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Harrah's Poker Play Pays Off Through Progressive Mega Beat Jackpot, Aquarius Hosts 'Fiesta & 10K Give Away' Benefit Margarita Festival, Extreme Mini Rails Offers Land and Water Tour Combinations, River Palms Sticks With Comedy Through September, More...

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Harrah's Laughlin and Las Vegas multi-property Texas Hold 'em progressive, Mega Beat Jackpot, pays off once again for poker enthusiasts at participating properties. The mammoth jackpot promotion makes designated losing hands a winner. When a Mega Beat Jackpot is hit, all active players engaged in an eligible Texas Hold 'em game at any one of the participating casinos will win a share of the Mega Beat Jackpot.

On Aug. 7, the promotion paid off for active players with a total payout of $186,336. The losing hand was paid $55,900 and the winning hand received $37,267. The remaining room share was divided among eligible active players in poker rooms in Las Vegas and Laughlin who each received $4,686.

On May 17, soon after initial launch of promotion, the Mega Beat jackpot hit for a total prize pool of $71,145. The losing hand was paid $21,343.50, the winning hand received $14,229 and eligible active poker players in Las Vegas and Laughlin split the room share as each received $312.

The Mega Beat Jackpot starts at $50,000 and increases daily the more the game is played without a winner. The initial qualifying hand to win the Mega Beat Jackpot is when four 10s or higher is beaten by a higher four-of-a-kind or better. If the Mega Beat Jackpot isn't won, the qualifying hand will drop numerically based on the current jackpot amount until it reaches four deuces. Once the jackpot is claimed, the prize will reset at $50,000 and the qualifying hand will return to four 10s. To view current Mega Beat Jackpot total, visit www.harrahslaughlin.com.

The Aquarius will donate $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River at the "Fiesta & 10K Give Away" margarita festival and drawing on Friday, Sept. 7. Doors to the festival open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets for the event are $40 with dinner and unlimited margaritas included. A special room rate of $29.99 is available with the purchase of a fiesta ticket. Tickets to enter a drawing for $10,000 are an additional $100.

Extreme Mini Tours started doing tours in January. They operate a booth in the Preferred Outlet Center near the food court, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 888-758-5080.

The company's owners Brad and Taune Mays are licensed vendors in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. They offer guided ground tours of surrounding desert areas by sand rails and 4x4s. They also rent personal water craft.

Tours require at least 24-hours notice. Prices range from $99 for the two-hour tour to $119 for the three-hour tour. Children under 16 are $79.

The "16th Annual Roddin' on the River" car show, ride-in event sponsored by the River Cruizers car club will take place in the South Parking Lot at the Riverside, Sept. 27-30. There will be a Show 'n' Shine with street rods, muscle cars, trucks, specialty vehicles, plus slow drags, a model car contest, poker run, poker walk, DJ music and more.

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The Riverside is celebrating its 41st year anniversary this month. The owner Don Laughlin, who has watched the town that's named after him grow up around him, started his empire with a bait shop and an eight-room motel. Today, Laughlin continues to live at the top of his 1,405 -room hotel. His destination resort has a full complement casino including a race and sports book, restaurants, a cinema complex, two nightclubs, a bowling center, classic car museum, a showroom, swimming pools, retail outlets, and RV park. The current remodel project is the Riverview Restaurant which is torn apart and should be done by the end of this month.

"Southbound - Celebrating the Music of The Allman Brothers" will headline Don's Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside, Sept. 5-8. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $20.

The new fall series "Viva Laughlin" already being heavily promoted on CBS TV will have its premier in October rather than September and it should be a fantastic boost for the town. The show's co-producer and star is actor Hugh Jackman. Can it get any better?

The King of the Cage - "River Rage" with 11 bouts of ultimate fighting will take place at the Mohave Crossing Arena across the river from the Avi on Sept. 15. Tickets start at $35, call 800-585-3717.

The Laughlin area is attracting a new group of tourists-birders. Tourism folks are promoting that the area is home to 297 species of birds including some rare ones like the Yellow-bellied Cuckoo, Southwest Willow Flycatcher and Yuma Clapper Rail. Nationwide, more than 18 million bird watchers take trips each year to view their favorite species. To promote birding, Laughlin tourism agencies have developed a Web site www.laughlinbirds.com. They are also in the process of creating birding festivals.

The Comedy Shop is continuing at the River Palms through Sept. 29 with three new headlining comedians each week. The lineup for September includes: John Pardon, Don Barnhart Jr., Tony Reed (Sept. 3-8); Max Duccelli, Peter Berman and Todd Sawyer (Sept. 10-15); Mick Lazinski, Kathleen Dunbar, Anthony Marino (Sept. 17-22); and Pam Matterson, Don McEnery, D'La-i (Sept. 24-29). Tickets for the 9 p.m. shows are $14.95 and $19.95, call 866-448-7849.

The Colorado Belle features four themed slot tournaments over the calendar year and the next one is Sept. 16-18. The themed event, "Survivor VIII" Slot Tournament, will offer more than $78,000 in cash and prizes including $25,000 in first place prize money. Prize money is based on 150 entrants. Prize money will be paid to 90th place.

The $550 entry fee includes three nights' complimentary accommodations, two days of tournament play, a welcome cocktail cruise, $60 comp dollars, a commemorative gift, an awards dinner, $350 in round prize money for each of 16 rounds, and a $4,000 Bonus Survivor Contest. Throughout the tournament, "survivors' torches will be extinguished" until only 16 remain. At the Sept. 18 awards dinner, one "lone survivor" will receive $1,000. The remaining finalists will take home $200 cash. Bonus Contest does not affect the players' standings in the "Survivor VIII" slot tournament.

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