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News Release | Schenectady, NY Posted on 08.29.19

Guests will enjoy specials, promotions, Free Slot Play and exciting entertainment all month long!

Schenectady, NY (August 29, 2019) – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady guests will have a chance to win Free Slot Play and thousands in cash, including a $1,000,000 cash grand prize, during the Rivers Make A Million promotion.

Throughout the month, Rush Rewards members can earn entries for the Rivers Make A Million drawings. Guests will receive 1 entry for every 50 points earned on slots, video poker, and table games between September 1 and September 28. Guests will also be able to receive up to 1,000 FREE bonus entries, by swiping their Rush Rewards at a Promotional Kiosk on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month.

Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in September. During each drawing, 3 guests will be selected to press the plunger up to 4 times to build their prize of up to $1,000,000 cash. Guests may accumulate prizes, but if they hit a whammy upon any press, their game will end and they will receive $100 Free Slot Play.

Additional promotions and events include:

Gaming Promotions and Giveaways

World Poker Tour (WPT) Deepstacks New York – Rivers Casino & Resort is thrilled to participate in Season 18 of World Poker Tour Deepstacks from August 29 to September 9, where players will have the opportunity to compete for prizes totaling $500,000 in event guarantees. A $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event will take place over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2. All competitions will take place in the Event Center. Guests can view live updates and current chip counts by using the My WPTD App.

$40,000 Claim The Cash Pot – Throughout the month, Rush Rewards members will be eligible to receive 1 entry into the $40,000 Claim The Cash Pot drawing for every 50 points earned on table games for a chance to win cash prizes. Guests must activate their entries at a Promotional Kiosk between 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. each drawing day. At 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 5 drawn guests will select an envelope containing up to $5,000 cash. Winners will have 3 minutes to claim their prize and must be present to win.

$5 Blackjack Tables – Every Thursday in September, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., guests may play on $5 minimum Blackjack Tables in Pit 9 (located outside of Van Slyck’s Lounge). This is the lowest Blackjack minimum wager on Rivers Casino & Resort’s gaming floor since opening in February 2017.

Cage Wars 44 Early Bird Bonus – Starting Friday, September 13, guests who purchase tickets for Cage Wars 44 during the first 30 days of ticket sales will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win an upgraded VIP Experience at Cage Wars 44 on Saturday, November 23. 1 winner will be drawn on Monday, October 28 and will be notified via telephone or email.

Katie Manning Early Bird Bonus – Beginning Wednesday, September 18, guests who purchase tickets for either of Psychic Medium Katie Manning’s 2 shows on Tuesday, November 12 during the first 30 days of ticket sales will be eligible to win a private reading with Katie Manning. One winner will be selected on Monday, October 28 and will be notified via telephone or email.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – Rush Rewards members who sign up throughout the month of September will be given a choice -receive $10 in Free Slot Play instantly OR 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 September, 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 1 redemption per month.

Senior Days–Young at Heart – Every Monday in September, 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 Monday each week, based on availability and exclusions.

Food and Beverage

Monday & Thursday Football Specials – Throughout the 2019 NFL regular football season, guests can enjoy $2 Bud & Bud Light Drafts and $2 Hot Dogs at the Rivers Sportsbook and Van Slyck’s. $2 Drafts are available from 12 p.m. to midnight and $2 Hot Dogs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with times subject to change based on the football schedule.

National Fried Rice Day – In celebration of Fried Rice Day on Friday, September 20, guests will be able to enjoy a complimentary side of Vegetable Fried Rice with the purchase of any chef specialty at Mian. Offer available from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a limit of one per guest.

National Lobster Day – Guests can celebrate Lobster Day on Wednesday, September 25 at Dukes Chophouse, receiving a complimentary side order of Lobster Mac & Cheese with the purchase of any dinner entrée (excluding Dukes Burger). Offer available during Duke’s regular hours of operation, with a limit of one per guest.

Events and Entertainment

Country Weekend – Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, country fans at Van Slyck’s lounge will be treated to a pair of fun-filled nights with a live band and DJ. Local favorites, Skeeter Creek, will hit the stage on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with CMA winner and local radio personality, Kevin Richards warming 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+.

Little River Band (Harbor Jam Encore) – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is extending its free Harbor Jam Summer Concert Series with an encore performance by Little River Band on Saturday, September 7. Dubbed by Eagles founding member, the late Glenn Frey, as the “the best singing band in the world”, Little River Band enjoyed huge chart success in the 70’s and 80’s, and now has over 30-million total album and CD sales. Fans will be singing along to all their hits including “Reminiscing”, “Cool Change”, “Lonesome Loser”, “Lady”, “The Night Owls”, “Take It Easy On Me”, “Help Is On Its Way”, “Happy Anniversary”, “Man On Your Mind”, and “It’s A Long Way There.” The show starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Bryan Brundige & His Piggly Wigglies Swing Dance – Guests will be able to experience the music and learn the dance moves of the Swing Era when the Capital Region’s own Bryan Brundige & His Piggly Wigglies bring their vocally-driven jazz music to the Rivers Casino Event Center on Wednesday, September 11. The free, all-ages event also includes a dance lesson by Studio 88 Swing and a dance performance from vintage jazz troupe, Uptown Lowdown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cage Wars 43 – A night of high-energy, intense MMA fights, is returning to the Rivers Casino & Resort Event Center on Friday, September 13. Cage Wars 43 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.

3rd Annual Electric City Food Truck Festival – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is hosting the 3rd annual Electric City Food Truck Festival on Saturday, September 14. The festival is open to the public, features over a dozen food trucks and live entertainment throughout the day, including a special finale performance by American Idol’s Madison VanDenburg. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will take place in the Northern Parking Lot in front of The Landing Hotel.

New York Yankees Legends Meet & Greet – Guests will be able to meet baseball greats of the New York Yankees at a Meet & Greet in Van Slyck’s on Saturday, September 21. Attending players include former Yankee Captain and 1977 and 1978 World Series Champion, Graig Nettles; former Yankee pitcher and 1977 World Series Champion, Mike Torrez; and former Yankee third baseman Mike “Pags” Pagliarulo. Guests are permitted to bring 1 item with them for each player to sign. The event is free and will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Must be 21+.

Beats & Balance: Silent Yoga – Thursday, September 26, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady will be hosting its final silent yoga event of the Summer at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater. The one-hour yoga class, from 6:30 p.m until 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Music will be brought to guests by DJ Trumaster, and the class will be instructed by Yoga Bliss on The Boulevard Studio. Participants will receive headphones that block out all other noises so they can listen to music and the instructor. Guests will have to bring their own yoga mats.

Rolled & On The Rocks – Sample some of the finest cigars & whiskey when Rolled & On The Rocks takes place at the Event Center on Thursday, September 26. Guests will be able to roll-their-own and sample cigars, enjoy whiskey tastings and seminars, light fare, and a cash bar. Each guest will receive a goody-bag including a sample cigar, cigar cutter and matches; and 4 quarter ounce whiskey tasting tickets upon arrival. Vendors include Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal, Hennessy, Cortez Cigars, and Park-Lane Tobacconist. Tickets are $40 when pre-purchased through the Call Center at 1 (518) 579-8811 and $50 on the day of the event. $10 of every ticket purchased will also be donated to the Bethesda House. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

UB40 – As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, internationally renowned reggae band, UB40, will be bringing their hit songs to the Event Center on Saturday, September 28. In addition to showcasing new songs from their latest album, “For The Many”, the British reggae stars will treat fans to many of their Top 10 singles, including “Kingston Town,” “Food For Thought,” “One In Ten,” “Don’t Break My Heart,” “Sing Our Own Song,” and, of course, their Billboard Hot 100 Number One hits, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” and “Red, Red Wine”. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45 and are available at, or the Proctors Theater Box Office.

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.


About Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady: 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

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