Pojoaque Casinos Betting on Football

Santafe.com - January 3, 2012

"Super Bowl and January activities at Pojoaque casinos"

Only Nevada offers betting on sporting events in the U.S., but that doesn’t stop casinos elsewhere from taking advantage of the hype surrounding the National Football League playoffs and the de facto national holiday known as the Super Bowl.  The two big Pueblo of Pojoaque-owned casinos---Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold----are doing just that with their $65,000 Fortune Football Giveaway.

The two casinos, which in recent months have combined their promotions, will give away free slot play in drawings every Saturday and Sunday with cash to be awarded on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5). 

How to qualify, you ask?  Most casinos require that you sign up for their free player’s card and that you use it when playing the various gaming machines and/or table games. The more you play (the more coin-in or bets you make), the more points your earn. At the Cities of Gold and Buffalo Thunder, earn 10 points and you can get one entry, and at drawing time a computer randomly selects a winner (most casinos have dumped their hard tickets and drawing bins for software that randomly picks winners.)  Most casinos will have all rules for all contests posted or are available at the player’s club/promotions area for the asking.

Buffalo Thunder will have a Big Game event on Feb. 5 beginning at 3 p.m., featuring three big screen TVs and stadium style food. Tickets are $10.

Did you ever notice that casinos and other businesses never use the words Super Bowl when advertising a promotion?   That’s because the NFL is very strict about who can use its marks and intellectual property. It's also very protective of its broadcasts.  In 2004, the NFL cracked down on Vegas hotels, forcing them to cancel their Super Bowl parties because the deemed their TVs too big.  Hotels were told that these parties were "unauthorized use of NFL Intellectual Property." The Aladdin Hotel, for instance, had shown the game in a 7,000 seat theater, and the NFL told them they needed to get a bunch of smaller TVs and put them around the casino, because putting 7,000 people in front of one giant TV was a violation of its telecast copyright.  

Here are some of the other activities in January at the Pojoaque casinos:

-        5X points on January 17
-        Blackjack Tournaments every Wednesday (Buffalo Thunder)
-        Poker Tournaments every Tuesday (Buffalo Thunder)
-        $uper$eniors every Monday and Wednesday (3x points for club members age 50+, 2-for-1 dining at the casino level restaurant and free play drawings at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.