Casinos Put Focus on Cash Giveaways in December - December 1, 2011

"If the holidays are the time for giving, the Santa Fe area casinos are doing what they can to make this statement true"

If the holidays are the time for giving, the Santa Fe area casinos are doing what they can to make this statement true.

There is plenty of competition for discretionary dollars during this time, especially prior to Dec. 25, so casinos get aggressive.  Here are the gaming promotions through Christmas of some of the Santa Fe area casinos (those who have provided Enchanted Odds with information).  New Year’s gaming promotions will be detailed in the next Enchanted Odds.  To qualify for most prizes requires membership in the free player’s clubs at each casino. Full details of all promotions are available at each casino.

The Santa Claran Hotel / Casino

Originally called Big Rock Casino, the Santa Claran Hotel/Casino in Espanola has continued to grow and has benefited from its modern 122-room hotel. This casino is the only Indian Casino in New Mexico located within a metro area (460 N. Riverside Dr.). 

Monday Hot Seats (hot seat drawings are done by computer at random at active gaming devices in which a player's card has been properly inserted) – $4,000 given away every 30 minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Monday in December.

Tuesdays, double points, hourly drawing between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Win prizes and cash between $100 and $500.

Wednesdays, free holiday ornament when you earn 25 points (new ornament every week).  Hot Seat drawings for members aged 50+.

Thursday-Saturday, The 12 Days of Christmas.  Hourly drawings 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Prizes include TVs, gift cards, Bose sound system and cash between $400 and $2500.


New Year’s Eve, Final Verdict.

Ohkay Hotel/Casino

Ohkay, located just north of Espanola on the highway to Taos, is giving away $36,000 cash in hot seat drawings in December.

Tuesdays, $3,000 cash between 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Fridays, $3,000 Cash between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Saturdays, $3,000 cash in the Pick-A-Santa Hot Seat Drawings 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Sundays, 5x points.

Also, customers can start earning entries for Ohkay’s big March 2012 which will be a choice of a $40,000 manufactured home, a new $35,000 4x4 GMC truck, or $20,000 cash.


“Steak House Saturdays” in the Festival Buffet.  Rib eye steaks for $12.99, green chile & cheese steak, rib or chicken for $9.99.  Porterhouse steaks, $19.99.


New Year’s Eve entertainment, Darren Cordova y Calor, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Tickets $15 single, $25 per couple.

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino/Cities of Gold

The Pojoaque casinos located on Highway 84/285 are pooling their resources in December in the $125,000 Winner Wonderland Giveaway.  There will be 50 daily winners between Dec. 4 and 30.  Prizes will include up to $200 in free slot play and up to $100 cash. 

On Christmas Day, Buffalo Thunder will give away a 46” flat screen TV every hour between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Golden Buffet at Cities of Gold will have a special Christmas buffet between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. for members of the player's club for $19.99 (players cards are free).

Painted Parrot at Buffalo Thunder offering the same deal.


Cities of Gold, New Year’s Eve, Tequila Rain and Slo Burnin’. Tickets, $10.

Buffalo Thunder will have a Christmas Fiesta on December 16 at 8 p.m. with Mariachi Paisano del Valley, Ernestine Romero, Cuarenta y Cinco and Karizzma. Tickets, $15.

New Year’s Eve entertainment at Buffalo Thunder is Tobias Rene. Tickets, $15.