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Kick Off the New Year With a Chance To Win Big

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Rivers Casino
Press Release
Jan 03, 2022

Kick Off the New Year With a Chance To Win Big at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

Schenectady, NY (January 3, 2022) – Kick off 2022 as a big winner at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady where guests will have a chance to win thousands in CASH, enjoy fantastic LIVE entertainment, and exciting gaming and poker promotions.

This month’s highlights include a chance to win CASH during Rivers Winter Wonder Wheel promotion, a night of R&B classics with Johnny Gill, intense mixed martial arts action at Cage Wars 50, a free UFC pay-per-view event, and an amazing wine pairing event at Dukes Chophouse.

Rivers Casino is open 24/7. Masks are required for all guests regardless of vaccination status.

Gaming

Gaming Floor – The Rivers Casino gaming floor with slots, video poker and more is open 24/7. Full beverage service is available Sunday through Thursday until 2 a.m. and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Non-alcoholic beverage service available 24/7.

Table Games – Table games are available Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 a.m.

Poker Room - Rivers Casino’s poker room is open daily from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. The poker room includes 16 tables and offers a variety of poker games. Along with the casino’s gaming floor, the poker room offers our guests a complete gaming entertainment experience. This month’s poker room promotions include High Hand giveaways Monday through Saturday, Pro Football Playoff Hot Seat Drawings during games on Sunday and Monday, and other daily poker room bonuses.  

Winter Wonder Wheel – Guests will have a chance to win up to $5,000 CASH during the Winter Wonder Wheel promotion. From January 2-January 28, Rush Rewards members can earn 1 entry for every 25 points on eligible slot and video poker machines, and 2 entries for every 25 points earned on table games for a chance to win. Each Friday in January, 5 guests will be selected to spin the Winter Wonder Wheel for a chance to win up to $5000 CASH. Entries must be activated on each drawing day between 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. to be eligible. Guests must be present to win and have 3 minutes to claim.

Young at Heart Wednesdays - Every Wednesday, Rush Rewards members ages 55 and older can print a voucher at a promotional kiosk for a free regular coffee or fountain drink at Flipt, Villa Italia or Johnny’s To Go between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.; visit a promotional kiosk after earning 25 points from noon until 8 p.m. to play a game for a chance to win between $5 and $100 in slot play; and, on the second Wednesday of this month, enjoy live music at Van Slyck’s from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – Until the end of March any guest who signs up for Rush Rewards and earns 5 points on the same day as their sign-up will unlock a mini-game on a slot machine for a chance to win up to 10,000 bonus points. Valid for new Rush Rewards members only.

Rush Rewards New Member Drawings – Throughout 2022, new Rush Rewards members will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a complimentary one-night stay at The Landing Hotel and their choice of $100 dining, $100 slot play or $100 match play. 3 new Rush Rewards members will be selected to win on the first Monday of each month.

Complete promotional details and/or official rules available at the Rush Rewards Center.

There is no cost to join Rush Rewards, and members earn points for their slot play and table game play by inserting their card into the slot machine or presenting it to table games dealers before starting the game. The more points earned, the more reward benefits members will receive.

Entertainment

Van Slyck’s - Guests can dance the night away with LIVE bands and DJs at Van Slyck’s bar every Friday and Saturday night (DJ only on January 22). Bands are on from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. with DJ’s from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. On the second Wednesday of this month, Young at Heart guests can enjoy live music from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. This month, DJ Jay Pierre will be at Van Slyck’s from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. following the January 16 Johnny Gill performance in the Event Center. Full entertainer schedule posted on RiversCasino.com/Schenectady.

Dukes Chophouse - Dukes Chophouse presents LIVE music every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Performers include local jazz musicians, pianists and more. Full entertainer schedule posted on RiversCasino.com/Schenectady.

Johnny Gill - It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening of R&B classics on Sunday, January 16, when Johnny Gill hits the stage at the Rivers Casino Event Center. Guests will be groovin’ to Gill’s unmistakable and unique trademark style that has altered the sound of R&B music for over three decades with a signature sound that pairs superior singing with extraordinary showmanship. Tickets for Johnny Gill are on sale now and start at $45. Tickets are available at RiversCasino.com/Schenectady. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Cage Wars 50 - Following a series of prior sold-out competitions, Cage Wars will return to the Rivers Casino Event Center on Friday, January 21. Cage Wars 50, sponsored by Sticker Mule, will feature both local and regional amateur MMA fighters squaring off in the octagon to determine the Cage Wars 50 champion. Fight fans can expect another night of intense and exciting matchups. Tickets on sale now at CageWarsMMA.com and start at $56 plus fees. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the fights begin at 6 p.m.

Previously announced entertainment:

The Oak Ridge Boys (Sunday, March 13, 2022) - Legendary country music quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys, will be bringing their distinctive harmonies and deep catalog of smash hits to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. Fans will be in for an unforgettable evening as The Oak Ridge Boys bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, with a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. Tickets start at $40 and are available at RiversCasino.com/SchenectadyGuests who purchase tickets before January 15 will be eligible to win a Meet & Greet for 2 with the band OR signed merchandise. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the shows start at 8 p.m.

Aaron Lewis (Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2022) (Limited Tickets Remaining) - Outlaw country star Aaron Lewis will bring his acoustic Frayed at Both Ends tour to the Rivers Casino Event Center for two shows. Known for his impassioned live shows, Lewis will electrify fans with a special evening filled with his critically acclaimed country tunes. Tickets for both dates are available at RiversCasino.com/Schenectady and start at $55. Doors for both concerts open at 7 p.m. and the shows start at 8 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge (Friday, June 17, 2022) - One of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters, Melissa Etheridge, will be rocking the house at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge is sure to thrill guests with her deep catalog of award-winning hits. Tickets start at $45 and are available at RiversCasino.com/SchenectadyGuests who purchase tickets before January 15 will be eligible to  win a Meet & Greet for 2 OR signed merchandise. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the shows start at 8 p.m.

Rivers Sportsbook

The popular Rivers Sportsbook is open for guests to place bets on major sporting events including pro and college football. Self-betting kiosks are open 24/7. Manned betting windows are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until midnight, Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m, and Sunday from 9 a.m. until midnight.

Wager to Win: Football Edition - Rush Rewards guests who make one (1) pro football sportsbook wager for $50 or more at the Rivers Sportsbook using the Rivers Bet Slip Builder will receive an entry for a chance to win an autographed football jersey and Sportsbook Prize Pack. Drawings will be held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. until January 13. The $50 minimum wager must be placed via Bet Slip Builder QR Code at a writer window during regular hours of operation and drawing tickets must be dropped into the entry drum by 6:45 p.m. each Thursday to be eligible. Prizes available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Limit one drawing entry per eligible wager and guests must be present to win.

UFC 270 Pay-Per-View – On Saturday, January 22, guests will be able to enjoy the UFC 270 Pay-Per-View featuring Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane and bet on all the action LIVE at the Rivers Sportsbook.

Food and Beverage

Dukes Chophouse is open with dinner available Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Dukes Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.

Flipt, the casino’s burger and sandwich restaurant, is open with breakfast served daily from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and regular menu from 10:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Mian, the casino’s fast casual Asian dining restaurant, is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Johnny’s To Go, the casino’s pizza, pasta, and specialty sandwich outlet, is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m.

Villa Italia is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.

Van Slyck’s bar is open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Dukes Chophouse Sip & Savor Wine Pairing Event - It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening for wine and food lovers during the Dukes Chophouse Sip & Savor Wine Pairing Event on Wednesday, January 12. Guests will enjoy a specially curated five-course dining experience with an amazing pairing menu from Banfi Vineyards that includes shrimp ceviche with candied onions with an avocado puree - Pacific Rim J Riesling; pan-seared lemon tilapia with parmesan risotto - San Angelo; lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted green - Banfi Brunello di Montalcino; Lamb with garlic roasted fingerling potatoes with haricots verts and a Chianti reduction - Chianti Superiore; and hot molten chocolate cake - Rosa Regale. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Cost is $130 per person, with tax and 20% gratuity automatically applied to all purchases. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 1 (518) 579-8811. Walkups will be permitted based on availability.

Football Beer Specials - Throughout the college and pro football season guests can enjoy $4 Bud, Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer and Michelob Ultra cans at Van Slyck’s Bar and The Landing Bar. Guests can also purchase $3 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts at Van Slyck’s Bar. Offer available during regular outlet hours while supplies last. 

Dukes Birthday Cake - Throughout the year guests that dine at Dukes Chophouse on their birthday will receive a complimentary slice of chocolate cake with the purchase of a dinner entrée. Guests must show proof of birthdate.

The Landing Hotel

The Landing Hotel is open 24/7. The Landing Hotel Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until midnight.

Suite Escape – Includes Suite, $150 credit at Dukes Chophouse, welcome champagne, cupcakes in room, and a 1 p.m. late checkout time. Use online code PKLUX or call 1 (518) 579-8840 and mention code for reservations.

$100 Resort Credit – Guests can receive $100 credit to be used at The Landing Hotel bar, Dukes Chophouse, Mian or Flipt. Use online code PK1HCR or call 1 (518) 579-8840 and mention code for reservations. Tax and gratuity are not included.

For more information about The Landing Hotel room packages or to make reservations go to thelandinghotelny.com/room-packagescall 1 (518) 579-8840, or e-mail [email protected].

About Rivers Casino & Resort

Located at the picturesque Mohawk Harbor near the heart of downtown Schenectady, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features 1,150 slots, 67 live table games and a 16-table poker room and a live, in-casino luxury sportsbook lounge. The casino offers five distinctive restaurants—among them are Dukes Chophouse, Flipt, Johnny’s To-Go and Mian. Rivers features a multipurpose Event Center space, a lively entertainment lounge—Van Slyck’s, live music performances, free parking and daily promotions and giveaways. The Landing Hotel is a 165-room, six-story boutique hotel with riverfront views located adjacent to the Event Center. Rivers, which opened in 2017, employs approximately 1,200 team members and has been voted a great place to work in Schenectady. Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. For more information, visit RiversCasino.com/Schenectady

Media Contacts:

Al Roney - (518) 986-6650

[email protected]

Andre Claridge (518) 424-2575

[email protected]

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