Gaming: Red Hawk Casino’s Wheel of Fortune pays off 

A progressive Wheel of Fortune slot machine paid off $226,853 for a player at Red Hawk Casino.

The Elk Grove woman was enjoying a day out with friends at the casino July 6 when she won the progressive jackpot on a quarter machine, Red Hawk officials reported.

Red Hawk belongs to a 17-state Native American progressive gaming network with more than 300 other tribal casinos across the nation. Any time a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the cumulative jackpot continues to grow until it is won.

The casino also has a Sizzlin’ August Aces promotion. At 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, players club members can enter a drawing where five winners will be selected to come on the Stage Bar for the Aces game. Whoever picks five aces from the game board can win $25,000. At 5 p.m. Sundays, the Whirlwind of Cash promotion — extended through August — allows club members to enter a money machine on the Stage Bar containing more than $10,000 in cash. In the machine for a certain amount of time, they can keep all they can grab.

Club members can also play in free slot tournaments in August. The top 25 scores each day win prizes up to $500 in free slot play. Regular tournaments are from 1 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Seniors — those 55 years and older — can play in slot tourneys from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Joining the Red Hawk players club is free, and casino executives encourage people to join. New members can get free slot play and discounts on food and other amenities.

The online restaurant reservation service, Open Table, in a survey of 44,200 Sacramento-area diners, recognized Red Hawk’s high-end restaurant, Henry’s Steakhouse, with nine awards including first place in the Best Steakhouse category.

Joe Diver, vice president of food and beverage, talked about a number of menu changes at Red Hawk’s restaurants in a recent interview. Besides noting a new $39 three-course dinner special, Diver said there were new items, pricing and specials.

There’s an all-day Polynesian buffet Wednesdays and Thursdays, and a Friday seafood night at the Waterfall Buffet.

Red Hawk Casino

Where: 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville

Phone: (888) 573-3495

On the Web:

Slots: 2,100

Tables: 75, including seven poker

Restaurants: Five

Extras: Players-club members can get discounts of up to 20 percent at area hotels. Nonsmoking games downstairs. Child care and arcade games for children.

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