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Strike gold in November at Rivers Casino Schenectady

30 October 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Gold Rush is back on again in November at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, where guests will have a chance to win real gold, free slot play and various instant win prizes during the 3rd Annual Gold Rush promotion.

Throughout the month, Rush Rewards members can exchange 50 points for a Gold Rush peel-and-win ticket that will reveal one of three types of prizes including daily drawing entries, instant win free slot play, food credits, real gold ingots and letters toward the grand prize 10-ounce gold bar!

Peel-and-win tickets that reveal drawing entries will allow guests to enter a daily drawing for a chance to punch a spot on the punch board and reveal a gold prize. A drawing will be held every night in November at 8:30 p.m.

Peel-and-win tickets could also reveal a letter that can be collected to spell out “GRAND PRIZE GOLD”. Guests who collect all 14 letters will receive a grand prize 10-ounce gold bar. The winning guest may take $17,000 free slot play in lieu of the gold bar.

All prizes must be redeemed by 11:50 p.m. on 30 November.

Additional promotions and events include:

Gaming Promotions and Giveaways
$5 Blackjack – Every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests may play on $5 minimum Blackjack Tables in Pit 9 (located outside of Van Slyck’s Lounge). Also, starting this month, at least one $5 minimum Blackjack Table will be available 24/7 on the casino gaming floor. This is the lowest Blackjack minimum wager on Rivers Casino & Resort’s gaming floor since opening in February 2017.

Shuli, Sal & Ronnie Poker Tourney – Friday, 29 November guests will be able play poker and party with SiriusXM’s Howard 100 and 101 show regulars Ronnie “The Limo Driver” Mund, Sal “The Stockbroker” Governale, and Shuli Egar at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. The fun kicks-off with a poker tournament from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and continues with an After Party from 9 p.m. to Midnight. Buy-in for the tournament is $69 with unlimited entries and includes $6,900 in guaranteed payouts. The After Party in the Event Center will feature live band, Scars N’ Stripes, along with a cash bar. Guests can register for the event at the Poker Room, at the Cashiers Cage or directly at the event.

Black Friday Weekend Gift Card Sale – From Friday, 29 November through Sunday, 1 December, guests are invited to take advantage of a 15% discount on all Rivers Casino gift cards valued at $100 or more. Gift cards can be purchased at the Cashier’s Cage. Cash transactions only.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – New members win all month long! Rush Rewards members who sign up in November can play a kiosk game instantly on the day they sign up to win free slot play. Then, they can earn points each week for up to four weeks following sign up to keep playing and keep winning! All new Rush Rewards members will also receive an instant $10 Match Play Coupon, and one free drawing entry into the Gold Rush daily drawings.

Friends with Benefits – Throughout November, 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 November, 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. each Monday, 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 Sunday or Monday each week, based on availability and exclusions.

Rivers Sportsbook Specials and Events
Monday & Thursday Football Specials - Throughout the 2019 NFL regular football season, guests can enjoy $2 Bud & Bud Light Drafts and $2 Hot Dogs (with toppings) at the Rivers Sportsbook and Van Slyck’s. Offer available from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Food and Beverage
Happy Hour at the Landing Hotel – Throughout November, guests may enjoy 2-for-1 drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Landing Hotel bar. Must be 21+.

The Gobbler at Johnny’s – Throughout the holiday season from 1 November to 31 December, guests may purchase The Gobbler turkey sandwich at Johnny’s To-Go for $12. Offer available during Johnny’s regular hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and late night hours until 4 a.m.

November Military Discount – Every Thursday in November, guests who present a valid active duty or veteran Military ID will receive a 20% discount at any food outlet on the property. Offer is not valid on alcoholic beverages. Offer cannot be combined. Restrictions apply.

National Cappuccino Day – In celebration of Cappuccino Day on Friday, 8 November, guests will be able to enjoy a cappuccino at Villa Italia or Dukes Chophouse for $2. Offer available from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. at Villa Italia and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Dukes.

Veteran’s Day Hot Dog Special – On Monday, 11 November, any guest who presents a valid active duty or veteran military ID at the Rush Rewards Center will receive a voucher for two free hot dogs redeemable at Van Slyck’s lounge or the Rivers Sportsbook. Offer valid from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Specials at Dukes Chophouse – A pair of select Thanksgiving menu items will be available at Dukes Chophouse from Friday, 29 November to Sunday, 1 December. A “Stuffed” Sandwich will be available for $12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The sandwich features hand carved turkey breast, herbed stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and homestyle gravy served on two slices of panini bread. “The Late Comer,” a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, will be available for $22 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The dinner includes slow-roasted turkey, herbed stuffing, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, homestyle gravy and cranberry sauce. Must be 21 or older for lunch or dinner.

Events and Entertainment
Country Weekend – Friday, 1 November, and Saturday, 2 November, country fans at Van Slyck’s lounge will be treated to a pair of fun-filled nights with live bands and a DJ. Local favorites, The Beadle Brothers will hit the stage on Friday and Martin & Kelly will take the stage on Saturday. Bands will start at 9 p.m. and finish at 1 a.m. CMA winner and local radio personality Kevin Richards will warm up country music lovers for the show on both nights with line dancing starting at 8 p.m. $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon specials will also be available. Must be 21+.

Dueling Pianos Dinner Show – Guests are invited to Rock and Roll with the punches as two expert pianists from Savage Pianos duke it out at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Wednesday, 6 November. Guests will enjoy a three-course Prime Rib Dinner while the Savage Pianos, featuring Steve Savage, play your requests, sing and entertain. The show starts at 7 p.m. and includes a fantastic meal with a shrimp cocktail salad; prime rib with mashed potatoes, haricot vert beans and au jus; and a chocolate mousse cake with raspberry sauce and whipped cream for dessert. A vegetarian option is available by request. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will also be served. Guests are also invited to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry in exchange for a drink ticket to be used for a free glass of house wine. A maximum of two drink tickets can be given out per guest. Tickets are limited and start at $30 and are available online at the Rivers Casino & Resort website, or at the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady.

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone - Pop music lovers will be able to sing along with one of the leaders of the British Invasion when Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone hit the stage at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, 8 November. Fans are in for a memorable evening of classic Herman’s Hermits hits including “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “Silhouettes.” In total, Herman’s Hermits have sold over 52 million recordings, with 14 singles and seven albums going gold. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at the Rivers Casino & Resort website, or at the Proctors Theater Box Office.

EagleMania: an Eagles Tribute – Saturday, 9 November, Rush Rewards guests will be able to experience EagleMania, a band whose stunning five-part harmonies and uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of the Eagles has been thrilling audiences across the country. The show at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center consists of the Eagles greatest hits, as well as some of the solo work of Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh. The show is free and exclusively for Rush Rewards members. All Rush Rewards members may receive one complimentary ticket at the Rush Rewards Center on the day of the show starting at 8 a.m. Limited first-come, first-served seating will be available. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21+.

Psychic Medium Katie Manning – On Tuesday, 12 November, Psychic Medium Katie Manning will be performing two shows, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. Schenectady-native, Katie Manning, has sold out over 10 shows at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady since 2018. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at the Rivers Casino & Resort website, or at the Proctors Theater box office in Schenectady.

Princess & Friends Tea Party (presented by The Landing Hotel) – Sunday, 17 November, kids will be able to experience the thrill of meeting their favorite storybook and movie characters during the Princess & Friends Tea Party at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center. This special event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. includes photos and meet-and-greets with princesses and their friends, along with music, food and drinks. Menu items include tea sandwiches (peanut butter and Jelly, ham and cheese, and turkey), iced tea, lemonade, star sugar cookies and more. Tickets are $20 for children and $25 for adults and are available via the Call Center at 1 (518) 579-8811. Walk-ups will be allowed based on space availability.

Cage Wars 44 – A night of high-energy, intense MMA fights is returning to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Saturday, 23 November. Cage Wars 44 will feature over 12 local and regional amateur fights with 2+ world title fights. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight starts at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at, or at the Proctors Theater Box Office.

Thanksgiving Buffet - Guests will be able to enjoy a complete farm-to-table-style Thanksgiving buffet at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The buffet features fall-inspired soups, salads and vegetables; hand-carved slow-roasted turkey and honey glazed ham; a hot buffet with pistachio crusted salmon, seafood alfredo, roasted chicken, classic pan stuffing, maple glazed sweet potatoes, and eggplant rollatini; and a complete dessert station with warm apple crisp, pumpkin pie, mixed berry cobbler, pastries, apple cider doughnuts and more. Tickets for adults are $30 plus tax and gratuity, $15 plus tax and gratuity for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are FREE. Reservations for the buffet can be made at 1 (518) 579-8811. Advanced purchase reservations are encouraged as the event has sold out in previous years.

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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