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Rivers Casino Schenectady's May promotions

30 April 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Guests at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady will have a chance to win up to $10,000 free slot play throughout the month of May during the Great American Prize Punch-Out promotion.

Throughout May, Rush Rewards members can earn points on slots, video poker and table games for entries into the Great American Prize Punch-Out drawings. Guests will receive 1 entry for every 10 points earned from 1 May through 25 May, along with 2x entry multipliers on every Thursday.

Every Friday and Saturday in May, except 31 May, at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., five Rush Rewards members will be selected each hour to punch the punchboard to reveal free slot play prizes of up to $10,000. If any of the drawn guests presents a valid active or veteran military ID they will automatically receive a bonus of $250 free slot play added to their prize.

The guest who punches the highest prize on the punchboard will then spin a donation wheel to reveal up to $2,500 to be donated to the Veterans Miracle Center. At the end of the month, the total accumulated donation prizes from the promotion will be given to the Veterans Miracle Center by Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady.

Winners will have 3 minutes to claim their prize and must be present to win.

Additional promotions and events include:

Gaming Promotions and Giveaways

Beat the Boss – Every Wednesday & Thursday in May, Rush Rewards guests who have an open rating on any table game, excluding the Poker Room, will be eligible for a chance to play Beat the Boss, a blackjack game against a table games team member at the Rivers property. At 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on each drawing day, four winners will be chosen per hour via hot seat to go up against the “Boss” for a chance to win $1,000 cash. Those selected guests will also automatically receive $100 Match Play. Winners will get to play up to three hands of blackjack with increasing prizes for winning each hand. Guests may decide to keep their winnings OR risk them to play the next hand. Guests who win all three hands will walk away with $1,000 cash. If a guest loses any hand, they will still walk away with the $100 Match Play prize.

$100,000 Capital Region Classic – The bi-annual $100,000 Capital Region Classic Poker Tournament returns to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, 24 May through Sunday, 26 May. Day 1 Flights are at 11 a.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday with a $300 buy-in for a 25,000 starting stack. Day 2 Flight is at Noon on Sunday with a $1,200 buy-in and 100,000 starting stack. The tournament winner will also receive an “Ante Up” cruise package. Players can register at the Main Cage on the casino floor. Registration, late entry and unlimited re-entry will be open and available until the start of level 15 on Day 2.

Limited Edition Military Appreciation Rush Rewards Card – Throughout May, and in honor of Military Appreciation Month, Rush Rewards members with a valid active or veteran military identification card will be able to exchange their current players card for a new patriotic-themed card. Guests can exchange their current cards at the Rush Rewards Center during normal hours of operation (Sun-Thu 8 a.m.-12:00 a.m., Fri & Sat 8 a.m.-1 a.m.). The patriotic-themed cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – Rush Rewards members who sign up throughout the month of May will be able to choose between an instant prize of $10 free slot play or risk that instant prize to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win up to $250 free slot play. All new Rush Rewards members will also receive an instant $10 Match Play coupon.

Friends with Benefits – Throughout May, current Rush Rewards members who bring in a friend to join the Rush Rewards program will receive $10 in free slot play instantly. Limit of one redemption per month.

Senior Days–Young at Heart – Every Monday in May, Rush Rewards members ages 55 and older will enjoy free valet parking from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., free live entertainment at Van Slyck’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., an unlimited soup & salad lunch special for $9.99 at Dukes Lounge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, and a complimentary regular coffee or fountain drink at Villa Italia between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Guests will receive an entry into an exclusive slot tournament between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., where the 10 high scorers will win a share of $2,500 free slot play. Guests may also book a one-night $55 hotel stay on Monday or Sunday each week, based on availability and exclusions.

Food and beverage

Dukes Mother’s Day Brunch – Treat mom to a dining experience she’ll never forget on Mother’s Day at Dukes Chophouse on 12 May. The spectacular all-you-can-eat buffet style brunch features a salad, crepe, pancake and waffle station; a French toast bar; chef-attended omelet station; seafood station with shrimp cocktail, crab and assorted sushi; chef attended carving stations with leg of lamb, prime beef, salmon, turkey, and ham; edible donut & bagel displays; pastries and more. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Brunch is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required and can be made through Dukes at (518) 579-8850. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Dukes Sip & Savor Series (Beer Dinner) – Wednesday, 15 May, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy a very special Sip & Savor five-course dinner with craft beer pairings from Mad Jack Brewing at Dukes Chophouse. The menu will include fried green tomato with 6-minute egg and candied bacon; pretzel encrusted scallop, honey mostrada and scallion corn cake; Porchetta pork tenderloin; carpetbagger steak with fried oysters and fingerling potato; and a cheese cake dessert. Dinner is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made through the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Call Center at (518) 579-8811. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

20% Military Discount on Food & Beverage – Every Tuesday in May, any guest who presents a valid active or veteran military ID will receive a 20% discount at any of Rivers food outlets - Dukes Chophouse, Flipt, Johnny’s To-Go, Mian and Villa Italia. The offer is not valid on alcohol and cannot be combined with any other offer.

$2 Draft Specials – Throughout May, a $2 domestic draft beer special will be available at both Dukes Lounge and Van Slyck’s bars during operating hours.

Events and entertainment

Happenings at the Harbor – On Wednesday, 1 May, at 1:30 p.m. guests, media and the public are invited to join Rivers Casino & Resort at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater for the unveiling of the 2019 Harbor Jam free concert series lineup, along with other exciting events and programming taking place at the Mohawk Harbor during the summer. The announcement will feature live music, complimentary food & beverages from the Rivers To Go food truck and Harbor Jam lineup magnets for guests to take home.

Sinatra Live with the Georgie Wonders Orchestra – On Friday, 3 May, guests will celebrate the ‘Magic of Swing’ and the music of Frank Sinatra as big-band favorites, the Georgie Wonders Orchestra, take the stage at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. This stunning tribute to ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ featuring a 22-piece orchestra is sure to have everyone out of their seats and out on the dance floor. The show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Canelo vs. Jacobs Viewing Party – Saturday, 4 May, guests are invited to watch the epic battle for the boxing middle-weight crown between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs on multiple, massive screens at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and streaming begins at 9 p.m.

Michael Carbonaro - Magician, comedian, improv artist and actor, Michael Carbonaro, will amaze guests at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Sunday, 5 May. Known for his original hidden camera magic series, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV, the family-friendly Michael Carbonaro Live! tour will wow audiences of all ages with an evening jam-packed with incredible mind-blowing magic and laughs. Tickets start at $50 and are available at, or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Aaron Lewis - (SOLD OUT) Outlaw country star Aaron Lewis will bring his STATE I'M IN TOUR to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, 10 May. Known for his impassioned live shows, Lewis and The Stateliners will electrify fans with an evening filled with his critically acclaimed country tunes. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Nikki Glaser - Comedian and actress Nikki Glaser will bring her shameless standup routine to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Saturday, 11 May. Glaser, who has made multiple appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, will treat guests to an evening of comedy and laughter. Tickets start at $20 and are available at Rivers Casino and Resort, or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. Doors open 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Rollin’ on the River Car Show and Auction – There will be something for every car aficionado at the Rollin’ on the River Car Show and Auction hosted by Rivers Casino & Resort on Monday, 27 May. The show takes place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Rivers team member parking lot next to the casino parking garage. There will be a 50/50 and raffle prizes, food and beverage offerings, and the top 20 cars in the show will receive trophies. The show is free for spectators and open to the public.

Beats & Balance-Silent Yoga – Starting on Thursday, 30 May, and on the last Thursday of every month through September, Rivers Casino will be hosting silent yoga in the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater. The one-hour yoga class, from 6:30 p.m until 7:30 p.m., which includes a live DJ and microphoned instructor, is free and open to the public. Participants will receive headphones that block out all other noises so they can listen to music and the instructor. Guests should bring their own yoga mats.

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. These include free play, food offers, entries into promotional drawings, discounted room rates, valet parking, personalized casino host services and much more.

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