isleta that its hard to keep up with all the promotions this June. “Rapid Riches” begins on Sunday, June 1 and runs through June 29. The promo boasts hourly drawings that will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day in June. Five names will be drawn every hour until 9 p.m. for $100 or one name will be drawn at 10 p.m. for $500.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, earn three times the entries for more chances to win. Earn entries daily by playing your favorite slot machine, table games, bingo or poker.

For a change of pace, have fun during the Catfish Derby beginning Monday, June 2 and running through June 29 at Isleta Lakes. All guests who purchase a fishing permit will be eligible to participate for a chance to catch tagged fish. Hook the right fish and you could win one of the 10 $1,000 tagged catfish.

Another way to get off the casino floor but still have a good time is to take in some June concerts inside the Isleta Resort & Casino showroom. Former members of ELO and Electric Light Orchestra Part II have regrouped as The Orchestra and perform on June 14. If ’90s rock is more your speed, then take in Collective Soul and Dishwalla on June 28.