Casino promotions abound as El Cortez Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Birthdays and anniversaries are always special occasions, and traditionally, the higher the number, the more extravagant the celebration becomes. That sentiment obviously holds true for the now 75 year old El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, where a throng of valuable casino promotions are on the celebratory menu.
The El Cortez is one of the most historic gambling establishments in Las Vegas, being the first major resort ever built in the Downtown area, erected in 1941 by Marion Hicks and J. C. Grayson. It cost the pair just $245,000 to build the casino hotel, which is mere change compared to the billions developers spend on today’s gaming resorts.
Originally, nay-sayers scorned the El Cortez, saying its location at 6th St and Freemont was too far from the central Downtown area to be profitable. Boy, were they wrong! Not only was the El Cortez making money, it’s revenue skyrocketed so high that a group of individuals, including infamous mobster Bugsy Seigel, purchased the property in 1945 for $600k.
The property changed hands a few other times over the decades, and has undergone several expansions, but in all that time, the El Cortez has become famous for being one of the very few Las Vegas casinos to never once change its façade. The exterior entrance you see today is the same vision observed by Downtown Vegas visitors 75 years ago.
El Cortez Celebrates with Casino Promotions
To commemorate such esteemed longevity, the managers at El Cortez have devised a multitude of ways to celebrate with their guests. The following casino promotions are taking place right now at the Downtown Las Vegas property.
Weekly Drawings Worth $75k
Every Thursday from now until October, El Cortez will hold a special drawing where 18 players will share in 2,000,000 comp points.
Players can earn entries all week long by racking up 100 points on the slots. Every $1 played on slots equals 1 point, and every 100 points earns 1 entry. On Thursdays, players earn 3x as many comps, and can start putting their collected entries into the drawing barrel.
The 18 winners will receive the following prizes, in the order they are drawn:
- 1st Place Winner = 500,000 points
- 2 Winners = 250,000 points
- 5 Winners = 100,000 points
- 10 Winners = 50,000 points
A final Bonus Drawing will be held on Thursday, November 3, where 26 members will share in 3,750,000 points.
- 1st Place Winner = 1,000,000 points
- 2nd Place Winner = 500,000 points
- 4 Winners = 250,000
- 5 Winners = 100,000 points
- 25 Winners = 50,000 points
Note: All winnings are paid in comp points, with every 500 comps points converting to $1 in credits that can be used at El Cortez for gameplay, hotel stays, food, beverages, etc.
$5 Coco-Ritas at El Cortez
One of the property’s regular casino promotions, known as Drink of the Month, will now see delicious Coco-Ritas (yes, they put the lime in the coconut!) at all of the bars within El Cortez specially priced at just $5 until the end of July.
If our sources are correct, August’s $5 Drink of the Month will be the Peach Margarita.
Free Blue Bunny Ice Cream
How many casino promotions involve ice cream these days? None I know of, except at El Cortez, where hitting a jackpot of $25 or more on any given Wednesday wins Club Cortez members a free Blue Bunny Ice Cream Bar. Sweet!
Other Casino Promotions
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s much more going on at El Cortez these days. Click here to see a full list of current El Cortez Casino Promotions and get more information on rules, terms and applicability.
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