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March mayhem: Route 66 Casino’s promotions involve a hefty jackpot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s time to move the clocks an hour ahead this weekend and spring forward into some exciting promotions this month at area casinos.

Take the short trip west to Route 66 Casino Hotel for your chance at more than $200,000 in cash and free play prizes as part of the March Mayhem promotion all this month. There will be more than 1,700 winners.

All it takes to be part of the fun is to earn 300 same-day points on your Ultimate Rewards Club card. Guests can earn up to five entries per day with double entries on Sundays and Tuesdays. Weekly drawings will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

A view of part of Route 66 Casino’s gaming floor and its Legends Theater marquee. (Courtesy of Route 66 Casino Hotel)

A view of part of Route 66 Casino’s gaming floor and its Legends Theater marquee. (Courtesy of Route 66 Casino Hotel)

It gets even better on Mondays this March. Route 66 is combining customer favorite bi-weekly progressive drawings into one “bigger, better, more exciting” giveaway called the “$66,000 Progressive Drawing.” The jackpot starts out at $16,000 and if it is not won it will gradually increase by $2,000 until someone wins it or it reaches $66,000. Weekly drawings also will award 36 Ultimate Rewards Players Club members with various cash prizes.

Stop by the Route 66 Player’s Club for more details on how to earn your entries to win this super jackpot.

Things are also getting hot at Thunder Road Steakhouse and Cantina inside Route 66 with its new limited-time “2-for-$20” menu. This special menu is being offered Monday through Wednesday evenings.

On Fridays, things really begin to sizzle during “Salsa Night,” which kicks off at 9 p.m. Live music will be provided by popular local groups Nosotros, Havana Son, Calle 66 and others. Patrons also can enjoy a number of seafood specials on Fridays.

Route 66 features more than 1,600 slot and video poker machines, table games, a 500-seat bingo hall, a poker room, five restaurants, five bars as well as a 2,800-seat indoor theater, a 154-room hotel, nightclub, convention center and arcade. Visit for more information.

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO: It’s time for some “March Money Mayhem” this month at Isleta. Five winners will be selected each hour from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. to win $100 and at 10 p.m. for $250 cash. Guests will then have 24 hours to claim their prizes.

On Tuesdays this month, guests can double their money when they claim their prize within seven minutes. Patrons can earn entries daily by playing their favorite slot machines, table games, bingo or poker using their Isleta Eagle Club card.

There’s a “Lotta Loot” waiting for you this month at Isleta’s sister nonsmoking casino Palace West. Cash drawings will be held from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through March 31. One lucky winner will be selected each hour to win his or her share of more than $20,000 cash.

SANDIA RESORT & CASINO: Have some fun scorching your tongue on some of the hottest, spiciest and creative sauces, salsas, jerky and more from about 200 vendors from near and far at the 27th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show that runs today through Sunday at Sandia. More information about the event is available at and

Cool off with a cold sample of fine beer and cider selections being offered by Premier Distributing Company all three days of the show. If you’re 21 and older, head over for tastings of Montejo, Kona Big Wave, Widmer Hefeweizen, Shock Top Belgian White, Alaskan White, Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Freeride APA, Woodchuck Amber Cider, Lime-A-Rita, Odell 90 Shilling and Odell IPA. For more details, visit