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Pigskin promos: Yes, it’s time once again for football, and casinos have deals for you

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Once again, my favorite time of the year has arrived.

It’s not only because I love the fall season, but mainly because the regular NFL football season begins.

Fortunately, Santa Ana Star Casino is sweetening the football experience with its “Pigskin Picks” promotion. Make your weekly picks and you could win your share of the weekly $1,000 prize pool or a trip to Super Bowl XLIX to be held in February at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

It’s always great to win some big cash, but a trip to a Super Bowl would probably be a dream come true for me and many other people I know.

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

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

Star Rewards Club members receive a free entry each week of the regular NFL season. Participants put in their picks of which teams will win the weekly NFL match-ups at a Fast Rewards kiosk. Ten people who select the most correct picks each week will split a $1,000 prize pool.

When the NFL season wraps up, the person with the most correct picks over the entire season will have his or her chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl and $1,000 spending cash.

All the excitement of Sunday and Monday night football can make for sleepy Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Recharge with a new Temper-Pedic bed and a luxury bedroom set during Santa Ana Star Casino’s “Sleeptember” promotion.

Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. each Saturday of the month. Four guests will be selected to win free play prizes and one lucky guest will win the amazing bed and bedroom set. Earn entries with every 1,000 points you accrue on your Star Rewards Club members card now through Sept. 27.

Start earning your chance to win a 2015 Ford F-150 during the “Trucktober” promotion beginning on Sunday, Sept. 7. Earn entries beginning on Sunday and running through Oct. 25. All you have to do is be a Star Rewards Club member and accrue 1,000 points. Every time you accrue that many points, you will receive an entry.

Santa Ana Star’s eateries are stepping it up this September.

The Feast buffet is offering up its Bigger & Better Alaskan Crab & Prime Rib Nights. The feast of seafood and prime rib is served up from 4-10 p.m. each Friday and Saturday this month for $22.95. The special buffet also includes made-to-order Asian specialties.

Sadie’s at the Star is offering free guacamole or queso with the purchase of an entree from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Down the way at the Mesa Grille, enjoy a fish taco combo that includes two flaky cod tacos, fries and a drink for $4.95.

Please your sweet tooth with a toasted almond fudge shake for $3.50 at Mesa Grille.

SANDIA RESORT & CASINO: Sandia also has some fun things planned for football lovers.

Catch all of the NFL action on the casino’s giant 25-foot video wall in the Tlur Pa Lounge.

In addition to the football action, enjoy weekly drink specials and giveaways of iPads, iPods, TVs, NFL game tickets and more.

Playing your favorite slot machine at Sandia might just amount to you driving off in a new car during its “$300,000 Carousel of Cars” promotion. Car drawings will be held each Friday this month between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

If you don’t get selected during the car drawings, don’t fret, Sandia also is holding its “$1,000,000 Giveaway” this month. Free slot play drawings will be held every hour between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Cash drawings will be held every half-hour between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Sandia is celebrating Thursdays all month long with its “TGI Thursdays” promotion. There will be $30,000 given away on Thursday, Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Drawing times are 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ten winners will be selected during each drawing for $1,000 cash or $1,200 free play. All drawings are hot seat drawings.

On Tuesdays into early Wednesday mornings in September, Peak Rewards Club members will receive five times the points when they play their favorite slot machine. The fun begins at 8 a.m. Tuesdays and ends at 3:59 a.m. Wednesdays.

Peak Rewards Club members also receive 10 times the points for every dollar spent in a cash or credit transaction for food and beverage purchases, excluding alcohol purchases. Don’t forget to present your card at the time of the transaction.

Not a Peak Rewards Club member? Sign up and receive $25 in free slot play or $25 in table game free play. You also receive three times the points just for signing up.