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Playing at The Downs: Win up to $10,000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This month, play your way to some big bucks at The Downs Racetrack & Casino.

Head over to the casino floor for The Downs’ “$120,000 Cash the Cards” promotion for a chance at up to $10,000 in cash. Three winners will be selected during each drawing, held at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Players choose five cards and guess whether the next card is higher or lower.

Earn five times the points on Wednesdays. It is also the day for “Instant Hit” drawings. Fifteen “Instant Hit” drawings happen every Wednesday. Players qualify by earning 25 base points within the 30 minutes before each drawing. All prizes are free play and must be used within 48 hours of a win. There will be 60 winners every Wednesday.

Head over to The Downs early on Thursdays and be part of the “early bird” promotion. A bonus wheel will appear on a player’s screen when he or she earns 75 base points for a chance to win between $5 and $500 in free play. The promotion ends when a total of $500 is awarded.

On weekends, four winners will be selected at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. One winner will receive $200, another winner will get $100 and two winners will receive $50 each.

Also in April, The Downs will hold random slot tournaments and a “Downs Derby.” Random $125 slot tournaments will award free play prizes to the top 12 scorers. The random virtual “Downs Derby” offers a shared award of $100 in free play to win, place and show finishes.

April birthdays receive two times the points every Tuesday this month. April birthday players club members with a weekly free play reward of $20 or more on any Thursday this month may spin a virtual wheel at their machine to win free play.

Let The Crown Room inside The Downs do the cooking this Easter, April 16. The fine-dining restaurant is offering an Easter Sunday brunch for $39.95 per person and $11.99 for ages 10 and younger. On April 20, The Crown Room will hold an Appreciation Dinner and Wine Tasting, featuring seven courses with wine pairings. See Page 15 of today’s Venue for information.

For more information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

SKY CITY CASINO HOTEL: Spring into some Easter fun at Sky City Casino Hotel. On Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16, join in on the casino’s “Easter Egg Hunt” cash and free-play drawings. Two winners will be drawn every half-hour between 6 and 9 p.m. for a chance to win between $50 and $400 in free play or between $100 and $600 in cash. Guests receive one entry for every 30 points accrued. Place your bets this month on the $10,000 blackjack tournaments beginning at 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Prize pool payouts are based on tournament placement of first to seventh place. Buy-ins are $25.

The winnings continue during the “Bingo’s Spring Cash Fever” promotion. There will be $3,000 total cash drawings on Tuesday, April 18, and April 25. Guests with a single cash spend of $10 or more who buy any admission pack for a regular bingo using their players club card are eligible to win $100 cash. On Fridays this month it’s “Bingo’s $1,000 Fridays.” The $15 all-you-can-play regular games pay $1,000 cash.

For more information on Sky City, call 888-759-2489 or visit