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Make It a September To Remember With a Chance To Win $100,000 Cash at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

News Release | Schenectady, NY Posted on 09.01.21

Make It a September To Remember With a Chance To Win $100,000 Cash at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady


Schenectady, NY (September 1, 2021) – Close out the summer with a chance to win big at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady along with exciting giveaways and promotions, fun events, and fantastic LIVE music and DJ’s.


This month’s highlights include the reopening of the poker room, a chance to win $100,000 CASH during Rivers Football Frenzy promotion, exciting mixed martial arts action at Cage Wars, a meet & greet with former pro golfer Chip Beck, and live music at Van Slyck’s Bar and Dukes Chophouse.


Rivers Casino’s current daily hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Downtime is being used for intensive property-wide deep cleaning in addition to the continuous sanitizing taking place  throughout each day. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests. Guests who are not vaccinated, or only partially vaccinated, from COVID-19 must continue to wear a mask.




Poker Room – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady has reopened its poker room effective Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The poker room is the last of the casino’s major gaming amenities to be reopened since the casino opened back up in September of 2020. It joins the casino’s gaming floor, with slots and live table games, and the Rivers Sportsbook, in offering guests a complete gaming entertainment experience. The Rivers Casino poker room includes 16 tables and offers a variety of poker games. The poker room’s daily hours of operation are from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m.


Rivers Football Frenzy – Throughout the month, Rush Rewards members will have a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000 CASH during the Rivers Football Frenzy promotion. Rush Rewards guests will earn 1 entry for every 25 points on eligible slot and video poker machines, and 2 entries for every 25 points earned on table games from August 28-September 24. Each Friday at 8 p.m. 5 guests will be selected to spin the Pigskin Prize Wheel 4 times to advance across the field and a chance to win prizes between $500-$750 CASH based on their total yardage. The guest who advances the furthest will also receive a bonus prize autographed mini football helmet. If a winner advances exactly 100 yards in 4 spins (touchdown), they’ll win the grand prize of 100,000 CASH! Entries must be activated each Friday between 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. to be eligible for that day’s drawing and guests must be present to win.


Young at Heart Mondays – Every Monday in 2021, Rush Rewards members ages 55 and older can participate in a True Time Slot Tournament between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. where the Top 10 high scorers each week will win a share of $1,375 in cash. Guests can also print a voucher at a promotional kiosk for a free regular coffee or fountain drink at Flipt or Villa Italia between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and book a Sunday or Monday night stay at The Landing Hotel for just $55, based on availability and exclusions.

Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – Throughout 2021, any guest who signs up for Rush Rewards and earns 5 points on the same day as their sign-up will unlock a mini-game on a slot machine for a chance to win up to 10,000 bonus points. Valid for new Rush Rewards members only.


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, personalized casino host services and more.




Cage Wars 48 – A night of high-energy, intense mixed martial arts action is returning to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Saturday, September 11. Cage Wars 48, sponsored by Sticker Mule, will feature both local and regional amateur MMA fighters squaring off in the octagon to determine the Cage Wars 48 champion. Fight fans can expect a night of intense and exciting matchups. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight starts at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at


Dukes Chophouse – Dukes Chophouse presents LIVE music every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Performers include local jazz musicians, pianists and more. Full schedule posted on


Van Slyck’s – Guests can dance the night away with LIVE bands and DJs at Van Slyck’s bar every Friday and Saturday night. Bands are on from 8 p.m. until midnight with DJ’s from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Van Slyck’s bar is open daily from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Full schedule posted on


Upcoming Events:


Great White & Slaughter with special guest Kip Winger – Rock fans will be pumping their fists, singing along, and breaking out their air guitars when Great White, Slaughter, and Kip Winger hit the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event center stage on Saturday, October 30. Fans will rock out to hits “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love,” “Up All Night,” “Fly to the Angels,” “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak,” and many more. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32 plus taxes and fees and are available for purchase now at


The Family Stone – Fans will be dancin’ to the music at the Rivers Event Center on Friday, November 5 when The Family Stone break out the chart-topping hits of psychedelic soul legends, Sly & The Family Stone. Fans can expect to hear all the 60’s and 70’s classics including “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin,” “Dance To The Music,” “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” “Family Affair,” “Sing a Simple Song,” and many other instantly recognizable tunes. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 plus taxes and fees and are available at


The Orchestra – Symphonic rock fans will be treated to an unforgettable evening when The Orchestra takes the stage on Saturday, November 6 to perform The Electric Light Orchestra’s (ELO) deep catalog of classic rock hits. The Orchestra, starring former members of the Electric Light Orchestra, will thrill the crowd with the original ELO’s most memorable songs including “Strange Magic,” “Do Ya,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Evil Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Turn to Stone,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35 plus taxes and fees and are available at


Rivers Sportsbook


The popular Rivers Sportsbook is open for guests to place bets on all major sporting events including pro and college football. Self-betting kiosks are open during the casino’s regular hours from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily. Manned betting windows are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until midnight, Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m, and Sunday from 9 a.m. until midnight.



Wager to Win: Football Edition – Rush Rewards guests who make one (1) pro football sportsbook wager for $50 or more at the Rivers Sportsbook using the Rivers Bet Slip Builder will receive an entry for a chance to win an autographed football jersey and Sportsbook Prize Pack. Drawings will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. throughout football season (excluding Thursday, November 25, 2021). The $50 minimum wager must be placed via Bet Slip Builder QR Code at a writer window during regular hours of operation and drawing tickets must be dropped into the entry drum by 6:45 p.m. each Thursday to be eligible. Prizes available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Limit one drawing entry per eligible wager and guests must be present to win.


Chip Beck Meet & Greet – Guests are invited to meet former pro golfer, Chip Beck, at the Rivers Sportsbook on Sunday, September 19. Guests are permitted to bring 1 item with them for signing. The event is free and will be held from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Must be 21+.


UFC 266 Pay-Per-View – On Saturday, September 25, guests will be able to enjoy the UFC 266 Pay-Per-View featuring Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega and bet on all the action LIVE in the Rivers Sportsbook.


Food and Beverage


Dukes Chophouse is open with dinner available Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Dukes Bar is open for beverage service every day from 11 a.m. until midnight.


Flipt, the casino’s burger and sandwich restaurant, is open with breakfast served daily from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and regular menu from 10:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.


Mian, the casino’s fast casual Asian dining restaurant, is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.


Johnny’s To Go, the casino’s pizza, pasta, and specialty sandwich outlet, is open daily from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.


Villa Italia is open daily from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m.


Van Slyck’s bar is open daily from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.


Football Beer Specials – Throughout the college and pro football season guests can enjoy $4 Bud, Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer and Michelob Ultra cans at Van Slyck’s Bar and The Landing Bar. Guests can also purchase $3 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts at Van Slyck’s Bar. Offer available during regular outlet hours while supplies last.


Dukes Birthday Cake – Throughout 2021 guests that dine at Dukes Chophouse on their birthday will receive a complimentary slice of chocolate cake with the purchase of a dinner entrée. Guests must show proof of birthdate.




Dukes Chophouse Sip & Savor Wine Pairing Event – It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening  during the Dukes Chophouse Sip & Savor Wine Pairing Event on Thursday, October 7. Guests will enjoy an amazing specially curated five-course dining experience with a pairing menu that includes roasted beets with burrata charred kale with a hazelnut vinaigrette – Two Creeks Pinot Noir;  seared scallop with quinoa apple salad and butternut squash puree – Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc; pan seared airline chicken breast organic wild rice with bacon root vegetable and pan drippings – Cakebread Chardonnay; herb crusted tenderloin with puree russets and wild mushroom ragout – Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, and chocolate chuck apple crisp with salted caramel gelato – Domaine Carneros Brut. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Cost is $100 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance. On sale soon at 1 (518) 579-8811.



The Landing Hotel

The Landing Hotel is open 24-7. The Landing Hotel Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until midnight.


Suite Escape – Includes Suite, $150 credit at Dukes Chophouse, welcome champagne, cupcakes in room, and a 1 p.m. late checkout time. Use online code PKLUX or call 1 (518) 579-8840 and mention code for reservations.


$100 Resort Credit – Guests can receive $100 credit to be used at The Landing Hotel bar, Dukes Chophouse, Mian or Flipt. Use online code PK1HCR or call 1 (518) 579-8840 and mention code for reservations. Tax and gratuity are not included.


For more information about The Landing Hotel room packages or to make reservations go to, call 1 (518) 579-8840, or e-mail

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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