Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chicago readers, please note

For Chicago area readers who have been asking, I'm currently without a newspaper outlet in the area for my casinos column. I continue to write nationally for newspapers including the Press of Atlantic City and "The Deal" produced by the Denver Post, for websites including Casino City Times, and for magazines including Strictly Slots, Casino Player, Midwest Gaming and Travel, Southern Gaming and Destinations, Gaming South, Blackjack Insider, Casino Journal, Inside Asian Gaming and Slot Manager. I link to much of that off my Facebook fan page,

At least for the time being, I'm going to post Chicago area casino news along with my usual mix here. If you're a Chicago area reader who has been looking for me, please tell your casino-going friends that they can find me here.

Horseshoe Casino in Hammond just emailed this morning to tell of their new Ride the Rails promotion, themed on Chicago's El lines. It runs May 5-June 30, with each week linked to one color of an El line, with eight stops on each line. Total Rewards members receive one free entry each day by swiping their cards at promotional kiosks, and earn additional entries with each 25 Tier credits earned with your play. "Riding" and completing a rail brings eligibility for prizes such as gift cards, free play on the slots, free table bets, food outlet coupons and Reward credits. .

If you compete all eight stops on a line in one promotional day, you earn a random bonus prize,

Earning 150 Tier credits during any one promotional week brings a Chicago-themed gift, starting with a quart tin of Garrett's popcorn for the week ending May 9. Weekly prizes to follow include an "Untouchables" and "Goodfellas" DVD set; IPASS gift card; Chicago umbrella; Cubs or White Sox throw blanket; two-pack glass sports mug set; Cubs or Sox cooler; hot dog toaster, and pizza maker.

At the Ride the Rails finale on June 30, the top prize is $50,000 plus season tickets to either Cubs or Sox games.  Forty instant winners will be drawn for other prizes.

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