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News Release | Online Posted on 12.30.19

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

Schenectady, NY (December 30, 2019) – Guests can start off 2020 with a big win during the $1,600,000 Free Play Free Fall promotion at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady.

Throughout the month, Rush Rewards guests will be able to receive 1 entry for every 10 points earned on slots and video poker, and 2 entries for every 10 points earned on table games for the Free Play Free Fall drawings and a chance to win thousands in Free Slot Play!

At 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in January, 5 drawn guests will select a snowball to determine the number of Plynko chips they will drop for Free Play Free Fall to receive accumulating Free Slot Play prizes up to $25,000.

Plus, every Sunday through Thursday throughout the month, guests can also receive 5 free bonus entries into the Free Play Free Fall drawings by swiping their Rush Rewards card at a Promotional Kiosk, and can then earn points to unlock additional kiosk games to win up to 1,000 bonus entries.

Additional promotions and events include:

Gaming Promotions and Giveaways

New Year New Loot Drawing – On New Year’s Eve from 11 p.m. until 12:45 a.m. guests will be able to swipe their Rush Rewards card at a Promotional Kiosk to receive a free drawing entry. At 1 a.m. on January 1, 10 guests will be drawn to each win $1,000 cash! Winners must be present on the casino floor at the time of the drawing and have a valid photo ID and players card to claim their cash prize.

$5 Blackjack – Every Thursday In January, 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). Also, 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.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – New members win all month long! Rush Rewards members who sign up in January 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 4 weeks 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 January, 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 January, 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., and a complimentary regular coffee or fountain drink at Villa Italia between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Starting this month, guests may print a $5 off lunch voucher at a Promotional Kiosk for use at any at any food outlet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding Villa Italia. Guests will also 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

NFL Playoff Wing Special – On Saturday’s and Sunday’s during the NFL playoffs guests can enjoy 6 Buffalo wings and a pint of any domestic draft beer for $9.99 at the Rivers Sportsbook and Van Slyck’s. Offer available during game times on January 4, 5, 11, 12 and 19.

Food and Beverage

New Year’s Day Brunch – Guests will be able to enjoy a spectacular brunch and live entertainment at the Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady Event Center on New Year’s Day. The buffet includes assorted breakfast pastries, croissants, muffins and danishes; a Bloody Mary bar (1 complimentary for each guest); assorted fruit and salads; a noodle bar; hot breakfast items including scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, biscuits and gravy, potatoes and made to order omelets; entrée’ items including creole chicken jambalaya, black & bleu mac n’ cheese, and fried catfish remoulade; a carving station with kielbasa, turkey breast, and smoked ham; southern chicken and waffles; a coffee, tea & juice station; and assorted cookies and cakes for dessert. Live entertainment will be provided by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck. The buffet will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-purchase price is $30 and day of event price is $40. Advanced reservations can be made at 1 (518) 579-8811.

Winter Warm Up Special – From January 1 until March 31, guests may purchase a cup of soup and a half sandwich during lunch hours at Dukes Chophouse for $9.99. Special includes Soup du Jour and choice of chicken sandwich, turkey wrap or portobello burger. Offer available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Naughty Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps – Throughout the month of January, guests will be able to shake off the winter chill with a Naughty Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps for just $4 at Villa Italia. Any beverage at Villa Italia can now be made naughty (add a shot of designated liquors) upon request. Restrictions apply.

Lunar New Year Combo – From January 13 until February 29, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, guests may purchase a General Tso’s chicken combo meal with white rice and egg roll at Mian for $12.99. Offer available during Mian’s regular hours from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Events and Entertainment

Country Weekend – Friday, January 3, and Saturday, January 4, country fans at Van Slyck’s lounge will be treated to a pair of fun-filled nights with live bands and a DJ. Regional favorites, Skeeter Creek will hit the stage on Friday and Moonshine Junkies will take the stage on Saturday. Bands will start at 9 p.m. and finish at 1 a.m. CMA award winner and local radio personality, Kevin Richards, will get the party going at 8 p.m. with a line dancing lesson and between band breaks until 2 a.m. on both nights. $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon specials will also be available. Must be 21+.

Completely Unchained (Van Halen Tribute) – Rush Rewards guests will be able to experience the ultimate tribute to Van Halen with Completely Unchained at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, January 10. This group of four talented and creative musicians recreates an unmatched Van Halen production including all the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy and, most of all, fun that Van Halen brought to the stage as one of the greatest rock bands in the world. 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+ to receive a ticket at the Rush Rewards Center.

JOE – R&B fans will be in heaven when 7-time Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter and record producer, JOE, brings his catalog of chart-topping R&B smash hits to the stage at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Sunday, January 19. JOE notched his first R&B top 10 in 1993 with “I’m in Luv”, hit his stride in the mid-‘90s with the crossover smash “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do)”, and sealed his reputation as an R&B superstar in the 2000’s with a string of hits including “All That I Am,” “I Wanna Know,” and “No One Comes Close”. Tickets start at $40 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.

Forever Ray Dinner Show – Fans of the legendary Ray Charles will experience his entire range of musical styles – from jazz and blues to country and R&B – during the uplifting Forever Ray dinner show at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Thursday, January 23. The members of Forever Ray are loaded with talent having performed or recorded with Ray Charles himself, along with Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera to name just a few. This amazing show starts at 7 p.m and includes a fantastic meal with a “Come Rain or Shine” Caesar salad; a “Mess Around Grits” entrée (chicken & shrimp grits, classic collard greens, and peach gastrique); an “I Believe My Soul Pie” for dessert (Pecan Pie with peach whipped cream); and a “Georgia” Sunset signature drink. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated by request. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will also be served. Tickets are $30 and are available at, or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady.

Shuli & Friends Comedy Night – Howard Stern Show regular, Shuli Egar, will headline a night of comedy at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, January 24. Shuli will be joined by fellow comedians Mike Feeney and Brendan Sagalow for a side-splitting evening of laughter. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are general admission and on sale now for only $20. Meet & Greet packages are also available for $30. Tickets are available at

Cage Wars 45 – A night of high-energy, intense MMA fights, is returning to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, January 31. Cage Wars 45 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.

The Landing Hotel Specials

For more information about The Landing Hotel room packages go to Rush Rewards members must book direct by calling 1 (518) 579-8840 for best discount.

Go Green, Get Green – Guests who stay two or more consecutive nights at The Landing Hotel can decline housekeeping service for their room in exchange for $10 Free Slot Play voucher. Voucher must be redeemed at the Rush Rewards desk. Limit 1 redemption per stay, per week. Free Slot Play valid for 48 hours.

$100 Resort Credit Package – Guests can receive $100 credit to be used at The Landing Hotel bar, Dukes Chophouse, Villa Italia, Johnny’s to Go, Flipt or Mian. Tax and gratuity are not included.

Date Night Package – Includes room, a bottle of red wine, cupcakes, $20 breakfast credit for The Landing Hotel Bar, and 2 p.m. checkout.

Family Fun with VIA Aquarium & Entertainment – Package includes accommodations, breakfast for four at The Landing Hotel bar, four admissions to Via Aquarium, $10 Credit to Via Entertainment, & transportation.

Bed ‘N’ Bettor Package – Includes a discounted room night, a 4-hour reservation block for a table for 2 at the Rivers Sportsbook, 15% off your food & non-alcoholic beverage bill at the Rivers Sportsbook and a complimentary breakfast for 2.

Entertainment Packages – Includes a discounted room night, breakfast for two, and 2 preferred tickets to eligible events. Limited Packages available per event. Package will only populate online using link if you are staying on a show night.

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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