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News Release | Schenectady, NY Posted on 09.30.19

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

Schenectady, NY (September 30, 2019) – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady guests will have a chance to win a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LS or thousands in cash and Free Slot Play during the $225,000 Poltergeist Punch-Out promotion.

Throughout the month, Rush Rewards members can earn entries for the $225,000 Poltergeist Punch-Out drawings. Guests will receive 1 entry for every 20 points earned on slots and video poker, or 2 entries for every 20 points earned on table games between October 1 and October 26. Guests will also be able to earn 13 X drawing entries on Tuesdays.

Drawings will be held at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October. During each drawing, 5 guests will each select 1 coffin. 4 of the coffins will contain Free Slot Play prizes and 1 will move a player on to play Poltergeist Punch-Out. The guest who draws the game will first pick an apple to see how many punches of the punchboard they’ll get, ranging from 1 – 3.

When punching the punchboard, guests can choose to keep their prize and end the game OR risk it to make their remaining punch(es) for a chance at a new prize. Guests that win the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LS may choose to keep the car OR instead take $19,000 cash OR $27,000 Free Slot Play, OR a split of $10,000 cash and $15,000 Free Slot Play.

Additional promotions and events include:

Gaming Promotions and Giveaways

Monster Mash Cash Blast – Every Wednesday and Thursday in October, Rush Rewards guests who play with an active open rating on a table game could be selected via hot seat to step into the Cash Cube for a chance to win up to $3,000 cash. At 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on each drawing day, 1 Rush Rewards guest will be selected to step into the Cash Cube and collect as much cash as possible in 30 seconds. Guests will take home the cumulative cash prize they successfully push into the Cash Cube’s black box at the end of the time frame.

Manic Monday Drawings – Every Monday in October, guests will have a chance to win a share of $500 Free Slot Play every drawing hour. Guests can swipe their Rush Rewards card at a promotional kiosk to activate their 1 free entry 9 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Monday. Then, every other hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., 5 guests will be selected to pick an envelope and reveal their share of $500 Free Slot Play, ranging from $50 to $150. If any winners are 55 years of age or older, they will also receive a $25 Young at Heart Free Slot Play bonus.

$100,000 Capital Region Classic –The bi-annual $100,000 Capital Region Classic returns to Rivers Casino & Resort’s Event Center on Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. Buy-in for both Day 1 and Day 2 Flights is $350 and includes a 40,000 starting stack. The tournament starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 25.

$5 Blackjack – Every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and *NEW* 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). This is the lowest Blackjack minimum wager on Rivers Casino & Resort’s gaming floor since opening in February 2017.

Rockin’ with the Rat Pack Dinner Show Early Bird Bonus – Starting Monday, October 7, guests who purchase tickets for December 3rd’s Rat Pack Dinner Show during the first 30 days of ticket sales will be entered into a drawing to win a 1-night stay in a Harborview room at the Landing Hotel the night of the show. 1 winner will be drawn on Friday, November 15 and will be notified via telephone or email.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – New member win all month long! Rush Rewards members who sign up in October can play a game instantly to win Free Slot Play. Then, they can earn points each week for one month following sign up to keep playing and keep winning! All new Rush Rewards members will also receive an instant $10 Match Play Coupon.

Friends with Benefits – Throughout October, 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 October, 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 may also book a one-night $55 hotel stay on Monday each week, based on availability and exclusions.

Rivers Sportsbook Specials and Events

Pro Football Ticket Drawing (Giants vs. Jets) – Throughout October, guests can exchange each single non-winning pro-football wager voucher valued at $100 or more for one entry into a drawing to win a pair of tickets and transportation to the NY Giants vs. NY Jets game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, November 10. Guests can exchange their non-winning wager vouchers for drawing entries at the Rivers Sportsbook counter during hours of operation. Drawing will held on Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

Sports Betting EXPO – It’s a sports fans dream come true as Rivers Casino presents its first Sports Betting EXPO at the Rivers Casino Event Center on Saturday, October 26. The EXPO runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with appearances from former pro players including New York Yankees outfielder’s Roy White and Mickey Rivers; New York Knicks forward Bernard King; Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee; and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd. The day includes Meet & Greets with all the players, 2019 ArenaBowl Champions, The Albany Empire and Albany Empresses Dance Team, and Albany Patroons Head Coach, Derrick Rowland; expert speakers and panels on sports betting, “A Day On The Diamond with World Champions,” and the athletic career of Derrick Rowland; a Madden NFL eSports tournament with voice of Madden, Larry Ridley; sports memorabilia for sale and more. The EXPO is free and open to the public.

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 October, guests may enjoy 2-for-1 drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Landing Hotel bar. Must be 21+.

Cider & Donuts Special – Throughout the month guests may purchase a 12-ounce hot or cold cider and a half-dozen donuts at Villa Italia for just $4.99 (a $17 value). Offer available daily from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. while supplies last.

National Pizza Month – In celebration of National Pizza Month in October, guests may purchase a cheese pizza for just $12 at Johnny’s To-Go. Offer available daily from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Limit one per person.

Events and Entertainment

SEAT Center Bites & Brews – Rivers Casino & Resort is thrilled to be hosting the SEAT Center’s 3rd Annual “Bites & Brews” Fall Festival to benefit education and workforce programs for young people on Friday, October 4 at the Event Center. Ticketed guests will be treated to unlimited food at over a dozen culinary stations, complimentary tastings from local breweries and wineries, and live entertainment from The Ill Funk Ensemble and DJ Ketchup. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and available via

Country Weekend – Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, country fans at Van Slyck’s lounge will be treated to a pair of fun-filled nights with live bands and a DJ. Area favorites, Moonshine Junkies, will hit the stage on Friday and the Kyle Bourgault Band will take the stage on Saturday. Bands will start at 9 p.m. and finish at 1 a.m., and DJ Kenya will be entertaining country music lovers until 2 a.m. on both nights. $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon specials will also be available. Must be 21+.

Colin Mochrie Presents HYPROV – Friday, October 11, Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist, Asad Mecci, take the stage at the Rivers Casino Event Center for their unique comedy experience, HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis, entertainment show. This brand new, jaw-dropping, and side-splitting act includes audience volunteers and unites hypnosis and improv for a totally unique and unforgettable comedy experience. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at, or at the Proctors Theater Box Office.

Vitalogy: A Pearl Jam Experience – On Friday, October 18, Rush Rewards guests will rock out to the music of grunge legends, Pearl Jam, with Vitalogy: A Pearl Jam Experience. From Eddie Vedder’s primal yells and soothing baritone, to screaming solos and classic rock hooks, Vitalogy will excite and engage everyone from the casual listener to the most avid Pearl Jam fan. The show is free and exclusively for Rush Rewards members. All Rush Rewards members may receive 1 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+.

Wayne Brady – Six-time Emmy award winner, Whose Line Is It Anyway? star, and comedy giant, Wayne Brady, returns to the Rivers Casino Event Center on Saturday, October 19. The actor, singer, dancer, songwriter and television personality, is guaranteed to delight and entertain fans once again with his unique interactive variety show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at, or at the Proctors Theater Box Office.

Death at a Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner Show – Guests are invited to celebrate Halloween with a thrilling Death at a Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner Show at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Thursday, October 31. Guests will be transported back to 1989 to take part in the wedding of the year where they can celebrate two hearts, two rings, one love and one…murder? The romantic murder whodunit starts at 7 p.m. and includes a fantastic meal with a blood orange, beet & pistachio salad; a pan seared chicken breast entrée with fennel & orange salad, tarragon buerre blanc, red skinned potato mashed, and garlic & herd haricot vert beans; and a roasted jubilee cheesecake for dessert. A vegetarian option is available by request. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will also be served. Tickets are $30 and are available online at,, or at the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady.

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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