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Holiday play: Whether you wear your ugly sweater or simply sit in a hot seat, Sandia’s holding lots of promos

Sandia Resort & Casino has plenty of cheer to spread this Christmas into New Year’s Eve.

Sandia is counting down the days to 2016 with its “Countdown to New Year’s” promotion that takes place today through Thursday, Dec. 31. There will be hot seat drawings every half-hour from 1 to 9:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday, and from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

Sandia Resort & Casino will offer special Christmas menus at each of its three eateries including The Council Room Restaurant & Bar. (Courtesy of Sandia Resort  Casino)

Sandia Resort & Casino will offer special Christmas menus at each of its three eateries including The Council Room Restaurant & Bar. (Courtesy of Sandia Resort Casino)

As part of this promotion, players can win up to $1,000 cash and a chance to multiply their prize depending on the Peak Rewards Club card level they hold. Gold card holders can double their prize winnings, platinum card holders can triple their winnings and diamond card holders can quadruple their win.

It also pays to wear your best ugly sweater on Christmas Day when you play bingo at Sandia. During the evening session, all players who are wearing an ugly holiday sweater during any of the 10 regular games will receive double their payout. There also will be two drawings each session for free bingo packages.

Satisfy your Christmas appetite with a plethora of food choices to please everyone, from the pickiest eater to the person who wants a little bit of everything on their plate.

Head upstairs to Sandia’s Bien Shur Rooftop Restaurant for smoked lobster bisque, venison chops, bacon-wrapped and apple-stuffed duck breast and much more. Soups, salads and starters range from $7-$11 and entrees run from $19-$56. Bien Shur’s special Christmas menu will be available from 1 to 8 p.m. today. To make reservations, call 796-7500.

Downstairs, enjoy a hearty Christmas meal from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at The Council Room Restaurant & Bar. Offerings on this menu include traditional red chile posole, herb roasted breast of turkey, grilled salmon with risotto, roasted young rack of lamb with mint demi-glace and more. Starters range from $4-$12, salads and sandwiches vary from $11-$13 and chef specialties run from $13 to $39.

Next door, the Thur Shan Buffet is having a gigantic Christmas feast that not only includes holiday favorites but Far East, South of the Border and Little Italy offerings as well. Items include pumpkin bisque, carved prime rib, maple cranberry pork loin, paella, tamales and many other offerings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The buffet is $25.95 per person and $13.95 for children younger than age 12.

For full menus, visit sandiacasino.com/dining and click on the tab of the eatery you are interested in. For more information on Sandia Resort & Casino, call 796-7500 or visit sandiacasino.com.

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO: Spend your Christmas at Santa Ana Star Casino for fun, hot seat drawings from noon to 7 p.m. today. Two winners will be chosen each hour to receive $100. The people to the left and to the right of the winners will each receive a $50 gift card. Santa Ana will open its doors at noon today to allow its team members to spend the morning with their families.

Bring your appetite and dart over to the Feast Buffet for its Christmas Day Buffet from noon to 10 p.m. today. The buffet will feature holiday ham, prime rib, seafood and more. The buffet is $23.95 per adult. The Feast Buffet also will host a New Year’s Eve Buffet from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday. It will feature hand-carved pork loin, prime rib, seafood and more. The NYE buffet is $23.95 for adults. Get $4 off when you present your Star Rewards Club card. For more information, visit santaanastar.com.

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO: Ring in the new year as a winner during Isleta Resort & Casino’s “Winner Wonderland” promotion. Start earning entries at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 by playing your favorite game using your Isleta Eagle Players Club card. Winners will be selected every hour beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday until 2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1. The “Winner Patrol” will be handing out gifts galore beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Isleta’s sister nonsmoking location, Palace West will host its own “Winner Wonderland” promotion on Thursday. Palace West will bring in the new year with hourly drawings from noon to midnight on Thursday. Two winners will be selected each hour with cash amounts increasing to up to $500. Insert your Isleta Eagle Players Club card into the machine you are playing in order to be eligible. For more information, call 724-3800 or visit isleta.com.

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