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High-limit bets: Try your luck on new slots at Santa Ana Star Casino

Santa Ana Star Casino has transformed its former poker tables area into a new high-limit slots space. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

Santa Ana Star Casino has transformed its former poker tables area into a new high-limit slots space. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

Santa Ana Star Casino kicked off the summer with a change to its gaming floor.

You might have noticed a difference when walking into the casino’s main entrance. Instead of poker tables, guests will now see some bright and shiny new high-limit slot machines. Santa Ana Star Casino decided to relocate its poker table play to the main pit located at the center of the main gaming floor.

The high-limit area offers 47 new games, which include $1, $5 and $10 video poker. Fixtures that encase the area offer some privacy from the general gaming floor. Patrons of the high-limit slots also can enjoy complimentary beverages served in fine glassware, including fruit juices and energy drinks. The area also offers a private restroom, according to the Santa Ana Star Casino website.

The high-limit slot machines might cost a little more to play but the payouts are higher, too. A special feature of the high-limit slots area is a two-level mystery progressive called “Mystery Stacks.” The game is guaranteed to hit by $30,000. The top level of the progressive ranges between $20,000 and $30,000 with the lower level ranges between $500 and $1,199.

Another perk this month is the “Cars & Stripes Giveaway” promotion where players get their chance at their choice of a 2015 Ford Mustang, Edge or Explorer. Patrons earn entries with every 500 points they accrue playing their favorite games now through July 25. The big drawing will be held at 8 p.m. on July 25. Five winners will be selected. Four of those selected will win cash prizes and one will win his or her choice of a 2015 vehicle.

Santa Ana Casino also offers a good time every weekend at its upscale nightclub The Stage. Tonight, expect a packed show featuring one of hottest electronic dance music producers currently on the scene. Dillon Francis, who is known for his huge hit “Get Low,” performs. Doors open at 9 p.m.

A limited amount of tickets are left. Tickets are $39.99 general admission and $100 VIP, plus fees at For more information about Francis and his rise to fame, read the story by Assistant Arts Editor Adrian Gomez at

The Stage also recently announced an Aug. 1 show featuring Bakermat. Tickets are $15, plus fees at

“His sets are filled with joy and happiness, and are always melodic,” according to the event’s Facebook page. “Saxophones, flutes, trumpets, Bakermat tries to use them frequently. The combination of these jazz instruments with deep house music is what makes Bakermat’s style unique.”

For more information on The Stage, visit For more information on Santa Ana Star Casino, call 867-0000 or visit Santa Ana Star Casino is located at 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road on Santa Ana Pueblo.

SANDIA RESORT & CASINO: It’s always a blast at Sandia Resort & Casino, but this month Sandia is making sure to add some cash to the mix. Now through July 31, guests can be part of the “$400,000 Cash Blast” promotion where there will be 2,199 winners.

Daily drawings take place every hour from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. The “$10K Sunday Cash Blast” takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays this month. One winner will receive $10,000.

Tonight head out to Sandia’s Amphitheater to see one of America’s most popular jam bands, Widespread Panic, influenced by everything from Southern rock, blues, funk and hard rock. For more on the band, read Gomez’s story at

On Saturday evening, take in the culture, history and music of Mexico during the Mariachi Spectacular concert featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitl├ín, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de los Hernandez, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitl├ín and Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Sandia’s Amphitheater. Tickets are $50-$70, plus fees at For more information on Mariachi Spectacular, read Gomez’s story at

Bingo players can get their chance at a summer vacation on Sunday, July 12. During the evening session at the Bingo Hall, players can earn cards for a special game for their chance at a drawing for a “Summer Magic Disneyland” vacation. The trip package is valued at $3,000.

It’s always happy hour somewhere. On Tuesday, July 14, enjoy “Slot Happy Hour” from 8-11 a.m. and from 5-7 p.m. Guests also can earn mystery points while playing with their Peak Rewards card.

Every Wednesday is Senior Day at Sandia. Peak Rewards players who are age 55 and older can receive a $5 lunch buffet. Seniors also are eligible for earning three times the points on their Peak Rewards card while playing their favorite slot machines from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Wednesdays this month. Seniors also are eligible for “55+ Hot Seat Drawings” held every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a chance at $50 cash.

Sandia Resort & Casino is located at 30 Rainbow Road NE in Albuquerque. For more information on Sandia, call 796-7500 or visit