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Birthday bash: Santa Ana Star Casino celebrates 21 years in business

A view of the new gaming floor at Santa Ana Star Casino. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

A view of the new gaming floor at Santa Ana Star Casino. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Santa Ana Star Casino might be celebrating a birthday this month, but it has not forgotten to honor dad on Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 15.

Take dad to the Feast Buffet for a special Father’s Day barbecue buffet with delicious items hot off the grill from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The special buffet is $17.95 for adults.

Down the way at Sadie’s at the Star, dad will receive a complimentary small guacamole or chile con queso with the purchase of an entree. Dad also will receive a complimentary ticket to an Isotopes baseball game, and there will be drawings for a year’s supply of Sadie’s salsa.

Santa Ana Star Casino is all grown up and is celebrating its 21st birthday on June 21 with free cupcakes and some big birthday promotions.

Birthday bonus drawings will be held from 8:30-11 p.m. on June 21. During that time, two winners will be chosen every half hour and will each receive $250. Earn 50 points on your Star Rewards Players Club card and receive a birthday bungee charm.

Continue to celebrate with a special seafood and prime rib birthday buffet from 4-10 p.m. June 21 at the Feast Buffet. It is $22.95 for adults.

But why wait to celebrate? Santa Ana Star Casino is celebrating its birthday now through June 21 with $100 hot seats from noon-7 p.m. every day. Hot-seat winners will receive $100, as well as bonus birthday gifts.

Santa Ana Star Casino will giveaway more than $40,000 in birthday drawings. Twenty lucky guests will win $1,000 and one even luckier guest will win $21,000. Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. June 21. Earn birthday drawing entries for every 500 points earned playing your preferred slot machine or for a half-hour of table play.

Later this month, take part in the “$30,000 Carnival of Cash” promotion. Star Rewards Club members start earning entries on June 23 for every 1,000 points earned in slot play or one hour of table play. Each week, five guests will win up to $150. Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturdays. The guest who wins the top prize each week also will qualify to participate in the final drawing on July 26. During the final drawing, qualifiers will play a carnival game and win up to $5,000 in cash prizes. They also will play for a chance to double their winnings.

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS AND CASINO APACHE TRAVEL CENTER: Be part of the “Let’s Get Wild” promotion now through July 31. More than $100,000 in free play and prizes will be given away. The grand prize is a bull-elk hunting package valued at $13,500. Giveaways at Inn of the Mountain Gods will be a Polaris four-wheeler on Saturday, June 14, a 2014 Sierra 500 four-wheel-drive truck on June 28 and the bull-elk hunting package on July 31. Giveaways at Casino Apache Travel Center will be camping gear on July 10, a Polaris four-wheeler on July 12 and a 2014 Sierra 500 four-wheel drive truck on July 24.

THE DOWNS RACETRACK & CASINO: This month The Downs presents the “$100,000 Winning Deals” promotion each weekday. As part of the promotion, the Power Bonusing feature will automatically select two guests after they have earned 100 points. The chosen guests then will have a chance to win up to $10,000 by choosing five cards from an oversized deck and build a poker hand. The promotion will be held from noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 2 p.m.-midnight on Friday.

Every Saturday, The Downs will host the “$15,000 Downs Derby Days” with post times at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. A trumpet will sound at the start time and the derby will automatically appear on the guest’s slot machine if he or she has earned at least 100 base points during the past two hours. Once the game starts, guests can pick a horse to win the race and win their share of a prize pool.